In Room 9 at the Royal Academy of Motion Picture Arts Giles Grindley-Orme hosts a panel consisting of brassy Hollywood star Paula, TV critic June, ageing ham Rupert, young producer Gordon, has-been writer Clive and member of the public Jackie to vote for the Best Actress award. Indecision soon turns to bickering until the actual award winner is named - due to somebody outside the panel.
This episode contains examples of:
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Jackie / Kelly.
- Breather Episode: This episode has way less underlying darkness than the three before it.
- Broken Win/Loss Streak: For Shona Andrews, whom Clive successfully gets removed from the running because he thinks she's won too many awards already.
- Casting Couch: It's suggested that Dame Dorothy used this to get ahead in her career.
- Caustic Critic: June.
- Celebrity Paradox: Gordon mentions he's recently been directing Doctor Who. He's played by Noel Clarke, a former semi-regular on Doctor Who, and Shearsmith and Pemberton themselves have both been guest stars on the show, as have two more of that episode's guest cast, Zoe Wanamaker and Fenella Woolgar.
- Girl Next Door: How Paula describes Kelly Marsden's public persona.
- Grande Dame: Dame Dorothy seems to be one.
- Lighter and Softer: The episode really is just about people in a room picking the best actress, and while there's a twist at the end, it doesn't make things darker.
- Loophole Abuse: Kelly technically didn't vote for herself.
- Playing Gertrude: Shona Andrews was nominated for playing Marie Curie at an age thirty years older than Andrews herself.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Clive is trying valiantly to get Gordon to read his script, to the point of agreeing with everything Gordon says. Gordon doesn't like this at all.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Rupert, the oldest member of the jury, is blatantly sexist, racist and offensive.
- Shout-Out: Gordon (played by Noel Clarke) mentions he's currently working on Doctor Who
- Starving Artist: Clive is struggling in his writing career and hasn't really achieved anything since he won an award for new writing talent ... in 2002.
- There Will Be Toilet Paper: Everyone is too polite to mention it, but Clive clearly nicked his chin this morning.
- Token Minority: Gordon feels that this is the reason for both him being on the jury, and Anna nominated for the award.