Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts
Episode 12 of 24 within Season One. Item 12 of 134 overall.
Production number 76914.
Janis Hendler - Story
Roy Thomas - Story
Adam Armus - Teleplay
Nora Kay Foster - Teleplay
T. J. Scott - Director
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At the behest of Helen of Troy, Xena goes to the embattled city to help end a 10-year war with the Greeks. But while trying to rein in the hostilities, she discovers a Trojan horse who's working with the enemy.

original airdate--January 15,1996  rating--6.1 million


music--The theme music "The Mystere Des Voix Bulgares" (The Bulgarian's Women Choir) by Joseph LoDuca


Antagonist--The Greeks, Deiphobus

Setting--Greece   (Troy)

Chakram Count: 2


Goofs: In the first episode, "Sins of the Past", Xena has already seen Perdicas. Gabrielle had previously told Xena that she was engaged to Perdicas. However, in this episode, Xena seems to know nothing about Perdicas, although it's possible she just forgot.

Trivia:The Spartans in this episode have a Southern US accent. While obviously untrue from a historical perspective, portraying Spartans with a Southern accent is a longstanding tradition in American re-enactments of ancient Greek plays.


No Oversized Polynesian-Style Bamboo Horses were harmed during the production of this motion picture. However, many wicker lawn chairs gave their lives.


[Announcer] "In time of ancient Gods, Warlords and Kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero. She was Xena, a mighty princess forged in the heat of battle. The power. The passion. The danger. Her courage will change the world."

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regional titles

Pas op voor Grieken Bearing Gifts
Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts
Méfie-toi des Grecs
Beware Gréagaigh Bronntanais Bearing
Xena e il cavallo di Troia
Cuidado con los griegos que dejan regalos