Harvey asks Mike to find a loophole so that he can oust the incoming CEO of a motor company he represents, while Louis puts outrageous demands on Mike as he tries to make arrangements for the Rookie Dinner.
Mike takes on Louis' protégé during a mock trial, but his conflict with Rachel could hurt his chances of winning. Elsewhere, Harvey works on a merger between two hotel chains, but his past with the opposing counsel complicates matters.
Harvey must fire an accountant for falsifying his credentials, but Mike finds a more sinister motive for his termination and becomes concerned about his own employment. Meanwhile, Louis thinks he's found his future wife.
Harvey is threatened with disbarment if he doesn't testify against his old mentor in the DA's office. Meanwhile, Harvey wagers Mike's services in a bet with Louis, and Mike goes out on an awkward double date.
In the first-season finale, Harvey tries to free an innocent man,Clifford Danner ([link=nm0112932]), but hits a wall when he goes to the district attorney ([link=nm0564277]), who seems more focused on preserving the system than seeking justice. Elsewhere, Trevor causes problems for Mike when he shows up on his doorstep.
When Jessica learns about Mike, she tells Harvey, thinking that he doesn't know, and tells him to fire him. But Harvey tries to stall hoping to find a way not to. And when Daniel Hardman, the Hardman in Pearson Hardman, decides to return to the firm, Jessica is not happy about that.
With Hardman back and knowing that it's a matter of time before he challenges Jessica for control. She decides to make sure she has enough support. So she asks Harvey to go out and get it. Problem is that he rubbed so many members of the firm the wrong way. He tries to get the head of the firm's bankruptcy department to side with Jessica when the time comes but the man feels Jessica treats him like dirt. Harvey tries to get his support by trying to get a man who is building a building that's over budget, to declare bankruptcy. But the man doesn't want to do it so Harvey and Mike try to get the bank to get an extension. When the head of the department learns what Harvey is doing he warns him that this will not get him to support Jessica. And Mike after hearing Rachel's message tells her he did.
When Hardman comes in, he tries to ingratiate himself by asking Jessica to let him handle a case wherein they're trying to keep some nurses from going on strike by negotiating a contract. But Jessica says that she already gave it to Harvey which was a lie. And Hardman tries to horn in by getting Mike to give him some info. And Jessica tells Louis that Harvard is considering not allowing them to recruit because the firm's approval rating is low. So he brings in someone from Harvard to check them out but she tells Louis something that he doesn't like.
Travis Tanner returns and he is suing a client of Harvey's and Harvey claiming they deliberately withheld information and slandered someone. Harvey claims he did nothing but Tanner shows him a document which Harvey claims he never saw. So Harvey tries to sort it out by having Donna look for the document and talking to the client. But when the client hires another lawyer as a precaution, Harvey gets into an argument with him which ends with Harvey getting fired. Jessica doesn't want Hardman to know and Harvey agrees. Louis asks Harvey for Mike and initially refuses but when Mike disses Harvey he gives him to Louis. And Louis' case involves a water company which is being sued by another. And surprisingly, Mike and Louis get along.
Harvey balks when Jessica puts him in the passenger seat on a lawsuit that could make or break the firm, and his back seat driving may have far reaching consequences. Mike takes the lead on a case that pits a tennis phenom against his trainer who also happens to be the athlete's father.
Harvey's personal history with a client forces him and Mike to take on an unorthodox case from which they'd normally walk away. Louis and Rachel team up to save a mutually beloved institution from ruin. Jessica runs into an unexpected roadblock while defending the firm against a lawsuit.
With the vote for managing partner approaching, Harvey decides to take off but before leaving he gives Mike an assignment. We then take a look at of how things were 5 years ago; Harvey is an associate and Hardman was still managing partner and Jessica learns that someone in the firm is stealing so she has Harvey find out who. Mike is struggling to make ends meet after getting kicked out of school and how he and Trevor first met Jenny and how her friend takes a special interest in Mike.
Harvey and Jessica get ready for the vote. They learn that the vote is split after Hardman got rid of one of Jessica's supporters and that Hardman made Louis a Senior Partner and as a result is the deciding vote. Jessica wants Harvey to get him to vote for her. Harvey and Mike are working on a case wherein a reporter is being sued by a baseball player when he accuses the man of using steroids. The reporter claims the story is accurate because he has a source whom he will not reveal. And Mike's grandmother comes to the office.
Finally, the voting occurs and, seems Hardman wins by the vote of Louis. Hardman and Louis make Harvey's life hell and Mike goes wayward with death of his granny. Having a night-out with Mike, Harvey catches Louis in his office and the whole conspiracy game by Hardman comes out. Mike throws a trick and Hardman gets voted out of the firm. The unfolding of the conspiracy makes a really interesting climax...
Harvey puts his name partnership on the line to prevent the merger from going through, Louis clashes his counterpart from the other firm, and Rachel puts Mike in a no-win situation by asking for a recommendation to Harvard.
Harvey and Mike try to find a way to get Cameron removed as the prosecutor of Ava's case. When Stephen learns of their plan he offers to help and even bets Harvey that his idea will work. So Harvey kicks Mike off the case. so Mike works on a different case and asks Rachel to work with him. It involves proving a man embezzled from their client and getting him to return the money. They talk to some of the people he works with and discover that one of the women he works with, is involved with him. And they try to get her to testify against him. And Mike joins Rachel when she has dinner with her parents and that's when he learns a secret that Rachel hasn't told him.
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.
Ava Hessington hires Travis Tanner to handle her malpractice suit against the firm. And he rekindles his rivalry with Harvey. And he deposes him and even Dana. Mike finds himself in a quandary with Rachel. And when Jessica finds out about them she wants something from Rachel and tells Mike to ask her for it.
Things get complicated when Harvey (Gabriel Macht) mixes business with pleasure and gets caught between Jessica (Gina Torres) and Scottie (guest star Abigail Spencer). Painful memories plague Mike (Patrick J. Adams) as he uses a case to exorcise demons against an old foe, while Louis' (Rick Hoffman) suspicions threaten to expose Mike.
Louis is prepared to use the smoking gun that proves once and for all that Mike did not attend Harvard, and Jessica clashes with her ex-husband's widow and lawyer when he dies and she is named executor of his will.
Mike, now working as an investment banker, comes to Harvey with a plan to buy out a corporation, but Harvey is soon stuck with a conflict of interest. Meanwhile, Jessica must choose between a romantic or professional relationship.
Logan Sanders orders Harvey to play dirty in his battle with Mike, and Mike's reputation and relationship with Rachel are not off limits. Meanwhile, Louis tries to bury the hatchet and make friends with Jeff Malone.
After Louis confesses his wrongdoings in the Forstman deal to Jessica, the firm is forced to go on the offensive against Sean Cahill. But will Harvey be able to save Louis from getting fired, or has Jessica finally had enough?
Harvey takes on Professor Gerard as a client in a bribery investigation and discovers that he may have committed an ethics violation, and Louis makes a catastrophic mistake with his first client as name partner.
While Harvey helps Mike and Louis settle their differences on a road trip to see a client, Harvey flashes back six years to his initial rift with Louis, and Mike flashes back to his first encounter with the firm.
Harvey finds out that Donna may have broken the law to help Mike get a document in the whistleblower case, but he may not be able to save her. Meanwhile, Jessica tries to figure out her next step in her relationship with Jeff.
Mike and Rachel's engagement is put on the back burner as Donna leaves Harvey to work for Louis. Harvey is in denial and is confident she will return, but will he be able to handle it when he discovers she's not bluffing?
Mike teams up with his future father-in-law after Jessica says no to his case. Meanwhile, Harvey uses Charles Barkley to retaliate against Jack Soloff, but the fight and another confrontation with Donna triggers another anxiety attack.
Harvey confesses and apologizes to Louis for punching him, but will it be enough to keep him from getting revenge? Mike's promotion goes through, but the opponent in his first case as partner knows his secret.
Jack Soloff initiates Daniel Hardman's power play to get back in the firm and take away Harvey's clients. Louis tries to find the dirt Hardman has on Soloff. Rachel discovers that her mom's big wedding plans could reveal Mike's secret.
Hardman prepares his takeover of the firm, Jessica appears to be on her way out, and Harvey is nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Mike turns to the church to come up with a solution for his dilemma with Rachel.
Mike is arrested for fraud and is offered a deal if he gives up Harvey. Rachel is in a tough spot after her father finds out. Harvey is forced to represent Mike but keep up appearances that he has resigned to appease Charles Forstman.
Harvey returns to the firm and Mike urges the firm to go on the offensive. The prosecutor uses Donna's father as leverage against Harvey. Louis figures out who wrote the email against Mike. Jessica turns to Jeff Malone for help in the case.
Mike is furious when Anita Gibbs tries to scare Rachel into making a deal, while he turns to Dana to help save Harvey. A scathing newspaper article damages the firm's reputation, leaving Jack and Louis to resort to desperate measures.
Jessica and Harvey try to convince Mike not to represent himself at trial, but Anita Gibbs blindsides them again at the last minute. Louis is concerned about his own culpability after he finds out that Shelia's secret location is found.
Mike takes a deal, but he has big plans for Rachel before he goes to prison. Harvey goes to the jury foreman to find out if Mike made the right choice. Robert Zane uses the deal as leverage to try to blow up Pearson Specter Litt.
On his first night in prison, Mike creates a big problem for himself and Harvey. Meanwhile, Jessica, Harvey and Louis are left to deal with the aftermath of Mike's decision and the departure of the entire firm's staff.
Harvey and Sean Cahill launch a plan to get Mike to take a deal, but Harvey calls an audible at the last minute. Rachel takes a case involving a death row inmate. Jessica steps in to settle a dispute between Louis and their new tenant.
The plan to get Mike out early becomes more complicated when Harvey and Sean Cahill become opposing counsel. Rachel needs a new sponsor for her death row case. Louis needs Donna's help buying a summer home to get a woman.
Jessica makes a play for Sutter's business that could jeopardize Mike's deal, and Kevin's confession creates a rift between him and Mike. Meanwhile, Rachel catches a break in her death row case, and Louis has to get a Hamptons home ASAP.
New developments threaten the deals to get both Mike and Frank Gallo out of prison, forcing Mike and Harvey to improvise. Rachel disagrees with Jessica's strategy in the Leonard Bailey case. Louis gets another round of bad news from Tara.
Even with Mike now out of prison, the partners face a crisis that could be a death blow to the firm. Rachel and Jessica call a trick play in the Leonard Bailey trial. Louis contemplates his next move with Tara after another bombshell.
All Harvey and Mike's work comes down to one hearing, but there's still one more challenge neither of them saw. Louis tries his best to resolve his fight with Tara, but is there any going back from what he told her.