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Suits Summer Finale Review: Your Team

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Simply put, Suits delivered what will go down as one of its very best episodes in "High Noon."

If there was any question that the battle between Jessica Pearson and Daniel Hardman would end on anything other than a decisive note, you clearly haven't been watching closely.

HigH Noon Scene

It would have done a complete injustice to the season to have Jessica simply walk away victorious. While I was pleased that Hardman took control for the purposes of the advancing the plot and characters, that didn't make the transition any easier to watch.

And that transition took place almost immediately, with Harvey and Donna being demoted to the 46th floor. The only good thing about it was how the move only seemed to strengthen the relationship between the two, which Donna was quick to point out to a detrimentally smug Louis midway through the hour.

Not only was the move immediate, but so was Hardman's decision to get Harvey fired. And who better to sick on Harvey than his greatest nemesis, Louis? Who's the attack dog now?!? He sought to remove Harvey and made it almost impossible to do his job by making sure no associate was available to him.

One thing is for sure: now that Jessica is back on top, I'm sure Louis will be paying ten-fold for the indiscretion. Like Donna said, he betrayed his team. No matter how much they hassled Louis, there's no question that Donna, Harvey, Mike and even Jessica respected him and valued him in their own way. Louis may not have felt it, and it certainly could have been expressed more, but he let his anger rule the day. He'll be lucky if the team ever adds him back to the roster.

On the flip-side, the stress of the regime change was far more than Mike could handle in the wake of Grammie's death. He blew up at Harvey and relapsed into his drug habit.

The best part about this whole tragedy was the simple fact that Rachel was there to stand beside him the entire time, through the rage that caused him to go off on her at the episodes beginning, to her attempts to get him ready for the funeral the day of, she was everything he needed - and didn't have - in that moment.

I will never forget that she didn't freak out on him when she found the weed. She just asked him if it was a good idea, which convicted him enough to demonstrate a false attempt to get rid of the weed. I think it was important that he didn't get rid of it completely because clearly a person doesn't change overnight, and it was necessary for the shenanigans that took place with Harvey later.

But focusing on the Mike and Rachel relationship, they have come a very long way overall from the encounter that seemingly destroyed any chance they had at being together in the future.

The only detraction from this path was the non-ring-wearing married childhood friend, Tess, who magically appeared at Grammie's service. Granted, Rachel cautioned Mike that they not continue their file room makeout session because people don't make the best decisions when they're reeling from grief - but that didn't mean he ought to booty call a married woman.

Really, really dumb move, Mike!

Another relationship that went to the next level was that of Mike and Harvey. One thing I have never seen, but hope very much to see again, is a stoned Harvey. That's the Harvey Specter that should come out to play more often!

From his munchies to his confession that he peed in Louis' office, he was a bag of unexpected fun at a particularly dark time. More shocking was his sudden realization that Hardman planted the CM Motors document.

Props to all you out there who predicted this way back. I know I was patting myself on the back for speculating this possibility on Twitter and in previous Round Tables.

Even better was their instantaneous pursuit to prove it, even as Louis tried to pin Harvey for failure to take a drug test.

What a position of power it was for Jessica, Harvey and Mike to mount a case against Hardman quickly enough to blindside him, just in time for the hearing. Well played, team, well played.

For all of Hardman's efforts to break them, he only proved they can't be broken.

My only complaint is that we didn't see them suffer a little longer. We waited all this time to see whether or not Hardman would take control and then he does so... only to have it ripped away again within effectively two days, which only played out to us in the course of 42 minutes cumulatively.

Like I mentioned before, I hated seeing him so smugly take over, but I think for the sake of growth of everyone overall, we could have stood to suffer a little longer.

And we may still. Notice that Hardman effectively told Jessica that this was not the last page of the story. Expect him to come back in some capacity - and in a big way - the next time we see him.

Lucky for us, the show has six more episodes and will return with in early 2013. With the cliffhanger of Rachel finding Mike with Tess, we don't have to wonder what her reaction might be, only how it will play out when the show comes back.

Other Hhghlights from the mid-season finale:

  • Mike's words about Grammie at her service. Had me in tears thinking about my own Nana.
  • Donna claiming that he mind was too busy being awesome to have those reports done.
  • Stoned Mike and Harvey putting together that Hardman had set them all up.
  • Jessica, Harvey and Donna sharing a drink to celebrate, with Louis on the outside looking in.
  • Harvey going toe-to-toe with Tanner to find out whether or not that CM Motors document was a fake. Who should be disbarred for fraudulent conduct now, Tanner?
  • Harvey revealing to Mike - but not the rest of us - what the can opener is all about.

Did you see it coming that Hardman really had planted that document, or that Jessica would take control again so quickly? Sound off now on this tremendous Suits finale.

Review

Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (302 Votes)

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

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Maybe it's just me, but you know the time when Harvey went over to Mike's place which afterward they got high together, I don't think Harvey knew that Mike's grandma died...

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I agree with those who felt that Tess was a disappointment in creative script writing. Way too cliche and unnecessary! Fix this phopah and then get on with a script worthy of this show and it's actors!

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yeah!I love suits, but Rachel and Mike...so boring now!come on, make it happen or leave it be!...Tess...yeah, just a word: cliche'!!!

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anyone else struck by the strong resemblance of tess to donna?!?

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The Tess character and situation was a cliche that came out of nowhere for no reason other than to put an obstacle b/w Mike and Rachel. It is an example of lazy writing and falling back on tropes. When everyone watching knows what's about to happen the second there's a knock on Mike's door, that's a sign that your writing is way too predictable, and lazy. You have the death of a major anchor in the main character's life, and the best thing you can think of is throwing in a random girl from his "past"? Seriously, the only way this would have been plausible is if we're introduced to this Tess in an earlier episode. Major disappointment especially give the original and superior writing of this series

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Here's an idea, instead of popping in a pointless character like Tess, why not introduce a few other senior partners at this critical time. With all the drama and infighting between Jessica and Hardman, there would have to be a few senior partners with voting rights that are just tired of this crap, and willing to call them out, perhaps even threaten the integrity of the firm by moving to leave and taking some other partners with them (Harvey presented this idea). This would have been a lot more realistic and interesting than a random bimbo in bed...

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I love the entire Mike/Harvey/Rachel/Donna/Jessica team, too, and yet I was thinking that Louis might step up and be a great guy after all, and vote for Jessica, but I was not that surprised when he went back to being a weasel. It saddened me, though, because I do believe Harvey, Mike et al really did respect him for his expertise, and I don't think, if the situation were reversed, that they would have thrown Louis under the bus. He proved just how tiny his soul really is in this episode, which is just pathetic. I also felt bad for Mike in his reversion to drug use, and I don't think it was too bright of Harvey, who should have known better, to join in. And I am not surprised that Hardman, that python, planted the document. I figured that was what happened. Can't wait for the next season!

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The Mike and Rachel saga is boring, and seems forced because there is no man/woman love relationship in Suits. For that to be a cliffhanger was wasteful for the summer finale. They could have spun a Louis Litt/Pearson/Harvey twist, or one of many other possible twists. The Mike/Rachel thing could have been done earlier in the show. Their storyline is irrelevant to the development of the show. I love Suits, but it would be better suited to focus on Pearson/Hardman than this extraneous stuff...

Queenbee94

mike ross and rachel zane... kinda sounds like ross and rachel. coincidence? i think not...

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Great finale. Loved the whole part with Harvey and Mike getting high together. And as much as I thought the whole Tess thing was pretty dumb, I think it provides the necessary distance between Mike and Rachel, so that the writers don't have to address Mike sharing his secret with Rachel for a while longer now (possibly). I also didn't think it was that much of a stretch to see Hardman planting the document. Mike had the right idea about the the guilty party having no issues doing something illegal. They were just too focused on Tanner to see that Hardman was the mastermind. Classic Hardman: commit a crime for your own gain, set up a fall guy/diversion. First time it was Louis. This time it was Tanner.