Originally Posted by grundletaint
He combined a and b and won. He was searching for a reason to crush Pete, which he did by severing business ties. That SHOULD have led Pete to manning up and accepting that as the punishment while both would live with the 'incident' without further repercussions. It would be assumed Pete would cut the whoring, too.
The truth being exposed to Trudy is solely on Pete and his inability to accept responsibility for his actions. There was no need to expose the whoring and now that he has, Trudy is gone for good and she's not going to believe (nor really care about) what he says about her dad because he has zero credibility with her now. It's almost a bonus point for dad's plan.
I will assume the FIL has met Peter before that night, and given that, the FIL should know that's not how Pete operates. Peter accept responsibility? Come now! Also, it's not like Peter owns SCPD. Did the FIL really think Peter would not expose to his cronies about the whorehouse run in? I mean, the FIL is an old school boy too and no doubt has had whores bought for him by other ad agencies in his long career...how could he not figure Peter would not tell his partners he lost this huge account in a whorehouse?
I was just tossing the "wants to be outed" idea in, and can see what you all are saying, but if that's true the FIL is far too stupid to have become nouveau riche which is exactly what he is. Maybe the FIL wanted both to end Trudy's marriage and out himself?