After 73 days of no joint media appearances, the return of Arlene and Michelle to the Stormont stage was distinctly underwhelming.
The audience watching at home was left with more questions than answers at the end.
Despite the gravity of the subject, there were moments of clear comedy gold. Michelle O'Neill said that no one should "think they are invincible or immune" to following public health advice. "You certainly are not," she intoned.
That was when a stagehand should have placed a mirror in front of the Deputy First Minister. With the best will in the world, it's just impossible to take her seriously on Covid-19.
There she stood sermonising that no more than six people from two houses could gather in a back garden. Just two months ago she was one of thousands at Bobby Storey's funeral.
She expressed regret, but it was carefully worded. The regret was only at how her actions had undermined the public health message.
Asked by a UTV reporter if she would say sorry, she shunned the opportunity to apologise.
A BBC man inquired if she would resign if the PSNI investigation found that coronavirus restrictions were breached at the Storey funeral. She didn't answer that either.
She was helped hugely by her co-actor. Sinn Fein social media warriors can no longer shout "Snarlene" with any credibility.
Foster had ample opportunity during the appearance to discomfort the Deputy First Minister.
She was stateswomanlike and rose above it, declining to offer even the most gentle criticism.
Of course, it suits Foster to be back up on a public stage, given her own difficulties, but there's more to it than that.
She seems to have taken on board all the criticism levelled at her in recent years and to be trying her best to reach out and build a better relationship with those who, often with good reason, loathed her.
The kneejerk soundbites about crocodiles and the like are gone. Her tone is generally more measured and charitable, which has led to some within her own community accusing her of betrayal.
She certainly looked and sounded like a First Minister for all of Northern Ireland.
But the public health messaging was very mixed up. No matter how much the Executive tries to explain the rationale, people will find it preposterous that new restrictions are introduced on home gatherings when plans are being rolled out to reopen wet pubs in just 10 days' time.
Northern Ireland has gone from being one of the safest spots in these islands to having the worst Covid-19 infection rates. The gravity of that situation is not reflected in the new measures introduced.
There was more confusion than clarity over the detail announced by Foster and O'Neill. A deluge of questions was posed on social media by people who don't know what they can or cannot do.
That's unfortunate. Keeping it simple and straightforward was never more important.
Even before Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill had finished their live-streamed Stormont press conference to announce new coronavirus restrictions, social media was humming with questions about what the new restrictions meant.
On the Belfast Telegraph's website on Thursday morning I wrote; 'I detect a touch of choreography in the O'Neill/McDonald/Foster statements in the past few hours (and) it sounds to me like a door is being nudged open.'