Suits "Asterisk" Review: The (Ongoing) Importance of Being Louis

Suits S02E09: “Asterisk”

Getting Donna back ended up being the easiest of Harvey’s missions in Suits’ almost-finale, but it’s a forgivable transgression considering all the turmoil Team Donna has been forced to wallow in over the past few weeks. Donna protested the implication of Louis’s unfortunate line of questioning and claimed that she only loves Harvey as a “brother or cousin.” Harvey handed her a bonus check and let her “fire” the floating temp, Cameron, and his color-coded abomination of a filing system.

What I am certain Harvey chalked up as a major victory at the time was unfortunately minor in comparison to the bigger war at hand. Hardman’s latest move in his campaign against Jessica was to promote Louis to senior partner, essentially buying his vote in the ongoing Pearson-Hardman popularity contest. He followed the promotion up with the not-at-all-suspicious stipulation that Louis keep the good news to himself until after the upcoming partners meeting—the very meeting where the votes for either his or Jessica’s superiority would be cast. The stipulation served possibly two purposes: The first was the episode’s major concern, that Louis’s allegiance could be bought, and the second was to give Hardman a means to punish Louis severely if he didn’t come through with a vote in Hardman’s favor. I won’t be surprised if, despite all indications to the contrary, Louis ultimately votes for Jessica only to see Hardman take his promotion away.

Luckily, Donna was around to read between the lines and, based almost entirely on what kind of suit Louis was wearing, sussed out his pending promotion and what that meant for Jessica’s chance to beat Hardman. Immediately following Louis’s sweet and sincere apology for his offensive questioning during the mock trial weeks ago, Donna went to Jessica who, in turn, ordered Harvey to ensure that Louis voted in her favor. Harvey’s answer to “Woo Louis” included giving his frenemy the number of his awesome tailor and treating him to a fancy dinner where he whipped out the paperwork from five years ago that Louis used to uncover Hardman’s embezzlement...except this time, Harvey left the names uncensored. While Louis was hurt and outraged that Hardman had set him up to be the fall guy all those years ago, he was equally, if not more, disturbed by Harvey’s actions and the realization that while Hardman had used him then, Jessica was using him now.

There’s a member of my viewing party who just started watching Suits with me this season. It was at this point in “Asterisk” that he turned to me and asked, “So why am I supposed to cheer for Harvey and Jessica?”

“Because they’re the good guys.”

“They don’t seem like the good guys.”

The best defense of Harvey and Jessica that I could come up with was, “Satch the first season.” I wouldn’t say that I’m disappointed in them. I realize that they are in attack mode and a great deal of this season has revolved around the idea of the greater good and how moral people occasionally find themselves in positions where they have to do immoral or unpleasant things to benefit that greater idea.

However, their continued bewilderment whenever Louis is hesitant to jump on the Jessica bandwagon is starting to try my patience. They just aren’t nice to him. They’ve never BEEN nice, respectful, or inclusive toward him. At best, Jessica can be counted on to force Harvey into something resembling civil interaction, but it's always followed up by a scene between the two of them later, lamenting Louis’s personality, his very nature, and how they have no choice but to work with him because, well, he works hard, or he has powerful connections, or special skills, or an unwavering loyalty to his company that could easily be exploited.

While the right choice for the greater good of Pearson-Hardman is for Louis to vote for Jessica, it’s not, at first glance, a good choice for Louis, and I don’t fault him a bit for considering Hardman. Harvey and Jessica mistreated the odd, but loyal, dog for years and now question his aversion to them. Their inability to understand that makes them look alternately stupid and shallow.

When tossing dinner, suits, and even Harvey’s office didn’t seem to sway Louis’s decision, Jessica fell back on her old standby: threats. Louis appeared un-phased. After all, if she was so certain of her victory, why bother courting Louis at all?

And yet, I’m not entirely convinced that Louis has sworn himself to Hardman. Despite Louis’s outraged response to it, Harvey’s information about Hardman’s original fraud seemed to strike a nerve. Louis confronted Hardman, who promptly pulled out that old “I’m a changed man” defense.

Louis’s vote is still very much on the fence. Which side of it do you think he’ll land on?

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Case Notes


– Donna said that Harvey had only ever visited her apartment twice, “That God-awful dinner and the other time.” Please Donna, tell us more about “the other time.”

– FINALLY! Rachel scored a 172, which means she can go to law school. High five, girlfriend!

– Speaking of Rachel, I changed my mind and decided that she and Mike make a delightful couple, mostly because I feel like Suits’ writers have worked hard to give her a personality outside of “nagging girlfriend” and actually made her awesome. So uh, have at it, kids.

– When he wasn’t handling his case o’ the week, Mike was shopping for a nice apartment for his grandma because thanks to his bonus from Harvey, he could afford to look for places close enough to the office that Sassy Grandma could maybe leave the nursing home. With Rachel’s help, he found a beautiful place in his price range and left work early to make it absolutely perfect for his grandmother’s arrival, only to answer the door to find a tearful Rachel explaining that the nursing home had called the office, that it was the only emergency number they had, and that Mike’s grandma had passed away. I’m sure we’ll see the full extent of the fallout next week, but in the meantime, who else was absolutely crushed by Mike’s comment that she never even got to see the new apartment? And what do you think the death of Sassy Grandma, Mike’s primary motivation for lying his way into Pearson-Hardman’s ranks, means for Mike’s future at the firm? Are we going to see some motivation problems in the future?

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Talking about Jessica and Harvey 's relationship. I always have the feeling that when Hardman is in power, he must do whatever he can to make Harvey's life miserable. Because Jessica means just a Lieutenant for him and having a powerful Harvey as Jessica's ally does not favor Hardman at all. No wonder Harvey does not like Hardman.
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This show is so interesting cos its got so many layers for its characters.
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Die, nuttyrich, die!
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way to go, LOL
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The only person that I don't understand is Jessica. I know the writers want to make her complicated...come on...she is Harvey's mentor, if Harvey or Louis are three dimensional, she got to be nine dimensional......but her actions only seem contradicting with one another and send out mixed signals......
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Jessica is just a vampire who feeds off of Harvey. She can't mange to do anything without him.
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I disagree. Jessica is very simple. She looks out for Jessica. She cares only for Jessica. And she will only do what makes Jessica look good.
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From day one, I'm a Harvey/Louis shipper. For one, I love the two actors playing off with each other and it is always delightful to watch. Both characters respect the other professionally. However, Harvey is egotistic and sometimes can really be an a*hole; he has no mercy to weak people, particularly mentally weak people. While Louis can also be an a*hole from time to time, internally he is lack of self-esteem and needs approval from those he respects. Harvey clearly sees this but just doesn't gibev a damn. Harvey only respects people that respect themselves. Apparently his coldness on this front comes back and bite him through Louis. Both characters are flawed and that is why it is fun to watch.
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I have issues with Rachel's subplot.We were told a while back that she comes from an extremely loaded family.So what kept her from going to Harvard or Yale before she ended up at Pearson-Hardman? This does not make any sense.So now she passed her enterance exam, does it mean that she makes peace with her parents who will pay for her education and isn't she too old to go back to law school?

I think the writers owe us a meeting with her parents where we get the information to make her story stick or it's just too ridiculous. Btw, is her wealth the reason why among all the paralegals she is given a space of her own?

As for romance, the writers should make things interesting and make Mike meet a really drop dead gorgeous sophisticated woman because let's face it Rachel is still emotionally a teenager.
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I also have issues with Rachel. Despite my intense dislike of her she is still on the show. Go, Rachel. Roam free. There is life outside of New York. Just leave already.



In case you can't tell, I don't like her and I want her to go away.
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You answered your own question. You can't get into Harvard or Yale law schools without first getting a good score on that test.
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My guessing is Louis would eventually vote for Jessica, but Hardman would win. Hardman is the main antagonist this season and there are six more episode in winter, so Hardman couldn't lose at this point. Come on, voting for Hardman? I hope Iouis is not that naive. If you have to choose between someone that is reluctant to take you as a friend and someone that set you up that would sent you to prison and ruin your entire life......



And someone even believes Hardman's claim that although he set Louis up but he didn't think that would ever happen is just......the fact that he went through all the trouble to set Louis up just indicates he believed it would happen!
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I think the plot that brought Donna back is the least favorite thing of this season to me (no matter how I want her back). They just let go of the whole trust issue, which I found much more intriguing that the romance between Harvey and Donna. I just don't know how Harvey would digest the fact that there is always a possibility that Donna would do something behind his back (when you consider how important Donna is to him, it's even more disturbing).
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First, and foremost ..... DONNA'S BACK!!!! It's like winning the sass lottery! I laughed for 5 MINUTES STRAIGHT when she tore up the first check Harvey had, and then he PRODUCED ANOTHER, BIGGER ONE!! Those two kids tend to make my doctor concerned for my health!



Next: LEWIS IS NOT LOYAL!! Why? Because he lacks the one quality Harvey and Jessica have in SPADES: the ability to think LONG-TERM. Lewis is in the positions he's in because he can't see the forest for the trees; he's so busy bitching about slights against him in the here-and-now, he doesn't think what the long-term results of his actions will mean. Case in point - he wasn't patient enough to persuade Jessica that he was indeed ready to sit at the adults table. Instead, he's been demanding from everyone else to operate on HIS assumption: that HE thinks HE belongs there. Anyone who's ever held a job knows that bosses work on THEIR timetables; not YOURS. YOUR job is to tailor your skills and work product to fit and support THEIR timetable, which becomes YOURS - and will then properly adjust your expectations of them. Lewis never learned that, the way Harvey has. Jessica is the ONLY person Harvey operates that way with ... and that's one of the reasons they are allies. Lewis could have been Jessica's ally, too ... except he wasn't willing to work by her timetable and plans. Instead, she ends up threatening him dire consequences for not doing so, when Hardman doesn't remove her as managing partner. And he WON'T. So, where will that leave Lewis (who will undoubtedly support Hardman)?



Donna should send him the want ads she started looking through, before her return.



Next: Mike has lost his touchstone, his center ... his beloved grandmother. What does that mean for his future? He becomes more single-minded, more willing to skirt the edges of a case - in other words, more like Harvey. Harvey now has another thing in common with his young associate; they've both lost close family members. I think they'll bond more as a result. Harvey and Rachel are the only people at the firm who knew how close Mike and his grandmother were ... and will be there for him (in different ways). Harvey will reveal a little more of himself to Mike through their shared losses. Rachel will start to see Mike become more edgy ... and will try to help him keep his core humanity - the humanity his grandmother helped mold in him. There is some GREAT writing to be had here with these three characters in upcoming episodes!



Next: Rachel's gonna go to law school, and be what she's always been destined to be: MIKE'S BETTER HALF! Remember the look on his face when he saw how much his grandmother and Rachel had bonded? And, when she had to deliver the bad news to him (NOT Harvey, significantly), it was done with grace, and pain, and deep loss --- but, it was also done in love, and shared grief. For those of us who have been there, that kind of support can save you.



Last: Harvey, Jessica, Mike, Donna, and the rest of the gang go to the Mordor of Pearson Hartman -- it's the big battle for the RING, folks ... and NO ONE will be the same afterwards!



Buckle up!
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Aside from hanging to power, in what way do you see H& J think long term.They certainly did not see the Hartmann situation coming back to bite their bitchy ass or the loss of the memo that got Donna fired and in fact none of the many old cases that also came back to bite their still bitchy ass.

As for Donna,Seriously. Did you think for a second that she wasn't coming back.Actually, all it took is a large check, which is so patheticI can't even comment at it.

Finally Louis has earned his partnership and he doesn't work on his own agenda or the bosses', who are not relegated to only H&J but a whole bunch of partners, to wish again HE BELONGS.

HArtmann is Mordor? how did you pick that up? just because some people say something, this does not make it the word of God.Jessica has knived Pearson in the back and stole his firm.You met Hartman's mistress last episode, do you seriously think that she is the kind of woman who thrives on luxury, in view of her present predicament? And do you really think that Hartman would steal significantly from his clients just to entertain a mistress.As for having a mistress during his wife's terminal illness, do you know for a fact that she did not want him to find someone to love him or at least to care for him after she is gone.Please explain to me in what way Hartmann has behaved in an evil way, and then explain to me how you cannot see Jessica's constant manipulation as not being evil.
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Framing Louis for embezzlement, while using the money to pay the subordinate you are nailing while your wife is dying says dirt bag to me. Granted we are talking about lawyers, but this is low even for one of them.



While Jessica integrity-wise seems no better, we have not seen any evidence of law breaking. Bending, but not out and out criminal behavior. But I don't like her either.



Donna - well the show needs the character for comic relief, I guess. But first she breaks the law then is bought back like a dime store floozy, so I add her to the list of characters I don't like. I used to adore her so I may just hate her season two version for being obvious and common.
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Another incredible episode. I feel like I've been saying that since the beginning so it's getting a bit stale.



Every recap I've found myself going on a Harvey and Jessica defense. I feel if I do it any further it becomes redundant...and yet. I still maintain that I do not see what everyone else sees as far as Jessica and Harvey being assholes. I don't see it. I see them fighting fire with fire. It hasn't marred my perception of them as characters whatsoever. It all makes perfect sense to me. They still maintain two of the most complex characters on the show...and clearly they are two of my favorite. With a person like Daniel you almost have to get right down to his level in order to beat him. That doesn't make them seem unfavorable to me and I can't quite wrap my head around the grief that everyone has been giving them. What's the alternative? Roll over and take it? It would be so uncharacteristc for either of them to do just that...and I find it interesting that their morals are being questioned a great deal when they tend to follow their own moral code...but they haven't done anything per se that's been morally reprehensible.

Harvey, Louis, and Jessica. Something else that gets to me. Most people operate under the assumption that they treat Louis like crap all of the time. Which isn't true. I think back to many of those little moments when they cast the friendly rivalry and fun and games aside and get real and genuine. Those moments have happend. If not for those moments than I would fully understand the argument that Louis is mistreated. When Harvey waltzed into the bull pen late and started in on Louis and Louis pretty much told him "not now" Harvey stopped...instantly. Sat down, his perceptiveness kicked in and it was one of those rare glimpses we got of not only Harvey Specter showing that he cares, but showing that he cares about Louis. He acknowledged that Louis was great at what he does. I think back to in Season One when Harvey said that he jests with Louis like that because he respects him. He's told Louis that on more than one occasion. And that holds true for someone like Harvey because he jests with everyone...he and Jessica's conversations are always laced with sarcasm and jokes. Same with him and Donna and him and Mike. All people that he cares about. I've always seen their relationship as sibling like and antagonistic. The entire "No one messes with my brother but me" type of vibe. And Louis gives as good as he gets, which would understandably lead Harvey to believe that Louis is onboard with the type of relationship that they have.

And Jessica and Louis. She does have a way of treating him like he's a nuisance...but no more than anyone else does. She also has expressed her appreciation for him. She's told him that she relies on him for things that she can't rely on Harvey for. She's acknowledged his strengths. And again she and Harvey are similar in how they interact with everyone. As poised as Jessica can be she also has that snarky side that consist of her cracking jokes and trading insults...as is her way.

Louis, God bless him, is like that kid who got picked last on the schoolyard or something. The problem Louis has...is no amount of praise will ever be enough for him. If he actually paid attention he'd realize that even though it's clear Jessica favors Harvey and relies on him more, she doesn't lavish him with compliments and high praise on the regular...and he doesn't expect her to. Louis' expectations are what gets in his way with his relationship with pretty much everyone. Harvey self motivates and praises himself, he doesn't rely or need a pat on the back from Jessica and she doesn't really give him one, but it's understood that she appreciates him. Louis constantly wants praise...so that even the few moments of praise he recieves is never quite enough for him. He's constantly seeking approval and that is what makes him the butt of everyone's joke. His insecurities are what get in the way of how others treat him. He's just as much an ass as Harvey but wears his insecurities on his cuff link and that makes him an easy target, and a nuisance. On top of that...he's flaky. His need for approval means he'll get it from wherever, he has many great qualities but genuine loyalty without expecting something in return isn't exactly ,one of them. That will forever keep him on the outs. Jessica will favor Harvey and it'd be impossible for that not to seem abundantly clear to everyone, but her reasons for favoring Harvey have more to do with their special relationship than anyone else at that firm. Anyone who is even close to aware of their history would know and accept that. She picked him out of the mail room and paid his way through law school. The amount of respect, admiration, trust and reverance they have for one another is mostly due to that alone...and that means he will always be her second in command, and protege. Louis is annoyed that Jessica doesn't treat him like she treats Harvey. Unrealistic expectation to have. His relationship with Jessica would be a lot stronger if he had enough confidence in his own abilities to not seek her approval and kiss ass so much...because no one respects a kiss ass...and if he didn't toss out idle threats whenever he doesn't get his way. (because she's still pissed about his stupid threat in Season one). And while the whole relationship between the three characters is juvenile...it isn't that far off from the level of immaturity in which all the characters interact. It's like a corporate playground full of insults and hair pulling and throwing sand. I love it.

-Now this episode was great anyways...but nothing else mattered after they killed off Nana Ross! I was in horror! I LOVED that woman! Little Mikey is officially and orphan now! He has no one left! Grandma Ross was awesome! It was like watching that one episode of The Closer all over again where in those moments before the revelation was made I just knew she was a goner. I mean she finally met Harvey. It was like fated for her not to make it. Rest in Peace Grandma Ross, you were one of the coolest Grannies ever. Sniffles.

-Donna. Donna is back and I'm all happy and slightly annoyed. I'm thrilled because it's Donna and the show needs Donna and I freakin love Donna. I LOVED her and Louis doing their little strut. Awesome! And that dress Sara Rafferty was wearing was sick, and her post baby boobs looked fantastic in it and I was so jealous because I couldn't pull that dress off if I tried. Envious of these Suits ladies and their gorgeousness and fashion sense. So envious. Anyhoo...loved the banter between her and Harvey because I love their bantering (although a small part of me doesn't enjoy it as much as I used to because this season more than ever they've been laying the Donna/Harvey shippy stuff thick and I just don't want to think of Harvey shipped with anyone because this show is so awesome w/o all that crap). But. No way in hell Donna should be able to waltz back in there like that. My love for her aside, it's annoying that she basically committed a crime and faced no repercussions. Not really. If anything she got rewarded, bonuses and stuff. I mean I love her, I do, but she's had this streak of self righteousness in that entire situation that rubbed me the wrong way, because it was like she never acknowledged that shredding that file was wrong because she did it for Harvey. In fact I wanted to kiss Harvey when he aptly pointed out that she got pissed at him for not "fighting harder for her" than got pissed at him for fighting on her behalf in court. I love Donna but when it came to that whole thing I wanted her to get over herself. But Donna and Louis interacting is always golden. Screw Donna and Harvey if ever I'm going to jump behind a ship on this show...it will be Donna and Louis all the way! I kid not.

- Again Rick Hoffman has been killing it this season and I just loved watching Louis in the entire episode. I agree with Saf I think who said that Daniel Hardman was an asshole in that whole making Louis Senior partner but emphasizing that it shouldn't come out until the vote thing. Say what you will about Harvey and Jessica with Louis but they've always been straight shooters with their approach for the most part. There have been moments when they tried playing him like a chess piece but for the most part they tend to be straight shooters. Daniel was being manipulative but trying to pretend like he wasn't. That's just insulting to Louis' intelligence. I'd rather stick with the enemies I know than the one that I don't.

- Rachel was actually great in this episode. She didn't get on my nerves once and we finally learned she got a great grade on her LSAT. I wasn't even nauseated when she came up and became the greatest support to Mike in that moment that was a strange parallel to when Donna came in to tell Harvey that his father died.

-I loved how Donna skirted the love question. Because she voiced what I was thinking in that moment Louis asked it. It is a complex question...definitely not just a yes or no one. And she dismissed it as loving Harvey like a brother or annoying couisn. Honestly that's how I view their realtionship and I really hope it stays that way, rather than going down some unrequited love route. Even if she didn't mean it...I was hoping that she did.

- I think Louis might vote for Hardman but someone else will flip and vote for Jessica and all hell will break loose. I don't think it's unusual for Jessica and Harvey to expect Louis' loyalty. For both of them that's a very important quality. They're loyal to people...even if they aren't particularly close to them, they still remain loyal to them...and the problem with being that way is that you kinda of expect everyone else to be that way too. I guess in most circumstances Louis probably doesn't own either of them that, but in the world of Suits where loyalty is important it makes sense that it
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Wow, you've really thought this through.
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Let the record show I tend to analyze everything. So yeah. It's kinda pathetic, but I've learned to embrace it and be unapologetic about it. : )
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Not at all pathetic. I can't think I've ever read one of your comments and thought that. If only the rest of us did our thinking before our posting..
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Completely agree about Louis' high expectation part. Very well said.
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It creeps me out how much I relate to Louis and how I am now reexamining the mistake I make professionally that I am seeing played out in a freaking tv show.
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I know the feeling. I tend to relate to many characters of tv shows on certain levels. This show is a great one because I can easily relate to at least three of the characters on certain levels and I know people who are exactly like others so I understand them too. It's why with the exception of maybe Rachel...I truly love all the characters and the depth they have.
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I am ready to go your way as far as Harvey is concerned as he is shifting in behavior from one episode to another and except for the bad influence of Jessica, he seems fine. However, Jessica is not a good person and if Hartmann is no angel, she is certainly a demon.I just cannot see any redeeming qualities to her.I agree with you that she is consistent, but that does not make her someone to like, on the contrary, she has not evolved as a person from the time that she was under Hartmann's wing until now. And I can't see her as being complex at all, she is there too, a lack of complexity, just meanness and and hubris. But I would like to agree with you if you can really convince me with examples that make Jessica who you claim she is.
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Eh. I just cannot buy into this "Jessica is not a good person" thing that everyone keeps talking about. All I've heard is some run in she had with an old college nemesis and her behaviour towards Hardman. So how about I'll show you mine if you show me yours. You convince me that she isn't a complex individual, a "demon", vicious or anything else along those lines and I'll be more than willing to explain why I don't agree. : ) All season long they've been operating under this assumption that both Harvey and Jessica need to be redeemed and that Hardman is a changed man. None of the above is actually true. I don't see anything inherently wrong with either Harvey or Jessica and how they've conducted themselves the majority of the time. I don't believe Hardman is a changed man...and also to throw in there I don't think Mike is losing himself and becoming a mini harvey and even if he is, I don't see why it's implied that it's a horrible thing.
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The bit with Donna about Louis's suit was petty. I thought less of her after that exchange, seriously.
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Its interesting how Louis treats his subordinates like crap when his boss treats him like crap. Louis is loyal to the company, and he seems to be an excellent lawyer, but yet he is treated with disdain by Harvey and Jessica. The way they treat Louis is close to bullying. I know Harvey is Jessicas pet and progeny but thats no reason to be nasty to Louis. I want to like Jessica, sometimes I do, but the writers are making it very difficult at the minute.

Jessica and Harvey don't seem to get that all Louis wants is their respect.
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I know you meant prodigy, not progeny. I'm sorry; I don't usually point out errors cause I mistype plenty of my own. But you gotta admit, that's funny!
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I don't think that Louis's treatment of the paralegals is as harsh as the way H&J are treating him. For one, Louis is a genuinely good if not great lawyer, and the paralegals are there to learn their jobs and do the legwork so that the lawyers get the right information for their cases. Malcolm is focused upon as the incompetent fool, but the others seem really not over par professionally.

Also the level of nastiness and the words used in both cases is just not the same.Louis does not despise the paralegals, he just thinks that when he was one, he did the job of three and that they have it easy.He proved his point when a few episodes away he had a one-nighter and did the job and got Harvey's praise.However, no matter what Louis does, he is belittled and this is simply not fair, especially on account that he has no charisma.

The issue of Harvey versus Louis is actually a fundamental one in the debate for a better legal system in the United States today: do we want the pizzazz lawyers whom we largely see in tv shows or do we want competent lawyers who do their job well.In real life, the Franklin and Bash'es don't have the success rate they have on tv,in fact they tend to lose more than they win.If you don't believe me, just watch Court TV.
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Lewis is between a rock and a hard place, and who can blame him? He really has no idea what to think.



I honestly never thought there would be a role that I would actually like Rick Hoffman (Louis) in... and in the beginning of the series (and countless times throughout) we've wanted to throw him through the window... but I'll be damned if I can't help from growing attached to him in this one. He really is an extraordinary and versatile actor. And Lewis as a character is right - he's an excellent lawyer and so often under appreciated, despite being a total ass.



I love shows that give you an utterly detestable character that you can't stand, and then turn them into one of your favorites (Gloria Akalitus in 'Nurse Jackie', Ryan Chapelle and George Mason in '24').
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didnt like the short clip for next week cause it showed that louis voted against jessica. And dont think he is totally in the wrong, both parties have used louis, and from louis point of view hartman has been better to him. Even if hartman is wrong he did make louis senior partner and if i was him i would do the same. Respect goes along way.
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what I really am not looking forward from that short clip of next week's episode is that Harvey will assault Louis and try to strangle him. Who the fuck he thinks he is? I hope Louis will press charges.
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me too
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I hope you're happy, Sleaz. We finally gt Rachel's LSAT results, and at what cost? GRAMMY ROSS!
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And I still didn't care. The only plus is that maybe Rachel will leave now.
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from your mouth to God's ears.
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I would gladly say to hell with Rachel's test results if it meant Grammy Ross was still alive.
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I liked the episode overall, but compared to the rest of this season, I thought it was rather disappointing.



I'm really glad to see Donna back, but I'm not at all glad with the way it happened. Talk about anti-climatic. It really seems as if all the Donna drama earlier this season is just thrown out the window. All that tension and drama around Donna and her firing, and she's brought back... by... well, nothing... she's just brought back. Harvey states "I'm getting Donna back" all dramatically, he goes and tells her he needs her, and she just accepts it with a smile? Blah. I thought that was a cop-out for her character and all the drama surrounding her this season.



The episode probably would've been better off without the case-of-the-week. It really did nothing for me and was just kind of a mess. If anything, it annoyed me just because I found that sports reporter guy completely off-putting.



As for your question regarding why we should be rooting for Jessica and Harvey, I think you gave the most significant answer but just brushed it off. Season one matters -- it's part of the characters evolution -- and in the first season, we saw how sneaky, annoyingly-insecure, and sometimes asshole-y Louis was. As for Harvey, I think he's shown in both seasons just how good a guy he is or can be. He still hasn't shown me anything for me to not root for him. Jessica... well, she's not entirely easy to root for, but she's clearly better than Hardman... her best quality may be that she knows just how good (morally and lawyery) Harvey is and backs him.



Finally, I wasn't entirely happy with the Mike-Rachel-Mike's Granny story either... mostly due to its placement. The way I see it, the midseason finale really should put most (if not all) of the focus on the Pearson-Hardman plot, but with Mike's Granny dying and him getting that much closer with Rachel, I can foresee almost half of next weeks episode focusing on Mike's reaction to his loss and his relationship with Rachel. Leave that for the second half of the season or next season all-together... not now. Also, I kind of agree with Detective_xo about preferring Mike being consoled by Harvey and not Rachel. I'm not a Rachel hater, but I also don't much care for Mike's romances.
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I agree about Donna. I was anti-climatic and it was almost as though they wrote off seriousness of what had transpired. And I love Donna but the Donna ass kissing had me raising an eyebrow.



I think they were attempting to put Mike back in the forefront because when you thnk about he, he's taken a bit of a backseat this season. I haven't hated it...as much as I like the kid and the bromance aspect of things, I didn't mind his lack of screentime. I hate that it involved Grandma Ross dying and I hate that it may lead right back to will they won't they, with Rachel as if that's the only thing those two characters are good for.



Eh. I think as far as Jessica and Harvey goes, I already wrote an epic post on that. Season one does matter. They're both good people put in a crappy situation where they have to do things they wouldn't typically do, and be seen in a poorer light in order to battle the evil. Like in season one (which now that I look back was almost a foreshadowing of what was to come...when Harvey said "Sometimes good people have to do bad things to make the bad guys pay" or something like that.) I don't think any less of Harvey or of Jessica. I kinda think of Jessica as a female version of Harvey but sometimes it doesn't look as great when a female behaves the way that he does...so there tends to be more complaints on her character than his.
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I was glad they put Mike on the back burner. For one thing he's character is just not as interesting as Harvey's. And for another, they can only milk this he'doesn't-have-a-law-degree thing so much. After awhile, it really gets tedious. In fact, I quit watching last season and the first part of this because every week it was, how's he gonna hide it, how's he gonna learn on the job? After awhile, people kind of settle down, ya know?
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Yeah it was essential. It also gave other characters that weren't used as much last season, a chance to be in the forefront. Like Louis and Jessica...and even Rachel and Donna.
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Someone will have to tell me in what way does Louis owe anything to Harvey and Jessica, both of which have been despicable to him for years.He certainly does not owe them any loyalty, and it galls me that they think so little of him that they still resolve to base manipulation to get him to go their way. The way they talk about him makes me sick, and frankly I am glad that he will probably side with Hartmann for chairmanship of the board.I actually felt so sad that Louis having told his parents that Harvey was his best friend, and that he was sincerely trying to connect with him at this dinner;only to find out how false Harvey is.

I think this series is about Mike, and some may be mistaken to think that this is about Harvey and Jessica, and Donna or even Rachel.Several comments seem to include Harvey or Donna or others, but in the end of the day it is about whether Mike will grow up professionally and spiritually through this law firm or not. Mike has still got two weights two measures about Louis, as he commented about the hidden Dictaphone; but Mike has been increasingly critical of Harvey and barely supports Jessica as a sign of loyalty to him. He is still entranced by what he perceives as suavity and brilliance, but he does see his mentor 's Achilles' heel.

As for Hartmann, I still have to see a genuine evil in him other than a man who has been kept from his firm and wants in. I also am not convinced, even if he did confess to it, that he would embezzle from his clients to pay for that particular mistress.The fact that it has been brought to attention by Jessica and her subsequent take over,I am more inclined to see a trap that kept Hartmann away until he could come up with the information he needed to confound in due time the culprits.I may be defiantly wrong in this, but I just can't see Hartmann as the bad man yet.
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Minus the whole Ballet thing I actually like Louis. I would to see how things are if Hardman is running things. Yes in the past he was rotten to Louis but unlike Jessica I believe he was remorseful about it. When Louis confronted him about the setup five years ago he didn't try to deny or avoid it.
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Caption for the top screenshot: "If you liked it then you should have put a ring on it."
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1. Donna maybe committed a crime, if that was real evidence, but it is also a crime for which she will never be prosecuted since they made the grudge-lawyer go away. Do you know how many laws there are? Everyone in America has committed a crime at some point. I usually commit at least one before I get out of bed in the morning.



2. Hardman isn't changing and learning, he's a manipulator. He has barely ever said a sincere word.



3. I don't know how big law firms work, but a manager should not generally have primary functional responsibilities, for the very reason that she SHOULDN'T be doing anything when a crisis occurs so that she is available to handle it. Or she should be thinking big thoughts, planning, whatever. If she appears to be doing nothing, she's delegated properly, and is in fact doing her job very well.



That's as much as I want to bite off right now. That's a lot of words and I disagree with almost all of them.

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Okay, except that I don't see why Hardman should be sincere to people he considers as enemies.
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If he's coming in proclaiming to be this changed man...than yeah. His whole approach has been faux sincerity and goodness. His approach at the beginning was to tell them that they weren't his enemies. The way he was with Louis spoke volumes. He's doing that kill them with kindness, I'm going to whisper while everyone else yells thing that makes everyone around him look like the bad guys, all the while he's insulting people's intelligence by pretending to be a changed man...a sincere man.
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Seriously, how did no one notice that Louis' was doing John Travolta's strut from "Saturday Night Fever?" That was the name of the song they played, and I lmao'd, especially when Donna started her own.
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The name of the song is Disco Inferno, but yes, I noticed. I wouldn't expect a reference to it though, as disco was dead and buried years before MaryAnn was born.
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But it is classic dude. Then again...I got funny looks when I made a joke about Bo Derek so I guess I'm not in a position to comment. Nevermind.
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not me.I love it when you comment.what did you say about Bo Derek?
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I don't remember the actual joke, but I objected on the basis of "white girls with cornrows", as I always will.
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Eh...some random joke on a Teen Wolf recap that no one got w/o googling Bo Derek.
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Good question about Mike. I was too bummed to even think about it. I love cocky granny. Calling Harvey a hardass straight to his face was too precious and cool for words.



Jessica is really starting to look like a full on rookie next to Hardman. They both are power hungry control freaks and I am with your viewing buddy, why am I on their side again? Oh yeah, Hardman is supposedly 80 times worse. (?)



I really, really, really think the way Louis is written now make Harvey, and especially Jessica's, years of bad treatment unforgivable. (Just because you don't like someone personally does not mean you disrespect them professionally, unless you are a very small, pitiable person.)



I don't know who Louis will vote for.



I am thinking Hardman because he is such a good manipulator and he didn't have to resort to threats. He told enough of the truth to twist Louis like a puppet on a string.



I suspect this is not going to end on a happy note for team Jessica in any stead because if it does, there goes a million dollar antagonist. Face it, Hardman is like a slow motion wreck you can't stop watching. What will he do next? When will the veneer strip away and the dickens rear its ugly head?
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Anyone else keep expecting Hardman to open his door and find Jesse (or Louis?) there ready to shoot him in the eye?
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"So why am I supposed to cheer for Harvey and Jessica?"



I can't think of a reason. Maybe because Jessica has contributed more to the quality of the TV show than Daniel so far? I haven't seen a reason to think that Jessica is a better person than Daniel. (I've seen a few reasons to think that she's not). So I can't cheer for either side in this conflict. I hope Louis finds a way to screw them all.
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How about Mike?

Jessica's managing partner and she knows about Mike so they're covered. If as managing partner Daniel finds out, they are all screwed.
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If she finds a way to leverage that information against Mike, believe me she will. She is just humoring Harvey and besides Mike has proven that he is a very smart lawyer.

Isn't it strange though that the two greatest lawyers in the American justice system, Abraham Lincoln and Clarence Darrow never went to law school?Just saying.I know in their times they could get away with that and not now, but still....
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If he finds out after losing to Jessica, they would be even more screwed.
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I think Hardman likes Mike so I'm not yet sure what he would do. Remember Hardman has no morals.
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Daniel: Louis, it's official as of this moment, but I think we should make the actual announcement at the next senior partners meeting.

Louis: Sure, the meeting where managing partner will be voted on.

Daniel: I believe that is on the agenda.



That is the moment Daniel became an irredeemable asshole to me. In this very episode. The level of insincerity in that statement is just beyond--the ability to be that insincere that easily (without even any need) is very telling about what kind of person someone is.
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Yes, he was manipulative and dishonest, but Jessica was just as bad when she tried to play Louis, and then lost her temper.



Jessica became an irredeemable asshole to me when we found out about how she had treated that judge when they were both students.



Daniel cheated on his dying wife, but I honestly don't think that automatically makes him a bad guy. Think about it. His wife was dying, and that probably made him miserable. Then a hot woman wanted to have an affair with him, and he chose to *allow* her to make him a bit less miserable.



He also stole money, but I think they mentioned that it was a ridiculously tiny amount, something like 50K. (Ridiculously tiny for someone who already makes millions every year). These guys are routinely doing unethical things to win cases even when their client doesn't deserve to win. A theft of 50K (or whatever it was) is almost negligible in this context.



He also set Louis up to take the fall if he got caught. That's probably the worst thing he's done. But he didn't think he'd get caught. So it's not like he *tried* to send Louis to prison.
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But didn't he pass the bar? If he passed the bar, why would it be illegal for him to try cases?
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Embezzling is highly illegal: and if a NAMED+senior partner is caught doing it... then pretty much the whole firm is toast. The company goes under, the employees are associated with it, etc.

I kinda get your thing on the cheating thing: I don't support it but it's understandable. I don't know what condition his wife was in at that point, but it might be enough to push him to seek happiness somewhere. Then again, a 5-year battle with cancer??? (she died recently on the show) I can't imagine her being THAT messed up 5 years ago.
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Oh, no, that could definitely take the whole firm down. The rest of them could still practice law, but the firm would be over. Even a small amount of money would be enough, but it was half a million dollars, not $50,000.
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Good point about the 5 years. I didn't even think of the fact that she died recently.



I don't see why the company would go under if a named senior partner gets caught stealing a small amount of money from it. Assuming that the other senior partners don't cover it up, it will be a police matter, and this guy will be fired and prosecuted. Then he will be gone from the company. This doesn't seem to be a reason for their clients (most of whom probably haven't been working directly with him) to take their business elsewhere.



The only thing we've seen that I think can potentially take the whole company down is what Mike and Harvey are doing. Mike hasn't taken a lot of cases to court yet, but at some point he will, and I assume that he will win some of them. If he's caught after that, those cases could be overturned, and THAT is going be a serious problem for the whole company.

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Now add that with Jessica's threat about his vote and Louis is stripped of all choice in the matter. I really can't hate one over the other (Hardman v. Pearson). They are both vile people, really.
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Good episode I think. It wasn't as great as others this season though mainly because I feel a lot of stuff was just thrown in there. Mainly the case this episode was disregarded almost completely (proof is that it wasn't even mentioned in this review). But the time was traded for more office politics which is always fun to watch. Still wish there was more put into the case especially since Harvey is such a big baseball fan too.



As everyone else is saying I feel bad for Louis and honestly, both choices seem like terrible decisions. Harvey and Jessica always bully Louis and only call on him when necessary, but Hardman is just a terrible person who keeps saying he's a "changed man". Can't wait for the finale! And hooray for Donna being back. Best part of the episode was her glory walk back to her desk and her "firing" that dude.
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Harvey really hit the nail on the head: Louis is screwed. What should be his crowning accomplishment, something his dreamed of for years and years, will have an asterix (*) next to it. Even he will always wonder if he really earned it, let alone everyone else at the firm thinking it was a trade-off.
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Donnaaaaaaaa!!!!!! What a good episode.

They are preparing us for the summer season finale in a very lovely way. I don't believe that this time Louis will be by Jessica's side. Hardman has played better his cards with him and the previous choices by Queen Pearson won't save her in corner, in humble opinion (don't watch the promo if you don't want to be spoiled). Louis can't put his trust in Harvey and he's right in a certain way. They have never been friends and that new approach was a big A in "let's force everything like there's no tomorrow". Surely Louis can be naive sometimes, but he's not so stupid. He can't also keep a secret lol: he was happy like a kid at the kindergarten! I am so crazy about Donna Paulsen and the way she observes people. One look and she understands. That's a gift.

I'm so sorry for Grammy Ross. It was such a shame that she couldn't see the new apartment. These are all baby steps, anyway, to bring Mike and Rachel closer. Can't wait for the tenth episode now (and the Mike/Harvey's scene especially).

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I think I'm inlove with Louis.
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I've actually hated Jessica's awful behavior to Louis for a while now. Being this ridiculously open about favoring Harvey had to have its setback and I for one am secretly glad that Lois is dishing it out to her.



Wouldn't it be super anti-climactic if Hardman wins just to prove that he can but then leaves to illustrate the point that he's been trying to drill into Jessica and Harvey all season, that he 'has changed'. That'd be fun to watch. If Jessica weren't so tenacious all the freakin' time, maybe the guy would be a little nice to her. My critique aside, I do love Jessica Pearson.



Felt cheated out of some amazing Donna airtime with the quickie dispute resolution. I'd have preferred Harvey grovelling a little more. Also, poor poor Mike. I'm gonna miss Grammie :(
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My thoughts exactly! Thank you!
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I'm open about who my favorite is at work. It would be disrespectful to assume my people are too dumb to realize who my favorite is if I were to try to be coy about it.



Also, my favorite is the person who makes my life easiest. If someone doesn't like it, they can solve more problems and goddamned earn the position of favorite for themselves. It's just that easy.



Harvey is the favorite because he's the best closer in the city. It's not all about hard work and billables, but about taking some of the problems your boss has to worry about and making them go away so your boss doesn't have to worry about them anymore. Jessica is results-oriented and Harvey gets results with his magical people-manipulation skills.

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I hear you and I never meant to contest why Harvey is the favorite but being in the position Jessica is in, it would make matters easier for her to just be nice to Louis once in a while, he's not completely worthless. And putting all your trust in one person can backfire at times no matter how loyal they are. Jessica could do with another 'henchman' for the lack of a better word.
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Well, yes, there's no reason having a favorite should mean she can't appreciate Louis. There's something really immature about the dynamic between the three of them.
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I am happy that Rachel passed the LSATs without Mike. Yes I was one of those a little annoyed with Rachel only being the nagging want-a-be girlfriend type, she's still a work in progress ;) Let's hope they keep the ball rolling and not cradle it. I still prefer Jenny ;)



What this season has shown is how awful Jessica has been to Louis over the years. With her threatening attitude towards Louis in this episode I'm rooting for Hardman even more. The biggest difference between Jessica and Hardman with regards to Louis is Hardman respects him and Jessica does not. Yes both were mean to him at once point Jessica on purpose and hardman because he seemed to hate his life at the time. As you can tell I'm looking forward the partner vote.



Now onto Michael: Up until this point he was living the lie to be able to pay for his grandma's care. Now he does not have to. Yes he enjoys his job, but with the moves Harvey has been making and seeing the true Jessica in action his motivation is going to suffer but we might now see that till after next episode.



On a side note I will say that it's a little lame they killed off his grandma so quickly.
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Hardman doesn't respect Louis. He's just better at manipulating him than Jessica is. Louis is so hungry for any kind of kindness and Hardman is playing to that. If I were Louis, I would like Hardman better too.
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That may be so, but either way i still want Hardman to win. I don't like Jessica anymore.
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You want to know why grandma died? So Mike would end up moving into a place that Rachel picked. 90% chance this results in them moving in together (too soon) by the end of next season. I have to admire the writers for playing the long game and having setting this up before they are even a couple. Though I wonder about the wisdom of killing off the most likable character on the show.
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yeah it's lame and I saw this coming.
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I actually thought that was low for this usually unpredictable show. I knew the second he started talking about finding her an apartment, that Grandma was worm food. It was just too obvious.



Meanwhile, she was the most likeable character, and the one that made everything Mike's done seem noble. Now he's just as despicable as the rest of them.
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Yes, exactly :-)
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The moment I saw Mike's grandma visiting him and Mike looking for an apartment for her, I had a feeling she would die by the end of the episode. So it really wasn't that big of a shock but heartbreaking to see nevertheless. It reminded me a lot of Donna telling Harvey about his father's death in the last episode.
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I actually thought the Donna/Harvey scene was better played. This hurt more because we got to know and love grannie, but Rachel/Mike just weren't as strong.
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Also think the Donna/Harvey scene is more powerful. It is quite interesting to notice the difference of Harvey and Mike character wise. When Harvey heard the bad news, his first reaction is to turn away (even from Donna) while when Mike heard the bad news, he fell into Rachel's arms.
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I recognize that Mike is essential, but I hope they don't spend much time on his relationship or his motivations. I don't care if he's with Rachel and there's no chance he leaves Pearson-Hardman, so every moment spent on either thing is a drama-free waste of time.
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Exactly!

And I don't need the disgusting details of "that one time" with Donna and Harvey either. I don't mind if they dance around it on occasion for the rest of the series, but I would much rather it not go all soap opera, ever.
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There was a lot to marvel at in this episode: Donna and Louis's victory walks and the music, those awesome dresses the women were wearing, Harvey and Jeasica tearing Louis and Hardman down to size, just a lot of good stuff. I loved it!



Harvey and Jessica are mean to Louis but i feel for the most part he has it coming cause he can be such an ass at times! Even more than Harvey, which is saying a lot! The last thing the firm needs is Hardman in control. So go Jessica and Harvey!!!



I felt so bad for Mike about his grandma dying, especially befote seeing the new place. Hopefully he'll recover for the better. Oh congrats to Rachel on the LSAT!!! Rachel and Mike looked good together again. I think they're gonna make it.
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Prediction: the writers have been very careful to never let Hardman's "I'm a changed man" mask slip. I think it'll slip a little, just in time to cause someone to flip sides and save the day.



Law firm dynamics are such that long hours and dedication to the firm are expected. These are not the things that partners are selected on, however. Rather, the ability to bring in new clients or new work from old clients, is what gets you to the top of the firm's hierarchy. This trend is only exacerbated in the current legal economy, which sees more lawyers chasing less work. Louis is very good at what he does, which is why they have him keep doing it.
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Allow me then to point out that Louis's billables are higher than Harvey's. All indications this season say he is being over looked for reasons not related to the health of the firm.
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I don't think Louis's hard work is overlooked as much as Louis wants everybody (including himself) to think. The only time that Jessica did something that favors Harvey professionally is to promote Harvey to senior partnership at the beginning of the year. And she can only promote one. Both Harvey and Louis were promoted to junior partnership five year ago and both of them worked hard for the past five years. Harvey earned the title of "BEST CLOSER" in the town for a reason. Harvey deserved the promotion at least as much as Louis if not even more. As kanniballl said below, you need to bring in the business first, then you can bill them. You have to work hard but working hard alone is not enough, period.
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Bill-ables aren't the same as bringing in business. Billables == billable hours == I credited 20hr of work towards company X because we did a lot of "research" Billables also equals (essentially) unpaid overtime (I stayed late putting this proposal together / worked on a Saturday / all of which means they are paying the company an extra $X/hr).

Don't get me wrong, I think Louis is depicted as quite a good lawyer on the show. But as we've seen, his people skills suck. We saw one client hated him and dumped him due to his personality. People skills are essential in senior partners.
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Exactly. As with everything...pesonality matters. Sometimes more than anything else. Louis is a great attorney and that much has been established frequently, but his people skills suck...and if you can't socialize with the best of 'em and make things happen then you won't move further up. The irony of it all is...Jessica could very well have great reasons for why she hasn't made Louis a senior partner yet. She could very well want him to work on not only his confidence in his abilities w/o needing other people patting him on the back, but his interaction with others. I think that's why she has him in charge of the associates. He's still working on the socializing aspect and the people skills.
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Lots to like in the episode, but Donna walking through the office after being rehired... smokin! Mix in Louis having a similar triumphant walk against a great music track and we get great television.
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Indeed! In fact it reminded of the typical way the episodes of "Moonlighting" started.You usually saw a jolly David Addison (Bruce Willis) entering the office and a bit later Maddie Hayes (Cibyl Shepherd) - usually the lift opened, you saw her shoes and then her entering the office.
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ahhh Moonlighting. What a great show that was.
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The problem with setting up a Jessica & Harvey vs Hardman and Louis beingthe deciding vote is the inequality of the two wrongs done to Louis. Jessica And Harvey are the way they are to Louis because Louis is kind of an ass at times. And they are the cool kids and Louis just wants to be part of the club. Which means he is overly earnest and it comes off as smarmy. Anyone that has ever been part of the in crowd where someone wants to join really bad can pick out that guy. And that earnestness is off putting. But when the chips are down they respect him. They respected him enough to consult him several times. It is just fun for them to mess with him.



Whereas Hardman, had Jessica not confronted Louis and just gone to the Cops or the bar association or the DOJ or whatever. Hardman set Louis up as the fall guy and the evidence was there. He would have likely gone to jail and been disbarred and it would have ruined his life. And Hardman right now doesn't respect him. He knows he has a beaten dog in Louis and thinks he can easily turn him and offering him a partnership is nothing to him. He thinks he can win the vote with him and him getting one of the partners a position in the DOJ kind of proves that. he doesn't respect Louis enough to think that he can figure it out.



So with that Louis is a numbers guy. He deals in facts and black and white. He should be able to see that the clear choice though he might not like them. Is Jessica, because she might have been a jerk to him. But nothing she has ever done to him or harvey has done to him would have landed him in a prison cell. It would seem like a pretty simple solution for him. And though he may think he could win over Hardman. How could he ever really trust him.



The only problem with both choices are that they are both bad choices. If he chooses Jessica over Hardman then the story doesn't progress much. And one great relationship of drama and fun conflict gets reduced a little bit. Because though it is kind of dickish of Jessica and Harvey, it is kind of funny the banter back and forth. And with Louis being a partner now he doesn't have to kiss up to her as much. Though he being a partner could add some turmoil to everything. If he chooses Hardman it will add conflict and turmoil for next season. But I find Hardman lacking as a potential big bad. Though if he does get managing partner, he does provide a reason for Harvey, Jessica, Mike, Donna and probably Rachel being a closer nit group in battling him and Louis. And keeping Mike's secret from them. So that could be good. Though the writers would seriously have to step up Hardman's game.



Donna's parts were fantastic. My guess is she and Harvey hooked up after his father died and that was the one time. Which is really setting up for Rachel and Mike hooking up in the season finale and Mike telling her the secret. Which could be good. But Donna is too good. Fantastic character.



Mike continues to parallel Harvey. The death of the grandmother is similar to the death of Harvey's father. However, my thoughts are that Mike is going to take it way worse. Which will probably lead him to act out. And question his role at the firm and life. Which will require Rachel to pull him back. Which is good, it furthers their story which I think is pretty good. I didn't predict the death f the grandma but when they were apt shopping I couldn't help but think that the discussion of the bedroom was going to lead them into sharing it.



Another great episode. I really can't wait to see what side Louis chooses. And the responses from all parties.
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Thank you so much! You put that so eloquently! I love the in crowd analogy because it's so fitting! And you're right about the progression of the story. Which is why I'm in the belief that Louis will vote against Jessica and it will backfire.
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My guess: the day will be saved by "the charter" They made a point a few times about the rules of the charter... my guess is Michael read the charter and will remember something important. Like "The admittance of a new senior partner must take place at the END of a meeting." Thus disqualifying Louis from voting on this matter.
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Judging from the promo, someone got fired. Is it Jessica or Harvey?
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I am thinking it is not going to be Louis who swings the vote (for Hardman) but takes Jessica and Harvey's hatred for it anyway. I get the impression (as stated by another commenter) that there is something very personal (and juvenile) going one with the 3 of them.
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Cheap. Also, realistic.
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good episode I guess, not the best or anything but it did what it was supposed to do: set up tension for next week. and summer finale? yes! more Suits without having to wait until next summer is a good thing. if there's any show other than Psych that deserves multiple 'seasons' a year like that, it's definitely Suits. but CURSE YOU USA FOR NOT PUTTING THIS ON BLU-RAY SO I CAN BUY THEM! DVD just doesn't cut it anymore!



also, good for Rachel for getting that LSAT score.. and Mike's grandmother dying was very sad... but now I feel like he'll keep the apartment and Rachel will move in there with him :p
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also.. Donna.. and her "I'm back" strut. wow. <3
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I fell in love. Then I watched it again and fell in love again.
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She really should do that every episode.
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My problem with this episode was that the way Harvey and Louis and then Jessica and Louis should have interacted wouldn't lend itself to tv, it would have been long, drawn out, protracted conversations rather than a few bites of dinner and a parable. That said, they did have Louis play off that stuff interestingly, although a bit too much like a ping pong ball.



Jessica and Harvey have missed one important thing in dealing with Hardman, that he thinks he's changed and therefore is deserving of his place. The reality is that people don't change as much as they think they do, and Harvey and Jessica should be exploiting this, pushing Hardman to fall back to his old time behaviors - the ones that would disgust Louis and every other senior partner at the firm. By not exploiting this in a long game across several episodes, Jessica really doesn't seem to be making a point of showing how much more important it is to have her at the helm aside from her alliance to the show's protagonist.



Jessica hasn't mistreated Louis though, Louis is not a good team player, he's a scheming coniving person who still makes mistakes and misreads people, the show has proved that point time and time again. The only way Jessica has failed Louis is by not making it clearer to him that he's on the track to senior partner and needs to work on some areas first.



If they let it go to vote, then Jessica has already lost, so I think Harvey is going to have to set it up in a way that Louis' vote either way won't matter.



Rachel is getting into law school, does that mean she's leaving the series and we won't have to suffer more horrible one-dimensional "protagonist's love interest" writing for her?
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Yes. To ALL of that.
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Let's not forget that Louis pretty much killed a man in a deposition. And then tried to go to the funeral to pay his respects. :/
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Raises hand as also not a Rachel lover.
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This show is very good at balancing things, ie one minute Louis is a douche and the next you really care for him. Same applies to Jessica and Harvey. One thing thats indisputable though, is that Hardman is the bad guy. I don't see what they could write to make me want him to win.



Really felt for poor Mike. He and Rach should totally quit poncing around and get together. She's going to find out about Harvard eventually. QUIT TEASING ME, WRITERS!
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Is it just me or were the ladies of Suits looking exceptionally spectacular in this episode? Rachel in that white dress was just drop-dead gorgeous, with Donna, as usual, rocking the hell out of those pumps and whatever else she's wearing and, of course, Jessica ALWAYS looks fantastic in her "power" suits.



There's just something about this show that makes me actually care about what people are wearing, whereas it's usually not even an afterthought.
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As a business professional, I thought they looked like street walkers.
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Haha, I agree with this. I mean, as a viewer, I'm certainly not complaining. But most of the time, they dress way too sexily. Not really whorey, though, but maybe a bit too much for an actual office. Donna's cleavage though... whoa.
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me too. For some reason USA thinks that working women dress very provocatively. I usually just shake my head at the outfits they have Joan wear on Covert Affairs. The women look like they are going out to dinner rather than trying to earn their stripes as men's equals in the work place. They are walking invitations for sexual harassment.
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Where are these streets? Just askin...
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I think that was probably an exaggeration. Clearly high end escorts. In the $3000/hr range, I'd guess.
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Water spewed on the screen. Damn.
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Even at that rate, I'm sure their billables justify senior partner status.
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Yeah, it's called "Suits" but it's the dresses you notice. Rachel in front of the apartment window was perfection, Donna's return runway walk absolutely required the music track behind it (something with a driving beat), and nobody, NOBODY, slinks like Jessica, including all (other) members of the cat family.
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Agreed. Rachel looks stunning every episode.
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While I agree that Jessica and Harvey's treatment of Louis can be harsh and sometimes unwarranted, but I think we are forgetting that Louis can often be annoying, even though I have liked him a lot this season. I think he responded well to Jessica's threats. For once he was treated how anyone else would have been treated if they threatened Jessica. The friendship side of his relationship with Harvey seemed to be genuine, and I was stunned when I Harvey said that he would be willing to give up his office to save Jessica, even if that means also saving himself.

When Rachel got her LSAT score all I could think of was how Elle from Legally Blonde got a 179.

And I was so sad when Mike Grandma died. I didn't see that one coming.

If Jessica wins, I really hope Louis gets to stay partner, or at least become one soon, because I think it would be fun change the Harvey/Louis relationship a little bit. And because after Rewind, I think he deserves it.
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I Know right? And let's be honest, Louis is no stranger to making threats of his own. He threatened Jessica twice last season...one of which lead to her making that awesome line about "when you're running Litt,Nothing,&Nowhere" loved that line. I feel like people are making more of a victim out of Louis than he actually is. He's just as much an ass and a shark as the rest of him, he holds his own, which is why his pathetic aspect can be so frustrating to watch for the viewers and surely for Jessica and Harvey.
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Legally Blonde was ridiculous. A 172 is good enough for any top law school (Harvard, Yale, etc), assuming she has the grades.
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I believe that Louis will realize that Jessica has been consistent with him, while Daniel has lied repeatedly, and vote accordingly. Even during Louis' confrontation with Daniel where Daniel expressed shock that Louis would believe the senior partnership was a bribe, I was thinking Louis has to remember that Daniel wanted to hold the announcement until the vote meeting. I think he'll also recognize that what Jessica did to his reputation during the mock trial is exactly what he did to Donna, and thus be able to forgive Jessica.



Congrats to Harvey for finally being willing both to sacrifice his office and be seen to lose if that's what's required to ultimately win. And respect to Jessica for deciding not to try to buy Louis with the office. (Did you see her dress as she exited his office? Daaaaaaaaaamn!)



Anybody else can't wait to see Harold's new tattoo?
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This is episode was so good, that opening scene with Donna had me screaming about 'the other time' seriously those writers can't tease us forever. I was really upset that Mike's grandmother died I thought they were gonna save that card for a later season and I thought that Mike would cry on Harvey in a cute bromance scene but W/E. And as for Louis, I really don't know which ship he is on. Taking in the promo for the summer finale, USA could just be yanking our chain or he could have voted for Hardman but who knows....
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Someone said last week that it was clear Harvey and Donna didn't have a romantic past. At least now it is very clear that there is intentional ambiguity on that matter.
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Uh, I am thinking more 'one time drunken copulation, let us never do that again'. That is not a romance.
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Possibly. But also possibly a one time drunken copulation between two people who are in love with each other and won't admit it. In any case, they're definitely wanting us to think they had a thing together of some kind. I actually think the way they handled it so obviously this time means its less likely that anything happened. Probably something lame like the time that Harvey cried or some other random thing they don't talk about, but they're definitely wanting us to speculate.
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i get the feeling the suits writers are among us

given the fact that since season 2 started, almost

everyone was asking about rachel lsat then finally...

we got an answer! lol



so glad donna is back for good! and so sad for mike

for losing his grandma,



only one more left to go....and something tell me we'll

be screaming no (a la Darth vader) at the cliffhanger!



something gotta give!
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