Okay, so I don't know why I named the last episode Teacher's Pests when it was the review for Herc and Seek. My mistake but I have corrected it and now here is the review for Teacher's Pests. It was written by John Loy and directed by Chris Graves.
So our episode starts out with Jason and Herc training just as the bell rings. The cadets are getting ready for a nice break from the school.
Iolaus tells his friends he has a date with Kora but none of them believe him. This turns into a bet between the three about who can get out of the school gates first. While running they knock over the administrator, Fiducus, and it cause the three of them to get in trouble. Losing their time off. Iolaus is beside himself.
He admits that he doesn't have a date with Kora, instead he is a bus boy and needs the job in order to afford the school. Herc and Jason agree to cover for him so that he can get to work. Now not only do Jason and Herc have to do all the bullshit work that Fiducus puts on them, they also have to cover for Iolaus so that all three of them don't get in trouble and end up kicked out of school.
They pretend that Iolaus is in the rafters of the barn and keeps dropping hay bails on him "by mistake". It is a very funny scene and just one of the many reasons that the Xenaverse is so great. Iolaus shows up late for work and Kora is not happy. They are under staffed and Iolaus is thrown into the role of waiter. His first customer? Cheiron, the headmaster of the academy. He has to take his order, serve his food and collect his payment all without being seen.
Back at the academy Fiducus is giving Jason and Herc more work and once again asks where Iolaus is. Jason tells him that he is taking care of the hogs. Fiducus goes to check on him, which bothers Jason because he didn't believe him. Herc rushes to try and get there first to once again cover for his friend. Iolaus gets through collecting the order without being caught but Cheiron starts to suspect something. Herc dives into the mud with a mop on his head, it works in fooling Fiducus. This is getting to be more of a pain than any of them thought it would be.
Kora finds Iolaus behavior to be extremely odd. She demands to know what is going on with Iolaus but he tries to avoid the question. Kora is not happy. The whole episode is physical comedy from start to finish. They don't make shows like this anymore.
The whole episode Fiducus goes on and on about how great his son is and how none of them are as good as his son. Jason finds his records and they learn that his son failed all his classes and never finished the program. They get caught where as Iolaus doesn't. Cheiron leaves Kora's without catching Iolaus. Kora lets him keep his job but he loses his pay for the day. It's a small victory.
Fiducus tells Herc and Jason all about his son and how he tried to cover for him but he just kept getting worse and worse until he ran off. It's a nice touching moment that teaches us about Fiducus and why he is such a hardass. I love episodes like this, where you get to learn the back stories of supporting characters. Herc relates to him how being a son without a father, he wishes he had a father like him. The touching moment is ruined by Iolaus showing up and being caught by Fiducus. Herc tells him everything and Fiducus covers for them with Cheiron. It all works out for our heroes in the end. They think they got away with it until Cheiron gives Iolaus a tip. Lucky it comes with a smile so he knows he isn't in trouble. And before you leave here thinking Iolaus made any money, Jason took it as payment for covering for him. Very funny episode.
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