Sucker Punch - Recap

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The episode begins with Harvey being deposed by Travis. Travis has made them a settlement offer that Jessica says they would never accept; but Travis has no interest in offering the firm a settlement that doesn't include Harvey being disbarred and he doesn’t want to budge. Travis then tries to provoke Harvey by talking about his mother and the hotel room she was in; Harvey punches him hard on his face. Travis tells Harvey that he will see him in court and leaves. Hardman suggests they do some trial run ensure Harvey doesn't lose his cool in court. Harvey agrees. But they need someone who is as nasty as Travis; Louis! Louis will play the role of Travis during the rehearsals. Louis tries to make fun of Harvey.

Harvey tells him that the one thing he has in common with Travis is his hatred for him; but he also points out that Louis lacks Travis’ skills. Louis takes up the challenge. Harvey still hasn't heard from Donna. Mike is drafted to help Louis during the mock trial. Harvey and Mike plan not to discuss the "trial" until it is finished. Harvey meets Zoe and asks her to do jury consulting work for the firm. She wants to know how Jessica will feel about her coming back to do the consulting work; she has to be convinced. Zoe also wants to know why Harvey called her instead of Ted Philips. Rachel asks Mike if he thinks it is possible that Harvey did it. Mike says a no and that he believes Harvey; he has an idea. Rachel wonders what happens to Mike if Harvey loses.

Mike suggests Louis should use the fact he doesn't think Harvey has any integrity against him. Mike accuses Louis out of being devious as he planted his Dictaphone in Harvey's office. And Mike thinks he should use that in the trial run. Harvey finds Donna and asks if she'll help him with the trial run. She knows he wants her to come up there and accept that she screwed up; but she reminds him that she did that to protect him. She was expecting Harvey to fight for her which he didn’t. She also states that Harvey fought for Mike and that he respected Mike as much to fire Mike himself. Donna is upset that Jessica fired her instead of Harvey. He tells her he needs her. She says she's hired an attorney and plans to plead the fifth. She says that she can’t help him and leaves.

Next, Zoe tells Jessica and Harvey then need men on the jury. Harvey thinks that it is wrong as women like him. But then Zoe tells him what women “actually” think of him and that would definitely not help them with the trial. Harvey thinks that Zoe working at the firm previously will help them at trial as she knows the partners and can read them. Harvey points out to Jessica that it is not only important to convince the jury, but they should also be able to convince the partners. The deal is sealed when she promises to keep Hardman out of the loop; Zoe doesn’t like him either. Louis questions Harvey on the stand and Louis does a good job. Mike questions Rachel, who is pretending to be Donna.

It appears that Mike plans to be very harsh with Donna on the stand, using her claims as being the city's best legal secretary against her. Rachel realizes that this is going to be really bad. Louis has Mike take a polygraph in an attempt to get him to give up info about Harvey. He asks Mike about law school and Mike is evasive. But then when Louis comes down hard on him, Mike tells him that he has passed law from Harvard. Well, it appears that he is telling the truth! Mike tells Louis that he does not know anything about the case. He gets up and leaves, promising to get him Donna. Mike reminds Donna that he told her not to destroy the document and Donna broke her promise.

Donna tells Mike about hiring an attorney and having promised she'll avoid the firms until Harvey's trial is over. Mike is pissed at her, saying Harvey could lose his ability to practice law because of her mistake and whatever happens to Harvey, she is going to regret for the rest of her life. When Louis tries to call Jessica for the trial run, she thinks Hardman is trying to make her look bad. She eventually agrees and takes the stand. Louis asks her about Harvey's compensation and how important his trial success is in being a senior partner. He points out that the firm believes in winning at any cost. Harvey and Zoe have a flirty dinner. She asks him if he is worried. He says no. She says the reason they never got together years earlier is he never showed any vulnerability.

She says that the jury needs to care about him and that Harvey needs to show some emotions for them to trust him. Next, Donna shows up for her portion of the questioning. Mike tells Louis to read from the script he gave him. But Louis does not want to follow that script. He asks whether she would have shredded documents for Harvey if he had asked five years ago. She pauses and Louis follows up by asking if she loves Harvey. He brings up her most recent failed relationship and the fact she chose Harvey over him. He then badgers about whether she loves Harvey and Harvey stands up and tells him to stop. Donna is stunned and storms out. In the bathroom Harvey tells Louis he crossed the line. Louis tells him Travis won't stop and he was just doing his job. He says what is happening, including with Donna, is all Harvey's fault.

Donna is mad at Mike. He says all he was doing was trying to help Harvey. During the argument Mike gets another idea. Mike is going through all of Travis' cases, looking for something illegal. Hardman finds him working in the conference room and decides to help him. Zoe points out to Jessica that today at the trial the jury saw Harvey was trying to protect Donna; his softer side. Jessica questions Harvey. Jessica tries to establish that Harvey cares about his clients and the people he works with, but he doesn't want anybody to know he cares. She asks why and Harvey says caring is a sign of weakness. Afterwards Harvey asks Zoe if Jessica's questions were her idea. She says yes. Harvey tells her that there is one more witness to call.

Next, Jessica asks Louis if he resents Harvey. He says yes, but also admits that Harvey deserves to be senior partner and is an excellent attorney. And he reluctantly says he doesn't think Harvey committed the fraud. Later, Mike tells Jessica he thinks she should be finding a way to settle. When she says they haven't found a way yet, he tells her he's found something on Travis. Travis pays Harvey a visit, holding a settlement that gets Harvey off the court. Harvey is surprised. The settlement costs every partner in the firm $100,000. Hardman likes it as he feels that if they can share their wins, they should also share the losses. The idea was to keep Harvey from getting disbarred and they got it. But Jessica thinks she can win at trial.

Hardman tells them he's found dirt on Travis, but doesn't tell them what it is. The partners should take a vote on this. Harvey realizes this was Mike’s idea and tells Mike they're not going to take the deal. Mike thinks it is because he doesn't trust Hardman. Mike counters that if they take it to trial it will cost them a whole lot more than money. The partner vote is a tie. Harvey then votes for settlement. Jessica doesn’t look too happy. The partners begin to leave and at that instant Hardman calls upon a meeting to discuss whether the firm should retain Jessica’s position as managing partner she has been showing poor sense of judgment lately which could harm the firm; or whether he should resume control of Pearson-Hardman. The episode ends.