Francis Urquhart announces his intention to seek the leadership of the Conservative Party and become Prime Minister. It's six days until the first ballot and Urquhart plots against his rivals. One by one, the minor candidates fall by the wayside - the Health Minister who has an accident; an MP who had an encounter on a train with a young man. He finishes second on the first ballot and has another week to deal with his main rivals, Patrick Woolton and Michael Samuels. Woolton gets tripped up by the recording of him in bed at the party conference and throws his support to Francis. Mattie Storin is keen on Urquhart's candidacy and he convinces her to stop digging in the other candidates' background. She finally puts two and two together however forcing Urquhart to take action.
Did You Know?
When Francis Urquhart says "If you can look into the seeds of time and say which grain will grow and which will not" he is quoting Banquo from Shakespeare's play Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 3). See more
Roger supposedly takes his final, fatal dose of cocaine at Rownhams services, on the M27 motorway near Southampton. However, as Roger pulls off the motorway we see the sign for Heston services, which is at the London end of the M4 motorway, roughly 60 miles from Rownhams. See more
Can I trust you?
You know you can.
Oh, Mattie. It gives me such pain to say this, but, I don't believe you. I don't believe I can trust you.
[Urquhart throws Mattie from the roof
[falling to her death