I am a huge fan of the TV show Revenge (watch Season 1 here! ). The show focuses around the main character, Emily Thorne, whose father was blamed for laundering money to a terrorist group who created large-scale terrorist attack. Emily’s mission in life is to seek revenge on the people who framed her father and expose the real criminals—the Grayson family. Conrad Grayson is the CEO of Grayson Global, where Emily Thorne’s father also worked many years ago.
As the show progresses, we find out that Conrad was laundering money to a terrorist group, which is responsible for the explosion of a commercial flight. Conrad chose Emily’s father to frame for this crime, and he later dies in jail (which we find out Conrad also orchestrated). After this scandal, which occurred about 15 years prior to the show’s present of 2012, Conrad Grayson is still head of Grayson Global. He was never caught for the crime he committed, and he paid many people involved to keep quiet as well. Conrad’s son Daniel is supposed to take over the family Grayson Global business. However, when Daniel finds out about Conrad’s criminal past, he threatens to expose Conrad. Conrad claims that he has always done “what is best for the family” and he argues it would not have been good for the family if he (and his co-conspirator wife) had gone to jail. He claimed that he was merely watching out for his children. Similarly to Enron executives, he was looking out to protect his own personal wealth and tried to cover up a massive business scandal.
Of course Conrad’s business actions were unethical as he was responsible for a commercial flight exploding. However, what would you do if you had a family and business to protect? Would you frame someone else or turn yourself in?