Salmoneus summons Xena and Gabrielle to help him find out who is trying to sabotage his beauty pageant. The pageant is part of the celebrations of a year of peace between three of the territories surrounding the area where the pageant is being held. Xena poses as one of the contestants while Gabrielle acts as her sponsor. Xena manages to meet some of the other contestants in the steam room, but they won’t talk to her. When everyone else has left, she discovers that she has been locked in. She barely escapes in time to make it for the first event. Xena figures out who it was that imprisoned her in the steam room. She confronts Miss Artiphys, who is actually a man. He thinks that she will reveal this to the officials, but she surprises him when she says that she won’t. Gabrielle is unsuccessful in learning anything from the other sponsors. They are all upset with what has been happening with the contestants. Each man threatens to take aggressive action if anything else happens.
written by Chris Manheim
directed by Marina Sargenti
music by Joseph LoDuca
Guest Cast: Robert Trebor (Salmoneous), Karen Dior (Miss Artiphys), Jennifer Becker (Miss Parnassus), Katherine Kennard (Miss Skiros), Timothy Lee (Regent of Skiros), Simone Russell (Miss Mesini), John Sumner (Lord Claron), Calvin Tuteao (Dhoge of Mesini), Stan Wolfgramm (Palantine of Parnassus), Brenda Kindall (Pageant Matron)
LogBook entry by Mary Terrell