Advisor: "Cleopatra, Rome is on the brink of an all out civil war."
Cleopatra: "And why should that interrupt my bath?"
Advisor: "You command the greatest navy in the world - the strategic prize if your name happens to be Brutus or Antony. Whichever one of them gets control of your navy will rule the empire."
Cleopatra: "Well, it sounds like they'll both be courting me then doesn't it?"
Advisor: "Or trying to eliminate you."
Advisor: "There are those that say with you out of the way, the Egyptian navy will go to the highest bidder."
Cleopatra: "Hmm is it just me, Shiana, or do crises only happen when I'm naked."
an urgent message from Rome
[hands a scroll to her bathing queen]."
Cleopatra: "Shiana [a serpent, which had been hiding in the scroll strikes the queen just above the heart]"
Shiana: "My Queen."
Cleopatra: "Shiana [inscribes some more instructions on another scroll] take this to Xena."
Shiana: "I will, my Queen."
Gabrielle: "Are we really going to do this?"
Canidius: "There's a rumor that Brutus is in Egypt."
Soldier: "Sir, Queen Cleopatra bids you welcome and has sent me a gift."
Antony: "Queen Cleopatra has sent me a gift. Bring it in."
Soldier: "Sir, yes, sir! Bring it in! It's a carpet, sir."
Antony: [reading from a small scroll] ... "'Will Rome enter Egypt?' [Antony unrolls the carpet to find a beautiful, naked woman in golden chains]"
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