1.17 - Winner Take All

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Title Winner Take All
Episode # Season 1, Episode 17
First aired October 24, 1998
Directed by Andrew Merrifield
Written by Michael Edens
Summary Our heroes compete in the Corinthian Games. Pollux and Jason fight.


FoxKids Spoilers

  • Forsaking his friends, Hercules teams with his newfound half-brothers Pollux and Castor to compete against Jason, Iolaus, and Lilith in the last gymkhana relay race that Jason will ever run. The race is very important to Jason, so when Pollux cheats to win, Jason hastily agrees to settle the dispute in the deadly Pancration competition. With broken ribs and a half-god opponent, odds are against Jason's victory.
  • Hercules dumps his friends to team up with his mortal brothers, Pollux and Castor (Jeremy Callaghan, Grae Burton), in a competition that turns dangerous when Pollux cheats and Jason ends up injured.

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  • Hercules alienates his friends when he abandons them during a competition called The Games to team up with his two new brothers, Pollux and Castor, who are the mortal sons of Zeus. Things get worse for Hercules when Pollux cheats and injures Jason in the process causing the two to fight out their differences.

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Jason: Is this where we sign up for the competition?
Official: No. I just sit here in the hot sun, handing out headbands for my health.
Jason: What's the matter with you, man? I don't wanna share a meal with those guys.

Hercules: Hey, this is very important to me, okay?

Iolaus: Okay, but, we better start meeting some of your sisters.
Hercules: Listen. Jason, wait... listen. This has nothing to do with being afraid, okay? You're hurt. He's the son of a god.
Jason: That's enough! I'm sick of all this 'Sons of Zeus' stuff! It's garbage! My father may not be a god, but that doesn't make Pollux, or Castor, or you any better than me! Now, I'm gonna face this guy! If you don't like it... you stay here!
Pollux: Watch your mouth, kid. I'll show you what it means to be a son of Zeus.
Hercules: One of these days, you'll learn, Pollux. It's not who your father is. It's who you are.
Jason: Well, I guess that we were just afraid that new brothers would take the place of old friends.

Hercules: Aw. Hey, you guys are my brothers.
Lilith: Hey, what about me?

Hercules: Well, you're a brother, too, you know? Just, uh, well... kind of.

Trivia & References

New Guy - This episode is the first time Castor and Pollux appear.
Pop Culture References and Greekisms - Iolaus's line "Eye of the tiger, baby, eye of the tiger." is an allusion to the Survivor song Eye of the Tiger which was the theme song for the boxing movie Rocky III.
Pop Culture References and Greekisms - Iolaus's line "Okay Jason, I want you to float like a butterfly, sting like a wasp." is a paraphrase of the famous Muhammad Ali quote, "I float like a butterfly, and I sting like a bee!"
Continuity Warning - Pollux calls himself the Olympic champion. But it wasn't until HtLJ - "2.16 - Let the Games Begin" that Salmoneus, Hercules, and Atalanta put together the first Olympic Games.

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