Harvey, Louis and Donna plan for the future, after Jessica's departure from PSL. Mike discovers the perils of life as an ex-convict. And Rachel considers her options for life after law school.
Misunderstanding is the order of the day as Louis mistakes a friendly gesture as an act of war, while Harvey's efforts to help Mike only cause trouble. Elsewhere, Mike's post-prison life gets off to a rocky start while Rachel has a big choice to make regarding her future.
Jessica's departure has Harvey's emotional issues percolating again, leading him to lash out at Mike when he tells Harvey he won't be taking the consultant position. Donna convinces Harvey that Mike isn't being disloyal, just trying to make a fresh start after prison. Harvey comes around, but his attempts to help Mike wind up doing more harm then good, putting Mike on Anita Gibbs's radar once again. Meanwhile, Louis is feeling like he has something to prove, and when Robert Zane drops by with a merger offer, Louis misconstrues Zane's friendly gesture as a knock against his own fitness to be managing partner. Louis soon goes on the offensive to prove his mettle, convincing his old protege Katrina Bennett to defect from Zane's firm and bring 10 of his top associates with her.
Mike's Fresh Start Starts To Go Stale
After dropping off his resume at legal clinics all over town, it becomes clear (at least to Mike) that no one is willing to take a chance on an ex-convict. Searching for guidance, Mike turns to Father Walker, who offers him a teaching job. Could the classroom be Mike's true calling? We'll never know, as Mike's tenure is cut short after the second day when a student's parents react poorly to an ex-con teaching class (and just as Mike was starting to earn the kids' respect). Worse, Mike gets a visit from Anita Gibbs, who tells him she'll do everything in her power to stop him from getting a job in the legal field. Tough showing, Mike!
Rachel's Big Decision
Robert Zane surprises his daughter with an unexpected visit and an offer: he wants her to come work for him when she finishes law school, if for no other reason than it will give her a better chance of passing the character and fitness portion of the Bar. Rachel reminds him of her loyalty to PSL (her "work family"), but her father's words stick with her. It's only when Louis formally makes his own job offer to Rachel that she makes her decision -- she's sticking with her work family.
Louis's Reach Exceeds His Grasp
Louis's power play is going swimmingly but he soon overreaches by going after Zane's biggest client, causing Katrina to balk. It turns out that Zane had waived her non-compete clause; he really was trying to help the firm. Louis realizes that he's not managing partner material, and decides to let Harvey know before he does any more damage.
Who Will Lead?
When Robert Zane angrily fills him in on what Louis has been up, Harvey realizes that he needs to step up and take the reins of the firm. Harvey plans to let Louis down gently, but when he's angrily attacked by Mike for interfering in his life it puts Harvey on tilt and he delivers Louis an epic tongue-lashing (and poor Louis was just about to tell Harvey that he should be managing partner). Donna realizes that Harvey needs to sort out his emotional issues if the firm is going to have a chance, and that means that Harvey is finally going to have to make amends with his mother...