Louis: Okay, you know what? That's exactly why I'm here.
Harvey: To be mocked?
Louis: No, to set clear ground rules, to keep the negotiation above board. [...] Point one. We both agree to use the independent valuations.
Harvey: Absolutely. Good point.
Louis: Point two. You do not call Jessica in to mediate. This is you and me.
Harvey: You afraid mom's gonna take my side?
Louis: No, I know mom's gonna take your side.
Harvey: Because I'd be right.
Louis: Point three. Chinese wall. You can't access any internal documents that I create. Let's make Jessica proud. We do this right, everyone walks away happy.
Harvey: Wonderful. [to Mike] Don't worry. We'll still crush him.
Louis: I heard that.
Harvey: You were meant to.

Rules of the Game is the eleventh episode of the first season of Suits and the 11th overall. It first aired on September 1, 2011.


Harvey's former mentor turns to his protégé when his office comes under investigation. Elsewhere, Mike and Louis try to settle a mogul's estate in the midst of family clashes, and Jenny worries that Mike is hiding something.


Jenny begins questioning Mike about his true relationship with Rachel after Louis tells her that he knows something is going on between Mike and Rachel. Mike insists that they are just friends. Jenny then insists that she and Mike go out on a double date with Rachel (that is if Rachel can find somebody she can go out with) so Jenny can get to know Rachel more and they can start a kindly friendship. Mike then says yes with hesitation.

On the way to the office, Harvey spots an old colleague in Cameron Dennis (played by Gary Cole). Harvey then introduces Mike to Cameron, telling him that he was his mentor when he was still working at the at the DA office. Cameron invites Harvey to dinner to do some catching up.

At the office, Mike and Rachel try to find out if Harvey worked as a prosecutor while working with Cameron. He also forces Rachel to go on a double date with him and Jenny after Louis spills the beans to Jenny about what he probably saw when Rachel kissed Mike. Rachel also says yes with hesitation.

Louis is caught quoting Peter Sellers to Jessica by Harvey and Harvey jokingly tells Louis that it was everyone's best interest if Louis leaves law to become a music critic. Jessica tells both men that Malcolm Price, a media mogul that has made Pearson Hardman a fortune has recently died. He has listed 10 companies including a tabloid company that has made Price a rich man to his estate and wanted to share this evenly to his two daughters, Madison and Kelsey (half sisters). Harvey wonders why the case is being handed to him too if Louis is there. Jessica tells him that he has a "knack for bringing parties together who don't see eye to eye" and Louis is there as well because Price requested him to divide the estate equally when he dies. Jessica requests that both men put their difference aside and work together to divide the fortune equally to both daughters

Harvey and Mike speak to Kelsey while Louis speak to Madison. Kelsey says that the tabloid, Nothing but the Truth, is both her and her father's prized possession  to which Madison hated so much. Kelsey says to Harvey and Mike that Madison hates her because she thinks that Kelsey is the reason why Price left Madison's mother to marry Kelsey's mother. Madison tells Louis to sell the tabloid just to make Kelsey's life miserable to which is going against their father's will. 

Mike asks Donna why she didn't tell him that Harvey used to work at the DA office. Donna doesn't wanna tell Mike because he doesn't want to uncover the truth to which will hurt Harvey's credibility as a lawyer - big time. Louis sets up ground rules for who wins the Malcolm Price fortune case including not going in each other's internal documents. Louis sets up a wager to which if Louis wins, he gets Mike's services and nothing in return if Harvey wins. Mike is surprised and confused why Harvey would agree to that but Harvey tells Mike that he's sure they would win.

Harvey spots Alexandra Leeds a former colleague who now works for the attorney general and wants to talk about Cameron Dennis. Harvey is confused what is there to talk about him. Leeds tells Harvey that the attorney general is having Dennis investigated over allegations of tampering of evidence so he can win. Nobody from Dennis' firm want to testify since they all still work for Dennis. Leeds then had Harvey subpoena so he will testify in front of a grand jury since he used to work for Dennis. Harvey knows if they uncover the truth his reputation will be badly hurt and may be fired from the firm since some of the cases where Dennis tampered the evidence was Harvey's cases. Dennis reveals to Harvey the true reason of their date was that so he can assure that Harvey got his back during the trial. Harvey wants Dennis to settle however Dennis knows that during his time whatever may have happened, both of them put the real bad guys to jail.

Harvey asks Donna what she will do if she was in Harvey's shoes since Donna used to work with Harvey as well at the DA office. Donna tells him he's tell him everything and watch him suffer in hell with pleasure. Mike comes in and tells Harvey that the tabloid that Malcolm Price had was a growing fortune and if Kelsey can have it, she is set for life. Harvey puts the whole case in Mike's shoulder and Mike isn't too proud of that. Harvey tells him if Louis loses he'll get the concert tickets Louis want to go to not because Harvey wants to go to the concert but so he can watch Louis cry. 

Harvey asks Rachel if she already has a date for their planned double date. Rachel insists she already has and is ready for the date. Mike goes to Louis' office to talk about division of assets between the two fighting sisters. Louis could not believe that Harvey put the case solely on Mike and is confident he can beat Mike. Mike talks about division of  the 10 companies that goes to Kelsey so a certain percentage goes to Madison. Louis refuses all alternative proposals telling Mike that his client only wants Kelsey to not get the tabloid. Louis tells Mike to get off Harvey's back and let him settle the case himself.

A part of Harvey's past is told when he tells Jessica that he saw Dennis bury the key evidence that would let the defense walk. Jessica asks why he didn't report it. Harvey then says that Jessica put him there to be mentored and that was why he just left. Harvey absolutely does not want to expose Dennis of his actions because he was his mentor. Jessica says he will represent Harvey in the deposition and defend his credibility.

Mike goes out with Jenny on a double date with Rachel and her date who is Kyle, Mike's rival associate at the firm. Mike asks Kyle how long he and Rachel have been dating and tells him that ever since he beat Mike at the mock trial, they "bonded" to which Mike knows Rachel does not like Kyle at all. Rachel asks Jenny how long she and Mike have been dating; Jenny tells her that it all started when she used to date Trevor but she and Mike were in love from the beginning. Mike tells Kyle to back off Rachel when he tries to put her hand on her and play with her, which annoys Jenny because she saw that Mike was looking at Rachel in the same way he was looking at Jenny when she was still with Trevor. Jenny then gives Mike a choice of whether he still wants to be with her or if he wishes to be with Rachel.

Alexandra Leeds tries to grill Harvey during the deposition and begins by clarifying to him his tremendous record as assistant DA. She then asks Harvey about his relationship with Cameron Dennis. Harvey then says that wanted her to get the internship with Dennis so he could go to law school and ultimately land a job at Pearson Hardman. Alexander then grills Harvey about the said tampering of evidence and if he was in anyway involved which violated the code.

Harvey asks Mike why he botched the negotiation with Louis. Mike tells him that all that Louis' client wants is the tabloid, so Mike masterminds a plan to give Madison the tabloid and get all the employees and their knowledge since their contract was expiring and start a new company. Louis then approaches both men and tells them that he renewed the contract of all employees - thus destroying Mike's plans. It was revealed that Louis got into the documents that Mike was preparing for his plan violating Louis' own rules to which Harvey uses to their advantage.

Harvey and Jessica meet up with Alexandra Leeds and Alexandra hands Harvey the specific cases to which Cameron Dennis not only tampered the evidence but also got rid of witness testimony and falsifying DNA records. She tells Harvey that Dennis is a dirty public servant and need his help to get rid of him. Alexandra blackmails Harvey that if he doesn't help get rid of Dennis, she will have Harvey disbarred because of suspicions that Harvey helped with the tampering.

Donna finds out that one of the companies that will go to Kelsey wants to buy the tabloid while helping Mike with the fax machine. He does not want Donna to tell Louis that. Harvey goes to work in his research which was so not Harvey since he doesn't do his own research but then he tells Mike that if he was to go up in a grand jury, anything can happen and he can lose no matter his track record and intelligence. Mike gives Harvey an advice to which Harvey surprisingly takes his word for.

Harvey goes to Cameron Dennis' house and convinces him to step down as DA instead of going to jail. Harvey reminds him of a specific case, Hector Avila, Harvey's own case to which Dennis tampered the key evidence. Harvey is sure that if found guilty, Harvey will be disbarred because of the Avila case. Dennis tells him that he did the right thing because all the men he put to jail were true murderers and rapists. Harvey then pushes Dennis to make a deal to step down so the trial does not push through and the men he put in jail will stay in jail.    

Madison and Kelsey both signed the agreement that would put the ownership of the tabloid to Madison. What Louis does not know was that Kelsey-owned United International would buy the tabloid. Louis then wanted to speak to Harvey because they cheated. Harvey angrily says that Louis cheated first and that they were just getting back at him. Louis tells Harvey that he was the actual winner in this case since he did not fall for the play acting that Mike put up in the fax machine because he knew that United International was shutting down because of heavy debt, to which Mike is upset about. Harvey then tells Louis to get off his back since both parties got what they wanted which was what Jessica wanted in the first place; however Louis wants to make it clear that he won - as Harvey agrees to it and that he can have Mike for 10 days but Louis does not want him.

Donna speaks to Jessica and believes that Harvey is the victim in the Cameron Dennis case and she feels sorry for him. She hands Jessica some documents that would help Harvey with the case.

At the fax room, things got a little intimate when Rachel puts her hand on Mike's arm. Mike then tells her straight that he did everything he can to get Rachel's heart including faking a marriage for a client to which Mike masterminded so she can get Rachel in real life. Mike insists that Rachel is now flirting with him to which he says is too late because he was with Jenny now. Mike does not want any more playing between him and Rachel to which Rachel replies that if he doesn't want to be her friend, then he can just find another Paralegal to help him and that their friendship is over.

Jessica finds Dennis and tells him to cut a new deal with the attorney general for him to step down to which Dennis refuses at first as he will try to sell Harvey out along with him. Jessica then hands Dennis the documents that Donna gave her which were revealed to be the key evidence in which Dennis tried to bury and reveals to him that that wasn't even the original copy and that she still has it with even more evidence that he tried to tamper. Feeling threatened, Dennis then agrees to step down effective immediately.

Jessica tells Harvey that he does not need to testify anymore as Dennis decided to step down. Harvey is however frustrated after he finds out that he put an 18 year old Clifford Danner to jail and Danner spent his entire adult life in jail even if he was innocent because Dennis buried the evidence that would clear his name. The show ends with Jessica asking what Harvey would do. Harvey tells her that he would use all his powers to get Clifford Danner out.             

 Cast Edit

Main Cast Edit

Recurring CastEdit

Guest Cast Edit

  • Gary Cole as Cameron Dennis
  • as Alexandra Leeds
  • Benjamin Hollingsworth as Kyle Durant
  • Alex Paxton-Beesley as Kelsey Price
  • Megan Fahlenbock as Madison Price
  • Neil Brown Jr. as Clifford Danner


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