'Spartacus: Vengeance': Tongue removal as a party trick -- good times
In "Empty Hands," the political scheming heats up as the pregnant Ilythia ( Viva Bianca) plots to nab a new, more powerful husband and beat out the younger Seppia ( Hannah Mangan Lawrence) for his affections and the clout that comes with them. Glaber ( Craig Parker), who has sent his men to hunt the rebels, has pulled them out of the games. To fix this, Ilythia suggests a party. And oh, what a party it is!
While naked dancers writhe in front of the group, Ilythia tells her father her plan. Troubled, he tells his issues to Lucretia ( Lucy Lawless). Yeah, that might not be a good thing. She and Ilythia are now full on rivals and ready to do just about anything to destroy each other. Though Ilythia eventually gains the support of Varinius ( Bret Tucker), her schemes go awry when she sees Lucretia on top of her dad.
Four warriors from the rebel band, including the recently captured Oenomaus ( Peter Mensah, who was just cast in "True Blood") and Crixus ( Manu Bennett) are sitting in Glaber's jail. They're brought before the group and Lucretia chooses -- we mean, she channels the gods to choose -- one to be put down. She promises Crixus that he will suffer. Yikes! And speaking of bloodthirsty, the unlucky rebel becomes a human pinata with everyone taking a swipe at him for fun. Tongue removal is such a nice party trick. Ilythia shows how hot she is by delivering the killing blow. As you do.
The rebels, meanwhile are in the woods, trying to get Naevia ( Cynthia Addai-Robinson) away from the salt mines. Though they think Crixus is dead, they soldier on. The big take away here? Mira ( Katrina Law) can kick some serious butt! Now they're off to Vesuvius.
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