As many before us have remarked, this whole David Petraeus (and beyond) sex scandal plays like something out of Homeland. Or, y'know, Melrose Place. And it's true. There's so much fun, saucy, naughty drama to this increasingly crazy story that it deserves its own series. So how would it all go down (heh)? Let's plan the first three seasons of All In.
(Normal inspired-by-true events TV rules apply, of course: this is all made up, except for all the crazy stuff that is evidently true.)
General David Petraeus (Scott Glenn) is at the top of his career, winning praise from politicians and personnel and looking at a bright future. He's got a devoted wife, Holly (Kathy Bates), and two good children, Anne (Imogen Poots) and soldier Stephen (Max Irons). Everything is going perfectly until, while at Harvard giving a talk, he meets an accomplished, ambitious graduate student named Paula Broadwell (Judy Greer) with whom he forms an immediate bond. As season one progresses, their relationship grows increasingly intense. Holly seems unaware while Stephen is loyal to his hero father to a fault. Anne is the only one who senses something fishy, but her father is seemingly too good at the game of secrets for her to discover anything. Meanwhile, a beautiful socialite named Jill Kelley (Sarah Lancaster) is trying to help her troubled identical twin sister Natalie (also Sarah Lancaster) resolve a bitter custody battle with her ex-husband, Washington D.C. businessman Grayson Wolfe (Scott Foley). So she reaches out to a powerful man she meets at one of the parties that she and her surgeon husband Scott (Adrian Pasdar) regularly throw at their home. That man? General David Petraeus. He agrees to help and Jill is ever so grateful. How grateful? That remains to be seen. Back in our main story, Broadwell has begun writing a book on Petraeus and in the process the two have fallen for one another. In the season finale they finally sleep together. Unbeknownst to them, someone accidentally intercepts a steamy phone call between the soon-to-be lovers. Was it suspicious Anne? No, it was a heartbroken Stephen...