The September 1973 firing was a very interesting development. Elvis had reached his breaking point. His career was in a bit of a mess, and certainly Elvis' health was deteriorating due to his drug addiction, but his career could have been resuscitated. It was very unfortunate that Elvis did not have anyone in his inner-circle that he could confer with to discuss the complexities of the firing. Parker presented an alleged report of commissions owed worth a couple million dollars, and essentially scared Elvis and his father into rehiring him. Had Elvis called his bluff, consulted with Ed Hookstraten, demanded an accounting and threatened legal action, one suspects Parker would have backed down, and at the very least entered into some sort of settlement or even a walk-away. There is no way Tom Parker would have opened his books for a legal accounting, which would have exposed self-dealing and other improprieties. No question about it. She was skeptical of Parker from the very beginning.