We've heard about the plan for weeks now, but Jimmy and Kim's elaborate strategy to take down Howard is finally in motion. They were out to ruin his professional life and went to extreme lengths to do so.
As we learned last week, the mediator overseeing the negotiations for the Sandpiper case had broken his arm, forcing Jimmy to attempt to fix the issue last minute. Jimmy had put someone else into a disguise and made it seem like he was paying off the mediator, knowing that Howard's private investigator was watching him.
How did he know? Well, Howard's P.I. had, naturally, been working with Jimmy the whole time.
After enlisting the services of his film crew, Jimmy wrangles his impersonator and, with Kim's help, manages to get photos of the mediator accepting a bribe. They manage to get these photos developed quickly, and Jimmy hands them to the private detective, who then heads to Howard's office.
Howard's been preparing for the Sandpiper mediation but meets with the detective before the meeting begins. He's shown all the photos and thinks he's caught Jimmy with his hand in the cookie jar.
The meeting begins, and the real mediator (who Howard thinks is Jimmy's partner) breaks down what will happen next. By this point, Howard had also been slipped the drug that Jimmy and Kim had gotten from the veterinarian, dilating his pupils and causing him to act erratically.
He accuses the mediator of accepting the bribe and being corrupt, saying he has the evidence to prove his wrongdoing. After asking his assistant to get the photos, he brings them out only to discover that they are entirely different from the ones he saw before. In these photos, Jimmy is on the bench in the park interacting with a guy playing frisbee.
As far as Cliff Main, the mediator, Rich Schweikart, and the other people in the room are concerned, Howard has lost it. While Howard and Cliff Main had planned for the negotiations to continue for years, they now seem to be forced to accept Sandpiper's lower settlement due to Howard's behavior in the meeting.
Cliff goes to Howard's office and attempts to figure out what the hell just happened. In a manic state, Howard explains what he thinks Jimmy has done and, despite appearing crazy, is correct about everything.
Jimmy hired the private detective; Jimmy had drugged Howard; the photos were doctored, etc. This sounds like an impossibility to an outsider, but to Howard and us, it's all true.
Jimmy and Kim have been on the call the whole time (thanks to the access code they got last week) and gleefully listen as Howard completely unravels. As the meeting wraps up, things have fallen apart for the HHM case. While Cliff Main attempts to soften the blow for the other clients, we cut to Jimmy and Kim, who are already hooking up on the couch, satisfied that the plan has worked out perfectly.