Back at the office, Jessica isn't remotely sympathetic to Harvey's situation; she just still wants him to make it go away. She decides it's time to tell Hardman, but Harvey doesn't want her to, now that he already passed up a chance to say something himself earlier. Jessica told him to keep it quiet, you'll recall. "The one time you listen to me," she laments. She adds that the only way to fix it is to negotiate a settlement, which Harvey can't do after getting them fired, but Harvey says that also means there's no reason he can't strong-arm them. "Gotta go."
In the conference room, Louis and Mike are deposing Durham Foods' VP of Market Research on video with the plaintiff's attorney present. Louis picks at the exec's scab at repeatedly being passed over for promotions. He commiserates, quite sincerely, over how it feels to work so hard and then get overlooked, a performance that doesn't go over Mike's head. It also works on the witness, who agrees with Louis's accusation that they're suing Liquid Water because their own product sucks. "There's nothing wrong with your ad campaign and that's the truth." And Louis wants this battle to go on for months? There's not going to be anything left of the other company in a week at this rate.
Mike is impressed with Louis all over again, and on the way to the elevator they excitedly discuss next steps, which Louis tries to cap off with a Chariots of Fire quote that does go over Mike's head. Louis wants the subpoenas on his desk in the morning, but amends that to, "Make it the afternoon, because you've earned it." So that'll be good when he finds out Mike's also working with Harvey.
In the Coastal Motors parking ramp, Harvey ambushes Kemp and says he knows about Sarah Layton. Kemp plays dumb and then plays weasel, but Harvey physically pushes him down onto the hood of his car. "That's what a solid front end feels like, but you didn't make one. So when Frank Randall's car hit the divider at fifty times the force that you just felt, it crumpled and split him in half. Then I savaged his reputation, all because you looked me in the eye and told me your hood was rock-solid." He tells Kemp to pay the plaintiffs, or Harvey's telling. Basically.
Next morning, Mike delivers the subpoenas to a proud Louis, saying, "War doesn't wait until the afternoon." Their shared good mood is squashed when Hardman soberly tells them that Durham Foods just declared bankruptcy. Mike thinks that means they win, but Louis is disappointed that their countersuit will be at the back of the line. "I'm sorry, I know you've been working on this for weeks," Hardman tells them both. That's news to Mike, but he doesn't rat out Louis to Hardman. In fact, as Hardman moves on and he and Louis proceed to the latter's office Mike suggests they advise their client to buy Durham Foods for the value of its other products. Win-win, which is usually Harvey's thing, but Louis likes it anyway. Back in the privacy of Louis's office, he asks Mike why he covered for him with Hardman. Mike starts to give Louis a pity-party in regard to his speech on being underappreciated, but thinks better of it and amends, "I've just really enjoyed working with you, Louis." That's a surprise for Louis, who thinks Harvey's been sabotaging the relationship between the two of them. So Mike sits down and points out the shitty things Louis has been doing to him since Season One, Episode Two, which Louis blows off, saying that it's water under the bridge. Mike points out that Louis wouldn't let things like that go if somebody had done it to him and Louis chokes out a promise to take Mike's thoughts under advisement, which is as close to an apology as he can bring himself. Mike gets up to leave, but Louis isn't done, thinking (correctly) that there's still something up. "My spider-parts are tingling," he says. "Please don't ever say things like that," Mike begs. Louis knows Harvey's up to something, and wants to know what it is. Mike lies that he doesn't know, but Louis doesn't believe him for a second. But there's nothing Louis can do about that... oh ha ha, who are we kidding?