As the takeover attempt heats up, Louis hopes a public statement from Ava will bolster Hessington Oil's plummeting stock price; if not, the only logical play will be to have Ava step down. The problem is, Harvey can't have Ava speaking to the press with a murder trial on the line, and he can't let Ava lose control of her company if he wants to preserve his deal with Edward Darby. But while Harvey can stop Ava from talking, in order to secure Ava's seat he must use Darby to trump Jessica, a move that leaves the American managing partner royally pissed.
Elsewhere, Donna's relationship with Stephen Huntley moves beyond flirtation, while a meeting of the minds between Mike and Katrina leaves Rachel feeling a twinge of jealousy.
Meanwhile, fed up with being muzzled, Ava finally has her say during a mock deposition, and it fundamentally changes Harvey and Mike's feelings about the case. What they don't know, though, is that Jessica has given Louis the nod to secretly go to the board and cut Ava out. The question is, are her actions for the good of the firm, or is Jessica pursuing her own agenda?