I know it is not the most innovate thing to continually praise a show each week. Otherwise, you eventually just come off as somebody with nothing to say besides fanboy exclamations. But I mean, come on you guys! Was that not a fantastic episode? I loved the darker, and a touch more realistic, undertones, combined with some fantastic moments for pretty much all of the characters. Also, we got major plot movement on so many different fronts that it is hard to keep track. Of course, the biggest of these was we finally, finally saw a little of the man behind the curtain when it comes to Harvey Specter.
It is about damn time Harvey’s world got rocked a little bit. He is always in control, constantly ahead of the game, and has an infinite amount of aces up his sleeve whenever he falls behind. Most importantly, and even if he will not outright admit it, Harvey always thinks he can do no wrong. Given what we already knew about him, tonight’s revelations about his past make this all so understandable. Walk with me.
We already learned that Harvey was a self-made man, with some help from Jessica of course. He rose from absolutely nothing to become a senior partner, utilizing what he thought was only his talent. Moreover, when he had the chance to go over to the dark side, not only did he stay ethical, but figured out a way to get out while still remaining loyal. In other words, Harvey has been extremely successful and also found a way to remain true to some conflicting principles. That is impressive, really, and explains why he such a high opinion of himself. Tonight, however, he realized that he owed at least some part of his success to unethical actions. For somebody who has built his entire life around drawing a clear line in the sand when it comes to his principle, that fact is truly unfathomable.
That is why he blew up at Louis. That is why he is now going to obsess over getting the man out he wrongly convicted. That is why he seems so unhinged at the moment. Harvey has had the foundation of both his professional and personal life attacked, and he is going to try and fix the damage as quick as he can. He is in a free fall of sorts, and I expect his actions to become even more sporadic during the season finale. Everything is going to hinge on how that case plays out. Honestly, he will probably win it and set the man free. I think, however, he will realize that that action does not fix everything for him, and he will struggle with that. And if the somehow the wrongly convicted man was to stay behind bars? I honestly cannot say what I think would happen with Harvey, but I think it would extremely interesting.
Suits, tonight might not have been your funniest outing, but it sure as hell was your most dramatic and interesting. Call me a fanboy or whatever, but for my money, Suits has really mopped the floor with other shows not only this summer, but this year.
Quick hits take the stage:
-Donna!!!!!!!! I am now committed to using that every week. One, because I love just yelling it at my television whenever she appears. Two, it so unbelievably deserved. Sure, we had funny Donna tonight. “Her Highness” anyone? Even better, though, we had kick ass Donna. She was absolutely there for Harvey, and did what she had to do when she knew he would not be able to pull the trigger. Straight up amazing. A few weeks ago I mentioned how I hope they do not over play Donna, giving too much screen time and thereby watering down her comedic effect. I would like to amend that. I am all for Donna having more screen time, as long as her bon mots of sassiness are balanced out by more narrative integration like tonight. Rafferty held court tonight ladies and gentlemen, and I absolutely loved every minute of it.
-Along with my Donna love, and also like to share my heart with Jessica. Boy, did Mama Bear come out tonight. Woman is a force. What I love most about her was exactly what Donna said when they talked. Sidebar real quick, loved that moment and more of those show! Anyways, Jessica’s ability to value those below her makes her so freaking effective. Yes, she is demanding, but she is not heartless or full of herself. I think pretty much everyone would take her as a boss and friend any day.
-Jesus Louis, stop making me hate you. I totally think he has legitimate complaints about the favoritism Harvey is shown. Still, if you are going to act like a bitch and get on your moral high horse about rules, stick with that tactic. I would never fault Louis for being a rule follower, but the hypocrisy kills me. Louis, no one really cares that you are an ass; what they care about is how you go about being one. Hell, Harvey is one, Mike is one, even Jessica and Donna are, but they are not supreme dicks about it.
-Mike, really? Jenny, not Rachel? That just screams of you being scared. So you will stick with your safety girl over the one who could possibly hurt you, but is clearly better for you. Yes, Rachel was playing games, but you were totally participating too. Whine elsewhere about that. More importantly, you are totally screwing Jenny over with this decision. You might notice I am calling her by her real name. Why? She earned it. I like her now, even if not for Mike, and think this is only going to hurt everyone involved in the end. Ugh. I live by a certain edict: boys are dumb, girls are crazy. Mike is clearly dumb here.
-I will absolutely give him props, however, for at least trying to go to-to-toe with Louis. Even if he was out of his league, it was nice that Mike did not back down and in fact asserted himself. The kid is going to be fantastic one day, right? Also, of course you are property. Hello! Where the hell have you been?
-Asshole Kyle makes a return, so I can post his name again. Good for Asshole Kyle. A word of advice, though, Asshole Kyle. The mock trial? Yeah, it was ages ago. Let it go, bro.
-She did not have quite the command that Jessica can produce, but when Alexandra told Harvey she would eat him alive I got chills. She delivered that one.
-Shout out to the costume department. Mike is looking good in those lighter suits, and Harvey always does in whatever he wears. I liked Donna’s attire this time around, especially that second outfit she wore when she confronted Harvey. Jessica won the night with her black dress at the beginning. That big ass cocktail ring totally sealed the deal. Amazing.
-Sorry for so much this week, but I just really thought the show delivered last night. Cannot wait until next week!