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 ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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2 February 1998 (USA)  »

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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 »


After waking up completely naked, Xena is given a beige robe with a blue cape and matching silver bracelets by Callisto. However, when Ares cuts off Xena's robe, leaving her completely naked before his minions, her bracelets disappear. See more »


Gabrielle: What's causing that?
Xena: We are. Or I should say, you are.
Gabrielle: There you go again. You're always blaming me for everything!
[echoes increase]
Gabrielle: Xena, why is it never your fault?
Xena: It's the past! Each time we accuse each other about the past, the echoes start and we can't hear one another!
Gabrielle: How do we stop it?
Xena: Tell me how you feel! Right now, nothing about the past! Right now!
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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 »


Melt Into Me
Lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
Music by Joseph LoDuca
Performed by Kevin Smith
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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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