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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 Match.com 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.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.9 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (226 Votes)

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    Blu

    Agree farsia

    Blu

    I'm happy that Rachel took the test and thrilled to see her and donna spending more time together. The firm issues aside there is no way Mike could have stayed in her good graces and told her the truth. Its so much deeper than harveys request.Rachel flipped when she learned about the test taking stuff. She would be annoyed that he got her dream job by cheating and she couldn't. She also gets a bit too chatty when she's enebriated and has no qualms about using dirt against someone for her own well being if she so chooses. That isn't a chance anyone should take and that's excluding the effects it will have on the firm, Mike, Jessica, and Harvey.

    Blu

    Louis was the man this episode. I think he often feels underappreciated from Jessica and Harvey but its because he has a different type of relationship with them than they do with one another. They both respect him and have said as much on more then one occasion. I don't think Harvey and Jessica brought anything upon themselves. I think they clearly set this up where they both know more about Hardman than the audience. We're just as oblivious as Mike in this scenario. I think anyone who could rattle that pair clearly poises a huge threat.Those two are typically cool, calm, and collected in the face of anything. I love what it does tor their already complex relationship.

    Avatar

    Is it remotely possible that Jessica didn't remember that the tea service was from Daniel's late wife. Did Hardman withhold that information from Jessica so to use it (if the situation ever came up) against her? Hard to believe what Hardman says. Even with his daughter, we only have his word that he told her about the mistress.

    Avatar

    Harvey and Mike have been cut throat with the opposition- not their clients- they beat the bank, the threat of a strike and the hold up of a merger. They were always on the side of their clients.

    Avatar

    "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"
    I was as puzzled as you until Harvey told Mike what a dreadful conniving weasel Hardman had been previously saying he had embezzled for his sick wife when it was really for his mistress. Then it made sense that they were suspicious of his good intentions.
    Suits continues to have the best writing on TV. Sharp, clever, on the mark and full of wit and insight. Even the characters you love to hate have complexity that periodically makes you stop and reconsider your original opinions. ..

    Farsia2010

    a perfect disguise and an argument that cannot be beat in a confrontation. I mean who doesn’t like a changed man, a man that suffered through such a tragedy that all can sympathise with and who is just trying to make peace with his past and do some good and is oh so humbly asking for a second chance! Please! Those crocodile tears will dry soon enough!

    Farsia2010

    “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.�
    No they didn’t, if they will not assert their place in the pack now, they will lose the pack and it is a fact. They need to make their play while there is any play left to make. Hardman is a sleaze-ball and he came there to get back at Jessica and Harvey. The guy was embezzling to support his mistress while his wife was on the death bed!!! He was putting their whole firm at risk, what were they supposed to do? Roll over and prepare to die? Then he preferred to hurt his daughter right after her mother died and tell her about the mistress and all rather than give up his play for power! Seriously, he is a douche! His little apology in the end was fake soon he will run out of excuses for the things he does and the gloves will fall. Right now he is just manipulating (or trying to) others using the death of his wife as a perfect disguise and an argument that cannot be beat in a confrontation. I mean who doesn’t like a changed man, a man that suffered through such a tragedy that all can sympathise with and who is just trying to make peace with his past and do some good and is oh so humbly asking for a second chance! Please! Those crocodile tears will dry soon enough!

    Farsia2010

    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.
    So not true, he got her money which is more than she originally could have hoped for, now if she wanted credit then she should have kept the idea to herself and hired a layer to deal with the legal papers that would protect her copyright. She knew what kind of contract she had with the firm and still flaunted her idea to her boss who she knew was at liberty to use it. She was gullible and that’s her fault not anyone else’s. Seriously since when do people actually believe that big firms like that play fair?? I mean come on! Then she didn’t tell everything she wished for to Mike she gave him little bits and thought that she make a power play and draw him in. She got greedy and Mike wouldn’t have it. Well good for him!

    Farsia2010

    ....... Well you can’t ask the other side to play a weaker game just because you are weaker than them. That is absurd.
    I get that that nurse was fighting a fair cause but it is not Harvey’s job to fight it for them, if they don’t like it, they should spend the money they saved for a strike to hire a pit-bull layer and fight off Harvey.