Recap / Xena S 03 E 20 Vanishing Act

Xena, Gabrielle and Autolycus pull off a spectacular heist to retrieve the golden statue of Pax.


  • As You Know: Xena and Gabrielle briefly discuss why Autolycus originally became a thief. It's stuff they both already know, but it's exposition that hadn't really been talked about in the years since Auto's first appearance on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: In a darker sense. Xena muses that were Autolycus to go down a darker path, his disguise and escape skills would make him a master assassin. She, of course, wants to avoid that completely.
  • Continuity Nod: When asking for help, Autolycus reminds Xena of the time she possessed his body.
  • Escape Artist: Tarsus has Autolycus tied up with 200 locks. Slowly but surely, he picks them all anyway. Xena opts to leave him to it on the grounds that he'd be mad if she did try to help.
  • Honor Before Reason: Autolycus is insistent on doing this adventure his way, as that's how he'll regain his reputation as the King of Thieves.
  • Hope Spot: Xena and Gabrielle learn that Autolycus didn't tell them about his history with Tarsus. Xena hoped that meant it just didn't matter now, but she realizes later Autolycus is planning to kill Tarsus.
  • It's Personal: Twice over for Autolycus. The successful theft of the statue threatens to take away his title as King of Thieves. He then learns that the ringleader is Tarsus, the man who responsible for his brother's death.
  • Not So Different: Xena and Autolycus both have dead brothers that serve as reminders for the paths they've chosen.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The normally comical and light-hearted Autolycus is out for blood in the fourth act.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: The episode stresses the importance of this for Autolycus. He comes close to breaking this rule in order to avenge his brother, but Xena talks him down.
  • Tranquil Fury: When captured, Autolycus remains completely calm and relaxed. Tarsus says he knows that deep down, Autolycus is full of hatred for him. He was right.