I'm going to question that this person Penny Long is really as bad as she is coming off.
If a close family friend has never seen this side of her, and according to the article in the Penny thread she is not a bad person. I suspect she has been assigned the evil role in this production. (this was not my first clue).
Bill Sr may be trying to unload a worthless (to him) piece of property while appeasing the I want to be on TV crowd he supports hoping this may lead to real jobs.