Transcript: The Minister - Episode 2 | Oct 08, 2020

A clip shows Benedikt walking into a TV studio. He is in his forties, with a thick blond beard and side part blond hair. He wears a dark three-piece suit.

In a TV show, Benedikt says NOW THERE'S NEW
LEADERSHIP IN MY PARTY
AND A NEW VISION.
THEREFORE,
THE INDEPENDENCE PARTY
AND THE SOCIAL ALLIANCE
HAVE MADE
AN ELECTION COALITION.

In his early fifties with dark hair, Finnbogi says I MUST RESPOND. HE'S BLOWING
UP THE GOVERNMENT LIVE ON TV...

Male Interviewer says FINNBOGI, SORRY.

Female and Male Interviewer say BENEDIKT, GO AHEAD.

Benedikt says LET'S KEEP IT SIMPLE.
THERE WILL BE NO COALITION
IF TWO CONDITIONS AREN'T MET.
OUR PARTIES HAVE TO GET
THE MAJORITY OF VOTES,
AND 90 percent OF REGISTERED VOTERS
MUST VOTE.

Shocked, Valdergour looks at him. She is in her fifties, with long blond hair.

In off, Man 1 says LET'S TAKE A LOOK
AT THE NUMBERS.
OLAFUR, 88.6 percent.
89.4 percent IN TOTAL,
IT'S JUST 0.6 percent SHORT OF 90 percent.

Man 2 says IT CAN'T BE
ANY NARROWER.

A clip shows Hrefna finding Grimur having sex with a woman. She runs away.

(cheering and applause)
Benedikt raises Steinunn's hand to celebrate the victory.

Benedikt whispers IT'S NOT 90 percent.

Steinunn is in her late thirties, with long straight blond hair.

Steinunn says WHAT?

Benedikt says THAT'S NOT 90 percent.

(suspense music plays)

Against a black screen, a logo reads "Sagafilm." Then, several more logos appear.

Benedikt watches TV.

A Female Newsreader says BENEDIKT RIKARDSSON'S PROMISE
TO RESCIND PARTICIPATION
IF VOTER TURNOUT
DIDN'T REACH 90 percent
COMPLICATES THE PROCESS
OF FORMING A GOVERNMENT.
POLITICAL SCIENTIST
OLAFUR HARDARSON DOUBTS THAT
BENEDIKT CAN KEEP HIS PROMISE.

Olafur says BENEDIKT IS
IN A DIFFICULT POSITION
BECAUSE IF HE FULFILLS
HIS PROMISE,
HE'S, AT THE SAME TIME,
IGNORING THE WILL
OF THE MAJORITY OF VOTERS.

Next, Benedikt sighs as he transplants a plant. Steinunn walks in.

Benedikt says I THINK THESE COMMANDERS
ARE READY FOR THE GARDEN.

Steinunn says I SEE.

Benedikt says MAYBE WE SHOULD BUY MORE.
DO IT PROPERLY.

Steinunn says WHAT ARE YOU
GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

Benedikt says WE DIDN'T GET 90 percent.

Steinunn says NO.
DAD'S PEOPLE MADE A DEAL WITH
THE PROGRESSIVE PARTY.

Benedikt says YES, BUT HE CAN'T DO ANYTHING.
I'M THE CHAIRMAN.

Steinunn says THEY KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING.
THEY'LL GO GRASSROOTS,
TURN THE PARTY AGAINST YOU
AND FORM A GOVERNMENT.
IS THAT WHAT'S BEST
FOR THE PEOPLE?

Benedikt says I DON'T KNOW.

Steinunn says NO.
NEITHER DO I.

The President puts on lipstick. She is in her sixties, with short white hair. She wears a dark red blazer.

In off, a man says HE'S COMING.

(indistinct chatter)
Reporters follow Benedikt as he walks into a manor house.

Meanwhile, Grimur wakes up. He is in his thirties, clean-shaven with short blond hair.

The President says GOOD MORNING.
THIS ELECTION WAS UNUSUAL.
ICELANDERS AWOKE TO PARTICIPATE
IN DEMOCRACY AGAIN.
I ASKED FOR A VISIT FROM THE
CLEAR WINNER OF THE ELECTION,
BENEDIKT RIKARDSSON, CHAIRMAN
OF THE INDEPENDENCE PARTY,
TO GIVE HIM THE MANDATE
TO FORM A GOVERNMENT.
HOWEVER...
BENEDIKT HAS ASKED MY PERMISSION
TO SAY A FEW WORDS.

Benedikt says THANK YOU, MADAM PRESIDENT.
UH, GOOD MORNING.
IT'S AN HONOR FOR A POLITICIAN
TO BE ASKED
TO FORM A GOVERNMENT.
ESPECIALLY FOR
A BEGINNER LIKE ME.
(light laughter)
I'M VERY TOUCHED
AND GRATEFUL.
BUT AS I TOLD THE PRESIDENT,
I HAVE TO DECLINE.

Grimur watches Benedikt's talk on the TV.

Grimur says NO, NO WAY.

Benedikt says THE REASON IS SIMPLE.
I WON'T BREAK MY PROMISE.
NOT WITHOUT
TARNISHING THE MANDATE.

(cell phone chimes)
Grimur reads a text message.

(clamoring)
The President says I THINK
THAT'S ENOUGH FOR QUESTIONS.
I RESPECT BENEDIKT'S DECISION.
IT SHOWS INTEGRITY.
BUT I WILL HAVE TO TAKE SOME
TIME TO DECIDE WHO I'LL ASK
TO FORM A GOVERNMENT
INSTEAD OF BENEDIKT.
THANK YOU.

(theme music plays)
The Island flag appears on Benedikt's face. The name of the series reads "The Minister."

In a kitchen, nine-year old Sindri paints as Gudny prepares breakfast. Gudny is in her late fifties, with long brown hair. She wears a yellow and white shirt and blue trousers.

Gudny says GOOD MORNING.

Hrefna reads Grimur's message on her cell phone. It reads "Where are you? We have to talk." Hrefna is in her thirties, with short brown hair. She wears a red bathrobe.

Sindri says HI, MOM.

Hrefna says HELLO, MY LOVE.
WHAT ARE YOU DRAWING?

Sindri says A SHARK.

Hrefna says GREAT.

Gudny says DO YOU WANT SOME COFFEE,
MY DEAR?
WHY DID YOU SLEEP HERE
LAST NIGHT?

Hrefna sighs.

Gudny says NOT THAT YOU AREN'T
ALWAYS WELCOME.

Hrefna says UM, GRIMUR...
I'M JUST...

Gudny says WE CAN DISCUSS IT LATER.

Now, Eggert, Svanhvít, Grimur and others have a meeting. Eggert is in his late sixties, clean-shaven with combed white hair. He wears a black suit, light blue shirt and black tie.

Eggert says AND WHAT IF
HE DOESN'T RESIGN?
THIS IS RIDICULOUS.
I'M NOT GOING TO SIT HERE
AND WAIT WHILE ONE MAN
DISABLES THE ENTIRE
DEMOCRATIC PROCESS.
LET'S CALL A GENERAL MEETING
AND FIND A NEW CHAIRMAN.

Grimur says THAT WILL TAKE THREE MONTHS.

Eggert says IF BENEDIKT REFUSES
TO FORM A GOVERNMENT
BUT IS STILL GOING
TO BE CHAIRMAN,
WE WON'T HAVE
A FUNCTIONING GOVERNMENT
FOR THREE MONTHS OR MORE.

Grimur says BENEDIKT JUST SECURED OUR BEST
ELECTION OF THIS CENTURY,
AND YOU'RE HONESTLY TALKING
ABOUT GETTING RID OF HIM.

Eggert says WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU?
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?
DO YOU WANT HIM
TO LEAD THE OPPOSITION
WITH 40 percent OF THE VOTES?

Grimur says NO, I THINK IT'S JUST TOO MUCH
TO CALL A GENERAL MEETING.

Eggert says THAT'S THE ONLY WAY
TO CHANGE OUR LEADERSHIP.

Karen says MOM!

Eggert says AND STOP THIS NONSENSE.

Svanhvít is in her early forties, with blond hair tied-up. She wears a pink blazer over a blue blouse.

Svanhvít says WHAT'S WRONG, DEAR?

Grimur stands up and says THE ONLY WAY
YOU CAN BECOME CHAIRMAN.

Eggert says GRIMUR!
WE CAN'T TRUST HIM.
WE'VE SEEN IT BEFORE, AND WE'RE
SEEING IT AGAIN RIGHT NOW.

Grimur says OKAY. GREAT.
CALL A GENERAL MEETING.
BUT JUST SO YOU KNOW,
BENEDIKT WILL BECOME CHAIRMAN
AGAIN BECAUSE WE CONTROL
ALL THE MEMBER SOCIETIES.
WE HAVE THE YOUTH WING,
THE INDEPENDENT WOMEN'S WING
AND THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE.
SO I DON'T THINK YOU CAN
EVEN CALL A GENERAL MEETING.

Eggert says THAT WILL CHANGE
AFTER YOU'VE KEPT THE PARTY
OUT OF POWER FOR WEEKS.

Grimur says EGGERT, IT WILL BE OKAY.
BENEDIKT WILL COME AROUND.

(dog whining)
Benedikt reads a document in his office. A dog sits next to him.
(footsteps)

Hrefna says SORRY, I THOUGHT
NO ONE WAS HERE.

Benedikt says HI, HREFNA.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Hrefna says I CAME TO GET MY STUFF.
I WON'T DISTURB YOU.

Benedikt says WAIT A MINUTE.
ARE YOU BUSY?

Hrefna says NO.

Benedikt says WHAT DO YOU THINK
ABOUT ALL THIS?

Hrefna says ABOUT WHAT?

Benedikt says DID I MAKE A HUGE MISTAKE?

Hrefna says WITH YOUR 90 percent OBSESSION?

Benedikt smiles and says SO IT'S JUST AN OBSESSION?

Hrefna says TRUTH BE TOLD,
I'VE NEVER RESPECTED YOU
AS MUCH AS I DO NOW.
BUT...
YOU REALIZE THAT THIS CALLS
FOR A NEW ELECTION.

Benedikt sighs deeply and YES.

Hrefna says WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

Benedikt says I CAME TO TIDY UP.
AND STARTED READING
OLD COALITION AGREEMENTS.
I TELL YOU, I'VE NEVER SEEN
SUCH VAGUE AND DRY DOCUMENTS.
FULL OF EMPTY PHRASES,
JUST GENERAL ENOUGH
TO CLEAR EVERYONE OF
ANY LIABILITY AFTER THE TERM.

Hrefna chuckles and says LET ME SEE.

Katla and Steinunn have a phone conversation.

On the speakerphone, Katla says JUST LET ME
TALK TO BENEDIKT DIRECTLY.

Steinunn says WHY?

Katla says WHY?
I CAN'T ALWAYS TALK TO HIM
THROUGH YOU.
POLLS SHOW THE PARTY
IS LOSING ITS POPULARITY,
BUT 76.2 percent
WANT THIS GOVERNMENT.
BENEDIKT AND I
WORK WELL TOGETHER.
PROFESSIONALLY.
I NEED TO GIVE HIM
MY IDEAS DIRECTLY.

Steinunn says YES, KATLA.
WE'RE ON THE SAME TEAM.
BUT LET ME TALK TO HIM.

Benedikt reads "WITH ITS ACTIONS,
THE GOVERNMENT
WILL ENABLE THE PUBLIC
TO MAKE USE OF THE MANY
OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO IT,
TO THE BENEFIT
OF THE WHOLE NATION."

Hrefna says RIGHT.

Benedikt says RIGHT.

Hrefna says HERE'S ONE, 2017.
She reads EQUAL RIGHTS,
IN THEIR BROADEST SENSE,
"ARE AN INDISPUTABLE PART
OF A FAIR SOCIETY."
IT'S TOTAL FLUFF.
(laughs)

Ironically, Benedikt says "ON THE BEHALF OF CHILDREN
AND OLD AGE PENSIONERS,
"WE CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD,
ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD."

Hrefna says "LET'S LOOK TO THE FUTURE."

Benedikt says "NEVER LOOK BACK."

Hrefna says "LET'S LOOK INTO
EVERY CORNER."
(chuckles)

Benedikt lies back looking to the ceiling.

He says YES.
IT WOULD BE BEST
IF THE NATION ITSELF
WOULD WRITE
THE COALITION AGREEMENT,
TO GET RID OF THIS
MEANINGLESS NONSENSE.

Hrefna says EXACTLY.
ON TWITTER OR SOMETHING.
YOU KNOW,
PEOPLE COULD SEND IN IDEAS...
SOMEONE TWEETS,
"THE GOVERNMENT
WILL ALLOW FREE FISHING
"OFF THE COAST OF ICELAND."
THEN THE IDEAS
THAT GOT RETWEETED THE MOST
WOULD BECOME PART
OF THE AGREEMENT.
IT'S MORE COMPLEX THAN THAT,
OF COURSE.

Benedikt says I THINK IT'S A BRILLIANT IDEA.
LET'S DO IT.

Hrefna says BUT YOU'RE NOT GOING
TO FORM A GOVERNMENT.

Benedikt says BUT IT'S A GOOD IDEA.
LET'S GIVE IT TO THE OTHERS.

Hrefna says BUT WOULDN'T IT BE WEIRD
IF YOU DID THAT?

Benedikt says HREFNA...
I CAN HAVE GOOD IDEAS,
EVEN THOUGH I'M NOT
FORMING A GOVERNMENT.

Ragna approaches Ottar in an office. She is in her thirties, with shoulder-length blond hair. She wears a black jacket over a white shirt.

Showing him her cell phone, Ragna says CHECK THIS OUT.
BENEDIKT HAS STARTED A TWITTER
CAMPAIGN WHERE THE NATION
WRITES THE COALITION AGREEMENT
LIVE ON THE INTERNET.

Ottar is in his mid-thirties, clean-shaven with receding blond hair. He wears a plaid shirt.

Ottar reads "MAKE ALL CARS ELECTRIC."

Ragna nods.

Ottar reads "BAN PLASTIC."
(chuckles)
"MAKE AKUREYRI THE CAPITAL."
He says WHAT THE HELL?

Ragna says I KNOW.
THERE ARE A THOUSAND
TWEETS ALREADY.

Ottar says REALLY?

Two old men chat in a pool dressing room.

Old Man 1 says WELL, WHAT SHOULD
WE TELL BENEDIKT?

Old Man 2 says WHATEVER WE WANT.
WAIT A MINUTE.
I CAN'T FIND IT NOW.
MY SON JUST TAUGHT ME
HOW TO DO THIS LAST NIGHT.

A woman and a man walk by a swimming pool.

The Woman says HOW ABOUT WOMEN GET 20 percent HIGHER
WAGES THAN MEN FOR FIVE YEARS?

The Man says WE ONLY HAVE 280 CHARACTERS.

The Woman says THEN WE DO IT IN TWO TWEETS.

Three teenagers have a snack at the pool bar.

Female Teenager 1 says WRITE THAT ICELAND SHOULD
ACCEPT MORE REFUGEES.

Female Teenager 2 says HOW MANY?

Female Teenager 3 says AS MANY AS WE CAN.

Female Teenager 1 says AND THE SWIMMING POOLS
SHOULD BE FREE.

Female Teenager 3 says AND TEENAGERS SHOULD
GET HIGHER WAGES.

Female Teenagers 2 and 3 say YES.

Benedikt takes care of his plants in a terrace.

Ottar says BENEDIKT.

Benedikt says HELLO, OTTAR.

Ottar says HELLO.

Benedikt says I JUST GOT A GINKGO BILOBA
TREE AT THE FLORIST'S.

Ottar says GINKGO BILOBA?

Benedikt says THE ONLY TREE THAT SURVIVED
THE ATTACK ON HIROSHIMA.

Ottar says REALLY?

Benedikt nods and says I FEEL IT SIGNIFIES
THE RESILIENCE OF LIFE.

Ottar says RIGHT.

Benedikt says WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?

Ottar says YES, I WONDERED IF I COULD
ASK YOU A FEW QUESTIONS.
ABOUT THE TWITTER THING.

Ottar shows him his cell phone.

Benedikt says OKAY, THEN.

Ottar says GREAT.

Benedikt says LET'S PLANT THE TREE.

Recording himself, Ottar says EVERYBODY SEEMS TO WANT
YOU AS PRIME MINISTER.
I WAS CHECKING TWITTER.
SO, ARE YOU
ACCEPTING THE MANDATE?

Benedikt says DOES IT LOOK LIKE IT?

Ottar says YOU'VE STARTED WRITING
A COALITION AGREEMENT.

Benedikt says NO.
I JUST THOUGHT
IT WAS A GREAT IDEA.
IT'S OBVIOUS THAT
I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE.

Ottar says WON'T THAT CONFUSE
THE CURRENT NEGOTIATIONS?

Benedikt says I HOPED IT WOULD HELP THEM.
(digging)

Next, Hrefna walks into her house talking on the phone.

Hrefna says IT WAS MY IDEA.
REALLY.

Grimur says HI.

She walks past Grimur without noticing him.

Hrefna says I'M JUST GETTING
SOME STUFF FOR SINDRI.

Grimur says I'M SORRY.

Hrefna says I MET UP WITH HIM YESTERDAY,
AND I SUGGESTED
WE POST THIS ON TWITTER.
MOM, I SWEAR.
I'LL CALL YOU LATER.

Grimur says SORRY.
CAN WE TALK?
I SPOKE TO ODDUR THORRI.
HE'S READY TO GIVE YOU A JOB.
ARE YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR
THE TWITTER FIASCO THAT'S...
DID YOU DO IT TO HAVE
YOUR REVENGE ON ME?
(objects clattering)
DID YOU TELL BENEDIKT ABOUT,
YOU KNOW...

Hrefna says REALLY? IS THIS WHAT YOU'RE
THINKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW?

Grimur says SORRY...

Sobbing, Hrefna says YOU CHEAT ON ME,
AND THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS
TO YOU IS WHAT OTHERS THINK.

Sobbing, Grimur says I'M SORRY.

Hrefna says THIS IS OVER.

Grimur yells DON'T SAY THAT!
WHAT ABOUT SINDRI?

Hrefna says WE'LL FIGURE IT OUT!

Hrefna leaves.

Grimur yells HREFNA.
(breathing heavily)

Katla walks into Steinunn's office. Katla is in her early forties, with long brown hair and bangs. She wears a camel shirt under a plaid jacket.

Katla says COO-COO!

Steinunn laughs and says HI.
WHAT'S GOING ON?

Katla says I SHOULD ASK YOU.

Steinunn says HE JUST DID WHAT
HE THOUGHT WAS RIGHT.

Katla says STEINA, I'M NOT GOING TO BECOME
A MINISTER'S AIDE
IF HE'S NOT GOING TO
BECOME A MINISTER.
IF THIS DOESN'T WORK OUT,
THEN I HAVE TO LOOK FOR WORK.

Steinunn says I WOULD WAIT.

Katla says WHY?

Steinunn says I JUST DOWNLOADED TWITTER.

Katla checks Steinunn's cell phone.

Katla reads HANDLE,
"HOLMFRIDUR SJOFN EGILSDOTTIR."
(chuckles)
YOU'RE NUTS.
JESUS.

A girl plays the piano in a living room as Thorgeir Junior and Thorgeir chat in the kitchen. Thorgeir looks at a news article on a laptop.

In his sixties with white hair and wearing suspenders, Thorgeir says THIS IS NONSENSE...
THE INTERNET CAN'T
RUN THE COUNTRY.

Thorgeir Junior is in his mid-thirties, with a short beard and short hair. He wears a dark sweater.

Thorgeir Junior says NO, BUT WHAT
HE'S DOING IS WORKING.
EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT HIM
RIGHT NOW.

Thorgeir says REALLY?
HE'S PLAYING WITH US.

Thorgeir Junior says I DON'T KNOW.
I BELIEVE THAT HE DIDN'T
THINK ABOUT THAT AT ALL.

Thorgeir sighs and says DON'T PRETEND
YOU'RE STUPID.

Thorgeir Junior says THEN THERE'S THIS THING.
He shows Thorgeir his cell phone and says "BENEDIKT RIKARDSSON
SHOULD BECOME
"ICELAND'S NEXT
PRIME MINISTER."

Thorgeir puts on his glasses and says FUCK.
IS THIS POPULAR?

Thorgeir Junior says SOMEONE JUST TWEETED IT
AND IT'S ALREADY TRENDING.

Thorgeir says FUCKING HELL.

Gudny types on a laptop.

Gudny says I'M SENDING AN IDEA
TO BENEDIKT.

Hrefna says HMM...

Gudny types "THAT MINISTERS
WHO ARE FOUND TO BE CORRUPT
"SHOULD BE FIRED."

Hrefna says YOU KNOW, MOM,
I'LL RETWEET YOUR IDEA.

Gudny says WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

Hrefna snickers.

The next day, Thorgeir Junior shows Steinunn two paintings.

Steinunn says A BIT LOWER.

Thorgeir Junior says LISTEN, DAD WANTS ME TO INVITE
THE TWO OF YOU TO DINNER.

Steinunn says SORRY. WHAT?

Thorgeir Junior says YES, ON FRIDAY.

Steinunn says RIGHT.
DON'T YOU THINK I KNOW
YOU TWO MADE THE DEAL
WITH THE PROGRESSIVE PARTY?

Thorgeir Junior says OKAY.
(chuckles nervously)
I DIDN'T HAVE
ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT.

Steinunn says A LITTLE HIGHER.
HE JUST WANTS TO SEE YOU.

Steinunn says RIGHT.
WHY?

Thorgeir Junior says UH...
MAYBE BECAUSE HIS DAUGHTER
WON THE MOST SPECTACULAR
ELECTION VICTORY IN 30 YEARS?
AND HE WASN'T
EVEN THERE TO CELEBRATE.
HOW DO YOU THINK HE FEELS?

Steinunn chuckles and says ISN'T HE JUST GOING TO
CONVINCE BENEDIKT TO RESIGN?

Thorgeir Junior says NO, I THINK HE'S GOING
TO CONVINCE BENEDIKT
TO ACCEPT THE MANDATE.
HE UNDERSTANDS HE LOST.
CAN'T YOU ALLOW HIM TO LOSE
WITH A LITTLE DIGNITY?

(dog barking)

Taking to his dog, Benedikt says HEY.
GOOD MORNING, YOU.
HOW'S IT GOING? COME HERE.
HEY, LISTEN...
WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
EVERYBODY'S PRESSURING US.

Ragna says HEY, THERE WILL BE
A PUBLIC MEETING
OUTSIDE BENEDIKT'S HOUSE.

Ottar says WHY?

Ragna says TO ENCOURAGE HIM
TO FORM A GOVERNMENT.

Ottar says IT'S THE SAME WOMAN
WHO TWEETED
THAT HE SHOULD BECOME
THE NEXT PRIME MINISTER.
LET'S SEE.

Ottar makes an Internet search.

Ottar says RIGHT.
"HOLMFRIDUR SJOFN EGILSDOTTIR."
DOESN'T EXIST.

In off, a man says YES, THANK YOU.
THE PHONE LINES ARE OPEN.
PEOPLE SEEM TO HAVE STRONG
OPINIONS. GOOD MORNING...

On the phone, a woman says IT'S CLEAR THAT OUR SYSTEM
SHOULD ALLOW BENEDIKT
TO FORM A GOVERNMENT
AND THE PRESIDENT
WANTS HIM TO.
HE SHOULD BE PRIME MINISTER.
EVEN THOUGH
HE DIDN'T GET THE 90 percent,
IT'S JUST A RULE
THAT HE MADE UP.
IT'S HIS DUTY
TO BECOME PRIME MINISTER.
THE NATION WANTS IT.

Steinunn stands next to a balcony.

Steinunn says BENEDIKT.

Benedikt says WHAT?

They go out. A crowd gathers cheering.

Benedikt says DEAR FRIENDS...
DEAR FRIENDS...
UM...
I CAN'T DESCRIBE
HOW IT WARMS MY HEART
TO SEE YOU ALL HERE.
I REALIZE THAT
IT WAS UNFAIR
TO MAKE MY PARTICIPATION
IN GOVERNMENT DEPENDENT
ON MY PERSONAL 90 percent GOAL.
(crowd cheering)
OF COURSE...
WE SHOULD ALL STRIVE TO MAINTAIN
OUR VALUES AND INTEGRITY,
BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO
LISTEN TO OUR HEARTS.
MY HEART TELLS ME
THAT FOR THE FIRST
AND ONLY TIME
DURING THIS TERM,
I'M GOING TO BETRAY MY WORD.

Smiling, Steinunn hugs Benedikt.

In off, a Male Newsreader says IT'S 11:00.
THIS IS RUV NEWS.
COALITION TALKS BETWEEN
THE INDEPENDENCE PARTY
AND THE SOCIAL ALLIANCE
HAVE COMMENCED.
AND THE EVEN DIVISION OF
MINISTRIES BETWEEN PARTIES
HAS BEEN CONFIRMED.

A Female Receptionist says CAN I HELP YOU?

Hrefna says HI, HREFNA HALLDORS.
I'M HERE FOR A JOB INTERVIEW.

The Receptionist says YES.
LET ME SEE.
PLEASE HAVE A SEAT.

Hrefna says THANK YOU.

(cell phone ringing)

Hrefna says HELLO, BENEDIKT.

Benedikt says HELLO THERE.
I NEED SOMEONE TO MANAGE
THE AGREEMENT-FEST.

Hrefna says HE TWITTER CAMPAIGN?

Benedikt says NOT CAMPAIGN, "FEST."
EVERYBODY LOVED YOUR IDEA.

Hrefna says REALLY?

Benedikt says YES.
WHEN CAN YOU COME?

The Receptionist says EXCUSE ME.
EXCUSE ME.

Benedikt says HREFNA?

The Receptionist says HE'S READY FOR YOU.

Benedikt says HREFNA?

Benedikt has a meeting with his team.

Katla says JESUS, IT'S A LION'S DEN.
THOUSANDS OF IDEAS HAVE COME IN,
BUT I'VE CHECKED IT OUT
AND IT'S MORE
OR LESS NONSENSE.

A woman in her early forties says IT'S MOSTLY JOKES.

Katla says YES.

Benedikt says LET'S NOT BE TOO NEGATIVE.

Grimur says BENEDIKT, REALLY.
"MAKE BJORK THE NATIONAL TREE
OF ICELAND" IS IN THE TOP 10.

Benedikt says IT'S A GREAT IDEA.
I LIKE IT.
OF COURSE WE HAVE TO
SELECT AND REJECT.
AND IF WE DO THAT...
WE HAVE SOME IDEA ABOUT
WHAT THE NATION WANTS.
MORE MONEY FOR HEALTHCARE,
THAT'S THE MOST POPULAR TWEET.
MANY WANT
A NEW CONSTITUTION,
MANY WANT TO SEPARATE
CHURCH AND STATE.

Katla says YES, BUT JUST AS MANY PEOPLE
ARE ASKING
THAT THEY NOT BE SEPARATED.

Grimur says THAT'S THE PROBLEM.
PUBLIC OPINION IS CONTRADICTORY.

Benedikt says TRUE, BUT WE'LL RESPECT
THE WISHES OF THE NATION. AND...

Hrefna walks in.

Benedikt says AND WE'VE DECIDED
THAT HREFNA IS GOING TO
GO THROUGH THEM FOR US.

Then, Grimur leaves. Reporters are waiting by a gate.

Grimur says GOOD MORNING.

Reporters say GOOD MORNING.

A Female Reporter says GRIMUR, HAVE THE MINISTERS
BEEN SELECTED?

Grimur says IT'S STILL GOING ON.

The Female Reporter says WILL YOU BECOME A MINISTER?

Grimur says IT'S TRADITION THAT
THE VICE-CHAIRMAN
IS A MINISTER.

The Female Reporter says IS THERE
A PARTICULAR POSITION
YOU WANT MORE THAN OTHERS?

Grimur says I WON'T DISCLOSE THAT.

Thorgeir and Thorgeir Junior watch Grimur's interview on the TV.

(knocking on door)

Ten year old Karen says I'LL GET IT!

A Female TV Host says THOUSANDS HAVE
PARTICIPATED IN WRITING UP
THE NEW COALITION AGREEMENT
ON TWITTER.
THE TWEETS ARE NOW
OVER A HUNDRED THOUSAND.
THE AGREEMENT
HAS BEEN DESCRIBED
AS A DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION
BY FOREIGN MEDIA,
WHO HAVE COVERED
THE EVENT EXTENSIVELY,
HAVING SENT JOURNALISTS
TO ICELAND.

Karen says REMEMBER TO BUY THE PINK SHIRT,
NOT THE BLUE ONE.

A blond woman says OKAY, I PROMISE.

She kisses Karen on the forehead.

Karen says BENNI, SEE MY NEW TOY.

Benedikt says YES...

Steinunn stands by the door holding a flower bucket.

Thorgeir says HELLO, DARLING.

Steinunn looks at Thorgeir in silent. Then, she hands Thorgeir Junior the flowers.

Thorgeir Junior says BEAUTIFUL.

Steinunn says HMM.

(glass clinking)
The family has dinner.

Thorgeir says STEINUNN, BENEDIKT.
I HAVEN'T HAD
AN OPPORTUNITY TO TELL YOU,
AND I'M ASHAMED OF IT,
BUT CONGRATULATIONS, YOU TWO.

Steinunn says THANK YOU.

Benedikt says CHEERS.

Thorgeir chuckles and says I WAS GOING TO USE
THE OPPORTUNITY TONIGHT
TO ENCOURAGE YOU
TO FORM A GOVERNMENT,
BUT SINCE YOU DID IT YOURSELF,
WE CAN JUST
ENJOY THE NIGHT.

Benedikt says YES.

Thorgeir Junior says CHEERS.

Thorgeir says THANKS.

Benedikt says CHEERS.
MMM, DELICIOUS.

Steinunn says MMM.

Karen says DAD...

Thorgeir says MMM.

Karen says I DON'T LIKE THE SALMON.

Thorgeir Junior says JUST EAT THE BREAD, THEN.
THAT'S FINE.

Benedikt says I ALSO THINK IT'S DISGUSTING.

(all laugh)

Thorgeir Junior says THEN WE COULDN'T
RAISE THE TENT.

Steinunn says NO, DAD COULDN'T DO IT.
WE WERE KIDS.
WHAT WERE WE SUPPOSED TO DO?

Thorgeir says BUT WE SLEPT WELL
AT THE HOTEL.

Karen says REMEMBER, WHEN MOM,
DAD AND I WENT TO AKUREYRI...

Thorgeir Junior says NO, NOT THIS ONE.

Karen says YES.

Thorgeir says STEINUNN, CAN YOU TALK TO ME
FOR A SECOND?

Thorgeir Junior says KAREN...
DON'T YOU WANT TO SHOW BENEDIKT
HOW WELL YOU CAN PLAY THE PIANO?

Karen says YES!

Thorgeir Junior says SHE'S VERY
EXCITED TO SHOW YOU.

Thorgeir says DO YOU WANT MORE RED WINE?

Steinunn says NO, THANK YOU.

Thorgeir says I MUST COMPLIMENT YOU...
THIS TWITTER THING
WAS A NICE PLOT.

Steinunn says IT WASN'T A PLOT.

Thorgeir says OH.
SO IT WAS JUST A COINCIDENCE
THAT THE NATION WANTED BENEDIKT
AS PRIME MINISTER?

Steinunn says CHILDREN LEARN
FROM THEIR PARENTS.

Thorgeir says ANYWAY...
THIS IS THE SITUATION.
THE PARTY IS DIVIDED IN TWO
AND I THINK THE TWO OF US,
THE MORE RESPONSIBLE PART
OF THIS FAMILY SHOULD SOLVE IT.

Steinunn says I DON'T SEE A DIVIDED PARTY.
I SEE A RUSTY GROUP
OF OLD, GRUMPY MEN AROUND YOU.
BUT THE PARTY
IS RENEWING ITSELF.

Thorgeir says I'VE GOT A PROSPECTIVE MINISTER
FOR YOU.
EGGERT EINARSSON.

Steinunn says ARE YOU KIDDING?

Thorgeir says HE'S THE MOST EXPERIENCED
MEMBER OF ALTHING.

Steinunn says DAD.
ACCEPT IT. WE ARE IN CONTROL.

Thorgeir sighs heavily and says THERE IS A LOT OF STRAIN
WHEN YOU GOVERN A WHOLE COUNTRY.

Steinunn says OF COURSE.

Thorgeir says CAN BENEDIKT HANDLE IT?

Steinunn says DAD, THIS IS ENOUGH.

Thorgeir says YOU KNOW WHY
HE QUIT HIS STUDIES ABROAD.

Steinunn says YES.

Thorgeir says DO YOU?

Steinunn says YES.
I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE SUGGESTING.
HE'S A DIFFERENT PERSON TODAY.

Thorgeir says I SEE.

Steinunn says SEE WHAT?

Thorgeir says THE MAN LOVES HONESTY,
BUT HASN'T EVEN
TOLD HIS OWN WIFE
WHY HE WAS FORCED INTO
A MENTAL HOSPITAL IN THE UK.

Steinunn says YES, HE STUDIED TOO MUCH
AND HAD TO GO TO A HOSPITAL,
AND THEN DECIDED IT WAS
ENOUGH AND WENT HOME.

Thorgeir says THE MEDICAL REPORT
DOESN'T HAVE HIM
DIAGNOSED FOR
STUDYING TOO MUCH.
YOU DON'T WANT
THAT REPORT TO BECOME PUBLIC.
I THINK PEOPLE WOULD SEE THE
THINGS YOU'RE DOING IN A VERY,
VERY DIFFERENT LIGHT THEN.
LIKE THIS TWITTER NONSENSE.

Thorgeir gets up and leaves. Steinunn looks worried.

Thorgeir joins Benedikt and Karen who are singing in the living room.

Later, Benedikt says I THOUGHT TONIGHT
WAS A LOT OF FUN.

Steinunn says YES, IT WAS.

Benedikt says IT'S WONDERFUL,
AFTER EVERYTHING
THAT'S HAPPENED.
PEOPLE CAN SIT TOGETHER
AND CONNECT, SING TOGETHER
AS A FAMILY.

Steinunn says YES.

Benedikt says THAT'S GREAT.

Steinunn says FAMILY IS ALWAYS FAMILY.

Benedikt says WOW, THAT WAS DEEP.

Steinunn laughs.

Benedikt says WHO SAID IT?
SARTRE?

Steinunn says OH, SARTRE...

Benedikt says JEAN-PAUL SARTRE.

(chuckles)

Benedikt says ARE YOU PLAYING SOLITAIRE?

Pictures of Benedikt's team sit on a table.

Steinunn says I WAS WONDERING...

Benedikt says HMM?

Steinunn says WHAT IF WE MADE EGGERT
A MINISTER?

Benedikt chuckles.

Steinunn says I KNOW,
BUT HE'S A STRONG CANDIDATE.
BY DOING THAT,
WE COULD UNIFY THE PARTY.

Benedikt says YES.
BUT IT'S EGGERT.

Steinunn says YES, BUT I HAVE TO ASK...
IS IT BETTER,
LOOKING AT THE BIG PICTURE,
IF WE OFFER A TRUCE?

Benedikt says YES...
BUT WE CAN'T HAVE
THREE MIDDLE-AGED MEN
FROM THE SOUTHWEST.

Benedikt adds Grimur's picture.

Steinunn says YOU AND GRIMUR DECIDED
TO DO THINGS IN A NEW WAY.
THAT HAS ITS CONSEQUENCES.

Benedikt says I DON'T THINK
THIS IS WHAT GRIMUR WANTED.
I DON'T KNOW. GRIMUR HAS BEEN
WITH ME ALL THE WAY.

Steinunn says GRIMUR SHOULD BE
ABLE TO UNDERSTAND IT.
YOU'D UNDERSTAND IT.

Benedikt says WHAT DID YOUR DAD WANT?

Steinunn says HE'S NOT HAPPY
WITH THE TWITTER THING.

Hrefna shows a video of Ben Stiller to Benedikt's team on her cell phone.

Ben says HI,
I'M BEN STILLER,
I MADE A MOVIE THERE,
I'VE GONE ON VACATION THERE.
I LOVE THE PEOPLE,
I LOVE THE COUNTRYSIDE.
I LOVE HOW DEMOCRATIC IT IS.
WHO TAKES THE MOST RETWEETED
TWEETS AND TURNS THEM
INTO LAW
WITH THE HASHTAG "SATTMALI."
ONE THING I NEVER LIKED ABOUT
ICELAND IS THE WHALING.

Katla says NO.

Benedikt chuckles.

Katla says I KNEW IT WASN'T A GOOD IDEA.

Valdergour says THREE MILLION PEOPLE
HAVE WATCHED IT.

Benedikt says THIS IS WONDERFUL.

Valdergour says THEY'RE MOCKING US.

Ben continues IT'S BAD FOR THE COUNTRY.
IT'S BAD FOR TOURISM.
IT'S BAD FOR YOUR
REPUTATION AS ICELANDERS.
AND MOST OF ALL...
IT'S BAD FOR THE WHALE.
SO HERE'S AN IDEA
FOR A POLICY.
ICELAND, STOP WHALING.
IF WE GET
ENOUGH RETWEETS ON THAT,
YOU CAN TURN IT INTO A LAW.

Benedikt says THE WHOLE WORLD IS LISTENING.

Valdergour says ARE WE GOING TO BAN WHALING?

Hrefna says THIS IS THE MOST POPULAR TWEET
BY FAR. 500,000 RETWEETS.

Benedikt says WE LISTEN
TO THE VOTERS.

Valdergour says YOU'RE GETTING THE OPINIONS
OF THE WHOLE WORLD AS WELL.

Benedikt says AND THAT'S GREAT.
WE HAVE TO LISTEN.

The woman in her forties says THE WORLD'S GETTING SMALLER.

Katla says BUT WHALING IS
PART OF OUR CULTURE.

Hrefna says A VERY
SMALL PART, THOUGH.
ACCORDING TO THE LATEST NUMBERS,
IT'S LESS THAN 0.1 percent OF THE GDP.

The woman in her forties says FINNBOGI IS IN THE MEDIA.

Hrefna says LET ME SEE.

They watch a clip on another cell phone.

Finnbogi says IT'S BOTH
IRRESPONSIBLE AND LAZY
TO GIVE SUCH
AN IMPORTANT UNDERTAKING
TO A MOTLEY CREW OF PEOPLE
THAT SIMPLY OWN COMPUTERS.
NOW HE'S GIVEN ACTORS
IN HOLLYWOOD
THE POWER OVER
OUR SOVEREIGNTY.
THE GOVERNMENT DOESN'T RUN
THE COUNTRY ANYMORE.
TWEETING COMPUTER NERDS
ALL OVER THE WORLD RUN IT.

Benedikt closes his eyes and shakes his head.

Then, Benedikt drives his car listening to an interview.

A Male Reporter says GRIMUR HALLGRIMSSON
IS HERE WITH ME.
GRIMUR, ARE YOU MAKING PROGRESS
IN FORMING A GOVERNMENT?

Grimur says YES,
IT'S GOING VERY WELL.
WE HAVE A LOT TO DISCUSS.

The Male Reporter says BUT ISN'T THIS NATION
AND THE WHOLE WORLD
ACTUALLY DOING IT FOR YOU
ON TWITTER?

Grimur says SURE...
BUT WE HAVE TO DISCUSS
PRIORITIES AND HOW TO DO IT.

The Male Reporter says AND APPOINT MINISTERS.

Grimur says YES.

The Male Reporter says HAVE YOU DONE IT?

Grimur says NOT YET.
THAT'S JUST ONE PART
OF THE PROCESS.

The Male Reporter says ARE YOU HOPING
FOR A SPECIFIC MINISTRY?

Grimur says IT'S JUST
PART OF THE PROCESS.

The Male Reporter says YOU'RE THE VICE-CHAIRMAN
OF THE LARGEST PARTY.
YOU WILL BE A MINISTER, RIGHT?
THAT'S THE TRADITION.
SOME SAY YOU WILL BECOME
THE INTERIOR MINISTER.

Grimur says WE ARE FIRST AND FOREMOST
CONCENTRATING ON FORMING
A GOVERNMENT
THAT CAN EFFICIENTLY
SOLVE ITS ISSUES...

(cell phone ringing)
Eggert answers a phone call.

Eggert says EGGERT.

Benedikt says THIS IS BENEDIKT.
IT'S REGARDING THE MINISTRIES.

Eggert says YES?

Benedikt says I WAS THINKING ABOUT
OFFERING YOU A MINISTRY.

Eggert says I SEE.
(chuckles)

Benedikt relaxes on his office listening to rock music.

Grimur says HI.

Benedikt says HI.

Grimur says HI.
HOW'S IT GOING?

Benedikt says UH...
IT'S GOING GREAT.

Grimur says I WAS THINKING...
SHOULDN'T WE ASK
FOR THE FINANCE MINISTRY?

Benedikt says YES, THAT'S A GOOD IDEA.
BUT I WANT SOMEONE STRONG
AS SPEAKER OF ALTHING.

Grimur says I WAS THINKING ABOUT IT.
WE WERE THINKING ABOUT EGGERT,
BUT I DON'T KNOW,
HE WAS AGAINST US.

Benedikt says IT SHOULD BE
OUR STRONGEST PERSON.

Grimur says YOU?
(snickers)

Benedikt smiles and says NO. YOU.

Grimur says WHAT?

Benedikt says YES.
WE RUN THINGS TOGETHER. YOU RUN
ALTHING. I RUN THE GOVERNMENT.

Shocked, Grimur says WAIT...
THE SPEAKER DOES NOTHING
BUT MAKE SCHEDULES.
IT'S A POSITION FOR FOSSILS.

Benedikt says WE'LL CHANGE THAT.

Grimur says I LEAD THE SOUTHWEST.
92 percent VOTED. DO YOU KNOW
HOW MUCH WORK I HAD TO DO?

Benedikt says I KNOW.

Grimur says IS IT ABOUT A GENDER QUOTA?
WHO'S FROM THE SOUTHWEST, THEN?

Benedikt says EGGERT.

Grimur says EGGERT?
HE WAS YOUR OPPONENT
IN THE PRIMARIES.
AND HE LOST,
CAME IN THIRD PLACE.

Benedikt says GRIMUR.
WE'RE BRINGING POLITICS
TO A HIGHER LEVEL.
WE'RE DOING THAT
BY DRAGGING PEOPLE OUT
OF THE TRENCHES IN THE PARTY.

Grimur says AND YOU THINK THE BEST WAY
TO DO THAT IS TO SACRIFICE ME?

Benedikt looks down.

Later, Grimur has a drink at a bar. Hrefna calls him but he doesn't answer.

A Male Bartender says HERE YOU GO.

Grimur says THANKS.

Talking to Sindri, Hrefna says MY LOVE, DON'T YOU WANT TO COME
WITH ME TO BENNI'S?
RIGHT? COME ON.
LET'S PUT SOME SHOES ON.

Next, Steinunn opens the door and Hrefna says HI.

Steinunn says HI.

Hrefna says SORRY I'M LATE.
I HAD TO BRING HIM WITH ME.

Steinunn says NO PROBLEM.
COME IN.

Hrefna says THANK YOU.

Benedikt eats reading a book.

Hrefna says HI.

Talking with food in his mouth, Benedikt says WELL, HELLO THERE!
HOW ARE YOU?
WOULD YOU LIKE A COOKIE?
HOW DID GRIMUR TAKE IT?

Hrefna says WHAT?

Steinunn says DIDN'T HE TELL YOU?
GRIMUR WILL BE
THE SPEAKER OF ALTHING.

Benedikt says YES.

Hrefna says WASN'T HE SUPPOSED
TO BE A MINISTER?

Benedikt says NOT FOR NOW.
YOU MIGHT WANT TO
TALK TO HIM.

Hrefna says YES, WELL...
WE'RE KIND OF...
BUT YEAH...
I'LL TALK TO HIM.

Steinunn says DON'T YOU WANT TO CHAT?
I'LL TAKE CARE
OF THIS YOUNG MAN.

Benedikt says YES.
LET'S DO IT.
LET'S GO
INTO THE LIVING ROOM.
WHAT'S UP? TROUBLE?

Hrefna says YES.
HE...
(stutters)
I WASN'T GOING
TO DISCUSS THAT.
(sighs heavily)

Benedikt says I'M SORRY TO HEAR THAT.
WHAT DO YOU
WANT TO DISCUSS?

Hrefna says I WANT TO BE YOUR AIDE.

Benedikt says NO.
NO.

Hrefna stutters and says RIGHT...

Benedikt says IT'S CRAZY. I'VE BEEN
THINKING ABOUT IT.
YOU'RE PERFECT FOR THE JOB.

Hrefna laughs and says YES? GREAT!

Benedikt says STEINUNN.
MEET MY NEW AIDE.

Steinunn chuckles and says RIGHT.
OKAY.
WONDERFUL.

Benedikt says WELCOME ABOARD.

Hrefna says THANK YOU.

Benedikt says COME HERE!

(laughing)
They hug.

Now, Grimur sits in a living room.

Grimur says SINDRI, MY BOY.
COME TO ME.
AH, NICE TO SEE YOU.
HOW ARE YOU?

Sindri says WANT SOME COOKIES?

Grimur says NO, THANKS.
DAD'S FULL.

Hrefna says SINDRI, DON'T YOU WANT TO TAKE
YOUR COOKIES INTO THE KITCHEN?
ARE YOU JUST SITTING ALONE
IN THE DARK?

Grimur says YES, SORRY.
I'M SORRY I DIDN'T ANSWER.

Hrefna says THAT'S ALL RIGHT.
BENEDIKT TOLD ME.
I'LL BE HIS AIDE.

Grimur says DID YOU TELL HIM...

Hrefna says YES.

Grimur says AND WAS THAT THE REASON?

Hrefna says NO, GRIMUR.
NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT YOU.
MAYBE HE BELIEVES IN ME.

Grimur says AND IT ALL HAPPENS
THE SAME DAY,
BY COINCIDENCE.

Hrefna says I'LL PICK HIM UP TOMORROW.

She leaves.

Hrefna says GOOD NIGHT, DARLING.

Sindri says GOOD NIGHT, MOM.

Hrefna lies on Gudny's lap.

Gudny says YOU HAVEN'T REALLY SPENT
HE'LL BE NINE YEARS OLD
WHEN THE TERM IS OVER.

Sobbing, Hrefna says MAYBE I CAN'T DO IT ALONE.

Gudny says YOU'RE NOT ALONE.
AREN'T YOU AND GRIMUR
GOING TO...

Hrefna says GRIMUR IS CHEATING ON ME.
(sniffles)
I DON'T KNOW
WHAT TO DO.

Gudny says NO.
MAYBE WE SHOULD
WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

Hrefna says YOU JUST SAID I HAD TO
TAKE CARE OF SINDRI.

Gudny says WE CAN WORK TOGETHER.
SO YOU WON'T HAVE TO
SACRIFICE YOUR DREAM.
EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY,
MY DEAR.
(sobbing)
I LOVE YOU.
WE'LL STICK TOGETHER.

In an office, the next day, Steinunn says ATTENTION, PLEASE.
HELLO.
MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION
FOR A MOMENT?
ROBBI, COME ON.
I KNOW YOU'RE ALL BUSY.
I'LL KEEP IT SHORT.
WE FINALLY HAVE
A NEW EDITOR.
YOU ALL KNOW WHO SHE IS.
PLEASE WELCOME
KATLA BJORNSDOTTIR.

Katla says THANK YOU. HELLO.

Steinunn and Katla hug.

Nearby, Ottar says SO MUCH FOR
FREEDOM OF THE PRESS.

A woman says DO YOU KNOW HER?

(door opens)

Steinunn says HELLO, ANYBODY HOME?

Karen says HI.
WE'RE HOME.
HAVE YOU EATEN?

Steinunn says DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING GOOD?

Karen says DAD, CAN STEINUNN EAT WITH US?

(chuckles)
Thorgeir Junior says HI.
CONGRATULATIONS.

Steinunn says THANKS.

Thorgeir Junior says ARE YOU HERE FOR THE PIZZA?

Steinunn says I HAVE TO DISCUSS A VERY
BORING THING WITH YOUR DAD.
CAN YOU WAIT
IN THE LIVING ROOM?
I KNOW,
ADULTS ARE SO BORING.

Karen says I'LL COUNT TO 100
AND THEN I'M BACK.

Thorgeir Junior chuckles and says YOU'RE NOT A GOOD COOK,
BUT YOU'LL HELP ME.
WHAT'S UP?

Steinunn pauses and says I'VE BEEN THINKING.
AREN'T YOU BOUND BY AN OATH
OF CONFIDENTIALITY
ABOUT YOUR PATIENTS
EVEN THOUGH
THEY WERE TREATED ABROAD?

Thorgeir Junior says WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

Steinunn says DAD SAYS HE HAS A MEDICAL REPORT
FROM THE UK.

Thorgeir Junior says NO.
I DON'T KNOW...

Steinunn says NO, YOU DON'T KNOW
WHERE HE GOT IT.
EXCEPT YOU WERE A RESIDENT
AT THAT TIME AT THAT HOSPITAL.
UNTIL NOW IT'S BEEN
THE MEET-CUTE STORY
ABOUT BENEDIKT AND ME.

Thorgeir Junior says I DIDN'T KNOW
HE WOULD BECOME A POLITICIAN
AND MAKE EVERYONE NUTS.

Karen says I'VE COUNTED TO 100.

Karen walks in and puts on an apron.

Steinunn says WHAT DOES THE REPORT SAY?

Thorgeir Junior says I CAN'T TELL YOU.

Steinunn says WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME?

Thorgeir Junior says YOU WERE IN LOVE
AND I DIDN'T WANT...
I THOUGHT HE WOULD TELL YOU.

Steinunn says YOU TOLD DAD.

Thorgeir Junior says STEINUNN...

Steinunn says IF THE REPORT BECOMES PUBLIC,
IT'S ONLY BAD
FOR ONE PERSON.
YOU.
WHY DON'T WE AGREE
THAT YOU'LL LEAVE ME
AND BENEDIKT ALONE
AND STOP DOING THIS?

Thorgeir Junior says SEE...

Karen says DAD, YOU'RE
DESTROYING THE PIZZA.

Steinunn says IT'S ALL RIGHT, KAREN.
WE'LL JUST START
FROM SCRATCH.

Karen says OKAY, SO WILL I

Benedikt and his team give a press conference on top of a grass dome near the sea.

Benedikt says I'M VERY HAPPY
TO TELL YOU THAT
WE IN THE "TWEET" GOVERNMENT
HAVE BEEN ABLE
TO FORM A GOVERNMENT,
AND WE'RE HERE TO INTRODUCE
OUR NEW COALITION AGREEMENT.

Valdergour says WE ARE
VERY HAPPY WITH THE RESULT,
AND WE WANT TO THANK
THE NATION FOR TAKING PART.
AND EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD,
OF COURSE.

Benedikt says YES, AS YOU KNOW,
THREE MILLION PEOPLE
WANTED US TO STOP WHALING.

Valdergour says WHEN WE
ANALYZED THE LOCATIONS
OF THOSE WHO
SUPPORTED THE TWEET,
WE FOUND THAT ALMOST
20,000 WERE FROM ICELAND.

Benedikt says YES.

Valdergour says AND IT WAS AMONG
THE MOST POPULAR IDEAS.
SO, WE HAVE A CHAPTER
IN THE AGREEMENT
ABOUT A WHALING BAN.

Benedikt says WE RECEIVED A LOT OF IDEAS.
MANY WERE PROBABLY JOKES.
THEY WERE VERY FUNNY, ANYWAY.
AND IT'S GREAT TO KNOW
THAT WE ARE A FUNNY NATION,
BUT WE MOSTLY THINK
ICELANDERS ARE A CLEVER NATION.
A LOT OF THE IDEAS
WERE VERY GOOD.
IF YOU READ THE AGREEMENT,
YOU'LL SEE THAT
SOME OF THE IDEAS
COME STRAIGHT FROM TWITTER
AND BEHIND THEM ARE THE NAMES
OF THOSE WHO SUGGESTED THEM.
WE'RE VERY GRATEFUL TO THOSE
WHO TWEETED AND RETWEETED.

Gudny watches the conference on the TV.

Valdergour says QUESTIONS?

Ottar says YES.
(clears throat)
REGARDING THE MINISTERS...

Standing nearby, Hrefna reads a text message from her mom. It reads "Good luck today. My government!"

Ottar says HALLGRIMUR TOMASSON,
VICE-CHAIRMAN,
WILL NOT BE A MINISTER. WHY?

Benedikt says THE SPEAKER
OF ALTHING IS
A VERY IMPORTANT JOB, AND
NEVER MORE IMPORTANT THAN NOW,
AND WE WANTED A REALLY
STRONG CANDIDATE FOR IT.

Ottar says HE'S THE LEADER
OF A DISTRICT.
ARE ALL THE MEMBERS
OF YOUR PARTY HAPPY WITH THIS?

Benedikt says OF COURSE EVERYBODY
WANTS TO BE A MINISTER.
EVERY POLITICIAN, AT LEAST.

Valdergour chuckles.

Benedikt says I DON'T KNOW ABOUT OTHERS,
BUT THIS WAS THE WAY
WE CHOSE TO DO IT.

Later, Benedikt scrolls through the Twitter feed.

Benedikt says LEO.
YOU'RE SUCH A GREAT DOG.
(clicks tongue)
LEO.
(snap fingers)
(Leo panting)

The screen turns black. Scruffy and with a scar on his forehead, Benedikt watches TV.

On the TV, a man says THEY HAVE NO JURISDICTION HERE.
WE'RE AN INDEPENDENT NATION.
IF THEY WANT TO BAN EVERYTHING,
THEY CAN GO HOME.
AROUND HERE,
THEY ARE PERSONA NON GRATA.

(theme music plays)

The end credits roll.

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