As Mike Ross’ trial came to a head on Suits Season 5 Episode 15 the entire firm entered panic mode but while some were looking only to save themselves while others sought out ways to protect their friends.
Mike representing himself worked out far better than I thought it would. Not only did it show what a competent attorney he was but it also gave him a chance to show his heart in his closing arguments.
I wondered if he should have called more witnesses to the stand in his defense but then again, every client or friend was both possible ally and liability. Perhaps it was better not to risk that too many times.
Anita Gibbs closing arguments were equally strong. A fake attorney is one thing but would you want to risk a fake doctor or pilot? After hearing what she told the jury, I could understand why Mike and Harvey were so nervous.
But it was between the end of the trial and waiting for the jury to return that things started to unravel.
Jessica and Harvey decided to try and find…or make…a reason for a mistrial. It was a risky maneuver because if they got caught it would surely make Mike and the entire firm look guilty.
Donna may have been the one to choke on the stand but I was proud of her for staying strong when being told to ask more innocent people to lie for them. As she told Louis in this Suits quote…
I'm getting a little tired of people asking me if I care or not because I do, but not enough to push women and children aside to get on a lifeboat.Donna
David decided to call Harvey’s bluff and not approach a juror. I’m sure he thought that Harvey couldn’t take him down without discrediting Mike at the same time but I wondered if he thought that gamble through. If Mike was found guilty, Harvey might easily decide to destroy David just for spite.
Louis slipped into near hysteria when he interpreted Harvey letting Mike take over as his own attorney as a sign of their doom…
Harvey letting Mike take the reins is not him giving up, it's him growing up and realizing that he is not the one to bring this home.Jessica
I was shocked when Louis offered to testify against Harvey and then recorded their conversation. I never thought he’d go that far.
I was glad that Jessica pointed out that Harvey would most likely take a bullet for both of them if this went wrong and that turning on Mike and Harvey made Louis no better than Daniel Hardman or Charles Fortsman.
Her speech obviously had the desired effect, thank goodness. I don’t think Louis would have ever forgiven himself if he really turned on his friends.
Mike and Rachel were both terrified but Rachel encouraged Mike to stay the course and wait for the jury’s verdict.
It seemed to me that the women were much stronger and steadier than the men who seemed to be crumbling as they awaited the jury’s answer.
Unfortunately, it was Mike helping Mr. Diaz that turned the tide. When Diaz told Mike, “They find me guilty they’re going to send my friends to jail anyway,” it was like watching something click in Mike’s head.
There was no way Harvey was going to make it in time to stop him.
So did Mike decide to serve two-years and never practice law again or did he strike some other deal? Is there any chance Harvey can save him from his own good intentions? And what do you think the jury’s verdict would have been?
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