"Hi, is Dave there?"
"Just one moment, I'll get him for you."
"Dave, Emperor here. I'm still pissed about the call from Marburger, and I'm tired of hearing about your guys' dirty laundry leaking out of there. That, and we need to make some changes now so I can save myself after the election and say yet another change after the new team just gets going would lengthen the gap...You know, I keep my job, you keep yours. Capiche?"
"OK, what do you want me to do?"
"Call up Olive Garden and call in a favor."
"Can't we just wait until November, give him a tenth chance?"
"No. Time's up. You guys just can't seem to control the minions. I specifically said, 'no RIDS.' What do i get? RIDS. The Chief Engineer of the Universe shouldn't have to say things twice. Takes time away from my golf game."
"Well, if I'm going to do that, I have to call Shelby first. He'll want to know."
"No, just do it. I don't need him anymore either. I got my Soyuz's already."
"Alright. I guess I'll have to take care of it. I assume you're going to offer him the usual hero's send-off and awards? But, can it at least wait until Friday? He's bringing the pasta for the pot-luck luncheon and I'd sure hate to miss out on that."