Suits Season 2 Premiere Review: Protect Your Own

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The return of Hardman, a blocked merger, an angry girlfriend and having your former best friend rat you out to one of your bosses and cost you your job?

Yeah, that’s Mike’s life alright, and it all came crashing down on him on the Suits season 2 premiere, "She Knows."

Harvey Reconsiders

I almost thought that Jessica Hardman had bought into Mike’ s story that he was “not like the other kids.” But I have to give her credit for not only seeing right through it, but calling Harvey out on it directly.

I do believe there was at least one portion of Mike’s tale that was completely and utterly true, and that was his reason for choosing law. It was about time we learned what led to the untimely and tragic death of Mike’s beloved parents. Who knew they died at the hands of a drunk driver, and that Mike was aware they had a case against the restaurant that provided “Mr. Fenton” with the alcohol impairment that led to the accident? That was some really powerful stuff.

In the meantime, with the deceit exposed, Jessica really had no choice but to confront Harvey. Mike wasn’t supposed to be there in the first place, and Harvey knew it. Giving Harvey the benefit of the doubt was perhaps her first mistake. She should have determined that he would see the opportunity and run with it.

Speaking of opportunities, it was clear after Mike met with Jessica that he had gotten off too easily, and oh how wrong he was! I was a little disappointed at his haughtiness, but the world certainly came crashing down on him when Jenny exposed that Trevor had ratted him out. His whole countenance changed.

What I didn’t expect, however, was Jessica seeing a threat much bigger than even Mike’s job at the firm in Daniel Hardman, the as yet unseen second partner at the firm. Now we’ve seen his face, heard his pitch to get back in with the firm and been exposed enough to wonder just how crazy and diabolical this man may potentially be.

More importantly, it seems that Harvey didn’t exactly seal the deal to save Mike’s job, which means it’s still in limbo. Then again, Mike is the one thing that can bring both Jessica and Harvey down in a single fell swoop, and it may be a more permanent break than it appears at first glance.

Great moments this episode:

  • Harvey and Donna having a pow-wow over what to do about Mike.
  • Donna knowing what was going down simply from Harvey’s appearance.
  • Donna and Rachel having girl-chat time in the bathroom.
  • Donna turning the speaker off because she couldn’t bear to listen to Mike getting fired.
  • Mike visiting his nana and eating cookies from the Eisenhower administration.

TV Fanatics and Suitors alike, we are in for the sexy, smart and sophisticated summer season we’ve all been waiting for!


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


And yes, the Highlander quote, just THAT good ! "There can be only one" !!! And that was some interesting funerals...


WOW !!!!! This episode was soooooooooooo good !!!! I cannot wait for the rest ! But when I saw the finale for s1, I was soooo disgusted by Trevor ! Ok, Mike took his bf's girl. But what the guy did in return, ruining his life was x100 worse ! Sorry but there are many fish in the sea, but this ! I'm glad Mike has something to destroy him as well ! The end was AWESOME !!!! Wanted to see more of it, Jessica and Mike, so cool. That Hardman man, I got a baaaaaad feeling about him... Donna/Harvey, the usual, just AWESOME ! Hope Rachel and Mike get together now that this "Jenny" is out of the picture !


I like how among all the five great moments you listed, four involved Donna!


This is an excellent show and I can't imagine anyone who is a fan of USA Network's shows that doesn't watch. If you like Burn Notice, White Collar, Royal Pains, Covert Affairs, etc. then Suits is no exception. I LOVE Harvey Spector!!!!!!!!!


Loved the fact they played gotye's song smoke and mirrors whenever we saw mike, the lyrics of that song just ring so true for him :"you're a fraud and you know it,but its too good to throw it all away"


I am a super fan of this show. I almost don't understand why more people aren't into it. I watch it on tv, or atleast make sure it's on, just in case the ratings someone are tracks through my cable box, even if I go back and watch it online. The acting and writing in this show....are amazing. The smart mouths, the pop culture references, witty comments, etc... I love it all.


Good. Funny (Highlander reference at the funeral was great). The case was boring/scattered. Bookstore was a Chapters :D


I love every moment of it. Great episode! Everyone did such a great job. Just hope the show can run longer :)


So basically great moments of the show....Donna being Donna. Loved the episode. Love the relationship between Harvey and Jessica. Lived finally seeing some interaction between Jessica and Mike. Hardman definitely opens the door for friction and intensity looks like season two will be promising!


Fantastic episode, and certainly worth the wait. I was worried that it wouldn't live up to what I thought was an epic pilot, but it completely surpassed it. I'm so looking forward to the rest of the season! (Loved Mike's "Black don't crack" comment. Hilarious!)

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Suits Season 2 Episode 1 Quotes

That's how you did it? You beat him?


Well I'm not Harvey. I don't need a computer.