Who knew it would all come down to a suspicious A+ from a professor?
It's proof that the truth is always hidden in the details, which may prove particularly problematic for a Pearson Specter team desperate to move forward, constantly pushing against the current of a past trying to pull them back.
It's clear that Suits Season 3 Episode 11 is only the start of something as epic and unpredictable as only this show can deliver.
As far as being dragged into the past, though, it seemed as though Mike endured the brunt of it this installment, being paired against the same attorney who told him how much his parents were worth in the wake of their tragic death.
We've never flashed back into Mike's past quite like this. The depictions of a small boy still reeling from the death of his parents were pretty powerful, especially when he figured out the simple fact his father having something to drink prevented his family from being able to pursue a settlement.
What really stuck with me was the scene between Mike and Rachel in the library when she tried to convince him to take a break, but upon hearing his story resolved to take half the files and help. These two are really making some great strides in their relationship.
Let's take Scottie and Harvey as a contrast. While I appreciate seeing Harvey step up and tell Scottie what she means to him, I wouldn't say fronting my buy-in to a firm as the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for me. On the other hand, it didn't have to be romantic either.
But if there's one relationship that registers on the opposite end of the spectrum from the "aw" factor, it's the one between Sheila and Louis. It never ceases to become more bizarre the longer it goes on. Her slapping Louis and convincing him she could be "bad" could have been deleted from the episode and there would have been no love lost.
That said, the real "gotcha" of the hour came at the end when a simple "A+" in the class of a professor traditionally known as a blowhard became a flashing warning sign. Not sure how much pull it will have in stoking the fire of suspicion running rampant through Louis' veins, but I am more than happy to take the journey with him.
Highlights from the episode:
- Louis and his Dictaphone. From frat guy impersonations to dead batteries, Rick Hoffman is bringing his A game... on steroids.
- Louis thinking Mike simply went to a sub-par law school and is infiltrating the firms' pristine Harvard pool.
- Donna's manipulation of Louis, mimicking Sheila, in the event Louis was foolish enough to inform Sheila of his transgression.
- Michael Phelps dropping into the episode and exiting with Olympic record speed. I was under the impression he would play a bigger role, but, hey, I'll take it.
- The fact something "happened in Beijing" between him and Harvey. What I wouldn't give to hear that story...
So, is Mike in trouble?
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