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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Nana Rose will be a huge loss to the show. She was wonderful in the role and will be missed very much. Also, I hope they don't let Mike go too wrong from this shock. Rose will be missed! And let's get this idiot Hardman out of this show. Tired of him already!


My husband and I like to watch Suits. We don't like too many bad guys, Louis and Hardman is just too many. My husband wants to quit watching if one of them doesn't leave. So sad Nana had to die. It was so sweet that Mike was getting her a place all her own. We like the research and court cases. I would like to see Mike having to dig up more research.


There wasn't enough Donna she was in the first 10 minutes then not at all???? I loved the wink and Harvey's comment to her to "I can't be me without you" but I think it's weird how he could just bring her back, I thought that would've taken something major (like finding proof that she didn't do it) I don't know how he could've brought her back with Hardman there and the partners being as vulnerable as they are, and the firm for that matter, confused by this ????


Nothing else mattered by the end because they killed Granny! Ugh that got to me. No one is supposed to die on Suits. No more. Moving on...fantastic episode as usual. I love the parallels of Harvey and Mike losing the most important person in their lives. While I am glad my girl Donna is back...I agree that the ease in which she returned was without consequence. I love her but everyone has been on a poor Donna kick that she didn't deserve. Yet again she lashed out on Harvey for trying to protect her after she lashed out st him for not protecting her. I love her but she wasn't a gem for this storyline. Loved both her and Louis strutting, the moment she realized Louis was made partner, and her and Jessica interacting. There needs to be more of those two together. As far as the other mayhem. I look so forward to it. As the kids say $h!t is about to get real!


And can I add that Gabriel Macht looked F I N E in that navy suit he was wearing toward the end of the episode!


Have to say I didn't see Grammy passing away. I think the writers are wanting us viewers to see a further comparison between Harvey and Mike. I think maybe we'll end up seeing just how close these two have become. Louis getting senior doubt he will vote for Hardman BUT in the end he'll regret it. I have no doubt Jessica and Harvey will eventually win the day. Someone brought up that Hardman is behind Tanner. I think that's a good possibility. Donna returning........well, that was really a no brainer BUT she did do something wrong and it's now like she just got a slap on the wrist. Rachel and Mike at the end of the episode.......with Rachel NOT knowing Mike's secret, will these two EVER work it out? I think with his Grammy's death Mike will head on a downward spiral that Harvey will have to get him out of.


Its because USA likes to split their shows seasons into 2 parts, a summer and winter season so the remaining 6 will air in January probably


It's SUMMER FINALE. They will be back probably on January. This is the same rule as White Collar :)


interestingly, i think the fact that Louis would vote for Hartman is the reason he is not already a partner -- he just is not trustworthy, and is so hyperfocused and overtly out for himself that he is impossible to trust. this is clear in his resentment of co-workers whom he sees as rivals. As Donna says in the prevew "he betrayed his team" and they saw it coming. the main reason Jessica ushered Harvey through it all was because he loyalties to her, to donna, to mike are generally clear and he follows through with them.


It was my understanding that Suits was scheduled for 16 episodes this season, does anyone know why it is ending in just 10 , which is even 2 less that Season 1 ?

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