S03 E08 – Episode 8 – Endgame

S3 episode 8 Aired on September 3, 2013

Jessica and Harvey confront Darby with the fact that Stephen ordered the murders, and Darby admits he found out after the fact and did nothing, for fear it would harm Ava. They get him to fire Stephen, but what he is honestly able to testify cannot prove Stephen’s guilt. When Harvey calls Stephen to the stand, he fails to convince Cameron of Stephen’s guilt and reduces Ava’s chances still further.

Harvey appeals to Cameron’s desire for justice as well as victory, having Mike bring in Clifford (an innocent man that Cameron had convicted for murder). Darby advises Jessica to put aside her anger, and she does, reconciling with Harvey and working with him on an ultimate solution to Ava’s problem. Darby agrees to plead to obstruction of justice (getting five years’ probation) and testify against Stephen. Cameron takes the surer conviction and drops charges against Ava, while Donna watches Stephen get arrested for murder. At the last moment, Darby discovers that with his probation he also loses his license to practice law in the US, therefore allowing Jessica to push for a dissolution of the merger.

Back at the office, the now cat-less Louis lashes out against the associates, then goes to Harold’s office to berate him about his testimony in the mock trial. Louis and Harold enter an escalating battle of legal action and intimidation, and Rachel confronts Louis over the depth of his resentment. He explains that his failure to train Harold reminds him of his own failure and the bullying he suffered. Rachel offers that Louis has bullied Harold in the same way. When Harold finally concedes the battle, Louis instead agrees to a compromise that will make Harold look good, swearing Rachel to secrecy about this unusual mercy.
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As Donna tends to Harvey’s wounds, the bruised attorney promises to make Stephen pay for all he has done. But the truth is that the entire situation is the result of Edward Darby’s misguided attempt to help Ava, and while the managing partner can fire Stephen, it falls on Harvey and Jessica to clean up his mess. So while Mike tries to get Colonel Mariga to come clean about the murders, Harvey attempts to appeal to Cameron’s sense of morality. Of course, Cameron isn’t prepared to give up his fight based on Harvey’s say so – he wants proof.

At the same time, still seething over his loss of Mikado, Louis picks a fight with his old associate Harold Gunderson. But when Harold proves to be a surprisingly able opponent, Louis’s anger may push him to go a step too far.

Meanwhile, Harvey takes a calculated risk by putting Stephen on the stand, but his gamble only winds up digging Ava in deeper. With time running out, Harvey and Jessica have one last hope of saving Ava, but for their plan to work, Cameron isn’t the only one who will have to see the truth and take responsibility for the things he’s done…
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As Ava Hessington’s murder trial begins, Harvey, Mike and Jessica fight off betrayal from both inside the firm and out. Meanwhile, Louis and Donna seek to even the score with those who have done them wrong.
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Season 3 – Episode 8
S03 E8
Production Code S308

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