Suits Review: Me Without You

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Suits was faced this week with topping last Thursday's epic flashback episode.

Did it succeed? I'd say so, even with the rather large "Asterisk" of a plot point that likely left many fans in tears by the hour's end.

Louis Holds the Key

As much as I'd like to dive right into the excitement that was Louis' promotion to senior partner, it's important to acknowledge and celebrate the angel we lost tonight in Edith Ross.

She was the rock in Mike's life, the one person left to raise him, and Mike loved her dearly. The show will be so much different with her gone. So will Mike.

It's interesting to note how strikingly similar this loss was to Harvey's loss of his father. Harvey hadn't spoken to him in a long time, and the most important woman in his life, Donna, delivered the news as gently as possible, much like Rachel did for Mike. I'm intrigued by the symmetry.

The loss of Nana Ross is heartbreaking. I almost can't get over it. No one was supposed to die on this show. Now that they have, I almost don't know how to act. And for Nana Ross to be the one to go?!? It was just too much in the midst of everything else going on.

That's the beauty of Suits, though. Life doesn't wait for someone else's issues to get resolved before it moves on. Life happens every second, and that's a concept that the writers on this show have captured beautifully.

That knowledge doesn't make the loss of Edith Ross any easier, though. We really did lose an angel today.

Now I can finally tackle the convenient promotion of one Louis Litt to senior partner. Hardman knew exactly what button to push to get a vote on his side. What better way to clench the deciding vote than by handing him something he's always wanted.

Not to say that Louis didn't completely deserve the upgrade to the inner circle, it's just that he was clearly a pawn more than once on this and other occasions. Five years ago Hardman was poised to make Louis the scapegoat for his embezzling, and this time around, when confronted, he was able to spin the promotion as a sincere gesture. He's about to get played again, I can feel it.

Unfortunately, much like the other times, Louis will probably not see this until long after the vote takes place, meaning that Hardman, by next week's mid-season finale's end, will have regained control of Pearson/Hardman.

This outcomes it the exact opposite of what needs to happen. Then again, it wouldn't be any fun if Jessica retained control of the firm without consequence, would it?

Other highlights from the episode:

  • Nana Ross showing up with lunch for Mike. RIP, Edith.
  • Rachel and Mike getting some quality screen time this episode, from the romantic and funny to the heartbreaking.
  • Donna returning to the firm. Thank goodness Harvey finally #SavedDonna!
  • Donna kicking Cameron off of her desk. Good riddance.
  • Donna's kick-butt return entrance to the firm. Hottest thing on Thursday night television.
  • Louis getting his swag on as he walked the halls of the firm as a newly appointed senior partner.
  • Louis giving Donna a season pass to Lincoln Center as an apology gift.
  • Louis getting some FaceTime with his parents, who are Rick Hoffman's real life folks.
  • Harvey admitting that he can't be him without Donna. No, that doesn't fuel the love rumor mill at all...

The mid-season finale will soon be upon us, Suitors.

How do you feel about Nana Ross's sudden departure from the show? What impact do you think it will have on Mike?


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


Great show, no matter what episode I love it!!! Thanks for the entertainment.


Anyways, I CANNOT wait to see what's going to happen !
Loved the dinner scene ! They really looked like they were friends or something. It was very nice !


The episode was REALLY AMAZING...except for when Grammy died. Why?! I don't understand. What I do know though, from experience, is that Mike won't come back from it...just yet. He'll definitely loose it.
And the parallel between him and Harvey was there. But the difference is that him and Rachel kinda acted on their feelings for each other. Harvey and Donna...I'm not so sure...
LOVED that she's back, but I too thought it to be way too easy. But DAMN, she was the hottest thing out there! and the song, wow.
Louis finally got what he yearned for, but let me just say that this apple IS poisoned. And he fell for it ! C'mon , Hardman is a SOB who doesn't give a damn ! Of course he's using Louis. Jessica though is going to lose, just because it wouldn't be fun if she stayed on top. Her and Harvey are gonna get kicked out, then in December or November, they'll come back on top and stronger. Which means that Donna coming back will be short lived... Or not !
Anyways, I CANNOT wait to see what's going to happen !
Loved the dinner scene ! They really looked like they were friends or something. It was very nice !


Am I missing something? How can Louis be the swing vote? The previews for the finale shows 14 senior partners at the meeting and this includes Louis.Mike is standing in the background but he cant vote. Right now,Jessica and Hardman can't have the same amount of votes. One must have 7 and the other have 6 votes . How can Louis vote be a tie breaker?


Louis was behind Tanner and votes for Jessica. Is my prediction as it's a nice twist. Also if he setup Hardman from the jump. You just got Litt Up ! Why kill Grandma Edith Ross, no bueno. I also agree with fortyseven about Donna's return.


I really love the show but I think you could say and get the meaning across without using ALL THAT FOUL LANGUAGE!!! PLEASE consider reducing the amount that you use. Not everyone enjoys such language but enjoys SUITS. The death of Grammy Ross was so unexpected, but earlier I really enjoyed her visit to the office and her quick combacks. You just Had to love her. Thanks in advance for considering my plea reguarding reducing the amount of foul language used.


If that sleazeball Hardman regains control I will be so mad! I can't tell if the season finale trailer was tricking us like they are know for. it seemed like Loius voted for Hardman then something bad happened and Donna is saying you betrayed your team. Harvey is throwing a telephone saying he will "get!" Hardman...Please tell me thats all irrelevant. Jessica cannot lose control of this firm. Proud Independent Black Woman FTW :).


I don't know where to begin with my review of last night's episode of Suits. The visit from Mike's grandma was priceless. The obvious love and indebtedness he feels for her is so endearing. I cannot believe that the writers have made her a part of Mike's past. She will be missed.
And, then there's Louis - poor, wannabe, important Louis. His character reminds me of the unpopular kid in middle school. They always wanted to be a part of the "cool kids" and had no idea why they repelled people. Louis could be likable, if he were trustworthy and that's only one of his faults.
I too am happy that Donna has returned. I feel she should have be willing to accept the blame for being fired. On the other hand, I understand why she was upset that Harvey did not defend her job more vigorously. Any corporate boss would love to have a Donna in his corner and she always has Harvey's back.
I can't wait for next week. From the previews, it appears that Louis gave Hartman the vote he needed. I agree with the other commenters that he's going to live to regret that decision. I certainly hope he does.


Fabulous episode, though it was sad that we lost Nana Ross, who was hilarious and a great actress whom I enjoyed watching on the TV show "Wings" that aired back in the late 80s, I believe.
I loved all the time we got to see Mike and Rachel together, too, and gotta say that I loved both Donna and Louis' 'struts' as they came back into the office of Pearson/Hardman. You've gotta give the guy who plays Louis Litt props, the man is freakin' hilarious, with his little vole face and his dance moves and the way he expects his co workers to high-five him when they all hate him and won't even try to reciprocate. And yes, Gabriel Macht is just delicious in his expensive suits...I would pay just to watch him walk around the offices reading the phone book, he's so very fine.


RIP Grammy. Donna and Harvey made out the "other time" I bet. Donna being re-hired that quickly and easily doesn't make sense. The season Louis continues. Mile tricking Rachel was epic. I loved most of their scenes. Hardman vs Pearson was epic. Hardman doesn't need to stand or raise bhis voice to face Jessica.

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