Xena: Warrior Princess: Season 3, Episode 12

The Bitter Suite (2 Feb. 1998)

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



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Episode credited cast:
Kevin Smith ...
David Taylor ...
Daniel Sing ...
Willa O'Neill ...
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Susan Wood ...
Gabrielle (voice)


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

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Lucy Lawless, Kevin Smith and Willa O'Neill all did their own singing for this show, according to Lucy Lawless' comments on the DVD. See more »


Xena must have been a truly remarkable person for not only was she present at the Trojan war, as we have seen in a past episode, but she also had the honor of knowing Julius Caesar. Considering that the Trojan war is historically placed at about 1194 BC-1184 BC and the aforementioned historical figure from about 100 BC - 30 BC for Xena to have survived over 1000 years is utterly amazing! Talk about your well kept woman! See more »


Xena: [sings] I never dreamed that we'd be distanced by our hate, that all the trust we had would go...
Gabrielle: [sings] How could I hate you?
Xena: [sings] How could it come to pass, this awful twist of fate?
Gabrielle: [sings] How could I hurt you?
Xena: [sings] This madness can't be so!
Gabrielle: [sings] I can't believe it...
Xena: [sings] I never dreamed that any barriers could rise,
Gabrielle: [sings] Or that I'd ever see the stranger in your eyes!
Xena: [sings] Our hearts were hurting both the same...
Gabrielle: [sings] The hurt was tearing up our souls!
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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
Lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
Music by Joseph LoDuca
Performed by Lucy Lawless and Susan Wood
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Sour is more appropriate.
28 September 2007 | by (Mansfield, Pennsylvania.) – See all my reviews

The musical episode of Xena falls short of what it could have been. The rift growing between the two friends is shrugged off with bland music. Renee O'Connor doesn't even provide her own vocals, which is painfully obvious, and Lucy's are strangely subdued which could lead the untrained ear to believe they are not hers. This has the effect of distancing the viewer, and the fact that the lyrics are so overblown lessens the emotional impact even more. The only lead who actually sings well, and in character, is Kevin Smith's Ares, who has an equally seductive low tone. He makes this episode worth watching, but even he can't save this silly costumed, dismally effected, and tritely ended mess. The final shot of Xena and Gabrielle laughing in the water is too far removed from the opening, with Xena ready to throw Gabrielle to her death. It was just forty minutes before.

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