The Amazon Queen Varia is kidnapped by a masked warrior, leaving Gabrielle to lead the other Amazons on a bloody rescue mission.
Meanwhile, the plan takes a downward turn, however, when Xena's efforts to counteract the warrior's catapults are ineffective.
original airdate--February 24,2001 rating--2.2 million
music--The theme music "The Mystere Des Voix Bulgares" (The Bulgarian's Women Choir) by Joseph LoDuca
Setting--Marga's tribe, Greece
Goof: There is an Amazon ritual being performed where the character has to be cut on the arm, but you can see the blood on the knife before the blade touches her arm.
Trivia--The episode title is a pun based on the book and subsequent film To Hell and Back, the autobiography of famous cowboy actor Audie Murphy portraying his World War 2 exploits as America's most decorated soldier.
"No shark bait was harmed during the making of this motion picture."
[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."