When is a cliffhanger not a cliffhanger? When it involves Mike Ross’s love life. It looks like the new girl, Tess, played by Elizabeth Hower of I Just Want my Pants Back fame, is, in fact, our new Jenny. The perpetual love triangle of Mike, Rachel, and Some Random Blonde from Mike’s Past is restored.
The first half of Suits' second season was very Harvey-heavy with the Coastal Motors lawsuit, the battle with Hardman, and the drama with Donna. While I welcome an increased focus on Mike, who has largely worked behind the scenes to support Harvey and Jessica, I’m disappointed in the implication that much of that focus is going to hinge on who he’s sleeping with. We did this last season and it sucked.
However, when it comes to Mike’s storyline, killing off Sassy Grandma was a gutsy move. Mike pointed out at her funeral that Sassy Grandma was his entire family. He didn’t feel like an orphan when his parents were killed, but with the death of his grandmother, his last living relative, he understood what that feeling felt like. Her death forces Mike to reinvent himself and while the love triangle aspect of Mike’s upcoming storyline makes me want to scream, the idea of Mike being forced to reinvent himself without his trusty grandma compass is very appealing.
And then there’s Harvey. The Pearson-Hardman popularity contest was wrapped up quickly in the opening scenes of “High Noon.” Hardman won. His victory was expected and I was certain that his tenure would last at least through the second half of the season, with Harvey’s story continuing to revolve around his place as Jessica’s right-hand man. Perhaps they’d even strike out on their own and start a new firm Mad Men-style. Pearson-Specter has a nice ring to it, right?
Instead, Jessica was firm in her stance to remain at Pearson-Hardman and fight the good fight from within. Meanwhile, Hardman was firm in his own stance that Harvey needed to be fired. With a reluctant Louis at his beck and call, Hardman went about his campaign against Harvey with all the maturity and finesse of a third grader (sorry, third graders).
How To Get Rid of Harvey Specter (Mwahaha)
by Daniel Hardman, MANAGING PARTNER
1. Give his office away (make sure his new office is the size of a broom closet)
2. Take away exclusive access to wunderkind Mike Ross
3. Assign detailed financial cases that bore Harvey to death
4. Take away access to ANY associates, yes, even Harold
5. Make him pee in a cup
And honestly, it was almost the drug test that did him in. Despite his adamant demand that Mike refrain from getting all toked up as an associate, Harvey let that one slide for one night only when he showed up to make Mike feel better about his grandma. Those two are some of the more energetic potheads I’ve seen, then they had to go kill the moon by talking about family and feelings and other things that can ruin a perfectly good buzz. Harvey’s dad was a sax player (hence the vinyl collection that makes me see green) and his mom was a groupie whom he caught cheating when he was 16. Ouch. Mike imagined the delightful horror that would be Harvey Specter’s offspring, complete with designer threads and smug attitudes.
They decided to go pee in Hardman’s office, but when they arrived at the building, Harvey had a change of heart and offered to let Mike in on the secret of the can opener ritual that he shares with Donna. It was a touching gesture considering Mike’s earlier lamentations about being alone in the world with no family. Blah blah blah family isn’t always blood blah blah, right? The family that you choose to be in can be just as strong and powerful as the one you are born into. Take, for example, Louis’s exclusion when Donna, Harvey, Mike, Jessica and the others celebrated Hardman’s removal from the firm. At one time, Louis would have most likely been invited to join in the festivities. However, after his recent actions, voting against Jessica and assisting in Harvey’s almost-firing, he realized that he would be unwelcome. Due to his betrayal, he no longer had a place in that particular family.
There was a small victory for Louis though. He DID get to keep his Senior Partner title and all of the status and perks that go with it. Yay! He also appeared to understand where his moral compass had failed him, and began to work his way back into the inner circle at Pearson-Hardman. Despite his rivalry with Harvey, hatred would be too strong of a word to use to describe his attitude. Though he voted for Hardman in place of Jessica, it was very much a gesture of quid pro quo. He was repaying Hardman for his promotion. Once Hardman turned to him with a mission to remove Harvey completely from the firm, his loyalty wavered because it wasn’t real. It was a business transaction.
Louis looks out for Louis, but the thing that differentiates him from Hardman is that Louis is reluctant to harm other people in his schemes. This is the sort of trait that reminds us that Louis SHOULD have a place among the “good guys” at Pearson-Hardman, he just has to prove it to his peers again.
And so the quest for the can opener led the very high and drunk Mike and Harvey to Harvey’s closet-office where Louis was still in henchman mode and smelled the weed on Harvey and Mike. While still in henchman mode, he took his information to Hardman, who ordered the drug test knowing that Harvey would certainly fail.
Luckily, Mike and Harvey utilized the supposed higher thinking associated with smoking weed to come up with a crazy conspiracy theory in which Hardman planted the memo that got Donna fired and Pearson-Hardman sued all in an effort to take back his position in the firm and throw Harvey out on the street. Crazy talk, right?
Not so much. For one thing, “Donna doesn’t make mistakes” and for another, Tanner actually admitted that the memo was a fake after losing a boxing match to Harvey. He refused to testify as much, but the private confirmation was at least enough for Harvey and Mike to work with, faking the amount of evidence they had to make Hardman implicate himself in front of the other partners. It should be noted that while he didn’t vote to fire Harvey, Louis DID vote to fire Hardman when the opportunity arose.
Of course, Hardman couldn’t leave quietly. He got one last jab in with Jessica, cryptically telling her that the story wasn’t done, implying that Harvey would one day turn on her. “One day” as in...later this season? Do we hope? It’ll be intense, man.
What are your thoughts about the “end” of the Daniel Hardman reign? What do you hope to see when Suits returns?
Here’s what I would like to see:
1. More law-school Rachel, less love-sick Rachel.
2. So basically, Mike and Harvey combated a fake memo with a fake injunction? That can’t possibly backfire later on, right? Like, say when someone looks at that name that was actually signed? I feel like someone has to double check the signature just because Mike said no one would. Chekhov's gun and all.
3.. More clarification on where Donna and Harvey actually stand. She’s back to fiercely loyal mode, and that’s awesome, but it also feels a little too neat and convenient considering the turmoil their unique relationship caused just a few episodes ago.
4.. I totally dug the more inclusive feel of the storylines in this half of the season. It seemed like everybody got some quality screen time with interesting, compelling stories. Keep doing that, please.
5.. Mike being an adult, finding direction, really coming into his own. No more crash-and-burn Mike. I thought we would go there during the mid-season finale with all the drinking and the smoking and the ANGST, but we didn’t and I’m okay with that.
6. I don’t think we learned enough about Tess for me to have a concrete opinion of her either way. I’m really just over the love triangle crap. Like, I really do not care. At all.
What about you?