Salmoneus drafts Hercules to pose for an art class -- nude. Meanwhile, Atalanta builds a metal statue of, and Hephaistos brings him to life, looking just like Hercules but totally lacking life skills. And who should show up to steer him in the wrong direction but Discord?
A man pretending to be Hercules is killed while rescuing two children from a collapsed mine, and prosecutor Spencius accuses the real Hercules of the man's death as well as disrespecting the gods. As Spencius examines witnesses who had encountered Hercules and twists their stories into showing Hercules in a bad light, Hercules battles his own conscience as to how responsible he is for others' actions, leading to an impassioned Spartucus-style speech at the end.
Envelope show in which Kevin Sorbo doesn't show up for filming in New Zealand after an earthquake hits Los Angeles, and the rest of the staff frantically tries to either locate him or find a replacement.
Ares wants to punish Iolaus for turning Discord into a chicken, so he starts by chaining Iolaus and Autolycus together and gradually adds other punishments as the day goes on. Meanwhile, Aphrodite uses Artemis' bow to turn pig-Katherine into a lovely human woman, and Hercules tries to show her how humans live.
Autolycus steals an invitation to a ball to be given by the bachelor Prince of Antioch to meet every eligible princess in the area, and coaxes Cupcake to masquerade as a princess so he can steal the famous Antioch sapphire. Meanwhile, someone is trying to start a war with Antioch, and Hercules and Iolaus try to prevent it.
Hard feelings between townspeople and old soldiers lead to fighting in Corinth, and King Iphicles has been imprisoning the soldiers under miserable conditions. Hercules and Iolaus try to reconcile the factions and free the imprisoned soldiers.
Part 1 of 3. Learning that Alcmene is dying, Hercules and Iolaus rush to her side. In flashback, Young Hercules, Iolaus, and Jason go off to their first war. An ambush kills most of their comrades, and when they reach the supposed safety of a barricaded trench, they find it full of dead soldiers as well. They rescue a wounded opponent, who eventually takes them to confer with his king, resulting in a ceasefire.
Part 2 of 3. As Hercules grieves for Alcmene, Zeus points out that Hercules is now free to become a full god. Hercules considers the good he can do as a god as well as the change in his relationship to his friends. In flashback, Apollo turns Young Hercules into a full god by feeding him ambrosia. But his new abilities and showing off alienate his old friends, while the callous way Apollo treats mortals irritates Young Hercules and he asks Zeus to take away his godhood.
Part 3 of 3. Hercules starts to suspect that Zeus had ulterior motives to make him a god. Iolaus goes to visit his mother and is hurt by the resentment of her new husband. Hera imprisons Alcmene's spirit and threatens to torture her forever unless Zeus surrenders his godhood; then Hercules must save the now-mortal Zeus from Ares and head to Olympus for the final battle with Hera.
Hercules and Iolaus travel to Sumeria to aid a king persecuted by the gods, in company with Nebula who turns out to be a wandering Sumerian princess. King Gilgamesh, half-god like Hercules, needs the help of someone else with the blood of a god to reach a chalice in which flows nectar that will revive the land.
Still shocked after Iolaus' death, Hercules leaves Sumeria and is shipwrecked. He arrives to Eire, where he's recognized as the Chosen One and faces an evil demigoddess called Morrigan who's killing the druids.
While Hercules tries to help Morrigan to leave her bloodthirsty life and accept to become a Druid, a Roman army led by Julius Caesar arrives to the coasts of Eire. Hercules prepares the Celt defense, while he discovers he's got a lot in common with Morrigan.
Hercules leaves Eire to travel to Scandinavia, where the god Balder needs his help: he's dreamed he's going to die. Hercules is impressed to meet a god who worries about the mortals and agrees to help him, but danger for Balder arrives in an unexpected way.
Back in Ireland, Dahok kills the druids after trapping Hercules and Morrigan in a cave. Hercules has a vision of Nebula in flames, so he and Morrigan head for Sumeria, where Nebula is delusional, obsessed with dreams of an oddly-acting Iolaus.