Next day, Octavian is arriving home for the dinner party. Entering his mother's compound through the back courtyard, he spots Timon and a number of other guys, all looking rather serious and sharpening their swords. Subtle.
Inside, the party's already in full swing. We follow Octavia's hairdo from the back for a while, until her brother appears and asks her, "Where's your mother?" Octavia nods in Julii Cooper's direction, and he's about to head right over. But before he can, he notices that Servilia is standing directly across the room. The Octaves (TM Al Lowe) wonder what Servilia's even doing there, and Octavian guesses that it's Antony's attempt at "a show of unity for the Egyptians." Normally Octavian's several steps ahead of everyone else, but I can't help wondering if the Egyptians even give a shit.
But Julii Cooper's about to put on her own show. Crossing to Servilia, she greets her and thanks her for coming. Servilia coldly says that she's there under protest, at Mark Antony's insistence. Julii Cooper gets in a little dig about how scared Servilia must be as Antony's hostage, promising that she herself means Servilia no ill. "It's enough for me to know that I have won and you've been humbled," she bullshits. "We've both suffered enough." Servilia wonders if she's being mocked, but Julii Cooper insists that she's merely offering her friendship. As every guest at the party looks on without trying to be too obvious about it, Servilia says, "I cannot honorably refuse." As much as she may want to. It's good enough for Julii Cooper, who takes Servilia's hands and kisses her on both cheeks. "Enjoy the party," she says, moving away.
Of course, because Julii Cooper sucks at this, she can't even contain her evil glee for the five steps it takes her to get to where her kids have been standing, watching in disapproval and astonishment, respectively. She tries to gloat over her performance and Servilia's reaction, but Octavian wants to know what's up with Timon and his small army hanging out in the courtyard. As if he doesn't already know they're there to take out Servilia. He reminds her about the truce, and that given the delicate political situation, Servilia's death would "throw the Republic into uproar." Julii Cooper pouts that she doesn't care. He asks if Antony knows about Julii Cooper's plan. She tries to lie that Antony's in the loop, but can't even pull that off. Octavian heads over to Antony to spill the beans, followed closely by his angry mother. An argument we don't hear ensues. But how will we know who won?