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.
Hiram: You know the one thing about this apartment is that sound carries. You know my study, when the door closed, I could hear you and Veronica in the dining room as if we were all together. If you want to burn down your relationship with our daughter, that’s your business. Don’t ever try to poison her against me. Clear? Hermione: Of course.
Veronica: I was your fiercest protector, Dad. Ask Mom. Whenever somebody calls you "The devil incarnate," I defended you. I kept telling myself, "He's not that bad. You can forgive him." And then you sent me this. [Veronica hands Hermione a letter] Veronica: A letter threatening you, Mom. That's the kind of man you're letting back into our lives. Hermione: Veronica, your father didn't write this letter...I did. Veronica: I don't understand. Hermione: I needed you to testify on your father's behalf, so I wrote this letter. Threatening myself, not your father. Hiram: Miha, she did it for us to survive, so we can be a family again. Veronica: You two deserve each other. [She leaves]