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The finale of “Suits” Season Two didn’t quite end or start off like anyone expected. The vote for control of managing firm partner was held not once, but twice and heads someone didn’t make the cut. Loyalties were divided and hearts were broken as one of the characters commits a critical mistake. Finale endings come and go but the ones we remember most are the ones that are the most emotionally shocking. This season of “Suits” has had plenty of twists and turns but the finale episode embodies all of this and more. Some things are easily achieved while others are completely forced.
The vote that everyone is waiting for happens and the managing partner of the firm does step down, but not without a fight. Everyone who thinks Jessica Pearson is down and out is wrong, as she keeps a cool head in a tough situation. Despite the likely need to lash out at Daniel Hardman, she lives the creed that control is the ultimate expression of power. Unflappable in the wind, she must watch idly as Harvey is outcast in this episode.
A man who prides himself on his control, Harvey shows his vulnerable side quite often these days in “Suits.” Fans know that he is Jessica’s right hand man, and while some refer to him as Jessica’s attack dog, there’s no denying he gets the job done. He shares with Mike some of his family history as Mike goes through a tough time with the loss of his last remaining family. Harvey isn’t as uncaring as he appears on the surface; he’s got a playful side that wasn’t always on the straight and narrow side of the law.
Still, the episode shows Harvey’s temper as well, switching from the joyful zen-like giggling camaraderie he has with Mike one moment to a furious volcano the next moment when Louis shows up. Even as a peer in the firm, Louis Litt is still afraid of Harvey on a visceral level. Many fans know that Louis is a sniveling opportunist that also has a softer, approval-seeking side. The finale of “Suits” shows fans the true colors of Louis Litt in a predictable, unsurprising way.
On the same note, Daniel Hardman himself has the most genius and gutsy plot to gain control of the Pearson Hardman firm, but he doesn’t cover his tracks as well as he’d hoped. The drama surrounding Daniel seems a little artificial with his underlings giving into Harvey’s demands too easily and Daniel not covering all the bases. For a man who thinks up such a nefarious plot to oust Jessica, he doesn’t do a very good job of making sure nothing can come back to bite him.
The train of thought follows then: Mike Ross is a jerk. He’s been off balance in the last two episodes and this one is more of the same. The decisions he makes are totally off the wall and he’s thinking with the wrong head during moments of the show. Viewers see Mike sharing a tender moment in remembrance that is heartwarming and down to earth. One scene later Mike is riding high with Harvey as the two bond together like never before and then come up with a genius plot to help Jessica. Next he’s all over the place with Rachel.
Rachel and Donna both deserve a shining star for their role in this episode, keeping their men from exploding out of control into orbit as the ups and downs of the show continue. These two leading ladies roll with the punches so well they’re liked seasoned veterans that support Mike and Harvey even when the Associate and Senior Partner are acting like petulant children. Earlier in the season, Donna had her tussle at the firm and, while that’s all settled, it seems like Rachel never catches a break with Mike and his foolishness.
This finale of “Suits” has left fans hanging by a thread as the cards reshuffle for January’s 3rd season. Daniel is here to stay and he’s going to fight with everything he’s got. Powerful and ruthless, he likely has more plots in the works and Jessica better be ready. The firm still remains in trouble, as evidenced by previews of the show. Now that Louis has risen to Senior Partner status, he has the right amount of sway to make waves of his own. Mike and Rachel’s on again, off again status will have fans screaming at their televisions for the next few months of reruns but one thing remains sure: it’s boring in the relationship world of “Suits.”
Rating: 4.5/5 For excellent acting from the leads and ensemble cast, providing a convincing hour of drama that is only just a touch manufactured and out of character.