The show goes too far with the demon-in-waiting portrayal of Ailes' son. The kid is even made-up a ghastly white, as a ghost (zombie?)!
Ailes, in his autobiography, wrote of the sacrosanct time cutouts he made for being with his son. He repeatedly, and forcefully, wrote of his regret that he would probably die no later than the lad's early teens. The trip to Warren served several masters and one of these was most assuredly showing his son his upbringing and the "real" America. The book is filled with anecdotes about what a shit he could be - admissions against self-interest. Yet, the thing he prized most was that his son become a real man with a superior understanding of how the world actually is.
Yes, he used power to bed women. He was unfaithful to his wives. He was often a dick. No question.
Yet and still, I have little sympathy for the Laurie character. We saw her in an earlier ep making a very considered calculation when Ailes came on to her. The proverbial wheels were a spinnin'. She made her choice. She literally slept with it. She made the choice to not go to Dallas, didn't she? The choice to show Shine grabbing her suitcase as almost handcuffing her was rich.
The Gretchen character is another like this. She knew good and dang well how to play the game and what the game was. She wanted fame. There were others every bit as good, if not better, at presenting the news with Fox Attitude. But, she played her political cards and she got ahead. She was not ignorant as to how Ailes was to many. The rampant scuttlebutt could not have been missed. The decisions to hire women with a certain look on "his" networks was unmistakable. Gretchen chose to join in.
If one believes similar dynamics were not at play at the other places, I invite them to rethink. None of it is right. But, it takes at least two to tango.
I continue to find the most value in this series to be the Murdoch arc. His treachery in going behind Ailes and the entire ethos of his largest moneymaker was quite something to observe. I'm fine with the possibility that he decided the best way to make more money was to make peace with president-elect Obama. I believe that Ailes was correct that this calculus was hyper-influenced by Wendi. Given the returns in the succeeding years of Ailes in control, this appears to have been one of Rupert's few significant miscalculations. If Rupert's thinking was that Fox needed a foil (highly doubtful), this show should have presented it that way. Attacking our president and the Democrats paid off hugely. as Ailes insisted it would. Still does.