Will it matter? Find out in this recap.
Stop ‘shipping Harvey and Donna
Harvey and Donna are essentially the same person. It’s just that Donna is a little more concerned about feelings than her boss.
Feelings aside, most of what Donna wants is to kick butt and get a better office. And neither Harvey nor Donna has any use for one Mike Ross these days.
Oh Captain, my Captain!
Louis doesn’t get to mentor the associates anymore. Instead, Jessica wants him to mentor one single associate. He gets to pick anyone.
Now, did Jessica push Louis in the direction of Mike because she felt sorry for Louis? Or does she want Mike so miserable — and too busy to help Harvey — that he wants to leave. That way, she’ll be rid of the thorn-in-the-side that is Mike Ross.
Knowing Jessica, the second option seems more possible.
Life is high school
Is the break-up between Harvey and Mike a break-up break-up or not? Whatever it truly is, the union of Louis and Mike has been blessed by Harvey Specter.
This union seems to involve the best steak you will ever eat, wine and cheesecake. Also, Louis wants to rewrite eminent domain laws and needs Mike to help. Mike likes the case, but he is a little frustrated by Louis’ lack of “Jerry Maguire” knowledge.
At least Louis has seen “Moneyball.” He and Mike somehow use that film to argue against the eminent domain law. Alas, even though there is an emotional argument to be had, the judge rules against the steak restaurant.
There’s only one thing to be done with this defeat: Mud baths.
The Ava Hessington case
Jessica sort of wants to help out Harvey on his tough bribery and corruption case. The partnership is, however, rather tense, since both lawyers remain mad and disdainful of each other.
Of course, things would go better if Ava Hessington weren’t totally guilty and about to be sold out by her protege. Harvey manages to save the day by appealing to the man’s emotional state.
Everyone sells everyone out
Donna and Rachel are finding the Harvey-Mike feud to be rather stressful to their friendship. Despite promising not to talk about the feuding men, they do. And it’s not just about penis sizes (although that does come up).
Rachel thinks Donna ought to have helped Mike get back in with Harvey. Donna isn’t so sure, pointing out that she has been covering up Mike’s secrets for a year and doesn’t owe him anything.
Wait a minute — does Donna know that Rachel knows about Mike? If not, that’s pretty much the meanest thing Donna has ever done. Let’s just assume that isn’t a total sellout and that Donna is just normal mad.
As soon as Donna leaves in a huff, Rachel immediately tells Mike what’s up. Mike then thinks that Rachel sold him out to Donna (and therefore Harvey). So Mike sells out Harvey by telling Rachel that his boss was always against her knowing the secret.
It’s all very complicated.
They’re done and Harvey will indeed regret this.
Mike tries to salvage as much of the situation as possible, but there is no salvation there. No matter how many apologies and explanations Mike offers, Harvey is simply done with him. Not angry, not caring — just done. It’s cold and it’s devastating.
But hey, it makes Harvey feel good about himself!
The Hatfields and the McCoys
It doesn’t matter who started it. Too bad Harvey doesn’t realize this. Were Harvey a 19th-century hillbilly, the blood would be starting to flow — although there’s at least a chance that Jessica will get out unscathed now. A small chance anyway.
Mike, on the other hand, remains very much a rival clan to Harvey.
Guess who else might be done?
Can Donna and Rachel make up with each other after their man-centered argument? Not so much. Donna informs Rachel that she helped keep Mike away from any sort of relationship, even though Rachel wanted Mike. In response, Rachel points out that Donna has no life, only a job and Harvey.
It’s pretty cold after that.
Gotta love the parallels!
Back at the Hessington case, all is almost lost before Harvey pulls out some of his legal voodoo and puts all the blame on Ava’s protege. Both Jessica and Harvey describe the mentor relationship in familiar and understanding terms — not a shock since both are describing their own relationship here.
It works. The blame shifts away from Ava and opposing counsel is ready to settle.
Unfortunately, Harvey doesn’t completely win this one. Ava Hessington avoids jail time, but the catch is that she has to plead guilty to the charges. Harvey doesn’t like “guilty” going on his perfect record, but it’s not his call.
“We win.” — Jessica
Jessica may think she has won here, but that’s not entirely the case. Harvey is still out to destroy her, believing that she would destroy him at a moment’s notice.
Half and half
Thanks to the rather impressive legal maneuvers of Louis Litt and Mike Ross, the good guys win the lawsuit and the world’s best steaks are saved. Mike still isn’t convinced he wants to keep up the partnership, but Louis does make a valid point: He loves the law, not just the victory.
“I think you’re half Harvey and you’re half me.” — Louis to Mike
While Mike thinks about the possible new arrangement, he goes to have sex with Rachel.
(Almost) all’s right in the world
Mike is just about ready to sign on with Louis when Harvey finally shows the smallest bit of introspection. He’s ready to accept Mike’s apology and take him back. Mike, for his part, is thrilled to make that apology once again.
“You’re not going back on your word. You’re going back where you belong.” — Harvey to Mike
But it’s not all happiness and high fives in the world. That’s because we can’t forget Louis (unlike Harvey and Mike). Louis has a cake in honor of Mike. It’s a cake that ends up wasted in the recycling bin, as useless as Louis’ lonely tears.