Although the boss asked Kimber to take over, I doubt he would have
wanted her to don her “power suit” and bring her father in to run the
business! Instead, he probably hoped that she could maintain things in
the manner he had been doing it. Adding her dad into the mix complicates
things. I mean, what happens when two family businesses collide (good
tagline for a movie)?
The two business I am, of course, speaking of are Conley Hellton’s
overpriced hotel business and the Hobarken Herald. Is this the start of a
takeover? Normally, in-laws represent a kind of hostile takeover of
your life, right? Suddenly, you may find yourself going to a bunch of
family events for a family that is not yours. You have to acclimate
yourself to hugs and kisses from people you may not have a very close
relationship with. There are the hot button topics not to bring up.
There’s the drunk uncle Steve who owns 58 guns “because he can.” Cousin
Mary gets too drunk and hugs you just a bit too long. This is all very
uncomfortable, but what happens when there are businesses involved? The
boss could lose more than his stress free Memorial Day barbecues. Not to
mention the politics of the situation. Don’t forget that the Herald is
an enemy of the President of the United States. Since Kimber has brought
her father in to run things, let’s hope that Conley’s presence is
altruistic, or we may find that Alma’s skepticism is correct.
Politics as Family Business is Complicated Marriage
The interplay of family, family business, and politics certainly has
its real-life analogs. We seem to be in a golden age of family
government business. I mean, this past election came down to the choice,
individual qualifications aside, between a former President’s wife or
the current one’s entire family. Either way, the
country knew that they were marrying into a complicated situation.
That’s not all though. Remember, the primaries in which the brother of
one President that was also the son of another was expected to be a
party’s main candidate? Holy Cow.
On the one side, it really does pay off to be related to somebody
powerful, right? However, the problem from the voter side is that,
citizens really have to want to marry into an entire political family
now. Maybe we don’t want Grandpa in charge because he seems kind of
As Kimber and her father bring their family into the business of
running a newspaper—a political endeavor given the events of this story
arc and the previous one—we’ll have to see how they handle things. Will
the Hellton’s and the Dumpster-Fires feud? Will the Bosses and Hellton
see eye to eye on things at the paper? Above all, will Conley Hellton
think, like everyone else, that Joe Flaco sucks? Let’s find out
Trivia: Conley Hellton has had enough failed
marriages that his divorce lawyer keeps a punch-card with his name on it
to earn a free divorce.