XPose #9
September 1999


Xena: Warrior Princess
Season 2 Episode Guide

Many thanks to NLivin for the transcript and the scans

Sandy Clark rates how season two of Xena: Warrior Princess
fared when the leading lady had a riding accident...

    After the first season of Xena: Warrior Princess, the producers knew
    they had a hit on their hands. The second season should have been a
    cakewalk. Unfortunately, Lucy Lawless took a spill from a horse while
    shooting a Tonight Show skit. A broken pelvis meant Lawless couldn't
    perform many strenuous fight scenes the show required. Many of the
    season's episodes had to be reworked and rewritten to take this into
    account. Some of the best Xena episodes ever came from this necessity.

Written by Steven L Sears
Directed by Charles Siebert
    Xena and Gabrielle must stop Xena's former warlord underling, Dagnine,
    from wiping out the Centaurs and stealing the Ixion stone. With this
    artifact, Dagnine hopes to release the spirit of Centaur evil into the
    world. Complicating matters is young Solan. Ten years old, Solan is
    the child of Xena and her deceased warlord buddy Borias. See the
    fourth season episode Past Imperfect for the details on that
    relationship. Dagnine finds the hidden Ixion stone and becomes the
    ultimate evil centaur. Now Xena, Solan, and Gabrielle must work with
    the Centaurs to defeat the ultimate in four-legged evil.

Written by Steven L Sears and Chris Manheim
Directed by Anson Williams
    Xena and Gabrielle go to a temple of the three fates to honor Xena's
    dead brother Lyceus. Of course, things are never that easy for the
    warrior princess. When the temple is attacked, she and Gabrielle rush
    out to save it. Xena kills an exceedingly young warrior in the
    process. Stumbling back into the temple, she is offered a bounty for
    her service in saving the temple. The fates rework Xena's life so that
    she has never killed. She can stay in that life as long as she doesn't
    take up the sword. Of course, life without Xena the warrior means that
    all of the bad guys she's turned into shish-ka-bob over the years are
    still around. Gabrielle is a slave, and Xena is an engaged peasant.
    It's not everything she wished for...

Written by Terence Winter
Directed by Gary Jones
    This episode plays fast and loose with the story of David and Goliath.
    Xena has returned to a graveyard to meet up with her old friend
    Goliath. While Gabby wanders off and gets captured by Philistines,
    Xena finds out Goliath is working for them. Gabrielle has befriended a
    slave named David. While Gabrielle tries to protect David, it becomes
    clear that Xena must choose between Goliath and what is right. She
    tells the Israelites that Goliath has a weak point between his eyes
    and sets off to challenge Goliath in battle. Unfortunately, Goliath
    has a special helmet to protect said weak spot, and it is up to the
    cleverness of the Israelites to win the day.

Written by Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster
Directed by TJ Scott
    Joxer joins Xena and Gabrielle in saving Greece from wild animal women
    created by Bacchus. They first get clued in by everyone's favorite
    talking head and song man, Orpheus, while wandering around the Forest
    of the Bacchae. Eventually, the vampiric Bacchae get Gabrielle and
    then Xena herself! Joxer is annoying and the plot is loose. Don't ask
    too many questions of this episode. Just sit back and enjoy the parade
    of animalized Bacchae, yellow contact lenses, and bad makeup.

Written by RJ Stewart
Directed by TJ Scott
    Gabrielle is reunited with and marries Perdicus in this episode.
    Callisto cuts things short, killing Perdicus after just the wedding
    night. Hello and goodbye Perdicus! Gabrielle gets it in her head to
    kill Callisto herself and makes Xena teach her the finer points of
    swordsmanship. Callisto passes on a chance to kill Xena saying she
    wants to kill Xena's soul first. Callisto captures Gabrielle and then
    Xena. It would appear that all is lost, but Joxer is still free. Oh
    hell, it's Joxer. Never mind, all is lost, but Xena manages to get
    free and throw herself and Callisto into a pit of quicksand. This
    episode's disclaimer reads: 'Although Xena finally conquered her dark
    nemesis Callisto, it took her weeks to get the sand out of her leather

Written by RJ Stewart
Directed by Josh Becker
    Xena must protect a princess who looks exactly like her. In addition,
    a Xena lookalike named Meg is in town to kill the princess. Meg falls
    for Joxer, and Joxer thinks it's Xena. Meg throws Gabrielle in the
    dungeon, and Gabrielle thinks it's Xena. When Xena rides into town,
    she thinks everyone has gone insane. By the end of the episode,
    everyone is totally confused as to which Xena is which. It is a funny,
    mind-bending romp that pokes a lot of fun at her toys. The best lines
    are reserved for her chakram which gets called a "shamrock" and a
    "round killing thingy".

Written by Steven L Sears
Directed by Gary Jones
    Xena finds herself pitted against Callisto again. This time, Xena's
    guilt at letting Callisto die allows Callisto to journey from the
    underworld to attack Xena in dreams. Ares helps Callisto out and
    finally Callisto steals Xena's body. Loose on the world, Callisto as
    Xena wreaks havoc and convinces Gabrielle to kill Callisto when she
    next appears. Of course, when Callisto returns, it is with Xena's soul
    inside her. This is a good character building episode. After the
    accident, it gave the producers a great way to keep Xena fighting as

Written by Paul Robert Coyle
Directed by Charles Siebert
    This is one of the episodes most changed because of the accident.
    Hudson Leick plays Xena in Callisto's body and does a marvelous job at
    it. Along with Gabrielle, she faces Ares and 10 warlords who have
    stolen his godhood. Ares explains this is why he can't return her to
    her body. Xena decides it's a small price to pay for the end of war.
    Xena leaves the mortal Ares to his own devices, but she finds that
    Gabrielle and everyone else have become belligerent and undisciplined
    without the war god around.
     This performance is one of the best in the Xena universe. Hudson
     Leick deserves major credit for saving the show in its time of need. 

Written by Chris Manheim
Directed by John T Kretchmer
    This little tale is basically a pagan Christmas story. Swiping from
    Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Xena must save the celebration of
    the winter solstice. Xena faces off with a miserly king who has
    outlawed toys and celebration, while Gabrielle works with a former
    toymaker-turned-accountant to bring toys to an orphanage. Xena pulls
    the old 'spirit of solstices past' trick on the king and makes him see
    the error of his ways. The toymaker dresses up in a red suit and long
    white beard and gives out toys. The implication is that everyone has
    so much fun the entire schtick is passed down to us.

Written by Robert Sidney Mellette
Teleplay by Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster
Directed by Charlie Haskell
    This is one of the best Xena episodes ever. It isn't your standard
    Xena episode, so it may not give newcomers the best sense of the
    regular episodes of the show. Then again, it is a clip show with many
    flashbacks to previous episodes. Mel, a southern belle played by Lucy
    Lawless, teams up with adventurer Janis Covington, played by Renee
    O'Connor. Janis is a female Indiana Jones, and as the mystery of the
    Xena scrolls unfolds, she becomes convinced that she is the descendant
    of Xena. That turns of to be Mel, of course, and together they
    accidentally release Ares. Xena possesses the body of Mel and proceeds
    to give Ares a very familiar butt whipping.

Written by Chris Manheim
Directed by Marina Sargenti
    This isn't the all-fight Xena you may expect. This is one of the
    post-accident, fight-light episodes shot while Lucy Lawless was on the
    mend. Not that it hurts anything, far from it. Robert Trebor
    practically steals the show as Salmoneous, and the satirical beauty
    contest is played both for laughs and keeps the fate of the three
    nations off balance. The episode starts off with Xena and Gabrielle
    finding themselves in the midst of many fleeing scantily-clad women.
    It seems the beauty contest Salmoneous has invited Xena to is in big
    trouble. Xena enters the contest to find out who is trying to kill the
    contestants. We get to see Xena out of her element. This episode is
    heavy on gender-bending concepts, so the small of mind has to stay at

Written by Robert Tapert
Teleplay by RJ Stewart and Steven L Sears
Directed by Robert Tapert
    Mortally wounded, Xena has a prolonged flashback to her time with
    Caesar 10 years before. While Gabrielle struggles to take Xena to a
    healer, we learn a lot about the warrior princess. We learn when she
    had time to be Caesar's lover and where she learned the 'touch' she
    uses to interrogate victims. When she finally dies, she is shown
    Gabrielle's thoughts and given the choice of moving on into the
    afterlife or staying with Gabrielle. This is a moving, though
    lackluster, episode.

B13 THE QUEST ****
Written by Chris Manheim, Steven L Sears, and RJ Stewart
Teleplay by Steven L Sears
Directed by Michael Lavine
    Gabrielle tries to take Xena's body to her hometown of Amphipolis but
    is stopped by a horde of amazons. The amazons convince Gabrielle to
    come back, claim the crown, and roast Xena's body over a funeral pyre.
    Xena, meanwhile, possesses the body of Autolycus and makes him help
    her save herself. Along the way, Xena creates a wrathful goddess by
    mistake. This is a funny, dramatic, adventuresome 40-minute romp and
    one of the best episodes around. Bruce Campbell does a great job of
    playing the possessed Autolycus. Xena and Gabrielle even get an on
    screen kiss. There is a lot to like here for any Xena fan.

Written by Paul Robert Coyle
Directed by Mark Beesley
    Xena must stop the goddess created in last week's episode, and to do
    it she calls in her old enemy Callisto. Callisto, wanting to take some
    ambrosia off the new goddess, agrees to help, but soon changes sides.
    Xena has to not only save Gabrielle but trap two gods as well. This is
    one of the most action-packed episodes of the season, but Xena does
    little of the actual fighting. Still on the mend, this is a
    fight-light all-action episode with Callisto, not Lawless, putting in
    most of the punches.

Written by RJ Stewart
Directed by Michael Hurst
    This episode gives Xena a chance to make things up to Goliath from The
    Giant Killer. Xena is forced to choose between saving two towns. One
    town is threatened by a marauding army, and the other is threatened by
    a marauding giant. It turns out to be the same giant that killed
    Goliath's family. Using some great and sneaky tricks, Xena manages to
    wipe out both the army and the giant. Michael Hurst, Hercules' Iolaus
    directed this episode. His skills at comedy and timing ring true here
    making this a fast and funny episode.

Written by Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster
Directed by Josh Becker
    Aphrodite casts a spell on Joxer so he will become a hero whenever he
    hears a bell ring. The downside is that he turns back into a nerd at
    the chime of a bell as well. Xena is busy elsewhere leaving Gabrielle
    to deal with Joxer. Joxer flip-flops from chivalrous to silly while
    Gabrielle sorts out what happened. In the end, she has to trick
    Aphrodite into removing the spell. Ted Raimi makes this episode with
    his comic timing and slap-stick acting. Having to play a character of
    two minds shows off Raimi's skills as a comic actor.

Written by Paul Robert Coyle
Directed by Garth Maxwell
    Gabrielle and Xena must stop an execution from taking place by solving
    a murder. It turns out that Xena is actually the murderer and the dead
    man was an assassin. In tracking down who hired the assassin, Xena
    hopes to save the wrongly accused man facing the hangman's noose. This
    episode is a bit on the slow side.

Written by Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster
Directed by Josh Becker
    Gabrielle is kidnapped while shopping, and Xena goes into a blind rage
    to get her back. Unfortunately, Xena is really blinded before she gets
    the job done. It becomes a race against time to save Gabrielle and
    restore Xena's eyesight. Gabrielle narrowly misses another chance to
    become the ruler of a kingdom, and we watch while bad guy Palaemon
    makes a very familiar journey. Played by Jeremy Callaghan, Palaemon's
    character mirrors that of Xena. In the end, he even becomes good in a
    scene very reminiscent of Xena's early Hercules appearances.

Written by RJ Stewart
Directed by Michael Levine
    Xena and Gabrielle are just walking on the beach when they come across
    a lone man fighting pirates. It turns out that the lone man is
    Ulysses. The Water god Poseidon rises from the depths to tell Xena to
    stay out of the situation, but Xena refuses. She, Ulysses, and
    Gabrielle get Ulysses' ship back and they set off to see if he can
    find Penelope, his wife. In the end, Xena falls in love with him but
    helps him get his wife back anyway. The sudden romance between Ulysses
    and Xena is a little hard to buy, especially if you take the subtext
    between Gabrielle and Xena into account.

B20 THE PRICE ****
Written by Steven L Sears
Directed by Oley Sassone
    When Xena and Gabrielle find themselves in an Athenian fort under
    siege by The Horde, they must make sacrifices to survive. Xena returns
    to the battle-hungry villainy of her days as an evil warlord.
    Gabrielle is shocked by the change and urges Xena not to give up her
    humanity. This episode is one of the most powerful and action-oriented
    of the season. In a single episode, the paths of Xena and Gabrielle
    are laid out and the overall story arc of Xena revealed.

Written by Steven L Sears
Directed by Garth Maxwell
    This episode is short on sword fights but big on nautical action and
    ships. After a shipwreck, Xena and Gabrielle end up on a ship being
    piloted by Cecrops. Cecrops has been cursed by Poseidon and must
    remain on the ship forever and now so must Xena and Gabrielle. The
    only way he can leave the ship is through love.
     As hokey as that sounds, the episode is actually quite good with lots
     of great special effects and swashbuckling adventure.

Written by Chris Manheim
Directed by Charles Siebert
    If you are looking for some good, not-so-clean fun, then this is your
    episode. Cupid's child Bliss gets loose with daddy's arrows and
    everything is thrown asunder. Xena falls for the bad guy, the bad guy
    falls for Gabrielle, and Gabrielle falls for Joxer. This last one
    clues Xena into the fact that something's not right. Don't look for
    Xena seriousness here. From the moment townspeople start chasing cows,
    you know it is going to be comedy. Go with it. After such a trying
    season both on the screen and behind the scenes, who could blame Xena
    and company for having fun?


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