After being floored by a linguistic uppercut from Scots broadcaster Eddie Mair, the tousle-haired Mayor could have been forgiven for throwing in the towel and spending Easter on a far-flung island watching Yes Minister videos.
Yet while his father branded Mr Mair's inquisition as the "most disgusting piece of journalism I've listened to for a very long time", Johnson Minor was more charitable.
Today, the Chancellor will tell MPs bigger-than-expected underspends across UK Government departments will mean there is scope for shaving an extra 1% off non-protected budgets for 2013/14 and 2014/15.
This will result in a saving of £2.5bn for the next two years which will be ploughed into capital projects – the details of which George Osborne will give in his statement to MPs at lunchtime.
Full details and analysis will be published on HeraldScotland as the Chancellor speaks.
John F Kennedy's success in front of the cameras helped him defeat Richard Nixon, while the first British leadership debates handed a boost to Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg's profile, helping him to get into power.
However, it appears Prime Minister David Cameron is less than thrilled at the prospect of locking horns with Alex Salmond in a TV debate on independence.