Season one, episode 5
In the Path Not Taken, Xena is asked to rescue a kidnapped princess and stop a war. To do this she has to go under cover amongst murderous mercenaries that she used to mix with.
In this episode we are given more insight into Xena’s past. Xena agrees to rescue the princess but she refuses payment for her help. When she goes undercover amongst the mercenaries, we can see why the episode is entitled “The Path Not Taken” as we remember just how awful Xena was and why she feels she has so much to atone for.
We also get some eye candy in the shape of Marcus, who we discover was an old flame. He’s a hunk but, IMHO no match for our Xena. Unlike the men of the week that are forced on Gabrielle, there is some genuinie affection between Xena and Marcus.