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.


May Grammy rest in peace. What a show! Ten o'clock is my bedtime and I DVR the 10:00 p.m. shows to watch later, except for Suits. I just love this show. The scenes with Donna and Louis disco-strutting through the hallway were precious!


Can't believe they killed off Grammy, she was such a wonderful part of Mikes story line. To bad that would be the only thing to actually change Mike for the worst, obviously that is what the writers were going for. Everything else in this episode was just pitch perfect. Donna, Louis, Rachel, Harvey, Jessica, even Hardman. Suits... must see TV. How long do we have to wait until this series starts again?


I noted the symmetry of the loss of Harvey's father and Mike's Grammy, but more remarkably how distinctly different their reactions were. Harvey kept stoic with Donna and Zoe, whereas Mike showed his vulnerability. I didn't see it coming either.
With Grammy being the reason for Mike taking the LSAT originally and the previews for next week (Mike smoking and appears to be clearing his desk) it really makes you wonder what impact this will have. Doesn't appear for the better- except that it also looks like he and Rachel will share a moment.
Definitely think we have a cliff-hanger next week for summer finale with Hardman. I, for one, think that Tanner was orchestrated by Hardman, and possibly that will have to come out in order to restore Jessica. I know Louis will certainly get used by Hardman- he's just the poor schmuck afterall and Hardman knows how to play him.
Looking forward week.


I know a lot of people talked about the death symmetry but for me its a matter of giving us a glimpse of what might of happen if Harvey did react emotionally to his father's death through Mike's reaction as well as maintaining how Mike is still Mike after weeks of people telling Mike how much of Harvey they see in him. Given that the summer finale is coming, I hope Jessica doesn't leave next T_T. Hope Louis does something interesting being the swing vote.


Much as I like Jessica's role in Suits, the show will have a better plot with Hardman being the firm's Managing Partner. Harvey vs. Hardman, now, that's something to watch. And yeah, thank God, Donna's back, the show wasn't the same without her.


Not all that big of a deal to me, i just find it weird that they killed her off, felt completely random.


from the looks of the previews it looks like louis votes for hartman :(


Can't believe Grammy is gone. Other websites people said they saw it coming, have to admit I didn't and was particularly shocked at the news when it did happen. As much as I wanted Donna back I didn't love the fact that she came back with no consequence. She did shred a legal document and they just glossed over it. I expect more from the writers. I was convinced that Hardman had something to do with it. Nice to see Louis have the upper hand on Harvey and Jessica this time. I can't imagine Jessica is going to retain control of the firm next week if the promo is anything to go by. Plus what fun would it be if they wrapped it up neatly like that. And Mike goes off the deep end when Harvey needs him most. At least it gives them something to bond over. Harveys dad was obviously important in his life just like Grammy was in his. Can't believe my weekly dose of my favorite show is over next week but at least we don't have to wait until next summer for the next new episodes!!

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Suits Season 2 Episode 9 Quotes

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