Recap / Xena S 03 E 02 Been There Done That

Only Xena can unravel the mystery when she awakens each morning to find that she and her companions are actually beginning the same day over and over again.


  • Bound and Gagged: Xena eventually resorts to this in dealing with Gabrielle and Joxer continually coming to sticky ends in the "Groundhog Day" Loop.
  • Cock-a-Doodle Dawn: Every morning, until Xena ends up killing it in frustration.
  • Driven to Suicide: Hermia's father was going to make her marry someone else. Neron had intended to elope, but he found out too late that Hermia had already taken night's bane poison.
  • Enemy Mine: Joxer's plan to break the "Groundhog Day" Loop is for Xena and Gabrielle to pose a greater threat to the village than the Feuding Families, thus forcing them to team up.
  • Feuding Families: The Menos and Lycost families.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop
  • Group Hug: Joxer joyfully yells this and joins in when he sees Xena hugging Gabrielle.
  • Grumpy Old Man: The heads of the Menos and Lycost families primarily.
  • Meaningful Background Event: Hermia is frequently seen wandering around in the background throughout the episode.
  • Pet the Dog: The loops were because of Cupid. He couldn't undo Hermia's death, but because the love was so genuine, he gave Neron a wish. Neron wished that tomorrow would never come, so Cupid granted that and said the loops would only end once a hero fixed everything.
  • Race Against the Clock: Hermia takes the poison right after the rooster crows and her house is too far away from the barn Xena's staying in to simply run to.
  • Royal Rapier: Favoured weapons of the Feuding Families.
  • Sanity Slippage: The repeated loops do this to Xena.
  • Smooch of Victory: Xena gives Joxer (a platonic) one after she realizes that tomorrow has finally come.
  • Starcrossed Lovers: Hermia and Neron
  • Stop Helping Me!: Invoked when a frustrated Xena ties up Gabrielle and Joxer.
  • Take That!: Cupid said a hero would be fixing this mess, but he didn't tell Neron which hero that would be. This leads to a knock on the franchise's competition at the time.
    "Well, frankly, I-I was expecting Hercules, or at least Sinbad."
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Possibly invoked. Frustrated at Joxer's neverending stream of "rise and shine!" every morning, a fed-up Xena eventually kills him. Of course, thanks to the "Groundhog Day" Loop it doesn't stick, but the scene seems to be a Shout-Out to the fans who hated Joxer.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Zig-zagged. Because she doesn't know why the loops are occurring, Xena keeps trying to solve a particular problem she stumbles into—only to wake up to that damn rooster. In the end, she learns about Hermia and realizes she has to solve all of the problems because they're interconnected.