|Valley of the Shadow|
|In-Universe Date||Year -9|
|Original Air-Date||14 May 1999|
|Order in Series||50 of 50|
|Order in Season||50 of 50|
|Order in Franchise||249 of 304|
|Previous Episode in Series||"Ill Wind"|
|Previous Episode in Franchise||"Ill Wind"|
|Next Episode in Franchise||"Revelations"|
Hercules, Iolaus and Thesus take the word of an old man and hunt an area rich with game, unware that it is protected by a monster – and that someone is watching out for them.
Hercules, Iolaus, and Thesus are out an a hunting/fishing/camping trip. As darkness falls, they find themselves in mysterious valley, which was recommended to them by an crotchety old man. They do not realize the valley is sacred to Hera and home to her monster, the Protector. Around the campfire, they are attacked. Things look grim until they manage to find safety in small cave. There they find the same man who sent them to this Valley. Fighting an urge to feed the old man to the monster, they find themselves risking their lives to save the man who sent them into this death trap. They survive the night and make it out of the valley. Hercules does not realize the old man was actually his father, Zeus who had set up the challenge for a son who had begun to doubt himself.
- This is the only appearance of Zeus in the whole series, fitting in with the continuity of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, which establishes that while Zeus rarely interacted with Hercules, he was always watching out for him.