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!

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


@delphincik when did he make u cry - are u a fucking homo? I think the music is shockingly tacky in suits and ruins it - it's got so much potential. Agree that HARVEY is awesome - other cast are far behind him in acting


It's been a while since a male character has almost made me cry :) Way to go Mike. The final scene was brilliant, most of the people didn't like it, I did.


This show has become cringeworthy beyond belief and judging from the comments, the majority of it's viewers are passive, lame losers. Harvey is such a great character and I have kept watching it because of him. I agree with comment that the infighting storylines are so poor - need Hardman and that Travis dude back in the game - that brings out the best in the main characters. Also the Rachel-Mike scene at the end was very very odd - it seemed like them having sex was so forced - fair enough that this one secret has been the thing that was preventing their relationship but it was still INSANELY out of character. I pity the people that lap up this shit.


I enjoyed the episode...even the ending, but agree, Mike needs to quit spilling his guts when it comes to his lack of that Harvard degree! Just wait until Louis finds out! As for Jessica....what a munipulator and back-stabber! Harvey has to get rid of her AND Hardman (and Darby is no prize, either), but the fun is going to be his taking them all down! Loved Nigel and Louis together...when will Louis quit being an ass, but he is trying! Donna seems to be the only sane one of the bunch, but then again, Secretaries always are! Season 3, hopefully, will be better and more centered around weekly cases and not inter-office power struggles. Good review, and despite this episodes mess, it is still a good show.


I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with mixed feelings. Love Suits, particularly Harvey and Donna. But I admit the finale disappointed me. Honestly, I had hoped the Hardman story was over after they beat him in the midseason finale. But the returning episodes were still good and it was fun to see them beat Hardman again, so it worked okay. However, I prefer the team fighting others and not turning on themselves. Sure, some internal strife is necessary but normally it was relatively lighthearted, but I felt like they crossed a line, especially with Jessica. There is one thing to prove to Harvey he isn't at her league yet, but another to eviserate her team. I admit my enthusiasm for next season isn't high. To me, Suits is like a good popcorn movie. Doesn't take itself too seriously and is a lot fun. It feels less and less like that now.


I really have no idea what people are talking about here. That was one of the better episodes of the whole series. It's a tv show guys..Not everything is going to make perfect sense every single time. and did someone really question violence in the workplace because Rachel slapped Mike? again,it's a tv show!!


I'm with you @???. Don't know what people are griping about. I LOVED the episode :)


What happens to you guys?It was an amazing ep,a great season finale that opens up the way for the next season. It was real war there, and besides drama there was comedy. You got passion hatred fear cockiness friendship love trust betrayal lies truths blackmail gamble tuxedos MUDDING! But no soft porn! Come on, have you ever watched GoT,BE,Shameless,Dexter & co? PLEASE. 49 minutes beautifully spent! P.S. Sorry for my english.


One thing I dont like is how they keep using Mike and him not going to Harvard as the cliff hangar to end the season is starting to get old for me. I thought the strength of the episode was Harvey and Jessica going up against each other. It was particularly nasty and a side to Jessica that we have never seen before. That part I am interested to see the fall out from. Mike and Rachel in the filing room was blah for me. I slapped my head when he told her and the 2 of them having sex was awkward looking....I was hoping Harvey might have taken a risk with Scottie at the lift and kissed her as a way of showing that he does actually have feelings for her. I think Scottie is in NY when S3 comes back but from what Aaron Korsh was saying in some interviews it wont be for long. Harveys love life I am a 100 times more interested in than Mikes......Until June Suitors....


This show is so overrated and some of the plot lines have been ludicrous in the last few episodes. The whole Scotti's in love with Harvey and the cheesy, awkward final scene with Rachel and Mike gives very little credibility to the programme that is meant to portray the most powerful law firm in NYC. Last few episodes have confirmed to me that this show lacks substance big time - it just relies on its style and aesthetics which is very uncomfortable; although individually in the first season the main cast were awesome; maybe aaron kosher should get some tips off Spacey's House of Cards which can find this balance between substance and style.

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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.