In which Harvey & Donna get involved in a case between Scottie and Samantha; Louis represents his therapist Stan in a lawsuit; Alex gets guidance on his case from Gretchen; and Katrina proves her mettle with nary a sign of Brian (sob).
When Scottie shows up on the street outside Harvey’s office, Harvey asks her what’s up. Oh, nothing, she says, while picking fetchingly but unconvincingly at a pastry she’s holding. She was just in the hood looking for a good croissant (odds that a good croissant could be found at Harvey’s favorite bagel/coffee stand = zero). But hey, how’s the multi-named law firm that she used to work at doing?
Harvey lets slip that Samantha is a name partner because she’s good at dirty-tricks-type law, and goes into the office, certain that Scottie dropped by because she’s about to go against him in a case. Except she isn’t, she’s facing off with Samantha – something about a credit card app/company.
Samantha, unaware of Scottie’s history with Harvey and the firm, has already done something unethical on the case, because she has no time for rules. She demands that Katrina look up some legal minutiae to back her up, because Katrina owes her one. But when Samantha and Scottie go before a judge in chambers to discuss the suit, Scottie comes in with proof of Samantha’s slippery past tactics, and it looks like the case may be going in Scottie’s favour.
Samantha says Scottie “fucked with the wrong Marine” and goes fuming to Harvey. She’s angry that Harvey betrayed her to Scottie (which he didn’t, really, he was just gossiping, but he didn’t have Sam’s back either). She doesn’t give a shit that he slept with Scottie, and calls him your typical handsome, powerful man who can’t stick with women who challenge him. She also thinks “shady begets shady” so Scottie must be up to something underhanded on this case. She asks Katrina to dig further.
Katrina eventually finds evidence that the credit card company/app falsified some numbers on new accounts being opened, and that Scottie knew about it and is trying to cover up the fraud until the company gets on its feet, so that people won’t lose their jobs! All these noble lawyers in their thousand-dollar suits/dresses covering up fraud and acting unethically so that good working men and women can stay employed – it’s downright heart-warming, isn’t it?
When Harvey finds out Scottie’s law career might be over because of what she did, he tries to protect her by coming up with ideas for resolving the case. Scottie doesn’t want him involved but she asks Donna for help with “Sam the attack dog”, though Scottie and Donna have a tense history of both competing for the position of Harvey’s true love interest.
Donna tells Harvey he and Scottie are two peas in a pod, but Harvey says Scottie is supposed to be better than him, less of a fraudster. Katrina and Harvey eventually persuade Sam to get a win without destroying Scottie. Sam, in a very flattering red suit, apologizes to Harvey for letting Scottie push her buttons. Sam and Harvey go out for an amicable drink.
Her career saved, Scottie thanks Donna, and promises to stay away from Harvey (and the firm) henceforth. She hopes one day Harvey will see in Donna what everyone else sees –that is, that they belong together and are soulmates? I’m guessing here, as Scottie was being cryptic and vague.
Whatever Scottie means, she apparently says something similar off-screen to Harvey, and he is about to bring it up with Donna at day’s end, when Thomas arrives to meet her. Harvey is approving of their new relationship and happy for Donna. Or is he?
Alex’s case this week finds him representing the maker of a life-saving medical machine. A man is suing the company for wrongful death after his wife died while hooked up to the machine. Alex and his client are positive the machine did not fail, and try to blame the death on the man’s operation of the machine. The man is so insistent that Alex looks into it further and discovers maybe the software did fail one time. The client is remorseful, but wants Alex to bury the evidence so that his company won’t go out of business. Alex talks the matter over with Gretchen, who still regrets the mistake she made with the courier back in S8E8. She counsels Alex to have compassion for people who make mistakes, and for people whose spouses die. Alex comes clean with the widower, and proposes a settlement that allows him to honour his wife’s memory but not put an end to the company.
Stan Lipshitz, Louis’s therapist, is being sued for malpractice. One of Stan’s patients, a bipolar construction foreman, caused an industrial accident that killed someone, and is blaming Stan for prescribing his medications incorrectly. Louis wants to represent Stan but Stan resists because a) their doctor-patient relationship will suffer, and b) Louis is so hot-headed that he will probably lose the case (and make Stan lose his license.) Louis promises to control himself but is stymied when Stan refuses to let him put the foreman on the stand and expose his mental illness. Louis asks Donna if he can visit the foreman against Stan’s wishes and try to shake him down/intimidate him into dropping the suit. Donna says he can’t. Louis goes to visit the foreman anyway, but not as Stan’s lawyer – as a fellow patient. He talks about how good a doctor Stan is, and promises to find him a new job if he drops the suit.
Afterwards, Stan suggests he should stop treating Louis because things have gotten too personal, but Louis explains that he is a better, more compassionate person for having worked with Stan and hopes to continue improving. Stan agrees to keep seeing him.
Next week: Donna has to choose between her new boyfriend and the firm, or is she choosing between herself and Harvey?
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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