Donna and Stephen Hartley are still quite enjoying their arrangement, though Donna just tells people around the office she's doing some really good yoga. Even Rachel wonders why Donna has put off telling Harvey, and eventually she musters up the courage and he's cool with it, or at least pretends to be so long as it doesn't interfere with her job. Of course it is around then that Stephen tries to throw their sexcapades in Harvey's face in order to prove a point, but eventually she goes back to "yoga."
Louis is still coping with Nigel being in charge of all the associates, meaning that they are handing in sub-par work and not willing to change it because of Nigel's memos. Also, Nigel takes the very mature step of making little trophies for the staff that say, "Louis Litt Blew Me". So those are great and I'm just really glad someone is taking the time to torture Louis properly since Harvey seems so busy. But the two briefly bond, when Louis sees the cat that Nigel has smuggled in. It seems that the uppity opera-loving cat doesn't like strangers, but loves Louis, so he gets to cat sit while Nigel is in Hong Kong. And he grumbles about it, but he's beyond thrilled.
In actual cases, Mike gets bumped off the Ava thing because Harvey took a bet from Stephen… which seems about right. So he's tasked with getting some embezzled money back and he takes Rachel along to be the Mike to his Harvey. It works, mostly as they manage to scare the hell out of a girl who is sleeping with the boss and bully her into getting the boss to return the cash. Of course the guy catches wind of this, and marries the girl so she can't testify, but Mike and Rachel again manage to fast-talk her in to cooperating.
The cost of this "win" seems to be their relationship though. He's first upset to find out that she's going to dinner with her lawyer parents and won't invite him (and not just because he's white) for fear that they'll find out about the big lie. At dinner, Mike charms her dad, and somewhat her mom and it all seems well, even though Mom can tell that Rachel's hiding something. The entire scene with the four of them is stinkin' adorable, until Rachel's dad reveals that she's applied to Stanford… without telling Mike. Seems she's even got an interview in a few days and didn't want to tell him because she really wants to go. Not only because it’s a great school, but also because she may want a fresh start away from all of his lies. That's uncomfortable.
Harvey is busy with Ava's case. He first files for dismissal, but instead gets bumped up to a quick trial, which he hopes will throw a wrench in Cameron's case as he has no real evidence. Then Mike suggests they get Cameron thrown off the case entirely on collusion charges, given that he gave Gianopolis the tape. Stephen bets that he can come up with a better plan than Mike, with 10 grand in the mix, so Mike is off the case and Stephen is on. But then Stephen screws it up royally, pushing Gianopolis so far that the insane businessman starts buying companies with the sole purpose of having them fire Pearson Darby as their lawyers.
Eventually Harvey has to turn to Jessica for help, as Ava would rather rot in a cell forever than let Gianopolis take over her company. That could be arranged. And yes, I realize that I should be over this five episodes into the season, but I still can't help waiting for someone to actually get beheaded or otherwise murdered in a grizzly fashion every time Catelyn Stark steps onto the screen. Mike and Rachel's Red Wedding, anyone?
Anyway, Jessica gets Ava to agree, sleazy Tony gets the company in name, Ava gets to run operations, Cameron has to throw the tape out (though he still won't drop the murder charges) and Jessica puts Harvey's name on the door hoping that they can work together on the same side in the future. -- Angel Cohn
Harvey calls Donna from her desk, all clingy because he needs two copies of a motion and she's out of the office because has "a thing." She's supposedly at the dentist during her lunch hour, "which my teeth deserve," and besides, she says, the copies are already on his desk. After she hangs up, Stephen Huntley -- who is in bed next to her -- repeats, "You had a thing?" In her teeth? He wonders what Harvey wanted, but they agreed not to talk about work at lunch. And why answer a question when she can deflect it with banter? Anyway, they still have fifteen minutes of lunch hour left to fill up with things and teeth.
Harvey, Mike, and Cameron Dennis are in the judge's chambers, as Harvey reminds her that she promised to dismiss the case if Cameron couldn't find more evidence. Cameron says he has five witnesses, and Mike points out that their statements are inadmissible. Cameron argues that they still exist, which the judge agrees with. Harvey changes course, asking for an expedited trial. Cameron argues for more time to build his case, and the judge says the trial's a week from Monday. I'm not sure if that's expedited or not. Given that most episodes of this show take place in a period of two days or so, they won't be in court until the summer finale.
Back at the office, Donna is trying to explain to Rachel why she hasn't told Harvey about Stephen yet. Rachel says she needs to, so Harvey can know that Harvey's work-Donna and Stephen's sex-Donna can coexist. "I liked it better when we talked about you and Mike," Donna says. Rachel insists that Donna has to come clean because it's all over her face. Which is what happens when you spend lunch hour with a thing in your teeth. Donna scoffs that men are oblivious, but Louis wanders by and immediately notices something different about Donna, and tells her to keep doing it.
Leaving the courthouse, Mike notices that Harvey's taking the rejection of his motion to dismiss pretty well. He figures out that Harvey expected nothing less, and only asked for it so the judge would be more likely to say yes to an expedited trial. Now Cameron has a crap case with no evidence, and Mike says they're even more likely to win if the case also has no Cameron. Harvey says a replacement lawyer would drop the case, given only two weeks of prep time. "Unless they had a personal beef with you, which they wouldn't," Mike says rather optimistically. As though Harvey hasn't pissed off every third person in this town. They both know what it's going to take to get Cameron kicked off the case: prove that he colluded with Tony Gianopolous, the guy who tried to take over Hessington Oil. So I guess that's what they'll be working on until at least the next ad break.