Suits Review: Pearson & Darby & Specter

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Rachel's thinking of attending law school 3,000 miles away, Nigel left his prized feline with Louis, Stephen wants to extend his arrangement with Donna and Harvey finally received an offer to put his name on the door.

Without a "Shadow of Doubt," this week's Suits installment was a real game changer.

Because it was the bit that started the episode, it seems most fitting to discuss the love triangle - for lack of a better descriptive term - between Harvey, Stephen and Donna.

Mike's Secret

Clearly, things have been working out well for Stephen and Donna when it comes to their "arrangement." I mean, let's be real, Donna had a glow that stopped Louis in his tracks, even prompting some preliminary inquiries into its cause. We agree, Donna, you really should try that "yoga" routine five or more times a day to maintain it. 

Then again, I would be sure to leave the yoga mat at home, as it seems Harvey isn't much of a fan. But would we really expect him to be? 

If you answered, "NO and a thousand times NO" then you would be correct. This response, however, only leaves us Donna and Harvey shippers with more questions than answers about their past relationship and what "thing" neither of them is trying to wedge between their seemingly impenetrable bond. Next week's flashback episode will most likely clear up many, if not all, of those burning questions.

One burning issue that will necessarily have to take a backseat in the coming week is the revelation that Rachel has applied to - and is apparently seriously considering pending admission - going to Stanford Law. She deserves to go wherever her heart desires and it's not like she hasn't applied to east coast schools. I just worry that the uncertainty of her decision to go or not will continue to be a drawn out plot line that might drag on a little longer than it probably should if the writers go too long without addressing it again (See Royal Pains Season 5). Fingers crossed it won't get to that point!

I have to say, though, that I really liked getting to see Rachel's parents, especially her father for the first time since "Zane vs. Zane," and under considerably more amicable circumstances. I'm glad Mike managed to gain his approval, while Rachel's mom seems like she's super understanding. Pending him becoming a murderer, she's 100% on board with Rachel dating him. 

Going back to the fact that Mike had to be told by a third party Rachel's secret, it certainly brings up the idea of honesty and knowing what it's like to be lied to. Not only did Rachel and Mike work through the issue, so did Jessica and Harvey.

The point Jessica made to Harvey about being treated by Darby as Harvey had been treated by her really caught my attention. It seems she's starting to either truly understand where Harvey's acting out was coming from or really beginning to realize something isn't quite what it seems with Darby.

If only she'd repeated some of her motivations for merging with Darby in the first place - like she shared with Ava - we might have had a full reconciliation and could have skipped the part where Harvey became immediately suspicious of the business card bearing his name as a partner. 

I'm thinking it's a it like she told Ava, just do what you have to do and we'll see if we can't get you out of it later. This is Jessica creating a time machine which may, in time, allow her to regain control of the firm. Adding Harvey to the named-partner roster gives her the three-way leverage to go 2-on-1 with Darby when the time is right and turn the tables, sending the British invasion into retreating as quickly as it came to conquer.

I wonder, though, if we shouldn't be wary of the message it's sending to Harvey. He's acting worse and digging himself into more holes ever since he lost the bid to become partner than he was before. And now that he's placed himself in league with Darby, it almost feels like Jessica has actually signed her own death warrant should Harvey continue to try and punish Jessica for deeming him unfit to be a named partner in the past.

Time, it seems, has been friend to Nigel and Louis rather than the enemy. Their sparring may have placed Louis in a vulnerable position, which he has valiantly tried to climb back from since the Suits Season 3 premiere, yet the love of a feline in common can do so much for a relationship. Pending death of the animal, it seems possible that these two can patch up their broken bromance... or so we hope.

What do you think of Jessica's offer to make Harvey partner? Will Rachel choose to go to Stanford if accepted? Or will she chose Mike instead?


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Well it isn't hard to answer, Harvey will end up turning against Darby which will lead in season four to be name Pearson Specter. For what it is about Rachel and Mike, she won't go because that would mean not seeing her in the show that anymore. For what it is of Stephen and Donna well there is two choice he will do something that Donna will choose Harvey over Stephen or when Darby leaves because he is out of the firm Stephen follows.


S3 Harvey is a bit much to take. He's plotting to take down his mentor for doing her job, goes to her for help on the case he'll use to do that & she gives him the answer & fixes things w/Ava for him. She has apoligized to him 5 of 5 eps in S3 for doing her job. This guy has no bottom. 1 observation, Harvey usually gets his answers/wins his cases because of Mike or Jessica. He's like the kid in class who cheats on someone's paper(everyone including the teacher knows) but passes him & or grades him on the curve. I've noticed he is a great bluffer/gambler but best in law-he's propped up. Harvey is behaving like he's imploding or on the verge of a break down. He's cute but a bit much.


Let me get this straight rachel is not aloud to get mad at mike for lying to her about him not having a law degree yet as soon as she doesnt tell him he gets mad & she has to say sorry soo backwards

Sarah silva

This was a fantastic episode!
I wonder if Jessica knows that Harvey wants her out and so she is doing all she can to make sure she stays. I have a gut feeling that some how Darby and Jessica are both pretending to hate each other and are trying to get Harvey out. I hope that is not the case but with this show, you never know!
I do not think Rachel will go to Stanford.
I really like Stephen, Harvey is still by favorite of the two but I am really liking Donna and Stephen.
I really like Louis now, he is super funny.


Referring to Harvey as "Shaft" b/c he's a complicated man.
1. "Shaft" asked Jessica to put his name on the door. She said he's not ready. 2. As part of the merger deal, Jessica gets "Shafts'" name on the door. Shaft doesn't want it that way-rejects the offer & goes into destructive/tantrum mode.
3. Jessica offers to put "Shafts'" name on the door (again). "Shaft" ask "is it a gesture or a move? WHAT!!!
It's your name on the door "Shaft"! (I know- that wouldn't make for good Shaft/Harv tv). whew I like this show.


Love the twists and turns of this show. Harvey's behavior reminds me of the old saying, "Often in error but never in doubt." His bravado will carry the day. Mike has never risen above the useful cypher in this relationship but i could watch and listen to Harvey (and Louis) for hours.


We may finally have a blossoming love triangle between rachel/kat/mike..hopefully this happens. best episode for this season so far. review was spot on!


I love this show. It is getting better and better. I think that Jessica is playing Harvey. The acting on all counts is superb. I am getting sick of Rachel and Mike. I want to see more of Donna's relationship development.


Loved when Litt complained about the cat but actually enjoyed every single minute of it.
Next episode is 10 years back ! Why, I don't know, but why not !


What an episode !! Harvey will finally get his name on the door/wall/... but that came at a very convenient time ! Wonder if indeed, Jessica knew what was going on. She REALLY hates being a number 2 ! But what happens to Harvey's agreement with Darby ?
Louis had me choking on my lunch, laughing out, etc. Nah the yoga glow, priceless ! Him wanting to join in and the look on Donna's face, even better ! Is she gonna keep on seeing Stephen... I think he genuinely likes her... Didn't like him throwing it in Harvey's face, but Donna and him look good together !
Rachel wants to go to Stanford... Wow... I really liked the dinner, the dad was so funny and I loved her mom, but I didn't see that one coming. I do remember when Mike told her to look elsewhere, but I feel like them finally getting together was all for not !
I really hope Nigel and Louis make peace. They're made from the same cloth ! The cat scene was brilliant lol. Loved when Litt complained about the cat but actually enjoyed every single minute of it.
Next episode is 10 years back ! Why, I don't know, but why not !

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Suits Season 3 Episode 5 Quotes

You won't be able to run your company from behind bars.


I want is to be on the same side.