1.18 - A Serpent's Tooth

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Title A Serpent's Tooth
Episode # Season 1, Episode 18
First aired October 29, 1998
Directed by Andrew Merrifield
Written by Mark Eden
Summary A rock present for Jason turns into a baby basilisk. Iolaus names it Ruff.

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  • It's Three Men and a Baby, only, in this story, the men are teen cadets (Hercules, Iolaus, and Jason) and the baby is a basilisk named Ruff (a turtle-esque animal who spits goo that turns to fire). Under the delighted watchful eyes of instigators, Strife and Discord, our heroes chase Ruff throughout the town trying to catch him and save Corinth from incineration.
  • In disguise, Strife and Discord (Joel Tobeck, Meighan Desmond) gift Jason with what turns out to be a baby monster whose venom, it is soon discovered, can burn down anything it touches.

TV Guide Promo

  • Discord and Strife, disguised as a Babylonian traveler and a Sybill give Jason a gift that turns out to be a baby monster, that Iolaus soon comes to adore. Unknown to the trio though is that the monster is capable of burning down anything his venom touches.


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New Guy - This episode is the first time Ruff is introduced.
Pop Culture References - The title is based upon a quote from William Shakespeare's play "King Lear" (Act I, Scene IV): "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!"

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