Recap / Xena S 02 E 05 Returnof Callisto

When the fierce woman warrior Callisto escapes from prison, Xena must face her in battle once again.


  • Back for the Dead: Perdicus.
  • Break the Cutie: Gabrielle.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Gabrielle not only renounces her beliefs and wants to break her no kill rule, but she doesn't even care if she dies so long as Callisto does.
    "My ideals were a lie. I thought love was the strongest power on Earth. What a fool. Love is helpless in the face of cruelty."
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Joxer says he knows Xena doesn't think much of him, but that that doesn't mean he wouldn't sacrifice himself for Gabrielle.
  • Foreshadowing: Xena looks quite guilty when Callisto sinks to her death. This guilt would factor into a later plot.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Before trying to burn her, Callisto admits she's somewhat jealous of Gabrielle—able to leave the world so pure.
    "I wonder if I could have been her."
  • Like You Would Really Do It: invoked Callisto openly doubts that Xena would leave her to die. It turns out she would.
  • The Power of Love: Zigzagged. In her grief, Gabrielle says everything she believed was a lie and that love is useless, but just as she's about to kill, thinking of Xena and Perdicus causes her to hesitate.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Perdicus's experiences during the Trojan War have left him incapable of fighting anymore.
  • Spanner in the Works: Just when Callisto is about to achieve victory, Joxer comes charging in. He proves quite hapless to pull off a Big Damn Heroes moment, but because Callisto was distracted by dealing with him, Xena was able to get her chakram back and free herself.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Xena strives to convince Gabrielle not to sacrifice what she believes in by killing Callisto. Ultimately, Gabrielle can't bring herself to do it.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Callisto doesn't take the opportunity to kill Gabrielle and later Xena when the opportunities are most fitting. She wants to make Xena suffer by forcing her to watch as Gabrielle is killed. This, of course, buys the time needed to escape.
  • Worthy Opponent: Callisto can't help but praise Xena for finding a way to escape the quicksand.