Suits s08e01 Episode Script

Right-Hand Man

1 Previously, on "Suits" Which one of my clients are you after? Because we both know you can't have Pfizer.
- Yes, I can.
- Then make me name partner.
You don't just slap somebody's name on the wall to get a client.
I'm not just slapping his name up, Louis.
I'm making a move.
I'm not saying Donna doesn't deserve a promotion; I'm just saying making partner means something.
And I'm concerned that being one here won't mean what it used to.
This is an amazing amount of work.
I stayed up all night doing it.
But I thought you take the night shift with your son.
I told my wife she'd have to take it last night.
I thought you might need a little relief.
You sure? Support his head.
There we go.
Holy shit.
Gordon doesn't really wanna take over.
He just wants to orchestrate a deal where his guys come back, they vote to merge with Zane, and we cease to exist.
I just found out that my two partners are willing to stab me in the back.
God damn it, Louis.
I'm trying the best I can.
Well, then, try something else, because giving you the reins a half hour before we drive off a cliff isn't gonna do shit.
I just came to make sure that the paperwork was in order for your clients to come over and join our new firm.
I went and saw Andy Forsyth today.
You went to see him about us moving to Seattle? If we're ever gonna do something like this in our lives, now is the time.
And what about the wedding? We could move it up.
If I've learned one thing, it's that there is nothing that I can't handle when I have you by my side.
You're the husband I've always wanted.
And I can't wait to begin our adventure together.
Rachel and I were offered a chance to run a firm in Seattle.
- Mike-- - Harvey, this is who I am.
It's who I've always been.
It's time, Harvey.
I'll tell you what, Robert.
Your baby girl just got married, I'm gonna throw you a bone.
Your name goes first.
[laughs] You think I don't know what you're doing.
Then I owe you.
Yours goes first.
You saying I owe you? You do owe me.
I saved your ass.
Well, you only did that because we put you in a terrible position.
That's against me.
Jesus Christ, what have I got myself into? I'll tell you what.
You got yourself into Zane Specter Litt.
Or Specter Zane Litt.
Either way both: Litt comes last.
[laughing] Hey.
Wanna go out and get a burger? I do.
But it's 2:00 a.
If I go out for a burger right now, the only thing I'm getting is a divorce.
Copy that.
I'll get you one from the kitchen.
Yeah, meet me downstairs.
Hide it in the gift bag or some shit.
[chuckles] [funky music] - You're here early.
- I am.
I know this is about the time you finish your morning run.
Look, Harvey.
If this is about me getting into it with Louis while you were gone-- It isn't.
I didn't even know that happened.
Well, you might as well hear about it now.
I came to him with an idea to save the firm that involved making me temporary managing partner and he bit my head off.
Let me guess, he thought you were coming after me.
Harvey, I would never do that to you.
I know that, but that's not what I'm here to talk about.
I'm here to tell you that as of this morning we're merging with Robert Zane.
- What? - Alex.
I don't believe it.
When I came over you said my name would be the one to go up next.
I know that, but this was the only way to save the firm.
And you know as well as I do, Zane has been a name partner longer than me and Louis combined.
All right, I get it.
But we had an agreement.
And I want your word right now that you're gonna honor it.
You have my word.
Your name goes up next.
All right.
One more thing.
Did Louis know about the merger before this morning? Yeah, why? Because if he didn't tell me about it, he must really not trust me.
Which means when it is time to put my name up there-- - Louis'll be fine, Alex.
- And what if he's not? Like I said, you have my word.
Of course I would do that for you.
I would do anything for you because I love you.
I promise.
I will never bring it up again.
We never have to get a Maine Coon.
- Sheila? - Yes.
Anyway, I brought you in because I want-- Katrina, what's on your mind? Nothing.
It's just, giving up cats? Louis, after all she put you through, are you sure? I am.
And besides, she's still open to getting a short hair.
- Well, then I'm happy for you.
- And I'm happy for you, too, because today is the day that you get to make your two greatest loves more efficient.
Don't tell me.
We're merging with Zane; we have more associates than we can handle; and you need the one person who worked at both firms to cull that herd.
And now I need you to come up with a list of the ten least-efficient associates without telling me names or whether or not they come from Zane or us.
Got it.
And, Katrina? Thanks for your concern about Sheila and me.
Louis, you know I care for you deeply in a completely asexual manner.
And I too care for you deeply and see you neither as man nor woman.
Thank you, Louis.
Kinder words were never spoken.
I'll have my list for you by the end of the day.
I'm gonna miss her too.
I'm not sure which is worse.
Finding out Mike was a fraud or that he's taking my daughter away.
Pretty sure it was the fraud thing.
You probably got a point.
Speaking of frauds and your daughter.
She left that for me? A little welcome to the firm from your little girl.
By the way, Harvey wants to meet at 9:30 in the conference room.
So in the meantime, why don't you set yourself up in Mike's old office.
Thank you, Donna.
It's nice to have you here, Robert.
Oh, we'll see how nice it is once I tell Harvey it's not his old office that I'm looking to be in.
Claiming managing partner already.
Isn't that a bold statement for day one? Let me tell you something, Red.
I've been making bold statements my entire career.
I'm sure as hell not about to stop now.
Suits 8x01 Right-Hand Man See the money, wanna stay for your meal Get another piece of pie for your wife Everybody wanna know how it feel Everybody wanna see what it's like I'll even eat a bean pie, I don't mind Me and Missy is so busy, busy making money All right All step back, I'm 'bout to dance The greenback boogie All right, I think we all know who's gonna be extra managing partner isn't something we're gonna decide overnight.
Therefore, for the sake of firm harmony, I suggest we start with conflicts of interest.
- Fine with me.
- Me too.
As you can see, I've taken the liberty of suggesting who drops which client.
And I am confident you'll agree with all of my proposals with the exception-- - I'm not dropping Dexterol.
And I'm not dropping Clavatin.
- Exactly.
- Exactly what? What do you mean, "Exactly what?" I knew that neither of you would be willing to give up those particular clients.
Exactly that.
You mean you don't have a suggestion? I have a suggestion.
You drop yours, then the next time we have a major conflict I'll drop mine.
You sure about that? Because the next major conflict we're gonna have is who's managing partner.
Then what exactly is your idea? I say whoever's client billed the most hours last year stays.
Well, that's pretty damn convenient because your client went through a merger so their billables are inflated.
You're saying that the sun got in your eyes and that's why you dropped the big pass? Wait a second, Harvey's right.
- Come again? - No, not about who to drop.
Your client did just go through a merger.
They're in a whole new line of business.
Most of which doesn't conflict with Clavatin anymore.
Where you going with this? I'm saying if we can get either client to drop the one division where they still overlap you can keep them both.
Well, in that case I'll get my client to drop.
It's the least I can do.
Oh, no.
I'll do the honors.
After all, you welcomed me into your home.
Why don't we make it a friendly wager.
We each get our client to drop.
First one who gets there wins.
Sure thing.
Don't do it.
Don't do what? Don't try to get Zane's client to dump their division after telling him you'd get your client to do it.
How do you even know that's what happened? I know because Louis told me.
What do you mean Louis told you? The meeting just ended two seconds ago and I came right back here.
In that case, I mean, I heard Louis' voice on the recording device that I had installed in the conference room.
You bugged the meeting? Bugged is such a distasteful word.
- That's not an answer.
- Okay.
You want an answer? I have been listening to your conversations since you were an associate and I'm not about to stop now.
Now, do you want to quibble about my methods or do you want to get the part where I save you from yourself? - Donna.
- Harvey, you heard him.
Zane's got his eye on managing partner.
I know good and well what he's after.
Then why would you give him ammunition? Because you think this is gonna be fun.
But trust me, you go after him and it's gonna get more serious than you thought.
And in the end, you're just gonna prove that he's better suited to be in your office than you.
Okay, Donna.
Okay, you're not gonna pick a fight with Robert Zane? No.
Okay, I'm gonna find someone else to do it for me.
Twice in one day.
To what do I owe the pleasure now? I'm here to tell you, you want your name on the door you got to earn it.
I thought I already had.
Maybe you have, maybe you haven't, but I got something for you to do anyway.
And what exactly is that? I need you to get Robert Zane's biggest client to sell their manufacturing division.
Harvey, you point me up the hill, I'm gonna kill whoever's at the top.
- But? - But in this case, the guy at the top is on our side.
- Is he? - What are you talking about? I'm telling you this is gonna determine who runs the firm.
Zane knows it and I know it.
So if you want me to be able to live up to that promise, I need you to do this.
And I don't like being threatened for you to uphold a promise you already made.
I don't either, but like it or not, this benefits both of us.
And I guarantee you right now, Zane's going to his right-hand man to ask the same thing.
And who is his right hand? Your job isn't to ask who he is.
Your job is to kick his ass.
[hip music] You planning on making it in to the new offices anytime soon? What for? Help you pick out new lamps? What's that supposed to mean? It means I knew you'd come in here and ask me to take care of whatever needs taking care of whenever it needs taking care of.
So unless you want to step in and take a beating, why don't you just get to it? You think I couldn't handle you? I think if you took your tie off, we could find out.
Shit, I come up there and get my ass kicked by a skinny white girl, my life would never be the same.
So what do we got? A number two, a number six? Number 14 with a side of 11.
Well, leave the file and the particulars, I'll get to it when I'm done.
- Samantha.
I need you to come through for me on this one.
Come on, Robert, have I ever let you down before? You've never lost, but you have let me down a time or two.
Well, then, I give you my word this will not be one of those times.
[grunts] Damn, could kick my ass.
Katrina, what are you doing here? I gave you an assignment-- I finished it.
What do you mean you finished it? I asked you to evaluate 50 associates.
How could you have done that already? I didn't.
PATTIE did it for me.
- Who the hell's Pattie? - Not who, what.
Personal Assessment Tallying and Totalling Individual Efficiency.
Say what now? I plugged in 16 parameters and quantifiables, PATTIE popped out a list ranking the associates from 1 to 50.
Katrina, this is amazing.
Not only that, it's completely objective.
The bottom ten are the least efficient, period.
Well, then I guess all that's left is for you to tell me who they are and for me to let them go.
About that, Louis.
I'd like to be the one to do the letting go.
Katrina, I could never ask you to do that.
You're not asking; I am.
I don't understand.
Why would you want to? Louis, you told me I could be senior partner one day.
Which means, I need to be able to do things like this.
- But-- - And as Ned Stark would say, "He who passes the sentence should swing the sword.
" You know I can never argue with Ned Stark.
I do.
Thank you.
Make them clean deaths.
- I will.
Jeremy Stiller.
- Who are you? - I work for Robert Zane.
Well, I'm sorry Ms.
Works for Robert Zane, but this is private property.
I'm gonna have to ask you to leave.
I have to say, it almost feels like you knew this encounter would happen.
That's because Alex Williams told me a man named Sam Wheeler would be coming.
Which means he was resourceful enough to find out my name but didn't have enough imagination to think I might be a woman.
Well, he had enough imagination to tell me not to take your call.
And he only did that because he's afraid you might like what I have to say.
Well, I don't.
Even if I did, I'm loyal to Specter Litt.
Look, I'm sorry.
Clearly we got off on the wrong foot, but I-- We did.
Now if you don't mind, I have work to do.
I grew up poor.
We lived on a farm and my only chance of going to college was to get a scholarship, which I did.
Sophomore year, the company that funded my scholarship went out of business.
So I had a choice.
Do it myself, or don't do it at all.
Since then, I have scratched and clawed for everything I have ever had.
Why are you telling me this? Because the details were different but I know the same thing happened to you.
All I'm asking is for you to hear me out.
Okay, I'll hear you out.
But there's no way I'm dropping my business.
Donna, do you have a minute? Does this have to do with the associates we're letting go? - It does.
And since I understand you'll be doing exit interviews with them, I thought you should know who's going.
That's funny.
That's not what I thought you'd be asking.
What do you mean? Katrina, are you sure you're going to be okay firing people you've worked with for years? I mean, I know you value you the firm, but this-- I know it isn't going to be easy, Donna.
I was once let go from here too, but I'll tell you what I told Louis.
That if I'm going to grow in my role here this is something I'm going to have to learn to do.
Fair enough.
Hang on a second, has Louis seen this list? No, why? There's a problem with the first name.
He's not gonna like it.
- I know that.
Then I suggest you let him know before you pull the trigger.
- I can't do that.
- Why not? Because this process is supposed to be impartial.
And if I tell Louis who I'm going to fire just because he won't like one of the names on the list-- What won't I like? Louis, Katrina was just informing me that it's not a good idea for you-- What name? - Brian.
- Nope.
- Louis.
- Donna, this is between Katrina and me.
No, Louis, it isn't.
This is about the firm and its integrity.
You asked me to come up with an objective metric and by that metric, Brian Altman has to go.
- So change the metric.
- I can't do that.
And even if I could he'd be just as likely to go down as go up.
I understand that, but I don't give a shit.
Anyone but Brian.
- Louis-- Katrina, listen to me.
You asked for this responsibility so I gave it to you.
So now I am telling you to find a way to keep him.
Okay, Louis.
I'll see what I can do.
Harvey, we need to talk.
Don't tell me, there's a problem.
- There is.
- What is it now? It's not that big of a deal, but you're gonna have to figure out what font to use to put my name on the letterhead.
Because as of 2:00 p.
today, Robert Zane's client is officially dropping their manufacturing division.
You telling me you did it? Signed, sealed, and delivered, my man.
Now let's get down to figuring out-- What? How to counter my last move? Because you may have them signed and sealed but I'm here to tell you your delivery got lost on the way.
- Who the hell are you? - Her name is Sam Wheeler.
Truth be told, Alex, I prefer Samantha.
You two know each other? No, but it doesn't take a genius to figure out she's Zane's guy.
- He didn't figure it out.
What I figured out is, whoever you are, if you think you can waltz into my office-- - Harvey, I got it.
- Do you? Because unless I'm misreading the situation, she's saying you don't.
- Harvey.
You know what, you two are obviously having some trouble.
The good news is you'll have plenty of time to work it out because as of end of business today, your client is dropping their manufacturing division.
And we can get back to the business of running this firm under the direction of Robert Zane.
You two have a nice--[scoffs] You know I don't mean it.
- What do you mean, no? - I mean this is my fight.
You asked me to fight it, and I'm not gonna let you step into the middle of round two.
It may be the middle of round two, but you just told me you got a first round knock-out.
Well, I was wrong.
But I'm still in the ring, my partnership's on the line, and I'm not getting out.
- Then you better win.
- Where you going? To pick a fight in my own weight class.
Robert, how are you? Settling in all right? Doing just fine, thanks for asking.
What can I do for you? I just dropped by to tell you I had an interesting conversation with your girl, Sam.
[laughs] She's kicking your ass, isn't she? Not mine.
Since neither of you had the balls to invite me into the ring.
Just like you didn't invite me.
And don't give me any of this nonsense about we had a deal.
Because you broke it just as fast as I did.
I did, but my issue isn't that she's fighting your battles for you.
It's that she walked into my office like I wasn't the managing partner of this firm.
And I didn't like the way she introduced herself to me either.
But that's not what your issue is.
You're pissed.
Because I didn't get in the ring myself.
Because if I'm not in there, you're not in there.
And you can't stand not being in there.
Are you saying I always have to shoot? Because I'm fine passing the ball.
I'm talking about being a coach.
And if you were one, you wouldn't mind just sitting back and watching Samantha Wheeler eat your boy for breakfast.
And if you think that's gonna happen, you don't know Alex Williams.
Oh, I know that's what's gonna happen.
And the person you don't know is Harvey Specter.
I know myself just fine.
Then tell me you'll stay the hell out of this.
No problem, I just gave Alex my word I'd stay out.
And what kind of managing partner would I be if I couldn't live up to my word.
Because, just so we're clear, Robert, I am managing partner.
- Whatever you say, Harvey.
But remember, you didn't only give your word to Alex Williams anymore.
You just gave your word to me.
And the next thing I knew There were peas everywhere! On me, on the wall, everywhere but in his mouth.
I'm telling you, it was-- - Disgusting.
I was gonna say adorable, but [scoffs] Anyway, this is nice.
Katrina, I'm glad you suggested lunch.
So tell me, Brian.
Do you think that having a baby has made you more productive in the workplace? - Are you kidding me? - I see.
Then what about your efficiency? I understand children sometimes necessitate better time management skills.
For my wife, maybe.
But to tell you the truth, I'm all over the place.
Then what would you say are the areas where you do excel? - With my son? - No, Brian.
At work.
Oh, my God.
Am I getting fired? What? No.
We were just talking about babies, and it got me thinking-- About my time management skills? Katrina, don't lie to me.
I've heard the rumors.
Am I one of the ones being let go from the merger? You heard right, Brian.
We are making some cuts.
But you should know the decisions were based on completely objective data.
Completely objective? I work my ass off for this firm.
Well, your numbers certainly don't show that.
- My numbers? - Yes, your numbers.
The thing that indicates how hard you work.
I don't believe this.
You know what, maybe people were right about you.
What does that mean? It means they say you're cold and all you care about is your job.
Well, maybe they're right.
Maybe you are a robot.
How dare you say that to me.
How dare I say that to you? I've been showing you pictures of my child and the whole time you've just been waiting to fire me.
What kind of person would do that? You know what, the kind of person who's been trying to figure out how to save your job.
But I haven't heard one thing that I can use to justify keeping you.
So as far as I'm concerned, you're fired.
Louis, Can I talk to you for second? Course, what do you need? I have something I want to run by you.
I need to know if you think it'll work.
What's going on? Harvey's trying to get Zane's client to drop their division, not ours.
And Zane's doing the same thing.
Let me guess, you're on team Harvey.
- Exactly.
- What's your plan? Well? I love it.
You don't think there's an end around for her with an injunction? - The only way she could do that if she filed an ex-parte motion.
Which she can't do retroactively.
Alex, this is brilliant.
Do you need help filing it? - No, Louis.
I already did.
I was checking to make sure I didn't miss anything.
Hey, Alex.
Harvey told me that you thought I was still mad at you because I didn't come to you about Zane.
That's not true.
As far as I'm concerned, you are on our side.
You always will be.
When the time comes, I'll back you as name partner.
I appreciate that, Louis.
Go get 'em.
Hey, Brian, I was just about to come-- - See me? Bullshit.
- What do you mean bullshit? I mean there's no way you were gonna come see me because you didn't even have the balls to fire me to my face.
What? Brian, nobody's firing you.
You're gonna look me in the eye and tell me that Katrina didn't run her numbers and determine that I don't work hard enough to serve this firm? - No, that's not-- - You know what? If you'd at least come and told me yourself, but why should I expect something like that? After all, it's not like you ever held my newborn son.
Brian, please wait.
I told Katrina to find a way to keep you because I believe that you are more than worthy of serving this firm.
And I do care about you and that is the truth.
Yeah, well, maybe you did tell her all that, but it didn't stop her from firing me anyway.
- Brian-- - You know what, Louis? If you need me, I'll be spending the next two days getting my files in order.
Because contrary to Katrina's analysis, I care about my clients, and I'm a damn good lawyer.
Louis, before you say-- What the fuck is your problem? I gave you an order and you blatantly ignored me.
I didn't ignore you.
Then what do you call firing Brian when I specifically told you not to? Listen to me, I tried not to fire him.
I took him to lunch, and we-- - Oh, good, lunch.
I hope the chicken potpie was delicious.
You still didn't do what I asked.
You know what? I did do what you originally asked.
To objectively evaluate the associates.
Not coddle your teacher's pet.
Screw what I originally asked.
I told you to rejigger the metrics to keep a valued associate.
You think fudging the numbers wasn't the first thing I tried? It didn't work.
He always came out too low.
- I don't care.
Well, I do.
Because I care about this firm.
And what kind of message does rejiggering the metrics send to the associates who work 100 hours a week, who eat dinner here every night, who don't even go on dates, let alone have a baby.
I don't care what message it sends, Katrina.
Brian is staying.
Then you figure out who goes instead.
Because I'm not doing something I don't believe in.
No, Katrina.
I told you once and I'm telling you again.
You asked for this job; you are doing it.
You need to take a look at this.
- What is it? - It just came in.
It's a proposed contract of sale for Clavatin's-- Manufacturing division.
Son of a bitch.
I need to find out where Judge Thomas is and I need to find out now.
Harvey, you can't do this without Alex.
It's his case.
Then why the hell are you the one telling me this and not him? Because he's probably out there fighting because he thinks he can still win.
Well, he's got one thing right.
We can still win.
But he can't.
And if you cut him out, you won't win either.
You think I can't take Samantha Wheeler? I think you said you'd stay out of it.
And if you take over now without even telling Alex, then you can find out where Judge Thomas is yourself.
Because I'm not gonna help you tell your own team that you'll cut them out just to get the better of Samantha Wheeler.
Look, you want to tell Alex what I'm doing? Go ahead.
I am not about to sit on the sidelines and watch us lose.
I'm only gonna ask you this once.
Is there a chance you're that overreacting to Mike having just left? I don't know, Donna.
But to tell you the truth, I don't care.
You win.
I'll find out where Judge Thomas is.
Heavy is the head.
Especially when what has to be done is unjust.
You still don't think that Brian deserves to stay, do you? No, I don't.
And when I told Louis that it would send the wrong kind of message to the people who work their asses off for this firm a lot more than Brian, he said he didn't give a shit.
I see.
And what Louis didn't understand was that the people you're talking about weren't just people.
It was you.
- How could you-- Because I know what it's like to give everything and still be taken for granted.
And for what it's worth, I think Louis was wrong to say what he did.
But he isn't wrong about Brian.
- Well, I don't agree.
- I understand that.
Probably has something to do with why you told Harvey that I shouldn't be made partner last year.
- You knew about that? - I do now.
- Donna, it wasn't-- - Tell me.
You ran all the numbers for Louis, who are the top five most efficient associates? Jesse, Sarah, Ryan, Carl, and Gina.
- Where does Brian sit? - Right here.
Right here in the center of those five people? Do you think that's a coincidence? - I had-- - Katrina.
What you have yet to learn is that there are players who never put up great stats, but you keep them around because they make the people around them better.
Are you talking about Brian or you? I'm talking about both.
So what do I do? You do what you said you'd do.
You evaluate the associates.
Only this time, do it better.
I'm sorry, Donna.
I shouldn't have gone to Harvey.
It's okay, Katrina.
COO is where I'm meant to be.
- Harvey.
- Alex, before you say anything-- - No, you gave me your word that you were gonna stay out of this.
The next thing I know, you're having a meeting about my client without me.
- First of all, it's my client.
- And it's my case.
Which you were about to lose.
- It was a setback.
- Bullshit.
You were getting your ass kicked.
And don't tell me you weren't.
- God damn it, Harvey.
Listen to me, Alex.
This woman is no joke.
You saying I am? I'm saying I just met with Judge Thomas, so I know exactly what it's gonna take to beat her.
So the hell what? I can play dirty just as well as you.
Maybe you can, but I gave you a promise to put your name on the wall.
And if you play dirty to beat Robert Zane's right hand, it isn't gonna happen.
- You know what I think? That sounds like some bullshit by a guy who's just gonna do what he wants like he always does.
What I want, Alex, is to stay managing partner.
This is the way that's gonna happen.
- Harvey, I-- - That's enough.
I'm taking it from here.
It's done.
Katrina, I've got a lot on my plate this morning.
So if you don't mind-- You just want your morning coffee, I know.
Was that part of your efficiency evaluations? People's coffee consumption? Look, Brian, I was wrong about you.
I understand what you do for the firm and I'm sorry for the things I said.
Well, I appreciate that, but if you're just saying this because Louis told you to-- - No, I'm not.
And he didn't.
Then why are you saying it? Because I took this assignment hoping that it would help me grow.
And if I can't ask for help when I need it, then I have even more growing to do than I thought.
What do you mean ask for help? My evaluation of the associates was flawed.
It didn't take into account intangibles, and I was hoping you could help me fix that.
You mean you want me to help you figure out who to fire instead of me.
No, Brian, that's not what I meant.
Yes, it is.
And I'm sure firing my fellow associates is a value to the firm, but I'm not gonna help you do it.
- What the hell did you do? - I didn't do anything.
Well, except for the thing that I did.
You mean going to Judge Thomas and having him allow fabricated testimony to overrule my motion.
It wasn't fabricated, but it sure as hell was allowed.
And how exactly did you get him to do that? You know how I did it, or you don't.
And if you don't, well, I'm not about to open up my playbook and show you.
Well, Mr.
Slick, I don't give a shit how you did it.
I'm going to undo it because this is isn't over.
- Yes, it is.
- We'll see about that.
No, we won't.
Because I'm giving you a direct order.
You are not to take any action to affect the outcome of this situation.
And you can give me all the orders you want.
The only person I answer to is Robert Zane.
So if you want to stop what I'm about to do, you better talk to him before I god damn do it.
- Don't you walk away from me.
- Kiss my ass.
All right, Robert.
I have been patient, but it's over, and I've won.
Call off the dogs.
What the hell did you just say to me? I said call off the dogs.
I'm not gonna have someone inside my own firm who doesn't know when she's lost.
The only one in here who doesn't know that they've lost is you.
I didn't lose shit.
And if you think I might, why don't you pick up the phone and call Judge Thomas right now? I'm not talking about Judge Thomas.
Then what the hell are you talking about? I'm talking about the fact that you stood right here and gave your word that you would stay out of this thing.
And not only did you break it, now you're in here trying to drag me into it.
Nothing to say? That's right.
You may have won the battle, but you lost the goddamn war.
Because you just showed this entire firm only one of us is managing partner material.
And it isn't you.
This is my firm, and I'm not gonna let you take it.
I'm gonna let you in on a little secret, Harvey.
I already have.
Now, why don't you let that rattle around for a little while, and then come back when you're ready to tell me that I'm right.
You can come in, you know.
- Sorry, I didn't mean to-- - Yes, you did.
You just wanted to let me finish whatever I was in the middle of.
Not bad.
- Thank you.
- You're welcome.
No, I mean, thanks for sticking up for me with Katrina.
- You figured it out.
- I did.
I was right about you.
Aren't you right about everybody? Yeah, pretty much.
And now I have something else to be right about.
Katrina needs your help.
Maybe she does, but if I'd thought about the fact that me staying would mean someone I care about might get fired I wouldn't have gone to Louis in the first place.
And that, right there, is the reason we were right to keep you.
And as I see it You can either help Katrina make the right decision, or live with the fact that she might make the wrong one.
Like she almost did with you.
Harvey, what can I do for you? I'll tell you what you should have done for me.
Stop me from taking the case from Alex.
And if you recall, that's what I tried to do.
And then you changed your mind.
Because I listened to you.
Oh, well, you picked a hell of a time to start doing that because Zane set me up.
I don't care what Zane did, you went after her because it's who you are.
And you're supposed to be saving me from myself.
Which is exactly what I did.
How the hell do you figure that? Harvey, Mike left.
What does that have to do with this? It has everything to do with is.
Because the reason he left is because he finally came to terms with who he is.
And now that he's gone, who you are is a man who wants back in the game.
Don't you see, you've been to the top of the mountain.
You've proved you can do it, and you may not want to admit it, but you're getting tired of just sitting up there, enjoying the view.
Donna, how's it gonna look to the rest of the world if I step down? I'll tell you how.
Like no other firm can touch us.
Not with you and Robert doing what everybody knows you were meant to do.
And by that I mean pulling off the kind of shit that only Harvey Specter can do.
You wanted to see me? - Yes.
Bridget, please sit down.
Am I getting fired? Yes.
I'm afraid you are.
Katrina, I know we merged, but I have a ton of student debt.
My landlord just raised my rent, and I promised to pay for my nephew's daycare so my sister could go back to school.
There's got to be something I can do to get a second chance.
I'm sorry, Bridget, but the decision's already been made.
I do wish you the best of luck.
You know, life was simpler when this was my office.
As I understand, when you were in this office you almost went to prison for Mike Ross.
I don't see what was simpler about that.
Yeah, you do.
Robert, you said that I should come back when I was ready to admit that you were right.
Well, I'm back.
Takes a big man to admit that, Harvey.
I appreciate it.
You're not gonna try to hug me, are you? I don't know what goes on between you and Louis, but I'll pass.
Then I guess this is the part where I make my first humble request to my fearless leader.
[laughs] That took about two seconds.
Let's hear it.
My office.
- What about it? - I want it back.
In that case, your fearless leader is happy to comply.
What do you say we go out and grab those burgers? Not tonight, but we will.
I still have something I have to take care of.
[door knocks] - You were right.
- About what? It wasn't easy firing those people.
- So it's done? - It's done.
You mind if I ask if Brian ended up helping with this list? He did.
And you were right about him too.
Well, as long as we're handing out "You were rights," You were right about being the one to let those people go.
You mean it's good for my growth.
No, I mean, I'm glad I didn't have to do it.
It sucks.
Hey, you want to grab a drink or something? - I'd love to.
- Katrina.
Give me a second with Red here, will you? Of course.
I'll be in my office.
Am I in trouble? Why, you do something wrong? I guess that depends on what you mean by wrong.
I'm not here because you're in trouble.
I'm here because Harvey just asked me to swap offices and then he told I was right.
And I doubt those words have ever come out of that man's mouth without first having a conversation with you.
You sound pretty sure of yourself for a man who's only been here about ten minutes.
You think Rachel didn't tell her father about the mighty Donna Paulsen? Guess I never thought of her as much of a chatterbox.
Then again, she did tell me about the time that you took-- Whatever it is.
Just remember, once you say it out loud, we can never pretend that you don't know it.
And that, Robert Lucas Zane, is why you are managing partner.
- Good night, Donna.
- Good night, Robert.
You really have no concept of boundaries, do you? You know, most people would be here to tell you they think we got off on the wrong foot.
But I'm here to say we got off on the right one, And what foot is that? The one where you and I discover we're not so different after all.
I don't think I'm anything like you.
You are.
Right down to the fact that we both grew up in Riverside, New York.
Which is why we'll both always feel like outsiders no matter how much we earn their respect.
How do you know that about me? Because I do my homework.
Maybe we are alike.
That's all I wanted to say.
Except for one thing.
You told Jeremy Stiller that you grew up on a farm, and last I checked there aren't any farms in Riverside.
And that little observation is the reason we got off on the right foot.
I don't follow.
There are three things that happen when I tell different people different stories.
One, they don't recognize it.
Which means I don't need to worry about them.
Two, they know I did it, but don't have the balls to say anything.
Which means I need to worry about them even less.
Or three, they call me on it.
And believe me, three is my kind of guy.
Well, in that case, welcome to the firm.
Glad to be here.
Oh, and by the way, I would have won.
[drawer rattles] [drawer clanks] Alex.
It's 10:00 at night; what are you doing? I'm going through every one of Samantha Wheeler's files.
'Cause a fight's coming, and I'm gonna be ready.
Okay, listen to me.
Because, believe me, I've been where you are before.
Don't start something that you'll regret later.
Then what am I supposed to do? How 'bout you make a friend now that you'll be happy about later.
Are you crazy? She's not looking to make friends.
Maybe not, but, Alex, listen to me.
In the long run, this woman is going nowhere.
Got Harvey and me on your side.
You get the trifecta, I don't care what she does.
Never gonna beat you again.
Are you suggesting I kiss Robert Zane's ass? 'Cause I'm not gonna do that.
- No, Alex.
I'm just saying get to know the man.
And how exactly would you suggest I do that? That's up to you.
I happen to know the man plays golf.
So do you.
If it were up to me, I would start right there.
Make yourself at home.
Don't mind if I do.
Well, as long as you're here.
You came through, like always.
Thanks, Samantha.
- Like always.
What happened to, "You let me down a time or two"? Come on, you know I get like that sometimes.
What's going on? Something on your mind? Yeah, there is.
I did what you asked and now I have something to ask.
- What's that? I don't want to just be your Michael Clayton.
I want more.
- I'm married.
- Come on, Robert.
You know what I want, and it's time.
Samantha, we've been over this.
You get name partner, and you're not going to be able to operate the way you always have.
You mean I won't be able to clean up your messes.
My messes aren't the only ones you clean up.
I believe you spend half the time cleaning up your own.
Oh, is that what I spent the last few days doing? - Samantha? - Robert, I want name partner.
And I want it before the year is out.
Or what? Before the year is out, Robert.