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The new episode of “Suits” sees the claws coming out in all the members of the Pearson Hardman Firm. On the heels of Donna’s absence things are starting to spiral out of control. It is not immediate at first but Harvey is exhibiting a few character weaknesses that could be detrimental to his future cases. Outside of Donna’s absence, Louis and Rachel seemed to have forged a stronger working relationship, bonding over the ballet.
More than ever, Mike becomes essential to Harvey’s success. In this episode, Mike is supporting Harvey 100%, doing everything right for once. In the past he may have messed up here and there but in this instance he is every bit Harvey’s right hand man. When it seemed like the odds are against them, stacked so heavily by the opposition, that Mike’s wacky idea to throw the balance of the case back in their favor actually works. Learning from the figurative knee of the best closer in the city, Mike has come a long way since the first episode. The character progression has been steady with him, with his confidence growing after each and every new experience at Pearson Hardman.
Speaking of new experiences, fans get to see further into the personality of Jessica Pearson. We all know that she can be tough and caring, trusting and yet hedging her bets as well. Rarely do we see her lose her composure or see other signs of weakness but in this episode we see Jessica make a comeback after actions from her past come back to haunt her. The judge for Harvey’s case is a former rival from Jessica’s law school days with a vendetta against the managing partner. Backed into a corner, Jessica’s claws come out, fighting down and dirty like never before. There is a reason her name is on the letter head at Pearson Hardman and it isn’t because she always plays fair.
One of the episode highlights involves Louis and Rachel, Junior Partner and paralegal. Time and time again Rachel has shown that she equals any associate at the firm; after all she has an office while the associates have cubicles. Her passion for ballet brings her to Louis’ attention on the case of a ballet company’s safety. The two partners up brilliantly, bouncing ideas off each other. For many fans, this is a glimpse into what life could be like if Rachel were to pass the LSAT and become a lawyer. Beauty and brains, what more could you want?
However, her success is not without cost. What will she do in the future when Louis confronts her about betraying him, knowingly or otherwise? Louis had left confidential details from his dictaphone with Rachel to help her on the ballet case. Mike however discovers the recording of him and Harvey on the device from two episodes ago and Harvey is made aware of this immediately. Harvey threatens Louis into owing the close a favor but will Louis pull through is the question. It doesn’t matter at this point if Louis has told Daniel Hardman about what Mike, Jessica and Harvey are working on; he still spied on them and that is most definitely illegal.
The other highlight? Harvey and Jessica have a sweet lighthearted moment of levity when both confess to having played pranks on Louis because the man was uptight. This is the prevailing feeling in the first half of the episode since Jessica plays coy upon admitting that she played some unnamed joke on Louis and specifically gave Harvey the blame. She claimed it was to lighten their moods but the impish look in her countenance said otherwise.
Throughout this episode, though, there is an impending feeling of spiraling doom. Harvey seems increasingle out of control without Donna. Doing things that may cost them future cases; the last two episodes of “Suits” have proven that Harvey needs Donna. Perhaps in a way that only Harvey and Donna know, they need each other. The question remains, will Donna make a return to “Suits”? Fans have hope that she will or nothing will ever be the same at Pearson Hardman.
Rating: 4/5 For an episode of great drama and laughs despite being a mid-season filler episode.