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"Hercules and the Apollo Mission" is the first episode of Hercules: The Animated Series. It first aired August 31, 1998.

Plot

Aptitle

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."

Songs

Notes

  • This is the first episode to refer to the narrator as Bob.
  • The looters are voiced by Dan Castellanetta, using the voices he used for Groundskeeper Willie and Barney Gumble on the Simpsons.
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Media
Films: HerculesHercules: Zero to HeroVideo

Television: TV series (Episode list) (Aladdin crossover) • House of Mouse
Video games: Video gameKingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysKingdom Hearts Birth by SleepKingdom Hearts coded Kingdom Hearts χ Kingdom Hearts Unchained χKingdom Hearts III
Music: Soundtrack
Books: Classic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingLittle Golden Book

Disney Parks
Disney Animation BuildingSorcerers of the Magic KingdomStitch and Friends Summer Surprise

Entertainment: Animazment - The MusicalDisney's Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicDisney's WishesHercules: The Muse-icalVillains Tonight!
Parade: Disney Stars and Motorcars ParadeHercules Victory ParadeThe Hercules Electrical ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Firework: Happily Ever AfterWishes
Halloween: Hocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularMickey's Boo-to-You Halloween ParadeRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeThe Villains WorldVillains Night Out!

Characters
Original: HerculesHadesPegasusPhiloctetesMegaraPain and PanicFatesMusesZeusHeraHermesHestiaHephaestusAthenaAresPoseidonAphroditeOlympian GodsArtemisApolloThebansDionysusTitansCerberusHydraMinotaurSthenoGriffinNemean LionNessusFuriesNymphsAmphytryon and Alcmene

TV Series: IcarusCassandraAdonisHelen of TroyTempestCirceTritonGalateaPandoraMedusaEchidnaTyphonEchidna's ChildrenHecateNemesisMr. ParenthesesHomerFear and TerrorIbidAntaeusPrometheusDaedelusMorpheusKronosGaiaAmphitriteAchillesTheseusOrionNestor & MeleagerMelampusLavinaAjaxAndromedaAnazareteSyrinxElectraMr. GriffKing MinosTiviusOrthosQueen Hippolyte

Songs
Original: The Gospel TruthGo the DistanceOne Last HopeZero to HeroI Won't Say (I'm in Love)A Star is Born

TV series songs: Send My Boy to SchoolMy TownPromethean DittyThe AgoraThe BacchanalThe Man That I LovePucker Up or Let Him SnoozeThat's How the Story GoesAphrodesia DanceLoe Is In The AirSine the Light Went AwayAin't Life a BeachCan-Do KingKronos StoneWhat's a Mother to Do?Sreamin' Grecian Teenage BluesLethe Water on the Brain!One Good Man

Locations
Ancient GreeceMount OlympusUnderworldPhil's IslandThebesPrometheus AcademyAtlantis City
Objects
Skull PacifierArmageddon BowLightning BoltsMortal PotionTrident
Miscellaneous
Disney Sing Along Songs: From Hercules