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Recap / Xena S 02 E 15 A Day In The Life

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An episode that takes a different approach to the adventures of Xena and Gabrielle. Here, the episode tackles aspect of their lives that aren't documented in other episodes.


  • Battle Discretion Shot: Gareth's battle with Zagreas can be heard, but is never shown.
  • Call-Back: After learning it's Gareth they're dealing with, Minya recaps what Goliath's history with him and death. She then remarks she read it in one of Gabrielle's scrolls.
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  • Comically Missing the Point: When Gabrielle finally manages to land a hit on Xena thanks to a stargazing distraction and hiding her staff in their sheets, she was surprised at first that she actually got a hit on her. Her conclusion? That Xena let her hit the warrior princess to make the bard feel better. Xena tries to explain that she really did get a hit on her but eventually resigned to that conclusion while trying to sleep.
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  • Even Evil Has Standards: Gareth stopped at a burial ground as a show of respect to his fallen brethren.
  • Fangirl: An In-Universe example. Minya claims to be Xena's biggest fan.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Xena uses a frying pan to fight on an ambush. She even throws it like a chakram to take out a few goons. Gabrielle later laments Xena for destroying the only thing they had to cook their food.
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  • Genre Savvy: The bandit that was captured by Xena knows enough about The Pinch to know how much time he has left to live and to tell her what he knows to undo it.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Gareth is wearing a helmet to protect his species' Achilles' Heel. They can't simply recreate the mirror plan they used on Goliath because storm clouds will put a damper on the sunlight, so Xena opts for her kite plan.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Minya over her boyfriend falling for Xena.
  • Heads or Tails?: What Xena uses to decide which village to save first.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Gabrielle once again sleeps through much of a fight. This time, Xena had to squirt water out of a water bag to wake her up.
  • Heroes Gone Fishing: One scene involves Xena fishing. Unlike most heroes, she catches fish with her bare hands. Made more realistic with Gabrielle requesting for fish which are out of season.
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  • Hell-Bent for Leather: What Xena and Gabrielle predict why Hower fell in love with Xena. It's proven right when he falls for Minya when she dons a similar outfit.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Hower towards Xena.
  • Improvised Lightning Rod: Xena uses a kite as a lightning prod to kill Gareth.
  • It's Personal: Xena wants to take down Gareth in order to make up for what happened to Goliath.
  • No Sympathy: "Hi, Zagreas. Having a bad day?"
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Xena dodges nearly every attempt by Gabrielle to tag her with ease that day. In one instance, Gabrielle tries to tackle her from the roof top. Xena merely steps to the side for Gabrielle to fall on the ground.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Xena's reaction to Hower falling for her. This kind of thing apparently happens a lot.
  • Parting Words Regret: Averted as a precaution. Before Xena heads out to face Gareth, she and Gabrielle apologize over their petty little arguments earlier in the episode.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Goliath says hello."
  • Shamu Fu: Xena throws a few live fish at Gabrielle, much to her annoyance.
  • Shock and Awe: The plan to kill Gareth is to use a kite with a piece of metal on it to direct a lightning bolt towards him. Despite all the doubts, it works.
  • Stringing the Hopeless Suitor Along: Xena just can't seem to convince Hower that she doesn't love him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Zagreas over Gareth destroying his army. He's a battered, unbalanced mess by the time he confronts Xena.

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