The Thick Of It; Episode 4-4
aka The assisted suicide of Nicola Murray. The Litmus pH paper is a deep red, the acid is bubbling over the edge of the cauldron, as Malcolm Tucker, supported by a post-op Oliver, goes on a decapitation jaunt. The beauty of this series is the jack-in-a-box appearance of minor characters; bouncing up to spout some hip textspeak, as if they were pearls of wisdom, and then disappear again. Ambition makes people stupid. I think that's the moral. Or don't f...with the Scots. One or the other. At the end of the episode, Oliver receives a hospital bedside gift; labelled congratulations on your first kill. When he opens it a party balloon floats out with a picture of Nicola and the words "Good Riddance" on it. Lovely.