I've often wondered about how much power a creator/EP has. For a long time, Scott Dunlop got EP status on OC (maybe still does there) and several of the other franchises. He's been credited simply as "creator" of the OC on all the other HW franchises now for a while. But from what anyone's ever said, Dunlop really only had any kind of control in the OC, and only in early seasons at that. I do think Whitney potentially has a lot more control on this iteration of SC than the others, but I don't think he's "in charge". After all, when he pitched the sizzle reel years ago, there were no women in the show and it was all his drunk dude friends. And we know what kind of shitty docs and political ads he produces, so I'm thinking there are much better tv production minds at work on this show. That said, even if he had no production control, he's in charge of what comes out of his mouth with regard to his actions with Kathryn. The whole situation is just weird: it's an odd choice to deny they hooked up over the summer while both in LA. Isn't it kind of like the crew hookups on Below Deck? Like, they work together, both in the same place at the same time, both horny & willing participants... Denying it and giving the story more "legs" than just saying 'yeah, it happened, so what?' is an odd narrative choice. It's only interesting in trying to figure out why they thought the storyline would be interesting, and that is far too meta for this type of fare.
That's another head scratcher. First, I don't think he practices, though he probably keeps his license current. But second, it's not like the SC Bar runs around and randomly drug tests lawyers. He'd have to do something *in his practice* that would give them cause to investigate. And doing weed where it is legal is hardly going to get the Bar after him. Truth be told, if he were practicing, pot in CO on vacation wouldn't be the potential issue, it'd be all the excessive drinking in SC. FFS, my law school chancellor was busted with pot in the Atlanta airport and still kept his license and his job (albeit demoted).
I blame Kathryn's pleather black pants obsession on Thomas: all those years of his wearing skin-tight white jeans, she picked up the habit. LOL!