So we can snap right back to the present, when Louis presents himself before Hardman's desk and announces, "Mike Ross had lunch with Monica Eaton today." He also mentions the papers Mike handed her, which Louis thinks is an indication that Jessica's making a move before the vote. "You've been good to me since you've been back," Louis says. "She hasn't. Do what you will." So I guess we know whose side Louis is on now. Even if, based on Hardman's inscrutable expression, we still don't know what side he's on.
Five years ago, Mike meets Nikki outside the testing center. She's all upset that he's visibly high, but that's how he always handles tests.
In the present, a maintenance man lets Harvey in through a wrought-iron gate, even though the sign says the place is closed for maintenance. Harvey hands the guy one of the bottles and heads on in through what looks like a park entrance. It's not actually a park.
"It's done. Hardman's gone," past-Harvey says, as he breezes past Donna on his way into his tiny old office. But Donna, red-nosed and clearly upset, breaks the news that his dad had a heart attack. She doesn't say he's dead, but she doesn't seem to need to. His back straight and his face working, Harvey faces his shelf of records. Which, from what we saw in a previous episode, may contain all he has left of his father... well, that and his fashion sense.
In the yellow of long-ago, Monica arrives in her office to find Jessica already there, ready to fire her ass and none too gently either. Monica threatens to sue for wrongful termination and Jessica in turn threatens to implicate her in Hardman's crime, even as Monica says she had nothing to do with it. But Jessica runs down the list of ways in which Monica benefited from Hardman's largesse. "Louis will accept your resignation and I will never see you again," Jessica proclaims. I'm sure half of that prediction will prove ironic.
In the present, Hardman goes to Jessica's office to confront her over Mike's meeting with Monica, of which Jessica claims ignorance: "You might fight dirty and Harvey might fight dirty, but I don't." Cut to Mike being intercepted by Jessica in the hallway as she blares, "What the hell are you doing?" They loudly argue about whether Monica deserved to get fired five years ago, with Mike taking the position that Monica was an innocent victim of Hardman's awful behavior and Jessica snaps, "I know you think you're trying to help me, but drop it." Of course all the people walking through the hall heard that exchange, including Rachel, who's not impressed, not least of all because Mike lied to her about why he needed to get in touch with Monica in the first place. "Sometimes you have to cross a line to do the right thing," Mike tells her. She sighs that Harvey has really rubbed off on him, but he says he didn't learn it from Harvey.