With Suits coming to an end, Suits Season 9 Episode 3 continued the process of preparing these characters for the endgame.
As a whole, the hour was a mixed bag.
There were some really great moments and some others that felt like they were thrown in just to create unnecessary drama.
Even though she went to terrible lengths to assert her power over the others, it's still crystal clear that Fay wants to right the ship.
It was predictable for everyone to continue to gang up on her, but the characters we've spent years with are feeling threatened.
It's difficult to feel sorry for them when we know that they chose to lie and pull some crazy $hit over the years.
Harvey: I couldn't help but notice you didn't come over last night.
Donna: I know.
Harvey: Did you also know that's the first night we haven't spent together since we got together.
Donna: I didn't know how to make sense of you taking my side with Louis when you didn't agree with me.
Harvey: What do you mean? I thought you would like that.
Donna: Well, I don't. I don't want you saying things that you don't believe. And I want to know why you did it.
Harvey: I guess, because, I was afraid you'd be mad at me.
Donna: Well, that's never stopped you before.
Harvey: Because, before we weren't together.
It's uncommon to be siding with someone who is dead set on taking the characters down, but here we are, and I'm still Team Fay.
All Fay really wants is for the likes of Harvey, Donna, and Louis to admit they're wrong and that they need to start working within the guidelines set out to practice law in New York City.
It was hard not to sympathize with Donna when Fay essentially reminded her that she was once the secretary. Fay knew what she was doing at that moment.
It was a warning that if she waved her wand, Donna could be demoted.
That's what the characters are struggling to understand. Fay has all the power, and if they play by her rules, then she will start to loosen her grip on the firm.
It's difficult not to think that Katrina is going to get some sort of promotion because she appears to be the only one willing to play by the rules -- at least in Fay's eyes.
Samantha: What are we going to do about it?
Alex: Whatever you're thinking of is what got us into this mess in the first place.
Susan was a piece of work who wanted to advance her career by using the power of blackmail.
While we know Katrina made some mistakes when it comes to ethics with Brian, Susan was just as bad for wanting to use that as ammunition.
Katrina lying to Susan about picking an office to become her associate was one of the most satisfying moments in the history of the series.
The look of happiness fading to exasperation on Susan's face when Katrina took her straight to Fay gave Katrina all the power in the scenario.
Now that Susan knows Katrina is not to be messed with, she will probably return to trying to climb the career ladder like any other normal person.
I just thought you should be the first to know. I'm leaving.Louis
If there was one thing clear from all of this is that Katrina is not over Brian.
They had an undeniable connection from the get-go, and if it proved anything, it is that Brian is not happy in his marriage.
He's staying with his wife for the sake of his son and will likely resent the decision down the line.
Hopefully, Katrina gets nudged in the right direction to fight for the man she loves.
Speaking of love, Harvey and Donna are not my favorite couple, but I appreciated that they were trying to leave work at the office to have some couple time.
It's far too easy for them to take their work home with them, especially when you consider how toxic the environment has become of late.
They need to set some boundaries so that their relationship can flourish both in the office and out of it.
It was so obvious that they were only in agreement about Louis because they were officially a thing.
That's why I had to agree with Louis for once. He was relieved of his managing partner duties and cast aside by Donna and Harvey.
If the happy couple was always going to agree with one another, then it would have meant he was the odd one out.
It's hard to imagine Louis leaving the firm behind, but if the environment is going to continue the way it is, he should probably consider opportunities well away from it.
He has a baby on the way, so he should be thinking about the pressure mounting as Fay continues to try to keep things running smoothly inside the office.
Louis has always been an irrational person who jumps to several conclusions, and that's the character we've grown to love over the years.
What he needed was reassurance, and that's exactly what he got. It was all thanks to him having a ladies night with Sheila and Donna. Who would have thought that would happen?
"Windmills" was a throwaway episode that felt like an afterthought. With the firm falling apart, it would have been better to have something action-packed that would forever change the firm.
Instead, this one was all about the characters and their intricate relationships.
What are your thoughts on the episode?
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