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Episode 2 of the new season of “Suits” is so positively charged that audiences will tingle with delight. For one thing, working with a cooperative Louis on a case has its own benefits and Mike is not going to look a gift horse in the mouth, much less check its teeth. For another, Rachel Zane is a sassy lady, and her girl talk with Donna Paulsen is flat-out spectacular drama. This episode has all the snappy comebacks and funny remarks that the season premiere should have had and more.
To start with, Harvey appears fine with Louis taking Mike out to lunch and asking for Mike’s help on a case. When Louis did the right thing and asked Harvey for permission to seek Mike as his permanent right-hand associate, Harvey easily said yes with a smile. Confident though he may be, Harvey still wonders at just what Mike will say even though he thinks that Mike will remain loyal to him. This is the perfect moment to test Mike’s loyalties and Harvey knows it, too.
Louis and Mike have always had an up-and-down relationship. They have shared moments of greatness as well as moments of extreme hostility. In this episode, they work together for a greater good: saving a restaurant that not only brings together good food but good people as well. Still, while working with Louis brings nice benefits, Mike’s connection to Louis is not as strong as his connection to Harvey, but things are about to get a lot more even for Louis. Their camaraderie is different from Harvey’s; there is more laugh-out-loud humor than witty comebacks. Louis Litt is a man of exceptional, if peculiar taste, and it is a riot watching Mike deal with him in the mud bath.
The feeling continues to be light and flirty with Rachel and Mike hiding their relationship. Looks tossed at one another over the shoulder or across the room make for a very electric environment where secrets promote excitement, and their secret flirting is both cute and endearing. Their hormones are active, and this is a very good thing indeed. It makes for great pacing to lighten the show after moments of seriousness.
Of course, things come to a screeching halt when tempers flare on the coattails of Mike and Louis’ success. Mike is mad that Rachel tried to talk to Donna for him, Rachel is mad at Donna for telling Mike to get over her back in season 2, and Donna is appalled that Rachel is still protecting Mike. The scenes between Donna and Rachel at the beginning of the episode and the ones towards the end are completely opposite one another. Both Meghan Markle and Sarah Rafferty have tremendous acting talent and their ending scene is one that is full of resentment and anger.
The Ava Hessington case has Harvey up against his old mentor Cameron Dennis, and this case just took a turn for the worse with Ava’s closest confidant and associate arrayed against her. The case excellently parallels Jessica threatening Mike to get to Harvey just as Cameron is threatening Ava’s associate to get to her. In the end, Cameron is the perfect foil for helping Harvey realize that Mike should be forgiven for caving to Jessica’s blackmail. Additionally, Cameron also helps Harvey see that there is no turning back; Jessica is as willing to hurt Harvey as his old mentor, and that ended splendidly.
Rated 4.5/5- An exceptionally crafted episode that is nearly perfect in its ability to draw viewers into the lives of our characters. Audiences will feel every bit of cuteness at the newness of Mike and Rachel’s relationship and every bit of seething bitterness or startling happiness that oozes out of Louis. This is truly one of the best “Suits” episodes ever.
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