Ava leans forward and actually chokes up a bit as she says her company spent $100 million more than anyone else, on the condition that the money be used to relocate people affected by the pipeline. "What happened over there sickens me. I lose sleep over it every night." And she says she's going to shut down the whole thing as soon as the case is over. "Is that a good enough trial run for you?" Ava gets up and leave, and Mike murmurs, "Holy shit." Harvey agrees, "She didn't do it." Or else she's an even better liar than they thought.
Meanwhile, Louis is already getting a board member from Hessington Oil to agree that he'll recommend that the board not vote Ava out, but hire Pearson Darby.
Katrina finds Mike looking pensive, and he tells her about the practice deposition. Ava completely convinced Mike, and he's considering letting her testify. He even shows Katrina the video so she can see for herself.
Later, Katrina meets Louis as he's coming back from talking to the board member. Louis tells her Ava's going to be out on her ass tomorrow, and Katrina says, "Then we still have time. She's innocent."
Late that evening, Harvey finds Mike down in the empty bullpen and tells him they're going to let Ava address the board. He's confident they'll convince them that the company needs her to stay in charge, the same way she convinced him and Mike she was innocent. He tells Mike to have Louis set it up, which he thinks Louis will love. "Having her talk is what he wanted to do in the first place."
Upstairs, Jessica finds Louis still in his office and tells him to go home. Louis says he can't; "She didn't do it." Jessica's all, "See you in the morning." Louis doesn't get it, but Jessica insists that Ava still needs to be pushed out. Louis argues that Ava's innocence changes everything and even says that "Ava Hessington is Hessington Oil," but Jessica isn't budging. "This conversation did happen. And it's over."
Next morning, Donna again encounters Stephen at the copier for some more banter and to agree on the same time tomorrow night. Donna struts out, and Rachel waylays to ask about the way Stephen lays (sorry). Donna's pretty pleased with how it went the night before. Rachel asks Donna what Harvey thinks, which Donna can't believe she didn't think about. Don't worry, Donna, nobody else believes that either. But she assures Rachel that she'll tell Harvey as soon as he gets back.
Mike and Harvey are about to get into the car to the board meeting, when suddenly Ava gets out of a car in front of them, livid over having just been voted out by the board. Harvey and Mike are both caught flat-footed , and Ava blames them for allowing this to happen by not letting her speak in the first place. They argue that a closed-door meeting is different from an interview, and Ava says that this worked out great for Harvey because not only was she voted out, Pearson Darby is now Hessington Oil's legal counsel. Harvey looks pretty disgusted for someone who supposedly got what he wanted.