Fred has been in business with the Lodges over their development deal. However, when you're in business with Hiram and Hermione, the skeletons in the closet could ruin everything, especially his political career.
Mr. Andrews: I need you to tell me the truth about something. I know my son has passion for music, but does he have talent? See, I want to be supportive but as a parent, it's really hard to watch your kid chase a dream they may never catch when real opportunities are passing them by. Ms. Grundy: Mr. Andrews, Archie...he has talent. Unquestionably. I'm not gonna lie to you, he is coming to it late and he's got a lot of catching up to do. And there's an entire world of competition out there. Mr. Andrews: Will he be able to make a living at it? Ms. Grundy: It'd be a shame if he didn't at least try.
Fred: Was it close at least? Hermione: Very. Less than 200 hundred votes. Sierra: So what? You came to gloat? Hermione: No, Sierra, I came to tell Fred that he ran a great campaign. [She offers her hand and they shake hands]