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Season 3, episode 16
Series 316
1st release: 02/24/97
2nd release: 09/15/97
1st USA strip release: 10/15/98
2nd USA strip release: 02/08/99
3rd USA strip release:
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Last update: 01-31-99

SYNOPSIS by Liz Sheppard

Michael Hurst (Iolaus)
Robert Trebor (Salmoneus)
Fona Mogridge (Moira)
Matthew Chamberlain (Kamaros/Karkas)

Marama Jackson (Aurora)
Amber Sainsbury (Regina)
Hannah Malloch (Lorel)

Written by Robert Bielak and Liz Friedman
Script by Robert Bielak
Directed by Charlie Haskell

Iolaus's search for his missing cousin Regina takes him to a commune where everyone has been brainwashed by a seemingly benevolent leader.

Iolaus finds his cousin and Salmoneus in an underground gold-mining cult.

1st release: 02/24/97
An AA average of 5.8
Competition from Syndicated Action Dramas:
(1) XENA 8th with 6.3
(2) HERCULES 11th with 5.8
(3) STAR TREK DS9 12th with 5.6
(4) BAYWATCH was 19th with 4.3

2nd release: 09/15/97
An AA average of 4.7
Competition from Syndicated Action Dramas:
(1) STAR TREK DS9 8th with 5.2
(2) XENA 9th with 4.9
(3) HERCULES 11th with 4.7
(4) WALKER TEXAS RANGER 17th with 4.1
(5) BAYWATCH 22nd with 3.6


Synopsis by Liz Sheppard.

Salmoneus is questing for dinars(what else is new) when he finds an old temple. He goes there in search of food. The only problem is when he gets there, gold is everywhere, and lots of it. Before he can do a happy dance, he falls threw a hole in the floor.

Iolaus and a girl named Mariah are looking for some lost girls, one of them is Iolaus' cousin. Mariah believes they were taken from visitors from other continents(hehe), but Iolaus just wants to find his cousin. They argue alot, like an old bickering married couple. She complains on the lack of food and they find an old temple filled with thugs. Big long fight scene that's in every Herc ep breaks out, only without Herc. After the thugs leave, they find lots of food and pig out. When they wake up, they find the food is gone and lote of gold. Iolaus falls though a hole, with Mariah falling in later. They find Hippy Hippy town with Salmoneus among them. "Brother Sal" seems quite peaceful and has no memory of Herc or Iolaus.

They all have dinner, with a weirdo named Camarous. They talk about everybody worshiping their god, Lorel. Iolaus doesn't like the smell of the dessert and he, along with Mariah run off. She gets suspicious and Iolaus noticed something wrong with Sal. Other than what's normally wrong with him.

While Iolaus walks around, he finds Regina, his cousin, who doesn't know who he is and runs away. Lorel appears before them. She's a young girl, about the age of 11, and doesn't talk. Brother Sal shows up and he gives Iolaus a tour around so Mariah can snoop. While in the gold mines, Iolaus questions Brother Sal on his view on gold. He says it's just rock and mineral. Hmmmm

Camarous has his chest licked by some blonde and makes Aurora watch. She gets grossed out and runs away. Mariah finds her. Aurora is crying about Lorel, saying that she is her kid sister. Iolaus pops by, saying that he made a deal with Brother Sal, saying that if he didn't eat any of the food for a day, then Iolaus would join the group. He also gave Mariah a few gold nuggets and left to free Lorel.

Iolaus finds Lorel sitting very still in a room. When he tries to carry her away, Camarous along with thugs show up to stop them. Iolaus uses the fake godling as a blunt object and a backpack, but end up getting shot by a dart. When he comes to, he finds himself strapped to a chair and made to watch a fan thing go round and round. It's supposed to wash his brain.

Aurora and Mariah find Brother Sal who's no longer their brother. He's frustrated because he has stopped eating the food and Iolaus isn't around. Mariah then temps him by sticking the gold nuggets down her shirt. He's hooked. The girls also find Regina. Iolaus also told her to stop eating. The three girls team up to take Lorel from Camarous. They end up running into a hippy hippy peace love Iolaus. Mariah tries to knock some sense into him, but he's still hippy hippy. Good thing too, because Camarous was overhearing them.

Sal runs into the girls. He remembers Iolaus as a blonde guy that used to hang out with a big guy. He runs off to get some gold.

While Mariah is looking for Lorel, Camarous finds her and locks her up in that chair, trying to get her to eat the food. Camarous even tries to get the hippy sidekick to feed her but it backfires. The real Iolaus comes to and starts beating up the bad guys. Sal shows with a barrel full of gold and starts throwing gold whereever they need it. Camarous gets mad and he and Iolaus start sword fighting. Iolaus remembers a symbol on the sword and reveals Camarous is actually Carcass, some bad guy from an eariler episode which I can't remember. Iolaus frees Mariah and continues fighting with Carcass.

The girls with Sal are trying to convince the others that Lorel isn't a god. When Lorel shows up, she tells everyone the same. Then everybody is convinced that Camarous is a baddy.

Carcass has cut a rope that will make the city fall in on itself. Iolaus ends up killing Carcass by pushing him into the fan. Everybody leaves through a secret exit. The city is gone and everybody is loving the air and sun. Sal kept the gold nuggets as souvenirs. Iolaus and Mariah walk away talking about Herc giving birth to a two headed dog. Don't ask.

Peace, brother.


Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - Original Television Soundtrack. Joseph LoDuca. Uni/Varese Sarabande; ASIN: B0000014XJ.

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No Hippy-dippy, Substance abusing, 60's Reject Love Children were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

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