Angry eating in 102! I never get enough of it in TTOI.
Simon Blackwell: Oh, this is the satsumas episode isn’t it?
Armando Iannucci: Yes. [everybody laughing] As it is known in the industry. We just had a little thing going in this episode as Malcolm got more and more stressed, he just demolished more and more fruit.
I wonder if Armando is counting Malcolm’s BlackBerry with the other demolished fruit considering the way he’s slamming it around.
Frankly, I can’t help thinking the citrus is not so much meant as an homage to The Godfather as a way of allowing Malcolm to keep his blood sugar up while also expressing his feelings by some other method than just shouting all the time.
But, you know, I’m not totally immune to the idea of fruit as symbolism because I’m convinced Cliff Lawton’s ill-fated over-complicated fruit tray from 101 is deeply symbolic of why he needed to lose his job as minister. It’s not like a tray of satsumas and oranges and green grapes — things we know Malcolm likes — would have stopped him from sacking Cliff, but persimmons and a whole pineapple (!!!) and red grapes and several other things that are conspicuously not satsumas or oranges are just reminders of how Cliff could not read signals. He knew vaguely what he was supposed to do, but the specifics escaped him entirely. No wonder he had to go.
For example, anyone with the slightest clue would have realized putting Malcolm in the vicinity of a whole pineapple could be exceedingly dangerous. He’s not apt to see it as a sign of hospitality as much as he’s likely to consider using it in the same way he was going to use the larger, rougher carrot in 303.