This week, as usual, Donna and Jessica wore beautiful, expensive clothes and Rachel wore one of her ridiculous sleeveless tops, but what the episode was really about was the drama. And the fallout for sad, doomed, ruled-by-his-emotions Louis.
We begin seconds after the last episode ended: Harvey storms into Jessica’s office in time to hear Louis confess that he not only sent Forstman’s money off-shore for tax evasion purposes, he was ‘forced’ to take a million dollar payment from him to keep quiet about the underhanded accounting. Louis plans to confess to the SEC first thing the next day but Jessica doesn’t want that, because then Cahill will be proved right in his suspicion that Pearson Specter is crooked. So she sheathes the death-rays I predicted last week she would shoot from her eyes and burn Louis alive with, calms him down, and tells him to go home. Then she tells Harvey she’s mad as hell and will certainly fire Louis when this nightmare is over.
Harvey rebuffs Donna’s reminder that while Louis may have put the firm in jeopardy with his actions, so did Harvey the day he hired Mike. Not now, Donna. Harvey goes to see Forstman in the back of a swanky restaurant, asks him to undo the Louis agreement, and to fight fair with Harvey, his real enemy, instead. Eric Roberts, looking suave in a brown shirt, smokes a cigar in his best villainous manner, and says no. When Harvey threatens to uncover evidence of past dirty deals Forstman has done and report it to the SEC, Forstman scoffs – he’ll take his chances of that happening.
The next morning, Mike suggests that Pearson Specter ramp up the firm’s malicious prosecution suit against Cahill and Woodall. Thus begins the battle of the depositions: Jessica asks Jeff to find everything dirty he can on Woodall without telling him why, which pisses him off and leads to him telling Jessica the one thing he can’t abide from her is being lied to; and Cahill announces his first deposition will be from Rachel about the possible collusion between Mike and Harvey on the Gillis takeover.
Harvey suggests Mike prep a bib-wearing (or is that a napkin?) Rachel by practice-grilling her in the privacy of their apartment. Mike is initially reluctant but gets way too into it in a scene that starts with him asking questions about the takeover and segues into him browbeating her about Logan Sanders – did she sleep with him or not, and why should he believe anything she says? Rachel apologizes AGAIN, and says she will do so every day for the rest of her life (come on now, is this much abjection really called-for after one lousy, if long, kiss? I think not) but Mike still can’t trust her, and after Rachel went out and got Mike his favorite bean-and-cheese burritos that she hates but that he loves. If you ask me, that’s enough bowing, scraping and placating from her. She later suggests to Mike that he could maybe ease up on being cruel and vicious to her while pretending to do work stuff. To which he replies that he hasn’t slept well since she told him about Logan, and hey, neither has she.
Harvey and Jessica take depositions from Woodall and Cahill, and using information obtained by Jeff, expose Woodall’s history of trumping up criminal charges against those he wants to take down. Jessica is confident things are going their way, and dismisses Louis when he appears in court the next day because he wants to help, but Cahill reveals to the judge that Jessica is having a personal relationship with Jeff, which makes her motives suspect when she hired Jeff away from the SEC, so that didn’t go so well. And I desperately want for myself her hair, her suit, her height and her bearing in this scene.
Cahill deposes Harvey and Mike first, instead of Rachel. Our two heroes answer Cahill’s questions by comparing themselves to brothers who fight and make up, Harvey uses sports metaphors to praise Mike’s abilities, and they deny profiting from the takeover so convincingly that Cahill leaves the room intent on finding out who did benefit from the deal (Uh-oh, Louis).
Louis thought Jessica might be merciful and not fire him until Katrina accurately compares Jessica to a Mafia boss who talks nice to your face and then orders someone to slit your throat. When Louis finds out Cahill is hot on his trail, he goes to the SEC to confess, though Jessica had expressly told him not to. Only Cahill is not there, so Louis speaks to Woodall, who tells him not to worry about it and lets him go.
When Jessica finds out about this, she’s doubly or maybe quadrupally pissed at Louis, even more so than when Donna followed her into the restroom to make a case for him, and Jessica asked her to butt out unless she wanted Jessica to fire her again like that time in Season 2 when Donna made a mistake.
Mike and Harvey come up with a theory that Woodall and Forstman are working together against Harvey and they stay up all night with their shirtsleeves neatly rolled up and their ties only slightly loosened trying to find evidence of Forstman having paid Woodall dirty money to get him on board. In the morning, Louis shows up in a rumpled, he-hasn’t-slept-either shirt and suggests that Cahill could get access to Woodall’s bank accounts and find the proof they need, if he wanted to. If he’s not also in on the scheme.
Mike, Harvey and Louis visit Cahill at his office – he gets off a not-bad Witches of Eastwick joke about these three musketeers showing up – and it turns out Cahill is semi-honest, because he asks Woodall about his bank account and it’s like Dorothy throwing the bucket of water on the Wicked Witch of the West. Woodall sinks into a pool of shame and guilt on the floor and that’s him done with. And Cahill won’t prosecute Louis in exchange.
Back at the office, Jessica is wearing a giant green brocade lampshade (by Giambattista Valli), but she’s still going to fire Louis’s ass, no matter what Harvey or Mike or Jeff or anyone says. Harvey volunteers to do the deed in a kinder, gentler manner, Donna goes with him for moral support, but Louis has beaten them to the punch and left behind a resignation letter which we hear in voice-over over a montage of Louis leaving the office with his framed degrees and Rachel making nice by giving Mike a framed photo of him as a child with his parents. I’m not sure what that was all about. More placating, I fear.
Louis explains that he quit rather than put Harvey and Jessica through the painful process of firing him, but that Pearson Specter is everything to him – his home, his family, and his life, and while he doesn’t deserve to have his name on the door, he hopes they will look after the firm for him now that he’s, wait for it, gone.
Next week in the summer season finale, Mike has maybe fucked up, Jessica is angry, and the big question is not has Louis really gone from the show, but how and when will the writers bring him back?