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Suits Review: Getting Mocked

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Both Mike and Harvey navigated some rather fragile situations this week, but instead of trying to "Play The Man," it was all about the women in their lives.

Mike attempted to reconcile what was broken between himself and Rachel after she found out his big secret, all while trying to beat his mock trial opponent in front of the firm's associates.

Harvey and Scotty

Harvey had an even harder time fighting his emotions, as Dana Scott, better known as Scotty, clouded his judgment with regard to a very lucrative merger. Lucky for Harvey, time and a little perspective got him back on top of his game.

I was not a big fan of the two hook ups that took place. I get that Suits is USA Network's attempt to push the entertainment envelope, but I value its programming for the usual lack of blatant sexual content.

That complaint aside, Suits was prime fodder for relationship development this week.

Mike's attempt to own the mock trial competition exposed his naivete in negotiating deals, but also featured his ability to think quickly and effectively on his feet. The case law and counter-suit were genius.

What was Mike NOT so skilled at working? The ladies. Rachel was still raw over his lie, putting them in a back and forth anger match. In desperation, he turned to Jenny, who he last saw when he kissed her... and then fled.

I'm surprised at how loyal and willing to keep his secret both Jenny and Rachel seem to be, making it difficult for anyone to make an objective assessment of who is the better match for him. I'm still deciding at least. I wonder what impact their having met will have on the situation, if any.

It really demonstrated Mike's true feelings for Rachel when he refused to go after her character on cross examination. He was clearly aware and sensitive to the the fact that their conflict outside the realm of the mock trial had seeped its way into the proceedings. Rachel recognized and appreciated that astuteness, therein ending their tiff.

While Mike earned some serious respect from the viewers, both Jessica and Harvey were disapproving of his "softness." And neither passed up the opportunity to tell him so.

Mike really set himself apart when he declared that he wasn't only deciding what kind of lawyer he wanted to be, but what kind of person. It truly sums up the journey Mike is taking. I, for one, am anxious to see where it leads.

Other highlights:

  • Harvey and Louis reminiscing and placing wagers on the outcome of the mock trial.
  • Mike recruiting Donna without even having to ask.
  • Donna's performance on the stand.
  • Harvey being a closet Trekkie.
  • Harvey and Donna trading witty banter over Scotty.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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User Rating:

Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (167 Votes)

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

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This was the best episode ever! Loved loved the parallel between Harvey & Scotty and Mike and Rachel. I wish they would bring Scotty back, so cool to see Harvey have emotions, she is so gorgeous.

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they definitely should keep the mike and jenny going, definitely see the chemistry there. really am not a fan of the rachel character, they should keep the relationship between her and mike strictly professional as colleagues bc its much more believable. cant wait for season 2!

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I don't really see a romantic connection between Mike and Rachel. I appreciate them as friends. However, Jenny suits Mike better, and I see there chemistry. (Jenny is very likable)

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Who played the character Charles Tanner on the Suits episode titled "Undefeated?"

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oh my god SEX its like the most horrible, immoral, brutal, despicable, mind corrupting, child molesting, liberal propoganda, conservative propoganda, The rent is to damn high party propoganda IN THE UNIVERSE! In face I think sex should always be discouraged in the interest of the survival of the human species. So QUICK, replace its presence on TV with the brutal killing of minorities!

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I don't care for Rachel and dislike Mike for the way he is playing Jenny. SHe is obviously more into him than he is into her. I ADORE DONNA and want to see more of her. Harvey remains my favorite as usual. I love how he summarized to Mike how he sees him as person: Someone who still does not know what he wants.

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First, I love Suits it is one of the best new shows I've seen in a long time. The Play the Man episode in IMHO was really quite excellent. I could take or leave the sex scenes, but I understood how they tied into the dynamic. The whole "victory sex" was a great transition for Harvey to discover he was being played, but the whole "I'll have sex with you the entire weekend like a drunk rabbit, but when I lose I'm going to marry some random guy," resolution was kind of dumb and very weak. I think there was suppose to be a parallel to the Mike Rachel dynamic but I didn't get it.
The mock trial was really good. I knew from the beginning Mike was going to lose because he needed to lose. Every episode had him pulling out a win at the end of the day, but even though Harvey won, we see that he eventually lost. I'm not sure what's up with Rachel. If she doesn't date co-workers why is she so judgmental of Mike? I mean why should she even care what he is doing? If she secretly likes him then her rejection is pushing him straight into the other chicks arms, not good either. As far as Mike is concerned, excellent quality in a person to spare someone's feelings, but not in a lawyer. I'm with the other guy, break her a win at any cost -- that's what people pay lawyers to do--win.
I love the secretary, whatever her name is, she is fantastic. I mean she needs more air time because she is hi-larious.

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I am in complete concurrence with Robert T. While to some degree I get that the sex question posed is legitimate I don't see where it was problematic. I don't see where the sexual content in this one episode hampered the episode or detracted from the bromance that this show revolves around. I don't see where it implies that it will focus on love triangles and romantic relationships more than it would the cases,clients, bromance, or evolution and growth of Mike Ross as a character. If anything I commend the show for blending everything in and letting it all flow effortlessly. Everything was a healthy balance. There was just enough focus on each part of the series, witty bantering between Mike and Harvey along with their usual disputes that don't last, a glance at the interesting friendship between Harvey and Donna, the growth of the undetermined relationship between Mike and Rachel, Mike's struggle to prove himself and deal with his colleagues and peers, Lewis being Lewis, and so on. They fit all of that into one episode w/o any of it negatively impacting or detracting from anything else. How many other shows can do that? And have proven to pull that all off in an hour during their freshman season? Obviously sex is a part of life, and in a series that will most likely focus on the two leads personally and professionally I don't see where the sexual content in this episode somehow derailed the show from it's path. harvey is an established player and bachelor and his relationship with Scotty is what contributed to the merger debacle and Mike's relationship with Jenny imo wasn't solely for a love triangle purpose, it was also the catalyst for him entire trial experience and his speech to Harvey about deciding what type of person he wanted to be. I'd also like to point out that I agree with the sexual content being relatively tame compared to the other crap they show on tv now.And I didn't think twice about it.

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Why are so many people complaining about the sexual content in this episode? Relationships, hook-ups, sex, are part of daily life. Plus the scenes were so light even a kid could've watched them. I love when those guys do their work and come on top in most situations, but life is not all about work; there's the fun component too. I personally find the show more realistic when it depicts situations you'd encounter in real life, including sex.

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Okay, didn't see anyone else say anything about it, so GOOD ONE on the mocked/macht homophonic wordplay! I've seen plenty of somewhat lackluster reviews for this series on the net, which I don't understand at all. In my opinion, this has been a fantastic freshman season for a very intriguing show. I have one complaint/comment regarding this review in particular. Midway through the review, you state "I'm surprised at how loyal and willing to keep his secret both Jenny and Rachel seem to be." This doesn't make much sense, as Rachel doesn't know Mike's BIG secret (that he lied about attending Harvard), she just knows his little secret (that he used to help people cheat on the LSAT's). Even if she wasn't his friend, this is the kind of thing that could never be proven, and would at the same time expose that she was considering cheating herself! In pure self-interest alone, she would not endanger her future in that way. As for Jenny... she had been crushing on Mike for years, apparently, while being in a relationship with Trevor. Trevor is now out of the picture, she knows that Mike feels similarly, and after they made up and he trusted her with his BIG secret, all was well between them. She doesn't know or feel any obligation to Pearson Hardman, or anyone working there. So why would SHE tell anyone? Lastly... Harvey is a Trekkie, the Kobayashi Maru, Mike's "Aye Aye, Cap'n" comment, and a character named Scotty... I love it! -B