Suits Recap – Season 6, Episode 15: Quid Pro Quo

In which we lowly scrubs who didn’t go to law school figure out what quid pro quo means (it’s Latin for “this for that”), the gang rallies to help Mike, Donna gets a comeuppance, Stu Douchebag completes his redemption arc from earlier in the season, and Jessica still does not return, damn it.

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Mike’s original client in the lawsuit, the miner turned cancer-stricken grill man, asks for an update on the lawsuit, finds out a $100 million offer was made and demands that it be accepted. He doesn’t care that Harvey is negotiating that settlement upwards in what Mike calls a good cop/bad cop approach, which might not be the best way to describe your tactics to a cancer-stricken grill man who’s looking out for his fellow sick miners.

Later that night, Harvey shows up to tell Mike he’s going to pass his bar admission hearing, thanks to Seidel being a dirty crook who is now Harvey’s puppet, hurray! But we gotta drop the lawsuit, okay?

Not okay. Mike would rather give up on his bar application then disappoint the miners, because he’s Mr. Integrity. For today, anyway. In a confessional moment  the next morning, possibly caused by the sight of a pants-less but heavy sweater-wearing Rachel – who in real life dresses like this at home? No one – Mike says that really, he’s fine with not becoming a lawyer, and he kinda wishes Harvey had never brought it up as a possibility.

Back at the legal clinic, Tall Oliver implores Mike to tell Tall Nathan about his ulterior motives re: the lawsuit.  Mike says there’s nothing to tell. He is withdrawing his bar application, and PSL is no longer involved, so there. But when he goes back to Palmer on his own, Palmer is all, you’re nothing without the mighty Harvey Specter. My final offer is 10 million, take it or leave it.

Harvey won’t give up on Mike, and asks Louis to introduce him to Jerry, a thuggish hacker who could get into the Velocity company files and find out who is conducting industrial espionage for them. Jerry points them instead to a female headhunter/spy named Ms. Cromwell who seduces male clients and worms company secrets out of them at Palmer’s behest. Harvey gets  Rachel to dress up in a lace cocktail dress and chat with and threaten Ms. Cromwell at a bar, with Harvey as backup. And this glamourous cop, bad cop approach works!

Mike is not too happy that Harvey went for the dirty tricks when Mike told him not to, and did he have to involve (a willing and supportive) Rachel too? But it’s hard to argue about trivialities like blackmail and dubious quid pro quo exchanges when the prize package consists of a $200 mm deal for the miners, the restoration of Seidel to his old job, and a bar admission hearing for Mike after all.

In non-Mike-centric news, Donna wants to pitch “the Donna” to venture capitalists (VC’s) of her professional acquaintance. She starts by practicing her pitch on Stu Less-and-less-of-a Douchebag, who is not a VC, but is enough of a mensch to take her seriously. He offers to invest his own money to produce the device, in return (this for that, get it?) for 90% of the company. She refuses his offer, and goes instead with a nervous Benjamin (the software ‘genius’ who programmed the device) to see some Actual Douchebag VC’s who know Harvey. They listen to her politely, but when she sneaks back to the conference room afterwards to eavesdrop on their post-pitch chatter, they’re dissing her because she’s – shudder – a lowly legal secretary. She tries to quit the enterprise, and a sweet (on her?) Benjamin recites back her words to him about how they shouldn’t give up on their dream.  A humbled Donna returns to Stu and asks if his offer is still good. It is, on the same terms. Looks like this unlikely trio is in business!

Louis is genuinely willing to help Harvey get Mike into the bar, but he’s stressed about whether he should tell Tara that he used his knowledge of Mike’s fraud to become name partner in seasons past. Especially since the last time he told a woman he loved (Sheila Saz) about his involvement in the whole mess, she broke up with him. When he asks Rachel for advice on the topic of secrets between engaged persons, she advises him to tell Tara, and soon. He follows that advice, but Tara does not take it well – she needs to get away for a bit to think about whether she wants to stay with him – and he is upset. End scene.

Next week: Anita Gibbs and her helmet hair are back, and she would like to trade Harvey’s future for Mike’s.


Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper whose latest novel is a suburban comedy of manners called The Oakdale Dinner Club.


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