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Suits Review: Take a Step Back

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It's amazing how one moment can change the trajectory of an entire hour.

For, Suits Season 3 Episode 13 those moments came in a three-pack.

From A. Elliot Stemple's return, to Louis and Scottie going head-to-head, to Mike and Jessica's conversation, they all had their moment to shine.

Hello Harvey My Old Rival

We've been flirting with the idea of Harvey not being fireproof; as human; as capable of failure. This episode played with that conundrum once more, pitting Harvey against a ruthless law school rival with many tricks, built on any form of manipulation which got the job done.

Stemple exhibited a similar streak and was determined to use it against Harvey. Surprisingly enough, Harvey actually sought out Jessica to aid in his recovery. Of course, the re-group is always where the real work gets done. And it is usually the case pulled out a win in the end.

But that wasn't the only rivalry brewing in the firm this week. Louis' travel snafu, and the by-laws he created to guide the firm, got his goat this week. The result was a classic - but no less entertaining - rivalry.

And neither party wasted a second playing nice.

Louis and Scottie went after each other with the big guns; it was quite the spectacular clash. Unfortunately, in the end, Harvey was forced to call this rivalry to a close, if only so he could pay the debt he owed Louis for keeping Mike's "secret." Time will only tell what the impact will be on his relationship with Scottie.

Time will also tell what the impact of Jessica and MIke's talk will be. It seems his big win exposed his greatest curse - that the current circumstances prevent him from being in the spotlight when he does something as outstanding as causing a corporate firm to admit wrongdoing.

Patrick Adams played the realization so well. In that exact moment, the whole tone of the episode changed for me. I CANNOT remember a time - at least not very recently - where I have internally felt the emotional pull of an episode shift like I did tonight. Stunning. Absolutely stunning.

So only one question remains: given the new rival that emerged from Harvey's past, which one do you love to hate?

 

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Solid episode ! That new nemesis of Harvey's was gooooood ! It was nice seeing Harvey getting a taste of his own medicine ! Loved it ! What a trickster that Stemple !
Now Jessica had a point, Mike should have known and realized by now : he can never go in the spotlights ! But I also don't think that he can hide from them . They will find him.
Louis and Scottie were fun to watch, however Louis ended up being a pathetic loser. I hated it ! You could tell Harvey wanted their new acquired friendship to work. Well it all went down the drain. Now will Scottie get over that, I doubt it. I cannot wait for the next episode !

Sarah silva

Another fantastic episode.
So if Mike remains at Pearson Specter he will never get recognition for any case or any win. That sucks! Mike is a fantastic lawyer, he does not have a real degree but he is better than lots of lawyers, but that is his punishment and his reward is getting to practise law.
My hope is by series end (which I hope is years away as I love this show) we see a new law firm Spector Ross even Zane law firm.
The last two exchanges that Harvey had, first with Louis and then with Scottie were interesting and a little heartbreaking. It was also interesting that Harvey said to Louis it depends which on you are asking and then he said you cant have it both ways and then Scottie said the same thing to him. I feel a rift now between Harvey and Scottie as he can not tell her about Mike.
How cute are Mike and Rachel right now?!?! Love them.
As always Donna was awesome.
Katrina really is the female Louis.

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Even if Jessica is willing to wave the Harvard requirement (and accept a "lesser" school) for Rachel, this is not the same situation as Mike. Rachel would still be a documented graduate of some law school while Mike still would not be. Thus he is still a ticking time bomb for the firm (which is the real case) and the reason for her telling him that he has to never take credit for his contributions. There is too much that would need to be done to make Mike's degree "official" and bullet-proof. In fact, IMO, Lois is missing some simple means of exposing Mike if he wanted to. Why not just check the correct year's "year book" and notice the lack of a listing for Mike?

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Several observations on the proposed changes by Joe and Spencer, not criticisms but observations.
1. The ethics professor is not likely to change his mind and if anything, eventually he will have to expose Mike because of his dilemma, knowing Mike is not a Harvard graduate. I think it is inevitable.
2. Mike can accept the fact that this is his yoke to wear and he will never be in the spotlight. He can concentrate on being the secret weapon for the firm and take comfort for his cloaked role. He and Rachael can then concentrate on getting her into Harvard and she can be the legitimate face for the couple and the firm.
3. Louis Litt's character is essential to the show since he has been the way he is from the beginning and he won't ever change from the little sh!+ he is. At some point though, he will have to be defeated and no one comes to his rescue. Now that he has called in the "chit" from Harvey, Harvey is no longer in the mood to protect Louis.
4. Harvey needed a romantic interest but was bringing in Scottie the answer? For me, the jury is still out - o.k., couldn't resist.

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@ Bart44

Quite alright - I'm not loving Scottie as Harvey's romantic interest either. She's too concerned about proving herself when that shouldn't be necessary. I never heard anyone say she is not an excellent lawyer.

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@ Bart44

Mike's yoke is not only his. If, and more likely, when, he is exposed, everybody goes down. And there is still the issue of the missing file in Louis' girlfriend's office. Stemple is now another potential threat. After the public drubbing, he might start doing some background research about Harvey's protege. Nothing says pay back like getting Harvey disbarred.

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Louis’ “big guns” consist of whining like a girl, lying about a firm and planting suspicions about it with a regulatory agency just to win some points against Scottie and, finally, badgering Harvey to win because, without a win he isn’t the “baddest, meanest man at the office.” Well, duh, QED. Louis is a putz, has been, will always be and he and his associate are just bad comic relief. Get over being “Litt up!”, please.
It’s time for this series to punt. The writers should take a page from the Mentalist and do some time shifting. Mike and Rachel should have a heart-to-heart, pull up stakes and move to the West Coast. She can go to Stanford, he can find a second tier law school and lay low. Scottie and Harvey, after a similar heart-2-heart, can tell Jessica that they’re in for three years and then they’ll be leaving. Then, when the next season opens, it can be three years later. Harvey, Scottie and Donna head out West to link up with Rachel and Mike and the firm opens a West Coast Branch of Pearson et al. As long as Mike’s lie hangs over the firm, it’s just a continued recipe for soap opera.

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@ Joe

Joe, while I agree that they need to do something to move past the "will he get caught" cliff hanger every week, your scenario still doesn't get Mike a degree from Harvard. Here's what I propose. The ethics professor from last weeks show gets into some unethical dilemma that only Harvey can get him out of. In exchange, said professor bends the ethical barrier just a little more and arranges for Mike to test out of all the courses he needs to obtain a real Harvard degree.

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@ Spenser Amadeus

Even if Jessica is willing to wave the Harvard requirement (and accept a "lesser" school) for Rachel, this is not the same situation as Mike. Rachel would still be a documented graduate of some law school while Mike still would not be. Thus he is still a ticking time bomb for the firm (which is the real case) and the reason for her telling him that he has to never take credit for his contributions. There is too much that would need to be done to make Mike's degree "official" and bullet-proof. In fact, IMO, Lois is missing some simple means of exposing Mike if he wanted to. Why not just check the correct year's "year book" and notice the lack of a listing for Mike?

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@ BobR

Well, my original comments included MIke getting a real degree- " She can go to Stanford, he (Mike) can find a second tier law school and lay low." Flying under the radar is about the only chance Mike has since he's quickly being identified with Harvey and the firm. Somebody is bound to ask questions beside Louis. Plus, I think when the computer geek posted Mike's grades, she included him in the appropriate year book. The more likely complication will be Shelia (or whatever her name is) trying to find Mike's paper record to complete her files.

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@ Spenser Amadeus

Jessica is willing to pass on the Harvard requirement for Rachel so she should do the same for Mike. If the ethics professor (well played by Macht's father) was in such a jam, it would have to be a doozy to trump Mike's lie. Even letting him work through the degree after the fact would let lots of people into the picture because, sure as anything, Louis would be sniffing around every move. Mike has to cut and run.

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@ Joe

When did Jessica say she'd give Rachel a pass to work at the firm without being a Harvard Law graduate ???