Oh, loyal blog readers, Rome has just ended (on a cliff-hanger, as usual — but isn’t it strange that fabled Cleopatra is short, pudgy, and looks so much like Julia Louis Dreyfus???)
All right, stupid daughter of Lucius Vorenus was “discovered”, as it were — and just in the nick of time, too, as Titus Pullo was about to inflict quite grievous harm (with short dagger) on incapacitated Mascius, “third-in-command-on-the-Aventine” and boyfriend of big-boobs whore Gaia (who treacherously off-ed Eirene — oh, when will crone who dispensed bloody hellebore cough up knowledge of Gaia’s treachery? Impossible that crone would simply disappear, as after Gaia made off with poisonous herbs, crone was seen to follow her to door of hovel, and one knows that in a series such as Rome, every character’s movement, glance, or twitch is of the utmost importance!).
Lucius Vorenus, who is always sorry for his sins, now adds exile to his long long list of self-inflicted punishments.
James Purefoy absolutely mag-ne-tic in this episode, as witness scene where he marches to “House of the Julii” with his men, is refused admittance by stone-faced centurions, and shouts, “Atia!! Atiaaaa!!” At which, of course, Atia comes running (as how could anyone refuse such a romantic bellow???).
Octavian shows himself to be quite the kinky sort, approaches fetching young woman (Hubby practically masticating: “Fresh meat!” he says.) procured by eeeevil Maecenas and says, “I like you. Think your husband will divorce you?” or something of that sort. Later, at a quiet interlude, informs intended that he will beat her (with his hand, and a whip, but lightly) as it gives him “sexual pleasure.” Young woman apparently quite eager to comply.
Nothing in this episode matches wild, over-the-top sex between Gaia and Titus Pullo in last episode.
Marcus Agrippa reverts to boring boy-scout state, renounces Octavia, who rightly accuses him of being a coward.
In preview of next episode, Mark Antony, unaccountably in black eye make-up (very un-becoming) is being denounced by Octavian as “no longer a Roman.” Lucius Vorenus apparently being slapped by someone, either Atia or Octavia, am not sure which. Also, Jocasta has found her way to Egypt. (This actress, though has only the smallest of roles, is never less-than-amusing. In tonight’s episode, she was on shopping spree, egged on by aged husband who assures her she can purchase anything her heart desires, in thanks for which she simperingly calls him, “My little caramel!”)
Oh, and sooo glad to see that Lucius Vorenus’ daughter’s creepy lover was only the second person to be felled (after boss Memmio) during climactic face-off between Titus Pullo and evil Memmio and his minions. (Pullo felled him with axe shortly after biting off said Memmio’s tongue. Go, Pullo, Go !!!).
Only two episodes left in the series (sigh) — !