Economic debate: Choices come to life
Birmingham: Sharper, clearer, more passionate than before.
This felt like the debate the country had been waiting for - when the choices facing voters came to life.
The prime minister pleaded with the country not to entrust government with his rivals, warning about the effect of Tory plans to cut spending now and about what he called the immorality of their proposals to cut inheritance tax while limiting tax credits.
David Cameron simply refused to engage with Mr Brown, scarcely glancing in his direction and dismissing his attacks as desperate stuff from a desperate man. He attacked Labour's record but turned his real fire on Nick Clegg - on his party's policies on immigration, the euro and welfare reform.
It was, perhaps, the greatest of all compliments to the Liberal Democrat leader, who once again tried to tap into public frustration with the performance of both big parties.
The polls called this debate for Mr Cameron. He has a week to do the one thing that has eluded him these past four years - in his own phrase, to "seal the deal".