In the 90-minute pilot, Mike Ross has always dreamed of becoming a lawyer but life has taken him in a different direction. However, when an unexpected opportunity presents itself, he soon finds himself becoming the new associate at one of Manhattan's top corporate law firms. There is only one problem -- he doesn't actually have a law degree.moreless
Mike: What if I told you I could consume knowledge like no one you've ever met and I've actually passed the bar?
Harvey: I'd say you're full of crap.
Harvey: Listen, being a lawyer is like being a doctor.
Mike: You mean how you don't get emotional about the clients?
Harvey : No, I mean you have to keep pressing until it hurts. Then you'll know where to look.
Harvey: Look, I have to put my own interests above yours. It's nothing personal. You're fired.
Mike: What? So you're worried that if I stay that might find out about me and you'll lose your license. But if you fire me then I could tell them you lied about me and you'll definitely lose your license.
Harvey: Are you telling me that if I throw you under the bus, you're going to drag me with you?
Mike: You put your interests above mine and I'm just putting mine back up next to yours.Harvey: You're rehired.
Mike: I know where they don't want us to look.
Harvey: Did you get through all those files in one night?
Mike: Well, I would've done it faster, but I ordered a pizza. Speaking of which, have you ever had the cheese in the crust? Because it blew my mind.
Harvey: This is good. We're gonna have some fun.
Mike: We? I get to go?
Harvey: You didn't think I'd let you come along?
Harvey: Good instinct. I wasn't, but then I thought it would be cruel not to let you witness my greatness.
Trevor: Michael, come on, you know I don't wanna live in a world where we're not tight.
Mike: Then kill yourself.
Mike: Donna, can you show me how to fill out a subpoena?
Donna: Absolutely. After that, you want me to show you how to wipe your ass?
Harvey: That's funny because he should already know how to do both those things.
Mike: Ah, yeah, that's hilarious.
(Donna hands Mike a business card)
Mike: What's that?
Harvey: That's my suit guy. Go in tell him I sent you and spend some money.
Mike: What does it matter how much money I spend on suits?
Harvey: People respond to how we're dressed. And, like it or not, this is what you have to do.
Mike: That's weird you giving me advice. Sounds like you actually care about me.
Harvey: I don't. You're a reflection of me and I absolutely care about me. So get your skinny tie out of my face and get to work.
Donna: That was a little harsh.
Harvey: I'm not about caring; I'm about winning.
Mike: Why can't you be about both?
Harvey: I'd explain it to you, but then I'd have to care about you.
Harvey: Hey, didn't I tell you to get some better suits?
Mike: I spent $500.
Harvey: For how many suits?
Mike: Five... what?
Harvey: Jessica, if you hadn't done as much for me as you have, I'd be heading for the door.
Jessica: If I hadn't done as much for you as I have, I'd be throwing you out the window.
Mike: Wow, you're pretty.
Rachel: Good, you've hit on me. We can get it out of the way that I'm not interested.
Mike: No, I'm sorry, I wasn't hitting on you.
Rachel:Trust me, I've given dozens of these and, without fail, whenever a new hotshot it is who thinks that because I just a paralegal. That I will somehow be blown away by his dazzling degree. Let me assure you, I won't.
Mike: I was, I was hitting on you.
Rachel: You were. Take notes. I'm not gonna repeat myself.
Mike: I love you.
Mike: You give me this and I will work as hard as it takes to school those Harvard douches and become the best lawyer you have ever seen. Harvey: I'm inclined to give you a shot, but what if I decide to go another way? Mike: I'd say that's fair. Sometimes I like to hang out with people who aren't that bright, you know, just to see how the other half lives. Harvey: Move over, I'm emailing the firm. I just found our next associate.
Harvey: We should hire you. Jesus, I'd give you the twenty-five grand as a signing bonus.
Mike: I'll take it.
Harvey: Unfortunately, we only hire from Harvard. And not only did you not go to Harvard Law School, you haven't gone to any law school.
Mike: What if I told you that I consume knowledge like no one you've ever met and I've actually passed the bar?
Harvey: I'd say you're full of crap.
Harvey: How the hell did you know that they were the police.
Mike: I read this novel in elementary school and it was the exact same thing.
Harvey: You read a novel? In elementary school?
Mike: What! I like to read.
Harvey: And why did you ask them what time it was?
Mike: Throw 'em off. I mean, what kind of drug dealer asks a cop what time it is when he's got a briefcase full of pot, right?
Donna: Rick Sorkin... Rick Sorkin... Rick Sorkin? Excuse me, Mr. Sorkin, you are five minutes late. Is there a reason why I should let you in?
Mike: Look, I'm just trying to ditch the cops, OK? I don't really care if you let me in or not.
Donna: Kit, what is wrong with you? You look like you're eleven years old.
Kit: I was late to puberty.
Harvey: Why don't we just hire the Harvard, summer associate douche.
Louis: I'm not saying that I haven't been charmed by Harvey, but it's just so patronizing when you say that he can handle those things and, Louis, you can only handle this. Jessica, I could've handled Gerald Tait.
Jessica: And I told you I disagree.
Jessica: Because... (Harvey interrupts)
Harvey: Because when you put two bullies in the same room together, things generally don't go so well.
Louis: It's 9:30. Nice for you to show up two hours after we open for business. And I see that you're also trying to look like a pimp.
Harvey: My bad, Louis. I was out late last night, and when I woke up this was the suit your wife picked out for me.
Louis: And that would be funny if I'd actually be married.
Jessica: Moving along.
Harvey: You're not married.
Mike's Grandmother: Michael, I'm not gonna be around forever and I want you to stop with that stuff.
Mike: What stuff?
Mike's Grandmother: I may be old, but I'm not an idiot. I know life has been hard for you, but you're not a kid anymore. And I want you to promise that you're gonna start living up to your potential.
Mike: I promise.
Mike: I hear someone's not taking their pills.
Mike's Grandmother: Because they're trying to poison me.
Mike: Grammy, that's crazy. Dr. Shrager gave me her word that she wouldn't poison you until January. If she does it before then, she can't count it towards next year's quota.
Jessica: How did you know Gerald wouldn't look at that memo ?
Harvey: Because a charging bull always looks at the red cape, not at the man with the sword.
Harvey: So I'd say the ball is in your court, but the truth is your balls are in my fist. Now I apologize if that image is too pansy for you, but I'm comfortable enough with my manhood to put it out there.
Harvey: So let me make sure that I understand this. We negotiated a deal that gave you everything you wanted. Mr. Cooper signed it, and now you won't close until we take away the last shred of his dignity?
Harvey: Well, that's not gonna happen.
Gerald: And why the hell not?
Harvey: Because I like Mr. Cooper and my firm doesn't operate in bad faith.
Original International Air Dates:
Canada: August 22, 2011 on Bravo
United Kingdom: January 17, 2012 on Dave/Dave HD
Czech Republic: August 31, 2012 on Prima COOL
"When They Fight They Fight" by The Generationals
"Howlin' For You" by The Black Keys
"Changing" by The Airborne Toxic Event
"Oxford Comma" by Vampire Weekend
"The World Is Going Up In Flames" by Charles Bradley
"Grey Lynn Park" by The Veils
Although the series is set in New York City, only the pilot was shot there. The remaining episodes were filmed in Toronto.
The original title of this series was A Legal Mind.
This episode had 4.6 million viewers on its original airing.
Nancy: I did the best I could. I got myself a job as a secretary at Devlin McGregor.
The company Devlin McGregor is an allusion to the 1993 movie The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones.
Mike: I feel like Michael Corleone in that one scene where the fat guy teaches him to shoot the gun.
Harvey: Are you calling me the fat guy? Because I'm not the fat guy.
Mike: Do you remember that guy's name?
In reference to Francis Coppola's 1972 film The Godfather.
Mike Ross: I work for Dean Wormer in the Admissions Office.
Dean Wormer is the name of the dean in National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) played by John Vernon.
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