S03 E04 – Episode 4 – Conflict of Interest

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S3 Episode 4 Aired on August 6, 2013

The cases of Harvey (Ava Hessington’s murder trial) and Louis (the takeover battle for Hessington Oil) continue. While Jessica, Louis and Katrina want Ava to resign as CEO/President of Hessington Oil, Darby, Harvey and Mike don’t. Katrina and Mike work together to find a way to prevent the Gianapolis Holdings takeover. Together, they discover that since Tony Gianapolis has other holdings which are regulated by the FTC, a takeover of Hessington Oil would put them in violation of anti-trust laws.

Using this information, Louis confronts Gianapolis’ employee who laughs at Louis, saying they as Wharton investment bankers are smarter than any lawyers. He notes that Gianapolis is having dinner with his “old friend”, the FTC commissioner. Having failed to stop Gianapolis, Louis offers to be Jessica’s “black swan” and do her dirty work for her by convincing the Hessington Oil board to fire Ava, given that so many figure her to be guilty of the murders, and retain Pearson Darby as their legal counsel.

During a mock deposition, Mike and Harvey become convinced that Ava is innocent. She says that she paid $100 million more in bribe money to prevent innocent people from being harmed, and to help relocate those who would lose their homes and livestock. The conflicts between Jessica and both Harvey and Darby heat up when she prevents Louis from going to the board, thus sealing Ava’s fate as the board fires her. Meanwhile, Donna and Stephen agree to have a date and “an arrangement” to “satisfy his needs” while he is in New York.

He gets tickets to see Daniel Day-Lewis in Macbeth, then tells Donna he has arranged dinner with Daniel after the show, causing her to instead take Stephen somewhere more private. She attempts to tell Harvey about this the next day, but the timing isn’t right. Mike and Rachel proclaim their love for each other, shortly after Mike and Katrina agree to a truce.
– via Wikipedia

As the takeover attempt heats up, Louis hopes a public statement from Ava will bolster Hessington Oil’s plummeting stock price; if not, the only logical play will be to have Ava step down. The problem is, Harvey can’t have Ava speaking to the press with a murder trial on the line, and he can’t let Ava lose control of her company if he wants to preserve his deal with Edward Darby. But while Harvey can stop Ava from talking, in order to secure Ava’s seat he must use Darby to trump Jessica, a move that leaves the American managing partner royally pissed.

Elsewhere, Donna’s relationship with Stephen Huntley moves beyond flirtation, while a meeting of the minds between Mike and Katrina leaves Rachel feeling a twinge of jealousy.

Meanwhile, fed up with being muzzled, Ava finally has her say during a mock deposition, and it fundamentally changes Harvey and Mike’s feelings about the case. What they don’t know, though, is that Jessica has given Louis the nod to secretly go to the board and cut Ava out. The question is, are her actions for the good of the firm, or is Jessica pursuing her own agenda?
– via USA Network

Harvey’s defense of Ava hits a roadblock when the interests of her murder trial are at odds with Louis’ work to thwart a hostile takeover of Hessington Oil by a rival businessman.
– via TheTVDB


Season 3 – Episode 4
Conflict of Interest
S03 E4
Production Code S304

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