Xena: Warrior Princess

Season 2 Episode 6

Warrior... Princess... Tramp

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 04, 1996 on
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Episode Summary


When Diana's father takes ill, Xena is summoned. However when Xena arrives prematurely and begins acting strangely, the real Xena arrives and learns that it's yet another look-alike, a barmaid named Meg, who seems quite taken with Joxer and is embroiled in a plot to steal the throne from Diana and kidnap her baby.


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  • Xena is called to help out her look alike Princess Diane, but the matter is complicated when another look alike shows up first!

    While some fans don't like this episode as much as others, I really enjoy it!

    It veers away from the heavier previous episode and reinserts some comedy into the show with the introduction of Meg, Xena's very funny look alike.

    The acting done by Lucy Lawless ( who in this episode plays three characters) is fantastic and shows her broad range of acting styles.

    And although some find the character Meg a bit irritating i can't help but wish for her a bit more in the series ^^

    And as always the bond between Xena, Gabrielle and Joxer is always fun to watch!moreless
  • hilarious!!!

    the introduction of Meg in the series only makes this episode a genuine corker of a comedy.

    i havent laughed this much in an episode on the show for ages,its fantastic all the way through(see also Takes One To Know One in season 4 too thts also as hilarious).

    meg is a great addition to the xenaverse and is portrayed brilliantly by Lucy,as she portrays Xena,Diana,and Meg and each of them portraying the other...so essentialy she is portraying six different roles!!!

    this has to be a triumph for any actress in the business.

    this is a corker and a well respected gem in the writers crowns.

    a classic comedy showcase!moreless
  • Triple Xenas...

    The Warrior Princess Xena, Princess Diana, and the trollop Meg are three women who look alike, pretend to be the other at least once at some point in the storyline. Add Gabrielle and Joxer and there's some room for disaster with mistaken identities.

    We meet the newest Xena look-alike, Meg who was forced by the cruel Agis to portray Xena and Princess Diana. Her true self begins to shine through when she's relates her bad childhood to Gabrielle. Residing beneath Meg's crusty, self-loathing, greedy exterior is actually a good heart. She has a naive, child-like quality. It's a very fun episode to watch but not as easy to explain. It's one of the better shows and I give it a high rating.moreless
  • So... you're Xena, right? No, hang on, you're Diana? Meg? Umm... so you are telling me there are three of you? Is that genetically possible...?? The look-a-like storyline is becoming a bit hard to swallow...moreless

    As much as I try to enjoy the look-a-like episodes, something about them just doesn't quite get there for me. This is not to say that I don't enjoy them, but (as I have said before) they just pale in comparison to other episodes, particularly some of the brilliant comedic episodes which include Kevin Smith.

    I also do not envy Warrior... Princess... Tramp's position following the series classic, The Return of Callisto. I find it disappointing that we have moved on so quickly from the emotions of that episode, and for once I do not think the transition from serious story arc to comedic episode works at all effectively.

    Having said that, as usual, there are some cute moments in this episode, but I find most of them occur between our usual trio of Xena, Gabrielle and Joxer, rather than including Diana or Meg. Meg, in particular, starts to get on my goat by the end, and I am not sorry that there were only a few episodes here and there which included her character. While she is funny at times, she gets old quickly.

    As I said in the previous review for Warrior... Princess, what I really appreciate in these episodes is Lucy's talent, both as an actress and a comedienne, because she really is outstanding.

    Joxer, Gabrielle and Xena really have great chemistry together in the comedic episodes, and they are good value.

    Overall, this is a lackluster episode. It tries hard, and a great number of fans really enjoy it. It is just, unfortunately, not my favorite type of Xena episode, and is an episode that I can watch, enjoy, and forget about quite happily.moreless
  • Ailing King Lias, father of Xena look-alike Princess Diana, once again calls for Xena's help, but unbeknown to all, a third Xena look-alike, a harlot named Meg, is working for a warlord in a plot to kidnap Diana's baby. A fun comedy episode...moreless

    Wow, what a contrast – after the high drama of 'Return of Callisto', comes this all-out comedy farce. It is a good example of the range the series can offer up.

    In this episode, Xena is suddenly over killing Callisto, and Gabrielle has forgotten all about Perdicus! The story sits slightly awkwardly between the Callisto episodes of the season, but it's not too severe, and not as bad as some misplaced episodes amongst other story arcs of the series.

    It is fun to draw comparisons between this episode and the original 'Warrior... Princess' in terms of how the comedy episodes are developing. 'Warrior... Princess' was a fairly gentle comedy-drama, whereas this episode is an all out comedy farce.

    As well as Xena and Princess Diana, who we've already met (always thought it was a but strange calling her that bearing in mind the modern-day Princess Diana, but anyway), here we also get to meet the seedy Meg, who hasn't had many breaks in life and has ended up working for villainous Agis. When a woman is attracted to Joxer, you just know that she ain't all there!

    There are many great moments in this episode, too many to mention. And at times, it is almost easy to forget that it is Lucy Lawless playing all three look-alikes, they're all so different.

    Later on, things descend to out and out farce - don't bother trying to keep up with the plot, just sit back and enjoy it!

    All-in-all, a really funny, really enjoyable episode, which probably ranks as one of the show's best comedies.moreless
Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless


Guest Star

Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey


Guest Star

Norman Forsey

Norman Forsey

King Lias

Guest Star

Ted Raimi

Ted Raimi


Recurring Role

Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Chakram Count: 1
      1) To prove to Gabrielle and Joxer that she's the real Xena.

    • Goof: The scene where Joxer gets lost after visiting Meg, only to accidentally make a move on Princess Diana, is flipped back to front visually, evidenced by Joxer's shoulder armor being on opposite sides to surrounding scenes.

    • Nitpick: Meg refers to Gabrielle as the "irritating blonde", but at this point in the series, Gabrielle is clearly a reddish-brunette.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Gabrielle: (discussing Xena's erratic behavior) I just wish I knew what was wrong with her.
      Joxer: Well, it's simple really. Xena was struck by Cupid's arrow. It's love Gabrielle, but don't worry, I'm prepared to do the honorable thing.
      Gabrielle: (hopefully) Leave?
      Joxer: No, marry her! We could all travel around together. Xena and I could be like a father and mother to you, Gabrielle.
      Gabrielle: (runs, screaming, to the door of the jail cell) Guards! Please! Please, get me out of here!!

    • Joxer: How'm I supposed to know who the real Diana is?
      Xena: Well if you come across a woman, and she looks exactly like me, and she displays any interest in you whatsoever, that's the bad one.

    • (Joxer grabs Xena's rear)
      Xena: Are you suicidal?!

    • Gabrielle: (frustrated by Xena's lookalike Meg) I know what the plan is- you're trying to drive me insane!

    • Meg : Hold it right there. In the blink of an eye I can split the skull of anyone who moves with my trusty...shamrock!

    • Meg: My father died in childbirth.

    • Meg: My name is Xena. That's Xena with a capital 'Z'.

    • Agis: You're useful to me only if you're a convincing thespian.
      Meg: You didn't say anything about no kinky stuff.

    • Xena: No but if I have to listen to you two blabber anymore, someone is going to wind up seriously dead!

  • NOTES (1)

    • DISCLAIMER: Neither Xena nor her remarkably coincidental identical twin, Diana, were harmed during the production of this motion picture. Meg, however, suffered minor injuries while preparing Aardvark nuggets for King Lias.