1.16 - Down and Out in Academy Hills

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Title Down and Out in Academy Hills
Episode # Season 1, Episode 16
First aired October 10, 1998
Directed by Andrew Merrifield
Written by Michael Edens
Summary The guys rescue a drowning man who turns out to be really good at making stuff.

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  • Out for an afternoon of fishing, Iolaus, Jason, and Hercules rescue a drowning man who literally falls from the sky into the water. The man turns out to be Hercules' half-brother, a god named Hephaestus, who is metalsmith to the gods. Hephaestus unwittingly endangers the lives of all of the cadets when a jealous, revengeful giant, who is searching for him, pays the academy an unexpected visit.
  • A mystery man who literally fell from the sky is rescued from drowning by Hercules, Jason and Iolaus, who soon discover that he has a relatively close connection to Hercules.

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  • Hercules, Jason and Iolaus rescue a drowning man after he literally falls from the sky. Funny thing is the man has no idea who he is or where he came from. Hercules soon discovers that the man is actually his half-brother Hephaestus the God of Steel and that he's being punished by his mother Hera.


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Pop Culture References and Greekisms - The title "Down and Out in Academy Hills" is a reference to the 1986 movie "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" starring Nick Nolte, Bette Midler and Richard Dreyfuss. The film is about a rich but dysfunctional couple who save the life of a suicidal bum.
Pop Culture References and Greekisms - In this episode, Hephaestus invents an espresso machine for Kora, and uses it to make himself a cappuccino.
Pop Culture References and Greekisms - At the end of Arges's flamethrower is an "A" inside a circle that looks a lot like the Anarchist circle-A symbol.
New Guy - This episode is the first time Hephaestus is introduced.
Aired Out Of Order - Although Hephaestus was seen in the earlier episodes 1.08 - Keeping Up With the Jasons, 1.10 - Cyrano de Hercules, 1.13 - Forgery, and 1.15 - Ares on Trial, this is supposed to be the first episode the boys meet him in.
Reality Check - In this ep, Kora makes a new drink with special beans from Ethiopia. But the story of Kaldi, the 9th-century Ethiopian goatherd who discovered coffee, did not appear in writing until 1671 AD and is probably apocryphal. From Ethiopia, coffee was said to have spread to Egypt and Yemen. The earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the fifteenth century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen (source), so it's doubtful that she could have found anyone selling the beans back in Ancient Greece.

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