Guerrillas hijack a Royal Navy warship, locking Simon and Charles into a political struggle to become the next Conservative Leader.
Simon's car explodes after he is made minister of state for Northern Ireland; Charles talks pregnant Amanda into marriage.
Andrew's son dies, and Louise attempts suicide; Charles spots Fiona with Alexander; Ronnie offers Simon an interest in his new company.
Raymond's affair with an American intensifies; Simon backs Hilary Turner for prime minister; Charles plots to ruin Simon.
Charles finds Fiona in bed with Alexander; Simon is betrayed by Charles; Andrew is visited by a group of Scottish nationalists.
Simon is promoted and forced to sever his business connections; Raymond's law career is threatened by an affair; Andrew becomes a father.
A prostitute threatens Raymond with blackmail; Simon goes into debt; Charles is offered a difficult job; a General Election is called.
A General Election is called, threatening the new seats of the four MPs, and threatening Fraser's wedding plans.
Charles Seymour's ex-wives take revenge; a General Election is called which will decide whether Simon or Charles will become Prime Minister.
Four ambitious men are sworn in as Members of Parliament and attend a reception given by the Labour Prime Minister in their honor.