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The Furies

Director: Gilbert Shilton
Writer: R.J. Stewart

Lucy Lawless
Renee O'Connor

Guest Stars:
Kevin Smith (Ares)
Darien Takle (Cyrene)

Ares persuades the Furies to afflict Xena with persecution and madness for failing to avenge the murder of her father in his latest scheme to win her back. The problem is that the murderer is someone rather close to the warrior princess, and a lunatic with lethal combat skills is a danger to the world. Can Gabrielle help Xena beat this one?

Filmed along with series two episodes, this one was rumoured at one point to declare Ares Xena`s father, but pulled back from it in the end.

The comedy in this episode comes from a few sources. Much of the physical comedy is based on the Three Stooges (I am not a fan so this is what I am told.) Rob Tapert is a fan. There are a few Monty Python gags too...when Xena is interrogating the sleazy thug at the start and she asks him 'what is the capital of Assyria?', that comes from one of the Python films I think. Not forgetting mad Xena`s comment after sniffing her armpit, 'I love the smell of warrior sweat in the morning', which is from the line in Francis Ford Coppola`s classic movie Apocalypse Now, where the line is 'I love the smell of napalm in the morning'. This line has appeared in many, many films and tv shows as a joke.

Disclaimer : -
Xena`s sanity was not harmed during the production of this motion picture. The Furies, however, will be opening their own lap dancing variety show off-off-off Broadway soon.

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