Theresa May, arriving in Berlin Wednesday (December 11) for help on Brexit - only to find the child locks are still on.
Easier to resolve, at least, than the impasse over her Brexit treaty.
So unpopular that she cancelled a crucial parliamentary vote planned for Tuesday (December 10) - because, she says, she'd have lost.
Hence the European tour. May's looking to take home assurances from German Chanceller Angela Merkel and other EU leaders.
Particularly on the so-called backstop -- a temporary customs union to prevent the need for border checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Critics fear the backstop could trap Britain into abiding by EU regulations indefinitely.
The message from Europe was clear:
"There is not room whatsoever for renegotiation. But of course there is room, if used intelligently, there is room enough to give further clarifications and further interpretations without opening the withdrawal agreement. This will not happen."
May's postponement has triggered outrage, ridicule and calls for her to step down.
One lawmaker even grabbed the ceremonial mace that symbolizes parliament's royal authority in protest, before being expelled.
The government says lawmakers will now vote on the deal before the 21st of January.
How May will get them onside by then is uncertain.
But she says the alternatives are disorderly divorce without a deal or cancelling Brexit - defying the majority who voted for it.