Brief Summary: Spartacus and Crixus are set up to fight in an exhibition match for Numerius’ birthday – but Crixus is intent on blood. USA – 2010 – TVMA
Full Summary: Varro and Spartacus are warriors in the arena as they battle side by side as brothers. Numerius watches intently to their every move as he is accompanied by his father Magistrate Calvavius and his mother Domitia. They are also joined by Lucretia and Batatius who suggests to the family an idea for the celebration of Numerius 15th birthday. Since it is a rite of passage from boy to man Batiatus would like to have the boy stay at their residence and look after the gladiators as if they were his own to later see the best men compete against each other in an exhibition. Numerius is overcome with joy at the thought of such a spectacle for his birthday and his father is weary at what that might cost. Batiatus calms his fears and will simply put the whole event together as a favor to his friend. Meanwhile, Spartacus and Varro finally defeat their last opponent Sumo by chaining him up by the neck and pulling from both ends to decapitate him and claim victory.
Varro enters the mess hall to find his wife Aurela and son Janas. He embraces her as he was flooded with thoughts that they both might be dead. Aurela was able to fight off Titus since the gods were on her side this time but the fact that she carries his baby is haunting her luck with them after all. Varro comforts her knowing he is in regret and he will love the child if she will.
Lucretia enters a bedroom chamber to find Illythia a physical mess since she is riddled with guilt over the murder of Licinia. Lucretia presses Illythia to gather her composure before people start speculating as to her whereabouts. She will guide her in exchange for Illythia getting all the people on her wish list of guests to attend the exhibition.
Spartacus and Crixus learn that they will fight each other during the exhibition as two of the best fighters Batiatus has to offer. Batiatus warns that only bloodshed must happen but no real damage otherwise it will result in a deadly consequence if one steps too far. Varro pulls Spartacus away for a brief moment thanking him for sending Mira and saving his family. Batiatus reveals to Spartacus a statute made of his face and declares him boastfully the Bringer of Rain.
Naevia narrowly escapes being discovered after Hector questions where his missing key is and if she knows its whereabouts. Batiatus discusses with Lucretia his plans after the exhibition to approach the Magistrate on political aspirations. He wants to taunt Solonius with his endeavors but Lucretia heeds warning that although he has been stricken he may have the strength to strike back. Batiatus ignores her warnings as he has a plan of his own. Lucretia meets with Illythia and she confirms that indeed everyone from the list will be in attendance. Her attention is drawn below to the relationship between Spartacus and Varro indeed getting the wheels turning inside that head.
Naevia and Crixus sneak into the mess hall as she reveals the key taken from Hector. They embrace as Crixus will not flinch on his passion to be champion again and they make love without the knowledge of an unexpected Ashur lurking in the shadows finally finding his enemies weakness. Later that evening, Batiatus shares wine and a game with Spartacus declaring they will see greater fortune then their fathers and Lucretia is outraged to see her husband share anything with a slave.
Upon the arrival of Numerius, Batiatus wants Spartacus to attend to him. Spartacus shows him around and they spar together. Duro declares he would like to spar with Crixus but he is met with apprehension. He goes to swing at him with his sword as Crixus takes him down with little effort and bloodies him up leaving him half dead. The gladiators cheer as they respect Duro for his bravery and continuing to get back to his feet.
The steam is rising as Numerius relaxes in a hot bath. He is stirred a bit as Illythia enters with a purpose and strokes the young man’s ego before entering him in the bath naked. Outside the villa Mira follows Spartacus to thank him for the other night he defended her when Hector accused her of stealing his key. He insults her as he says he would have done it for any woman. She walks away frustrated. During the night Spartacus has a dream where he sees a dead Sura and a dead Varro and Aulus being soaked in oils by slaves. We wipe to the next day where it is announced that Spartacus will no longer compete against Crixus but Varro according to the latest choice by Numerius. Varro and Spartacus enter the arena and both share equal advances into the flesh. Spartacus is able to bring Varro to the ground and places a sword to his throat. Varro shares a laugh and raises his two fingers in forfeit. Numerius takes the editor’s role and raises his hand and lowers his thumb. Everyone is suddenly silenced since the rules were that no bodily injured would be had. Spartacus tenses his grip on the sword and is at a standstill. Magistrate Calvavius declares he will repay him for the gladiator but Spartacus should proceed with the death. Batiatus unwillingly motions for Spartacus to continue. Spartacus stands without knowing what to do he sees the guards moving towards him if he does not comply and looks down at a defeated Varro. He tells Spartacus he must continue otherwise they both will die and to look after his wife and child. He grabs Spartacus sword and lunges it into his chest halfway pleading for Spartacus to continue. Spartacus has no choice and plunges the sword deep into his chest spraying blood everywhere.
Batiatus presses the Magistrate for words on the possibility of him running for political office and is met with laughter by both he and Solonius. They both assure him that politics is left to men of better breeding and he is best as a lanista. Batiatus stands stunned but quickly changes his demeanor to revenge. A tragic Spartacus enters his cell beating the walls until the flesh peels off in sorrow over Varro. Mira comes to attend him and he pulls her closer tohim and two damaged souls become one.
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