Chief Minister Terry Mills may have survived a botched attempt to dump him as leader this week but it's worth exploring how the plot fell apart and where it all leaves the new Northern Territory Government.
The backdrop to this dramatic episode is a series of controversial policy decisions by the new Government that were not flagged during last year's election campaign: big hikes in power and water prices, increases to a range of government fees and charges, and cuts to spending on a range of social and community safety programs.
All of these decisions were made by a Government that promised to cut the Territory's soaring cost of living.
They have not gone down well in the community or within the Country Liberals' own ranks.
The frustration and anger have been palpable, and culminated last weekend in Labor's punishing by-election victory in the Wanguri by-election.
The message to the Government was clear: voters were not impressed.
A group of spooked MLAs decided that change was needed at the top.
When I left work after 11 pm on Monday, I had it on good authority from senior Government sources that a leadership spill was on.
A meeting was planned for 8am on Tuesday morning at Parliament House, where Government MLAs would decided whether to dump Mr Mills as Chief Minister and replace him with Attorney-General John Elferink.
There was still some doubt about whether Mr Elferink had the numbers.
I understand that phones had been running hot throughout the night canvassing support for a switch of allegiance.
Whether Mr Elferink made these calls himself or left the ringing around to others is unclear.
The Chief Minister, however, has now acknowledged that: "There was noise on the line; a lot of conversations apparently occurred."
'NO MEETING ... NO MOVE'
Somewhere between 11.30pm on Monday and 6am on Tuesday, when ABC radio news ran the story on the planned coup, the tide had turned.
Soon after the story was broadcast, Mr Elferink rang me to say there would be no meeting to discuss the leadership.
What he did not say was if a meeting had been planned.
Nor did he deny outright that the numbers were being counted for a leadership spill.
His only message was: There would be no meeting to be held at 8am (as I had suggested in radio news reports).
Exactly what happened in the intervening hours between the first reports of a leadership challenge and the retreat into the shadows is unclear.
Whether any of them gave a firm commitment to support Mr Elferink at any stage has not been confirmed.
But he could only win with at least some of them on his side.
It is unlikely that Mr Elferink would have a considered a challenge without thinking he had the numbers.
By 6am, the MLAs from the bush were back on the side of Mr Mills.
The coup was over before it began.
What role Ms Anderson played in this change of heart is yet to be determined.
Labor has suggested she was offered a chance at the deputy leadership, down the track, in return for her loyalty.
He now owes them a great debt.
CAT OUT OF BAG
The vote may have been aborted but word was already out.
We now know that, despite his initial protestations of innocence, Mr Elferink offered to resign from cabinet.
Mr Mills confirmed that the Attorney-General John Elferink had indicated: "Because of the subject of these rumours, he would be prepared to do what he thinks I would require of him."
To suggest someone as driven as Mr Elferink would offer to resign on the basis of rumours alone does not ring true.
He as good as admitted his plot in parliament.
He said he had listened to his colleagues and resolved to keep Terry Mills as Country Liberals leader and Chief Minister.
Mr Elferink shocked many by pledging never to challenge the the Chief Minister again.
KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE ...
BUT YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER
The Chief Minister chose not to punish Mr Elferink's disloyalty.
He rejected his offer of resignation, presumably not keen to create another enemy outside the cabinet tent.
Perhaps this was a lesson he learnt after dumping his deputy leader Kezia Purick and making her speaker.
Outside cabinet, Ms Purick is free to speak her mind.
She often does.
'COURAGE UNDER FIRE'
The Chief Minister has been keen to draw a line under the failed leadership coup, declaring himself "rock solid" and his leadership not under threat.
He may have put this coup to rest but how long will the cease-fire last?
It seems inevitable there will have to be changes to his leadership style and approach to policy if he's to win back the support of disaffected colleagues and voters.
Mr Mills acknowledges failures in the way the Government has been communicating its policies with the public but he was unrepentant about the belt-tightening that got him into so much trouble in the first place.
"I think this is a time for courage under fire," he told a large media pack questioning him about what policy changes.
But there is a hint that Mr Mills could be softening on his initial fiscal hard line.
He joined his Transport Minister, Adam Giles, in announcing the Government was backing down on a planned $20 fee for over-the-counter visits to the Motor Vehicle Registry that was due to come into effect mid-year.
It's a start, but Mr Mills may have to swallow some more humble pie if he is to keep his critics at bay.
Mr Elferink may have pledged never to challenge again but there are other possible players waiting in the wings.
Health Minister Dave Tollner has been touted as a future leadership contender but has kept his head down during this week's stoush.
Adam Giles says he has no intention of challenging Mr Mills.
But he is another ambitious man who may be hoping for a smooth leadership transition down the track.
A day is a long time in Territory politics.
And it is more than three years to the next election.
Who knows what the Government will look like by then.