In which Samantha represents her former foster mother on a drug charge, trader Stu asks Harvey and Donna for help, Louis yells and apologizes (like he does every week), and Katrina and Brian decide to pretend they can ignore their sexual tension.
Stu is back! Stu being the stock trader friend of the firm whom Donna convinced to illegally short some guy’s stock in S7 E13, in order to save jobs at a shoe manufacturing company. The stock manipulation didn’t even achieve the desired effect back then, but a sleazy trader named Nick is now blackmailing Stu: he’ll report the transaction to the SEC unless Stu makes Nick the brokerage boss.
Harvey tries various tactics to cancel Nick, including face-to-face intimidation, asking Kevin Miller (Mike’s former prison cellmate, now a financial guy in a nice suit with a fancy office) to hire him, suggesting Cahill look the other way with regard to Stu’s transgression, and sending Alex over to call Nick’s bluff. Nothing works until, on Donna’s advice, Stu refuses to comply with Stu’s demands, and Nick goes to Cahill with his evidence. Cahill says he will either prosecute both crimes (the blackmail and the illegal trade) or none. Nick withdraws his complaint, Stu fires him, and Cahill tells Harvey they’re through, shady deals-wise. Everyone wins, sort of. Except Nick.
Donna’s first night with new beau Thomas went well, by the way, though she’s not ready to tell Harvey she’s seeing someone new. Thomas makes her coffee in the morning, wants to see her the next night, and is understanding about her work worries. Meanwhile, Harvey is home alone after winning the Stu situation. Donna’s not available for a drink, and Mike doesn’t answer his phone when Harvey calls him in Seattle to share the story. Mike hasn’t even recorded an answering machine message on his phone, he’s so gone from the show. And from Harvey’s lonely life.
Samantha’s former foster mother, a tired-looking but warm woman named Judy, shows up, asking for legal help. She stands to lose her foster parent license since she claimed responsibility for her foster son Corey’s crime of selling prescription drugs. After consulting with Robert, Samantha agrees to represent Judy, but comes up against a tough woman prosecutor who has no time for a fancy New York lawyer, and wants Judy to admit Corey committed the crime. Sam has always believed that she was taken from Judy’s care as a teen when she committed a crime herself, but finds out that Judy gave her up for the sake of the other kids she looks after. Judy deeply regrets that decision and doesn’t want to repeat history with Corey. But Samantha has thrived and succeeded since those days. So after initially being angry that Judy lied to her all these years, Samantha convinces her that it will be for the greater good to let Corey answer for and learn from his crime, like Samantha did. She also softens up the prosecutor by sharing her own history and makes a deal to have the charge reduced to a misdemeanour. So everyone wins. Except Corey.
In the course of handling Judy’s case, Sam asks Robert to handle a client meeting Louis asked her to take for him. When Louis yells at Robert about this, Robert explains that Sam is going through some personal shit, and advises Louis to treat the partners more humanely.
Louis takes this advice to heart when talking sympathetically to Katrina, who is still struggling with her strong attraction to Brian. She pulls Brian off the fragrance case, which pisses him off because it makes him look bad, and hurts his career opportunities. Meanwhile, Katrina is not happy with another associate she tries to work with, because this Susan is no Brian.
The best thing for Brian and Katrina is to reinstate him as as her associate, but is their chemistry just too combustible? After some heated blaming discussions between them, followed by apologies, they decide to continue working together for a year, until Brian is solidly set on the junior partner track, then move on. Katrina pledges to control herself around him until then. For drama’s sake, I hope she can’t.
Next week: Scottie returns to cause trouble for Harvey, because she knows about much of the shit that’s gone down at the firm.
Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper. Her latest novel The Showrunner, available from your favourite bookseller, is a darkly humourous, suspenseful Hollywood-noir about female ambition inside the TV biz that has been called a “sophisticated, compelling, and surprisingly complex drama,” and has been optioned for development as a TV series,
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