“to measure up to all that is demanded of him, a man must overestimate his capabilities” – GOETHE
The episode featured two men, Thomas Forrester and Charlie Webber. Both of these men, Thomas, in taking a chance by shipping a controversial package to himself is to us, the viewer, an example in the extreme of Thomas overestimating himself. By contrast, Charlie underestimates himself and does a beautiful thing.
Specifically, Charlie has no reason at all not to check the secret box of Thomas. The package was not sealed in such a way that Charlie could not have easily checked it. Upon checking it, he would have a complete hold on Thomas if he had wanted. Thomas would have offered him huge sums of money to not say a thing about it. But even though he could have been a intermeddling threat, Charlie was the good man.
Where does the Machiavelli statement about “dealing out severities all at once” versus “giving out benefits slowly” apply to this episode?
I included the idea because Devon, upon being betrayed by two people, both of whom he gave out benefits slowly, dealt his reaction with a sudden harshness. Many would say, “How very un-Devon! He should be quick to forgive, he has made mistakes himself.”
This “nice-guy” Devon was being kinder by dealing his responses swiftly, harshly and directly. The alternative is the Billy Abbott personality flaw: instead of confronting the person or people with whom he wants to settle an issue or right a wrong, he sneaks around, takes his time, uses secret surveillance, lowering himself beneath the person he even went after, as Adam is more sympathetic at this point than Billy.
Devon is a true adult. he was not going to sneak around and sabatoge with Dr. Nate Hastings or live-in partner Dr. Elena Dawson slowly, drawing out pain for a woman he loved with all his heart, a cousin he trusted with all his mind, and a free-clinic completed with the two that helped the most in need of that health care, feeding Devon’s spirit.
In this episode, Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott brings Jabot back to its roots! Tired of the petty fighting between his son and nephew, he brilliantly channels their energy into the business: a new, ‘Classic Jabot’, as Jack’s father would have wanted.
Old School – Back to Jabot Basics’ is needed. Jack sets up a short term showdown as to which Abbott/Vanderway can make his pitch and more importantly have that pitch lead to new – as in classic! – branding and increased sales.