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Suits Review: Cover Your Assets

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There was no question that by the end of this Suits episode, everyone at Pearson/Hardman had reached a "Break Point."

From the son filing for emancipation... to Harvey attempting to cover his rear with regard to the pending suit against the firm... to Donna struggling with whether or not to tell Harvey about that file, Suits delivered a hard-hitting episode that will change the firm in ways we've only begun to imagine.

Suitors, please join my in a moment of silence, as we pay tribute to Pearson/Hardman's best dressed, best-looking and coolest legal secretary ever: Donna Paulsen.

Rachel & Mike

We lost a dearly beloved colleague and friend. Although it may be hard for a while, we must remember the good times and treasure them with everything we are.

And then we need to suit up and file a defamation of character lawsuit against the writers and creator Aaron Korsh to bring Donna back!

To Sarah Rafferty, who nailed this hour and every emotion associated with it, this was YOUR BEST EPISODE of this ENTIRE series. It's amazing how much a character will grow once you involve, and even make them the center of, a particular storyline. It was a challenge that you not only accepted, but completely destroyed!

I'm still blown away by all of the events that took place. We'll start with Harvey's attempt to settle the fraud suit against the firm on his own.

Harvey clearly doesn't have the tools in compassion to deal with the plaintiffs like he needs to. Yet by the time he humble himself enough to deliver the apology he always should have,  the gun was already to his head. The even more terrible thing about it is that it's about to cost him everything: His senior partnership at the firm, and even his law license.

We knew that when Travis Tanner returned that he was taking no prisoners when it came to Harvey, but to see him stripped of his senior partnership will be something else.

You could see the beginnings of what may very well be Harvey's downward spiral in the coming weeks at the elevator with Donna. At first glance, it almost appeared cruel that he was pushing the "down" button for her, but if you're watching carefully, you'll see that there was a lot more being said between them than just "you suck."

There was also a silent apology taking place there. I think they both realized there were a series of unfortunate events on both sides that led them to that point. Harvey with his reputation of operating in the gray area, combined with his past time at the embattled DA's office. Donna's indiscretion, which really didn't become one until she kept it from Harvey and then destroyed the document, only made things worse. In many ways, they were both at fault in some way. The situation only got amplified in the heat of the moment.

Speaking of which, I was surprised, saddened and invigorated by Harvey and Donna's confrontation in the bathroom. We've never seen these two yell at each other, let alone significantly disagree on an issue. To see them come to blows was such a difficult thing to watch. I hope I never have to do it again, quite honestly.

I CANNOT BELIEVE she SHREDDED that document! That was the one thing she SHOULD NOT have done! It was irreversible and likely the straw that broke the camel's back. I think even then she still had a chance to redeem herself. And then the moment was gone. Just. Like. That.

I don't think I will ever get the look on Donna's face out of my head when Jessica told her she was fired. I about died, and I know plenty of you were out there bawling your eyes out.

You didn't even have to be watching to react in such a way, you could have been Louis Litt mourning the loss of your beloved cat, Bruno. Rachel was right, if he showed half the emotion towards an individual that he does towards his cat, he would be more popular at the firm. It's good to know he is capable of connecting, even if it's with an animal.

Dare I say it, however, I think Rachel and Louis connected this episode as colleagues and as human beings. It was extremely thoughtful of her to bring him that autographed tennis ball, even if she had to get it from Mike on the pretense of being able to keep secrets from him as he has from her.

Highlights from the episode:

  • Watching Harvey on a run for 30 seconds.
  • Harold taking care of Bruno despite his injuries.
  • Donna's awkwardness during the interview.
  • Donna's Star Trek references during the interview.
  • Mike taking his first case to court, and sniffing out the BS before it was too late.
  • Mike unplugging the shredder to catch Donna in the act.
  • Mike spilling coffee on the affadavit to prevent him from committing perjury.
  • Feline transportation units, a.k.a. Cat carriers.

This had to be one of Suits best episodes of the series so far. Though it has apparently led to a Donna-less spell on the show, I know that we'll get her back eventually!

Don't forget to follow @SuitsTVF on Twitter and use the hastag #SaveDonna to join the movement to honor her memory, and perhaps even hasten her return to Pearson/Hardman!

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

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Tue good acting and writing on Suits are cheapened by taking the Lords name in vane.

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Despite the many complaints concerning the liberal use of foul and blasphemous language on the show, the writers are responding by INCREASING the number of instances of bad language in each episode. That's really too bad. And it's not realistic. I've worked in law firms, and it is uncommon to hear language like this in them. I sincerely hope they clean it up, because the show has great potential.

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To the people complaining about foul language.. Grow up. And watch The Wire. I'm sure you'll literally have a heart attack at the way the Baltimore natives speak.

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I will vote on the use of foul language by NOT watching this filth anymore. Period!! I hear enough of this stuff in the real world and I don't need to hear it on TV. A lot of kids stay up late with their parents to watch TV and this language is uncalled for. If you can not carry the show on it's own merits, then don't use all that xxxxxxxx language to try to make up for your writing failures.

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I'm not entirely sure if Louis' cat died. Maybe it's just still running tests to see what's up. He's just worried is all, and the Rachel giving a tennis ball will be seen as a wasted gift. Because we're never supposed to really feel bad for him, cuz when we do, the show always reminds us how he is: predictably unlovable. How comical would it be that the next episode, Louis is happy again, and Rachel asks why. "My cat got better!"

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NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!?!? Why fire Donna?!?!?! I tried to control myself but this episode had me bawling!!!! That look on Donna's face when she was fired and the silent glances between her and Harvey at the end. I can't believe that with all Harvey has done in past episodes, there was absolutely NOTHING he could do to at least save her. *sigh*.

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I can't believe Harvey threw her under the bus... Because he knew it was him or her... It was nice, the Louis/Rachel part, very thoughtful

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What more could be said? This episode was incredible. This season is incredible...this show hasn't slowed down since the premiere! I love the reality of their being repercussions for actions. They didn't skirt around donna's indiscretion. They tackled it head on and the character development and interaction this season has me positively giddy! Sara was amazing... Diane Neal guest starring was fantastic. The end result that scene between donna and Harvey had me leaning towards the screen. @Wednesday I feel some of the others are being a tad harsh. I fully understand your point about the language. Its increased exponentially and is frelling on being gratuitous rather than realistic. I don't care that they use it personally because they've always been a bit more edgy that way but I have noticed that they have been using it more and sometimes its more forced than organic. I've noticed that with a lot of USA shows more recently. In that sense I understand your point. I can start a drinking game now and be thoroughly wasted and that wasn't the case last year. Lol!

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Great episode. It wasn't fun but that's the point.

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Noe Harvey and Donna can hook up since she doesn't work for him anymore, Yay!

Suits Season 2 Episode 5 Quotes

That's the difference between you and me, you wanna lose small, I wanna win big...

Harvey

I won't fire you, but I might kill you!

Harvey
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