A quick cut to the Town Crier provides the answer as he announces, "Gnaeus Pompey Magnus has left the city. He commands all noblemen and knights to do likewise. Those who remain will be considered enemies of Rome." Must be nice to be in a position to decide that anyone who disagrees with you is a traitor, and then actually be able to enforce it. I'll bet Ann Coulter loves this show. During this timely announcement, Senators and soldiers march through the forum in a ragged column while citizens throw curses and produce at them. And at least one person is mooning them. That didn't happen when I saw Julius Caesar at the Guthrie a few years ago, I can tell you that.
Those in the poorer neighborhoods without the means or the will to evacuate are at least able to afford stuff to board up their doors and windows. Which puts the slaves and peasants of ancient Rome at least in better shape than a fair segment of the population of modern-day New Orleans. Among those working on battening down is Niobe. While she's busy with that, a nosy neighbor comes in to naysay, "Anyone wants to get in, they'll get in." Of which this woman's unwelcome presence is proof. She comments that it looks like Vorenus will be returning after all, and doubts Niobe's weak claims that she's happy about it. Niobe drops the heavy plank she's using to try to block her front window, and Mrs. Kravus apologizes for her flappy lips. Niobe confesses that she tries to love Vorenus, but that she's not sure she wants him to come back. Not even as part of an invading army? Fickle woman. I suppose making the baby wait to nurse until Vorenus goes out for smokes would get trying in a hurry.
Brutus and Servilia have safely made their way home. And it appears that Brutus was among the citizenry who witnessed the departure of Pompey's men, as he recounts the scene to his mother. He angrily uses the word "deserting" twice. "Half the Senate ahorse," he says. Well, Cicero was in a litter and Cato was on foot, so more than half the Senate is out of there, I'd say. Brutus says this puts them in an awkward position. If they stay, they are declaring for Caesar and rebellion. If they go, they're with Pompey and the Senate. "There is no middle ground," he states. What about going in a different direction? Just a thought. Servilia calmly watches him vacillate for a minute between their friendship for Caesar and his loyalty to the Republic. And the latter wins out. "The Republic is more important than any friendship," he insists. I hope Servilia remembers to mention that to Caesar when she sees him. His difficult decision made, Brutus actually seems relieved as he tells Servilia to have her people get ready to leave as soon as possible. But she's not leaving. She tells her shocked son that she's waited eight years for Caesar and she's not leaving now. Brutus reminds her that Pompey has declared the holdouts enemies of Rome. "Caesar might prevail," Servilia says calmly. Brutus says yeah, he might, but eventually some other ambitious fellow will kill Caesar and take his place. Which will make Servilia "the mistress of a dead tyrant. Mother, we know what happens to them." Servilia says that's up to the gods to decide, because she ain't moving. Frustrated, Brutus suggests that if she's so damn horny, she ought to just buy some big macho slave at the market "and have done with it." Just make sure he has a big head and a bad haircut. Brutus looks down in shame at what he just said. Servilia sadly says he'd better go, and tells him not to be angry. "We may be parted for a long time," she understates. Brutus kisses her hand and quickly takes his leave.