Suits Review: Ties That Bind

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No way out. That was definitely the theme of Suits Season 3 Episode 14.

Often, truths are hard to avoid, as some of our favorite legal eagles discovered on this strong installment.

Though, let's face it, some made it out better than others.

I can't say I'm surprised that Louis was the one who ended up in the hospital. It was either him or Harvey.

But I have to say, aside from the fact it threatened is health, I am actually glad it was Louis who suffered the heart attack. It helped pave the way for introspection on his part and viewers learned a lot as a result.

Clearly, the near-death experience prompted him to consider some drastic life changes, like marrying Sheila. But we also learned that Louis truly considers the people around him at Pearson Specter his family. Also, that he has an overwhelmingly strong desire to be a father.

The fatherhood stuff was beyond anything I was expecting from Louis, and I was surprised how much it hurt to see that become the true fault in his and Sheila's relationship, far beyond the trivial who-will-move-where discussion.

I truly felt awful for Louis in that moment. Yet it was one of many moments where the ties that bind these characters together really shined through.

Like when Jessica informed Harvey, Mike and Donna that Louis had suffered a heart attack. In true Suits fashion, Harvey was able to tell Jessica exactly why she shouldn't send Louis flowers; and though it could have been another moment where Harvey was insensitive, it really demonstrated the complete opposite in a way that was uniquely Harvey.

Donna's time with Louis in the hospital, coupled with her silent support of him there at the end, made for some of their best moments of Suits Season 3. Donna does seem to have a way with Louis, which I've always appreciated and I was glad to see it get some legit screen time.

The same could be said of Jessica's visit to Louis after he returned to work. Take that moment where she shared that photo and he took her hand. She called him family.

If I ever hear Louis complain one more time that he doesn't feel like he's in the loop or anyone cares, I may personally have to hurt him. Even so, it seems like as much love as he gained, he lost.

I would say the same for Rachel - she tried to collect on what she thought was promised her only to find it was anything but.

I remember her asking for her law school be paid and that Louis agreed to it. Leave it to life to get in the way and have her first bill coincide with his major cardiac event.  It doesn't surprise me she encountered resistance from Jessica.

Props to Rachel, though, for using Harvey as "Exhibit A" for her case to have her school paid for and making it all work in the end. It was nice contrast to some of the more dramatic things taking place at the time.

Which only really leaves Mike's confrontation with his truth: That he realizes he has a ceiling.

I thought it was clever that this idea wasn't introduced to us for the first time this week, but that it was cleverly woven into this case nonetheless. It always seems like one or more aspects of the case they work through each week has some reflective value for the Pearson Specter team.

What was different, however, was that this case interacted with that reality. Mike, desperate to reconcile his desire to move forward with the obstacles we've become all too familiar with, was actually offered a job in the financial sector that he could legally do and be successful at.

It's quite the conundrum and I'm glad I'm not the one trying to make the decision.

Overall, this episode was hands down one of the best this season, but we have to wonder about next week. Will Mike take the offer on the table?


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C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Am I the only one who thought, "what the heck is Louis talking about? Sheila is way too old to have kids?"


This episode was brilliant. So sad as well, well written. I am sad to see Sheila go. However, Louis asking her to marry without properly knowing her was a bad move. And the scene was heartbreaking... Her crying on her way out, him just sitting there... Donna going to Harvey and telling him to make the call was only fitting.
I knew it was Louis who had the heart attack. But it still was... The fact that Harvey knew he was allergic to flowers and warned them about it said an awful lot !
Every Louis/Donna scene was amazing.
Jessica's talk to Louis was long overdue. And I agree, if he complains that no one cares about it at the firm, I'll slap him !
Now, Rachel, way to go ! I felt sooo bad for her AND Louis when she went to him for advice. Humiliating that was. But he was right. She should have known better. And she definitely learned from it. Getting Jessica to back down, I felt like Rachel was in court already.
I think Mike SHOULD take the offer, but I know he won't. Suits without the dynamic duo that is Harvey and Mike, it just isn't Suits anymore !
Cannot wait for the next episode !


I wish I could un-see the end of Louis' hospital proposal scene...

@ KeithH

So do I !!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah silva

Such a fantastic episode!
Sometimes it is hard to feel bad for Louis. He went through a lot in a couple days, he had a heart attack, got engaged and lost the love of his life. I did feel bad for him at the end but then I remembered what he said to Rachel earlier in the episode and the promise he broke to her.
I was a little shocked at how emotional Donna was when she went to visit Louis in the hospital and when she went to sit with him when he saw Sheila at the elevators.
I am glad that Rachel found a way to get what she wanted from Jessica! That was perfect!
I am not sure if the show will throw us a twist and Mike will leave Pearson Spector...I would not really be surprised if they do that and he leaves then next season Harvey makes another deal with Jessica to bring Mike back.
Mike is in a tough place, he is a great lawyer, yes he faked his degree but he is one of the best lawyers. He will not be happy with his position staying how it is, no moving ahead.
My dream is still one day Harvey opening up a law firm with Mike as his partner.


he should take the offer...seriously, a clean would be great for him and Rach.


How about, Pearson Specter buys the firm that offered Mike the job and he runs the subsidiary for them?

@ Spenser+Amadeus

The firm that was spun off belongs to Gianopolis. He did it to keep his right hand man happy. Can't see him being willing to sell it and lose the man he is trying to keep.


I absolutely love this show and this was such a great epsidoe. However, I know it's the whole premise of the show but I wish they would just take a break from the whole Mike not having a law degree thing. The same thing happens everytime. He gets nervous, talks to Harvery about it and everything works out. Now he's going to consider taking a job, come very close to taking it and then boom, everything works out. Just a few episodes without mentioning it is all I ask.


While the investment banking twist is really interesting, it's hindered by the fact Mike will OBVIOUSLY not take it, because this is Suits, and they're not going to send him off to another company. I hate that Suits always puts on these plots that SHOULD be suspenseful, but in the back of our minds, we all know exactly how it plays out. Mike doesn't get caught, he doesn't leave the firm, he and Harvey make up, etc. Now I would prefer it if they through a curveball and just have Mike take the job. Start off next season 3 years later, with Mike as a successful investment banker and Rachel becoming Harvey's associate at Pearson Specter. Mike has put those days behind him, but suddenly, Pearson Specter is being sued because of all the cases Mike worked while at the firm, and Mike has to come back as the star witness. Now THAT will be some good TV.

@ Al

Really good idea. I would love to see Mike take the job.

@ Al

I'm confused by the job offer. I thought I heard Mike say he was being offered the job as in house counsel, which would mean he was still posing as a lawyer which doesn't really solve his problem. I do like the proposal that Mike takes the job and the whole thing comes out anyway, with Mike as a key witness in a suit against Pearson.

Sarah silva
@ Joe

No he was not offered the job as counsel he was offered the job to be an investment banker.


They did it again. Left me hanging on for more. Cant wait for the next episode.

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