Believe it or not, we don't actually get to see any hot brother-sister action, instead segueing right to the moments after, amid the tangled, soggy sheets and self-recriminations. "Brother, tell me something" is Octavia's smooth opening. Oops, I should probably avoid phrases like "smooth opening" for a few paragraphs. Octavian lets out a disappointed "Ah." She asks what that means, and he explains, "Now comes the price." Whoa, fucking your sister is one thing, but calling her a whore immediately afterward is just rude. He says that she knows incest is wrong, hence all the "idiots and monsters among the children of incest." Octavia is starting to get upset, although her brother, missing the point, coldly says, "It's unlikely I've seeded you. Not with the moon in transit." Getting back to the subject at hand, he knows Octavia wouldn't misbehave so out of pure lust, so she must have some other agenda: "I suspect you'll renew your strange interest in Caesar's health." Now the tears are coming for real, as Octavia whimpers, "What have I done?" Octavian agrees that that's a really good question. Before spilling, she swears Octavian to secrecy. Unfortunately, she fails to do the same to the slave currently witnessing this entire scene through a crack in the door.
Daytime at the house of Vorenii. Pullo watches as Niobe and J. No drape Vorenus is his new magistrate's toga. I'm glad this show has eschewed the traditional white-toga look in favor of more colorful duds -- not just because they say it's historically accurate, but because when someone does wear all white, as Vorenus is now, it's quite eye-catching. And you can't tell me that whoever designed the Senate robes didn't have Caesar's final scene in mind. Anyway, Niobe gushes with pride over her husband's new look, while Pullo cracks, "You look like laundry." Any fears that Vorenus might be letting this go right to his head are momentarily quelled by the difficulty he has in stifling an appreciative chuckle. Niobe, however, didn't get that scroll, and gives Pullo a disapproving look. She even slaps his hand away when he gets up to touch the cloth, saying, "You'll dirty it." Fine way to treat a guy who was ready to battle to the death for you a few scenes ago. Pullo mopes over to the table for some water as Vorenus frets about his new look, then admires himself in a mirror Niobe holds out for him. He's beginning to look kind of impressed with himself after all. Pullo looks sad because there's no room in that toga for him.