EDA agents Frank Ernest and Burt Ferder aided Philip Glossman's attempt to ruin Tom Riley's reputation during his bid to become mayor of Odyssey. They doctored the results of a chemical test to show that Tom Riley's apples were still contaminated after a chemical spill from several years ago.
Apparently looking to add to the effect, as no one had actually been made sick by Riley's apples, they later returned to the farm to contaminate the water itself. However, they were caught on tape by Eugene Meltsner and Sam Johnson, whom Riley had hired to study his crops independently. While Ernest and Ferder tried to stop them, the two youths made it back to City Hall, where they revealed the truth in the middle of Riley's debate with Bart Rathbone.
Following the affair, Ferder and Ernest were placed on administrative leave pending a full internal investigation. Glossman publicly denied any connection with them, and later admitted to Regis Blackgaard that he had had no idea they would be so careless.