Yes Minister: Season 3, Episode 5

The Bed of Nails (9 Dec. 1982)

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The Minister yet again finds himself in it when the Cabinet Secretary and the Prime Minister's senior advisor con him into taking responsibility for developing a national transportation policy. The whole thing has been tried before and with little success. Sir Humphrey is aghast that the Minister took this on without first discussing with him and at the first meeting of officials, the Minister also realizes that he has made a grievous error. Their first attempt to rid themselves of the commitment fails but their second attempt proves somewhat more successful. Written by garykmcd

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When Jim Hacker tells Sir Humphrey and Bernard about his new appointment, just as Bernard says "If you pull it off, Minister, it wouldn't be in your cap any more", the shadow of the boom mic is briefly visible on Sir Humphrey's forehead. See more »

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Sir Mark Spencer: [intending to dupe Hacker into taking a thankless job] But Sir Humphrey Appleby is bound to tell Hacker he'd be crazy to take it on.
Sir Arnold Robinson: Yes. "Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes", I can hear him say. "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts", roughly translated. Though Humphrey would have put it in English for Hacker's benefit. Hacker went to the LSE, you know.
Sir Mark Spencer: So did I.
Sir Arnold Robinson: Oh, I *am* sorry.
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