Suits "Two in the Knees" Review: The Only Living Boy in New York
Alternate titles for "Two in the Knees" could also be "The One Where Harvey is a Dick. Again." or "The One Where Mike is a Dick. Again." OR "The One Where Louis Has No Friends Because He's an Overgrown Eight-Year-Old. Again."
That doesn't mean it was a bad episode. Let's face it, Suits has its favorite formulas and pet plots that skirt the edge of predictability but "Two in the Knees" also featured some quality Jessica/Malone action and a Rachel with a backbone, which is some scary new territory for a little show I occasionally like to refer to as Rich People Problems.
And oh, how those rich people problems continued this week. Mike's brief victory over Harvey didn't bother Harvey nearly as much as it bothered Harvey's client, ski-school dropout and former-future point on the revolving Rachel Zane love triangle, Logan. Logan wants to take over that sad old man's company, dammit, and he'll throw a tantrum and a lot of money around until he gets it. He's such a douche—and he's so pleased to be a douche. At least Harvey recognizes when he's being a total penis and feels bad about it after a proper scolding. It's almost like The Sopranos: sure, the gang over at Pearson Specter is kind of terrible, but their competition, clients, and co-conspirators are even worse, so we might as well cheer for Harvey.
Speaking of Harvey, we were reminded of his daddy issues with the master tapes—just in case he was getting too unsympathetic with his refusal to be nice to Mike. Admittedly, Suits is making it hard to take Harvey's side in this conflict by forcing him to champion the Chief Executive Brat while Mike gets to help Sad Walter save his family company. The fact that Logan has literally zero redeeming qualities whatsoever is starting to get a little silly. Okay, he called a truce with Mike because he doesn't want to hurt Rachel. All that means is that at some point, he and Rachel are gonna bone.
Can't wait. (I am MaryAnn's complete lack of enthusiasm.) Maybe Rachel can take some lessons from Jessica in barely restraining herself from sleeping with a dude she decided not to sleep with—but I love Jessica and Malone. It's such a new angle for Jessica and the storyline was such a pleasant surprise coming into this season. Sure, we've dabbled in her love life with her ex-husband and there is the occasional odd Jessica/Harvey vibe if you squint, but Jessica's relationship with Jeff Malone is something new because it's something she clearly wants. She's chosen the job over men before, but that all happened off-screen and pre-series. To see Jessica actually work through her feelings and to be privy to her philosophies and concerns opens up a lot of possibilities for her character. She's been the stern bosslady for four seasons now. It's nice to see Gina Torres get to do something different on this show. Hannibal was making me jealous.
DB Woodside's Malone is also a nice addition to the Pearson Specter gang on his own. He doesn't seem to have any ulterior motives (other than trying to sweep Jessica off her feet) and while he was certainly working Louis to get to Jessica, I got the sense that he did genuinely like Mr. Litt and feels bad about how that turned out because Louis never met a disappointment that he faced with all the maturity of a third grader. He's my favorite, and I appreciate what Suits has done in recent seasons by acknowledging Louis' flaws and exposing them for some angsty the-office-is-just-like-high-school-but-worse lessons but...I don't know. We've had a lot of that lately. Maybe just let Louis plot world domination with Katrina for a little while.
It's clear that this season of Suits is ready to explore the Harvey and Mike dynamic on a level that hasn't really been touched yet. They've disagreed in the past and even been on warring sides of a serious debate, but their current conflict is interesting in that neither of them has complete control over his side and barring some convenient plotting (which is never, ever, out of the question on Suits) Mike and Harvey's respective sides can't be resolved. This isn't Mike fighting Harvey. This is Mike's client fighting Harvey's client. This is two guys forced into a gunfight with each other on behalf of two fat cats fighting for the same spitoon. If one doesn't shoot the other, the man calling the shots is going to fire on him anyway. It's tricky and a little tragic. Mike and Harvey appear to be at a truce as we head into a hiatus until July 9 but, eh, these things tend to be short-lived. Why can't we all just be friends again?
– "You deserve each other!" Walter, on Harvey and Mike. So true.
– Logan told his wife that he'd never sleep with Rachel because she's just some paralegal. Everyone is so mature on this show. Also: no wonder the woman has a complex.
– I'd read Donna's secret files on her coworkers. Tie-in book? TIE-IN BOOK.
– Take a drink every time Louis refers to someone as his "friend" because you know it's going to end badly.
– Suits returns July 9! See you then, darlings!
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