Rome (2005–2007)
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An Owl in a Thornbush 

With Caesar quickly advancing toward Rome, Pompey begins ordering a retreat and forces his citizens to pick sides. Timon does Atia's dirty work and Vorenus cannot understand why no one is resisting while on a scouting mission.

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With Caesar approaching Rome, Pullo and Vorenus lead an advance party to scout out the level of resistance they might meet. In Rome, Pompey Magnus must decide how to meet the forthcoming threat, even though Caesar seems to have only one Legion with him. To everyone's surprise, Pompey decides to stage a tactical retreat south with the intent to gather his forces and then re-take city. Romans are forced to take sides with anyone staying behind declared a traitor. As a result of the evacuation, Pullo and Vorenus find the city virtually deserted. Vorenus decides to pack it in and return to his home. Pullo on the other makes a quite interesting find of his own. Atia meanwhile takes decisive action when she learns that her daughter Octavia is secretly seeing her husband. Written by garykmcd

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The storyline of the stolen gold was Bruno Heller's attempt to answer a question which has puzzled historians for centuries, which was why the gold wasn't removed when Pompey abandoned Rome. See more »

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(at around 19 mins) An egg shell is visible stuck to a door. On the shell, a printed date code can be seen. See more »

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[Atia greets Timon at the door]
Atia of the Julii: I'm having a small party this evening, and I'll need you to -
[she stops]
Atia of the Julii: Are you wearing perfume?
Timon: Just a dab.
Atia of the Julii: It's horrid. Horseshit suits you much better. Now, I need you to get more men to stand guard outside to greet my guests when they arrive.
Timon: A party? Is that wise, given how things are?
Atia of the Julii: Perfume, advice. Whatever next?
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Caesar continues on to Rome while the citizens are forced to pick sides.
22 January 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Pompey forces the Roman citizens to pick sides and orders a strategic retreat from the city.

Atia recruits Timon to do her dirty work for her, this demonstrates just what Atia will do to get what she wants.

My favourite parts of the episode were Lucius and Titus bonding while on a scouting mission. Their exchanges of dialogue were funny and their characterisation interesting.

Atia's home under siege by an angry mob was a highly entertaining scene. The family discuss who will each other if the mob makes it inside.

'An Owl in a Thornbush' is as good, if not better than 'How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic'


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