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Mike: That woman with Rachel, I took the LSATs for her a couple years ago. If she saw me, she could blow my cover.
Harvey: Oh, really? And how would that go? "Excuse me, when I was cheating for my LSATs, that was the guy who took the test for me"?

Tricks of the Trade is the sixth episode of the first season of Suits and the 6th overall. It first aired on July 28, 2011.

Overview

Mike and Harvey work together to defend a woman who they believe has been falsely accused of insider trading. Meanwhile, Mike struggles to hide his secret from Rachel after volunteering to help her study for her entry exam for law school.

Synopsis

At the Department of Justice's office, Harvey is negotiating a deal with Becky, a judge Harvey has known since his job at the DA's Office, regarding his clients, Burt Kimball and Dean Morello, and the employee they think is responsible, Gabby Stone. Gabby is accused of insider trading, so they decide on a deal that will finally exonerate Harvey's clients that Gabby must agree to.

At the firm, Harvey tells Mike that he is letting him sit in and observe the meeting with the client and the DOJ representatives when Mike nervously hides when Rachel Zane and a friend passes. Mike reveals that the woman is in fact one of his customers that he took the LSAT for, to which Harvey scoffs at, saying that she won't blow Mike's cover because if she does, then so will hers.

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"I get to sit in?" "With your head down and your mouth shut."

At the conference room, the full details of the case are revealed: Gabby Stone works as a trader for the company of Harvey's clients and one day, she apparently purchased $10 million worth of stocks in Lunardi pharmaceuticals just a day before their FDA approval, therefore tripling the money she receives. Although Harvey's clients claim that they had no involvement with her trade, Gabby and her lawyer insist that she purchased those stocks for Harvey's clients based on a tip sheet they gave her. Harvey then tells her that he managed to make a good deal with the DOJ for her which decreased her prison sentence from 7 years to 11 months and that she will be brought there personally without need for a perp walk. Knowing she has no chance if it goes on, she gives up and says she will sign the deal.

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"You here to make sure I don't change my mind about the deal?"

Morello and Kimball leave and Gabby's attorney asks Harvey to give her a minute so the two look over the papers in the office, leaving Mike to look after Gabby. Gabby tells Mike about the plans she had for her future, particularly teaching, which may no longer happen because of her conviction, and gets emotional. Mike then gets her a glass of water outside the conference room and gets sucked in a conversation with Rachel about her friend, Theresa, who was a former paralegal at Pearson Hardman and is now applying for a summer internship there. Mike gets nervous, and even more so when he finds that Gabby has escaped.

Harvey and Mike visit Morello, and Mike takes mental notes of Gabby's colleagues. Later, he finds out that Morello's traders meet for drinks at a certain bar, and joins them, claiming to be an old friend of one of them, and encouraging them to drink and brag about their most successful trades. This way, he finds out about a number of possibly fraudulent trades, which he hands over to Harvey.

In the end, Gabby is exonerated, thanks to Mike and Harvey.

Cast

Main Cast

Guest Cast

  • Vanessa Ray as Jenny Griffith
  • Max Topplin as Harold Gunderson
  • Jenny Mollen as Gabby Stone
  • Peter MacNeill as Dean Morello
  • Doug Murray as Burt Kimball
  • Ben Lewis as Seth Keller
  • Tracie Thoms as Becky
  • JR Bourne as Samuel Tull
  • Avery Pearson as Bradley Reger
  • Jeananne Goossen as Theresa
  • Paul Essiembre as Nick Zegan
  • Dan Warry-Smith as Vince Landis
  • Donald Burda as Judge Renee Aubuchon
  • Paul Kingston as Sweaty Guy

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