For Sir Humphrey, things are going a bit better. Humphrey is meeting with his boss and mentor Sir Arnold. Sir Arnold is about to retire and needs to figure out who is successor is going to be. You see, Arnold needs someone who knows how to ask the “key” questions. Humphrey certainly knows how to do that as he asks Arnold if he has given any thought to what he was going to do after he retires? This question is more to do with what sort of key chairmanships that Humphrey could line Arnold up with that would yield very little work but a ton of money. Arnold likes his thinking and puts forward Humphrey’s name as his successor. In this episode, as in any other episode, any scene with Humphrey and Arnold are gold. There is nothing likeable about either character yet they are immensely likeable. I also enjoy the dialogue between them as if those two alone are the ones running everything and everyone else is basically window dressing or game pieces moved around strategically.
Bernard Woolley: That there is £1 million worth of diamonds from South Africa in a Downing Street safe, but of course it's only a rumour.
Jim Hacker: Is that true?
Bernard Woolley: Oh, yes.
Jim Hacker: So, there ARE all those diamonds in Downing Street!
Bernard Woolley: Are there?
Jim Hacker: You just said there were.
Bernard Woolley: No, I didn't.
Jim Hacker: Yes, you did! You said you'd heard this rumour, I said is it true, you said yes!
Bernard Woolley: I said yes, it was true that it was a rumour.
Jim Hacker: You said you heard it was true!
Bernard Woolley: No, I said it was true that I heard it!
Annie Hacker: I'm sorry to cut into this important discussion, but do you believe it?
Jim Hacker: I believe I heard it. Oh, about the diamonds. No.
Annie Hacker: Is it impossible?
Jim Hacker: No, but it's never been officially denied. First rule in politics: never believe anything until it's officially denied.
But the real reason was that the Prime Minister couldn’t stand the Home Secretary who would have been a real contender to hold the Prime Minister office. Now that the Home Secretary is out of the picture the Prime Minister felt that he could resign. Of course Jim knows right away that there are two contenders for the office, Duncan and Eric. In fact, they each meet with him right away. Since Jim is Chairman of the Party, his support would mean a lot to either of them. In fact, they each go as far a threatening him with bad positions within the government if he does not support either of them. Meanwhile, Arnold and Humphrey are meeting about who should be the next Prime Minister. They come to an amazing conclusion. Instead of going with the two contenders who are currently on the table, why not find someone who has no firm opinion and could be moldable…..
Chief Whip: "Very serious."
Sir Humphrey: "Very serious."
Jim Hacker: "What could happen if either of them became PM?"
Sir Humphrey: "Something very serious indeed."
Chief Whip: "Very serious."
Jim Hacker: "I see...."
Chief Whip: "Serious repercussions."
Sir Humphrey: "Serious repercussions."
Chief Whip: "Of the utmost seriousness."
Jim Hacker: "Yes, that is serious."
Sir Humphrey: "In fact, I would go so far as to say, that it could hardly be more serious."
Jim Hacker: "Well, I think we all agree then: this is serious."
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