Suits Review: Bury the Hatchet

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Suits delivered an intense and important episode for many characters this week.

Louis suffered quite the "Identity Crisis," struggling with Harvey to get the upper hand for a non-profit in financial jeopardy. Meanwhile, Mike sought to repair multiple relationships.

Louis with a Gun

It was a humbling experience to watch Louis so far out of his element. He's clearly a one-man show, lacking the full capacity to work well with others. We watched him fail in every way imaginable, multiple times, here.

When he got reprimanded by Harvey, it was like he suddenly became the screw-up sidekick that couldn't get back into the hero's good graces. Granted, Louis sees himself as an equal, even better than Harvey sometimes, but there was no more appropriate way to describe that scene at the cemetery between the two.

You can tell he inherently doesn't trust others, and I'm starting to see how that distrust in people dictates Louis' interactions in the workplace, not to mention in life.

This made Harvey literally asking for his help not only a redeeming moment for Louis, but a humbling moment for Harvey as well.

Their scene together in the final negotiation on behalf of the non-profit was priceless. Louis was really on his game. You could hear the redemption in his voice. The head nods of triumph only added to his underdeveloped swagger.

I was, however, put off by how quickly his chipper mood, which had him complimenting and planning outtings with every person he passed, changed at the sight of Harvey accepting the appreciation of his client.

The audience knew due credit had been given to Louis moments before. Louis wasn't present at the time, but the deep mistrust he harbors resurfaced with a vengeance in his discussion with Harvey. And Harvey was right to call him on it.

Clearly, the hatchets haven't been completely buried, but perhaps the fault lies with both parties, and even with factors beyond their immediate control.

Elsewhere: Mike's dealing with the hacker yielded some noteworthy moments.

I love that she provided him an "extra layer of protection" by not only getting him a real Harvard Law degree, with honors, but a place in the Harvard Alumni directory. His story is now practically foolproof. Interestingly enough, moments after Mike was granted with this gift, Rachel appeared at his desk.

Maybe there is hope for them after all. But while I'm grateful for Mike's more solidified cover, it also makes it less pertinent for Rachel to be read-in on his secret for fear of complete exposure. This could, and probably will, further complicate things.

Other fun highlights:

  • June 3, 1997. Enough said.
  • Mike and Harvey's Godfather discussion.
  • Louis with a .44 Magnum.
  • Harvey verbally asking for help.
  • Learning that Rachel's first time was in Greece (risque, but insightful).

So... is Mike in the clear now that he has papers? Will Harvey and Louis ever work together again?


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C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


This is still my favorite summer show. I am so happy that it got renewed. I agree that Lola should come back again.


I like that Mike got Lola to help out Harvey and I loved that Lola helped out Mike with the diploma and university records. I think Rachel should still have been somewhat distant towards Mike. Louis is a bad lawyer.


Lola rocks! She wasn't intimidated by Mike or Harvey for that matter. Hopefully she & her cool Dad are recurring characters. Louis is exceedingly insecure which makes him a liability to the firm. His neediness, narcissism, and need for drama are probably familiar traits in Hollywood. Harvey's et al's ability to "handle" him might be worth it because one must assume a large percentage of their clients deal with high-stakes financial fraud--especially in this economy. Yet, he (thought) he killed a guy & said he didn't care & then badgered the man's widow at the funeral. That's some pretty socio-pathological behavior.


Anybody but Rachel for Mike please. Can't stand her. Loved LOLA. I wish she became Mike's love interest. Strong girl. Very smart. Smart enough to stand up to Mike. Love Harvey as usual. Was funny to watch his interaction with Luis. Great show as always.


You know what would be interesting to watch? Harvey and Mike opposite each other in a court room. But Harvey would have to win, in my oppinion.


I wouldn't mind seeing the character of Lola again - she had some nice chemistry with Mike and she's a good mixtures of the elements that Jenny and Rachel have (she knows and supports Mike's secret, yet is from the world of privelege that he's trying to fit into) that make each of them a good match for him. I still don't understand Jessica's support of Louis. Yes, he's an expert with financial crimes, but his lack of people skills nearly cost the client hundreds of millions of dollars and his harsh treatment of the associates, paralegals, and assistants might leave the firm open to a lawsuit should he ever cross that line (which, given his behavior in this episode, seems inevitable). Someone like that you keep behind the scenes, if you keep them at all, and limit his interaction with others to absolute necessity. I hope they do something to explain her apparent soft spot (or what's as close to a soft spot as Jessica gets) for Louis beyond the fact that he's good at figuring out financial crimes.


The thought that Louis can shoot that accurately is a little unnerving, though I think the .44 magnum was a humorous nod toward Louis "overcompensating" in the legal realm. Also, I would have thought Jessica would have had a stronger reaction to Louis pulling her into his deception, but instead she forced Harvey to work with him again. Granted, his financial expertise was needed, but it seemed a little strange. Is he the only financial whiz the firm has?
A couple of other things, first, I like how Mike stood up to Harvey, Mike realizes what he could lose if his secret comes out, and Harvey seems a little too cock-sure it won't happen. Second, the way Mike got the girl to help him with Harvey's problem was well done. Basically asking if she cared about people, or cared about hurting her dad. Nice job. I still think that, somewhere in time, the fact that Mike did not earn his degree is going to come out, with major consequences. I have one other question, these people who are putting in this ads as comments, is there a way to remove or block them? They really are annoying.


Great episode, loved the ending when Mike made that joke about Greece tickets. I also loved how Mike's problem was solved right at the end, almost leaving the viewer with thought of a un-finished episode.

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Suits Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

I don't think you heard what I said, I respect you.

Harvey [to Louis]

You told me to fix my case, why don't you fix yours.