In the beginning of “Rewind,” the unthinkable happens. Harvey (Gabriel Macht) decides to take the day off. Don’t worry, though, he has some kind of plan up his sleeve that will require him and Mike (Patrick J. Adams) to cause some trouble. Mike’s left in charge of this plan while Harvey heads out and gets on a train. Yes, a train. Where the heck is he going, and why is he dressed like a golfer? (No, seriously, check out his khaki pants and blue sweater.)
This is when things get complicated. Literally. “Rewind” was given that title for a reason. The episode is set in present day as well as five years prior, and it goes back and forth and back and forth. Try not to get lost before the ending credits start to roll.
Five years ago, it starts off with Donna (Sarah Rafferty) and Harvey going back and forth with their typical playful banter. Harvey is only a senior associate, and his office is significantly smaller. That doesn’t change his cocky demeanor, though. He’s still the same Harvey we know and love (and sometimes hate – like when he had Jessica fire Donna.) Switch gears to Mike and Trevor (Tom Lipinski) being funny potheads together, and it’s almost like we’re in the Twilight Zone. It’s nice to finally see the good side of their friendship, but it’s unfortunate that we have to see it in hindsight. Good riddance, Trevor.
Back to present time, Mike is on a mission to find an ex-employee named Monica (Gina Holden). The only person that can help him is Rachel (Meghan Markle) of course. Even though she seems hesitant, everyone knows she’s going to help him. Ultimately, he ends up meeting with Monica to discuss a lawsuit he could help her win in wrongful termination. Louis (Rick Hoffman) happens to be at the restaurant where they meet, and nothing good can possibly come from that. This is all part of Harvey’s plan, but why?
Travel back five years again, and Harvey is trying to do some detective work to figure out who is embezzling money from their clients. Why? Because Jessica (Gina Torres) told him to, and he does what she says. He goes to find Zoe (Jacinda Barrett – who also made an appearance in last week’s episode) because he needs to use her computer to do some digging. Clearly, there’s some kind of actual friendship between these two, so she lets him.
While still in the flashback, Mike and Trevor are out drinking, and this is the night they happen to meet Jenny (Vanessa Ray.) Undoubtedly, Mike and Jenny hit it off, and this just makes the whole Mike/Jenny/Trevor drama even sadder. Jenny, please come back in present day. That’s beside the point. Obviously, Mike and Jenny didn’t actually work out back then because Trevor talked him into dating Jenny’s friend, Nikki. Stupidly, Mike does what Trevor says, and he goes on a date with Nikki. This makes for a very awkward but cute scene between Jenny and Mike as Nikki is finishing getting ready for the date.
After doing the digging on Zoe’s computer, Harvey reports back to Jessica and tells her that Louis is the one embezzling from the clients. When Jessica approaches Louis and starts to yell at him, it’s clear that he didn’t actually do it. He thinks he’s in trouble for sleeping on the couch in her office. Harvey clearly made a mistake, and Jessica is not happy with him for it. Louis was framed, and it’s up to Harvey to dig a little deeper until he actually figures it out.
Switching to present day, Harvey is still traveling, and it’s still not clear where he’s going or why. There’s a liquor store he stops in to get some bottles of what looks like whiskey, though. That always makes things a little more interesting. Now if only we knew where he’s going…
We’re quickly thrown back into the past as Harvey reveals to Jessica that Daniel (David Costabile) is the one embezzling from their clients. Jessica doesn’t believe Harvey, but once he shows her the evidence, she knows it’s true. Harvey wants to have Daniel disbarred, but Jessica doesn’t. Instead, she approaches Daniel because she wants him to explain himself. His sob story comes, and he explains that his wife is dying with breast cancer. That’s where the money is going. The story has Jessica caving, and she doesn’t plan on turning him in. This causes some disagreements with Harvey, and Jessica ends up calling him “coldhearted.”
Meanwhile, Mike and Nikki are on the date, and after proving that he has a photographic memory, she tells him she’ll pay him to take the LSATs for her. Mike gets really offended and storms off from the date to go see his grandma. He’s always been such a grandma’s boy. Unfortunately, when he goes to see her, he discovers that she had a little fall in her apartment, and it’s become apparent that she can’t live on her own anymore. She’ll need fulltime care. Looks like Mike is going to need that money after all, so he goes back to Nikki and says he’ll do it.
Back at the office, there’s an “aha!” moment once Harvey figures out Daniel’s dirty little secret. When he says he’s going to chemotherapy with his dying wife, he’s actually sneaking off to a hotel with Monica (the ex-employee we met at the beginning of the episode.) Harvey blackmails Daniel into resigning because if he doesn’t, he’s going to tell his wife about Daniel and Monica. Naturally, Daniel agrees, and he signs his letter of resignation.
In present day, Louis finds Daniel and tells him that he saw Mike meet with Monica. This is a sure sign that they’re planning on bringing up the affair to hurt Daniel’s chances of becoming partner again. They both think Jessica is responsible for this, and she’s making a move to keep herself on top. Daniel calls Jessica out, but she seems confused and offended by his accusations. Then she continues to find Mike and yell at him in front of the entire office. She tells him to leave Daniel’s old affair alone and stop trying to help her.
Now it’s time for the last flashback. Brace yourselves for the sadness that’s about to ensue. Harvey is on a temporary high from dethroning Daniel, but that quickly crashes down when Donna tells him his dad died. The acting in this scene is brilliant. Harvey cries. I repeat: Harvey cries. It doesn’t last long, of course. Soon enough, Jessica offers him senior partner, and somewhere along the lines, Monica gets fired because Jessica doesn’t trust her. Zoe randomly reappears and tells Harvey she’s leaving, and more or less, she’s judging him for not grieving over his father’s death. Am I the only one that hopes we don’t see much more of her?
As we switch back to present day and the end of the episode nears, we finally see where Harvey ended up on his day off. He’s at the cemetery visiting his father’s grave and drinking some whiskey. It’s a nice moment, and it’s especially nice to finally see some of Harvey’s emotions. Don’t get used to it, though. He’s back in the office the next day, and he’s just as ready as ever to get rid of Daniel… again. As it turns out, Jessica was in on the Monica plan the whole time, and she yelled at Mike on purpose so everyone could hear about Daniel’s affair. They’re a very sneaky team.
The episode ends with Harvey looking right at Jessica and saying, “One more thing – I’m getting Donna back.” Heck yes, Harvey. Heck yes.
Next week: Daniel offers Louis a senior partner position, and that means he’ll be the final vote in the Jessica vs. Daniel face off. What side will Louis choose?