In which Harvey works hard to find a new client, Rachel gets her own case outside of the office, and Mike (finally) uses his legal knowledge to try to protect himself in prison.
Jessica, wearing an itchy-looking patterned wool dress and not her best hair , directs Harvey to snag a big-time client in order to start PSL’s comeback. Her suggestion is William Sutter, a cranky old billionaire whom no law firm wants to represent because he is facing an indictment. But Harvey has had enough of getting into bed with criminals after his Forstman dealings. Instead, he goes after Nathan Burns, a ‘dick’ and ‘asshole’ who heads up an energy company but is apparently not a criminal. Burns initially assigns Harvey tasks both demeaning and time-consuming to prove he really wants the business, then backs away under pressure from Sutter, who wants to stick it to Harvey for turning him down. With the help of a New Recurring Character, a douchebag trader named Stu, Harvey removes the threat to Burns that Sutter represents, and convinces Burns to hire PSL. Sutter, however, is now Harvey’s lifelong enemy, alongside Hardman and Forstman. At least his name doesn’t end in -man.
Louis has been tasked with finding tenants to sublet the thousands of square feet of PSL offices that the skeleton staff of six don’t need, but his general lack of good sense lead him to heed some but not all of Donna’s sage advice – given in a wrinkled but otherwise nicely draped white dress – to rent to some finance people. Instead of advisors, he gets in a herd of douchebag traders, including the head douchebag, a squinty-eyed, suspender-wearing fellow who says shit a lot, and whose name is Stu. Or maybe Stew.
Louis tries to get rid of the traders on lease technicalities involving Louis’s bran bars and prune juice (cue the toilet jokes), but Harvey intervenes when he wants Stu to trace some financial transactions in a way that might not be strictly legal. Stu complies, gets to stay, and flaunts his Yale law degree in Louis’s crimson Harvard face in the bargain.
Rachel is still attending law school! She participates in a kind of legal debate in front of her practical ethics class against another student who publicly tries to shame Rachel about Mike and his fraud conviction as part of her argument. The sympathetic (male) professor takes Rachel aside and suggests that she drop the course and instead earn credit by working on an The Innocence Project (an actual real world thing) case, trying to exonerate someone on death row.
Rachel doesn’t want to back down from the debate fight, so she seeks advice from Jessica, Seasoned Law Warrior. Jessica counsels Rachel to make the class see her as a bad-ass to be feared, like Jessica has to do every single day. Rachel digs up dirt on her law class opponent, and tells her she won’t reveal it as long as the opponent withdraws from the debate and publicly acknowledges Rachel’s superiority in intellect and ethics. The dirt must be damn dirty because the opponent does what Rachel asks, and Rachel can now drop the course without losing face, and work on The Innocence Project.
In prison bromance news, Mike and his roomie Kevin decide to stick together at all times to avoid falling prey to Gallo and his goons. Harvey is bugging Cahill to get Gallo transferred out like he said he might, but in the meantime, Mike will have to leave Kevin’s side during the 2 hour a day kitchen job arranged by his counselor, whose name is not Malcolm Jamal-Warner after all, but Julius.
Mike tries to quit the job before it starts. Julius won’t let him and asks him to file a formal allegation against Gallo instead, but Mike won’t do that, cuz he’s no fool.
On Mike’s first day half-believably peeling potatoes, Gallo drops by (though doesn’t Mike now have sharp instruments at his disposal?) to request mashed potatoes over “au gratin” ones (I’m not joking, he really says this), and to mention that oh yeah, he just beat up Kevin in the washroom, hah-hah. Mike tends to Kevin, who is bleeding and beaten, but not badly enough to go to the infirmary. They decide it’s safe to attend movie night together, because even Gallo wouldn’t start trouble there – movie night is sacred in prison, would you believe. And Julius arranges for Kevin to start doing kitchen duty with Mike, so they need never be apart.
Cahill finally gets back to Harvey to say Gallo can’t be moved out of Danbury – he is protected because he’s a government informant. Harvey visits Mike and advises him to neutralize Gallo by threatening to reveal to the jail population that Gallo sold his criminal brethren up the river.
Mike has a better idea. He looks up the records on Gallo’s trial, and discovers that Gallo’s lawyer at the time overlooked a loophole that means Gallo could be eligible for parole in as little as 6 weeks. Mike thinks Gallo must now decide what he wants to do more – get out of prison, or continue to get back at Harvey by harassing Mike and Kevin. It seems to me like Gallo now has six weeks to do both.
Jessica and Harvey are celebrating being back on the map with regard to the signing of Burns when Cahill returns to say that hey, speaking of informants, he’s found a new way for Mike to get out of prison early. It seems that Kevin is a smoking gun on a federal case who is holding out on ‘family’ secrets. If Mike can get him to turn, he can go free.
Sidenote: last week’s preview of this episode showed Rachel opening her apartment door to a mystery visitor, but that didn’t happen this week. Maybe next time?