Recap / Xena S 03 E 14 Forgiven

When Xena and Gabrielle set out to recover the stolen Urn of Apollo, they are joined by Tara, a feisty 16-year old who wants a chance to turn her life around.


  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Well, she's no one's daughter, but Tara is certainly a bratty teenager.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Tara does this to Gabrielle at the start of the episode. Later on, Gabrielle is more prepared and wipes the floor with Tara instead.
  • Didn't See That Coming: The plan was for Tara to use Xena to steal the Urn of Apollo from the gang, so that Tara and her boyfriend could then sell it themselves. She didn't expect to grow a conscience in the process, though.
  • Freudian Excuse: Tara's mom died when she was a kid. Shortly afterwards, Tara's dad became a verbally and physically abusive drunk, which drove her into a gang. Even Gabrielle is left feeling sorry for Tara after hearing this.
  • Good Feels Good: The lesson Tara takes from this adventure.
  • MacGuffin: The Urn of Apollo
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The Urn of Apollo is used on people looking to atone for past misdeeds. Gabrielle and Tara discuss whether the urn can really give someone purity or if it's just a symbol to that end.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The normally peace-minded Gabrielle wants Xena to pummel Tara. That's what happens when you bite off a little piece of the bard's ear.
  • Rousseau Was Right: Tara led a pretty hard life. Xena takes an interest in helping her straighten because she reminds her of herself at that age. In the end, it works.
  • The Scrappy: Fandom didn't take too kindly to Tara.