Recent goings-on have reminded me of an episode of Frasier. Bear with me whilst I explain…
For those who are interested, it is The Ski Lodge, Season 5, Episode 14.
Summary: Roz wins a weekend at a ski lodge, and trades it to Frasier. So Frasier decides to take the whole family to the ski lodge including Daphne and her friend Annie, a swimsuit model. Once there, they meet Guy, a gay ski instructor, who has an eye for Niles. After dinner, and much butter rum, a bedroom farce ensues, where Frasier chases after Annie, who chases after Niles, who pursues Daphne, who has fallen for Guy, who obviously thinks Niles is gay.
The ultimate reveal is that no-one was after the right person, and no-one at all was after Frasier.
Frasier: Oh, wait, wait, wait! Wait, everybody! [everyone stops and looks at him] Let me see if I've got this straight. All the lust coursing through this lodge tonight, all the hormones virtually ricocheting off the walls, and no one... was chasing me?
Translate this to what has been going on here & we have something very, very similar:
Cagney chases Thomas who has an eye for Bezukhov. Bezukhov fancies Thomas. Thomas is keeping his options open & flirts with both Cagney & Bezukhov. Phineas has the hots for Cagney. Cagney & Bezukhov are mates & flirt with each other.
Phinny: Oh, wait, wait, wait! Wait, everybody! [everyone stops and looks at him] Let me see if I've got this straight. All the lust coursing through the Ferplast today, all the hormones virtually ricocheting off the cage bars, toys and perches, and no one... is chasing me?