Suits Season 8 Episode 6 Review: Cats, Ballet, Harvey Specter

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If there was ever an episode that focused too much on the stuff we didn't really care about, then Suits Season 8 Episode 6 was it. 

The bulk of the hour focused on the fraught relationship between Louis and Harvey, and while it's fun to see them go at it, we didn't need all of this focus on the pair. 

If you watch Suits online, you know that one of the highlights of the show is that the two characters are always so far apart, that it makes things more fun. 

Samantha's Motives - Suits

Whether it's on a case, or differing views, or just the fact that they love to piss the other off, they make things more interesting. 

Having all of this focus on what's wrong with the way they act towards each other was not needed. Nothing needed fixing, and it felt like a lazy attempt to fill an hour of this USA drama that's quickly becoming long in the tooth. 

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Can we all agree on how ridiculous it was to have to have Dr. Lipschitz allow Harvey and Louis to attend a session together? 

Louis: Harvey, our relationship needs tending.
Harvey: Our what needs what?
Louis: We need to work on our relationship and we need help doing it.

Did we need this exposition-heavy scene to reveal there was something amiss with their friendship? No, and I much prefer when they focus on the right things. 

Shake On It - Suits Season 8 Episode 5

The case with Harvey and the 16-year-old social media star was one of the most interesting in the series' history, but it was whittled down to a mere few scenes with no payoff in the end. 

We live in a world in which anyone with access to the internet can be famous and have a lot of influence via social media. That teenager has 50 million followers and a whole lot of power.

It fascinated me that one woman's livelihood was at stake because the teen was claiming she got an allergic reaction to one of her products.  

Harvey: Situations change, and you make adjustments.
Louis: This isn't a change of situation. This is you taking my client.

What irked me the most about the case was that it essentially said that there would be no other investigation into whether other people have reported the same reaction. 

Annoyed - Suits Season 8 Episode 2

Are we to assume that by one girl telling her 50 million followers that she got the reaction that they would all follow suit? 

It wouldn't be out of the question. The teenager was a mere petulant child who was under the impression that her influence would get her wherever she wanted to be. 

Just say the first thoughts that come to mind.
[Harvey puts his head in his hands.]

Dr. Lipshitz

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Social media stars make a lot of money these days from endorsements. The Kardashians, of all people, make a lot of cash from saying they use a specific product and sharing it with their followers. 

Knowing this peeled the paint off the wall of the story. Ten million dollars to that teenager would have felt like pocket money. 

That said, I do want to see the storyline continue over the course of a few episodes. It would be silly to let it fall by the wayside, especially when it perfectly encapsulates how fame is defined these days. 

Hi, Mom! - Suits Season 8 Episode 5

Louis making space in his schedule for sex with Sheila was needed, but there's a fine line between being professional and being unprofessional. 

He's a partner at Zane Specter Litt -- or whatever it's called these days! -- and skipping a meeting with a long-time client is not the best way for clients to feel like the firm is capable of handling a case. 

Maybe it was a blessing in disguise because I can only imagine the expletives that would have been hurled towards the teenager by Louis if he were in the room. 

I can't express how much I love Donna and Samantha working together. They were poised to be enemies because one is in Harvey's back pocket and the other is in Robert's. 

Donna was skeptical of Samantha's motives when she joined the firm, and that's why we know she's so great at her job. Donna does not want the firm's reputation destroyed again, and for that reason, I sided with her when she worried about Samantha's involvement. 

Samantha Is Not Impressed - Suits Season 8 Episode 6

It turns out, they are both very similar people, and by the end of "Cats, Ballet, Harvey Specter," they were working together to take down the head of the snake at the charity. 

Peggy being ousted was a real shocker, but we shouldn't have expected Samantha to keep her word. That's just the way she is; she can't sit around while knowing something terrible is going on or that people are being taken advantage of, either. 

That's what helped Donna realize that Samantha was a good person and that she was wrong to be judging her. Either way, more Donna/Samantha scenes would be much appreciated because they saved an otherwise mediocre hour. 

As for Katrina, I'm surprised she didn't flip at Louis for moving the goal posts in her quest to become a partner. If we're to believe Suits Logic, we're to assume that the battle to be a partner at a law firm is filled with empty promises along the way. 

Katrina Battles for Named Partner - Suits Season 8 Episode 6

Empty promises are the bane of life. This is not someone promising you some jalapenos with your nachos; this is someone promising the next stage in your career, pulling the rug from under you and putting you back to the starting point. 

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Katrina's relationship with Brian has been platonic until now, but even before Donna showed up as they had fun over the sauce, it was likely to cause problems. 

Katrina grew paranoid about the way it was being perceived, and, to an extent, it seemed she liked Brian more than she was implying. 

It was so easy for her to be comfortable around him, but I was glad she nipped it in the bud and sent him home to his wife and son. 

Does Brian Like Katrina? - Suits Season 8 Episode 6

In the end, Katrina realized that she could be a friend to Brian and keep things platonic, and that's why she was happy to go to lunch with him. Watch this space; there's more to this relationship than meets the eye. 

That's all I got, Suits Fanatics!

What are your thoughts on this episode?

Hit the comments below. 

Suits continues Wednesdays on USA Network. 

Cats, Ballet, Harvey Specter Review

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Suits Season 8 Episode 6 Quotes

Harvey: Situations change, and you make adjustments.
Louis: This isn't a change of situation. This is you taking my client.

Louis: Harvey, our relationship needs tending.
Harvey: Our what needs what?
Louis: We need to work on our relationship and we need help doing it.