"I was a young attorney. Taking on a case like that, was only get me fired too. So I told her there was nothing we could do. And after that... her life fell apart." "Dad, why didn't you tell me any of this before?" "Because she died. A few years later. And I was ashamed." — Robert Zane and Rachel Zane
Shame is the ninth episode of the seventh season of Suits and the 101st overall. It first aired on September 6, 2017.
Feeling shame and guilt following a night of passion with Sheila, Louis throws himself into a case with his associate Brian, while simultaneously avoiding an appointment with Dr. Lipschitz. When Louis finally meets with Lipschitz, he explains his actions by saying that Sheila, not Tara, is his one true love. Mike meanwhile suggests that Harvey reestablish his strength by taking on a prosecutor who is making waves prosecuting Wall Street corruption and winning every case. After finding a client to defend, Harvey learns that the prosecutor, Andy Malick, once worked with him in the Manhattan DA's office. Harvey does not remember Andy, but Andy definitely remembers Harvey as being Cameron Dennis' pet employee. Donna is drawn into the case as well, being the only other person aware of the shady things that went on under Cameron's leadership. Elsewhere, Rachel goes after predatory lenders in a pro bono case with her father, later learning that the case is deeply personal for Robert.
Mike Ross has Harvey Specter pick a fight with the new Deputy Attorney General, Andrew Malik, who has won 15 cases in a row against Wall Street, claiming that defeating him would increase Harvey's reputation. However, they soon discover that the case is personal; while Harvey does not remember Malik, the duo actually worked in the same office as prosecutors under Cameron Dennis, where Malik developed a distaste for Harvey.
Malik accuses Harvey of burying evidence and subpoenas Donna Paulsen. Believing that Malik is going to mention the Clifford Danner case, Harvey, Mike and Donna have Louis Litt prepare a mock trial to prepare her.
Robert Zane invites Rachel Zane to work on a pro bono case together against Arthur Kittredge, a bank CEO, for predatory lending, specifically discrimination against women and people of color. However, Robert privately admits to Rachel that the case isn't really about race or gender, but because Arthur is a predator, revealing that he preyed on his sister Jasmine's life when she was younger and made her life miserable; Jasmine had asked Robert for help but Robert had refused to protect his career while Jasmine died a few years later. After Mike had risked his career to go up against Masterson and Reform Corp., Robert had been inspired to go against Kittredge and exact vengeance.
The flashback of Donna Paulsen and Harvey Specter working at the District Attorney's Office is said to be "twelve years ago." In a flashback scene in "The Other Time", the tail-end of their career there is listed as "ten years ago"; more than two years have passed in-universe between the two episodes, meaning that the flashback in this episode would be thirteen years ago if not more.
Louis: I know what's it like to let your insecurities get in the way of your work, believe me. But right now, we're gonna channel the shit out of our insecurities and go spank these nipple-stealing motherfuckers.