Suits "He's Back" Review: Pearson Hardman vs. the World

Suits S02E14: “He’s Back”

Hardman is like a mosquito in that he’s just begging for someone—probably Harvey—to throw him into a bug zapper, but he’s also like a mosquito in that he’s carrying West Nile and infecting EVERYONE, including the audience, with uncertainty. I like it. So far, the simplest solution has always won out. Hardman has never failed to be the bad guy we always knew him to be, but he’s also done an amazing job at making our heroes look pretty unheroic themselves, planting the seeds of doubt, and generally just making the storyline for Season 2 seem far more complex than it actually is because Suits is fancy like that.

Lawyer Bunk, Rachel Zane’s daddy at a rival firm farmed out his Folsom Foods cases to Daniel Hardman, who in turn, jumped on the opportunity to make this all about him while simultaneously destroying Pearson Hardman because REVENGE and stuff. Mwahahaha. There was a lot of revenge talk this week, both from Hardman and from those he wronged. Donna with the bitchslap FTW! Harvey was so proud. We were all so proud.

Hardman was smarmy as ever, teaming up with Monica, that chick he was banging, to sue Pearson Hardman for a cool $10 mil in a wrongful termination suit. They aimed to make the wrongful termination look like some good ol’ fashioned gender discrimination so that Pearson Hardman would lose credibility while representing those bazillion cases from Folsom Foods that they weren’t equipped to handle anyway, subsequently losing them all and collapsing in on itself while Hardman and Monica danced around the ashes—and probably eventually peed on them.

The entire case would have been thrown out with the knowledge that Hardman and Monica were having an affair during her time at Pearson Hardman, but unfortunately, Hardman suckered Jessica into signing a confidentiality agreement when he was kicked to the curb, which meant Pearson Hardman was screwed. The thing is, even after outsmarting Hardman with a technicality in the confidentiality agreement and convincing Monica to be a decent human being for once in her life, Pearson Hardman is still screwed. Their big, wonderful, world-saving victory ultimately didn’t matter very much—kinda like Return of the Jedi when you take the expanded universe into account. The fight dragged on for another twenty years? How depressing. And awesome, if you were a dork in the '90s (Hello, friends!). But still depressing.

Everyone wants a piece of Pearson Hardman and it appears that their rivals would rather just wait to perfect their vulture routines than actually work with anyone associated with the firm (slackers!). Jessica reached out to Robert Zane, pushing the limits of what she could legally say concerning Hardman’s history with the firm, but he was bitter and grumpy and out for blood. Also he was BFFs with Hardman back in college and we all know that people NEVER change after college, right? Right. I’m so torn because I don’t want Lawyer Bunk to get screwed over, mostly because I like the characterization Suits has finally given his daughter and I don’t want anything to even vaguely threaten that, but I also love being able to say “I told you so” and so does Jessica. So fine, go play with your pal, Hardman. I hope you enjoy your time together!

Still, some of Hardman’s words resonate when it comes to his former partner, Jessica. At this point, knowing everything that we know about him, everything he says should be taken with an entire carton of salt. He’s out for Jessica, so he certainly isn’t going to have anything flattering to say about her, but we as an audience don’t really know much about Jessica to counter his accusations. She’s a career woman and she’s competitive, neither of which are bad traits. But she’s also ruthless, which can be a problem, and this week, I think we got a glimpse of how petty she can be: She was unwilling to make an agreement with Monica, even if it would win her this latest battle in the war against Hardman, purely because it was Monica and screw Monica. Harvey called Jessica out on being “out of control”—and when HARVEY SPECTER is the one calling you out on that, you should know you’re in trouble—but she countered by pointing out that HER name is the one on the door, which is her go-to argument these days, and a pretty tired one at that. I also giggled at Hardman reminiscing about “When Jessica and I instigated our own coup...” because it’s amusing that Jessica has led more than one coup in her life. How many coups does one need, really? At what point do we begin to entertain the idea that maybe the problem isn’t ALWAYS them? Maybe SOMETIMES the problem is Jessica?

I’m not there yet myself, but I can see that path opening up.

She gave Harvey her blessing to take down Hardman’s name, though, so there’s a flaw in Hardman’s “Jessica doesn’t REALLY trust Harvey” argument. Pearson Specter? Is that going to be a thing now? I bet that’s going to be a thing now.


What did you think of Daniel Hardman’s return?



Case Notes


– Donna Paulsen sass of the episode: “It took awhile to feng shui the evil out.” And then she slapped Hardman. BOOM.

– “Success is the best revenge.” “Bullshit. Revenge is the best revenge.” I hate to say it, Donna, my precious, but I think I have to side with Louis on this one.

– So pumped that Rachel filled out her Harvard app and wrote a kickass essay all by herself and HAS A ROLE OUTSIDE OF BEING MIKE’S LOVE INTEREST! Does she even qualify as a love interest anymore? They’ve been giving off awesome friend vibes since this show came back from hiatus and I’m really, really okay with it.

– Harvey and Louis talked to each other like human beings and it was touching and sincere and awesome.

– I like how Mike’s approach to almost every situation is to guilt his adversary into being a good person. Ninety-nine percent of the time, it works every time.

– Don’t make Louis angry, Hardman. You won’t like him when he’s angry.

– Why does EVERYONE throw Louis under the bus? Or rather, which came first—the bitter, angry Louis who everyone tries to screw over, or is he angry and bitter BECAUSE everyone tries to screw him over?

– How long until Rachel goes to Harvard and realizes Mike never went to Harvard? Because that’s where that story is going to go, right? Probably?

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@radiumgirl: Loved the Bunk reference (tbh: just the first one, the second, ok...) but was totally disturbed by the imagination of Monica peeing on Pearson Hardman's ashes… duh!

Also I'd like to give kudos to the actors, writers, camera and editor for the Donna-Harvey dialog - awesome TV!
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Thank you for another great review. Louis and Harvey's scene was so long-awaited and heartwarming. LOVE SUITS and I'm already sad that there's only two episodes left in the season...
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I loved this episode. It reminded me why I like the show so much and they made up for the previous episode. Hardman is an ass but like he said, he is one hell of a lawyer and his name on the door isn't there by chance. I think Jessica, Harvey and Mike will have a long and difficult fight ahead of them with Daniel. He really is a worthy adversary.

I feel sorry for Louis. He is every one's punching bag, but not any longer. I like this new, threatening side of him. The conversation between Harvey and Louis was awesome. It is the start of a friendship, with teasing of course but still, he is part of the team.

Jessica is an amazing character. I admire her, she is a good lawyer and an amazing business woman. She is made for this world. I really hope she will continue to keep her cool and get out of this messy situation. Let us not forget, she is playing chess not checkers.

Donna was also amazing. No fear in confronting Daniel. Two slaps on the cheek and no backing down or showing fear when he advances towards her. Amazing!! I was a little sad at the end of the episode when she is talking to Harvey and he says "Hey beautiful!", she seemed so hopeful but the compliment was directed at Jessica. I wonder if something happens between them in the episodes/seasons to come. I think they are a great power couple, so in-tune with each other.

Anyway I am ranting here. The point is that it was an AMAZING episode and I cannot wait for more.
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I think I'm starting to really like Louis. That's all right isn't it? Also I was really hoping Donna would knee Hardman in the balls. Guess you can't have everything in life.
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While Harvey is my personal favorite, Louis is definitely the most multi-dimensional character of the entire series, and has experienced the most significant growth as a character. He's really come a long way since the first episode.
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I LOVED this episode!!! It was like the best. I was so enthralled with it I don't quite have the words. Something tells me that by the time I'm done rambling on like the geek that I am, I'll have another one of those super long posts that I've become known for to my utter embarrassment.
-I've discussed the episode with friends and read a few things on it, and I think I'm in the minority..as always because I love Jessica Pearson. It isn't just because she's played by the incredible Gina Torres either. To me, Jessica is and has always been the female equivalent to Harvey which is one of the many reasons why they seem to get along so well and why their relationship is one of my favorite ones on the series. The thing is, I can speculate the reasons, but I'll put it simply and say that Jessica is often times viewed differently from the fans for doing and being the same way as Harvey and that frustrates me a great deal. I know so many kept saying she was bitchy but all I seen was a woman unhinged. For me, I LOVED seeing the duality to the Harvey/Jessica dynamic in this episode. Their roles were totally reversed, she was the loose cannon, unhinged, and highly emotional, stubborn, competitive,and focused on beating them. Just like Harvey. Harvey on the other hand, was reasonable, and rationale, composed, and in control...just like Jessica typically is. If that didn't show just why their partnership and friendship is so pivotal to the series, I don't know what is. If anything else they balance each other out most of the time and call each other on their shizz. I loved it.
- Screw slapping Hardman, I wanted to smack the hell out of Monica. That stunt with Louis was NOT cool. At all. Sure, everyone constantly complains about "the cool kids" at the firm picking on Louis all the time, but the thing is, no matter what, he's part of their family. When he isn't being a total asshole, they genuinely respect and look out for him. They did it five years ago when Hardman was trying to make Louis his patsy and they were pissed about it now. Louis reminds me of a distant cousin. He's sometimes an ass, I never really wanted to play with that cousin , and that cousin had a tendency to dish but never be able to take, and basically got on every nerve I had. But he's frickin family, and you protect your family, And that was said last season and it's been said this season too, by Jessica and Harvey and Mike etc "we protect our own". That stunt with Monica was such a low-blow but it led to two of my favorite scenes of the night, that brilliant and touching scene between Harvey and Louis in Harvey's office, and the elevator scene where Hardman got "Litt Up". I love that if anything is going to bring all these people together, it's their home being under attack.
- Jessica's job is her home, so I totally understood her getting completely out of control in this episode, and I actually thought it was great character development for her and just great in general. Because what was equally as inappropriate and had my blood boiling as the Monica/Louis thing was the deposition with Jessica. She's essentially being berated for being a modern day female stereotype that is the antitheses of an archaic female stereotype. That was rough. The fact that there was some truth in what Hardman was saying made it suck even more. Her firm is her everything, she's married to the job. Her marriage failed, she doesn't have any kids, her firm is her legacy and the fact that she's dangerously close to not having that anymore means she'd have nothing left to show for all of her hard work. And she clearly worked hard, and got pretty damn far, and as an ethnic female that is just bigger than what some people can understand. It reminded me a bit of when Mike went off on Harvey about how he doesn't want to end up single the rest of his life or basically end up like him. The parallels between the Jessica/Harvey mentor/mentee relationship and the Harvey/Mike mentor/mentee relationship will always be one of the many things I love about this show.
-Rachel has actually been tolerable for a change, and I'm starting to think that maybe Mike and Rachel work better as friends. Good for her, that she has her own thing outside of Mike.
-I like Zane and I kinda want to see him around more, so I too am torn between wanting to see him get screwed over by Hardman and not wanting to see him get screwed over. Merging the two firms would have been a pretty interesting move. I know Harvey is still bitter about not having his name on the door, but what Jessica told him was the truth. He's too impulsive etc...all of his traits are great for being the great lawyer that he is, but not for being partner. The great thing is, he in turn showed her that he's capable of being rational etc in this episode while she was flying off the handle...but him being partner still wouldn't work out. Right now it wouldn't get them out of their current mess and in some ways it would honestly only make matters worse for them as a whole, so I completely understand why she doesn't want to make him partner...yet.
-I'm probably the only fan that chuckled at Donna's face when Harvey told Jessica she was beautiful and Donna thought he was talking to her. I mean it was a funny moment, more so than it being sad. From the beginning I just haven't been able to see Donna and Harvey that way, and honestly when they begin implying it was an unrequited love bit I cringed because it just detracted from Donna's natural awesomeness. It reduced her character to that girl pining after her boss and she's better than that. The show is better than that,and they don't need to rely on that..I don't really need romance at all in my Suits to be perfectly honest, but that is sort of what Mike and Rachel are for. The non-sexual dynamics of the characters are fascinating to me on their own. I heart the ambiguity. But if I were a shipper I'd ship the hell out of Donna and Louis because...in some weird way it would totally work. LOL! I loved their revenge speech, and even though I rolled my eyes at Donna slapping Hardman twice, I found the conversation between her and Harvey about it absolutely hysterical.
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Agree with everything you said. I feel exactly the same way about about Harvey and Donna, and Louis and Donna. Even Mike and Rachel would be so much better if they just remained friends. I am usually a sucker for romance, but like you said, Suits could work perfectly fine without that aspect.
Jessica is a great character. If she was a man, there would be no controversy about her being ruthless or calculating. I heard that the writers intended for Pearson to be a man, but then they changed their mind. I guess the core traits remained the same.
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Thanks! I know. I think that is part of why I'm a huge Jessica fan girl. I love Gina Torres but I just love the character, to me she's damn near Harvey Specter in a skirt, but professionally they balance each other out perfectly too.
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Wow. You've said a lot and I enjoyed reading every word. xD
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Thanks!
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Louis : "I just wanted her to see me as I really am" so touching... Louis is the character I like most because of his many aspects : he can be touching, scary (when he told Hardman he was going to kill him, what a Master he was ! ), so human !
As for the little thing between Donna and Harvey, how stunning ! Until then, I didn't know a character could be violent and looked so classy but when she hit Hardman!.. Beautiful ! Donna is an absolute Mistress !
Between Harvey, Donna, Louis and Jessica, Mike is the only good hearted character of this show. What is funny is that the guy who doesn't have a diploma and who is not a professionnal lawer is the only one to have genuine good intentions...
What a show ! What a great second season ! Has it been commissioned for a third ? Did I miss that ?
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Yes it was. But there's only two episodes left this season:-(
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When Louis told Hardman he'd kill him, I LOL'd! I was like now something's gonna happen to Hardman and Louis will be the prime suspect! LOL!!!

Yeah, my first thought about the whole Rachel/Harvard thing was she would ask Mike for a recomendation as an alumni. When that didn't happen, I figured when she gets in she'll eventually find out about him. Either way it started, it's just a matter of time til she finds out.
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Even in Angry Raging Bitch Mode, Jessica is still the best. Harvey is also the best. Mike is never the best but he was bearable this episode which I guess is a step up. Also stepping up, Rachel becoming a real character, so unexpected, that.
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Is it just me or did they not write about the very last scene where Harvey called Jessica "Beautiful" and Donna thought he was talking about her! It was awesome, sad and touching all at the same time. There is still a lot to the Donna/Harvey thing Suits needs to unravel. All it due time.
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I'm loving this show more and more...
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While all the characters on this show are great, they really do need to work a little with Rachel and Mike - Rachel, give her her own story, if she doesn't get into Harvard at least find something ELSE to have her do than be some kind of 'Where's Waldo' for every episode, and with Mike, they need to decide if he's a smug up-starter or the I-want-what's-best-for-everyone everyman, because he keeps changing, and it's hard to keep up. One minute it's sass in everyone's face, the next he just wants JUSTICE and LIBERTY for all the little pawns in the overused chess metaphor...maybe I'm the only one struggling with this. Also, his storyline for season 1 is kind of over...no one really cares, at this point in the series, at least, if he's found out or not, so he needs something else to do until they make that an issue again, which they probably will some time in the far away future. Unless they're being real cunning and the secret's just going to come out, unexpectedly, in the last scene of the last episode...
For the most part, I'm okay with Rachel and Mike, because it does play in a funny way, like they're the kids just learning from the Big People or something, but considering one of these characters is one of the MAIN two characters...shouldn't Mike be doing more than eavesdropping and then doing things behind everyones back and then getting lectured or congratulated for the outcome. And any character who's introduced as a love interest should usually only be temporary, so if Rachel's in this for the long run...I'm basically just repeating what I've said above, but these two need more to do. In a funny way, despite their romance being the least interesting thing about the show...they're kind of made for eachother in that respect.
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Here, here my fellow short minion! ;)
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I'm hesitant to say that Mike's season 1 arc (based solely on keeping his secret) is over. Basically there are three characters who need to find out that Mike is a fraud and based on their relationship with Mike and the firm, it would either help or hurt Mike.

The first is Rachel. She's still obviously in love with Mike but is now super hesitant to get close to him because he's an idiot n the romance department. I'm thinking that if she ever learned his secret she's probably be like Donna and Harvey and due everything she could to protect it.

The second is Hardman. Even though Hardman is the official Big Bad of the season, the storyline might end with him getting trounced and fading away in season 3. Still, Hardman is the best villain on a show I've seen in years, making it seem like he's a nice and misunderstood guy who genuinely wants redemption for his past actions and then exposing him as the cause for all the character's current misery. If Hardman is to stay for season 3, he should definitely learn Mike's secret and use it as leverage to bring Pearson-Hardman to it's knees.

The third, and most interesting, is Louis. Louis has had the most character develpment of season 2 and is not the mustache twirling villain he was in the first season. He despised Mike in the first season and did anything in his power to make his experience at Pearson-Hardman miserable (like sabotaging a drug test) However, season 2 actually has had the two of them work together on more than one case, and Mike and Louis have now developed a mutual respect for one another. This was shown twice, once when Louis was leaving and saw Mike enter the building beat to hell and decided to give Mike his personal first aid kit, to which Mike asked Louis to help solve the case he was given, and the second was when Louis took a look at Harvey's deposition and found out Mike was leadin the deposition. He had a look of sincere pride for Mike. Louis has been a self-serving douchebag on more than one occasion in this season, but he genuinely wants to do whats right for the firm, so it would be interesting what Louis would do if he found Mike's secret. Would he still see Mike as a good (if sometimes stupidly nieve) lawyer, and keep his secret, or would he see Mike as a person who betrayed his trust like Hardman and do everything in his power to destroy Mike?
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I agree completely on Rachel and Mike, but particularly with regard to Rachel. I'm anticipating some larger role for Robert Zane in the future (merger, perhaps?), because, at least then the writers will have a decent excuse to keep Rachel around Pearson Hardman if/when she decides to forgo an Harvard education (especially if she finds out Mike didn't attend, which would make almost anyone in that situation understandably envious).

However, an antagonist role for Robert Zane even greater than the one he's currently portraying (Hardman's "friend") would help to greater expand upon Rachel's character without the need for Mike's presence, could establish a fresh story-line for the upcoming season three, and could even construct a "new" relationship issue for Mike/Rachel leaving out the "Will they?/Won't they?" nonsense that a lot of fans are justifiably becoming irritated with.

In my view, there are two significant drags on the series, one being Rachel's seemingly irrelevance as a character, and the other being Mike's apparent split-personality/inner desires. Finally, if Hardman is gone by season's end, Robert Zane could fill that villainous void all while thwarting Mike and Rachel's "relationship" in the process.
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This show is delicious! Hardman is evil personified, and makes me wonder about Jessica since they were once apparently two of a kind. Donna is absolute perfection and I loved the slaps; she just didn't do it enough times.I love that Louis is now truly Hardman's enemy. I would love for Louis to be the one to figure out how to get rid of him.
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Daniel Hardman is a necessary evil. He is a catalyst and for Suits to continue to be as great as it is they need something to be against. So if he has to be around then I begrudgingly accept him. However, he is going to be on the rest of the season and with that they have left out the single episodes, and some of those are just great. He might not be there next season, and frankly I wouldn't mind if Louis tears his smug head off of his fat neck. Because that would be awesome. But he needs to be there, the best scenes of the entire episode had him in it. Donna a slapping him, Louis threatening him and the depositions.

But despite how much his character pulls out the rest. He is going to have to go. And then where does the show go? Is it going to be Rachel's dad? Maybe. Who knows. But they need a big win. Because if they are bleeding money so bad, they are going to have to do something.

Rachel can go to Harvard, hey just have to jump the season 3 years in the future. I am not sure they can pull it off. But it is possible.

I agree with you. Jessica is a big part of all of the problems.

The best part though, Sarah Rafferty. She was so good this episode. Donna is awesome. Plus she looks like she could whup some ass.

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Hardman is like a necessary evil. Like I hate this guy but I also love how deliciously evil he is. Like he straight up plays mind games and gets in people's heads and I can't help but respect a person who can wage intellectual/mental warfare on someone. They kept trying to hold up a strong front but he was getting to each and every single one of them. He got to Jessica with the whole trusting Harvey thing and her firm being her life thing. He got to Harvey with the Jessica not trusting him bit. And he got to Mike with him being used by Jessica and Harvey both. The great thing about it was, he wasn't so much wrong as he was misconstruing the facts...which is genius. Evil, but genius. He makes most people second guess why they love the characters that they love and I kinda think that is just brilliant, brilliant writing.
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Very good assessment. The only person he didn't get over so to speak was Donna. And I liked that about the episode. Also, with Jessica, he is showing her just how weak she is. She was forced to go to Zane and offer a merger. Which makes one wonder, if he turned her down, who is she going to look for for help.
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THOSE SLAPS! also i immediately pointed out that rachel might find out mike neva went to Harvard and things get weird
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This episode was strong even by Suits' own standards.

I've watched a lot of USA Network's original programming over the years. Most of it is actually fairly well made, albeit quickly forgotten. It's rarely compelling or especially memorable but that's okay. It was usually their goal to create mostly light-hearted, somewhat tame series. It's gotten more of an edge to it in recent years, yet still fails to satisfy me deeply.

Then there's Suits. In its first season, I was amazed to find myself actually looking forward to each episode. That enthusiasm hasn't waned one bit. Now deep into its sophomore season, it hasn't lost a thing. Great cast, great writing, just really good stuff overall. I thought I was done with legal dramas but this one just shouldn't be missed. IMO, they really raised the bar when they brought this to the small screen. Well done, USA, well done.
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I have generally the same sentiments as you regarding the USA Network. I watch a lot of their original programming -- I think I gave every one of them at least a few episodes -- and while I didn't think any of them were terribly made or hate any of them, I lost interest in most after a while... basically all of them except Monk and Psych. Most of their shows are fun enough to watch when you're feeling bored, but almost none of them are particularly compelling or memorable. I actually think a show like Burn Notice was much better before they tried to make it a compelling and serious drama. While I continue to love Psych for its humor, Suits is the first show on the network I'd describe as being a sound and strong drama -- and better yet, they're still able to write in a good amount of the humor USA seems to base its network on.
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All of this! The writing is fantastic...I recite Suits witty dialogue like it's second nature. The characters are so wonderfully complex that I can't even choose one favorite. And this is unquestionably one of the best casts on television right now.
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Another incredible episode of Suits! They really step up the pace of season two and it's just plain awesome.
Donna was so FTW! with the slaps. And I was also sad for ther when she thought harvey was complimenting her and he was in fact complimenting Jessica. She went from happy to sad in one small gaze and it was heart breaking.
Though I happy for Rachel I don't think she's going to Harvard. we'll see about that... =)
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I loved when Harvey showed Louis the deposition with Monica's description of his harassment. The look that came across his face (nice job, Rick Hoffman!) was priceless - pure, unadulterated, seething anger that would see its vengeance. I would love to see Louis have a true shot at redemption and be a key component in destroying Hardman.

Two things about Rachel.

1 - For whatever reason, she can't go to Harvard - that would mean Meghan Markle is off the show - and I hope that doesn't happen.

2 - What destroys Hardman probably hurts Robert Zane badly so, even though Rachel is for the Pierson Hardman firm through and through, daddy is still daddy. It will be interesting to see what happens to her relation with the firm and the senior partners if and when her dad suffers as a result of the destruction of Hardman.
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Totally agree with 1- that was one of my first thoughts...and 2- what an interesting take. I hadn't really thought about that, but very true. Perhaps Rachel won't get into Harvard, and after the way that maybe Pearson-whomever ruins Robert Zane, Rachel will decide to try for Columbia, or somewhere else local (Hofstra? Long Island represent!) and work at a rival firm.
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Looks like I made the call on Rachel. I love the way Litman took the fall for her not getting in. The guy has a heart but isn't keen to let anyone know about it... :)
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I know! I think I "awwwww"ed for the first time on this show when he first told her he would correct the wronging and then again when he told her it was her fault.
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I'm just soooo over Daniel Hardman. Find another villain.
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Ha! Loved this episode so much. Suits is definitely the most underrated show on television, with intriguing plots, phenomenal acting, and memorable moments. I enjoyed the "Everyone S*** on Hardman" narrative because that's basically how the fans have felt for a long time.

The only issue I have is Rachel. It's not the actress, just that the writers seriously need to do something with her character because she's becoming increasingly unimportant and doesn't contribute much at all to the story. Even when Jessica showed up at Robert Zane's house, Rachel was thrown in their for a quick moment and then left. What was the point of that? It's like they're trying to shove Rachel into any scene for casual screen-time but it appears pointless, in my opinion.
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I agree. Rachel is the weakest character out of the bunch.In part it's because everyone else is so exceptional that she always appears to fall ridiculously short. But it is mostly just the writing for her character. She's been better the last two episodes, thank goodnes. But overall she just is a poorly developed, weak character. And it isn't M, Markle. It's just the way the character is written. She comes off as petty, and too emotional, and almost juvenile. She comes across as a nuisance and it's hard to enjoy the strength and epic awesomeness of female characters like Donna, Jessica...even the guest stars...and then have Rachel, the girl who spends most of her time pining after a guy. The one who is seen being an emotional wreck over Mike more than she's seen actually doing her job.
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"...thrown in there..."*

My bad. :(
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Agreed. I find her the most -- possibly the only -- dispensable character on a show that's otherwise populated by strong, memorable personalities. (Apologies to any who see this as blasphemy.)
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As I see it, the problem was sticking Rachel with the "Mike's Love Interest" label from the get-go of the series, and ever since then, it's been on-again/off-again between the two. The fans are not stupid, they know the relationship's being strung-along and it's rapidly turning into a nonsensical waste of time.

The episode "Zane vs. Zane" from last week was greatly illustrative of exactly why Rachel finally needs to come out into her own as a character, because even minor interaction with Harvey in one scene felt forced and contrived, like the two had just met each other for the first time.

Again, it's not Meghan Markle's performance or even Rachel, herself, but how she's being used (or not used) by the writers. I just hope they fix things, because other than that, you'd be hard-pressed in finding a major flaw with Suits.
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Again, agreed. I meant no disparagement to the actress herself, who does a fine job with what she's given. Like you said, it's what the writers aren't doing with her that's the issue.
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mmm, no Lily here bud
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I enjoyed this episode quite a bit, but it was Louis confronting Hardman in the elevator that took it to a whole better level. I replayed that scene thrice and enjoyed it each time, and while I don't think anybody can take Louis' threat quite seriously, the fact that Louis took it seriously brought his character to new heights. He may snivel and bootlick, but when he bares his fangs he's a bad mutha... and no, I will not shut my mouth, so you just better dig it.

MaryAnn, it depends entirely upon which post-ROTJ EU story you take into account. Dark Empire? Totally agree with ya. Thrawn Trilogy though? No, and that's why Timothy Zahn is the best EU author ever. It's reasonable that the vast empire with its numerous ships would continue on as a splintered threat, the battle couldn't have been over as long as there were still regional governors with small fleets of Star Destroyers out there... Uh, I mean, FOOTBALL! TITS! BEER! Yeah! Sorry, what was I thinking. PS - Harvey's love of Captain Kirk (the REAL Kirk, not New Coke Trek's Kirk) is the best thing about Suits.

Hardman should have insight and wisdom into Jessica's failings, otherwise he's just another toothless villain to be easily toppled. He should be right about some things, he should be able to get under everybody's skin at Pearson Someguy.

Anyway, loved this episode, it worked way better than I expected. Everyone throws Louis under the bus because he's a friendless rat and yet loyal enough to the firm to take it.
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Louis is on a roll. Between that elevator scene and his explanation of his love of Zod? Truly, he is the best thing about Suits for me. And Donna. Always Donna.
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It WAS a great episode! I always feel kind of naive when I even slightly entertain the idea that Hardman might be right about something, but then, doesn't it make everything so deliciously complicated if he's NOT always lying? I enjoy the ambiguity.

Yeah, I was a sucker for Dark Empire. Actually, I was a sucker for everything up until the Yuuzhan Vong showed up. Then, it just got too dark for me. I loved the ongoing skirmishes with the Imperial remnants though. LOVED THEM. But it's always in the back of my mind when I watch Jedi now, especially if it's a newer edition with all those celebration scenes from across the galaxy. I'm like, "YEAH. YOU PARTY NOW. JUST WAIT TIL YOUR GOVERNOR GETS HOME."
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The best villains are the ones who can use the truth to hurt our heroes most. Nothing cuts deeper than the truth, especially when wielded by someone without scruples.

The Vong definitely have been a bone of contention, that's when I dropped out as well - throwing a moon on Chewbacca was a bad way to start that whole thing, and then they just kept writing them darker and darker, meaner and not very Star Warsy. Heh, poor suckers partying like it's BBY 1999, not realizing how bad things are going to get again.
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Agreed- know thy enemy.
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Man. The Yuuzhan Vong. Sigh. I can't even.
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I felt really bad for Donna at the end of the epsiode. Because when Harvey said "Look at you - you're beautiful!", it looked to me like for a second there she thought he was talking to her.
Oh, and Bitchslap! How awesome was that?
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I thought he was talking to Donna for a second too! I was so sad. I'm still kind of sad, actually.
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No comment about Donna a her "I really DO love Harvey thing"? I felt it was pretty obvious for the first time that she started to realise she has feelings for him. I don´t know if I´m happy about it but I find it important:).
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My first thought is Rachel going to Harvard will mean she will find out Mike didn't.

But... my other thought is... how? I went to college and got my Masters. I wasn't part of any clubs so my picture isn't going to be anywhere. I made Dean's list a couple of times so I guess that's listed somewhere. Sure I knew a few professors, but X years later I doubt they remember me.

And while my local paper printed that I was going to college X (they did that for the graduating class) Harvard is not an undergrad so they wouldn't know to print that.

So, she's really going to have to look hard to find out that Mike wasn't in Harvard. Like maybe she wants to make a gift and decides to make a collage. And after flipping through year-books and such realizes she can't find any proof he was there.

But, try finding any proof I went to my undergrad (or even post-grad) school... you'll be hard-pressed.

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My heart broke for Louis when he was reading the transcript of what happened. His hand started to shake and he just looked so alone. Everyone is just so mean to him and that explains his issues. Louis wants to be liked, but with everyone slapping him down he gets mean. Harvey was nice to Louis and I kind of liked it. Louis, Harvey, and Donna vs. Hardman would be pretty awesome. Donna slapped Hardman twice! Twice! It was awesome. I'm happy that Rachel had something to do in this episode, that's always nice to see.
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Mike is generally nice to Louis... Granted they had their squabbles in the beginning, mostly because Louis was being a hardass like usual, but since then they've been pretty friendly.
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We've seen flashbacks were Louis was a decent guy. Dorky (but who am I to talk) but otherwise decent. I liked seeing the flashback where a decent Louis sees Hardman walk by and say how when he's in charge of the underlings he won't be a prick like Hardman.

So... I have to think that being screwed over and under-appreciated made Louis into the jerk he is. Though it's nice to see laid-back and happy Louis... like when he STARTED reading the minutes from the meeting and saw that Mike opened. Of course, that turned sour quick.
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This episode was fantastic! I was riveted every second. This is by far one of the most underrated shows on TV. All I want to do is put Hardman's smug face through a meat grinder! I vote Louis gets to do it, because no matter what he does, Louis is my favorite. Well, how about tied with Donna? Louis pushes Hardman's face while Donna operates the grinder? Hmmm... I think this show is doing TOO good a job, I'm starting to get pretty violent...
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"Underrated" show is such an understatement.
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Hardman is written really well and the actor is great. Every time Hardman shows up my skin crawls and I'm like kill it with fire! The show is well done.
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