The lackey tells Pharaoh he must continue to persecute the Hebrews, who are getting a little uppity. Pharaoh whines that he's tried everything. Lackey suggests killing the infant sons. Pharaoh agrees, and we get an extended montage sequence of soldiers marching through the streets looking for babies. There's screaming, running, and much overturning of props. It's actually quite brutal. A mother gets stabbed, and some fathers are beaten pretty badly. At one point, a baby carriage rolls down a flight of steps. Okay, not really. I just wanted an excuse to point out that I've seen Battleship Potemkin in a theater twice, and as an inveterate receipt-keeper, I have the ticket stubs to prove it. Great movie. If you caught the hidden montage joke in that paragraph, you're a bigger film geek than I. ["Thanks for the shout-out." -- Sars]
Soldier's burst into Amram's house. For the sake of easy reading, I'll tell you now that he's Moses's dad. The soldiers heard there was a baby in the house. Amram says they're wrong. Moses is cleverly concealed throughout this scene in a basket. Hanging from the ceiling. In the center of the freakin' living room. Good plan. Somehow the soldiers are fooled. You can say what you want about the Jews, and while we do get persecuted a lot, at least we learn from our mistakes. You never saw Anne Frank in such a crappy hiding place.
Denial isn't just a river in Egypt anymore. Now it's a puddle on a soundstage. Mommy Moses floats the basket down the river. Who knew wicker was watertight? A couple of chicks are frolicking downstream in the puddle. They find the baby and bring it ashore. Moses's sister Miriam hides and watches. The chicks examine the baby. What's up with the Buffy look-alikes in this movie? First we get Faith as Rachel, and now Cordelia is the Queen of Egypt? Come to think of it, they're both on Angel now, so maybe there is a Biblical connection. Anyway, Cordelia checks under the diaper, raises an eyebrow, and says, "It's a Hebrew baby." Okay, that joke was funny in History of the World, Part One with Gregory Hines, but we're in Part Two now, so I expect better.
Miriam comes up and says she knows a woman who can nurse the baby. Because women are always looking to hire child-care professionals on the advice of random street urchins. Cordelia agrees, but says the baby must be returned to her when it's old enough. She names him Moses, because he came from the water. Back at their tent, Mommy Moses nurses the baby, and says that this is the only way to keep the kid alive.