Harvey is suspicious when a client, Trent Devon, suddenly decides to not let his company go public, while also expressing reservations about retaining Pearson Hardman. Allison Holt, who is working for the rival firm Bratton-Gould, makes a professional attack on Pearson Hardman, and begins to lure away the firm’s best associates.
Hardman wins the partners’ vote, including the vote from Louis, and replaces Jessica as managing partner. He and Louis begin making Harvey and Mike’s work lives miserable. Harvey smokes marijuana with Mike, and when Louis observes Harvey high, he has Hardman order him to take a drug test.
When Louis is promoted to senior partner and has the deciding vote in the firm’s future, Harvey must convince him to support Jessica. After Louis discovers that Hardman intended to make him the fall guy for his embezzlement schemes five years ago, Hardman admits his indiscretion, then tries to convince Louis that he is “not that person” anymore.
Harvey and Mike look back five years into their pasts to see how it affects them today. The episode reveals Harvey’s rise from senior associate to junior partner very shortly after his father’s death, Mike’s initial motivation for getting into the illegal LSAT-proxy business.