Suits "Normandy" Review: Revenge Is the Best Revenge

Suits S02E15: “Normandy”

YOU GUYS, I’m not ready for Season 2 to end. I feel like we just got back into the swing of things and now it’s time to pack it all up just as Hardman finally gets the smackdown he so deliciously deserves. It looks like Mike and Rachel are making their way back to Bonerville, though, so maybe this IS a good time to quit. Harvard fizzled out like a failed science project, so Rachel has returned to being sad and unworthy. I know it would have been too happily-ever-after for Rachel to get into her dream school and the logistics of keeping the Rachel character involved with the firm when she’s supposed to be stressing over finals in Boston would probably have stretched the limits of believability, but ugh, now what? More crying. More self-worth issues. More clinging to Mike for validation and probably sexytimes. It would be too much to ask for her to take Louis up on his offer to writer a letter of recommendation, right?

However, Rachel-related headaches aside, I like the position “Normandy” leaves us in as we head into next week’s finale—Hardman is outdone, but Harvey still isn’t slated to make partner. Not really. Not on his terms. Strapped for cash in the middle of Hardman’s onslaught, Pearson-Hardman teamed up with Dana Scott’s firm to bulk up their resources for a final stand. Unbeknownst to Harvey, that temporary pairing stood to become permanent once Hardman’s name had finally been stripped from the lobby, and when Harvey learned the truth, he wasn’t terribly thrilled with the possible arrangement.

Which begs the question: Is anyone, really? Outside of Dana, who was promised her name on the wall by her boss if the merger went through. And her boss, I guess, given his nifty reward for Dana’s role in everything. Harvey’s displeasure was a given, but I’m stuck on Jessica. Last week, it was all about how Pearson-Whatever is HER firm and SHE’S the boss and it’s HER name on the door, etc. and so forth. Teaming up with Darby provided money when it was desperately needed and a convenient way to reveal Hardman’s embezzlement without breaking the confidentiality agreement. I just kind of have a feeling Jessica was using Darby. What do you think?

For all the references to President Eisenhower’s concentrated efforts on Normandy Beach in 1944—the inspiration for Pearson-Blahblah’s attack on Hardman, and the episode’s namesake—“Normandy” had a disjointed feel to the narrative. With 45 cases in need of attention and seven of them demanding immediate acknowledgement, Pearson-(insert name here) was buzzing like a beehive in mid-summer. Harvey took to the skies with Scottie, attempting to outsmart Hardman by focusing on the least obvious case first (and also having giggly Learjet sex, which I imagine is like banging in the penthouse of the Mile High Club). Back in New York, Mike and Katrina vied for Queen Bee Jessica’s favor and things got nasty. OMG HATE U, KATRINA.

I was questioning that a few weeks ago: To hate or not to hate? I’m firmly on Team Hate. Girl was just obnoxious, and for as ham-fisted as her line about Rachel “just” being a paralegal was, it wasn’t exactly out of character. Gross. I would have rather had Louis’s anal-retentive wunderkind from earlier in this season. At least she was amusing in addition to insufferable.

Despite stealing each others’ ideas all night long, Katrina and Mike managed to cobble together a strong case against Folsom Foods. Surprise! They really are gender-discriminating bastards! They lose. Hardman loses. All is well...

...except not really. Harvey is too pissed off about the impending merger to be happy about, you know, not losing his entire firm to the antichrist of law. Rachel isn’t going to Harvard, so she’s back to relying on Mike for purpose. I’m still having a hard time liking Jessica this season, and I don’t know what to make of Scottie and her firm just benevolently sweeping in to throw money around like confetti. Hardman’s story is apparently resolved, but all is far from quiet on the Western front and yes I know that book is about the first World War, not the second one.

At one point in all of this chaos, my fiance asked, “Does anyone still care that Mike never actually went to Harvard?” (He’s been out of the loop this season.)

To which I replied, “Only during finales.”

Mike hasn’t had a lot of action during this second half of the season. I could be wrong, but I’m assuming a merger opens up the possibility to learn all kinds of dirty little secrets about each side of the union. Harvey is out to ruin the new marriage before the paperwork is even drawn up. Common sense tends to take a backseat to OMG PROTECT MIKE’S SECRET. Idk. I’m just spitballin’ here.


What did you think of this week’s episode? Where do you think next week’s finale will leave us?



CASE NOTES


– Katrina: “I’m a fifth year.” Mike: “Well I work with Harvey.” Me: “OMG hate u both.”

– Is it over? Is it REALLY over? (Meaning Hardman.)

– I really like Louis. He’s so used to taking one for the team that it’s almost instinctual at this point. He didn’t have shoulder the blame for Rachel’s rejection, but it was sweet of him.

– I’m glad that Rachel wasn’t rejected due to some revenge conspiracy concocted by Sheila to get back at Louis, but it kinda bothers me that this show constantly asks us to suspend disbelief to justify Mike’s place at Pearson-Placeholder, accept that Harvey comes with a similar diamond-in-the-rough backstory, that the firm is staffed by all of these amazingly talented, brilliant people... and yet even though Rachel has kept up with them time and time again she’s juuuuust short of being “good enough.” Always. I’m all for realism on TV, but Rachel’s run-of-the-mill rejection just sends a weird (crappy) message about her place on the show.

– That Meghan Markle PSA should have preceded the episode. It would have been hilarious. For the record, I agree with and support EVERYTHING she said. But still, hilarious. Once you deliberately acknowledge the parallels between the PSA and the episode at hand, you’re in “Very Special Episode” territory, my friend.

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Rachel will more than likely attend law school in the big apple while working as a paralegal, her screen time might be limited (assuming they stick to the actual law being that law school students cannot work more than 18 hours a week). If that happens, her place in the firms future may be too far off to predict. As for Harvey, he might attempt to ruin their new marriage but he's going to have to put up with it or start a new firm.

As for Jessica, I think she's probably going to be playing the role of the main antagonist for the rest of the series, I hope at the very least. Odds are hopefully, Mike gets fired, Harvey quits and Louis leaves because he realizes his life is an empty box without Harvey and they start a new firm called Spectre-Litt.

The writers don't have the sack to pull something like this off but they should definitely think about it.
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I love your reviews, MaryAnn! You really do a great job.
First off, Louis has really grown on me over the course of Season 2, and the final Louis/Rachel scene was really great.
Also, like most episodes, I wish there were more Donna scenes!
I can't believe this season is basically over, it feels like we need at least a few more episodes to wrap everything up. I'll miss you, Suits. Come back soon.
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I'm pro anybody anti-Mike, so I'm firmly on Team Katrina in this arrangement. Rachel and Mike are the most pampered spoiled children in that firm who believe the world should bow down to please them. Mike has no reason to complain about anything or anyone! He's a zero year! Get a law degree if you want to pull rank on a fifth year in a law firm! And boo hoo, Princess puff Rachel couldn't get into Harvard and must alas settle to one of the lowly lesser universities like every body else! The sky is falling!

I'm also a founding member of Team Jarvey - Harvey had best get his name on that f--king door in this so called "finale" or else I'll be very upset.

Really liking Louis... Not sure pandering to princes puff was the right call, because I can see her trying to sue him, (hope not, but girl be bitchy sometimes), but his heart was in the right place.
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Well, in his defense...

A) His biggest meltdown was that case a few weeks ago where he became what he despised... that jerk lawyer that played a family to reduce how much the high/drunk driver had to pay for killing their family members. Because at one point, he WAS that family that got screwed. He hasn't had many besides that, save for a few back-and-forths with Harvey.

B) Katrina was kind of stealing his ideas and work, which would be bad enough except for then it looked like he didn't DO anything or have anything to SHOW. SO besides profiting from him, HE was getting knocked down by the big-boss. Not cool.


As for Rachel...

It is weird. She supposedly nailed the test recently, had good academics, and had an awesome work history at a great firm. And that wasn't enough to get her in... when looking at some of the schmucks that work(ed) at her firm (who were ALL Harvard) it kinds of stinks.

It reminds me of my friend in High School. I had a higher GPA AND I was taking courses that went towards my future Major (Comp Sci) courses while HE took 3 years of Woodworking to boost (to still below my GPA). He got accepted into a college that I wanted, while I got wait-listed. I was quite "WTF" and wondered what the difference was.

I later found out that OOPs, my senior advisor forgot to send my application in until way after everyone else's. He was quite apologetic. In any case, I got into a similar school with a full-ride scholarship so I was happy enough and kept THAT one even when I finally got accepted. Still, between points A and B I was upset.
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I'm kind of on the flipside to that because I got into med without having to even write the essay. Lost a couple of friends because of that, but I earned my spot, just a little differently. In general I like to think that everybody earns their spot one way or the other. But things can be unfair I guess.

In Rachel's case, I'm really just not all that convinced that she'd get into Havard without her dad calling in a couple favours. I mean, she failed the lsats a couple times, right? And she doesn't have that much experience, she looks quite young at least, so I assume that even if they do take paralegals into havard law, they'd probably take the paralegal who aced the lsats on their first try or the one with serious. You're case is way different to Rachel's. You got screwed and you came back with a scholarship, to me, Louis taking the brunt of it is probably going to be bad for everybody involved, because it'll ruin how she thinks of him and instead of trying to improve herself academically, I think she's just going to blame it wholly on Louis.

From what I've seen of her, she's the type to dwell on things and blow things out of context and proportion. Everybody's out to get her and Mike. What about Katrina? She's the one who without a hotshot dad got herself into Harvard. Still she only got hired because of Mike who went to NO school at all and is in fact a drug dealer.

Rachel doesn't even need the paralegal money, she's loaded. Her number one reason to go to Havard is that her dad went there and she wants to share in the precious Havard prestige to prove it to the world that going to Havard is hereditary? Not to discredit anybody's motivations but what I think Suits tried to get across was that ALL things considered, they had better options to go with, fair and square.

Not to judge anybody, but when I look at her, all I see is Mike's girl, or the Daddy's girl trying to rebel. I don't take her serious at all, and I can't even imagine her working alongside Harvey and Jessica. Yeah, Katrina comes off as bitchy but she comes across as dilligent, more diligent than Mike at least.
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-Ugh. I too, detest Katrina. Absolutely loathe her. There was nothing remotely likable about this broad whatsoever. I didn't like that she got the position to begin with. I would have rather watched Louis' choice be there, and I said that back then. But I really wish it now. Katrina just sucks. Unnecessarily obnoxious and bitchy, rubbing everyone the wrong way just because she can. She made me side with Rachel for crying out loud, and I'm not even a Rachel fan.
-LOVED Louis in this. He was in total Uncle Louis mode, and I was happy to see him interact with Rachel more, because surprisingly enough, he makes her likable. That final scene was fantastic, and I just loved how protective he was. It's the thing that he has in common with the other characters on this show (Harvey, Mike, Jessica, Donna) he's loyal to the firm and protective of his people. Plus him and Lady Louis make me laugh. Love them. It's been a great season for Louis.
-Dear lord, yet again I wanted to just shake Rachel. My problem I have with her all the time is how she can't separate her personal life from her professional life. She gets too emotional...all the time. Not doing her work because she's too busy looking for apartments? I mean to me there was nothing cute, endearing, or funny about that scene it was just annoying. So now she's sad because she didn't get into Harvard, and I don't even want to think about just how unproductive she'll be and mopey and everything else as a result. I hate to punish her character for not being one of the emotional distant/ composed characters that I seem to love on this show, but well, I do.
-Loved the scene between Donna and Scottie. It was catty but cute. Love Donna.
-It's tough, because even though I can sense that things won't always go over well, I have and probably always will be a Jessica Pearson fan. I can't hate her, even when I don't understand why she does some of the things she does, or I don't necessarily like it. I think I respect the fact that she's business minded. She makes some tough decisions but she's always thinking about doing what's best for the firm, even when it isn't pretty. I am however, worried about the finale, because I love my Mike and Harvey bromance, and I love my Harvey and Jessica...hu-mance(?), those are my two favorite dynamics on the show (also Donna and Harvey but when it's platonic) and from the looks of the previews both those dynamics look as though they may be in jeopardy.
- So is that really it for Hardman? I don't know, it seemed to be wrapped up too quickly, but then again the last half of the season went by entirely way too fast for my liking. I can't wait until summer for one of my fave shows to return. ugh. I'm going to miss Hardman a little though. He's so deliciously smarmy and he knows what buttons to press and just how to get under everyone's skin.
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Yes, Katrina is definitly in the HATE column! I thought she would be likeable after the Louis battle but I guess not. And of course Mike's SECRET will come into play as it always does at some point and she'll probably come close to exposing it or something IDK we'll see.

I felt bad for Rachel and I'm glad that Louis convinced her it was his fault and not that she wasn't "good enough". That should help a little. Hopefully she'll be open minded about attending elsewhere and maybe with this merger with Varys (Hi Varys!) will open their view about taking in Associates from other law schools. If nothing else, they should make an exception for her specifically since she already has a history and has proven to be valuable.

Regarding that merger, since it seems that Jessica was willing to merge with Zane it wasn't too far fetched that she'd be willing to merge with Darby. They kind of need to merge with someone at this point although I wouldn't put it past her to use Darby for the money and for helping rid them of Hardman. Jessica is pretty bad azz.

Glad there wasn't a love interest for Mike in the second half of the season. His love interests only take away from the show and I REALLY don't want Rachel to hook up with him anytime soon. That would just be too pathetic after what he did to her sleeping with that married woman. Ugh! I was SO peeved at him for that! I digress! On to the finale!

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I like what Louis did for Rachel. He definitely has his moments!
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Finale?!! dang I hate USA's split seasons!
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I have enjoyed every bit of season 2, especially with the appearances of Hardman and Katrina. Yeah, I like the drama Katrina, as a savior for Mike, brings to this show. I truly feel that her and Louis Litt would make a good team, lawyer-wise, not between the sheets lol!!! Ewww!!! Whatever hate there is for her, I simply don't get it. She's simply asserting herself and reason for being here.

While I would love for Harvey's name to be on the door, I can't see it happening. Jessica is definitely keeping that idea in check, as she should. Harvey is a great closer, but one hell of a wild card. His best work is done behind the scenes of owner to me. Basically the position he's in now is right where he should be. Don't get me wrong, he's earned his name on that wall, but I just don't see it happening.
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Exactly. I think Jessica has always planned for Harvey to be partner. I mean she invested so much in him, she groomed him, he's her right hand man. I just think that she knows that making him partner now isn't realistic because it doesn't take care of their problems, and she also knows that he just isn't ready for it yet. He's too impulsive, too much of a wild card, he can be irrational, and incapable of seeing the bigger picture at time, and his competitiveness gets the better of him sometimes, to the point where he isn't necessarily pragmatic. He'll be a great one, just not now. He's good at what he does now, and she still needs him in the capacity that he is in now.
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Hardman is just one of those bad guys to love to hate... I've really enjoyed the character.
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I couldn't agree more that season 2 feels like it just got back on track and it's too damned soon to be over.

Mike and Rachel in Bonerville, priceless. Yeah, they need to piss off with that storyline, Rachel is such a lesser-than when she is written as an investment in Mike's happiness or sex life. I am utterly sick of this show deifying Harvard and Pearson-Someguy through it, Harvard is great but really, you'd turn down a top notch education on the route to an amazing career because you don't get to play with your buddies anymore?!? What the hell is so great about Pearson-Someguy that Rachel acts like her world is going to end? It's certainly not her daddy issues, they are working past that as of last episode, remember? It's shallow and it lessens Rachel as a person. But forget Rachel, this wasn't a Rachel episode anyway, she was just a roadbump.

Jessica and Harvey were barely characters in this episode. I enjoyed the episode quite a bit actually, but they both felt like they were just behaving in a way that served the plot, rather than the plot being guided by their actual characters, like you said, it felt inconsistent.

The Katrina storyline is a big disappointment, only because Harvey has let that fire burn too hot too fast, and she's making big plays too soon. Unlikability is written all over this version of the character now, she's awful, and the show doesn't care about the gray area she was in from previous episodes, she's just the worst now.

So I'm not entirely sure why I liked this episode, I didn't like the characters' actions here, and now that you're pointing out more issues like Mike being a pesticle and not terribly well-used, I see even more that was clumsy. Yet it was still a fun ride, there was still the big play and the early failures and the 'stache-twirling villain and such, and I guess that sated my Suits needs.

I hadn't seen that Meghan Markle PSA... and I still haven't seen most of it, because *yawn* sorry, preaching to the choir and just taking too long to get to the meat of it. Racism sucks, yeah, especially when it's personal and you're not white enough that it doesn't matter (I've never seen anybody called honky, cracker, or ofay and care at all unless they were suuuuuper poor as well), but I just don't want to take the time to sift through all 3 minutes to find what plugs into this episode.
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First of all, damn you for making us wait what felt like an eternity just to air five stinking episodes and now rushing us to get ready for a season finale.
I believe Jessica followed her purpose to the end..and quite egotistically, I may say. She has no intention of making Harvey partner and now that Scotty came in with the same promise from her boss..well, on this level, the storyline of next week's finale pretty much writes itself.
I have a small feeling that at some point, Louis will end up saving someone's ass, just to make up for all the bad things from the past.
As for Mike's exposure regarding Harvard, it has become rather predictable, but the suspense is killing most of us, so I hope that ends along with this season.
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Louis' facial expressions when confronting Sheila after she calls him "noble" made up
for him not even being in the first half of the episode...classic Litt!
Can't believe it's the finale already next week...i'm gonna get my season 1 dvd and have a little marathon because one just can't get enough of this!
And why are people hating on Mike?? He is just awesome in every way! (same goes for Rachel...she's simply perfect!)
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Somehow I got an episode behind and didn't get a chance to say this last week, but in no way is that woman barren. I would put a baby in Gina Torres right now.
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My girl crush on Gina Torres allows me to concur with this.
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Pretty sure Lawrence Fishburne would take exception to that.
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LOUIS!!!!! i just love him!!! I've been practicing my "take charge" gait just because of him!
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I just got caught up on this season and it's already ending so soon:-(
I really liked this episode (and all of them). Wow, Louis has really grown as a character. Mike's always been such a "good guy" and I really liked him getting back at Katrina by taking her idea after she took his---not right for him but I liked it anyways!
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The reason why Rachel didn't get in was obvious... she's Mike's love interest and nothing more. Giving her a break would essentially mean Putting Her on a Bus. And for a series that is NOTOROUS for giving secondary characters no real resolution (Anyone ever wonder what happened to Trevor and Jenny after the season premiere, since they were basically the Big Bad and love interest of season 1? Or how about Tessa?) as well as constantly giving Mike a second love interest (Jenny, Tessa, and 10 bucks says Katrina's gonna fall in love with hm next season) Rachel is known as "too important to Mike to leave."
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Seeing Game of Throne's Varys as Darby was surreal. Kinda freaked me out.
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Me too. It took me a while to recognize him. I was like "Who is that? He's so familiar...hmm...some sort of slimy adviser guy... Vir Kotto from Babylon 5? Nah, that's not him". Then it just hit me.
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You are right on about hating Mike for having an irrational spat with katrina....I do hate him for that as well...not two weeks ago he was trying to preach there is such a thing as right and wrong and then he just went on to steal someone else's work just because she got knowledge of his plan to convert it into a working faster than he could.....Very bad Mike, very very bad.

I have to admit the way writers have developed Louis in this whole season is amazing....After first season all of us hated Louis for one or more reasons, but this season he has been the only consistently good character on the show.

I was "Heartbroken" to learn that she didn't get into Harvard, more because she has been a completely different person since her LSAT's and i started to like that person....I doubt anyone was doubting her admission after last episode......

Does anyone else think that Harvey is slipping a little bit? He was constantly outsmarted by Scottie and her boss in this episode, even Hardman pulled one over him. And didn't they say Harvey was no.1 and Scottie was no.2 in their class, but now Jessica admitted She was a better lawyer on paper than Harvey (I might be wrong and if I am please correct me).

Why weren't any Sassy Donna Paulson lines in this episode? Why? Why?
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Harvey is off his game. So is Jessica though. I kinda like that you see these two characters that are usually strong and have their shizz together, sort of flailing and squirming trying to keep the firm afloat. They've both been behaving like two people withe their backs against the wall.
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Harvey is off his game.. It was a nice plot twist what happened to Rachel. I think that will lead to Mike telling Rachel his secret.
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The real unreality isn't that Rachel can't get into Harvard. There are lots of really talented, really smart people who can't get into Harvard. What's really off is that if she gets into another law school, does well, and graduates, Pearson (whoever) wouldn't consider hiring her. Newsflash... law schools aren't "Harvard and everybody else". They're organized into four tiers with 12 schools in the top... and Harvard isn't in the top spot. There are law firms that will only hire tier-1 graduates, and the vast majority of federal judges are tier-1 graduates, but a law firm that only hires graduates of one school is going to remain small and probably largely inconsequential.

Plus, everyone gets disbarred for helping Mike commit fraud on the court and on his clients. But we'll let that one go, because it's obviously a showstopper. Mike wouldn't get past the character and fitness review in any state, despite his obvious intellectual capacity to practice.
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Aside from maybe her comment at the end to Rachel about sleeping with lawyers, I didn't have a problem with Katrina. That comment conveyed some pettiness and childish emotion, but I thought she was rightfully tough and diligent the rest of the episode -- it seemed like Mike was the one who got territorial and was basically all "I was here first."

While the episode was quite good, I did find something off about the directing. I wont swear to it and I'm a bit too lazy to actually find out before posting this, but I'm pretty sure this episode had a new director... and it showed at times. There were some oddly-timed close-ups and I think one odd zoom-out wide-shot. I usually don't notice much about directing except in generalities, but it kinda stuck out at me in this one.
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Rachel not getting into Harvard. I know it isn't realistic but the writers don't really have a choice. If Rachel gets into Harvard she has to get written off the show. I wouldn't like that but at best this is only a stop-gap measure. They need to make a believable solution to this.

Louis has been redeemed in my eyes its good but he did provide a good conflict for the cast maybe thats why Katrina's there.

Katrina and Mike? How does anyone feel about that. I've always thought that Mike needs his own rival. I'm not sure anyone would like this analogy but to be Mike's Louis. Maybe she can be that or is she Mikes Scotty?

Pearson, Darby, Specter, & Scott would be an interesting firm. Though I doubt Mr. Darby would stay at a branch office. Scotty would make a great addition to the cast. Donna would certainly love that (sarcasm) how can Harvey not notice the byplay between Scotty and Donna, its happening right in front of him.

Harvey would fight tooth and nail. I thought this season would be world war but in fact its a civil war all over again but instead of Jessica/Harvey/Mike vs Hardman it became Jessica vs Harvey with Mike at the middle. Mike is there biggest ammo but neither can really use him. They both know he's not a lawyer and they've been using him.

As for Mike. He's all high and mighty but we know he's not that clean cut. Their issue probably stems from how close to home he was hit by their first meeting. They'll keep issue with that.

I'm excited for the next episode and season 3.
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I hope the show will pick up along a new path because, frankly, I have lost all interest in it as it stands now. In life, I dislike thoroughly rehashing and people who always seem to be having the same conversation; and I am not willing to accept it in my TV shows as well. We're just turning around and around, and it's becoming a drag more than anything else.
Jessica has to go, maybe Scott will replace her, but she is just too obnoxious and too much of what the world at large hates about Americans. Harvey just keep on getting away with virtually everything and it's becoming unrealistic. Mike seems to live in a bubble : no one questions his Harvard degree, even those who went there to the point that maybe I should add it to my CV.In fact everyone should add it to their CV as it becomes meaningless whether one has gone there or not. A case in point, President Obama's achievement, in real life,as an alumni certainly is not helping him in his job, why should it help anyone else in this stupid firm.
The only one that really keeps me watching is Louis and the hope that he will get some justice, sometime.
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Did Katrina reveal that she wanted Mike or was that just me? The conversation of that the Lawyers sleep with the paralegals but end up with the other Lawyers? Or was that just me?

Now as for the episode it was great. Dana Scott is a welcome addition. I mean seriously who is going to mind another attractive female lawyer that is up for the mile high club? As for her boss? That is exactly what this show needs that it was missing without even knowing it. A peculiar, is he gay or just really British new boss. I can't wait for the conversations between he and Harvey, they are going to be fantastic.

Do I hate Katrina? I can't say that I do, mostly because she is going to be Mike's Louis. That competitor that isn't as talented but makes up for it by being a hard worker and master manipulator. Plus I maintain my initial suspicion that she wants to hook up with him. So she will be necessary.

Rachel? Who believes that she didn't get into Harvard. She is a legacy, she is a legacy of a tremendously successful alumnus. I hate to burst this shows bubble, but nepotism exists in the Ivy League. I have met complete morons that have been through Harvard Law that only got in because of who their parents were. I met the same type at the Unis that I went to in the UK which are comparable to the US Ivy League. You can get in through merit (though that moron with the 3.9 never stood a chance) but it is that much more difficult. Anyway off the soapbox. Rachel can still go to her father and get in. A recommendation from Harvey, Jessica and her father sitting on the scale and she is in. I just wonder if that is the end of it for her.

As For Jessica, she really has no choice, she has to partner up. She did what she lectured Harvey about so much. She let her ego rule her judgement and it boxed her into a corner and she had to make a deal to get out. What will be interesting is if the new partner uses that to get her out of the managing seat.

And I wish they would stop harping on Mike and his non law degree. You do not need a law degree to pass the bar and practice law. Heck you can not have a law degree and be a Supreme Court Justice. Not to mention that the hacker girl from last season hacked Harvard so their records show him going there and graduating.
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Not just you. Totally out of left field, but not just you.

And you're right about the legacy thing, I find Rachel not getting into Harvard completely unbelievable and contrived just to keep her on the show.
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personally, i loved katrina in the episode where she went toe to toe with Louis, it was great. I did however wonder how they'd handle her character after that, and I guessed as much they'd make her insufferable (and Mike too btw in this one) -- honestly this episode could have done w/o Mike and Katrina bitchin at each other like 2 little girls. I didn't mind the Rachel storyline, personally, because I applied to LAW school the first time and got rejected too, but second times the charm. Still, its tough so i can relate to her, which is great. -- im psyched for next week though, cuz with Hardman gone (??) its Jessica v. Harvey i really wanna see what happens there.
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although its important to note that Katrina does call out Mike on his petty BS, so thats +1 for her...they need to stop making Mike too MORAL, finding issue with every little thing. cuz after a while thats really gonna get annoying. Im not saying change Mike, cuz thats dumb, but tone it down a little,..maybe thats y Katrina is there
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I don't think people hate Katrina for sparring with Mike. I think people hate her for rubbing salt in Rachel's wounds (albeit Katrina didn't know about those, but nevertheless). If it was Katrina vs. just Mike, that would have been a welcome additional dynamic.
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if Rachel isn't good enough for Harvard, then how the hell did all these other wannabe lawyers (see Harold) get there?? She is smarter then 90% of the firstyears at Person, it;s like comparing a C64 to an Mac Computer... there are lightyears between them.
But well script is script we can't change that
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I know someone that was rejected from a 4-year nursing program with a 3.85 GPA. So she went to the next nearest school that had a "lower" degree. The hospital she worked at had student-nurses from the reject school, and after a while the instructor asked why the lady hadn't gone to her school, since it seemed the instructor thought she was fairly smart. The lady said that her school rejected her. The instructor asked what her GPA was, and shook her head in disgust when she heard. Turns out since it's also a MD school, that sometimes rejected MDs flood nursing schools with applications. But most other years, a 3.85 should have made it into the nursing school.

So this is Harvard law, so of course they'd have higher GPAs than the story above, but it could have been one of those years with higher than usual GPAs, valedictorians, and Harvard parents. Plus, times are tougher these days than when the above happened, so people are more competitive at all levels.
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!
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I had to do this, that's been my reaction after watching the show before reading here...
However: good one. The show, I mean.
Regardless to say the hatred against Katrina is not even sttled with this two line mention in the article above. That's gonna get somewhere, I betcha! Even if I'm stepping out into the wild here: at one point Mike and her will hook up. 'betcha. That thing will expolde like the mile-high thing in the lear is just a WhiteCastle to a T-Bone. Booom!
Aside: when is that Season 3 starting again?
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If Mike and Katrina bone, that will be the official "jump the shark".
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I say the show jumped the Shark after Tessa, Mike's best friend from childhood that he never EVER mentioned in season 1, was introduced. She has only like 10 minutes of screen time, bones Mike, causes Rachel to dump Mike's advances, and then gets dumped by Mike and disappears. Tessa was a sad, sad stand in for Jenny. And I never really liked Jenny. At least Katrina is INTERESTING.
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It's nice when they use Louis-the-human-being instead of Louis-the-walking-punch-line.
Because Rick Hoffman can play the succesful lawyer overcompensating for being bullied at school so well (your not telling me that Louis didn't get his lunch money stolen every day) when he gets to play the nice guy by letting Rachel blame him for the rejection there's that something extra that comes with it. And while the show wouldn't be the same without Louis and Harvey at each others throats, those moments when Louis is being a 'good guy' make me want to see at least a few episodes where they get to be Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog.
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I like Harvey, but he needs to learn that in order for the firm to survive, he may have to put Pearson Specter on the back burner in favor of Darby, Pearson, Specter, & Scott.
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Harvey the team player? Naaaa.
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I'm definitely on the Hate Katrina team. Last episode I wasn't sure how I felt about her, I even asked out loud, "Does this show want me to like or dislike her?" Now I've made my decision. Hate. Definitely hate.
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I don't quite understand the Katrina hate. Sure, she's very cutthroat (who isn't in this show?), but she received the job offer because Harvey was protecting Mike, she's also a fifth-year associate while Mike's a first-year (besides the fact that he isn't even a lawyer), Jessica sure as hell doesn't care either way, and Rachel - who's supposed to be a paralegal - was aiding another lawyer in undermining Katrina's own work. Katrina was justified and I could understand why she acted the way she did.

Mike, meanwhile, continues to annoy the hell out of me. If he's going to pretend being a lawyer, he should at least do a better job of it. Must everything with Mike Ross be about "right vs. wrong"? He's really beginning to sicken my stomach.
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I've said it before and I'll say it again. Mike is a lawyer according to the rules of the New York State Bar as of the date of the series premiere.
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I vaguely remember reading about NY's "becoming a lawyer" discussion here. Well even if Mike does end up qualifying, he initially misrepresented himself, and did NOT attend Harvard Law. So even though I believe Jessica figured it out last season?, she'd probably lose face at just HER firm, not to mention the new firm absorbing Jessica's firm.

So I still believe it'll be Katrina that outs him - he had the audacity to give her a taste of her own medicine, and Katrina seems too power-driven to let that slide
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I predict it'll be Katrina that figures out Mike didn't attend Harvard. She's already proven herself a total biyatch, willing to do whatever she can get away with to get ahead. But she's also proven herself pretty capable with the smallest detail, so watch out Mike!
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If Katrina finds out that Mike doesn't have a law degree, then her revealing that (very damaging) secret isn't her being a bitch. It's her being a conscientious lawyer and a good person. Mike is defrauding his clients, many of whom are sympathetic, for millions. If the show is trying to make me not want to see him brought down they are doing a terrible job of it.
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Here's a simple way of putting it: she's a bully. Mike Ross is fair game and can give as good as he gets from her, and if she didn't go after Rachel who wasn't at 100% as it stood, Mike would have had her beaten the whole episode, instead of just at the end. She plays to win not only against the opposing side, but also against the people that are supposed to be her colleagues. She's cutthroat, ruthless, and goes way out of bounds.

As for who isn't cutthroat, here you go:

Of the main cast, EVERYONE except Jessica.
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Rachel was fair game: she willingly used her sex appeal to steal some guy's employee code and helped Mike battle Katrina. If Mike didn't go to Rachel, it's more like Katrina would've had him beat throughout the whole episode.
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I couldn´t understand. She was mean, bossy, bitchy, humiliating Rachel (and I don´t mean the last scene).. for me she acted like little fragile girl who tries to be sooo scary and powerful but in the end she is just hysterical child. I couldn´t stand her. Don´t get me wrong - I love strong, clever and dark/bad/shadow characters but she was just pathetic..maybe it´s because of the actress.. I really don´t know.
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I don't necessarily agree with how she treated Rachel, but from her perspective, she probably figured a mere paralegal was helping an associate undermine her effort, so in that sense I can understand why Katrina acted that way.

Another possibility is that Donna's influence began to corrupt Katrina, but I refuse to believe that because Donna is magnificently awesome and would never be responsible for doing such a thing. x__x
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I don´t get why everybody has a problem with Rachel? She´s great and I really feel sorry for her this episode.
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1) She's whiny.
2) She's hypocritical.
3) She's incredibly weak and takes everything personally.
4) She's overly judgmental of others.
5) She's as flat a character as paper
5) Her Will-they-or-won't-they romance plot with Mike is anemic and needs to be killed by fire.
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Those are also the characteristics of Mike and why I hate him
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NAILED it!!!

Let me get all I am female hear me roar, on this too. Whether you like them or not the other female characters that have been on this show have been strong and fierce and complex etc. Donna, Jessica, Scottie, Grams, Katrina, Lady Louis, hell even Tess and Jenny have had some spunk and pizazz. I don't like all of the females listed but I can still acknowledge that they've had some depth. Rachel is just...she's so stereotypical it's frustrating to watch. She's whiny, she takes everything personally, her personal life bleeds into her professional making it impossible for her to set aside emotions and just do her damn job, she's too emotional for words. She's irrational, illogical, and at times just childish. It's infuriating. I hate to say that she's just a pretty face, but that is the extent of her character.
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Love it. But can I add a 7?
7) She needs to be told to do her job.
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I love Katrina. The woman is kind of bitch, yes, but this is essentially like every other member of the cast. But she kicks ass, and she calls Mike out on things that he badly needs to be called out on. She is great, and I hope we keep her.
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I can't figure out if I am going to like or hate Katrina. On one hand, she is obnoxious but on the other what she says and does makes sense. Mike does need to stop be so frakking personal about everything, fifth years outrank first years, frame the data to fit your argument, and Rachael does indeed need to do her job (and not be apartment hunting in Cambridge). I don't mind someone walking around telling Mike and Rachael to do their stinking jobs. You are right, everybody in that firm should be wicked smart and at the very least extremely well educated. Mike isn't that special brains-wise. I don't mind Mike taking a backseat.

The scene with Harvey and Donna preparing for the meeting where she fixes his hair was just the funniest thing ever. But I'm not liking this strange desperate grabbing for straws Jessica. I like her cool and in control. Louis had some nice moments, but I'm not sure why he didn't write her a letter of recommendation to Harvard already--or Jessica--or both.
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My impression was that Dana and Harvey would both get their names on the wall if the deal goes through. And cut Mike some slack- he believes that it was his motion that is being used to destroy Pearson Blank. Although, I do see something of a "sophomore slump" in Mike's behavior. Do not like Katrina much and Louis' sex life should remain a fantasy.
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Joust me - best line in an episode with a lot of good lines
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Good Geek Alert with the references to Star Trek's (TOS) "The City on the Edge of Forever" episode, a Harlan Ellison story that's easily among that series' best episodes. Many consider it *the* best and I'd probably be among them.

I haven't read but a few of your reviews of this show so far. You're saying you're a Mike hater? Aw, come on.
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Not really a Mike hater. I DO think he gets whiny sometimes, but overall, he's good people. I just thought the sniping back and forth between him and Katrina was irritating this week.
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But isn't that one of the eternal sub-arcs of the show -- his inability to effectively function in a high-powered office situation? The scam about the law degree and his memory takes him only so far. What law school would have done was given him a reference point for the politics, one-upmanship, and just plain backstabbing that he's experienced. His street smarts mean he adapts more quickly, but without the law school experience he depends on Harvey for his socialization tips and Harvey doesn't always provide them. With more school or mentoring under his belt, the Katrina situation might have been handled more effectively if not more maturely. Maturity doesn't seem to be the norm at the firm, though. And yes, sign me up for the Katrina Gets Hers club. Mean catty is never funny.
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Mike only thinks about Right or Wrong. Even with a real Hadvard education he would still get in our ears about doing the right thing, people can change and learn from their mistakes bullshit so he would still have been surprised by Katrina's way of making a name for herself. That's how Mike is.
But yeah I get Katrina she's like "I have to attack first to get respect because I'm in a sexist environment and people just assume that I'm a pretty face. If they realize I'm a serious contender they'll treat me as an equal". And now she thinks she's better than some women because she doesn't sleep like she thinks Rachel does. We'll never hear the end of it now.
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True, we tune in to see if corporate law will destroy Mike's soul. And I think Mike will learn the true meaning of right and wrong behind prison bars. It's a fun ride but it can only end one way.
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I don't know. I agree that Mike is a black and white, right is right and wrong is wrong sort of guy, but for me one of the huge themes, or perhaps I should say tropes, is whether his association with the firm in general and Harvey in particular will corrupt him. Think of the episode with the client who swore he wasn't drunk but turned out to be high. Will he have to start seeing the advantages in the greys to be successful? Usually, TV writers reward black-and-white characters with a crusading solo practice, not the corner office of a top law firm. Also, any college time, but especially any spent at an Ivy League university, would clue someone in to office-type politics after the first group assignment.
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Katrina was irritating. He was just protecting his turf.
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Because he's the only associate that's allowed to work there? Is Rachel the "Paralegal who works for Mike", or the "Paralegal who works for Pearson-*blank*"?
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