Annie's preparations for her partnership interview are sidetracked when she finds out that Martin is a potential rival; Stephen and Ashley learn the P.G.'s connection to Duvalier; Stephen chooses between his job and his family.
The firm's annual summer party erupts into fireworks when word gets out that a rival practice has its eye on Stephen; Annie's husband discovers she is up for a partnership at Cooper-Fozard; Ashley suspects a pharmaceutical company's corruption extends to Cooper-Fozard.
Stephen persuades Annie to negotiate with a publishing duo who want to introduce a controversial teen magazine into the U.S. market, while he deals with fractious young fashion designers. Elsewhere, Martin looks after kids on Bring Your Child to Work Day, and Ashley is suspicious of a pharmaceutical company's new cancer drug.
Annie's marriage to Dominic deteriorates because of her career; Stephen and Maria try to reconcile; Martin is troubled by the corporate floor's new security cameras; the P.G. assigns Ashley a covert case involving a pharmaceutical giant.
Martin and Annie represent a record label determined to keep the members of its unruly teen band from having relationships in order to prevent the group's CD sales from sliding; Ashley learns why Stephen is being audited; Stephen seeks comfort from the frustration of his collapsing marriage.
After putting in a 72 hour “day,” Stephen learns that he's being investigated by the director of finance for expense-account violations. To make matters worse, his wife sends him packing. Elsewhere: a deal may collapse when a client has second thoughts; the P.G. asks Ashley to pitch for an account---but not win it; and Annie's husband goes house-hunting.