counterplot

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Synonyms for counterplot

a plot intended to subvert another plot

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make a plot in response to another plot

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Or think of the "The One Where Everybody Finds Out" episode from the fifth season of Friends, in which Phoebe and Rachel plot to play a practical joke on Chandler and Monika, but then the plotting and counterplotting get slightly of out hand.
All this leads to plotting and counterplotting so complicated that you need a flow chart just to keep track of who's out to get whom -- and why.
But they would no longer be allowed to engage in self-serving tinkering, plotting and counterplotting.