Suits Review: Carpe Diem

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It was just one of those days at Pearson Darby where everyone, whether directly or indirectly, signaled the same thing: "I Want You To Want Me."

Between the broken bromance that is Harvey and Mike to the potentially crumbling relationship between Donna and Rachel, it was hard to recognize this show as Suits like we remember it.

Can't we all just be friends again?

An Old Enemy

The fact of the matter is no, they can't. There are too many issues that everyone needs to work through. I am grateful to the writers that they chose to continue exploring the different relationships that have formed over the last two seasons and that we finally get a chance to really dig into them and their dynamics.

Take the relationship between Rachel and Donna. They have their girl moments, but when the conversation turned to Donna's loyalty to Harvey and Rachel's belief that he made a mistake, a fundamental rift in their respective notions of loyalty clashed in a way that broke my heart. I only want to see these two ladies happy and gossiping in the witty and fun way they do.

Needless to say their last bout where Donna revealed she encouraged Mike to get over Rachel, effectively making her tear up, was almost too much for me. Then again, when you look at it from the other side, the fact Donna tried to keep her out of it minimized her potential liability had things gone south on Suits Season 2. All I know is, I hate to see them fight.

The same goes for Harvey and Jessica. The thing is, it seems like the relationship between Ava and her right-hand man parallels the trust and loyalty issues that Harvey and Jessica were having. It makes you wonder if Harvey was starting to feel uneasy about the decision he made to betray her. 

We got our answer when he took Donna up on her suggestion to consider forgiving Mike. He has no intention of doing so, even when she blatantly put it out there that she wanted to get their relationship back where it was. If only she had not chosen to say that she would have put the brakes on Harvey's immaturity in the same manner again. 

If only Harvey realized the destructive path he's on. It's a reckless war path and it only ends one way: in a thousand degree burning ball of flames off of the track. Let's see Harvey build his way back up out of that one. The only person that will be there to help pick him up is Donna. All we can hope is that she's smart enough to deter him before he really does derail himself in a way he can't come back from... again. 

It was this little tidbit about Harvey and Donna that came out during Donna argument with Rachel that I found most interesting. The idea that she would call looking out for Harvey at the expense of her friend "part of her job." There's just so much going on there that I an dying to know about. Sure, she could just have that kind of strict loyalty to Harvey, and that would be okay. I just felt like there was something more there that needs addressed. Where does her desire to unfailingly support him come from. A subject for an upcoming episode, perhaps?

Of course I would be remiss if I didn't address the oh so cleverly crafted bromance triangle between Mike, Louis and Harvey. Harvey really had thrown Mike out into the associate wilderness. We knew from the beginning that Louis was going to choose Mike in a heartbeat.

My favorite part of that plot was no doubt the high-school-esque exchange between Louis and Donna about to what degree the relationship between Harvey and Mike was broke up. I totally wanted to jump in that conversation. If only they could have heard me through the television!

My only regret is that their bromance, built on amazing steak and a genuine love of the law, had to come to an end before we got to see Mike's no doubt priceless reaction to that "Team Litt" cake. I was almost surprised how, at the same time he might be demonstrating loyalty to Harvey, Mike inherently gave up a moment to demonstrate loyalty to Louis.

That's the one thing that's really trippy about all of the relationships at play in this series right now. In order to show loyalty to one, you automatically risk, or outright act, disloyal to someone else. Donna's loyalty to Harvey put her on the outs with Rachel and Mike's loyalty to Harvey shafted Louis.

Despite all of the crazy relationship drama that will no doubt be a consistent theme throught this third season, there were a few good moment we can dwell on:

  • Donna expressing her displeasure with Rachel over making her believe that Richard Gere was in the lobby.
  • Louis taking Mike mudding.
  • Louis' naked bum appearing, as traumatizing as it might have been for some.
  • Louis feeding Mike cheesecake as he tried to suck him into the eminent domain case.
  • Mike going to Rachel for advice only to hoist her over his shoulder and take her to what we would likely all agree was the bedroom.
So what did you think of this week's episode? About Louis getting the last minute shaft? Sound off below!


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The mud scene was hilarious! Poor Louis I feel sooo sorry for him. Come on writers when will someone be loyal to Louis!

Drea xoxo

I'm in mixed minds, i understand you need to keep a show interesting or it'll get cut but at what expense!!! this whole going against jessica is annoying me. they are meant to be working together in order to dissolve this merger and regain control and power. touching on donna and harvey relationship, it seems there is a secret there or she just is a very loyal person. either way i hope this is explored in upcoming episodes. i hope the series improves unless it may be cut


I long for the times when everyone was working together toward a common goal, clearing the clients. I hope that this whole in house back and forth, stabbing, plotting, talking goes away soon or I will.


There was good drama in ep2 & Louis brought the funny like only he could. The parallels (mentor/mentee) was insightful for the rest of the season & how the layers of these characters (great cast) will be peeled back. When Harvey & Jessica meet in the bathroom (stuff) goes down--when they meet on the roof (stuff) gets real. To me, this (roof scene) was two actors doing what good/great actors do-that's make it real. Giving well deserved credit to Gabriel M. & Gina T. they also did this in S2 Ep2 which, imho, was their best work together yet, (they are great on screen together all the time). S2 ep2 ended with a very touching scene of Harvey reassuring Jessica that he was with her. Few words were spoken but a lot was communicated between them unlike now since Harvey is against her. Having said that, Harvey "the prom king" specter (thanks louis) needs to stop pouting or find his pacifier. All of this tantrum throwing is not a good look. Donna (I rather live in his world than live without him in mine) Paulsen & Mike(I just want to hang with the cool guy) Ross need to stop enabling this toddler. Who woulda thunk it-Rachel used kryptonite on Donna in the bathroom. & Donna responded the way "prom king" does-deflect, deny, leave. Though Prom King is orchestrating his coup- not ready to count Jessica (master chess player) out yet. She smiled -looked like she did a lol at mikie when he blackmailed her & she's looking @ Harvey like she knows he's up to something--when she learns he hitting her below the belt he knows she'll cut him off at the knees. I Really really like this show & these characters..good entertainment!


Does any one know what sunglasses Harvey is wearing when driving the Mustang?


I had mixed feelings about this episode. Louis evoked a lot of pathos, then scrapped it all when he told his mother to fire some service person. He seemed to be scrambling after shafting his soul mate Nigel, and there could have been some redemption for his character. I hope they don't continue to write him as just a weasel.
I would have preferred to see 'team Litt' go on for at least a third of a season and then work it's way back to the Mike and Harvey bromance.
I have always liked this show but this episode left me a bit unsettled, hopefully it will ultimately be good story telling.

Sarah silva

This show is so fantastic! I love this show so I enjoy every episode but this was one of my favorites!
I never thought I would feel bad for Louis but I did! My heart sank when he had the cake and saw Harvey and Mike and new that Team Litt was over before it really began. I really liked every scene with Mike and Louis and the one near the end where Mike said he watch As Goood as it Gets and Louis watched Jerry Maguire and they quoted the movies was great!
However as bad as I felt for Louis I LOVED the Mike and Harvey scene! I am so glad they are back as a team. That scene was fantastic too.
I would have been fine seeing Team Litt for a few weeks but you can not do better than Team Harvey and Mike.
Donna's first and top loyalty is an always will be to Harvey, however I can side with Rachel on this one when she got upset at Donna when she found out Donna too told Mike to keep the secret and stay away from Rachel. I think these too will be at odds for a long time.


There's a saying. Never trust a man in love. In this case, woman. Donna is in love with Harvey so deep that she can't see anything else. No one can penetrate the wall she's built dedicated to him. It's sad about Louis. I was shocked how easily Mile caved and came back after just really getting closer to Louis. Mr. litt needs his own protege


Loved Louis & Mike working together and I wish Harv, Louis & Mike could all be friends - but then again, maybe that would not be as interesting as the frenemy relationship between Harv & Louis.
I thought the case that Harv & Jessica worked on was interesting. Disappointed that Harv wants to betray her. I thought they understood each and appreciated the other's ambitious nature.
Lastly, Donna (funny girl that she is) could never be a friend of mine. She's loyal to Harv and her job and that doesn't leave room for anyone else.


It was so good to see Louis and Mike like that. I wish he had chosen Team Litt. Harvey had to ruin everything.
Mike and Rachel now... I don't know... it feels like the calm before the storm. She fought so hard to get into harvard while Mike is a fraud. Come on. Really ?
I liked the cases. But Harvey wanting to take Jessica down is still a bad idea.
Also, Rachel had every right to be mad at Donna. Friendship is important.

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Suits Season 3 Episode 2 Quotes

I think you're half Harvey and you're half me. You've had your time with him. Now have your time with me.


If this whole thing is really Jessica's fault. Maybe we should start thinking about forgiving Mike.