Series 4 continues to deliver with even the episodes that grab me the least, somehow managing to be far better than the weaker ones from previous series.
Something about this episode was missing but I struggle to work out what it was that this one didn't that the previous 6 did have.
What it did have was a few standout scenes and wonderful acting; namely the Arthur/Merlin scene in the council chambers, Merlin/Gwen in Gaius' chambers (wanted that one to be longer) Gaius' speech to Alator but especially his final one to Arthur.
Best of all was Alator bowing to Merlin and the young man's reaction to that. Hope he starts to get a few more followers soon.
Agravaine's excuses were ... actually quite good. I honestly didn't think I could seen any way out of that when he was holding a knife up to someone's chin.
Although many are frustrated that no-one has told on him, the show has mentioned and shown numerous times that the nobles are considered to be above reproach and that no commoner should accuse them. Arthur's comment to Merlin when he dares suggest his Uncle is to blame proves this; that despite even admitting his friendship to his servant, he must not dare to accuse Agravaine.