This week saw the airing of the 99th episode of Suits and it had quite a lot to accomplish, ensuring all the pieces were moved in to position on the board ready for next week’s big 100th episode. Did it succeed? In my opinion yes, with Full Disclosure probably being my favourite of this seventh season.
So let’s dig in to the detail…..
Jessica Pearson doing what she does best
I love how much Gina Torres has actually been a part of this season, much more so than I expected and the flashback element of this week’s story allowed her to return yet again. Seeing these past scenes between Jessica and Harvey and Jessica and Louis were great fun and provided some wonderful tidbits of backstory. She sent Louis to therapy! Makes sense (more on that later)! Plus, these scenes also acted as a reminder of just how childish her two children were. I mean, they still are let’s face it, but they have certainly grown up quite a lot over the years, all thanks to the brilliant Jessica. I’ve missed these scenes and hope Gina makes an appearance in the 100th (surely she has to).
The many emotional sides of Louis Litt
My love of Rick Hoffman’s work this season has been one of the only constants and he did another great job tonight. The past and present scenes in Full Disclosure allowed us to see the many different emotional sides of Louis in one hour. He is such a fascinating character and the more we see of his past, the better.
This episode reminded us of how annoying he was in the early days and, the odd blow up aside, how far he has come emotionally. The episode started with the Louis Litt of old, reactive and pressing all of Harvey’s buttons and yet, by the end, thanks to his therapy, we see that it was Louis that did all he could to keep his friend at the firm. It’s always a rollercoaster watching Louis and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
This week, however, there was one element of Louis’s scenes that I did not like and that was his insults of Dr Lipschitz. Yes, Louis has always pushed the envelope with regards to some of his politically incorrect comments and yes, they can be funny, but I have to say, I found him calling his therapist a Nazi after he told him he was Jewish and from descendants who survived the war, incredibly distasteful. I also think it was too far, even for Louis. Too far writers, too far.
Mike Ross – Will he stay or will he go?
I genuinely can’t decide what I think about Mike this week. For the majority of this season, he’s been the most mature man at PSL, but the last couple of weeks have seen him slipping back to the more annoying elements of his personality. Yes, I know he’s working to uncover some pretty terrible actions, but why does he always have to use illegal methods to do it, putting others at risk in the process? Asking Benjamin to break the law for him – not cool Mike. Stay away from Benjamin.
On the flip side, I did feel a little bit sorry for Mike too this week. Despite all he has been through with Harvey (he did go to prison for him remember, as Harvey reminded us), Harvey was pretty quick to choose Alex over Mike. I get that Harvey screwed Alex over to some extent, but, after all he has done to help Mike over the years, all of a sudden he hangs him out to dry. It just didn’t feel realistic in light of the show’s long-standing narrative (oh, look, it’s that word again, narrative – it really does matter writers). It may not have helped having Harvey choose a character we still barely know and don’t really care about yet, over his protege. Maybe, its just me, but I don’t really care about Alex yet. He hasn’t earned it.
Will Mike get fired next week? Maybe, but I doubt it. Will his involvement in this prison case have worse consequences in the long run (I still worry for Rachel’s fate on the show, I can’t help it)? I guess we’ll see. I just hope we see Mike solving things on the right side of the law. Oh, and Mike – stop lying! Please!
Donna Paulsen – the woman Harvey Specter doesn’t deserve
It’s been lovely to have Donna and therefore Sarah Rafferty much more central this season. She’s always been one of the show’s biggest assets and the more we learn about her life and personal history, the better. This week saw the introduction of her ex, Mark Meadows (Jay Harrington) and my only complaint was that he was only in one scene! Come on Suits! We need more!
I know some people were disappointed that this week seemed to be one-sided, that is, Donna has always loved Harvey and showed nothing about his feelings for her. I was okay with that for the moment. To be clear, I have never wanted the writers to portray the Donna and Harvey relationship as one of unrequited love and their entire narrative pre-season seven has always included enough examples to show that it isn’t.
I’m therefore hoping that what we are currently seeing is the positioning of all the pieces on the board, so that everyone is aligned for something significant. Last week, we had Paula Agard of all people telling Harvey that he has feelings for Donna and that Donna loves him, which seemed to have triggered some sort of reaction by the end in that gorgeous long shot of their offices. This week, we had another external character, Mark Meadows, making Donna face the truth of her feelings for Harvey. Now the two sides just need to come together.
The dinner scene with Mark was lovely (and reminded me a little of Harvey’s date with Paula from 7.01, with Donna distracted by the other man in her life). Here is a thoughtful, caring and pretty hot guy, who clearly loved Donna and threw more than just money at her. The man gave her Shakespeare for goodness sake! He’s a keeper Donna! The key here is that the introduction of Mark for only two episodes suggests that he isn’t here for the long-term, so if he isn’t, then he has to serve the larger narrative, which seems to be heading towards Donna deciding to move on from Harvey. Will she decide to leave? If this isn’t aligning everything to ultimately bring her and Harvey together, then I just don’t see the point of it, unless Sarah Rafferty is moving to Gina Torres’s new show and they are preparing her exit. I guess time will tell.
Will I ever really like Harvey Specter again?
Before season seven, Harvey was my favourite character on Suits and yet, he’s become the one I dislike most this year. Goodbye character development, hello douchebag, hurting everyone he supposedly cares about.
This week reminded me of something else about Harvey. He’s always tried to exert control over Donna’s life, often being possessive of her, while also arrogantly expecting her to always be there for him. I’ve always been able to overlook this, because there was enough evidence that he truly cared about her (hello, Intent, I’m looking at you in particular). It allowed me to overlook his more questionable behaviour – expecting her to always pick him, paying her salary and throwing it in her face, throwing a new bag at her, as if materialistic things are all that matters to her. Would he have bought her Shakespeare? Nope.
This year however, when we’ve seen almost zero evidence that he cares about her, his actions feel all the more unpleasant – expecting she’d just run after him to Bratton Gould, trying to pay for her anniversary with another guy (which, is just creepy, isn’t it?!). This episode seemed to be highlighting, that he has always been complacent of his relationship with Donna and I’m hoping that next week he’ll receive a wake up call, that she isn’t just going to be there when it suits him.
Will there be a redemption of Harvey’s character this season? Will I start to like him again? I really hope so.
Next week – The Big 100!
So, next week is the milestone 100th episode and I hate that my expectations are high for some pay off to all the story strands that have been set up. What can we expect? Well, we know that Mike is going to come up with a plan to keep the prison case alive. Will he succeed? Probably, but I assume there will be consequences through to the mid-season finale.
We also know Mark Meadows is back again and from the promo, it seems he’s arriving in the present day, to hopefully make Harvey jealous (as, if he isn’t sticking around to be a serious relationship for Donna, what is the point of him appearing at all if not to affect Harvey in some way?). We also know Donna receives a proposition – a new job? Something with Mark? Does this link in to the emotional hug we see her giving Louis on that rooftop? I cannot wait to find out!
We also know that Sheila Sazz is back! I assume she’s the person Louis sees at the end of the promo and I’m intrigued to see what effect she has on Louis’s life next week.
Oh, and then there is the other clip in that promo – the Agard / Donna reunion. I have all my fingers crossed that the writers don’t portray Donna as a catty, territorial woman, as that has never been her style and will not show her in the greatest light. Will Paula receive some greater insight? Will Harvey overhear them? I have so many questions!
The 100th has the potential to be a very exciting episode indeed. Fingers crossed we’re not disappointed. This time next week, all will be revealed!
Suits continues next week. In the USA, on Wednesday on USA Network at 9/8c and in the UK, on Thursday via Netflix.