Suits Season Finale Review: Not Today

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The "War" we waited for all year finally arrived on the Suits Season 2 finale, but the parties at issue were quite the surprise.

I always expected the battle to be waged between Harvey, Jessica and Hardman. Instead the real war was fought between Harvey and Jessica - and what a fight it was!

Suits Season 2 Finale Photo

It really all started when Harvey went at Darby, swinging with a wager that he was out of turn to make anyways. In all honesty, that bull-headed move really sealed his fate.

That said, it seems there was a conglomeration of additional factors, all of which conspired to bust him out of the big leagues and named-partner contention.

What sometimes gets me about Suits is how fast it moves. In an attempt to not miss the forest for the trees, I usually pick up big picture stuff in lieu of the minutiae. This week, that minutiae - in the form of the back and forth between Harvey, Darby and Jessica over the frozen assets of Pearson clients by Darby's - was a bit over my head.

What I did get, though, was that it was really just a power struggle between Jessica and Harvey. He wanted to do everything in his power to prevent a merger and she wanted to do everything in her power to make sure it went through for the future and security of the firm.

In all honesty, I feel like Harvey and Jessica's signals crossed like ships in the night. Harvey wanted to be out of the vulnerable position of having a single-partner and wanted to move up from his subordinate status in his mentor-mentee relationship with Jessica. She wanted to prove that she was on top and put Harvey in his place.

That doesn't excuse her behavior in trying to assert that relationship, however, as she proceeded to assert it by placing a firm wedge in the middle of Mike and Harvey's bond. That was uncalled for. Just because Harvey had one over on her, she squashed it like a bug and threatened to squash Mike with it.

Jessica will no doubt be paying for her sins and feeling the consequences of her decision to merge, which will likely include a second round with regards to the power she thinks she's secured.

While Jessica un-friended everyone at the firm, Louis made a new pal of his own in Nigel Nesbitt. Clearly the British version of Louis, Nigel provided one of the few comedic outlets of this episode. The mud back and forth was refreshing and fun. I really would like to see these two pal around. But if Louis' decision to place his new friend on the efficiency list, there may not be much more bromance in their future.

But from bromance to romance, two relationships took a turn for the unexpected.

Harvey and Scottie: Now we knew that Scottie clearly had feelings for Harvey, but I wasn't sure they were at the level of love, at least not with such force that she would seek out Donna to try and enhance her chances with him. That in itself was a little more than I bargained for. But I'll be darned if the next minute she wasn't giving up classified documents to prove her genuine desire to get Harvey's attention in a way that doesn't involve suing him.

Unfortunately for her, that choice came at the ultimate price in terms of getting her name on the door: it got her fired.

Color me impressed, though, that Harvey went to bat for her with Darby. Now if only we knew which location her chose to have her assigned to.

Mike and Rachel: The long overdue consummation of their relationship finally took place, but probably in a way some of us could have done without seeing so much of. Mike coming clean to Rachel has needed to happen since the early episodes of the season, but the fact it had to come out in the heat of the moment when Rachel confronted him about not getting himself any further engrained in the Harvard rejection mess might play badly once the adrenaline cools off.

That's something we're gonna have to keep tabs on when the show returns for season 3. But it's certainly a liability that there is now an additional person that know Mike's secret. Here's to hoping she'll keep it.

To everyone at Suits: Thanks for a great second season, we can't wait to see what you have in store for season 3!

Everyone seems to have accepted their current situations for now, but will they still accept them come next summer? Time to sound off below.


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I love and look forward to every episode of 'SUITS'! The plots and characters are interesting and well played. Anxiously awaiting the beginning of next season, and a continuation of where past season took us...I often wonder why our young lawyer friend is not able to take time go to Harvard and get his degree, for someone of his vast knowledge and ability to remember all things, this should be very easy. Pass the bar, do not tell anyone, and have this tucked away for a critical day! I keep writing scenarios in my head as we move along every plot scrip that tends to expose his current situation. Thank goodness this is a refreshing show with unusual circumstances surrounding some of the major characters. Harvey is one of my favorites!

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This was a great finale, I do agree at times I was a little lost as tons of stuff was happening but it was still a great hour!
I am not a fan of Jessica's, never have been. Personally I do not think she ever had any intention of putting Harvey's name of the door. She pretty much said that a couple episodes back. She was just waiting for Harvey to do something that would really make it hard for him to ever have his name on the door!
I fell bad for Mike, like he told Rachel he lost everything/everyone he loved: his grandma, Tommy, Harvey and possibky his job. Jessica put him in an impossible position and I would love to see Harvey give Mike a chance to explain and have them take Jessica down. Then Harvey can start his own firm and make Mike a partner and maybe even Louis, keep Donna as his secretary and hire Rachel as soon as she goes to Law School, where ever she can go.
How hot was the scene with Mike and Rachel?


I don't know why but, as noticed before, sometimes people come here to recover from their frustrations. One thing is to express your opinion, another one is to say mean and nonsense things. I never found anything like that in any other blog, ever. Maybe it's your young average age? I don't know, but user rating says 4.7 so luckily you must be a minority.
By the way, IMO the episode was brilliant, I enjoyed every single moment of it. @DearLord I'm with you, but I think Rachel didn't really forgive Mike: that was the heat of the moment, the unveiled lie that set them and their passion free. Season 3 journey for all the characters appears to be great!


The show went in a diffrent direction.
You can blame it on the writers.
Other that that, it does not sound promising for season three.


Crap. Mike/Rachel sex was awkward.




You guys, I don't understand your disappointment. This episode was about the merger between Jessica's firm and the British dude's firm, indeed. But in the end, the plot about the big merger was rather to show what it's going to happen with the main characters' lives. We saw a Harvey that we didn't have the chance to see much over these past 2 seasons, swallowing his pride in front of Jessica but more than that, we saw him fearing on a personal level, regarding his love life and his disappointment with his mother. We saw him doing the right thing for Scottie, and then he had to decide whether she should work in New York or in London. I assume we'll see in season 3 if he was courageous enough to follow his heart with Scottie or if he repressed his desire for a relationship, sending her away in London.
Regarding Mike, this was a tough episode for him, both professionally and personally. He worked his ass off to help Harvey, showing his loyalty and respect for him, but in the end he had to listen to Jessica's orders after he was threatened by her with dismissal and jail. He was once again fired by Harvey and then defended by Jessica, but his professional situation remained uncertain. On top of that when he seeks for a moment of silence, Rachel comes and ambushes him about the Harvard letter (the one thing I didn't get, was why Rachel didn't ask any other lawyer in the firm, since she is so valued in what she does....but I find explanation in her admiration and attraction towards Mike, so I see why she wanted him to be the one who writes the letter). Mike finally reacts and opens up at Rachel's reproaches telling her he doesn't want to lose her (this being the only time when he truly declared his feelings for her). He finally tells her he never went to Harvard, risking everything again (being rejected by her and the possibility of Rachel telling the truth to other people). Rachel's reaction was the expected one, of rejection (he probably would have slapped Mike for the third time if he hadn't stopped her). After Mike blocked her hand, she tried to leave but he pulled her back and kissed her and eventually the huge attraction between them lead to sex (it was not the appropriate place, but it would have happened anyway). So it was anger, frustration, disappointment and the great attraction that we felt between these two ever since this show premiered that lead to this final scene.
So dear critic fans, maybe if you analyze a little longer you will see that the final scene is perfectly justified given the circumstances.
Overall, I think it was a great episode which focused on the personal development of our beloved characters.


for Dearlord - I'm not sure Rachel forgabe Mike. Angry sex is one thing - and it was a long time coming - and forgiveness is a whole different story. I guess will just have to wait and see where the writers will take this.


@DearLord.. I find your bitching and moaning about b&m more egregiously frustrating. I agree with all the negative comments about this show. The writing has been stuck in the "mud" for all of season 2..........


So much bitching and moaning about the ending. The finale plot was easy to follow, so I don't understand what almost everybody are complaining about.
The most frustrating is to read what people think about the ending scene.
1. Rachel locked the door so nobody would interrupt their talk.
2. Mike was undergoing huge emotions, and Harvey "fired him" so was not a surprise he wanted to finally give up his secret to Rachel.
3. The bitchslaps were understandable since Mike had lied to Rachel all this time, but since it was crucial for him to lie, she understood it and therefore "forgave him". Please answer if u don't agree. Been a fan of this series for a long time and still is.
Can't wait for new season.

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Suits Season 2 Episode 16 Quotes

You file your motion and I will file mine.


I didn't go to Harvard.