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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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11 September 2005 (USA)  »

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Brutus appears to be in a dilemma when choosing sides, which is unsurprising. According to history, Brutus had no father, but Julius Caesar had acted as a foster father for most of his youth. Cato, however, was his uncle; the half-brother of his mother, Servilia. See more »


(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 »


Gaius Julius Caesar: What makes your man Vorenus so morose?
Mark Antony: He is stonewall Catonian. He thinks we've committed a terrible crime, a mighty sacrilege, and shall be severely punished by the gods.
Gaius Julius Caesar: He may be right.
Mark Antony: It's a crime if we lose. If we win, it isn't.
Gaius Julius Caesar: I am merely pursuing my legitimate rights, Antony.
Mark Antony: Of course.
Gaius Julius Caesar: Do you think we can trust him?
Mark Antony: Who?
Gaius Julius Caesar: Lucius Vorenus.
Mark Antony: Oh. Deep Thirteenth, him. He'd follow the eagle up Pluto's arse.
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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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