1.02 - Between Friends

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Title Between Friends
Episode # Season 1, Episode 2
First aired September 16, 1998
Directed by Chris Graves
Written by Robert Tapert
Liz Friedman
Mark Edens (Teleplay)
Summary Iolaus is framed for a robbery at Kora's. Strife's cover is blown. Ep 2 of 3.

FoxKids Spoilers

  • Strife tries to break up the friendship between Iolaus, Jason, and Hercules.
  • Hercules, Iolaus and Jason are at odds after Strife (Joel Tobeck) frames Iolaus for stealing money from Kora (Angela Dotchin).

TV Guide Promo

  • Strife frames Iolaus for stealing money from Kora in an attempt to lure Hercules into trouble.
  • When new cadet Nysus Gaius, pits Hercules’ friends against him, and then frames Iolaus for stealing money from the academy, Hercules and Jason trap Nysus into revealing himself as not only the thief, but the God Strife. Right and wrong go head-to-head as Hercules and Strife battle in a daredevil version of king-of-the-hill atop a mound of teetering tables and chairs!


Title card - End credits can be found here.

      Continued from 1.01 - Treasure of Zeus.

      Hercules is still hanging from a rope around the phoenix's neck. The phoenix knocks its wing against a stack of rocks and unbalances it. Jason knocks the Academy's Custodian out of the way of falling rocks. Iolaus trips and falls down a well, and Jason saves him. Hercules breaks off one of the phoenix's horns and uses it to stab the phoenix. The phoenix explodes into a fireball and Hercules falls to Earth, landing in a wagon of hay with Zeus's Chalice.

      Cheiron uses acupuncture to help take the stiffness out of Hercules's shoulder. Ares and Strife plot to attack Hercules through his "pathetic mortal feelings".

      The next day Iolaus is sparring with Nysus. Strife, as Nysus, tells Iolaus and Jason that the chalice Herc stole belonged to Hera. Hercules joins them, and is given the cold shoulder by his friends who are mad that he kept that secret from them.

      Nysus, Iolaus, and Jason are eating dinner at Kora's Inn. Iolaus hits on Kora and is shot down. Jason offers to pay Iolaus's share of dinner, and goes to talk with Kora. Nysus talks to Iolaus about how Jason doesn't know what it's like to struggle to get by like them, while stealing Iolaus's money pouch and dropping it on the floor.

      Late at night, Iolaus and Jason are leaving Kora's. Iolaus and Jason fight, and Iolaus realizes his money pouch is missing. He goes back to Kora's, Jason continues to the Academy alone, and Strife watches from the woods.

      Kora is counting the day's earnings when she hears the sound of breaking dishes from the kitchen. She goes back to scold Leonidas, leaving the money unattended.

      Iolaus enters, picks up his money pouch, and pours the contents into his palm. Iolaus looks at his single dinar, and then catches sight of the piles of coins Kora was counting. He stares at the money for a moment, faced with a dilemma.

      The next morning Iolaus pays his tuition fees, much to the surprise of Fiducius. The Constable comes in with four guards, looking for suspects. Kora's Inn was robbed the night before, and two cadets were seen leaving about the time it was robbed. Iolaus admits to going back to the Inn, but says that he didn't take any money. Fiducius is suspicious of Iolaus's ability to pay his fees, which Iolaus explains as having borrowed the money from Nysus, but when Nysus denies having lent Iolaus any money, Iolaus becomes the prime suspect. The guards search Iolaus's chest next to his cot and find a bulging money pouch. The guards take Iolaus away as Hercules swears to find the truth. Nysus acts suspiciously.

      Later that evening, Hercules is getting into bed, mock-coughing loud enough to wake Nysus. Nysus eavesdrops as Hercules loudly whispers to Jason his thanks for the loan, and his plan to hide the money at Kora's so that she'll think she just misplaced it, thus saving Iolaus.

      The next morning, Nysus tears Kora's Inn apart looking for the money. Hercules confronts him, and Nysus reveals himself as Strife. After a long fight standing on a stack of furniture, Hercules wins the fight and Strife disappears.

      Jason and Iolaus, along with the Constable and his men, arrived in time to catch the end of the fight. Hercules apologizes and makes amends with Iolaus and Jason. Kora arrives and freaks out at the state of her inn. While Iolaus and Jason argue over which one will help Kora clean up, Hercules beats a hasty exit.

      That night, Jason exclaims that Hercules "thumped a god", and asks Herc what he's going to do with the chalice. Hercules says that he's going to take it to his dad.

      Resolved in 1.03 - What a Crockery.

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Kora: Kitchen’s closing. Anything else?

Iolaus: How about a slow walk in the moonlight? You... me... the stars...
Kora: Alone, Iolaus, with you?
Iolaus: Uh, uh - sure.

Kora: Okay. Sneak into the academy barn. Crawl into the hayloft. Close your eyes... and dream on.
Nysus/Strife: I betcha he had everything he could want - big-time money, family. He can't know what it's like to struggle to get by like, well, like you and me. And a girl like Kora is only impressed by one thing: Money. Check how she looks at Jason.

Iolaus: Ah, theyre just talkin'.

Nysus/Strife: I may be outta line here, but, uh - if you were a girl, who would you go with? The future king of Corinth, or a guy like you?
Hercules: Why'd you frame Iolaus? Why did you send me to the phoenix cave to get the chalice? Jason'll be here any minute with the constable, so you better confess now!
Nysus/Strife: Confess? Bor-ring! Life should have a little... mystery, don't you think?
Hercules: Listen, um, I'm sorry about getting you guys in to all this mess.

Iolaus: Mess? What mess?

Jason: We don't mind being chased by giant birds. We just wanna know why.

Trivia & References

New Guy - This episode is the first time Strife is introduced to Hercules.
Reality Check - Cheiron treats Hercules with acupuncture, a form of treatment that can be traced as far back as the 1st millennium BCE in China. The first Chinese medical text that describes acupuncture is the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, which was compiled around 305-204 BCE.
Unanswered Questions - Why did Iolaus borrow the tuition money from Nysus instead of Jason? And did Iolaus even question how Nysus had that kind of money? Also, At the end of the episode, Hercules and Jason appear to be "sneaking" through the Academy dorm to their cots after everyone else is asleep, but in the previous scene it was clearly mid-day when Jason and Iolaus were arguing over who was going to help Kora clean up while Hercules made a quick exit. What happened between these two scenes?
Continuity, Yay! - When Iolaus is instructing Nysus Gaius, he tells him that "Balance is the key." This is a reference to Young Hercules (Movie Pilot), when Iolaus is sparring against Hercules and Jason gives them the same advice.
Continuity, Yay! - When Iolaus is instructing Nysus Gaius on the pole exercises at the Academy, he tells him that he's seen Hercules do the same exercise blindfolded. This could be a reference to Young Hercules (Movie Pilot), where Hercules trains at night privately with Cheiron.
Continuity Warning - Hercules claims that Iolaus is a lot of things, but not a liar. Perhaps he is forgetting Iolaus's tendency to "rewrite" history? For example, when Iolaus was telling the other Argonauts that he was the one to rescue Hercules from the twister, or in the next episode, when Iolaus claims that "we nailed Strife at Kora's". When Jason points out that Hercules was the one to nail Strife, Iolaus responds with, "Minor technicality." It seems odd that Hercules would claim that Iolaus doesn't lie.
Greekisms - Strife's line, "Chip off the old Zeus." is a Greekism of the term A chip off the old block, meaning A person or thing that derives from the source or parentage. (source)
Television Tropes and Idioms - Classic example of the trope The Power of Friendship is when Ares decides that Hercules's weakest point is his "pathetic mortal feelings", and sends Strife to attack Hercules through his best friend, Iolaus. In the end, it is Iolaus shouting Herc's name during Hercules and Strife's final showdown that distracts Strife long enough for Hercules to win the fight.

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