Rome S01E05: The Ram Has Touched the Wall or The One Where We Learn Servilla is Not to be Fucked With
There’s a lot going on in this episode, but I’m going to do my best to sum up.
Basically, Atia is continuing to be the schemeiest person who ever schemed and is wildly disappointed when she discovered that her teenaged son hadn’t had sex with Caesar in the closet. She then sets him up with sword fighting lessons with Pullo.
She’s also super pissy because Caesar is spending more time with his mistress, Servilla, than he is with Atia. So she gets Servilla back by hiring someone to paint x-rated graffiti of Caesar and Servilla getting it on. Unfortunately, Caesar and his wife become laughingstocks when they’re out and about and everyone has seen the pictures. Caesar breaks up with Servilla for political reasons, they fight and Caesar beats the shit out of her to make his point.
Vorenus loses all the slaves he ordered except for one little boy who’s in a cage stroking the hair of his dead mother. Now, Vorenus has no money to do anything else. He asks the moneylender about borrowing more cash, but the moneylender convinces him to work for him instead. Vorenus quickly figures out he’s working for the mob. He ends up quitting and going back to Marc Antony and asking if the offer was still open and rejoins the army in order to support his family.
Pullo asks Octavian for advice about Vorenus and Niobe since he suspects Niobe is cheating on Vorenus. Together Pullo and Octavian kidnap Niobe’s brother-in-law and baby daddy, get him to confess by torturing him, and then they kill him.
Servilla curses both Caesar and Atia in epic fashion and Caesar goes after Pompey only to discover that they’ve all retreated across the sea – to Greece, I think.
My favorite part of the episode:
Servilla cursing Caesar and Atia. It was brilliant. And also well deserved.
My least favorite part of the episode:
The little boy stroking the hair and face of his dead mother. That was awful.
Team Atia or Team Servillia, and why:
Usually, I’m all about Atia, but holy shit, Servilla brought her A game in this episode. Her cursing of Caesar and Atia was nothing short of glorious.
Favorite watch-a-long tweet (obviously used with permission):
Guess Jess’s head canon.
When Vorenus went to Marc Antony to beg for his job back. In Jess’ head, he had to work a lot harder.
What made Jenny super happy?
The fact that the title of the show showed up in dialogue. She seriously loves when that happens in a show or a book. It makes her super happy, and I think it’s adorable. See?
Jen’s take on The Ram Has Touched the Wall (Actually, Jen won’t have a post this week due to unavoidable circumstances.)