Birgitte wishes to introduce an ambitious legislative package in which investments in education and research will be financed by cutting back on the early retirement scheme. But just a few minutes before she is due to present the package at a press conference, Marrot pulls out of the agreement in relation to the early retirement scheme, which he originally helped to set up. Birgitte is furious, and she gradually realises that there are a number of people in Marrot's Labour Party who feel the same; that he is basically too weak to be the party leader. Over the next couple of days, stories ridiculing Marrot keep appearing in the press. At the Express, Laugesen is not interested in smearing his old friend Marrot, but would much rather have Katrine investigate gay rumours about Höxenhaven, who overthrew Laugesen.