Hooves and Harlots
Gabrielle Protects Terreis Hooves
Gabrielle Protects Terreis
Series Xena: Warrior Princess
Season 1
Antagonist Krykus, Phantes
Setting Greece
In-Universe Date Year 0
Production # 76911
Filming Dates September 1995
Original Air-Date 20 November 1995
Written By Steven L. Sears
Directed By Jack Alexander
Episode Chronology
Order in Series 10 of 134
Order in Season 10 of 24
Order in Franchise 39 of 304
Previous Episode in Series "Death in Chains"
Next Episode in Series "The Black Wolf"
Previous Episode in Franchise "Highway to Hades"
Next Episode in Franchise "The Sword of Veracity"
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Xena and Gabrielle try to prevent a war between the Amazons and the Centaurs by determining who killed an Amazon princess. Gabrielle finds herself with some pretty big shoes to fill when she's chosen to replace an Amazon princess who died in her arms.

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Xena and Gabrielle meet the Amazon's

When Xena and Gabrielle enter Amazon territory, they are quickly surrounded by four young Amazon warriors, who are impressed that Xena knows their symbol of peace. But before they guarantee the trespassers safe passage through their hunting grounds, Terreis, the sister of the Amazon Queen Melosa, as well as her comrade Ephiny decide to take them to the Queen.


Gabrielle and Terreis bond.

On the way, Gabrielle and Terreis strike up a friendship, Gabrielle mentions wanting to read about philosophy and learn about history and science. Terreis reveals that Philosophy and history are among the first things taught to Amazon children. Terreis goes on further to reveal that The Amazon world is based on truth and a woman's individual strength. Xena on the other hand doesn't appear to get along with Ephiny, as the two woman are very tense with each other.

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Terreis dies.

Suddenly Xena, Gabrielle and The Amazons are ambushed. Xena covers Gabrielle and the Amazons take to the trees. Terreis is mortally wounded and Gabrielle risks her own life to shield her new friend from further assault. Before Terreis dies, she gives Gabrielle her Right of Cast, which clearly angers Ephiny. What Gabrielle doesn't realize is that her acceptance of this Right of Cast has made her an Amazon princess, responsible for avenging Terreis' death.


Xena and Gabrielle meet Melosa

Later, after witnessing the Amazons' dramatic funeral ritual for Terreis, Xena and Gabrielle are informed by Queen Melosa that her people may soon be at war. As they prepare to leave, they see Ephiny and a swarm of Amazons surrounding a Centaur named Phantes, who has been taken prisoner. Ephiny hands Melosa an arrow from Phantes' quiver which perfectly matches the one that killed her sister, as well as tells the Queen that she captured the Centaur as he was escaping across the river.

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Xena questions Melosa about her issues with Centaurs.

Despite his predicament, Phantes remains defiant, warning the crowd that the Centaurs will never allow him to die since he is the son of their leader Tildus. When Xena questions Melosa about her problems with the Centaurs, the Queen reveals that they've been trying to encroach on the Amazons' hunting grounds.

Xena visits the imprisoned Phantes in his cell and though he expresses eagerness to start a war with the Amazons, she leaves feeling he did not murder Terreis. Meanwhile, Melosa meets with the local warlord Krykus to gain assurances that he and his men will not take sides if a war breaks out. To avert the bloody conflict, Xena offers to speak with Tildus, whom she has faced before in battle. But Melosa still refuses to postpone Phantes' execution, which is set for noon the following day.


Ephiny tells Gabrielle about the Right of Cast

As Xena rides off, Gabrielle finally learns from Melosa that her Right of Cast has made her an Amazon princess, entitled to all the rights and possessions of Terreis. The Queen tells Ephiny to begin her instruction. Meanwhile, Xena is surrounded by a group of Centaurs and men as soon as she reaches the Centaurs' territory. She fights bravely until the voice of Tildus rings out, halting the attack.


Gabrielle Amazon Princess

When she arrives at the Centaur camp, Xena finds everyone busy preparing for battle. Xena pleads with Tildus to postpone his assault on the Amazons and although he confesses that he's lost his taste for war, he tells her he cannot stand by and let his son be executed. At the same time, Gabrielle, dressed in Terreis' clothes, is asked to choose a weapon and begin training. She selects her walking stick and is taught how to wield it like a fighting staff.

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Ephiny and Xena learn that Terreis was killed not by the Centaurs.

That night, Xena searches the ground where the attack on the Amazons occurred and tells Ephiny what she has learned -- that Terreis was killed not by the Centaurs but by Krykus the warlord, who stands to gain power and territory by pitting both armies against each other. Together, they head for his camp where they find evidence linking him to the murder of Terreis.


Melosa forces Gabrielle to kill Phantes

Back at the Amazon village, Gabrielle is utterly miserable now that she knows it's her responsibility to execute Phantes with Terreis' sword or be killed herself for treason. Xena and Ephiny arrive seconds before the sentence is carried out to announce they have proof of Phantes' innocence. When Melosa rejects their arguments, Gabrielle -- who can now claim royal Amazon blood by virtue of her Right of Cast -- is cued by Xena to demand the Royal Challenge, whereby Xena, as Gabrielle's champion, will fight Melosa to try to stop the execution.

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Xena and Melosa set join forces with the Centaurs

The two warrior women engage in a furious battle in which Queen Melosa is finally overpowered. Xena is proclaimed the new Queen of the Amazons just as Tildus and his troops arrive. When Xena reveals that Krykus was responsible for Terreis' murder, both sides agree to attack the warlord's camp together.


Peace is Made

As the sounds of battle fill the air, The Amazons and Centaurs ride in. Krykus' men attack the Amazons and Centaurs. Celano runs off and Xena goes after him where the two fight and Xena kills him. Gabrielle joins in the fight and manages to fight off some of Krykus' men with her staff. A soldier grabs Ephiny from behind, but Gabrielle saves her from him. Melosa moves on Krykus, as Krykus is closing in on an Amazon. Melosa defeats Krykus, as well as holds her chobos at his neck, strangling him. Xena enters and Melosa refuses to kill him until he stands trail for his crimes against the Amazons and the Centaurs.

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Ephiny gives her staff to Gabrielle to carry on her travels.

The Amazons and Centaurs hang out at the Amazon village where an uneasy peace is formed at last between the Centaurs and the Amazons. Melosa mentions that the peace wont be easy, but it's a good start. Xena and Tildus shake hands and finally put there long feud in the past. Gabrielle, Ephiny and Phantes arrive and Phantes mentions Gabrielle has told alot of stories of her adventures with Xena. Eponin hands Ephiny her staff, Ephiny holds it out to Gabrielle, telling Gabrielle it's hers. Gabrielle refuses to take it at first, but Ephiny tells her An Amazon Princess doesn't refuse a gift from another Amazon and she accepts it.

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Xena and Gabrielle before sunset discuss the recent Amazon adventure.

During sunset in the hills, Xena, Gabrielle and Argo walk along. Gabrielle asks Xena if she's mad at her because she didn't tell her about the Right of Cast. Xena tells her she isn't mad, Gabrielle then tells her how great it's going to be being an Amazon, as well as promises no more secrets between them. Xena moves a different way from Gabrielle, as she continues walking talking about her next adventures coming, she eventually notices Xena walked off in another direction and runs to catch up with her.


No Males, Centaurs or Amazons were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

Background InformationEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit

"“I had such a good time doing [this episode], because I’ve never gotten to do any stunt fighting or anything before. I found it really exciting. I love anything that’s physically based anyway. Doing the fighting was amazing. It was a real plus. So now when a role comes up, I have a good look and see if there are any stunt fights… The [big fight with Xena and Melosa] went out the window at one point and we were really fighting to hold it together before we started laughing…. [We lost the plot] completely! But we got it back again…” "
― Alison Bruce (Melosa)

Source: (Titan: The Official XENA Magazine, Issue #3 – January 2000) and many thanks to for personally researched, and transcribed

"Hooves and Harlots was great fun because of Alison Bruce. She's a good actress with a lot of charisma, and a nice woman. And we got wise to chariots in that episode, and rigged up quite a machine. The riding scene is over in two minutes instead of the eight hours we spent in the slimy old water!...Sometimes the chariots were attached to tracks, but at other times you had to have the horses crossing to give a sense of reality. "
― Lucy Lawless on working with Alison and the chariots scene

Source: Xena: Warrior Princess: The Official Guide to the Xenaverse Book 1997 and many thanks to for personally researched, and transcribed

  • Fliming Dates: September 25th through October 5th (8 day shoot).
  • Original U.S. viewers (first airing): 5.9
  • This episode's script number is 109.
  • The Amazon Nation was structurally based upon the Iroquois Confederation, with different tribes being ruled by separate Queens but still linked by kinship.
  • As of this episode, Gabrielle now fights with a staple weapon: a fighting staff.
  • Alison Bruce (Melosa) and David Aston (Tildus) went on to star together in Street Legal.
  • Alison Bruce (Melosa) also played Kahina in the episode Legacy and Talia in the episode Animal Attraction, both on Xena. She also played in one episode of Young Hercules.
  • Danielle Cormack (Ephiny) has said that performing in an Amazon mask was something of a nightmare, especially during fight scenes, since she could barely see through it.
  • Up until this episode Gabrielle wore her 'peasant costume'. This episode featured the last time it was worn.
  • In the original script, Terreis is described as a young girl about Gabrielle's age with a similar look.
  • Unlike the aired version, in the script it is made clear that Gabrielle didn't tell Xena about the right of cast information at Ephiny's request. After Xena leaves to meet Tildus, Gabrielle questions Ephiny that she will have trouble keeping it a secret from Xena, especially when she doesn't know what the right of cast is.
  • A cut scene from the aired version had Gabrielle giving Xena's shoulders a massage before the battle with Melosa.

Key EventsEdit

"“This is the first time that I had to dance as Gabrielle, and I couldn’t decide if I should really try to dance well or just, you know, have two left feet…. And I just thought, ‘Ah, you gotta have fun with it!’ So I tried to do the goofiest things I could find and they never asked me to dance again, what, for three or four years after that. That was funny.” "
― Renee O’Connor on dancing as Gabrielle

Source: (Coffee Talk #2 With Lucy & Renee) and many thanks to for personally researched, and transcribed

  • First Appearence of the Amazon Nation.
  • Gabrielle becomes an Amazon Princess.
  • Gabrielle gets her first weapon, a Staff.
  • This is the last appearance of Gabrielle's 'Farm Girl' outfit.
  • This is the first appearance of Danielle Cormack as Ephiny, who will continue to recur through to the final season.
  • The first time Gabrielle fights with a weapon, staff.


  • Xena does not use her chakram in this episode.

Memorable Quotations Edit

"Why am I to trust you? At one time we would have rejoiced in each other’s blood."
"Look inside yourself for that answer. Are you still the same Centaur I met at Corinth?"
"You killed a half of my Centaur army. My friends. My son will not die for something he didn’t do. He’s not a murderer. I desperately want to avoid war, but I’m gonna get him back. And I swear, if he dies, every Amazon will suffer at my hand.
Tildus and Xena
"Fun? This fighting staff was my first weapon. My mother passed it on to me. It saved my life more than once. Centaurs have certain strengths and weaknesses. They’re fast and agile. We use that to our advantage. As a centaur passes at full gallop, the staff goes here, to crack the knee at the joint. This splits the leg forward and drops him to the ground. As the centaur falls, a strike to the lower shoulder dislocates the two front legs. Once the centaur is on the ground, an overhead strike breaks the neck. Death is immediate - if they’re lucky. Still fun?"
Ephiny, to Gabrielle
"You know, I just thought of something. You’re a warrior princess, and I’m an Amazon princess. That’s gonna make such a great story."


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