Recap / Xena S 02 E 04 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Xena and Gabrielle join forces with Joxer and Orpheus to defeat the evil god Bacchus, who is transforming innocent girls into deadly monsters.


  • Halloween Episode: Of course. When it first premiered, it functioned as a double-bill with "Mummy Dearest" from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
  • Hidden Depths: Joxer's mother made him take lyre lessons as a child.
  • Off with His Head!: Orpheus spends almost all of the episode as a severed head.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The Bacchae. They can transform into animals, can turn other women, and generally prefer to tear men to pieces. Instead of mere stakes, Dryad bones are needed to kill them.
  • Red Herring: Joxer initially suspects that Xena is turning into a Bacchae, but it's actually Gabrielle.
  • The End... Or Is It?: Bacchus is seemingly killed by Xena, but the final shot includes his laughter and eye watching the heroes.