Suits Season 8 Episode 15 Review: Stalking Horse

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Well, that will go down as the most unexpected episode of Suits in quite some time. 

Suits Season 8 Episode 15 found the firm in yet another crisis, and for a change, the shouting matches between every character were warranted. 

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It only took eight seasons, but the powers that be are finding great reasons to turn these characters against each other. 

That final scene with Daniel returning blew me away. Turning to Simon to offer his services free of charge was a low blow, but Daniel wants Harvey to burn at the stake, and he's not going to stop until he gets his wish. 

I have a decision to make and both sides involve someone I care about.


I wanted to yell at Harvey because he didn't turn to Donna from the get-go, but in doing so, he would have been breaking the law. Donna is not silly. She can tell when things are about to go sideways, or if someone is trying to pool the wool over her eyes. 

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What Simon did was tactical. He essentially put two brands against each other with the aim of getting the best deal. On a business level, it was a good plan. On an ethical level, it was horrible. 

It was eating up Donna keeping the big secret. She was worried that the man in her life was going to miss his chance to expand his firm. That's what hurt her the most. I'm glad Donna got a chance to tell Thomas the truth without them getting caught up in a fight over it. 

Like I've said on countless occasions, I'm all in with Donna and Thomas. They have great chemistry and don't have to work together. That's a good thing. 

New York State of Mind - Suits Season 8 Episode 15

My biggest issue with this arc was that Donna's flashbacks seemed thrown in merely to fill the episode. I'm all for a good trip to the past, but Donna getting her heart broken about not going to Paris did nothing for me. The whole plot felt out of place. 

Harvey: You chose him over the firm.
Donna: I chose myself over you.

They could have utilized Donna's mother much better in an episode that didn't have as much going on. 

I wasn't a fan of the argument between Harvey and Donna, either. Donna was spot on that Harvey was angry that she chose Thomas over him. There's no getting away from that, but why should she have chosen Harvey?

She's moved on from longing for him. There's nothing there anymore. There's history, for sure, but there's only so long you can wait around for someone who's never going to want to be with you on a serious level. 

There are some testing times ahead, and Harvey is going to have his work cut out for him if he wants to emerge from everything unscathed. Given that we're approaching the final season, it's possible that Harvey will get in a lot of trouble thanks to the team up of Daniel and Simon. 

Donna: I really like him.
Harvey: I'm happy for you.
Donna: You sure?

Let's hope Harvey doesn't have to call in Cahill because, well, that ship sailed a few episodes back. 

Taking a Leap of Faith - Suits Season 8 Episode 15

Then there was Louis. I forgot about him being held at gunpoint early into Suits Season 8. It all feels like a distant memory at this stage. 

Given that Maurice had the wallet all along, my first concern was that he knew everything about Louis. Even if Louis didn't go along to the court to testify, the crook would know who identified him. 

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It was a surprising storyline. I didn't think for one minute that Maurice would get away with the attack. That courtroom scene came as a huge surprise because it highlighted how one issue with the evidence could have a whole case thrown out. 

It was surprising that Louis didn't turn to Lipschitz for assistance. It makes me think that Louis subconsciously knew Samantha would be the one to steer him on the right path to win this thing. 

When you're waking up in the middle of the night with cold sweats after dreaming the person who attacked you is threatening to shoot your pregnant girlfriend, something has to get done. 

Samantha Saves a Friend - Suits Season 8 Episode 15

It would have been good to know that Louis was still suffering from the attack. A scene here or there about him recalling it would have added a lot of weight to this storyline. 

Samantha was her typical badass self, and I loved every single minute of it. Putting her career on the line to help save Louis highlighted the effect the ordeal she went through had on her.

She was willing to break the law with the aim of sending Maurice away for a lengthy stint behind bars. I agreed with Robert that they should have kept within the confines of the law. 

I'm glad Samantha decided to do just that. Threatening Maurice's wife and daughter's home was not the best move, but it helped get the job done. I thought Maurice was going to pull out a gun to get his point across. 

Louis took Samantha's advice to heart to confront the bully. It was a powerful moment. Yelling at the man that he wasn's scared of him diminished the power the attacker was holding over Louis. 

Whether this will come back to bite them, I don't know. 

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Then there was Brian and Katrina. I genuinely thought this episode was going to close with them confronting their feelings for each other. 

Instead, Brian decided it was time to leave the firm behind. That was one of many shocks during "Stalking Horse."

It was a good move to do this to try and make things work with his wife, but it certainly makes me wonder whether he's setting himself up for a miserable life wondering what might have been. 

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Something tells me Brian will not be gone for long and will be back at the firm before the series concludes. 

Katrina was a powerhouse when the manager of the building tried to shut Brian's deal down. She proved she had a lot of faith in her protegé, and that allowed Brian to see there was something more there. 

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"Stalking Horse" was a solid episode of Suits. The show is seriously running out of steam, but episodes like this prove there's some semblance of creativity still there. 

Hopefully, with ten episodes next season, there to be a better flow between the episodes and more consistency. 

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Stalking Horse Review

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Suits Season 8 Episode 15 Quotes

Donna: I really like him.
Harvey: I'm happy for you.
Donna: You sure?

Harvey: You chose him over the firm.
Donna: I chose myself over you.