This was the week of the fabulous quote.  “But can we drop a little bit of the pious baloney,” Newt Gingrich said to Mitt Romney. “I like being able to fire people,” said Romney with utter delight on his face. Yes the quote is taken out of context, but the characterization of his countenance is not.

The son of a multimillionaire governor and GOP front-runner also gave us “[t]here were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip.’’  Which elicited this right hook from hard-scrabble upbringing Rick Perry, “I have no doubt that Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips — whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out.” Celebrating his second second-place finish to Romney, Ron Paul told supporteres, “We are nibbling at his heels!” And Jon Huntsman gave us, “Ta butai liaojie zhege qingxing.” Yeah, me either.

But you’ll understand everything on this week’s p-Op quiz — especially since it’s Mandarin-free. Oh, also, you’ll get next week off. P-Op will be on assignment interviewing sun and sand somewhere far, far away.