Can we just say that we are loving how together Mike (Patrick J. Adams) and Rachel (Meghan Markle) are right now? (Note to universe: Not that we’re trying to jinx anything.) In life and at work, they seem to have put all the bad times and tense moments behind them, and they are soooo in sync. Which is good, since they are about to get married. Then again, it is not that unusual to see them clicking so well. Maybe things haven’t always gone smoothly for our fave legal-eagle couple, but they have definitely worked well together over the years. Here are six times Mike and Rachel made a great team.
1. Accidental Teamwork
In this incident from Season 1, Mike and Rachel weren’t really operating as a team, but the outcome was good for both of them. After someone at Pearson Hardman leaked a confidential witness list to rival firm Wakefield-Cady, Louis (Rick Hoffman) wrongly accused Rachel -- and she was suspended immediately. The evidence? Her confidential employee fax code was on the leaked document. Since Louis got this idea from some files Mike brought him, Mike took the brunt of Rachel’s (righteous) wrath. He investigated on his own, and quickly found the real culprit: fellow associate Jimmy Kirkwood (Pooch Hall). Wakefield-Cady offered Jimmy a junior partnership in exchange for the list but reneged on the deal after getting it. (Ha-ha. Jerk.) To send the document, he used a random employee code that happened to be Rachel’s. Mike made Jimmy turn himself in, so he got to keep Rachel as a coworker. Rachel did indeed return to the work, but not before extracting from Louis a 10 percent pay raise, an apology, and a promise that the firm would pay her law school tuition. Like we said, win-win.
2. Out-Sneaking a Sneak
In Season 2, we met Katrina Bennett (Amanda Schull), the ambitious former assistant district attorney who wanted to make the jump to corporate law, just like Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht). Shortly after securing her place at Pearson Hardman, she made the mistake of trying to play Mike and Rachel against each other. She joined the Folsom Foods case, and immediately rankled Mike by trying to boss him around. When Rachel told Katrina about Mike’s idea to look into the personal correspondence of Hanley Folsom as a way to find some evidence of his discriminatory attitude toward women, Katrina acted like it was a dumb idea. But in fact she thought it was a good idea, and sneakily diverted Rachel from working on it for Mike, so she could steal the lead for herself. When Rachel eventually found the smoking gun herself and gave it to Mike, he quickly took it to Harvey -- only to find out that Katrina had already brought it to him.
An outraged Mike went to Rachel for help, and they ended up conspiring to steal back the discovery by getting ahold of another paralegal’s copier code (oh, the irony) and taking the document out from under Katrina’s nose. Mike got to deliver the discovery to Jessica and Harvey, Rachel got the last laugh with Katrina, and Katrina ended up looking like a total mean girl for making comments about lawyers sleeping with paralegals.
Season 2, Episode 15, "Normandy"
3. Under Pressure
Life got hard for Mike after he was arrested for fraud in Season 5 -- and things got hard for Rachel, too. When U.S. Attorney Anita Gibbs (Leslie Hope) approached Rachel for a meeting, Rachel demanded that anything she said had to be inadmissible. Gibbs agreed, but then she threatened to derail Rachel’s law career unless she sold out the firm. Later, Rachel faced expulsion from law school because the dean suspected Mike took the LSATs for her, since Mike was now being accused of having taken that test for others. The dean also told Rachel that if the charges against Mike somehow got dropped, everything would be OK. That made her realize he had been tipped off by Gibbs. Though deeply troubled, Rachel kept her head and told Mike what happened. And, since knowledge is power, Mike used that information to start to unravel Gibbs’s plot. Rachel’s disclosure also indirectly helped Harvey solve a big piece of the puzzle: When he confronted Gibbs about leaning on Rachel, he heard her say “God’s green earth” and realized Gibbs was the one who wrote the journal article that hurt Pearson Specter Litt’s reputation.
4. The Couple Case
We’re trying to focus on Mike and Rachel’s teamwork at work, not outside work, but, well, you know how these two tend to blur those lines. Like back in Season 3, when Mike asked Rachel for help with the case of accountant Graham Stenton (Drew Nelson), who embezzled $30 million from a client. Their job was to get the money back, quietly. The newly-in-love pair bantered playfully about Rachel playing Mike to Mike’s Harvey, and Mike blissfully observed it was their “first case as a couple.” However, the case hit almost too close to home. It turned out Stenton’s bookkeeper, Beth (Lesley Faulkner), knew what he had done but was in love with him and didn’t want to turn him in. Stenton even married her overnight, so he could invoke spousal privilege.
Meanwhile, Rachel didn’t want Mike to have dinner with her parents because she was afraid they would learn his secret. She changed her mind, but during dinner Mike discovered Rachel’s secret: she had applied to law school at Stanford University in California. At least they managed to leave the argument that followed at the office door. They leaned harder on Beth, with Rachel telling her that the fear of Graham getting caught would cast a shadow over their life together. Mission accomplished! Later, Mike told Rachel that what she said to Beth was really about them. Rachel acknowledged that, but said the main thing she wanted was for Mike to give her the freedom to make her own decision about where to go to law school — just as he had been able to do when he chose to tell her his secret.
Season 3, Episode 5, "Shadow of a Doubt"
5. Meet the New Mike
In Season 7, Oliver Grady (Jordan Johnson-Hinds) represented a food bank that had been getting protein packs at cost from a Specter Litt client, Hudson Mills. Recently, the company raised the price, and the food bank could no longer afford the packs. The company maintained the deal was just an arrangement, not a contract, so the food bank had no grounds to sue. Oliver asked Mike to pull some strings and at least get the price lowered, but what he was really after was something like revenge for Mike screwing him over on the prison case and breaking his many promises to Oliver.
When Mike told Rachel about the case, and how Oliver was playing him, she said it sounded like Mike was actually a little bit proud of Oliver. Which he was, but he still had to win. Rachel vowed to help him kick that Mike Ross wannabe’s ass six ways to Sunday, but then Oliver brought in evidence that the agreement between Hudson Mills and the food bank actually was a contract. Unfortunately for Oliver, Mike found proof of his own that the food bank broke the original agreement. As Rachel said, that evidence meant they didn’t have to compromise with Oliver at all, but Mike still felt guilty, saying he didn’t want to break Oliver’s spirit by nailing him to the wall. Rachel countered that if Mike went easy on Oliver, that would break his spirit even more. This gave Mike the resolve he needed: When Oliver tried to backpedal and argue that the whole thing was just an understanding, Mike reminded him that he had already claimed the understanding was actually a contract, and he couldn’t have it both ways. Game over, man.
6. Bringing Backup
Let’s not dwell on Mike being in prison, because that whole part was just too depressing. But let’s do remember how, pretty much as soon as he got out, he helped Rachel and Jessica find a way to free wrongly convicted death-row inmate Leonard Bailey (Glenn Plummer). (Bonus for using that play from A Few Good Men.) Both Rachel and Mike also found their previous actions put under a microscope by the New York State Bar. Mike did what he could to help when Rachel faced rejection on ethical grounds, even dragging the legal clinic into the fray. But he also came pretty close to just bailing on the whole plan of becoming a legitimate attorney. Then it was Rachel’s turn to help -- by not only looking for loopholes to strengthen his case before the bar but also helping him see there was no way he could actually give up being a lawyer. Teamwork!
Season 6, Episode 10, “P.S.L.”
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