Mike tries to stay safe and not violate Danbury's unwritten rules; Jessica and Harvey try to land a whale; Louis looks for an office tenant; Rachel goes up against a student.
MIKE'S FRANK GALLO PROBLEM CONTINUES
Mike and his cellmate Kevin may have each other's backs now, but Frank Gallo won't just go away. Julius wants Mike to file a complaint against Gallo but Kevin warns Mike that the last guy to "rat" on a fellow inmate ended up in a coma. Things only get worse when Kevin takes a beating from three of Gallo's goons while Mike is on kitchen duty. With no good options open to them Mike begs Julius to intervene, but without a formal allegation the prison counselor's hands are simply tied.
HARVEY SIGNS A NEW CLIENT
Jessica wants Harvey to sign William Sutter, an infamous business magnate with an SEC indictment on the horizon. Harvey doesn't want Sutter's type of business and tells him to hit the bricks (even though they aren't really in the position to be choosy). To make it up to Jessica Harvey courts Nathan Burns, an east coast energy tycoon whose business Harvey rebuffed in the past because of his bullying management style. Nathan agrees to sign with Harvey (and makes him jump through hoops to seal the deal) but the agreement falls apart when William Sutter buys a 5% stake in Nathan's company and threatens to have him removed from his position. However, Harvey buys a 5% stake of his own and uses it to convince Nathan to hire him so they can fight Sutter together -- classic Specter.
LOUIS' TENANT TROUBLE
Louis is put in charge of finding a leasee for the PSL offices, but he doesn't want strangers sullying his beloved bullpen. Donna offers her help but Louis goes ahead and signs a money management firm without her. Sure enough, it blows up in his face when the firm turns out to be a bunch of finance bros. When the head trader, Stu, throws out Louis's prune juice to make room in the fridge for Red Bull, Louis uses the power of the fine print to evict the high-fiving thorns in his side. However, Harvey makes a deal with Stu to amend his lease in exchange for help on the William Sutter/Nathan Burns situation (and to stick it to Louis).
RACHEL KILLS THE COMPETITION
Rachel's got law school issues. First, her opponent in an ethics class mock trial throws Mike in her face to score a few points. Then, her professor offers her a spot on an Innocence Project case. Problem is, Rachel can't do the case and the class, and while she wants to take the position she also doesn't want to be seen as backing down from a fight. Good thing she has someone in her corner who knows a thing or two about power and perception! After talking to Jessica, Rachel digs up some dirt on her classmate and threatens to expose her in front of the entire class unless she reads a specially prepared statement and forfeits the mock trial case. Now she looks like a bad ass AND she gets to take the Innocence Project position.
NO SILVER LINING FOR MIKE
Sean Cahill comes back to Harvey bearing bad news: turns out that Gallo can't be moved because he's a government informant. Now what? Harvey has a plan, but Mike will have to play it perfectly. Mike approaches Gallo with an offer: accept his help to exploit a loophole in the system and Gallo could get early parole; refuse, and Mike will tell Gallo's cronies that their boss is a rat for the feds. Will Gallo choose possible freedom over his grudge against Harvey? Mike can only wait and see. Little does he know, though, that Sean Cahill has another piece of news for Harvey. It turns out that there may be a way to get Mike out early -- but in order to do it, he'll have to inform on Kevin. And as Harvey knows, Mike isn't going to do that without a fight.