Suits Review: Borrowed Time

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The honesty policy is taking a beating at Pearson Specter, but, as Suits Season 4 Episode 9 reminded us, it's the choice you make next that makes all the difference.

Unfortunately for some, that wasn't enough.

Louis had everything to lose in this episode. And by all accounts, he lost it.

Not only did he come clean to Jessica and Harvey, he also eventually came clean to the SEC. While that was clearly one among many nails that secured his coffin, it seems as though it was also the one thing that saved his "home."

Before we get into that, let's take a moment to honor Rick Hoffman's performance in those final minutes of the episode. While much credit must go to the writers themselves, words are only as good as the actors who bring them to life. And let's just be honest, Rick Hoffman brought it.

It came as no surprise that Louis would liken the firm to family. But the delivery, and Louis' decision to resign, spoke volumes. It was brilliant, and I hope they make those few precious minutes available as a clip that can be re-watched and appreciated repeatedly.

Since we've addressed that show-stealing performance, now we can address the fact that Louis' fatal move was probably the firm's saving grace. Who knew utterance of the name Forstman would reveal so much? And just like that, the dog that hounded our pack of legal eagles was suddenly in the pound.

But is this the end of our troubles? I should think not. Because as this dog was chomping at the bit, the relationships inside Pearson Specter were constantly suffering and in some instances breaking all together. And while they always come together against a common enemy, the lines are blurred considerably when their "enemies" are each other.

Let's take Jessica's understandable beef with Louis. She took a pretty hard line, one she would have taken against anyone. Except in this case, she failed to show the same grace to Louis as she had to Harvey, Mike and even Donna in the past.

Granted, Donna and Mike had both been fired at some point, but Louis both jeopardized and saved the firm when they seemed to need both the most.

Did I just say the firm needed jeopardized? You bet. It's the only way to test and deepen the relationships between these characters. Can you think of any other circumstances that would have caused Louis to reach out to Jeff when every other word exchanged with him has been hostile?

At the same time, Louis saved the firm by figuring out that Woodall was in bed with Forstman, and they were able to make it stick such that Cahill decided to take a look. Now, the idea that Woodall was solely out for Pearson Specter blood will stick, vindicating them of wrongdoing in the eyes of the SEC, even if they know the charges weren't completely unfounded.

Despite this fact, Jessica was still intent on letting Louis go - and while I applaud Harvey for choosing to step up, I think Louis stepped up even bigger by choosing to resign, as painful as it was. I don't think the firm will ever be the same if he stays gone.

I felt the same about Mike leaving, and it seems his troubles aren't completely over either, as he went pretty hard at Rachel during his faux interrogation. I understand he's hurt, but he needed to back off a bit. Good thing he apologized...

As for Jessica and Jeff, I am not sure how much longer they are going to stick it out. Only time will tell, I guess...

So, Suitors, only one question remains: Is this the last we've seen of Louis?


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


Great review, couldn't agree more. This is, no doubt, one of the best shows on TV. Season after season it has never disappointed. It has been consistently good from the very beginning and the writing is just excellent. The characters keep revealing different layers, and surprising ones too which only make matters so much more enticing. I'm sure Louis will be back, he's too good to go. As to the cast, incredible job everyone! Where legal matters are concerned, I thought I had seen it all until Suits came along...


Hope Louis is coming back. He is a gifted actor and adds so much to the cast. Love him and his quirkiness.


Jessica is so irritating, I am sick of her. Kudos to Donna for sticking up for Louis. She always speaks her mind, and I love her for it. Mike was really rough on Rachel, even though I understand he is still trying to come to grips with what she did. And, poor Louis, my heart was breaking by the end of the episode. I didn't like the character the first season, but he has grown into a lovable teddy bear. This better not be the last we see of him. Suits needs Louis/Rick Hoffman.


noooooo Litt me up! he is the best of them ALL.


The expression is "champing at the bit."


The fact that he turned in a resignation does not mean that it has to be accepted or even acknowledged as having been tendered. They can play it that he was put on leave for a while. As noted I think Jessica has gone too far with treating him different from the others. I liked his ending monolog/voice-over although there was some technical errors in it. For example when he started working for the company it had a different name and the reference should have either used that name (and said its successors) or been phased as to say that he started out of school working for the firm "Now Known as P-S".

@ rarpsl

That's a nit pick. The company I work for has changed names 4 times, but if asked I would say I've worked for the current company name for the last 18 years.


The poll makes no sense.


As a fan of the show from day one, I've detested Louis and his smugness, but he was needed, as the show couldn't be what it was without that one guy in the office to annoy or pester people. He has shown his personal side at times, especially in the episode when he thought Mike would work under him, and Mike went back to Harvey, or more recently, his loss of Sheila. His character has grown in so many ways, even coming clean on his fears as seen in the episode where Donna asked him to participate in the play.
Louis is no where near the brute he acted like, but used it to cover up the smart, and caring guy he really is, and it showed when all he wanted in the beginning of this situation (and in many other situations) was to please Harvey, the one person whose friendship he wanted most but was always a wallflower to Harvey's inner circle.
As noted, all he wanted was acceptance, and what he didn't realize is that he was, even after Jessica called him family. His final words were really well done, but I don't think this is the end of Louis, I feel we'll see him back, maybe on the other side of the table but not in a Hardman scenario, but in a situation where he ends up helping the firm, and gains his spot back. I wouldn't be surprised to see the story eventually bringing him back as a named partner, as that has been his goal and how they focused on it at the end of the episode.


The question should've been "Is Louis coming back?" now i dont even know what to choose


Don't think it's the end of Louis. The silver lining is now he can move to Boston and court whatever her name is. I think he'll show up next season as a changed man and possibly work for the firm again from a distance. Alternatively, we might see him in court testifying against Forstman.

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Suits Season 4 Episode 9 Quotes

You confess, and all of a sudden everything sticks.


Jessica: How do you know there's more?
Harvey: There's always more with Forstman.