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Series: Xena: Warrior Princess (1995)
Season: Two
Story Number: 031
Writer: Steven L. Sears
Director: Gary Jones
Broadcast: November 11, 1996
Previous Story: Warrior...Princess...Tramp
Following Story: Ten Little Warlords


Xena's life takes a nightmarish turn when Callisto escapes from the Underworld by infiltrating her dreams.

Memorable quotes[]

  • Gabrielle : " This is such a mess! You wish you hadn't killed her, Joxer wishes he had killed her and I wish she'd never been born. I guess Callisto won after all."

  • Callisto as Xena: "You can't figure it out, can you? I look like Xena. I even smell like Xena. But something tells you I'm not. Poor, dumb animal. You don't know what's going on. You don't know whether to run or stay. Well, you should've run."

  • Xena as Callisto: Thank you, only someone with a brave heart would stand up to Callisto for a horse.


Background information and notes[]

  • This episode had the working title Callisto's Nightmare.
  • Due to an accident Lucy Lawless suffered, the ending of this episode was re-tooled to keep Xena's soul in Callisto's body.
  • The original airing order of the episodes after Destiny were to be The Execution, Blind Faith, and then A Day in the Life. Because of Lucy Lawless' accident, the producers retooled or recast some shows in the can and wrote a couple more shows to cover for Ms. Lawless' incapacity.
  • During the scene with Xena, Callisto and Ares in Tartarus, Callisto briefly begins to play with her navel as they speak. This was purely improvised by Hudson Leick.

Continuity and mistakes[]


  • Argo was not harmed during the production of this motion picture. However, she is undergoing intensive psychotherapy to help her work through her resentment and feelings of distrust toward Xena.