Rachel comes into the file room, where Mike still is, and locks the door. She confronts him on never having sent the letter. Mike starts to explain about what happened when he went to see Louis. Rachel is still mad at Mike for not telling her himself about the real reason Harvard rejected her, and Mike lets slip that he asked Louis to sign the letter. Rachel wonders why he went to Louis instead of signing it himself, and accuses him of lying to her. Mike begs her, "not today," and she keeps yelling about how it's always some secret or story or lie. Mike finally snaps and yells at her about how she doesn't understand what he's lost. "Because it's everything, everyone that I love! Trevor! My grandmother. Harvey, now probably this job. I am not ready to lose you! Not today!" "Then tell me," she insists. Mike opens his mouth, freezes for a few seconds, and finally says, "I never went to Harvard. I'm a fraud." This has to be a total paradigm shift for Rachel, who all this time though Mike had earned something she's always wanted so badly. She even made a snotty comment about his impressive degree the very first time they met. They worked together, they became friends, they went on a date, they've been through all this drama together, and now she finds out he's not even who she thinks he is. Understandably, she doesn't take it well. She smacks him across the face twice, and goes for a third, but he grabs her wrist to stop her. She starts to storm out, but he grabs it again to stop her from leaving. And then they end up kissing, and undressing each other, and having sex right there in the file room, up against the stacks. Yowza, this is pretty racy for USA. I think I'm going to tell my wife that I never went to Harvard, either.
So that's it for season two. See you in the summer, when Louis seems likely to become the last regular character to find out Mike's secret. If "secret" isn't too strong a word.
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