Xena and Gabrielle learn that several young women have been kidnapped from the villages that surround the Bacchae forest. Xena fears that Bacchus, the god of wine, is responsible for the disappearances. Joxer arrives with the head of Orpheus. Bacchus cut it off so that Orpheus would not be able to play his magical lyre which affects the god of wine and his followers. Orpheus despises Xena, but knows that she may be the only one who can help him stop Bacchus. The god of wine is intrigued when he learns that Xena is helping Orpheus. He decides that he wants to make her one of his Bacchae followers. He sends two of his followers to steal the lyre. Xena and the others go to retrieve the lyre, which Orpheus left with a friend. But when they arrive, they find that the man has been murdered and the lyre is missing. Xena searches for the lyre, but the Bacchae who stole it get away. The group go to the catacombs where Bacchus lives. Xena knows that the only way to kill a Bacchae is to use the bones of their enemy, the Dryad. As they gather the bones, Xena and Joxer are surprised to learn that Gabrielle has become a Bacchae.
written by Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster
directed by T.J. Scott
music by Joseph LoDuca
Guest Cast: Ted Raimi (Joxer), Matthew Chamberlain (Orpheus), Anthony Ray Parker (Bacchus), Kym Krystaly (Bacchae #1), David Goodwin (Thief #2), Daniel Parker (Thief #1)
LogBook entry by Mary Terrell