The great man is then left alone in the stableyard, aside from his servants, guards, and Octavian Camden, who's just shown himself. "Why do you frown, little owl?" Caesar asks. Maybe it's that nickname. But Octavian merely agrees with Mark Antony that a truce isn't the right move. "Depends on the terms," Caesar coaches. Right away, Octavian realizes that Caesar offered terms Pompey can't accept, but that the Senate can. Caesar begins to compliment Octavian's quick thinking, but abruptly freezes in his tracks. Out of nowhere, Posca swoops in to wrap his arms around the motionless Caesar, urgently telling Octavian to take them someplace out of sight. Octavian quickly leads them to a small pantry, where they unceremoniously dump the staring man onto a pile of flour sacks like he's just one more of them. That part's more shocking than the actual attack, I think. Octavian thinks that Caesar's poisoned, but Posca explains, "It's the Morbus Comitialis." Which is ancient Roman for epilepsy, I take it. Apparently, opinions vary as to whether Caesar actually had epilepsy or if it was just a rumor. I guess we know where this show stands on the issue. And on the issue of one other rumor, which is about to be born in another moment. Posca tells Octavian to shut the door, but Octavian is too slow to prevent the kitchen maid -- Demeter, I think, but it's really dark and that other scene she was in was kind of a long time ago -- to see that someone's in there. As Posca jams a stick between Caesar's teeth, Octavian wonders if they should get a doctor. Posca says it has to remain a secret: "No one will follow a man whom Apollo has cursed with the Morbus." Well, except these two, obviously. Caesar's got himself worked up into a nice little grand mal by now.
Episode Report CardM. Giant: C+ | 892 USERS: C+
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