When the Senior VP of Pearson & Hardman's accounting firm was fired for falsifying his resume on Suits this week, the incident had Mike questioning his "Shelf Life."
To make matters more complicated for Mike, his deep empathy for the ousted employee pulled him further into trouble with both Harvey and Jessica.
Mike really struggled, and it's no secret why: If it only took a background check to bring down Stan, a valued employee with a spotless record and nine years to show for it, what simpler measures would it take to expose a first-year associate with a similarly explosive secret?
For now, Mike has some expertly forged documents to cover his tracks, thanks to the super hacker. But how long is it until something like a deeper probe exposes him?
What the writers did a good job of concealing was the impact of the layoff on the Stan's family and the accounting firm. Granted, the firm was involved in some seriously shady business, but it doesn't take a genius to start drawing an impact chart for when Mike's secret comes out.
It pained me to see Mike so hurt for his fellow fallen genius. He made a good point when he was speaking with Stan: they could take his job away, but what they couldn't take away was his brilliant mind.
Trouble is, that brilliance is only good when put to use. Without CPA licensing and starting completely from scratch, it seems Stan will have to seriously reassess his goals.
As much drama was provided by Stan's termination, there was also a little bright spot of this episode: Louis and Cherice.
Granted, we only saw the two together a few times throughout the episode. But his confidence in his pheromones and sexual prowess were entertaining. If only Louis had stopped there...
It became infinitely more embarrassing when he tried to share an awkward boding moment with Mike, which the former quickly exited.
Perhaps the moment to end all moments was the security camera footage which featured Louis being effectively beat up by the future Mrs. Litt. Unfortunately, we never learned what led to this brutal beat down, but something tells me it was a funny story.
It wasn't only Louis experiencing some lady trouble, Mike was pulling double duty, trying to vindicate Stan and contending with his feelings for both Rachel and Jenny. We've known that Mike and Jenny have been hooking up on and off since Trevor exited the picture, but no exclusive labels have been placed on their relationship.
Rachel, on the other hand, has quietly observed Mike's interactions with Jenny when possible. But she didn't hesitate to take her moment and kiss Mike when she got the chance.
Clearly, there are feelings in both relationships. How those feelings will manifest themselves is beyond me, but it seems that will all be left for season two.
Why? Because at least next week's episode appears dedicated almost exclusively to Harvey's past. And I'm alright with that. Background on our favorite senior partner has been sparse, so this distinct shift of gears feels original and is much anticipated on my end.
What did you think of this week's episode? What do you think Mike's shelf life will ultimately be?
C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.Tags: Suits, Reviews