Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001)
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The Bitter Suite 

Xena and Gabrielle face their anger and deceptions in an odd in-between world, guided by Solan, Xena's son.


Oley Sassone


Rob Tapert (created by) (as Robert Tapert), John Schulian (created by) | 4 more credits »




Episode credited cast:
Lucy Lawless ... Xena
Renée O'Connor ... Gabrielle (as Renee O'Connor)
Ted Raimi ... Joxer
Kevin Smith ... Ares
Hudson Leick ... Callisto
David Taylor ... Solan
Daniel Sing ... Ming T'ien
Marton Csokas ... Khrafstar
Karl Urban ... Caesar
Danielle Cormack ... Ephiny
Willa O'Neill ... Lila
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Bugar Robert Bugar ... Singing Animal
Ron Coden Ron Coden ... Singing Warrior
April Arabian Tini April Arabian Tini ... Singing Villager


Xena and Gabrielle face their anger and deceptions in an odd in-between world, guided by Solan, Xena's son.

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Release Date:

2 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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Production Co:

Renaissance Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The costumes in this episode are all based on tarot cards. Xena was the high priestess, then the chariot, and also death for a short time; Gabrielle was the star, then the empress, and then the world; Callisto was the fool and then justice; Joxer was the hanged man and then the hermit; Ares was the emperor; Lila was the hierophant; and Solon was the magician. See more »


When Ares strips Xena of the blue and beige dress robes given to her by Callisto he does so by slashing the shoulder straps. However, when the camera pans down to show Xena's bare legs as the robes fall off her the shoulder straps are not slashed. See more »


Xena: [Xena sees Ares sitting on the throne; Xena talks to him] Ares... I thought as much, but why the big production number? What's the point?
Ares: [begins singing] You are the most divine delicious warrior. / A man can't help saluting your return. / And if you start my heart it's just the way you slash and burn./ Bewitching woman straining at the armor plates. / You singe me with the ardor you inflame./ And in my carnal heart there's not a solid thread of shame.
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Crazy Credits

The musical genre was not harmed during the production of this motion picture. In fact, the Producers sincerely hope you were A-MUSE-D by this episode. See more »


Hearts Are Hurting
Music by Joseph LoDuca
Lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
Performed by Lucy Lawless and Susan Wood
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Worth Watching - a very good episode
13 November 2018 | by countessraySee all my reviews

I especially loved the "War and Peace" sequence and the "Come Melt Into Me" sequence. Kevin Tod Smith did a brilliant job as Ares, the seductive god of war who tries to entice Xena with a slow tango. But then again, he's pretty sexy himself.

Can we just talk about this particular bit for a moment?

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