1.02 - Between Friends
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- 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!
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.
Characters (in order of appearance)
- Nysus Gaius
- Cadet Argyros
- Bar Girl Serena
- Constable Tarsus
- Constable 01
- Constable 02
- Constable 03
- Constable 04
Characters (mention only)
- Cheiron's Academy
- Academy Courtyard
- Academy Infirmary
- Academy Gymnasium
- Kora's Inn
- Academy Barn - (mention only)
- Corinth - (mention only)
- Academy Dorms
Guides, Scripts, Transcripts, & Reviews
- Discussion Page - Discussions, Opinions, and Random Thoughts about the episode.
- Between Friends Shooting Draft
- Between Friends Transcript (Dialogue Only)
- Whoosh.org's transcript.
- Whoosh.org's Episode Guide
- IMDB's Episode Guide
- TV.com's Episode Guide
- ShareTV's Episode Guide
- Watch the full episode online at Hulu.com.
- Ty's Reviews: 1.02- Between Friends
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