Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001)
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When the Olympians gods discover that Livia is Eve, they again fear the Twilight prophecy. Athena sends the Furies to a special mission: they must turn Gabrielle mad until she kills Eve. ... See full summary »


Rick Jacobson


Rob Tapert (created by) (as Robert Tapert), John Schulian (created by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lucy Lawless ... Xena
Renée O'Connor ... Gabrielle / Shade of Hope (as Renee O'Connor)
Ted Raimi ... Shade of Joxer
Alexandra Tydings ... Aphrodite
Adrienne Wilkinson ... Eve
Paris Jefferson ... Athena
William Gregory Lee ... Virgil
Kevin Smith ... Ares
Stephen Lovatt ... Hades
Meighan Desmond ... Discord
Joel Tobeck ... Demios
Josephine Davison ... Artemis
Julian Garner ... Hephaestus
Asa Lindh Asa Lindh ... Alecto
Annmarie Dennis Annmarie Dennis ... Tisiphone


When the Olympians gods discover that Livia is Eve, they again fear the Twilight prophecy. Athena sends the Furies to a special mission: they must turn Gabrielle mad until she kills Eve. However, when Eve is initiated in the Way of Love, Xena is given the power to kill gods. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

15 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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Renaissance Pictures See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Karl Urban was originally supposed to appear in this episode as Cupid but was unavailable due to him filming "The Lord of the Rings" at the time of production. See more »


Gabrielle: [shocked after Xena killed three of the Gods] Xena, you can kill Gods! How is that possible?
Xena: While Eve was being initiated, I was visited by a spirit. He said that Eve's cleansing, gave me the power to kill Gods.
Gabrielle: What do you mean? What kind of spirit?
Xena: It was sent by the Archangel Michael.
Gabrielle: Michael?
Xena: He said that Eve would prepare the way for the rule of the God of Love.
Gabrielle: And you're to protect her?
Xena: I was chosen as the Mother of the Messenger...
Xena: As long as Eve lives I have the power to kill ...
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The Twlight is here
17 September 2007 | by xenatorresSee all my reviews

The confrontation between Xena and the gods of Olympus that has been building all season long, finally comes to a head in "Motherhood".

The guest list is jam packed with familiar faces both from "Xena: Warrior Princess" and "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" as the gods bring all of Olympus down on Xena in an effort to kill Eve, formally Livia of Rome.

Wilkinson, Smith, Jefferson, Raimi, Lee, Tydings, Tobeck, Desmond; the fabulous guest stars of "Xena" are here in force for the season five finale – and very few series are capable of pulling off a season finale like "Xena"! Rick Jacobson is back (having just directed "Livia") to direct this mammoth episode – something he did often in the series – and, just like with "Livia", he keeps this fast paced episode moving perfectly.

Any episode that is a story by series creator Rob Tapert and then written by the ever amazing R.J. Stewart is guaranteed to be a phenomenal episode and "Motherhood" is no exception.

From the very opening scene, there is no pause, as "Motherhood" moves flawlessly between some of the best fight scenes of the season (if not the series), and moments that fans still talk about, six years after the series has ended. "Motherhood" contains what is among the most talked about and controversial moments in the series between fans.

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