Series Pilot"Hercules and the First Day of School" is the first episode of Hercules: The Animated Series. It first aired August 31, 1998.
When the narrator starts to tell a story of Hercules' adventures, the Muses interrupt him by informing him of his greatest challenge: high school. Skeptical, the Muses then proceed to tell the story of how Hercules began his education at Prometheus Academy. Beginning at Phil's Island, Hermes drops on by to wish Hercules luck and remind him to catch the ferry to school, though it ends up breaking during Hercules' rushing jump to board. Already looked down on, Hercules soon befriends Icarus and Cassandra and ends up being humiliated by Adonis, who deems Herc to be a worthless nobody. Wanting to prove himself to the student body, Hercules goes after the two headed cyclops Orthos. Orthos has been told by his mother Echidna to start eating more important people and when meeting Hercules and deeming him not worthy of the effort, they do decide to go attack Prometheus Academy and its most important students. Hercules ends up saving the school from the monster, though Adonis ends up stealing the credit. Hercules doesn't mind and just chooses to accept it and himself.
This episode would be one of the components of the Hercules: Zero to Hero direct to video film.
First Episode to air on Disney's One Saturday Morning
The announcer describes the rising of the sun being pulled by Apollo's chariot. The Muses interrupt him and tell him to skip to Hercules at the mall. Mr. Parentheses assigns jobs to his students. Adonis gets a cushy job at the puppet show, Cassandra at the information center, and Icarus at Aphrodite's secret. Herc gets the last job and is excited until he finds out it is at Gyro Wurld (which he mistook for Hero Wurld). His boss tells him the phrase is "Make mine mutton" and teaches him the rules: always wear your oven mitts, lift with your legs, and stir "counter-sundialwise." Adonis comes by to rub it in Hercules' face and make sheep-related puns. Hercules quits his job and sulks. He talks to a statue of Zeus, who promises to find a better job for him. At a council of the gods, Zeus brings up the topic of a job for Hercules. He begs Apollo to allow Hercules to drive the sun buggy.
Hades tells Pain and Panic that he wants to steal the sun to diminish the other god's respect for Zeus and attempt to win a re-vote. The minions ride after him on the Harpies. Herc loses control and they snatch the sun, returning to the Underworld and leaving the world in darkness. Chaos ensues, when looters take advantage of the darkness to break into the agora stores. Hades is the only one in a good mood, tanning in the Underworld. Cassandra directs thieves to an unlooted shop and Icarus defends his post at the lingerie store. Hades shows up on Mount Olympus to rub in the fact that Zeus can't find the sun or his son. Hades suggests the other gods set up a "No-Confidence" vote for Zeus' lack of foresight.
Back in the Underworld, Pain and Panic are sleeping on watch duty. Soon the sun's beams begin peeking through the earth's surface. Icarus agrees to aid Hercules. The two set up a Gyro Wurld smoothie stand in the Underworld to accommodate the parched henchmen. While they are gorging themselves with drinks, Hercules slips away and retrieves the sun using the rules his boss taught him. As he carries it up a mountain, the gods vote for who the chief god will be. It comes to a tie, with Apollo being the tiebreaker. Hercules drops the sun onto the mountain which turns out to be a volcano which shoots the sun into the sky. Herc is dragged into the sky by the sun's chains. Just before Apollo can vote for Hades, the sun comes into sight and he votes for Zeus. Zeus zaps Hades off Mount Olympus with an emergency lightning bolt.
As the sun regains its spot in the sky, everything returns to normal, and the Greek people take hope in the phrase "Make mine mutton."
- This is the first episode to refer to the narrator as Bob.
- The looters are voiced by Dan Castellanetta, using the voice he uses for Groundskeeper Willie. This is notable with the looter that threatens Cassandra.
Valentine's Day Special
Pymoglian, the Prometheus academy art teacher is short, old, decrepit, toothless and far from being what any woman would consider a prime catch. So it comes as something of a surprise to Hercules when he finds out when the woman bringing him his forgotten lunch calling herself Mrs. Pymoglian is a stunningly gorgeous red haired beauty who for all appearances is totally in love with the old man. Icarus explains that she was actually a statue that Pymoglian created that Aphrodite brought to life. Herc, who has been smacked down by every girl he's talked to about going to the upcoming dance (due to his god-strength getting in the way), sees this as the perfect solution. Unfortunately, Herc should have been paying more attention to Pymoglian than his wife in class because his sculpting skills are sub par. Fortunately Aphrodite is there to mold the clay on the demigods' instructions and with her help, Zeus' son sculpts his dream girl: Galatea. Unfortunately, he's so entranced by the outer beauty of her that he glosses over the personality, simply requesting that she be 'crazy about him'.
Crazy is all too appropriate. She's not just in love, Galatea is clingy, obsessive, and insanely jealous, to the point of threatening any girl who shows the smallest interest in "her man". Not good, since she still possesses an amorphic clay body, which she can fashion into a variety of deadly forms. This all leads to a confrontation, which leaves Herc going to the dance alone again. At the dance, Galatea attacks once again, forcing Hercules to harden the clay in her body until she cannot move. Just in time, as Aphrodite appears, hoping Hercules learned the lesson that you can't just create the perfect partner. She comforts Hercules, who guessed that his teacher was more careful with his wish. Pymoglian says he didn't and that she's as loony as Galatea was, but doesn't care, saying that a woman that looks like her being with a man that looks like him is too good a thing to care about a little clingy craziness.
"The wife's as looney as they come! But look at her! Look at me! Ya see ME complaining?" He's then carried off in his wives clay tentacles, giggling happily. Aphrodite puts a hand on Hercules' shoulder, consoling him that not 'everyone' gets the lesson.
- This episode features two actresses from the sitcom Friends:
- When saving Hercules from Galatea, Cassandra says: "Come with me if you want to live", a reference to Arnold Schwarzenegger's character's famous line from The Terminator film franchise.
Episode aired between Hercules and the Romans and Hercules and the Odyssey Experience
Zeus and Hera get into a tiff after Zeus forgets their anniversary. This causes Zeus to be angry with Hercules when he gives him their anniversary gift, and makes Hercules think they're disappointed in him. Hercules convinces Phil to let him take on his first hero task: defeating a man-eating mare. Meanwhile, Hades, recognizing the tension, uses this to his advantage, convincing Hera that Zeus left her to cloud-hop with Dionysus and convincing Zeus to stay in the Underworld after he sets out the sofa for him to sleep on (claiming that Hera did this). Hades then calls Hermes to gather an emergency meeting of the gods, saying that Zeus and Hera are splitting, and hence their duties will need to be temporarily given to other deities. Hercules has trouble with his task, as Hades has sent Neurosis (Richard Lewis) to make him nervous. He finds himself in a deadly situation with the mare, and beseeches Zeus for help, at the same time Phil beseeches all gods. They all arrive, and Zeus apologizes for forgetting their anniversary; Hera apologizes for not taking into account the business of Zeus' job. They then deduce that Hades deceived them both, and smite him, also apologizing to Hercules for involving him in their argument.
"Hercules and the Yearbook" is the 65th and final episode of Hercules: The Animated Series. It is a clipshow episode set after the film.
Hercules and Megara are married and now live in a big castle-like house in the suburb of Thebes. When Meg finds Herc's old yearbook, he tries to hide it from her and gets Hermes to take it to Phil's island, so Meg goes to Phil's island to find out what's the big secret. Phil tells Meg about how Herc sank his island in "Hercules and the Bacchanal", Icarus and Cassandra (who are now a famous inventor and an oracle). Then Hercules finds Meg and tells her how he lost the sun to Hades in "Hercules and the Apollo Mission", his ex-girlfriend Galatea whom he made out of clay in "Hercules and the Dream Date", and how he accidentally trashed the school while at his graduation. Hercules tells Meg that he didn't want her to see it because he thinks she'll think of him as a geeky loser instead of what he is now: a hero. But during a musical number, Meg explains that she loves him the same as she did in the movie. However, that doesn't stop Hercules from retrieving Meg's high school yearbook, discovering that she was a cheerleader with a funky hairdo and a member of a glee club.
This episode's framing sequences would provide the basis for the Hercules: Zero to Hero direct-to-video project, replacing the random clips with full episodes.
During the Icarus and Cassandra montage scene, we get a quick clip from the episode "Hercules and the Gorgon" where Cassandra stepped on Icarus' foot to shut him up. However in this clip, she stepped on his right foot with her left foot but in the original, it was her right foot and his left foot.