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.
As Hardman makes it clear he's back to stay, Jessica tasks Harvey with helping shore up support for her within the firm - but Harvey's penchant for winning may create more enemies than friends. Mike confronts Rachel with the fact that he heard her message.
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...
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 he 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 Lewis 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.