Just hours after the Prime Minister appealed to the party to unite behind her plan, former Brexit minister Steve Baker, who quit over Chequers, urged her to avoid a political "accident" and rethink her approach to negotiations with Brussels.
Yes, it took us a few goes before we could think about anything else.
The former foreign secretary, with his colourful turn of phrase and humorous flourishes, can certainly hold an audience as he showed earlier this week but as a party leader he would be disastrous.
At the same time, she insisted her Chequers plan was the only proposal that would honour the referendum vote to leave the European Union while avoiding the return of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Johnson's full-blooded pro-Brexit rhetoric has wide support among Conservative Party members, though the speech was light on detail about his proposed alternative. "She gave a very clear statement that austerity is over and, I don't know about this (forthcoming) budget, but she's basically told the country that the pipes are being opened and public spending is going to start rising". "Those of us who do respect the result, whichever side of the question we stood on two years ago, need to come together now".
Joking about her disastrous speech past year - when letters fell off the set and she had a coughing fit - Mrs May quipped: 'You'll have to excuse me if I cough - I've been up all night supergluing the backdrop'. Instead choosing to focus on the Conservative domestic record in government, the speech was light on policy and announcements, announcing only a freeze in fuel duty, extra money for cancer treatment and extra borrowing for housebuilding. But she refused to rule it out, adding: 'The resilience and ingenuity of the British people would see us through'. Debt will go down, she said.
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Less than three weeks before a make-or-break European Union summit in Brussels, May said divorce talks were entering their "toughest phase".
"Back them to drive innovation and improve lives".
Namechecking Margaret Thatcher, the prime minister from 1979 to 1990 who remains a hero to many in the party, he called on the party to build more houses and, while courting business, he struck out at bankers over the 2008 financial crisis.
"In Northern Ireland we've grown up with a lot of fears and issues that we've faced; frankly, being afraid of what Theresa May may do is not one of my biggest fears", Nigel Dodds, a DUP leader, told the Guardian this week.
"And secondly, to seek a good trading and security relationship with our neighbours after we have left. Fuel duty, May promised, will be frozen in next month's budget, because 'For millions of people their vehicle is not a luxury, it's a necessity".
He added: "If we get it wrong - if we bottle Brexit now - believe me, the people of this country will find it hard to forgive".
For many Conservatives, whose party is dwindling in numbers and divided over Brexit, he was a tonic. So, it is no surprise that we have had a range of different views expressed this week.
If May accepts the invitation, she will have a chance to convince her peers a breakthrough in the search for a negotiated Brexit is possible and a deal can be finalized before Britain leaves the bloc at the end of March.