|The Mysteries of Life|
|In-Universe Date||Year -10|
|Original Air-Date||5 November 1998|
|Order in Series||23 of 50|
|Order in Season||23 of 50|
|Order in Franchise||192 of 304|
|Previous Episode in Series||"A Lady in Hades"|
|Next Episode in Series||"Dad Always Liked Me Best"|
|Previous Episode in Franchise||"A Lady in Hades"|
|Next Episode in Franchise||"Dad Always Liked Me Best"|
The guys are all in Corinth. A freak show is in town and its star attraction is Ruff. Iolaus recognizes Ruff, despite the fact that he has really grown. Ruff seems to recognize Iolaus too.
The guys try to buy Ruff from the "circus guy" but he says the monster is not for sale.
Later Iolaus decides to free Ruff and Hercules helps. They rescue him and take him to a cave. Where, once Iolaus removes the muzzle, Ruff shoots a ball of fire at them and runs off.
Ruff "attacks" a villager's farm -- burning it to the ground. The people turn into a mob and set out after "the beast".
Iolaus and Hercules decide to try to find Ruff before the mob. Jason also helps by taking a sentry detail out to find Ruff.
But, Jason is caught by "circus guy" and thrown into a pit.
Hercules and Iolaus find Ruff, but Ruff runs off.
Ruff falls into the same pit that Jason is in. "Circus guy" looks down at his captives. Hercules and Iolaus show up. Iolaus takes a swing at "circus guy" and winds up in the pit. Hercules and "circus guy" duke it out and "circus guy" ends up in the pit.
Hercules gets everyone out and the guys take Ruff to an island. Hercules says that Ruff will be safe here.
Hercules: Kora says the island is sacred to Artemis. Jason : Kora? What does Kora have to do with Artemis? Hercules: I don't know.
The guys say goodbye to Ruff once again. And Iolaus says he will miss him.