Gabrielle and Aphrodite pose as twins to get close to Castor and Pollux
|Series||Xena: Warrior Princess|
|Original Air-Date||November 22nd, 1999|
|Written By||Gregg Ostrin|
|Directed By||Allison Liddi|
|Order in Series||098|
|Order in Season||8|
|Previous Episode||Back in the Bottle|
|Next Episode||Seeds of Faith|
Aphrodite invites charity in her temple so that more people will pay her tribute. A little girl is healing there when Xena and Gabrielle arrive. When Aphrodite mentions that she will likely not make it, Xena inadvertently wishes to take her place which leads into a mix-up. Aphrodite tries to switch Xena and the girl's places, but instead puts Xena's soul into the girls.
Gabrielle and Aphrodite team up to hide Xena's body while they find an cure--a cure which is all the more crucial as Aphrodite admits that her blunder could result in Xena permanently residing in the girl's body if her soul is not returned to her correct body within twenty four hours.
Meanwhile, the masked warlord Tharon is sending out men lead by Sandor (Stephen Finch) to find Xena. Gabrielle fights off a whole attack squad of them with a makeshift whip lit on fire in order to protect Xena's body. After the squad runs off, Aphrodite is asked to seal the cave which she does even though she indignantly points out that her magic was not wanted earlier.
Gabrielle figures out that Castor and Pollux, the owners of a club Aphrodite keeps blabbering on about are twins with a special oil that allow them to divide their souls into individual bodies. Aphrodite and Gabrielle disguise themselves as twins in order to get into the club where they eventually wrestle the brothers in an oil filled wrestling wring to obtain the special oil they were after.
All while this is happening, the girl, named Daphne, and Xena, both in the same body work through problems at home. Daphne's mother recently died and her father won't say much to her. Daphne suspects her dad doesn't love her and questions how her mother died. Xena helps encourage Daphne to talk to her father but it doesn't come easily. While fishing, she remembers that she fell in the water at that spot and would have drowned had her mother not saved her. Her mother drowned in the process however.
To make matters worse, when Xena takes control of the Daphne's body to stop a runaway horse, Tharon's men suspect the reality of the situation and turn their focus towards capturing the girl.
In order to achieve this end, they capture Daphne's father who is thrown in a dungeon. Daphne/Xena, Gabrielle and Aphrodite all join up to get the father back and reunite Xena's soul and body. Aphrodite is charged with bringing Xena's body to Tharon's castle and Xena and Gabrielle break the girl's father out of prison. At this point Daphne and her father finally talk and realize they both believed the other blamed them for the mother's death. When they both admit this not to be the case, they move on.
Before escaping the castle completely, though, Tharon challenges Xena who is still in Daphne's body. Xena wins and Tharon falls off the castle ramparts. Castor's oil is used on Xena and she is finally reunited with her body while the girl is reunited in earnest with her father and their relationship couldn't show more promise.
No Pie Tins were harmed during the making of Tharon's mask.
- Excluding the futuristic episodes, this episode marks the fourth time that Xena has inhabited someone else's body.
- Chakram Count: 1
- To stun a number of Tharon's men.
- Castor's oil is an play on "castor oil," a vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean.
- In this episode, Castor and Pollux appear as Zeus' mighty conjoined twins. However, in Young Hercules, the prequel to Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, in which the twins appear, Castor and Pollux are not conjoined and Castor was murdered by Zeus' psychotic demigod son, Lucius.
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