"Harvey, we both may have played a part in the last 20 years, but I was an adult, and I put you in that position. And not a day goes by that I don't understand why you hate me. I was your mother. I was supposed to protect you... not scar you. Harvey... I am so sorry." — Lily to Harvey Specter
Lily Specter was the mother of Harvey and Marcus Specter. She had been cheating on Harvey's father for many years, which led to an estrangement between her and Harvey. Harvey was able to forgive and reconnect her with her many years later, and was heartbroken when Lily died of a heart attack.
"Harvey... when my parents died, I felt like I was completely alone in the world. I don't want you to feel that way. I want you to know that whether you want me in your life or not, you still have a mother that loves you and will always be there for you."
After entering into a relationship with Donna, Harvey gives Lily a call, telling her Donna is the one. Lily tells him that she has rooted for him and Donna to get together for years, shocking Harvey and prompting him to ask how she knows who Donna is, although she explains Marcus had told her, as he too was a fan of Donna. The pair discuss Donna's father, Jim Paulsen, with Harvey asking for help how to make amends, and Lily states that Harvey has a generous heart and that he should go to Jim and make a gesture, offering to talk to Jim if that didn't work out.
The next night, Lily calls Harvey and asks how the Jim situation went. He tells her it went great before putting the call on speakerphone and introducing Donna and Lily to each other. Harvey then attempts to end the call, only for Donna to take the phone and have a conversation to Lily about Harvey.