gang land in ancient Rome. They find their way into a market place
and decide to split up to look for the Birthday Surprise.
a slave trader, sees Tow-Ling on his own in the market place. He asks
the boy what he is doing in Rome and he tells him that he is looking
for T-Bag's birthday surprise. Brutus tells him that he knows where
it is and tells him to come and see. He leads him to a dingy cell
and locks him in.
(a Roman senator) is on his way back from Marcus and Spartacus with
his shopping. He stops at a well for a drink. Brutus appears behind
him and startles him, making him spit water al over his shopping.
He introduces himself as a slave driver and asks what he is doing
carrying his own shopping. He says that he should have a slave to
carry his shopping for him. The Senator is not interested, but he
is finally persuaded, as the next time we sees him, he is being handed
Tow-Ling on a leash.
girl arrives in the market place as the Senator emerges from the slave
shop. The Senator leads Tow-Ling off home. T-Shirt and T-Bag arrive
in the market place, calling for Tow-Ling. The girl approaches T-Bag
and asks if they are looking for Tow-Ling. She introduces herself
as Letitia and she explains that Tow-Ling has been sold into slavery.
T-Bag decides to go and get him back, but Letitia warns them that
they will need a good plan first. She suggests that T-Bag disguises
herself as Queen Cleopatra and makes the Senator fall in love with
her so that she can woo him into giving Tow-Ling back. T-Bag thinks
that this is a ridiculous idea and tells Letitia to butt out. She
then turns to T-Shirt and tells him that she has just had a brilliant
Letitia falls foul of Brutus.
is busily fanning his new master and booing his eyes out. There is
a knock at the door, and the Senator (who is feeling bad because Tow-Ling
is so miserable) decides to answer the door himself. It is Brutus.
He has another slave for him - Letitia. Letitia is furious about becoming
enslaved. Brutus dumps Letitia on the Senator and tells him that he'll
be around to pick up the cash later.
soon as Letitia is in the Senator's house, she starts yelling at him
and telling him that if he knows what's good for him, he'll let her
go and go to the senate and tell them to abolish slavery as it is
brutal and inhumane. The Senator is impressed by her speech, but Letitia
stomps off to find something to cut her chains with.
comes in dressed as an Egyptian slave carrying a rug. He announces
that he has a delivery for Antonius and throws the rug down on the
floor. He unrolls it and out pops T-Bag dressed as Cleopatra (surprise,
surprise!). She starts flirting outrageously with him and tells him
that she had a dream about him and fell in love. She says that she
has been travelling the world in search of him. Antonius turns to
T-Shirt and says, "Funny woman!".
eventually wins him over, when there is a knock at the door. It is
Brutus. The Senator launches into Letitia's speech about how brutal
and inhumane slavery is, and he announces that he is going to the
senate to get slavery banned. Brutus is horrified because he will
be out of a job. The senator leaves, and Brutus vows to change the
Brutus buys a mind changing potion from the Apothacary and creeps
into the Senator's house, where he and T-Bag are throwing grapes into
each other's mouths. Brutus slips some potion into the grapes.
asks the Senator if she can have one of his slaves. The Senator asks
her how he can possibly give her something that isn't his to give.
He grants his slaves their freedom, but then he has a grape and changes
his mind and says that he loves slavery.
demands that she wants the boy. She eats a grape and changes her mind,
saying that she wants Letitia instead. T-Shirt reminds T-Bag that
they came to get Tow-Ling. He eats a grape and tells T-Bag that they
are not leaving without the Senator's lovely vase that he keeps on
his sideboard. He asks the Senator for it, and he refuses saying that
his mother gave it to him. One grape later, and he thinks that it
is a bit naff and that T-Shirt can have it after all. T-Bag snaps
at T-Shirt and tells him that she doesn't want the vase. After another
grape, she decides that it would smashing on the telly with a few
tulips in it. The Senator has another grape and decides that T-Bag
can't have it. He gives it to Letitia instead, who doesn't want it
anyway. T-Shirt asks her why because he thinks it's fabulous. He has
a grape and decides that it's a piece of trash. T-Bag has a grape
and starts yelling at everyone that they aren't there to talk about
vases, but they want the boy instead. She has another grape and asks
the Senator what other vases he has.
goes on for ages. After a while, T-Shirt decides that he will crush
the grapes and turn them into a drink. Letitia are sitting around
looking bored as the Senator and T-Bag are eating grapes and arguing.
The Senator finally sits up and asks if they can settle the argument.
T-Bag tells him that they want the girl, but T-Shirt corrects her.
After another grape, T-Bag agrees. The Senator tells her that they
can have them both. T-Shirt grabs Tow-Ling, T-Bag and Letitia and
makes a dash for the door. The Senator eats the last grape and then
yells at them for taking the slaves.
turns up and offers to give the Senator a lift in his chariot to the
Senate building to deliver his speech. The Senator tells him that
it won't be necessary as his slaves will take him. He says that he
thinks slavery is a wonderful thing. Brutus says, "I'll drink
to that", and grabs the grape juice from T-Shirt and drinks some.
He suddenly changes his mind and tells the Senator that he thinks
slavery is evil. He demands that the Senator should go to the Senate
building and start the ball rolling to abolish slavery.
you reckon?" says Antonius. T-Shirt agrees whole-heartedly and
grabs the drink back off Brutus before handing it to the Senator,
who takes a big gulp.
you know, I think I will!" he says. He releases Tow-Ling and
Letitia and they all make a hasty exit.