Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995–1999): Season 1, Episode 1 - The Wrong Path - full transcript

After a routine brawl aided by Iolaus to prevent a hanging, Hercules returns home and sees his beloved wife and little boys burnt to a crisp by a fire ball while Hera laughs, and swears revenge. After some reminiscing about happier family days sitting by the river, he tells his cruel fate to Iolaus, who expected him to help in the forge, curses the cowardice of his foul father Zeus and tells his friend to stay back. Farmer Lycus from Ister seeks Hercules' help, is turned away and foul-mouths him in the bar, where Iolaus verbally takes him on and yet promises to come help himself against the she-demon who turns the village men into stone and gives their souls to Hera's sister Hekate, as punishment for not sacrificing their first-born sons to the queen of gods. Meanwhile Hercules sets fire to his home and visits his mother Alcmene who was told by Zeus and insists he grieves first, then warns Hera will attack anyone he loves because of Zeus' infidelity. He sets out to destroy Hera's seven temples. On the way to Ister Iolaus does his usual bragging to incredulous Lycus, then they witness village adolescent Orestes being petrified by the demon's tail; he enters her cave hoping to cut it off, but is turned into stone himself. In a mountain temple Hera's guards are no match for Hercules, even while he has his hands full with slave-girl Agina he saves from human sacrifice; he accepts to take her back to Ister, as it has a Hera-temple. Old Thoas greets them, insisting they flee and reports Iolaus' death, so the hero feels guilty. Lycus meets them, planning to run from his doomed home. Hercules enters the cave to revenge his friend, and dodges her tail which however grabs his stake, nearly gets him but finally gets stuck, and misses him to petrify her, which reverts her curse.

You! Get over here!

- Out of the way,
- Hand it over to me.

or I'll give ya a second smile.

Hurry up with that money.

All of it!

You've got more than that.

- What about him?
- That's all you have?

Let me kill him.

It's Hercules!

We heard you were
in the neighborhood.

We just had to say "hello".


Get him!

I gotcha!







And don't come back!

Baby. Did they hurt you?


Oh, there's nothing like
a bit of exercise

to get the old blood flowing.

Speak for yourself.

Oh, come on!

Don't tell me
you didn't enjoy it, Hercules.

- I saw that look on your face.
- Well, then you'd better remember it,

because I'm not gonna
wear it again.

- Oh, yeah.
- Hey, look!

All I wanna do now
is curl up beside the fire

- with Deianeira and the kids.
- Hey!

You're not gonna be by the fire
tomorrow, are you?

Oh, don't worry, Iolaus.

I... know you need help
with your blacksmithing.

Good, 'cause, uh...,

you know, I'm feelin'
kind of stiff here.

Are ya? You know...,

me too, but...
if Deianeira's still up,

maybe I'll have her work out
some of the kinks.


Hmm. Kids...









Damn you, Hera!

You'll pay for this
till the day I die!

This is the history
of a time long ago,

a time of myth and legend,

when the ancient gods
were petty and cruel

and they plagued mankind
with suffering.

Only one man dared
to challenge their power:


Hercules possessed a strength
the world had never seen,

a strength surpassed only
by the power of his heart.

He journeyed the Earth
battling the minions

of his wicked stepmother, Hera,
the all-powerful queen of the gods.

But wherever there was evil,
wherever an innocent would suffer,

there would be... Hercules!



Mommy! Mommy! Daddy's home!

Hercules, come on!

There's no time
for dozing!

We got work to do!

They're gone, Iolaus.

And there's
no bringing them back.


What are you talkin' about?


the kids.

Hera killed them.

Oh, no.

What happened?


Hera sent a fireball.

There's nothing left
of my family

except the scorched earth
they were sleeping on.





Zeus betrayed me.

He's your father,
he should've done something!

Well, he didn't!

Now he won't even show his face
to explain why!

Revenge is all that's left,

We wage a war against Hera,
you and me.

We'll turn everything
she ever touched into rubble.

That's for me to do,
no one else.

I've always helped you before.
Why not now?

It's not your fight, Iolaus.

Go home.

I can't just walk away
from you.

You can if I ask you to.

And that's what I'm doing.

Please, just go.

You're my friend.

And you're mine.

The best one I've ever had.

That's why I'm askin' you
to understand.

All right.

But if you ever need me...

Stay well, Iolaus.

Go away.

But I've travelled all the way
from Ister seeking help.

- People are dying there.
- Well, people are dying here too!

I know nothing about that.

It's not your business.

Maybe I'm in the wrong place.

I'm looking for Hercules.

I'm Hercules!

But I still can't help
everybody whose path I cross.

Then you're not the Hercules
I've heard so many stories about.

Not anymore.

How can you call
this Hercules a hero?

He's too busy ravaging
his own home to help anybody.

He must be crazy.

You people think
it doesn't matter

'cause the blood of Zeus
runs in his veins.


Why don't you pipe down

till you know
what you're talking about?

I know what I saw with my own
eyes, that's all I'm saying.

You didn't look
into his heart.

If ya did...,

you'd've seen
it was broken.

You don't make any more sense
than Hercules did.

He lost his family.

You understand that?

They were swept away
in a fireball

sent down by his stepmother.

The goddess Hera?

She's a murdering bitch.

And his father's no better.

Zeus turned his back
on his own blood.

Where's your respect
for the gods?

In a pig trough,
where it belongs.

Hercules deserves
our respect now...,

and our sympathy.

Well, I shouldn't have brought him
my problems.


you should have.

If things were normal,
he'd have helped you.

I don't know
who to turn to now.

Are things really that bad?

Worse than anybody in my village
ever thought possible.

Then I'll help you.

- You?
- Right.

They call me... Iolaus.

And you are?

Lykus..., of Ister.

Good to know you...,
Lykus of Ister.

So, tell me
what the trouble is.

A she-demon.

She turns the men
of my village into stone,

and then steals their souls

and gives them to Hecate
in the underworld.

Hera's sister.

Why does she want their souls?

To satisfy Hera...,

who hates us for refusing
to sacrifice our first-born sons.

I'll take care
of your she-demon for you.

Ready to go?

Thought you'd changed
your mind.

Not my style.

What gave you that idea,

Well, you weren't here
when you said you'd be.

I... thought you might have been
scared off.

Hmm. Scared?


It's just, uh...

Well, I didn't wanna seem

It's the way I operate.
Come on.



How did you know?

Zeus told me.

He doesn't have the courage
to talk to me, huh?

My own father.

No, Hercules,
not now.

There's plenty of time
for anger.

But your grief
has to come first.

That doesn't make sense.

In Hera's mind, it does.

And she will do the same
to your friends

that she did to your family.

Anything to destroy
your happiness on Earth,

anything to curse you
with a lifetime of loneliness.

- Are you safe?
- Don't worry about me.


you're my family too.

Hera hates the fact
that Zeus loved you.

It was a love that lasted
only a little while.


He lets everyone down
sooner or later.

But no one as badly
as you.

I wanna know why.

It was a woman.

You mean, his lust
counted for more

- than my wife and children.
- He's so ashamed, Hercules.

For the first time in his life,
he wishes he was mortal

so he could crawl off somewhere
and die.

As far as I'm concerned,
he is dead.

From now on,
I'm on my own.

No, you're not.

You have my love too.

I know I do.

And you have mine.

Where are you going?

To pay Hera back
the best way I can...,

by destroying
her seven temples.

That won't bring
your family back.

You'll only put yourself
in danger.

Nothing will happen to me,

I'm the son of a god...,



Come back!


Please accept our offering,

- Hey! You can't...
- Don't!

But he can't just trample through
our shrine like that.

That was Hercules.

- Are you sure?
- Absolutely.

I saw him drop a giant
like a bad habit, you know?

In the same fierce mood
as today, I'm betting.

Eh, no.

No, he was... much happier

Don't doubt me, Lykus.

I've fried bigger fish
than your she-demon.

You know...,

when Hercules and I were...
battling the titans...,

we were up against
bearded behemoths,

eighty feet tall.
No, ten...,

even twelve.

We still managed
to beat back

two waves
of those ugly brutes.

I tell ya...,
my head was echoing

with the clang of swords
for weeks after that. Oh, yeah.

I thought Hercules always
fought his battles by himself.

Yeah, well, not when I'm around,
he doesn't.

We're a team, Hercules and me.

Not what the stories say.

Stories? What stories?

Oh, the one the scribes tell.

Now, why would you go
paying any attention to them...

when all they're doing
is passing along hearsay?

No, you go to the source,

You go ask that Hydra
if it was just Hercules out there,

cutting off its heads, huh?

I got my licks in too,
you better believe I did.

Uh-oh. Trouble.

Oh, can't you just
push it out of the way?

Yeah..., no problem.

Hercules wouldn't break a sweat
with something like this.

Yeah. Yeah, you're right.
He'd, uh...,

save all his energy
for the... She-Demon.

You comin' or not?

Oh, yeah. Right away.

You can't stop me, Hera.

You know...,

this is really
beautiful country.

You can go back to enjoying it
just a soon...

- Young love...
- Orestes!

You got something against romance?

It's the She-Demon!


Are those for me? Hmm.

How beautiful.


Don't be shy.

She's gone.



That's no way to say "hello".

No offerings today, pilgrim.

They're showing a thief
the truth and the light.

The truth and the light.

But Hera's the daughter
of darkness.

What is your name?!


Forget about Hera.

This place is comin' down.

Kill him!





he didn't look that easy.

Don't go anywhere.


I'm feelin' better, already.

- Sorry.
- Ah.

Couldn't help myself.


Do you know what you're doing?!

Not at the moment.

Now what?!

Relax... and enjoy the ride.






No! I'm getting sick!




Are you crazy?!


So, you still in one piece?




Hey, so...,

what was that all about in there?

'Cause saving me definitely wasn't
the first thing on your mind.

It's personal.

Those bug-eyed loons
you just beat up?

Caught me stealing food.

Well, an escaped slave's
gotta eat, doesn't she?

You're free now.

I don't believe in slavery.

What, just like that?
I'm free?

Just like that.

Well, hey!
Who are you, anyway?

I'm Hercules.

You're Hercules?!

You know, I'm sick and tired
of people asking me that.

No, I-I believe you.
You're Hercules.

I'm Aegina.

Well, maybe we'll meet again,

Hey, what's your rush?!

Hera has six more temples.

And I'm going to destroy
all of 'em.

What, and leave me out here
all by myself?

You know, choosing mayhem
over chivalry

won't do much
for your reputation.

Well, my reputation is the last thing
I'm worrying about right now.

Okay, look.

I'm not asking you
to take me around the world.

I just want you to get me back
to Ister.

It's where I'm from,
and... it's really great,

you-you know,
even if I was a slave.


Hera has a temple
east of there.

Well, then I'm on your way.

I can even show you
a shortcut.

Well, I'm not a spy for Hera,
if that's what you're thinking.

Well, in that case, you'll...
probably make it back to Ister.

What, with you?

- With me.
- Great!

Come on.



This is what they got for not
sacrificing their firstborn sons?

Someone should turn Hera
to stone.

Those are their loved ones,
poor souls.

I wanna know where
this damn creature lives.

Over there.

She-Demon's cave.

It can't be.

So, uh..., what's your plan?

I haven't got one yet...,

but I'm working on it.

You're not gonna run, are ya?

That is the second time
you've mentioned that.

It never crossed my mind.

Hey, you're goin' about this
all wrong.

I just hope you know that.

Just because I had
a weak moment

and told you about my wife
and kids,

doesn't mean
you get to judge me.

I'm not judging you.

I just think you should
do something

to honor their memory, that's all.

They'd want me to do
exactly what I'm doing.

Now, be careful.

I know what I'm...

This should
take the swelling down.

Ah, it feels good.

But you don't have
to fuss over me.

I'm not fussing over you.

All right,
I just want you to be...

just ready to cover some ground


you're gonna be eating my dust

That's fine...,

as long as
I don't have to carry you.

I really was right, you know?

About what?

About how you should forget
that witch you have

for a step-mother?

About how no amount of revenge
will ever bring your family back?

Nothing is.

That's the trouble.

I'm sorry.

I mean, I don't think
I've said that.

You really do have
my sympathy.

But you can't let it turn you
into something you're not.

That's who you are,
people call for help

- and you al...
- ...and I always go, I know.


I can't stand to see the gods
play with people's lives,

you know? Anybody's lives.

I know that...,

and I love that about you.

You're Hercules,
don't try to change that,

not for me, not for the kids.

You'd only be lying
to yourself.

Who is the mighty Hercules
going to help next?

You've got to help us.

There's a monster...


We need you!

I think you already know.

I'm gonna do
what my wife and kids

would want me to do.

Help people.

Well, you're already helping me,
if you're lookin' for a place to start.

Yeah, but...

you're not the only person
from Ister who reached out to me.

There was a farmer, and I...

I turned him down.

I can't remember ever doing
something like that.


now that I'm going to Ister,
I wonder if...

...he'd still want you
to help him?

I hope so.

He'd be a fool not to.

I mean, after all,
you're Hercules.

Are you sure
this is the right time?

Maybe she won't see me...
till it's too late.

Are you crazy?

I've resisted many women
in my time.

It's a special power I have.

- What are you gonna do?
- Huh.

Cut her tail off.

But you've gotta get close to her
to do that.

Watch me.

Where'd she go?

Looking for me?

I hope you're ready to die.

Not far now.

What's that?

I don't know.

How's your ankle?

I can run if I have to.

All right.

Let's go see who it is.

Turn back,
heedless travellers.

Ister is no place
for the living anymore.

Thoas? Is that you?

I recognize your voice.


You're a slave.

Not anymore.

Then use your freedom
to go elsewhere.

The She-Demon is turning
the men of Ister into stone.

That's why I'm here.

You'll only join them.

No, Thoas, this is Hercules.

Oh, you have my sympathy,

Well, thank you.

I didn't know the news
about my wife and children

had travelled this far.

Your wife and children?

I was talking about your friend,
the one they call Iolaus.

He's dead.

It's my fault
Iolaus was here.

You don't know that.

I know what that man
on the road said.

Iolaus came to help the farmer

and that's what
I should have been doing.

Now, I'm dragging you
into this.

Go back, Aegina,
you don't know what could happen.

I'm not leaving you now,

Pay attention for a moment,
would you?

The people in my life
get killed;

that's the price they pay
for my friendship and my love.

What if I told you
I don't want your friendship?!

What if I told you
I was using you

to get myself back here?
Would that make you feel better?

No, because I know Hera.

She's not gonna bother
looking into your reasons.

In her eyes, if you're with me,
you deserve to die.

You can't scare me off, all right?

Would you get it
through your thick head?

Look, I'm not Hera's slave,
and I'm not yours, either!

I do what I wanna do,
and right now I'm doing it.

You're outta your mind.

But... I'm still a lot of fun
to be with.


As long as you understand
the risks.


And who the boss is.

Oh, yeah, who's that?


Really? Hey, wait!

Poor guys.

Easy, Hercules,
it's just me!

I'm sorry about your friend,

He was a brave man.

He shouldn't have been here.

Not by himself, anyway.

He volunteered;
you wouldn't even hear me out.

Hey, Hercules had to watch
his whole family die

in front of his face,
ya mutton chop!

Was he supposed to forget
all that just to help you?!

Take it easy, Aegina.

Why is a slave-girl
talking to me like that?

Because she's not a slave anymore.

She's free.

And that's something you won't be
until you're rid of the She-Demon.

You're wrong.

I am free, free because
I've still got enough life in me

to walk away
from this cursed place.

Anybody with any sense
would be right beside me.

Iolaus didn't die so you
could turn tail and run.

The She-Demon's killed
enough people.

Then let me end it for her
here right now.

How do you know you can?

I'm undefeated.

This one's for you.

Perhaps we should stay
where he told us to.

Go ahead.

I'm gonna stay here in case
Hercules needs my help.

If Hercules needs help,
we're all doomed.

Don't hang back
in the shadows, Hercules.

Step out...

where I can see
every wonderful inch of you.

I know you can see me.

Don't you wanna touch me too?

I had something else in mind.

You're scaring me, Hercules.

I don't like being scared.

I like... being loved.

Don't you like being loved

Not by somebody
with scales on her rear end.

Don't go,
the fun's just starting.

Was that...?


Oh, I hope that doesn't mean that
she just took a bite outta Hercules.

Come back here!

You're going to be
my favorite statue.


He did it!
He killed the She-Demon!




Are you all right?

Yeah..., I think.

It was strange
on the other side.

Well, you'd still be there

if your friend Hercules
hadn't shown up.






What are you doing here?!

I heard
you were in trouble.


I guess I was.

I was tryin' to help you.

You did, Iolaus.

You taught me
what a friend really is.

I saw them, Hercules.

Deianeira and the kids.

When I was...

Are they okay?

Yeah, they're fine.

Now that they're free
of the evils on Earth...,

their only problem
is missing you.


I miss them too.

But I don't know
a cure for that.

Death is the only cure.

But they don't want you
to die.

They know how much good
you have left to do.

Hold them in your heart...

till it's time.

I will, Iolaus...,

right there with you.


you sound like
you're not comin' home.

I'm not.

If I'm going to accomplish
anything in this life,

it's... in another direction.

Goodbye, my friend.

But you don't know
what's down that road.

That's what I'm gonna find out.

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