Harvey: But this doesn't change the fact that this is what he does. He's coming back, and people are going to have to choose sides.
Mike: Can I choose his side?
Harvey: Sure. Support a man you've never met over a partner who knows you never went to Harvard, knows you're not really a lawyer, and is keeping you on, anyway.
Mike: Jessica, it is.

The Choice is the second episode of the second season of Suits and the 14th overall. It first aired on June 21, 2012.


As Hardman makes it clear he's back to stay, Jessica tasks Harvey with helping shore up support for her within the firm - but Harvey's penchant for winning may create more enemies than friends.

Synopsis Edit

Things aren't looking good for Mike after he is almost fired after Trevor spilled the beans to Jessica in the final episode of season 1. Mike is also well delighted to know that Rachel still harbors romantic feelings for him after finally hearing the message he missed because of Trevor.

Jessica is surprised to see construction going around at the law firm without her permission and assumes it is all Daniel Hardman. Even her beloved tea set is being taken away from her office into the supposed new office. Louis walks in and wonders why the walls aren't taupe as this was Hardman's request. He wonders who he should now report to now that the founding partner is back and because Hardman asked him to summarize all the cases the law firm handled while he was gone. Jessica tells him it's still she who Louis answers to and that they work closely together when in the truth Jessica and Daniel will not be on the same page. Harvey asks why she hid the truth and tells him that "you don't let the children know that mommy and daddy are fighting".

Mike is excited to see Rachel and tell her that he finally got her message, but before Mike can tell her how he feels for her, Louis gets in the middle and demands that he needs Rachel. Just as she leaves Mike plants a long kiss on her.

Jessica walks into Harvey's office to talk about how different departments feel about Harvey. Donna interrupts from her desk just as Jessica is about to ask about real estate saying that Harvey is horrible to the real estate people, as well as contracts, taxes, mergers and summarizes that all these people don't like Harvey because he thinks he is right all the time. She thinks they're barely known at bankruptcy though, as Jessica is assigning Harvey to a case of bankruptcy to Paul Porter's client. Mike is having a good time eating a pineapple flower from an omelet bar which Hardman brought for the associates. Harvey tells him to not trust Daniel because he doesn't know who he is yet: Hardman had embezzled funds from clients to support his mistress, while lying the money was for his wife's cancer treatments. Mike wants to side with Daniel instead of Jessica at first but when Harvey tells him his job will be in jeopardy if he goes to Daniel's side and that Jessica choose to keep him despite him being a fraud, he switches side. Harvey assigns something about Paul Porter to Mike.

Louis asks Donna what is really going on between Daniel and Jessica and even tries bribing her with tickets to a show she desperately wants to watch starring Meryl Streep and Glen Close if she tells him. Feeling used by Louis, Donna keeps her mouth shut but Louis lets her know if she's ready to talk, he'll give her a ticket. Mike flirts with Rachel and lets her know that he broke up with Jenny for her. They almost kiss when an executive walks by and Mike playfully switches to work. He asks her why she went out with Kyle during their double date when she doesn't even like him, then tells her to tell him about it on a date.

Harvey meets with Paul on a golf course and they talk about the changes happening around the office. Harvey then promises to handle Tom, Paul's client to foreclose Madison 25 to save Paul's reputation. In exchange Harvey asks to support Jessica at the firm.

Harvey and Mike meet up with Tom Clapper and talk about foreclosing Madison 25. Tom doesn't want to declare bankruptcy, then Harvey throws out a football analogy that if Peyton Manning goes down and the team loses games, the team must move on and let go of some things in order to protect assets (that being letting go of Manning). Harvey tells Tom that he owes a quarter billion already and needs to let go to protect his own assets. Tom lets them know that is not about him or his future but is about his family name. Tom then comes up with his own football analogy that when team is about to lose, a quarterback throws a Hail Mary pass. Harvey counters that with the fact that a team does that if the team has nothing to lose; though in this case, Tom does. When almost all else fails and Tom makes his case, Mike comes up with an idea. 

Donna goes to Louis's office to ask if it is possible to have the 250 million loan debt extended for Tom, but when Donna tells him that the bank is National Metropolitan, Louis becomes doubtful. Louis asks for a detail in Daniel and Jessica's rift in exchange for the debt extension and Donna asks for the show tickets. Deal is done.

Harvey and Mike talk to a bank representative about the foreclosure hold on Madison 25; that Tom will have the assets to make the bank a lot of money. But the bank tells them that what matters is the current assets the property has and that they will not be able to liquidate any of the property's assets as of now. 

Mike and Rachel try to set up some dating ground rules in the library when Louis walks in and remind Rachel about her assignment. Mike is not too pleased with it and reminds Louis that if he wants Rachel to summarize all the firm's cases, then he is going to have to wait. Mike then tries to make Louis jealous by telling him that Hardman invited all the associates to a Bruce Springsteen concert. Louis claims he doesn't care about it because he doesn't want to spend his evening with a bunch of associates.

Harvey finds Paul in his office and tells him why they did what they did with Madison 25 case, which Paul is not happy about because he is trying to protect Tom's future. Harvey tells him to trust him on this one; but Paul is not happy and forces Harvey to have Tom sign the bankruptcy papers. Harvey sees Mike deep in his research about the Madison 25 case and comes up with a new plan since Paul is not biting with their original plan. Mike informs Harvey that there are 8 projects in the 2-block radius of Madison 25 and were all built after Madison 25. He tells Harvey that this means that Madison 25 is the centerpiece of all this new properties. 6 of these properties are even backed by National metropolitan. This means that if Madison 25 closes then most of these new properties wont be doing good and that they need madison 25 to build up their own properties. 

Mike and Harvey go to the bank again to see the rep and inform her that they would be pursuing maintaining Madison 25. They inform her that they found out the reason the bank is pursuing in leveraging the foreclosure of Madison 25; is to sell prime real estate cheaply in the other properties. They inform her that three of the properties surrounding Madison 25 are represented by Pearson Hardman and that if the bank forecloses Madison 25, they'll take their business elsewhere and even support the remaining properties. The bank rep then gives up on both men and approves a new loan.

Louis is seen on a meeting with a Arnie Berenson, a headhunter at Berenson-O'neill. Arnie tells Louis that there are plenty of other firms that would be happy to have him. Arnie gives Louis a choice and hands him his card.

While out on their first date, Rachel tells Mike that honesty is what he likes in a man after Mike confesses that Donna helped him in picking a good restaurant for their date. This doesn't go well with Mike as he is still conflicted about keeping the fact that he didn't graduate from Harvard from Rachel. They kiss and Mike waits for Rachel to leave in a cab.

Mike goes to Harvey's luxurious apartment to tell him that he needs to tell Rachel the complete truth. He tells Harvey that all the lies come back to haunt him and that he thinks telling Rachel will finally close the door on his past. Harvey doesn't approve and just as Mike is walking out the door Harvey tells him that if if Mike tells Rachel and it goes to Hardman -  he, Mike and even Jessica will be in big trouble. Harvey reminds him of what he had to go through to protect Mike and if he throws it all away, Harvey threatens him that he will be fired.

The next morning Jessica pays Harvey a visit at his apartment and is not thrilled at what Harvey did to threaten the bank. She says that she specifically told Harvey to do what Paul asks him to do and that Tom is not even Harvey's client. Harvey still sees the light at the end of the tunnel with his plan but Jessica orders him not to pitch his idea to the client and just do what Paul asks him to do.

Rachel tells Donna about her date with Mike and boasts that the are very comfortable with each other. She tells her that they found a way to not let the firm know about their relationship. Donna advises Mike about his recent run-in with Harvey in his apartment. Mike thinks that Harvey doesn't care about Mike's happiness. Donna drags Mike into Harvey's office and tells him that Harvey had to fight tooth and nail to keep Mike on and even threatened Jessica that if Mike goes, he would go as well. Mike can't believe it. Donna tells him that if he cares so much about Rachel then he doesn't have a choice but to break up with her. A moment of emotion is seen as Donna tells Mike that the feelings go away after a break up and that it is still possible that they can work with each other because of Donna's experience with Harvey when they were still working at the DA office.

Louis is waiting to speak with Jessica about something important when Paul Porter interrupts them. Jessica gives Louis a stern look, to which he replies begrudgingly "it can wait". Louis goes into his office and looks at the card he received from Arnie Berenson, when a messenger arrives and gives him a package. The package contains a gift from Daniel Hardman and when Louis opens it, he is delighted to see it is an audio recorder that Louis wanted. He then hides Arnie Berenson's card as if now he knows he can side with Daniel Hardman and stay with the firm.

Harvey tells Mike that Jessica rejected their deal with Tom and that bankruptcy should be the answer. Harvey is not pleased that he has to follow orders from Jessica and even Paul when there is a solution to the problem. Harvey tells Mike that he should also do the right thing in his conflict with Rachel. Harvey and Mike meet with Paul and Tom in the conference room to tell Tom about the deal. Harvey tells Tom that they were able to renegotiate the terms of the loan, and his payments would be further delayed. Harvey makes it clear that the decision means no bankruptcy nor foreclosure. Paul is not pleased and after Tom says that he will never forget what Harvey has done, he echos the same phrase, with much darker sentiment.

Harvey meets with Jessica at the building's rooftop, and she explains that she feels betrayed by Harvey's actions. Harvey says that despite the situation he has created with the bankruptcy department, it will be great for her and the real estate department. She clarifies that she doesn't have a problem with real estate but it was Harvey they hated. She can't believe that Harvey would put himself in front of her and that Harvey just doesn't care. Jessica now feels betrayed and alone in her power struggle with Hardman.

Mike meets up with Rachel at a hotdog stand to break up with her. Rachel is confused. Mike tells her of Colin McCarthy, a first year associate Rachel used to date but when they broke up Colin's career went down the drain and he eventually got fired. Mike says that he will somehow screw up their relationship and have the same fate as Colin. Rachel can tell Mike is lying, but comes to the conclusion that he thinks she is not good enough for him. She tells him as much and storms off.   

Jessica finds Louis in Hardman's office, and he makes several comments to the effect that he has been trying to make sure Harman's office is perfect for his return. She apologizes to him for blowing him off earlier, saying it was urgent, and offers to hear him out now giving him her full attention. After already choosing to side with Hardman, he tells Jessica curtly that he no longer needed to speak with her.

Harvey finds Mike deep in research and checks in on him. Mike lets Harvey know that he did what he wanted him to do, it is obvious that he is upset with Harvey about it. Harvey lets Mike know that he knows he is right about dumping Rachel but Mike tells him that it doesn't make him a better man. As he leaves, Mike sees an unhappy Rachel heading into the elevator, salt in his open wound.

In the last scene of the episode, Harvey brings Jessica's tea set back into her office and lets her know that she is not alone with her endeavor with Daniel.

 Cast Edit

Main Cast Edit

Guest Cast Edit

  • Michael Cristofer as Paul
  • Ian Kahn as Tom Klapperich
  • Nadia Dajani as Elaine Cohen
  • Gordon S. Miller as Arnie Berenson
  • Michal Grzejszczak as Messenger
  • Karen Malina White as Doris Miller


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