To Mike and that big, beautiful brain of his! For seven glorious seasons we’ve watched Mike use the power of his mind to lay waste to the competition and litigate his way into our hearts. And now that the sun is starting to set on his time at the firm, we’re taking a look back and running down some of his greatest hits. Behold:
That Time He Turned the Tables on Louis
Remember when Louis fabricated that drug test to blackmail Mike into getting high to land a potential new client? So not cool. But Mike has always been a quick learner, and after Harvey hit him with a little tough love (the fan favorite “What are your choices if someone puts a gun to your head?” speech), he was not only ready for Louis the next time he tried to hold a drug test over his head -- he also flipped the script by convincing Louis’ new client that he would be better served by the team of Harvey and Mike. Yeah, motherflecker!
That Time He Brought Reform Corp to Its Knees
Fast forward to season seven. Mike’s knows the game by now, which is why, when Oscar Reyes came to Mike looking for justice for his son who was killed in prison, Mike was able to dig deep and uncover the massive criminal conspiracy between Reform Corp and Masterson Construction. Okay, so Mike definitely had some help on this one, but he was also smart enough to know that when you take on a monster, you’re gonna needs some big guns in your corner. Yeah, motherflecker!
That Time He Out-Thought the Guy Who Out-Thought Harvey
It was supposed to be a gift for the guy who has everything: Mike orchestrated a showdown with A. Elliott Stemple, the rival who straight-up owned Harvey during law school and had been ducking him ever since. But Stemple quickly proved why he was able to get the upper hand all those years ago, out-thinking Harvey and Mike at every turn and twisting their best moves to his advantage. It was only when Mike realized that what Stemple really wanted had nothing to do with Harvey -- his client was secretly trying to get its hands on a proprietary glue used by a competitor -- that they were finally able to come out one step ahead. Yeah, motherflecker!
That Time He Found All the Evidence He Needed ... Right Here [Points to Noggin]
Waaaaaaaaay back in season one, Harvey and Mike learned that their accounting firm was ripping them off for big bucks, but they couldn’t find a way to get their hands on the files that proved it. A problem, perhaps, for a firm that didn’t have access to Mike’s luscious lobes (we’re talking about brain lobes, not ear lobes; don’t be weird). See, Mike had actually read the documents in question, which meant he knew them front to back. Before you could say “photographic memory,” he dictated the entire contents of the files to Rachel and they soon had the hard copies they needed to bring the hammer down. Yeah, motherflecker!
That Time He Knew That No One Would Read the Fine Print
Another classic Mike save! In season two, Daniel Hardman returned with every intention of taking the firm back from Jessica. He played the game brilliantly (hey, credit where it’s due -- the man is kind of an evil genius), turning Louis to his side and using the Coastal Motors case to undermine the partners’ faith in Harvey and Jessica. Too bad he didn’t count on our boy Mike riding in at the last minute with a signed affidavit from C.M.’s C.E.O. that laid Daniel’s plan bare and turned the partners on him once again. Huzzah! Thing was, it was actually Mike who signed the affidavit (he even used his own name!) since he figured no one would actually look closely. Yeah, motherflecker!
That Time He Held Up a Mirror to Harvey's Anger
Mike’s mental firepower always gives him a leg up on the competition, but his empathy and understanding of people may in fact be his greatest strength. In Season 5, Travis Tanner popped up on the other side of a case, claiming to be a changed man, and it wasn’t long before Mike began to believe him. But Harvey, on tilt after Donna left his desk to work for Louis, was having none of it, and he proceeded to take his frustration out on his prodigal rival. Worried that Tanner’s client was going to pay the real price of Harvey’s pain, Mike convinced Tanner to prove he had really turned over a new leaf by taking himself off the case, a move that forced Harvey to confront the truth of his actions and back off. Yeah, motherflecker!
That Time He Showed He Cared
Who can forget the time Mike and Robert Zane faced off against a deep pocketed insurance company with a history of stiffing patients when it counts most? Opposing council was tough, but Mike’s biggest problem was being hamstrung by Robert’s refusal to treat him as an equal. In-laws! Facing down a motion to dismiss and some serious doubts about the sincerity of their case, Mike asked the judge to choose a page at random from their 5,000-page complaint and then proceeded to run down the case history, word for word, of the class member she was looking at. That sure put an end to the judge’s doubts right then and there, and Robert finally got the memo that his future son-in-law was a straight up killer. Yeah, motherflecker!
And, Of Course, That Time Mike Found Donna's Honey...
“Oh, sneaky little bear!”