Check out Peter’s Malcolm and Julius meta in the 105/202 commentary!
Peter: Now look, Alexander here is an awesome arguer.
Armando: Right, yes.
Peter: You see, that’s what happens: unlike the other people who sort of cave in under Malcolm’s assaults–
Armando: That’s right. Yes, Malcolm finds it difficult to argue back with– And and–
Armando: And he doesn’t swear does he?
Peter: No, but–
Armando: It’s a different sort of personality.
Peter: Yes, but Julius also never stops.
Peter: He never sleeps, he never gives up. He’s constantly, constantly putting forward his point of view.
Simon Blackwell: And also if there is ever a point where Malcolm is really swearing AT him, he’ll just look away and wait for it to stop. And then they go back to arguing.
Armando: And will occasionally laugh, actually.
Peter: But I always think Malcolm thinks it’s a victory if he gets him to swear.
By which measurement Malcolm is definitely victorious!
Yay, Malcolm! But really yay us! for one of the fastest, densest, most overlapping-dialogue scenes of the whole series.
the commentary transcription doesn’t really capture is 1) Peter’s absolute enthusiasm when
he talks about working with “Alexander” and how much he clearly enjoyed
the hell out of doing this scene with him* and 2) how Peter is pretty much laughing (while very much blurring the lines between himself and Malcolm)
when he revels how getting Julius to swear is always one of Malcolm’s goals regardless of what they’re actually arguing about.
*A scene that is already very long as aired – over three minutes – but even so, from the obvious edits I would guess a ton of stuff must have been cut out. I’m pretty sure once Malcolm and Julius (or should I say Peter and Alex) got rolling with the improv and the arguing and the wind-ups and the subtext they could have kept going FOREVER or at least until the cameras ran out of battery.
Or, you know, until the Human Resources
were no longer outside.