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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I disagree - I don't like the "cliff-hanger trend" so common in season finales (or mid-season finale). The writers don't need it to lure me into tuning back once the show returns. I thought this episode (though not one of my favorites) was still in the right direction - the characters evolved and moved forward. Harvey learning that he still isn't equal to Jessica and that he still has something to prove was perfect. I sort of didn't get how he always gets his way. It was time he made a real effort.. Mike and Rachel scene was a long way coming. It was sooooo hot and a real good way to end this season. Can't wait for season 3...


What I got from the whole Harvey and his mother issues was that Harvey used his tuition to help his brother. Their mother then gave money to the brother, who paid Harvey back. Something like that? Either way, Harvey was crossed somehow by doing the right thing. Perhaps that molded him into the man he is at Pearson..Darby? Jessica..oh man, where do I begin? She's a snake. I suspect that for Harvey to finally get his name on the door, he'd have to do it over her dead body. She wedged herself firmly inbetween him and Mike. Blackmail doesn't look good on anybody. Her threat to Mike clearly backed him into a wall he couldn't break. I still don't get Mike and Rachel's scene. Rachel finds out Mike's been lying his way through everything, but that's attractive? Don't think she realizes just how many other people know his secret. It was a tense finale, and all that 'frozen assets' stuff was just a red herring for all the underlying deceit going on to make this merger happen.


I have to agree with the other people here in that this was a terrible season finale. I thought it was just another episode until I read it was the finale. I just can't believe they left it this way and I am with the others who said we didn't really need to sit there and watch mike and rachel have sex. That was a little much.


Terrible season finale expected better from suits. At what point does mike start to feel consequences for his lies first of jessica finds out and all as is said is keep your job. Then rachel finds out that he has EVERYTHING she has ever wanted and he doesn't have a law degree but oh wait he has lied to me and cheated but I'm going to sleep with him just doesnt makr sense to me.


meh.was that even a season finale?terrible one.and we really needed soft porn to end the episode didnt we?yawn


I kinda agree parts of the episode were above my head and I had to re-watch it to understand what they were talking about. For example, can anyone explain that bit when Scotty and Mike were talking about Harvey's brother and who paid back who...I get that it relates to Harvey's mom issues but I didn't understand. Overall, I thought the battle between Jessica and Harvey was awesome and I cannot wait for more SUITS!


So scandalous! I'm predicting Rachel will probably have a little chap known as "Mike Junior."


Now Rachel knows his secret. So that's Donna, Jessica, Harvey, Jenny, Trevor, and Rachel. At what point is it not considered a secret. 1,2,3,6 people. A big problem for me was Harvey. He was off kilter for no apparent reason. Although Donna ,said stop with your MOMMIE problems. Which is hilarious, if you think about it. BTW @HarWierd best name since CanOpenHer, which I saw on twitter a while back. It wasn't good but it hasn't been since a very long time.


HATED this finale, especially the ending scene. Mike never said he would send that ridiculous letter for Rachel, he said he would help her and he did. He went to Louis and talked to him about it, then Louis set her straight.
Also, about that double slap, violence is never okay in the workplace. These characters portray professionals? Just because it was a woman slapping a man doesn't make it any less repulsive.


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Suits Season 2 Episode 16 Quotes

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