Mike rides his bike across town to meet a tieless Harvey at a cavernous marble building that I guess is supposed to be Grand Central Station. In a scene shot from waist level -- like this show has been taken over by the crew of White Collar -- Harvey tells Mike he's taking the day off (sending Mike into a Ferris Bueller quote-off) and asks what Mike thinks of Hardman's chances of becoming managing partner. "You don't call for a vote unless you have the votes," Mike figures. Harvey agrees and says they need to tip the scales in Jessica's favor, but Mike's not going to like it and Jessica can't know. Mike wonders if they're going to cross a line. "We've been crossing lines long before we even ever met," Harvey says. So that's a yes, then.
Harvey rides a train alone, staring out the window at the pastoral scenery and smiling at a dad and a young boy negotiating the aisle. And without further ado, it's suddenly "FIVE YEARS AGO" per the subtitle on the screen. Everything's ever-so-slightly yellowish to indicate we're in the past, but not yellow enough to be, say, those Traffic scenes set in Mexico. Harvey's walking through the firm, making confident sports predictions into his cell phone (which I assume will be totally ironic to anyone who remembers anything about 2007 sports) and hearing from Donna about a call from his proud papa and the news that Louis is getting a secretary named Norma. "She won't last a week. You heard it here first." The ironic predictions are thick on the ground in 2007, aren't they? And then she mentions that Jessica's on her way. Harvey calls her on burying the lede. "I'm not apologizing for who I am," she says, wide-eyed.
Five-years-younger Mike -- whose forehead is as big as it is in 2012 -- is about to leave for his bike messenger job when Trevor shows up with a bag of joints and some profane insults to share, as well as A Few Good Men quotes, which Mike was into even back then. Ah, when they were still dysfunctional best friends. And roommates, apparently. It's kind of anachronistic though, because I don't think there was that much swearing on USA in 2007.
Jessica appears in Harvey's office with the very heavy news that "somebody" has been stealing from clients' escrow accounts. Of course, we in 2012 already know it was Hardman, but Jessica wants Harvey to quietly look into it so she can bring her then-boss a solution instead of a problem. Harvey agrees, but says that in return, he's done being an associate. He had an office -- albeit a smaller one -- and Donna, when he was still an associate? What's he bitching about?