• (Sounds of eating.)
  • Sara: (with her mouth full) This … is excellent, Leonard! Did you really cook it yourself?
  • Leonard: I did indeed.
  • Sara: Mmm! It’s lovely!
  • Leonard: I’m very good at cooking.
  • Sara: Is there anything you’re not very good at?
  • (Silence.)
  • Sara: Leonard?
  • Leonard: I’m thinking. There are things I haven’t tried yet. I suppose it’s possible I’m not very good at some of those – theoretically.
  • Sara: Well, this is great. Unusual flavour – what is it?
  • Leonard: Carp.
  • Sara: … But … not …
  • Leonard: When I pay a thousand pounds for a fish, I don’t just throw it in the bin.
  • Sara: Is that really gonna save us much money, Leonard?
  • Leonard: Every little helps. Why, what have you come up with?
  • Sara: Well, er, had some thoughts last night, and I think so long as we get the long runway at Jo’burg, we may be able to land without using the wheel brakes.
  • Leonard: I see. And that’ll save us what?
  • Sara: Well, it’ll prolong the life of the brakes.
  • Leonard: To the tune of …?
  • Sara: … Obviously not in a … calculable way.
  • Leonard: Terrific(!) Well done.
  • Sara: Well, all right. What else have you come up with?
  • Leonard: Turn off air conditioning; only take half the liquid oxygen; keep air recirculation fans on; and only use one engine to taxi – and I’m just getting warmed up.
  • Mick: So, if doing those things saves money, why don’t we do it all the time?
  • Leonard: Well, the most tiresome of pettifoggers might question whether it constituted absolute best practice.
  • Sara: You mean it’s horrendously illegal.
  • Leonard: ‘Horrendously’ is a strong word.
  • Sara: I notice you’re not quibbling ‘illegal’.
  • Leonard: Not dangerously illegal. It’s not like I’m suggesting we only fly on one engine – although …
  • Sara: No!