In which Mike lies and lies, Harvey has a secret, Donna wears a cleavage-y suit, and Louis represents Dr. Paula against her ex-boyfriend.
Mike may or may not be working on a pro bono case to do with Brooklyn Housing, but he says he is when lying to Tall Nathan, Harvey, and Rachel about the class action prison lawsuit that he promised Harvey, in writing, he would not work on.
Despite Mike’s years of experience with lying, Tall Nathan and Rachel catch him out soon enough. Tall Nathan is fine with it, because this time Harvey is the one being screwed. Rachel is not fine, because she covered for Mike with Harvey, and now she’s starting to wonder what Mike’s word is worth. Like, we don’t even know if he set a wedding date with her last week like he promised he would, because priorities.
After tracking down more ex-cons who were framed into serving extended time, Mike and Tall Oliver realize this prison money-making scam is going on in a bunch of private prisons, which leads Mike to visit last season’s Mr. Evil, hardened convict Frank Gallo. (Groan with me now if you were hoping Gallo would not return this season, or ever.)
Gallo has seen it all, so sure, he knows that tough guy cons are sometimes paid to pick a fight with a prisoner about to be released. He’s done it himself in the past, though that was not why he attacked Mike at Danbury. Mike asks him to testify about what he knows in return for an early release, but he can’t trick Gallo twice – the last time Gallo was promised a release, he got an extended stay himself instead.
Tall Oliver suggests Mike find another reason Gallo might sing, and Mike discovers Gallo has a daughter (estranged) who could use a part of the millions that will be up for grabs if they win the class action suit. He invites Gallo to join the suit, and Gallo concedes that money is a good motivator for him to supply Mike with damning info, but not until he sees some of that money.
Harvey works on a case that involves Lockwood Energy and some other energy producing company. The details of it are boring, but Harvey faces a tight deadline (as usual) to prove that company A stole some technology from company B. When his meetings with the two CEO’s don’t get him anywhere, he asks Holly Cromwell to do some of her patented industrial spying, which may or may not involve sex, and how uncomfortable do those super-tight dresses she wears look? Holly takes on the assignment as an audition – she wants to leave her non-lucrative head-hunting job and be hired fulltime by PSL as a consultant.
Harvey, a terrible manager, is ready to hire Holly without thinking much about it, but COO Donna says not so fast and calls Holly in for an interview. Holly impresses Donna with her honesty, and produces the needed intel for the Lockwood Energy case, but when Harvey later offers her a job, Holly has decided to be a freelance investigator/spy and turns it down.
Why do so many of my notes from this episode concern Louis? Because Harvey asks him to help Dr. Paula with a lawsuit brought by her ex-partner, which she does NOT want Harvey to get involved with or know the details of. Louis agrees to take on the case, and gives his word he will not tell Harvey anything about it, AND he will keep Harvey’s relationship with Dr. Paula secret from Donna.
The back story of the lawsuit goes like this: the ex (name of Jacob), also a psychiatrist, was cheating on Dr. P. When she found out, they split up both their business partnership and their relationship. Afterwards, he wanted to get back together but she didn’t. Some of Jacob’s psychiatric patients wanted to be treated by Dr. P. instead, so she took them on. Now Jacob is accusing her of stealing his clients in violation of their partnership dissolution agreement, and if she won’t pay a big settlement, he threatens to report her to the “Ethics Board” for dating a former patient before the official waiting period was up. (Sidenote: a quick Google search indicates there is no such thing as an official waiting period, and that the AMA frowns on almost all doctor-patient relationships. But feel free to correct me in the comments if you know differently.)
Louis manages the case well. He has a few angry outbursts with Jacob and his lawyer, and accuses Jacob of a) blackmail and b) acting out of revenge, but his outbursts are semi-appropriate, and he confesses to his own shrink that he feels sympathy for Jacob, the spurned man. After Louis finds out from Dr. P. that Jacob has been stalking her for months, he threatens to have Jacob charged with the crime, and the lawsuit is dropped. A contrite and tearful Jacob explains that he only sued and stalked because he was heartbroken and disappointed to see that his dream of a family life with Dr. P. was over, and it was all his fault.
Louis’s shrink Dr. Lipshitz points out the parallels between Jacob’s and Louis’s situations (both fucked up their relationships and wanted to get back with the woman they love), and Louis acknowledges that he still needs to work on himself re: his breakup with Tara.
Harvey somehow finds out – not from Louis – that Jacob cheated on Dr. P. He asks her why she didn’t tell him that, was it because of his known disdain for people who cheat? She says some guff in reply about how she was afraid she might seem unlovable to him if he knew she had been betrayed, which, what? He assures her she’s the opposite of unlovable and they kiss, though rather passionlessly.
Next week: Mike keeps on lying, and everyone wants him to drop the prison case.
Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper. Her most recent book is a suburban comedy of manners called The Oakdale Dinner Club. Coming in 2018: The Showrunner, a darkly humourous, suspenseful novel about female ambition inside the TV biz.