On Wednesday afternoon, Pat Conroy was in the ABC's Parliament House studios as question time approached.
The presenter noted the about-to-start parliamentary theatrical set-piece and offered to release the Labor MP "back into the wild".
"Happy to stay," Conroy replied.
And no wonder.
Tempers have frayed faster than usual this week, with both Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese quick to snipe.
Labor has sought to paint Morrison as someone fast and loose with the truth.
The prime minister is usually a good parliamentary performer, sticking closely to and adapting his talking points as needed.
But just how closely was cross-checked when someone in his office mistakenly sent an 8200-word briefing to reporters instead of backbenchers.
Those who watch every word may notice a certain slickness of answer, a way of wriggling away from unwelcome facts or questions.
For instance, in reply to parliamentary questions about his reported request for the White House to invite Hillsong pastor Brian Houston to a gala dinner in Morrison's honour, the prime minister variously said he wasn't commenting, attacked Labor's NSW branch and suggested the opposition go talk to Hillsong parishioners.
The next day, he was provoked into calling Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon a "dill".
Of course, Morrison started the week with an on-air run-in with Alan Jones, an event sure to put anyone in a snit.
Labor is hoping if it repeats its accusation of arrogance and slipperiness often enough - and backs it up with pressure over the sluggish economy - it will filter through to a public disengaged in the knowledge they won't have to vote for at least another two-and-a-half years.
"Whenever he is asked a question ... there he is, dodging questions like Keanu Reeves dodging bullets in The Matrix - except not quite as cool, it must be said!" Albanese told parliament.
Polling this week from Essential found people see Morrison as significantly more aggressive and arrogant than Albanese.
But they also think the prime minister is better in a crisis than his opponent and rate him marginally higher as a capable leader.
That said, nearly three in 10 voters surveyed don't know who would make a better prime minister and two-thirds believe both major parties will promise anything to win votes.
Labor's offensive has been dented somewhat by Albanese himself who, contrary to his jovial, record-spinning, beer-swilling persona, has been tetchy both in parliament and press conferences this week.
He and Morrison have been bickering across the dispatch box during question time where they used to at least ask "hello, how are you?"
Quizzed by reporters over Labor's position on a trio of trade deals that unions oppose, Albanese replied repeatedly he couldn't say because he hadn't seen the technical enabling legislation.
"You're criticising Morrison for not giving us a straight answer to a simple question - this is a simple question," one reporter put to him.
Albanese: "That's a straight answer, that's a simple question."
He also twice scolded reporters over the way they were asking questions - telling one, "You'll be way down the list."
Labor moved to stem the damage over the trade deals on Thursday, holding a special caucus meeting which did eventually back the legislation for the agreements.
That brought immediate blowback from unions who say elements of the deals breach the ALP's national platform.
Perhaps Albanese's mood will improve in three weeks' time, once the review of Labor's shock election loss is handed over and he's able to get on with reshaping the party and its new policies.
And Morrison will get another reminder that he's the boss - and escape the Canberra bubble - with a flying visit to Jakarta this weekend for Indonesian President Joko Widodo's inauguration.
Or perhaps they can seek comfort in another finding from this week's polling that suggests people haven't made up their minds about either leader.
Two in 10 said they didn't know if Morrison was doing a good or bad job and three in 10 didn't know about Albanese.
Australian Associated Press