Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995–1999): Season 1, Episode 6 - As Darkness Falls - full transcript

Nemis the Centaur desperately wants to possess Penelope. Hera provides a drug to blind Hercules and a club to kill him. Lyla slips the drug into Hercules' drink. Penelope and her bridesmaid Cheris are kidnapped from Penelope's wedding, and Salmoneus must guide a blinded Hercules to rescue them.

Oh, glorious Hera.

I must possess
the beautiful Penelope.

Please... send me some sign.

I will do anything
to win her.


Thank you, great Hera.

Now you must show me...
who must I kill.

Where you headed?


I'm going there myself...,
to a wedding.

Let me give you a hand.

I'm not trying
to steal your armor.

Don't touch it!

- I'm just trying to help.
- I don't want your help.

Two sets of armor.

Your comrade's.

He died... because...
I was a coward.

I'm taking his armor
back to his family.

You still have
a long way to go.

It's the least I can do.

I understand.

Good luck, my friend.

- Beat that.
- Dead center.




Why do we bother

Even if we win an event,
the groom gets the money.

I take pride in knowing I'm
as good as any of them.

Then why aren't you
sitting at the main table...

instead of quarantined,
half-way to the woods?

Still, not many people would dare
invite a centaur to a wedding.

Ten years we worked
for the bride's father.

And this is the thanks
we get?

A table between the children
and where they tether their beasts?

Aw, are you denying
the beast in you?

- You watch your tongue.
- Craesus is right, Lyla.

You'd probably be a bridesmaid
if you didn't hang around with us.

I choose my own friends.


Fill it with wine.

And when the time is right,
add this.

Hera has given me the power
to win the hand of Penelope.

Penelope? She's the bride!

Now I can show her
the error of her judgment.

And with this... I will avenge
my brother's death!

It's a club
like you've never seen.

This club will kill Hercules.

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!



- Hey, Hercules! Wait up!
- Not again.

I thought it was you!

Salmoneus, good to see you.

You got quite a stride, there.

You should take better care of yourself.

You're looking a little warn down
since the last time I saw you.

Hey, that's not funny,
my friend.

It might be easy for a god
to entertain fifty nubile maidens.

- It almost killed me.
- Almost, huh?

- Still selling togas?
- Nah, I got out of that racket.

The style change every year.

Real estate!
That's where the future is.

They're not making
any more land, you know?

Which reminds me, hey!
Take a look at this.

Isn't that beautiful?

I got a great deal
on some swampland in Macedonia.

Not interested.

No, I don't mean
for you to buy.

You could be my partner, huh?!

With your knack for moving
mountains and diverting rivers,

we could make a killing just
subdividing by twenty extra lots.

Not... interested.

Think about it!
You don't have to decide now!

Hey, Hercules,
where you going?!

You're... going to Nespa too?

Yeah! Eh...
There's a wedding going on there.

I figure that newlyweds

always need to get off
on the right foot.

You buy a home, a little land. See?
You got your southern exposure...,

three kinds of [...]

- Happy?
- Hmm.

- And you?
- Hmm... Very.

But I still think it was a mistake
inviting Lyla and the centaurs.

we've been over this.

Lyla is one
of my oldest friends.

And Craesus and Deric have worked
my father's farm for years.

It'd be an insult
not to invite them.

Even at the risk of destroying
the wedding ceremony?

They'll be fine.

At least as long as they stay
away from the wine.

Who's gonna keep them away?

Location, location, location.
That's what it's all about!

See, I've got some Thracian hills
here with views to die for.

Not... interested.

You don't realize the potential...

Whoa! Look at all these
prospects! Uh, guests.

I can't believe your ability
to turn anything

- into a profit-making venture.
- It's a gift.

Do me a favor? Keep
the hustling a selling to a minimum?

They may be dressed for a wedding,
but these are not rich people.

You hurt me.

Don't tell me
I've actually wounded your pride.

What pride?! You're cutting off
my source of revenue!

- I'm trying to earn a living here!
- Hercules!


Oh, Penelope, look...
look at you.

You're all grown up.

Look..., I couldn't stay twelve
forever. Not even for you.

I'm so happy to see you.
I wasn't sure you'd come.

What, miss the wedding
of Myceum's sister?

- I wish he were here to see it.
- I know. Me too.

This is a friend of mine,

Congratulations. I'd like to talk
to you about your future.

Do you... listen
to a word I say?

Which word is that?

Come. You must be starving
after your journey.

Hi! Uh... I'm Salmoneus.

Now tell me all
about your adventures.

Two hundred four paces!

Ever seen anyone
throw that far?

- Only once.
- Oh.

How 'bout that far
with accuracy?

Pick your target.

- The far stump.
- The far stump?!

- How can he reach that far tree?!
- You're on.

Okay! I've got Hercules
for twenty dinars!

Twenty dinars!
Who'll take the centaurs?

- Twenty dinars!
- Bet against Hercules?

- Are you crazy?
- I'll give two-to-one odds.


Okay. At five-to-one, that's,
let me see, ten dinars pays fifty [...]

Be my guest.

That'll be hard to beat.

Very hard.

It's a little light.

Makes it harder to gauge
the distance.

Well, perhaps you'd rather...

- Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
- It went clear through it!

- He hit the centaur's spear!
- Okay! That's five for you!

Nothing for you. [...]

Lucky shot.

Ya can't lose
with honest Salmoneus! [...]

Hey, Hercules! You ever thought
about getting an agent?

- What's an agent?
- You know,

someone to find you work.

Make sure you get paid
for all your toil and trouble?

It's not work to me, Salmoneus.
I enjoy helping people.

And besides, payment
is never part of the deal.

See, that's why you need me!

I could get you a contract
for big dinars!

- Not interested.
- I'm just thinking of your future.

Suppose you wanna get out
of the hero business.

You know, open up
a souvenir shop, have...

- I know; not interested.
- I bet I know what interests you.

- And what's that?
- Pretty things?

Come, I'll show you
the best view in all of Nespa.

Well, come on.
I won't bite.

- Did I lie?
- No.

It must be wonderful to wake up
every morning and...

- see this.
- Hmm.

I have never seen a man
throw a javelin so far.

Well, all it takes
is a... little practice.

- What else have you practiced?
- Can we... slow this down?

Well, don't tell me you like
to fall in love with someone

before you go to bed
with them.

- I'm not a virgin, you know?
- That's not the point.

I just... don't...
want to go through life...

leaving a string
of fatherless children behind.

Are you always so noble?

I try to be.


A toast.
To Hercules and nobility.

And to Lyla... and beauty.

Are you sure I can't
convince you otherwise?

Uh... I'm sorry.


I can't... do this.

Well, you can't expect me
to make it easy for you.

No offense.

None taken.
Excuse me.

Tell me, Salmoneus.
Do I look all right to you?

Uh... Sure,
I think you're very attractive.

I mean, I don't find you
particularly attractive...,

but I'm sure
women do.

I mean, I don't find you

In fact, I consider you
quite handsome.

I don't want you to get
the wrong idea!

I'm not interested in you
that way.

What I meant was...

Do I... look like
there's anything wrong with me?

Come again?

I just don't... fell right.

It's... my eyes.

Does the day seem...
a bit overcast to you?

Not at all.
Why do you ask?

Just... curious.

I think it's disgusting that they
should ask those creatures...

- to a wedding, no less!
- Shh!

He'll hear you.

Quiet down. Quiet down.

Mmm..., funny. I thought
the chicken was delicious.

- You think it's the company?
- It's... possible.

You see, assigned seating
can be a problem.

Yes. Uh..., I've noticed
these centaurs have been...

- exiled to the far tables.
- Well, some would claim

that they offer a better view
of the ceremonies.

Well, in that case, perhaps
you'd care to eat with us.

I'd love to.

It's been years since
I've broken bread with a centaur.

It's rumored you were
taught by one.

No rumor.

Almost everything I know, I learned
from a centaur named Ceridian.

- Including athletic skills?
- Yes.

Perhaps you oughtta test
a student...,

- see how well he's learned.
- Done.

Two fingers,
left of center!

- Great shot, Deric!
- Hercules won't beat that!

Two fingers,
right of center!

A tie!

- Two winners!
- I want my money back.

- Well done.
- Yeah, give us our stakes back!

Okay. [...]

Why not leave it with me, huh?!

I'll give great odds!
I'll double the odds!

I'm not... laying back.
Something is wrong with my eyes.

Yeah, right; you hit a bull's-eye
two hundred paces away, huh?

You must be going blind, huh?

Salmoneus, I'm telling you,
I can't...

You know, whatever
you're doing, keep it up.

If this keeps going,
I get the odds down to three,

maybe even two to-one, huh?!

- You gave him the drink?
- Just like Nemis said.

All of it?!

What do you think I am?

Anybody else would've been
completely incapacitated.

- Nemis is too crazy to care.
- Huh.

You'd be crazy too if Hercules
killed your twin.

Nemis' twin tried to rape
Hercules' wife. He deserved to die.

Too bad you wound up
on the same side as Nemis, huh?

- And the rest of us outcasts!
- Watch your mouth, Craesus!

Sharos makes a beautiful
maid of honor, doesn't she?

Pity she's spoken for.

Oh, maybe I am
losing my touch.

Oh, but you didn't have any problems

- Penelope?
- Hmm?

How well do you know Lyla?

Oh! The lovely Lyla?!
We used to be best friends.

When we were younger,
we were inseperable.

She had a real crush
on my brother

before he died
at the siege of Corinth.

- Hmm.
- And then she changed.

She got... wilder. Started
hanging around with centaurs.

Well..., it's not a crime.

Oh, it is
to some people around here.

You... might have lost
a few fans

when you befriended Deric

I didn't befriend him,
I was just being civil.

Yeah. I try to be
the same way.

Centaurs are like everyone else.
Some are good, some are bad.

Oh, no. Speaking of bad.


- Where're you going?!
- Take it easy, centaur!

- You know him?
- You clumsy lout!

His twin brother tried to abduct
someone very dear to me.

I was forced to kill him.
What's he doing here?

I suppose he invited himself.

He used to work our farm.

We even played together
when I was younger.

Then my father
threw him off

when he started getting
too familiar.

- Your father had the right idea.
- Marcus, don't.

I don't want him here.
He wasn't invited.

Don't make a scene.

- Everyone ready?
- Nemis...,

are you sure you wanna
go through with this?

- Have you chosen your prize?
- Oh, yes, I have.

- Stop it. No, Marcus.
- Penelope, listen to me.

No. Come on, it's our
wedding day, please?

- I'm gonna ask them to leave.
- Don't be afraid.

He'll go before long.

Some day, Penelope
will thank me for this.

Hey, look! It's Tiron!

- It's our brother's armor.
- Where is he, Tiron?!

If he died in battle,
at my side...,

- it was my fault.
- Tiron!

Tiron, you're back!

Please, Sharos. I don't
deserve you. Not anymore.

I'll second that!

Tell us how our brother died,

It was in the marshes,
at Thebes.

We were attacked
by a larger force.

I fell.
I was about to be killed.

Taros turned his back...
to help.

He died saving me.

- Did you avenge his death?
- I tried!

But the command to retreat
was sounded!

- So you ran?!
- I withdrew!

A soldier follows orders!

Taros was already dead.

There was nothing
I could do.

Then I'll avenge my brother,
and you shall join him!


Hold on! Hold on.

This's not your business,

Killing him
won't bring your brother back.

But it'll make us feel better!

Tiron has acted with honor.

He's carried your brother's armor

from the battlefield
to your doorstep.

So we'll return the favor!

We will deliver his armor
to his family!

Then you'll have to go
through me.

It needs salt.

Not a bad payday.

I'm surprised that first guy
caught you with a sucker-punch.

- You could've warned me.
- I thought you saw it coming.

I'm not seeing much of anything
lately, Salmoneus.

The guy was as big as a house.
I mean, how could you miss him?

That's what I'm trying
to tell you.

Think I'm going blind.

Salmoneus..., what's going on?

The centaurs smashed
the banquet table

and they're beating up
the guests!



Hey! They grabbed the bride;
they're heading this way!

Somebody help me!

- All I can see is shadows.
- Let me go!

Watch out!

No! No!

Lyla! Come on!

Let's go!


He's breathing.
Don't drown him!

Oh, thank the gods he's alive!

What happened?

- They took them. They're gone.
- Who?

The centaurs
and that slut, Lyla!

- No. Who'd they take?
- Penelope and Sharos.

Marcus, Tiron...,

you know the land.
You lead the way.

Salmoneus, you're coming too.

Hercules..., you know
I'm not much of a warrior.

Salmoneus..., I need you...
to be my eyes.

All right, all right.

I see what you mean.

Lower your head.

- Did you see who it was?
- Uh...

I couldn't tell.

Let's move deeper
into the bush.

We'll be all right
if we don't give 'em a clear shot.

Some food for our guests.

Don't do this, Nemis.
It can only end badly for you.

It'll end badly, all right.

But for Hercules, not me.

He's done nothing to you.

He killed my brother!

And a day doesn't pass
that I don't dream of revenge!


Maybe when he's dead
by my hand...,

you'll see me
in a different light.

You're fooling yourself.
I could never care for you.

Not that way.

You loved me once...
long ago.

You mistake a child's
affection for something else.

You're the one that's mistaken.

And the dead carcass of Hercules
will prove it to you!


We'll have our fun later.

Never..., pig!

Horse, my dear.


how can you be a part of this?

- You were my friend.
- Right.

Such a good friend that I'm not even
part of the bridal party.

I didn't think you cared.

You haven't spoken to me
in two years.

I've made new friends.

And I don't begrudge you that.
But old friends still talk.

Is your vision any better?

I can barely distinguish
between dark and light.

- Maybe it's just temporary.
- What if it isn't?

I've dedicated my life
to helping people.

How do I do that
if I'm the one that needs help?

Maybe it's time
to hang up the old sandals, hmm?

You've done a lot
of good deeds.

Time to slow down
and smell the roses.

You only go around once,
you know?

Well, maybe if you're immortal,
you get a chance

- to go around and around.
- I am not immortal.

At least, I don't think so.

I guess you'll find out
sooner or later.

It's Marcus.

What did you find?

They've rejoined forces,
headed toward higher ground.

No attempt
to cover their tracks...

None. It-It's like they want us
to find them.


Over here!

The centaurs.

They're out in the open,
two hundred paces up the hill,

- by the caves.
- The caves?

What are they up to?

We seem to be
just out of their range.

Not mine.

I'll need your help.

What if they get lucky?

Stay behind me.

- How far?
- Two hundred and twenty paces.

- What're you doing?!
- He can't see!

- Now, where were we?
- Is my direction right?


- How did we do?
- Uh, ten paces to the left,

and they've moved
ten paces to the right.

We better get out of here!

They're about to dislodge a boulder
the size of Mount Olympus!

Tell me how close my last arrow
was, then run for the woods.

- It's heading straight for us!
- How close?!

Three paces left!

Marcus, get back!


He saved Marcus' life.

And mine.

My leg!


One's dead...,
and the others are gone.

At least
that cuts the odds.

Marcus..., you can't do
any good here.

Salmoneus'll have
to take you back.

And leave you?!
You can't fight them alone!

It will be dark in a few hours.

Then we'll be
on equal ground.

It's suicide
if you stay here!

Come back with us;

- we'll get more recruits!
- No.

I should've realized it before.

- This is between Nemis and me.
- Hercules, you can't!

This is my fight!

But first...,

I must give a brave soldier
a proper burial.

Rest easy, Tiron.

You were never a coward.

I know you're there, Nemis!

What are you waiting for?!

Show yourself, Nemis.

Or are you afraid?

I'm not afraid...,

nor am I Nemis.


he sent you to do
his dirty work.


But I'm refusing.

- Why would you do that?
- You're not my enemy.

Even if you were, I wouldn't take
advantage of your blindness.

How do you know I'm blind?

I told him.

You'll be glad to know
it's a temporary condition.

Providing, of course, you can
make it through the next few days.

You won't fight against me.

Will you fight with me?

Not against Nemis.

He raised me.

I respect that.

And your refusal to take sides.
But will Nemis?

It doesn't matter.

We're leaving this land.

Maybe the Athenians
will be more hospitable.

Hide, Hercules...,

till your sight returns.

You're no match for him now.

I'm afraid there're two women...

who wouldn't appreciate
the wait.

Forget them and worry
about yourself.

Hera has given Nemis
a special club.


I should've guessed.

The sounds of the bats.

They're from the cave.

You're very perceptive.

They'll return
an hour before dawn.


I'm sorry one of you
has to die.

Nemis wasn't always bad.

Life... and death...
wore him down.

Nemis? Please.

Let us go.

And I promise, no harm
will come to you.

Sweet Penelope...,

I think I'm the only one here
in position to make promises.

And I promise you
by... the end of the day,

Hercules will be dead.

And you?


Will start learning
to like my stew.

What am I doing here?



- show me where you're tied.
- What's wrong? Can't you see?

No, hurry,
there's no time to waste!

Uh, the k-the key.

It's on the beam,
by Sharos. Uh...

Six, maybe seven paces
to the right.


Above my head.

Hurry, please.

Leaving so soon?

Let the women go, Nemis.

- It's me you want.
- Wrong.

I want you and Penelope.


- Quick! Undo the chains!
- And I'm in no hurry.

I want both pleasures
to be slow...

and... gratifying.

What is that stench?

Dog meat?

Why doesn't anyone like
my cooking?!

Where are the keys?!

I can't undo it!

It's opening!

Pull! Pull!

Get my ankle!

No fire..., no light.

Now you have
the same problem I do.

Except your darkness...

is about to become...


Leave me!

Save yourself!

I'm not leaving without you!






You killed me.

Save me!


Help Penelope!

Help Penelope.


I couldn't undo it!

This one's got two.

Oh, Hercules, break it!

Run! Get out!

Go, save yourself!



I was worried
you wouldn't make it.


You were the decoy.

I'm sending you
my tailoring bill.

When Marcus wouldn't
let me take him back...,

I thought it was the least
I could do.

You did well.

Everybody did.

Even Nemis.

He really loved you,

I know.

I'm just sorry love took him
so far astray.

When a soldier
dies bravely...,

his sword becomes
the symbol of his courage.

I know he'd want you
to have it.

Thank you.

Thank you, Hercules.

For everything.

It turned out to be
a very nice ceremony.

- I wish you both the best.
- Please come back soon.

You made out quite well,
I understand.

No, I don't wanna brag,
but, uh...,

I got great odds on you
against the centaurs.

Nobody had faith in you
like I did.


May I see?

Uh... Okay.

But, uh...,

don't drop anything.

Did I ever finish explaining
about the custom in these parts?

Uh, uh, uh,
wha-wha-what custom is that?

The... bride and groom
collect all gambling winnings?


- Come on, Salmoneus.
- Tha...

That's my money back there!

Yes, that was very generous
of you.


but that, but that, but that...!

And smart;
they'll never forget you.

Really? That's nice.

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