Suits Review: Middle Men

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Power struggles abounded on Suits this week, and not a minute was wasted in "Meet the New Boss" before Daniel Hardman made his presence felt, even as innocently as he tried to frame it.

Mike in the Middle

The one thing I'm loving and hating about this season, even early on, are the ways in which the return of Hardman has strained and challenged the relationships that built this show.

Whereas Harvey and Jessica ended Suits Season 1 as tight as you can imagine a firm head and senior partner to be, here - with Mike's secret threatening their careers and the future of the firm in the face of Hardman's return - we see them at odds with one another more than ever.

Furthermore, Harvey has also placed himself in the middle of what will no doubt be an epic feud between Pearson and Hardman that could split the firm and its loyalties for good.

The one thing I don't understand, though, is why Jessica and Harvey went on the offensive in the first place. I can't help but wonder what might have happened if they had left him alone. In many ways, it feels like his only purpose in returning was to upset the apple cart, which he has managed to do... and then some.

Trouble has only managed to trickle down from Jessica and Mike to Harvey, both for placing him in the middle of Harvey and Daniel's beef, but also in his relationship with Rachel. If the urgency to cloak Mike's secret hadn't emerged so abruptly and untimely, perhaps he and Rachel could have navigated the hurdle and Mike could have been honest with her. Jessica and Harvery's desperation to maintain propriety forced Mike's hand in the other direction.

Unfortunately, as evidenced by tonight's episode, all of that positioning will come at a severe price, mainly their humanity. Have you noticed how cutthroat they have been with their clients lately?

Last week, Mike mediated a dispute between a publishing company and an employee, forcing them into a settlement and leaving her without credit for work that was hers. This week Harvey used the information Mike got from meeting with Nell as a weapon against the hospital nurses to one-up Hardman.

Not surprisingly, the optimism and altruism that the firm bathed in last summer has turned the corner in the wake of Hardman's return, and it is not a pretty sight at all.

There were, however, some positives this episode, notably Donna and Rachel. Where every other relationship seems to be fraying at the seams, these two are appearing more and more joined at the hip - and I love it!

Their best moment had to be the sequence in which they took on the identities of Hariot Spector and Michelle Ross and attempted to hit on guys. It was unexpected and epic at once, especially how they spoofed the men from whom the identities were derived.

More highlights from this episode:

  • Louis having "You're the man" on repeat. Harvey will regret that if he ever finds out.
  • Mike's essay for Rachel. Epic.
  • Rachel confronting Mike at his apartment, even if it broke our hearts to watch.
  • Louis' speech to the associates. Mr. Litt at his finest, no question.
  • Rachel taking the LSAT again. Fingers crossed, she passes!
  • Rachel hitting the nail on the head with Mike about him hiding something from her.
  • Donna and Rachel hitting up the bars, these women will do some crazy things with alcohol in their system.
  • The ever-clever Edith (Nana) Ross. 
  • Louis sticking it to Jessica about her lack of support for him.

So, as far as Hardman is concerned, do we buy that he made a scene during the staff meeting over Jessica sitting in his chair, or that he requisitioned Jessica's tea set because it belonged to his late wife?

I'll start: I have no idea what I believe, but I do believe that whatever it is, Jessica and Harvey brought it on themselves.


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


I do not like this reviewer. TV Fanatic has such great reviewers. It is a shame.


Whoops. It's like the best thing to do during an argument in can be wrong ss sin but if you speak nicely and smile while giving someone a verbal lashing you not only further rile up your opponent make them look bad when they are yelling like a mad person.


@Chandel I think right now hardman is playing the appearance game. In being polite and pleasant he has those around him questioning why Jessica and Harvey are reacting the way that they are. I mean some of the viewers are questioning them already. Surely the employees are doing the same. Jessica runs a relatively tight ship with her own style. Hardman brings in promises for something new. He's like that parent that comes in and gets to be the fun one while "mom " is stuck being the heavy. The"kids " get distracted by ice cream for dinner and promises of trips to Disney that dad is offering up. They'll be on his side until later on when they start missing the structure. I think he's trying to win over the firm before taking over the firm.


Loving that you all are so into this review and the episode as a whole. I'm wondering where you think Hardman's act is going to go, and why keep up the seething but abruptly polite chit-chat when Jessica and Harvey have already acknowledged him as a threat? What does he gain by doing so? @Blu---I agree, we are still kind of in a he-said-she-said scenario where--- like the tag for this season of Suits so aptly put it---"nothing is ever black and white." It's clear Hardman wants to make them miserable, but unclear what ends he's seeking.


There were so many errors in this article that it was hard to read. Try again.


I'm not thinking Harvey and Jessica brought anything on themselves. Although, once it's finally revealed as to why they are acting the way they are, that could change. I like this show. LOVE Harvey. I like Donna too. Oh, if anybody is playing the suitsrecruits game online, GOOD LUCK your going to need it. You have to log in SEVERAL times a day to could range to "Come back in 30 minutes" " come back in an hour" "come back in 4 hours" "come back tomorrow" If you don't have time to do that it's not worth it.......


Loved the Mike/Rachel scene in her office when he was helping her with the dating site. I love these two! Main reason I watch this show :)


Louis is a twit, using his dictaphone (Hardman's gift) to revel at his own voice. He's valuable to Jessica and Harvey as a vote against Hardman. He whines like a little girl. And, there isn't any evidence that the way he treats the associates (giving them chances they wouldn't have at another firm) is even his idea as opposed to company (read: Jessica's) policy.


Good. Mike/Rachel's scenes weren't as bad as I feared.


How do you "pass" the LSAT? The score ranges from 120-180; It's like saying there is a passing grade for the SAT's or ACT.

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Suits Season 2 Episode 3 Quotes

Once I tell you I can never take it back. This is my everything.


If you had heard me in there you would know that I give them the opportunity to rise to the occasion. I only wish that sometimes you would do the same for me.

Louis [to Jessica]