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|Blood in the Water|
|Season 02, Episode 12|
|Air Date||January 24, 2013|
|Next||Zane vs. Zane|
The war with Daniel may be over, but the battle has left Pearson Hardman vulnerable, and a rival's attack on the firm seems as personal as it is professional. Meanwhile, Louis and Mike are forced to pay the price for their actions.
Mike finally decides to get rid of his stash of weed by vacuuming it and throwing it out with a bag of other things. At the office, Donna Paulsen waits for Harvey to arrive to give him urgent news. But first, they discuss the change of name of Pearson Hardman; Harvey comments that "Pearson" does not have the same ring to it, and Donna suggests "Pearson Paulsen". She then changes the topic and asks about his weekend with Zoe before realizing through Harvey's odd behavior that the weekend never happened.
Moving onto business, Donna tells Harvey that he needs to meet with one of his clients, Trent Devon. He then asks for Mike and becomes furious when he finds out that Mike hasn't come in to work yet. During his meeting with Trent, Trent tells Harvey about his concerns about the changes at the firm and the effect it may have on his company and is even considering leaving Pearson Hardman for another firm.
Meanwhile, Jessica also approaches Louis about another client, Bernie Carillo, threatening to leave. Louis then confronts Jessica about not letting him hire his own associate while she let Harvey hire a fifth-year. Jessica then retorts, reminding him that she had warned him about voting for Hardman against her, and she is willing to put that behind her if Louis contributes to the firm and does something about the leaving clients. Louis then finds Harold and chastises him about the client.
When Mike finally comes in, he brings Donna her very precisely blended latte and does not listen when Donna tries to warn him about Harvey's mood. Harvey then starts reprimanding Mike and threatens to fire him if he does not "get his shit together", which Mike was doing that caused Mike to be late in the first place.
That night, Donna tells Harvey that he might have gone too far with Mike. She then quotes him telling Mike earlier that "People don't leave [him]," realizing that he might actually be referring to Zoe. He finally tells her that it is Zoe, and that she is leaving to take care of her niece whose father is dying. She then tells him that he shouldn't be taking out his frustrations on Mike.
Elsewhere, Mike is drinking alone at a bar when Jimmy appears and sits with him, saying he owes him one for making him quit Pearson Hardman, which then led him to work at Bratton Gould. He then tells him that working at that firm is great and then invites Mike to work with him. Mike refuses but finds out the names of two of the associates who will be transferring: Clarke and Owens. He then goes immediately to Harvey's apartment to tell him, and they realize that the firm must also be poaching their clients, particularly Trent Devon. Harvey then immediately thinks of Allison Holt and Daniel Hardman, speculating their involvement and their grudge against Pearson Hardman.
The next day, Jessica and Harvey has a meeting with Allison Holt in their under construction building. When asked about it, Allison denies any involvement with Daniel, and they then tell her about the tortious interference claim they are filing against them for using privileged information to target their clients. Allison just scoffs at it and goes on to taunt them about more possible future attacks on the firm, saying everyone knows about the civil war the firm had gone through.
At the firm, Louis goes to Rachel for an update about the Carillo contracts and finds out that they have lost the client. He then goes straight to Harold, despite Rachel's objections, and fires him in front of the other associates, warning them that they cannot afford incompetence at a time like that. Later, as Harold packs up his things, he tells Mike about how good he is and even shows him his record at Harvard which then impresses Mike enough to try to talk Louis out of firing him. Louis then lists some of the big mistakes Harold has made over his years at the firm. After getting Louis to agree, however, he set conditions that Mike will be responsible for Harold when he stays, which Mike does not agree to, given his already full load with Harvey's assignments.
Harvey and Donna then go over the clients and decide on tactics to woo them to keep them. Then, through his recent discovery from Harold, Mike comes in and tells them that two other fifth-year associates: McKinney and Kline, and that all four of these fifth-year associates are in fact the best ones under Louis.
Harvey then goes to confront Louis, assuming that Louis has been telling Allison Holt who to hire, which Louis denies. In a fit of anger, Harvey trashes Louis' desk and tells him that he is now unwanted in the firm.
Louis then sets up a meeting with Allison and offers to transfer to Bratton Gould. He asks her why they have been going after his associates but not him, and Allison replies that despite being aware of his very impressive record, his loyalties apparently waver according to Daniel Hardman. Louis then tells her that he is leaving Pearson Hardman because he is no longer wanted there, and when Allison points out the non-compete clause in his contract, he reveals that Jessica will waive the clause if he does not take clients with him. Because of this information, Allison gets away with only offering him a junior partnership which Louis questions but agrees to anyway.
Harvey's clients are all secure except for Trent Devon. Mike finds out what deal Bratton Gould may have made with Trent. Mike finds out that a company, Flash-Start, has recently spoken about its interest in Trent's work, and apparently, Allison represents a hedge fund that's about to buy controlling interest. This deal will offer him a lot of money and he gets to run both companies. Harvey realizes that the deal is too good to be true, so he goes to Trent and tells him that he wants to check the terms of the agreement and will let him go if that is what he really wants.
Back at the office, Louis approaches Jessica and asks her to waive his non-compete contract terms so he could take a position at another firm. Jessica realizes that Allison had gotten to her, but Louis says he was the one who approached Allison, saying he got Harvey's message that he was no longer welcome at Pearson Hardman. Louis also tells her that he was not the one tipping off Allison about the good associates, and Jessica tells him that he was willing to give him one more chance because she knows what it was liked to be played by Daniel Hardman. Jessica, having no clue about what Harvey has done, tells Louis that she sees his worth and wants him to stay but waives his non-compete anyway.
Harvey later drops Mike off at the firm so he could find out what's too good about the deal, but not before Mike questions his real intentions at "helping" Trent. Before he could get into the building though, a man revealed to be Tess' husband jumps him. Mike recognizes him and apologizes, but Tess' husband continues to beat him up anyway, warning him to stay away from Tess.
Louis, close to tears, leaves his resignation letter on Jessica's desk, packs his things and begins to leave when he sees a bleeding Mike stumbling from the elevator. Louis, who has experience with first aid kits because his cat often got into fights before, takes care of his wounds. Mike then asks him why he was about to leave when he saw him, and Louis tells him about Harvey no longer wanting him there. When Mike tells him that he should not quit for Harvey's sake, Louis tells him that his rivalry with Harvey was not always like this: that it was once healthy and was strictly in the office only, and once office hours are over, they "punched out", and so did their spiteful relationship. But now, apparently, Harvey never punches out anymore, and he cannot take any more of it any longer. Mike then suggests redeeming himself through action as well, starting with helping him on Trent's case.
The next day, Jessica tells Harvey that Louis is quitting because of him and rebukes him for it, saying he is "off his game". Mike then walks in on them, and when Jessica sees his bruised face, he tries to explain himself but to no avail. Harvey then demands to know what happened to him, intent on kicking whoever beat him's ass, but Mike refuses to answer, telling Harvey that he does not want to because of the story he had told him about his parents in High Noon. Harvey stops asking and tells him that he "got off easy".
Mike then tells him that the deal Trent will make with Allison will screw him over, that after the deal, they are just going to sell Trent's company and that the firm only wanted to take Trent away from Pearson Hardman as their client. Harvey realizes that Mike had help from Louis, and Mike tells him that he is now certain Louis didn't betray them.
Harvey later meets with Allison to tell her the bad news.. for Bratton Gould: Trent is letting go of Allison's deal and staying with Pearson Hardman, and that their hedge fund client, Edelson Investments, will also be moving to Pearson Hardman. Allison is apparently not disappointed. Allison then offers Harvey to come work at Bratton Gould. Harvey, of course, declines, and Allison questions his position and future at the firm. She then warns Harvey that the battle is just beginning for them, saying other firms now know that Pearson Hardman is vulnerable.
Meanwhile, Mike meets with Jimmy again. Jimmy is more than enthusiastic to recruit Mike, saying he will look good for bringing a good lawyer like Mike in, so he is disappointed when he finds out that Mike wanted him to hire Harold for him instead. He is, however, impressed by the grade Harold has on his resume and still owes Mike a favor, so he agrees.
Harvey reports to Jessica his successes of the day, and Jessica commends him for it. Harvey then tells her that he and Mike were offered positions at Bratton Gould. When Harvey tells Jessica that he wants to be a name partner, though, she blows him off. Harvey insists that getting rid of the Hardman name of the firm will send out a message to the attacking firms that they are recovered, but Jessica counters that she will not rush a decision that big. She then compares Mike's lack of a degree to Harvey's lack of discretion.
Mike then talks to Rachel, telling her that Harold now has a job. Rachel, seeing Mike's shiner, then asks if her husband found out. She then tells him that she no longer cares, even after Mike tells her that he has ended things with Tess.
Harvey then goes to Louis with his resignation paper and tears it up in front of him, telling him without words that he does not want him to quit.
- Written By :
- Directed By :
- Creator : Aaron Korsh
- Gabriel Macht - Harvey Specter
- Patrick J Adams - Mike Ross
- Rick Hoffman - Louis Litt
- Meghan Markle - Rachel Zane
- Sarah Rafferty - Donna Paulsen
- Gina Torres - Jessica Pearson
- Diane Neal as Allison Holt
- Pooch Hall as Jimmy
- Jon Foster as Trent Devon
- Max Topplin as Harold Gunderson
- Brett Donahue as Tess' husband