Xena: Warrior Princess (season 2)

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Xena: Warrior Princess (season 2)
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Season 2 DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original network USA Network
Original release September 30, 1996 – May 12, 1997
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List of Xena: Warrior Princess episodes

The second season of the television series Xena: Warrior Princess commenced airing in the United States and Canada on September 30, 1996, concluded on May 12, 1997, and contained 22 episodes.

The second season aired in the United States on the USA Network. The season was released on DVD as a six disc boxed set under the title of Xena: Warrior Princess: Season 2 on September 3, 2003 by Anchor Bay Entertainment.


Crew Produced by Liz Friedman and Eric Gruendemann, Cinematography was made by Donald Duncan. Editing by Robert Field, Casting directed by Diana Rowan. Production design made by Robert Gillies. Costume Design by Ngila Dickson, Phil Chitty was the construction manager, Kate Lang sculptor (noncredit) and Roger Murray the props designer (noncredit). Special Effects by Brendon Durey, visual Effects by Kevin Blank, Phil Carbonaro and Anna Tkatch. Dennis Thompson was in charge of the Camera and Electrical Department and Simone Knight was in charge of costumes.


The supervising sound editor, Jason Schmid, won the one-hour series sound editing award at the Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Awards for the season's fourth episode, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."[1]


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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
251"Orphan of War"Charles SiebertSteven L. SearsSeptember 30, 1996 (1996-09-30)
Xena meets Solan, the son she gave to the Centaurs to raise. Xena battles Dagnine, who has used the power of the Ixion Stone ("Ixion was the father of centaurs") to transform himself into the most powerful centaur ever known.
262"Remember Nothing"Anson WilliamsSteven L. Sears, Chris ManheimOctober 7, 1996 (1996-10-07)
After Xena saves the Fates from attack, they give her the chance to live her life again; if she agrees to give up her warrior ways. She accepts and in the new life, Lyceus is still alive, but her mother is dead and Gabrielle is a warlord's slave.
273"The Giant Killer"Gary JonesTerence WinterOctober 14, 1996 (1996-10-14)
Xena faces her old friend Goliath in battle when he refuses to turn his back on the ruthless Philistines.
284"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"T.J. ScottAdam Armus, Nora Kay FosterOctober 21, 1996 (1996-10-21)
Joxer meets with Xena and Gabrielle and delivers a package containing the head of Orpheus. Bacchus has decapitated him, and Orpheus asks Xena to find his lyre in order to stop Bacchus. While searching a nearby town, Gabrielle dances with a group of Bacchus' bacchae: female vampires created by Bacchus. Meanwhile, Xena defeats two bacchae but is unable to take the lyre from them. The next day Xena, still carrying Orpheus' head, Gabrielle, and Joxer go to the cemetery next to Bacchus' catacombs to collect dryad bones. These bones are the only thing capable of piercing a bacchae's heart and killing them. Xena kills one of the skeletal, winged dryads and procures a sharp bone. After the battle, Gabrielle turns into a bacchae, having been bitten by another bacchae the day before. She escapes into the catecombs, with Xena and Joxer following. When they arrive, Gabrielle is about to drink Bacchus' blood from a cup and become a permanent bacchae. Xena knocks the cup to the ground with her chakram. A fight ensues and Xena attempts to kill Bacchus, but only a bacchae can kill him. Xena lets Gabrielle bite her so that she also becomes a bacchae. Able to resist Bacchus normal control over bacchae, Xena kills Bacchus and return Orpheus' lyre. Gabrielle and the other girls are restored to normal.
295"Return of Callisto"T.J. ScottR. J. StewartOctober 28, 1996 (1996-10-28)
As Gabrielle and Perdicus marry, Callisto breaks out of prison and murders Perdicas. Gabrielle wants Xena to teach her how to kill Callisto, so she can exact her revenge.
306"Warrior... Princess... Tramp"Josh BeckerR. J. StewartNovember 4, 1996 (1996-11-04)
Xena's look-alike, Princess Diana, is kidnapped and Meg, yet another look-alike, is recruited to impersonate her. Xena is called by the king to help rescue her. All three begin impersonating each other and much confusion ensues.
317"Intimate Stranger"Gary JonesSteven L. SearsNovember 11, 1996 (1996-11-11)
Callisto convinces Ares to switch her body with that of Xena and she escapes from Tartarus. Hades allows Xena, now in Callisto's body, to go after her. Callisto, in Xena's body, causes trouble for Xena's friends and family.
328"Ten Little Warlords"Charles SiebertPaul Robert CoyleNovember 18, 1996 (1996-11-18)
Ares' sword is stolen and he loses his powers along with it. King Sisyphus brings Xena and some warlords together for a final battle to decide who will sit on the deposed Ares' throne. His plan is to take Ares' place and escape from Tartarus.
339"A Solstice Carol"John T. KretchmerChris ManheimDecember 9, 1996 (1996-12-09)
Xena and Gabrielle arrive in a kingdom where celebrating the Solstice is forbidden. Xena devises a plan to stop King Silvus from closing an orphanage. He is visited by three ghosts, who show him the error of his wicked ways.
3410"The Xena Scrolls"Charlie HaskelAdam Armus, Nora Kay Foster, Robert Sidney MelletteJanuary 13, 1997 (1997-01-13)
(clip show) In 1940, the archaeologist, Janice Covington is searching for the key to unlock a tomb containing the ancient Xena Scrolls. With the help of Melinda Pappas and Jacques S'er she find the scrolls and releases Ares from his tomb.
3511"Here She Comes... Miss Amphipolis"Marina SargentiChris ManheimJanuary 20, 1997 (1997-01-20)
Salmoneus summons Xena to help keep the peace in the kingdom where he is organising the Miss Known World Beauty Pageant. Xena enters the contest as Miss Amphipolis so she can figure out who is sabotaging the pageant.
3612"Destiny"Robert TapertSteven L. Sears, R. J. Stewart, Robert TapertJanuary 27, 1997 (1997-01-27)
Xena is badly injured and Gabrielle must take her on a long journey to a healer on Mount Nestos. While unconscious Xena remembers the first time she met Caesar, and the actions that turned her into an angry warlord.
3713"The Quest"Michael LevineSteven L. Sears, Chris Manheim, R. J. StewartFebruary 3, 1997 (1997-02-03)
While mourning Xena's death, Gabrielle has to lead the Amazons, who want to give Xena an Amazon funeral. Autolycus, King of Thieves, tries to deal with being possessed by Xena's spirit, who uses his body to steal her body. He and Gabrielle must get to the Ambrosia in time or Xena will remain dead. Meanwhile, Velasca is angry at being passed over as queen.
3814"A Necessary Evil"Mark BeesleyPaul Robert CoyleFebruary 10, 1997 (1997-02-10)
Velasca, having eaten Ambrosia, has become a goddess and attacks the Amazon camp. Xena makes a deal with Callisto, who agrees to fight Velasca for a chance to get her hands on some Ambrosia.
3915"A Day in the Life"Michael HurstR. J. StewartFebruary 17, 1997 (1997-02-17)
Two villages need Xena's help, but she cannot be in both places at once. One needs protection from a giant, the other from an evil warlord.
4016"For Him the Bell Tolls"Josh BeckerAdam Armus, Nora Kay FosterFebruary 24, 1997 (1997-02-24)
Responding to an urgent message from King Lias, Xena decides to go away for a few days, leaving Gabrielle and Joxer behind. Aphrodite has some fun when she causes Joxer to become a hero every time a bell rings.
4117"The Execution"Garth MaxwellPaul Robert CoyleApril 7, 1997 (1997-04-07)
Xena and Gabrielle are summoned to a village by Meleager the Mighty, and find that their famous warrior friend has just been convicted of murder. Garielle breaks him out of jail and Xena looks for the real culprit.
4218"Blind Faith"Josh Becker, Garth MaxweelAdam Armus, Nora Kay FosterApril 14, 1997 (1997-04-14)
An aspiring warrior kidnaps Gabrielle so that he can pick a fight with Xena. During the fight Xena is splashed with Sumac oil and begins losing her sight. Meanwhile, Gabrielle has been sold to a man who wants to marry her to the recently dead king.
4319"Ulysses"Michael LevineR. J. StewartApril 21, 1997 (1997-04-21)
Poseidon warns Xena to stay out of his fight with Ulysses, King of Ithaca, but she is determined to see justice done.
4420"The Price"Oley SassoneSteven L. SearsApril 28, 1997 (1997-04-28)
Xena and Gabrielle encounter the axe-wielding Horde, who slew Xena's old army. The mixture of fear and hatred she feels for the Horde make Xena begin reverting to her old cruel, bloodthirsty self in order to defeat her enemy.
4521"Lost Mariner"Garth MaxweelSteven L. SearsMay 5, 1997 (1997-05-05)
Gabrielle finds herself on the cursed ship of the Lost Mariner, Cecrops, and Xena must save her friend and break the curse.
4622"A Comedy of Eros"Charles SiebertChris ManheimMay 12, 1997 (1997-05-12)
Cupid's son, Bliss, steals one of his father's crossbows and proceeds to wreak havoc on the mortal world.


  1. ^ Paulos, Tally J. (April 1, 1997). "Sound choices: 'Daylight,' 'Hunchback,' 'Xena'". Variety. Retrieved 2008-05-02.