Today in TTOI History: July 4, 2012, the Final Day of the Goolding Inquiry and They didn’t finish him because Malcolm is finished anyway.

While I’m not exactly keen on other Malcolm elements of the Goolding Inquiry by like a long shot, I do think this part at the end is handled beautifully with Malcolm opening his true mind (in this very public venue with Sam looking on behind him) about his absolute contempt for politicians in general – admittedly monsters he helped create, but – and then acknowledging almost as a personal aside how totally done he is because he’s participated in enough stitch-ups and created enough scapegoats to know when he has finally finally finally reached the end of the line. 

There is one more day and one more episode after this, but if TTOI HAD to end with Malcolm out of power (again) – which of course it didn’t –  I would so much prefer THIS to be the end with Malcolm’s off-mic barely audible Thanks a lot right to Lord Goolding and the Baroness as he walks out past them having had the last word and the screen fades to black,

rather than the gratuitous kicking that is 407.


Sam at the Goolding Inquiry

(Well, it turns out I did have this one saved after all.  The original version was posted in April 2013, but for this one the gifs have been redone and the text revised and rearranged.) 

Sam is seen in every single audience shot for every single person we see before the panel. Now it’s true we probably only see a small selection of the people called (although who knows since very little about Goolding makes sense), but I think it would be fair to assume poor Sam is there for the whole thing.  All day.  Every day.  I can only say that she must have the highest
boredom threshold on the planet, because I can think of few things worse than sitting hour upon hour, day after day, listening to people droning on and on and on endlessly in that kind of setting. Like the world’s longest and most pointless staff meeting.

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Now when Richard finishes getting his first eyeful of Luke* and says All ready? he could equally be saying Already? – his meaning is obviously very much on purpose ambiguous – but I went with the one I think Luke heard before Richard’s smouldering glances made him reassess. 

Because after all, the whole point of Mr Wakefield is that it’s completely told from Luke’s very special point-of-view.  (You know, the one that involves him taking lots and lots of showers all the time**.)

*Lucky lucky Richard

**Lucky lucky us.

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