S07 E07 – Full Disclosure

S7 Episode 7 Aired on August 23, 2017

Warning: Recap Contains Spoilers

This week was all about grappling with the cost of the choices we make, as Mike came to terms with the consequences of his continued pursuit of the prison case, while Harvey weighed the cost of choosing between his duty to Mike and his loyalty to Alex. It’s all here in our recap to Suits episode 707, “Full Disclosure.”

Harvey Looks For A Way Out

Now that Harvey knows just what Masterson Construction is holding over Alex’s head, he’s determined to cut ties with the company, but Masterson’s CEO makes it clear that he’s quite happy keeping Alex in his pocket. Worried they’ve poked the bear, Alex wants to tell Mike everything in the hope that coming clean to their determined colleague will get him to back off of the prison case, but Harvey warns Alex against it — the only thing telling Mike will do is show him exactly where to look.

Mike Looks For A New Angle In The Prison Case

Mike lets Rachel know that he plans to keep pursuing the prison case; the agreement he signed for Harvey only precluded a civil suit, so he’s going to Anita Gibbs to see if he can make a criminal case out of it. But Anita needs hard proof of a criminal conspiracy between Reform Corp and Masterson Construction — and it has to come from Reform Corp, because anything Mike digs up on Masterson will be considered breaking privilege as long as they’re a PSL client.

The Origin Of Harvey’s Promise

When Rachel admits that Mike is still pursuing the prison case, Harvey becomes torn between his duty to his protege and a promise he made to Alex a long time ago. Flashback to the Pearson Hardman days, after Harvey learned that Louis betrayed him to earn Junior Partnership. Harvey is furious that Jessica didn’t have his back, and when tensions rise between them Harvey decides to take Alex up on an offer to go to Bratton Gould. It’s only when Louis, armed with new perspective after his very first therapy session (ordered by Jessica), begs Jessica to stop Harvey from leaving that Partner and protege finally come to an understanding, and Harvey decides to stay. Unfortunately, the move leaves Alex high and dry, leading Harvey to promise that he’ll owe Alex one in the future, no matter what.

Mike Finds Proof, But Harvey Plays Defense

With some hacking help from Benjamin, Mike finds proof of a conspiracy involving prison labor and falsified expenses that is netting Reform Corp and Masterson Construction a fortune. But when Mike brings the information to Anita she kicks him out — it turns out Harvey signed Reform Corp as a client to protect Alex, and now Anita won’t touch the case with a ten foot pole. Furious, Mike confronts Harvey and demands to know what the hell is going on. But Harvey stays mum — he can’t trust Mike with the truth yet — and he gives Mike an ultimatum: either drop the case or he’s fired.

Mike Learns The Truth

Later, Donna asks Harvey if keeping his word to Alex is worth losing Mike. Meanwhile, Alex shows up at Mike’s apartment to finally come clean. Harvey and Alex spin the tale at the same time — after Harvey went back on his word, Alex became a pariah at Bratton Gould until he was given a chance to get back in Tommy Bratton’s good graces by taking Masterson Construction as a client. But something didn’t smell right, and Alex soon stumbled onto a story involving collusion, murder, and coverup. However, when Alex went to Tommy Bratton, he learned that he had been set up to take the fall if word ever got out. With a wife and daughter at home, Alex chose to to stay quiet, even though it ate him up inside. The question is, now that Mike knows the stakes are bigger than his job, what will he do?
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Harvey learns the scope of Alex’s involvement in the prison case, while Mike races to keep it alive. Lipschitz forces Louis out of his comfort zone. Donna struggles with her work/life balance.
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In flashbacks to the Pearson Hardman days, it’s revealed how Alex arranged for himself and Harvey to get junior partner positions at Bratton Gould, following Harvey’s displeasure over Hardman promoting Louis to junior partner ahead of him. Alex assures Tommy Bratton that Harvey’s arrival is a “done deal,” but Jessica ultimately convinces Harvey to stay, causing problems for Alex. Harvey apologizes to Alex and promises a favor if he ever needs it. Alex is given mostly grunt work and unwinnable cases for several years and his only way back is to become part of an unholy alliance between Bratton, Masterson Construction, and Reform Corp. – an alliance that Mike has just discovered in the present day.

Mike tries to get Anita Gibbs to take over the Masterson case as a criminal matter, now that the civil case has been dropped, but Gibbs sees too many conflicts. Also in the past, it is revealed that Jessica was the one who insisted that Louis start seeing Dr. Lipschitz for therapy, while Donna is dumped by Mark (guest star Jay Harrington), her boyfriend of six months, when it becomes clear she will follow Harvey wherever he goes. In the present, Alex reveals all to Mike, including how his life could be in danger if Masterson is prosecuted, while Harvey reveals the same to Donna.
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