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Suits Review: Rehab

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As I speculated after “Blind-Sided,” it appears there is "Blood in the Water" - and Pratt and Gould wasted no time in seizing upon the wound.

Yes, the civil war on Suits is far from over, but perhaps as this episode demonstrated, there might be hope for the troubled firm yet.

Blood in the Water Scene

It’s about time the internal struggles of the firm manifested themselves in external consequences, such as an exodus of associates and clients. Though the competing firm is clearly not playing by the rules, and, if anything, might merely be a cover for another phase of the war. With Allison Holt seemingly at the helm, speculation regarding this recent assault should be no surprise.

Luckily for Harvey, he had a bit of an inside track in Trent Devon, whose reservations about the deal he was being offered presented Harvey an opportunity to get a closer look into what Allison and company had up their sleeves.

Needless to say, their offer wasn’t without its ulterior motives, as Trent’s company was going to get sold for what Mike described as “spare parts.”

Even as Pearson and Hardman was falling apart, there was still room for teamwork amongst some members of the firm, like Mike and Louis. For all intents and purposes, Louis’ last act at the firm would have been helping Mike uncover the shortcomings of the financial projections in Trent’s offer, which eventually paid off in dividends for Louis later in the episode.

The tension that’s been building between Harvey and Louis finally came to a head with Harvey ripping Louis for his most recent string of deceptions, though the ultimate blow was clearly his accusation that Louiswas behind the firm’s most pressing predicament.

It shouldn’t have surprised any of us that such vitriol sent Louis running straight to Pratt and Gould. I almost felt bad that Allison practically called him damaged goods whose only real chance at becoming a partner elsewhere would come from a strong demonstration of loyalty to Pratt and Gould, very likely at Pearson/Hardman’s expense.

Having Jessica take Louis’ letter of resignation was a nice moment between the two of them. I think, for once, Louis received the sincere acknowledgement he always wanted from Jessica, even though it came seemingly too late to change his mind.

That moment was only complimented by Harvey unceremoniously ripping his letter of resignation and wordlessly leaving Louis’ half-packed office. That action alone was a sincere demonstration from Harvey that the bridges between them are done burning - at least for now. Whether it was a sincere action, or simply a move made to stop the bleeding is unclear. Either way, I think it’s safe to say that he’s staying.

The exact opposite is true for poor Harold, whose abrupt termination was rather heartbreaking. I almost thought that perhaps we’d get to see him again. When Mike offered him to Jimmy as a potential hire for Pratt and Gould, however, it seemed like the chances of that were close to zero. Besides, who expects all those associates abandoning ship to come back so soon anyway?

Other highlights from this episode:

  • Donna deducing the weekend Harvey had simply from the time he arrived at work.
  • Jessica calling Harvey out for being distracted by the Zoe situation, much like Mike was and still is distracted by the loss of Grammie.
  • Mike vacuuming up the weed in his apartment.
  • Constant accusations by Harvey that Mike still hadn’t gotten his “shit together.”

What do you think the future holds for our favorite firm?

Review

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

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Deann

I loved this ep, not for Mike getting his SH*T together, but for the fact that the writers showed that choices have consequences, and I think for young guys like Mike, who are brilliant and used to finding ways to get whatever they want with brainpower and charisma, that if you cheat, or steal, or use illegal drugs, there are going to be consequences to those actions that you will NOT enjoy down the line. I watch this show with my son, who is 13 and very smart, and I want him to see that if he makes bad choices, he will pay for his actions in painful ways. And I loved, loved, loved that Gabriel M's beautiful shark Harvey was smacked on the nose by the Orca in charge, Jessica, who knows that Harvey, though brilliant, also has to see that his actions have consequences and that he, too, has some growing up to do before he takes a leadership role. Though Louis is a d-bag of the first water, he's also hilarious and an excellent lawyer, so I am glad he is staying.

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I really enjoy Suits, I have watched since the beginning. I love Harvey/Donna dynamic. I don't like Louis most of the time, so arrogant, however you can see most of his bravado is caused by his own insecurity. I am also so over the whiny Mike storyline. He seems dismissive and questioning of Harvey at times when Harvey is the only reason he has a chance of a decent life. I hate the pot smoking, adulterous hypocrite attitude of him. Also, why hasn't he got his law degree, all the cases he's been involved with could be overturned and Harvey and Jessica could possibly be disbarred. Mike has sparks of brilliance but too many slip ups for Harvey to keep covering for him.

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BRILLIANT episode !!!! On all levels ! I felt mad at Louis, but then sad for the guy... Oh well, we'll see. Mike and Harvey's bromance at it's best !

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@ Earth-dragon - I believe Mike totally deserved it. IMHO the focus needs to shift from Mike since he's gone around in circles in whatever character evolution had been charted for him way too long. Is he ever going to grow up? Is the only Harvey-Mike bond we'll ever get to see going to basically be about either Harvey saving his thankless ass or about Harvey himself meeting him at his level, instead of the other way round now and then? Basically, a break from Mike would be great. Actually felt sorry for Louis. Harold, not so much... he's finally free from Louis' regime!

Fortyseven

Louis should have left.

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Was it just me or did it feel a little satisfying to watch Mike get beaten up? He's finally getting his shit together, but a bit late, I'd say...so he kind of deserved that :)

Ronald-simkins

Harold - I think people missed the significance that Mike recognized a kindred spirit. And I'll bet that Harold will be back to them all in the ass.

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This episode was a return to excellence acting and writing that we expect from previous. I did not like last week, but this week more than provided an excellent plot, good acting and a great Harvey/Donna scene. What more could you ask in a show. Bravo. Mike stay off the pot and grovel for Rachel.

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Harvey tore it up because he wants his name on the door! Step one.

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To set things straight at the end of season one it was Rachel who let Mike down when he needed some love, that's how he ended up with that married friend. Then Rachel shows up and gets pissed, don't forget it was just after his grandmothers funeral.

Suits Season 2 Episode 12 Quotes

Let's just say that actions have consequences.

Mike

Harvey's not punching out anymore. And I can't come in here every day and work side by side with somebody who hates me.

Louis
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