After capturing a warlord named Zantar, Xena and Gabrielle, along with Joxer are taking him back to prison when an explosion tears a gapping hole in the temple of Aphrodite they are passing. They rush inside to find the goddess of love chastising a girl for getting into a powerful potion. The girl, Alesia, is the seven-year-old daughter of a king who is a friend of the bard and warrior. Alesia tells them that she ran away from home because she believes her stepmother hates her. Xena and Gabrielle try to reassure her that isn’t true, and the bard begins the tale of Tyrella. But the story undergoes a lot of changes when Aphrodite decides she’d like to keep Alesia around – and Zantar’s men are in pursuit.
written by Adam Armus & Nora Kay Foster
directed by Josh Becker
music by Joseph LoDuca
Guest Cast: Lucy Lawless (Sidero/Pelia/Harmonia/Tyrella), Renee O’Connor (Tyrella/Princess/Harmonia), Alexandra Tydings (Aphrodite/Pelia/Sidero), Ted Raimi (Joxer/Messenger/Tyro/Prince), Olivia Tennet (Alesia), Chris Ryan (Zantar/Evil Stepfather), Ted Clarke (Brother #1), Douglas Kamo (Brother #2), Alistair Browning (King Melos), Sally Spencer-Harris (Queen Mistria), and Argo
LogBook entry by Mary Terrell