Suits "Zane vs. Zane" Review: Daddy Issues

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Feb 01, 2013

Suits S02E13: “Zane vs. Zane”

"Zane vs. Zane" felt like an early episode of Suits and I mean that in the good way. Things have (mostly) been smoothed over with Louis, Pearson Hardman fended off an attack from another firm and has slowly begun the process of healing in the aftermath of the Hardman debacle. We opened to Harvey and Mike shooting wastebasket hoops in Harvey’s office, a prank war consumed Louis, Donna, and new girl Katrina for most of their storyline, and the majority of this week’s drama and conflict manifested on a personal level between Rachel Zane and her father, played by guest-star Wendell Pierce (HI, BUNK!).

“Zane vs. Zane” was also a great episode for finally allowing Rachel to come into her own as a character beyond her role as Mike’s dream girl. We knew that she came from a well-to-do family with lawyerin’ blood in it, that there was some frustration on her family’s part that she was “only” a paralegal. In “Zane vs. Zane” we learned that Robert Zane was a legendary partner at a competing firm... who had recently taken on a case against Harvey.

Rachel immediately asked for a spot on Harvey’s team because she wanted to stick it to daddy. Mike was apprehensive because he knew what the point of this episode was going to be, but Harvey was firmly on Team Rachel because WINNING.

It went about as well as you’d think. The case in question was a gender discrimination suit against Folsom Foods on behalf of a woman who claimed that she was repeatedly passed up for a promotion purely because she had a vajayjay. Harvey decided to have Rachel in the room during Daddy Dearest’s deposition of their client, Sloane Mosely, thinking Lawyer Bunk would ease off on the inquisition if his daughter was watching. Zane, however, was a professional, and he had a job to do, so he tore into Sloane and questioned her qualifications/life choices/hair color/what she had for breakfast—you get the idea. Rachel, less professionally, took it all to heart and moped.

Last week, Louis highlighted Harvey’s inability to separate the personal from the professional and we got a little more of that this week with his willingness to use Rachel against her father. It’s true that she asked him to do it, but that right there was a sort of line that, even though Rachel was willing to cross it, it might have been in Harvey’s best interest to keep her from leaping over. Rather than unnerve Robert Zane and guarantee Pearson Hardman certain victory, the decision to pit him against Rachel enraged him and only made him work harder to screw Harvey and the firm—and their client by extension.

Negotiations crumbled to the point that the case was sent to trial and during the course of their research, Mike and Rachel uncovered another 113 women from Folsom Foods who were denied promotions. Their files all contained the same recurring coded words meant to cover up the fact that Folsom was indeed disqualifying female workers on the grounds of... being female. Classy! Undeterred, Papa Zane forged ahead and offered to merge with Pearson Hardman rather than take the mess to court. Jessica LOVED that idea. She loved it so much that she knowingly tied up a buttload of firm assets to handle the workload just to shove it in Zane’s face. Zane passed the case on to... Daniel Hardman. And here I thought we’d put all that behind us.

Whatever, this is gonna be FUN. I've missed that smarmy bastard.

What did you think of Rachel’s daddy woes?


– Donna Paulsen sass of the week: “I’m remembered fondly everywhere.” <3 you.

– Louis’s binder of himself photoshopped onto different presidents’ heads was amazing and beautiful and I need to own it. NEED.

– “Speech #162: 14 Reasons Why I’m an Asshole.” Lol.

– Are we supposed to like Katrina? I don’t think I like Katrina, although watching her get the best of Louis was amazing. They’re kind of awesome together in that they’re both awful people.

– Donna was impressed that Louis knew who Zod was. I was more impressed that DONNA knew who Zod was and knew enough to be alarmed by the idea that Louis thought he was the Zod to Harvey’s Superman... although when he put it like that, I was inclined to agree.

– Two episodes in a row full of merger/name-change talk. What do you think Pearson Hardman will be called by the end of the season?

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  • ChristyannaOh Feb 05, 2013

    Ross-Zane hahaha

  • ChanX95 Feb 04, 2013

    I think at least half of every episode should be Donna making snarky remarks at people. That would be amazing!

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  • Mcarson09 Feb 03, 2013

    Rachel is starting to become a true character and not just eye candy. We can see why she works at Pearson and Hardman and not with her father. She took Harvey's bagel! Louis more and more is becoming my favorite character, the photoshops were funny!! Katrina is nothing but a no good weasel when everything is said and done I wouldn't be surprised if she was working for Hardman. I'll take the brunettes over the blondes any day ;)

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  • JustinJohnson9 Feb 03, 2013

    Definitely loved this episode. Had a little bit of everything going for it, especially Robert Zane making his presence felt. Dude was ballin!!! I also like Katrina, and the prank war between her and Louis had me rolling!!! Honestly, I think they should work cases together, cause just from this episode alone, those two as a team against, well, anyone: SCARY! SCARY! SCARY! They have similar personalities. I was also very impressed with Rachel, too. Finally, we've seem to move past the whole Mike/Rachel thing a little, and she's come into her own as quite the asset. Love this show!!!

  • bleumystique Feb 02, 2013

    -I love my Suits anyway I can have it. This wasn't a truly spectacular episode but even when it isn't spectacular it's still good.
    - I don't know if we're supposed to like Katrina. I don't like her. At all. I much preferred Louis' choice and I still don't think they needed to get rid of her just to keep the possibility of Mikey being caught from happening. Here's the thing, for this show at least, I like the pecking order. You are the bottom of the food chain..okay so maybe Katrina isn't the bottom of the food chain but there is something about her that had me wanting to tell her to "know her role." Louis is Louis, that much is clear, but her waltzing into the place in her first week and engaging in this unprofessional tit for tat with a superior just didn't make her look good to me. Then for her to automatically assume it was because she's a woman was contrived and a really sad attempt at tying their childish warfare in with the other happenings of the show. Whatever. I loved Louis in this. His just so freakin "Louis" but I don't like Katrina. Also Louis' mug shot was kinda hot!LOL! And again, I love that Louis is actually stating that he does in fact understand the Harvey he teases because he respects you thing, and is aware of the roles they play in the firm.
    - Rachel needed to have something outside of Mike so that she could kinda of seem relevant, but I honestly didn't care about her or her daddy issues all that much. I think it's mostly because I've been over Rachel for a while now. Funny that the word unprofessional was thrown in for her. It's true. My biggest problem with Rachel is how unprofessional she continuously comes across. She lets her personal stuff drive her so much that she's incapable of actually being professional. She can't do personal and professional at once, and on an episode that was meant to highlight the sexism thing and what not, Rachel to me is always the one female character that constantly perpetuates this stereotype about women,and it never ceases to get under my skin. You have fierce women like Donna and Jessica who do the wonderful and realistic blend of being strong and vulnerable, they own their femininity for the power it is rather than submitting to the "be a guy with lady parts" mentality that is often misconstrued as what a modern female is all about. But I'm not about to go all Feminine Mystique in this piece, so whatever. I love that Mike was basically the one to tell her this time to get her shizz together and get over herself.
    -Now Harvey. Harvey does blend the personal with the professional but in his way it makes sense ane he pulls off both. Bringing in Rachel the way that he did was smart attempt. He goes on frequently about "playing the man" and his whole "I'm against having emotions, I'm not against using them". But I think the key to understanding Harvey is how he describes his work. He accused Zane of messing with his "home". Harvey's work is his life, Pearson and Hardman is his home, and the people he works with...they are his family. They're one in the same for him, which is why he pulls off blending personal and professional in a way that Rachel does not.
    -Jarvey shout out again. I will never get enough of the dynamic that is Jessica and Harvey. They are something kind of awesome. It's like they have their own language, complete each other's thoughts, and throw movie references around like crazy. They are always fun to watch for me. Just as fun as Donna and Harvey and Harvey and Mike.
    -I'm kinda, sorta looking forward to the return of Hardman. Can't lie. This partner business is fun to watch for me. It's causing so much friction and even though on the surface everyone is acting like everything is cool, that civil war is still deeply rooted and I know Hardman is coming to really screw with them. First step turn Harvey and Jessica against each other.

  • Shreela Feb 02, 2013

    Katrina is very pretty, but shouldn't wear grey. Put her in warmer colors. Rachel's pouting was already boring before this episode.I hope Pearson v Zane doesn't cause more moping Rachel. Jessica was feisty, as usual.

  • Mcarson09 Feb 03, 2013

    This show likes to use color symbolism.

  • RenAlexisCati Feb 02, 2013

    It'll be called Pearson Ross

  • Glimdrel Feb 02, 2013

    They should do a sequel of the show.. With just Donna! She's the best character by far.

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