Chuck criticizes the changes that Ellen has made, not because he believes they are bad but because as her predecessor in the job he regards any of her accomplishments as an indirect slam of his record.
Carol tries to sink any proposals that are not first coordinated with her.
Ted thinks anyone who holds a high position got there by walking over the bodies of others.
And Al? Al is simply a predator who creates confusion, spreads rumors, and damages careers for the joy of it.
We like to think our civilization has evolved beyond such people, but unfortunately they are still out there. It is wise to remember that.