After some previouslies that go back five years, we slam into the present day, with Daniel Hardman in the Pearson Hardman conference room. Yes his beardedness is back, after ironically being just about the only man in Lincoln without any facial hair at all. His name's still on the wall of the elevator lobby in the background, and he's deposing Sloane Moseley, the gender discrimination plaintiff who was Harvey and Mike's client last week and apparently still is, because they're at the table as well. He's quizzing her about the executives at her company when he suddenly pivots to the question of gender equality among the senior partners at Pearson Hardman. Mike protests that it isn't relevant, which Hardman says it is, but Harvey says this is supposed to be about Folsom Foods. Hardman feigns confusion and clarifies that the suit they're discussing is in fact against Pearson Hardman, and this is all just a charade so he can serve them with subpoenas for a wrongful termination suit for ten million dollars. Harvey hotly says Hardman is lucky he's not in jail, let alone in any position to sue for wrongful termination, but Mike, actually reading the paperwork, says the suit is on behalf of Monica Eaton, the former Pearson Hardman employee that Hardman was having an affair with -- the very affair Harvey used to blackmail Hardman out of the firm these five years ago. Hardman says it was Mike's idea in the first place. "What this firm did to that woman was unconscionable." Yes, I believe she got screwed by both Pearson and Hardman, albeit in different ways.
Harvey and Hardman take this to Jessica, who calls Hardman a piece of shit. Harvey threatens that if this goes to trial, they'll tell the jury about Hardman's affair with Monica. Which is when Hardman plays his ace: that confidentiality agreement that Jessica signed the night Hardman left. He says this isn't for him, but or Monica Eaton, who wants payback after the suit Mike Ross brought her during the summer episodes. Jessica asks Harvey to escort Hardman out, and he does, but the look he gives Jessica indicates that they'll be having some discussions about that confidentiality agreement.
On the way out, Hardman smugs to Harvey that Mike's complaint was so well-written he only had to search-and-replace the name Daniel Hardman to Anonymous. You're a jerk, Daniel, but I have to admit I enjoyed your book Primary Colors Harvey in turn reveals that Lawrence Kemp never signed the affidavit that he and Mike used to force Hardman out. "Must stick in your craw, having to walk by my name day after day," Hardman taunts right back. Harvey tries to claim that he had to hold Jessica back from changing the sign, but Hardman knows that Jessica wouldn't make Harvey partner, because she doesn't trust Harvey. "She didn't tell you about the confidentiality agreement, did she?" Hardman says as the elevator doors close on him. Well, no. It's confidential, duh.