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The idea is not original anymore, and the story about ridding the world of the Hestians was daft. There were enormous plot holes, and the baddie was a poor actor and a cardboard cut out character. However, this episode worked well for me because it was just so much fun - although the last ten minutes or so dragged. There were numerous quite filthy jokes and double entendres, giving the episode a `self-abuse` theme!
Joxer seems to work well in comedy episode, and the lookalike episodes especially. His musical arrival in Meg`s bordello is a hoot -look out for Jodie (Solari) Dorday as one of the girls. It was also nice to see Gabrielle saving Xena - OK,Leah - with a clever piece of trickery at the beginning. However, these episode stand or fall because of Lucy Lawless` ability to convince as a new character. Leah is wonderful! The opening scenes with her and Gabrielle, when she first meets Xena, and a hilarious campfire scene really make you think of her as a different character. The best compliment to Lucy Lawless is that you tend to think of them as three different actresses. You can usually tell who is who by the way Lucy carries herself; still and strong for Xena, shuffling feet and shifty eyes for Meg, a saintly look for Leah. Meg is said to be a favourite for Lucy, and she clearly enjoys the challenge. Meg posing as a priestess is funny. `So, come on, how many of you are REALLY virgins?` she asks! The bawdy humour continues as Leah encounters all sorts of combinations at Meg`s place. `Please let that be a petting zoo!` she says, as we hear a bleating noise behind one of the doors. A dig at the NZ lamb lovers perhaps?
Sadly, the actual story really is a dull one, lets hope that if there is another lookalike episode in the future, there is also a better plot. However, this one was a lot of fun, a far livlier script from Armus and Foster, great performances and good dirty jokes.
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