Rome: Season 2, Episode 4

Testudo et Lepus (The Tortoise and the Hare) (4 Feb. 2007)

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Having learned that Vorenus' children are alive, Pullo sets off to find him in Gaul where he is again a serving soldier in Mark Antony's army. He had hoped to arrive before Octavian and ... See full summary »



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Having learned that Vorenus' children are alive, Pullo sets off to find him in Gaul where he is again a serving soldier in Mark Antony's army. He had hoped to arrive before Octavian and Antony's armies meet in battle. Too late however, he is forced to find what is left of Antony's army in the mountains. He finds Vorenus alive and well, if somewhat battle worn, and they set off to find the children. The victorious Octavian plans his return to Rome. In Western Turkey, Brutus and Cassius amass their own army, now 9 Legions strong. In Rome, Servilia's attempt to kill Atia fails and Atia has her kidnapped tortured beyond what even her henchman Timon can stand. Written by garykmcd

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[after being told how many of Antony's army is dead]
Posca: Eight thousand!
Mark Antony: Oh do cheer up; you're still alive, aren't you?
Posca: I do hope so. If this is the afterlife is it extremely disappointing!
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Fortune Favors The Bold...And The Patient...
11 February 2007 | by (Arlington, VA.) – See all my reviews

"Slow and steady wins the race", as the moral of Aesop's immortal fable goes. And it certainly applies to this, the Fourth episode of Season Two.

Pullo's unwavering friendship and devotion to Vorenus definitely pays off spectacularly, as Titus tracks Lucius down amidst the dregs of Mark Antony's army, trounced by the forces of swiftly-rising Octavian, (with help from Agrippa). Once Vorenus learns of his children's cruel fate, he's off with Antony's reluctant blessing to get them back.

Meanwhile, Atia's swiftness to vengeance has just cost her more than she ever bargained for. An unfortunate and fatal mistake on the part of a servant saves her life by chance, and the trail of deception leads back to Servilia, resulting in not one but two absolutely brutal torture sequences that finally push someone to the unexpected breaking point...TIMON!

Elsewhere, with the sound defeat of Antony's legions, Octavian (now called Augustus Caesar) is ready to collect on the dividends provided by his careful military and political strategies, much to the consternation of many, particularly Cicero.

And for Vorena the Elder, Vorena the Younger and little Lucius, who thought that their father's curse had consigned them to everlasting Hell on Earth, salvation is at hand in a profound and moving sequence that puts a powerful flourish on this episode.

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