Having met and recruited the Queen, it was kinda inevitable that Latho would meet and recruit the twins next. Mostly because those three are actually the sum total of characters from this alien planet that have shown up in the plot up to now.
I couldn’t resist the gag about a prime minister and a prime’ (or prime and double prime) minister, since it fits so nicely with the mirror-image quality of the twins. Unfortunately that creates a kind of a plot-hole, since earlier on I couldn’t resist a different gag about the Queen partying inappropriately (if work-relatedly) with her prime minister – and that simply can’t have been either of the twins. You might say what you want about the twins’ sexual inclinations, but at least they’re strictly monogamous.*
So, I’ll hereby retcon the prime minister mentioned earlier to having been a visiting foreign prime minister. Let’s say the British one, for example. After unsuccessfully scouring the whole planet Earth for those mythic, super-favourable post-Brexit trade deals, the British government had to expand the search to alien planets, and the prime minister had a little lapse of judgement on one** of those diplomatic missions.
See? That deals with the plot-hole quite elegantly, and the twins remain free to be happily monogamous with each other. And, of course, happen to be at the very moment Latho walks in on them. Because this brand of comic-relief public shamelessness comes with side-effects, one being persistent forgetfulness when it comes to locking doors, plus a knack for wrong timing. I don’t know what other things the twins achieved in the course of their combined triple-prime-ministership, but they certainly got one thing done: Everybody in the palace has evolved a healthy habit of always knocking and waiting before opening any door.
More on Thursday.
* I really haven’t thought too deeply about the ethic implications of the twins’ relationship, given how it’s really only a gag. But somehow, I feel their relationship would be even wronger if it wasn’t exclusive? XD
** OK, he likely had dozens of lapses of judgement in the course of these missions, but only one is of concern here. Nota bene, I’m not referring to any specific British prime minister here – by now, the office has become so much of a joke, you can use it as one irrespective of the holder. XD