Another straight episode! Both Xena and Gabrielle hit it on with guys... and this time they are none other than Hercules and Iolaus! Well, that's handy: we have everyone in both shows sorted out. Have we? Well, maybe, but just a little bit queerer than it seemed... ;)
Well, another way of looking at this sort of episodes is: OK, OK, let's make them straight for a while, let's get over with it quickly, so that we can move on to more interesting stuff, such as... Xena and Gabrielle's relationship! Of course, the development of their friendship will be much deeper than any other story they will have.
And this episode, apart from providing a straight safe point, also gives us some crucial hints at what will become Xena and Gabrielle's eternal bond: their being soulmates. Is there a nicer summary than Gabrielle's words? (NB: This comes from Aristophanes's speech in Plato's Symposium. For some people, this myth is about the origin of people's different sexual orientation. We know how it applies to Xena and Gabrielle...):
G: “Once, a long, long time ago, all people had four legs and two heads. And then the gods threw down thunderbolts, and split everyone into two. Each half then had two legs and one head.But the separation left both sides with a desperate yearning to be reunited. Because they each shared the same soul. And ever since then, all people spend their lives searching for the other half of their soul."
Nothing to add to that!