Suits "Zane vs. Zane" Review: Daddy Issues

Suits S02E13: “Zane vs. Zane”

"Zane vs. Zane" felt like an early episode of Suits and I mean that in the good way. Things have (mostly) been smoothed over with Louis, Pearson Hardman fended off an attack from another firm and has slowly begun the process of healing in the aftermath of the Hardman debacle. We opened to Harvey and Mike shooting wastebasket hoops in Harvey’s office, a prank war consumed Louis, Donna, and new girl Katrina for most of their storyline, and the majority of this week’s drama and conflict manifested on a personal level between Rachel Zane and her father, played by guest-star Wendell Pierce (HI, BUNK!).

“Zane vs. Zane” was also a great episode for finally allowing Rachel to come into her own as a character beyond her role as Mike’s dream girl. We knew that she came from a well-to-do family with lawyerin’ blood in it, that there was some frustration on her family’s part that she was “only” a paralegal. In “Zane vs. Zane” we learned that Robert Zane was a legendary partner at a competing firm... who had recently taken on a case against Harvey.

Rachel immediately asked for a spot on Harvey’s team because she wanted to stick it to daddy. Mike was apprehensive because he knew what the point of this episode was going to be, but Harvey was firmly on Team Rachel because WINNING.

It went about as well as you’d think. The case in question was a gender discrimination suit against Folsom Foods on behalf of a woman who claimed that she was repeatedly passed up for a promotion purely because she had a vajayjay. Harvey decided to have Rachel in the room during Daddy Dearest’s deposition of their client, Sloane Mosely, thinking Lawyer Bunk would ease off on the inquisition if his daughter was watching. Zane, however, was a professional, and he had a job to do, so he tore into Sloane and questioned her qualifications/life choices/hair color/what she had for breakfast—you get the idea. Rachel, less professionally, took it all to heart and moped.

Last week, Louis highlighted Harvey’s inability to separate the personal from the professional and we got a little more of that this week with his willingness to use Rachel against her father. It’s true that she asked him to do it, but that right there was a sort of line that, even though Rachel was willing to cross it, it might have been in Harvey’s best interest to keep her from leaping over. Rather than unnerve Robert Zane and guarantee Pearson Hardman certain victory, the decision to pit him against Rachel enraged him and only made him work harder to screw Harvey and the firm—and their client by extension.

Negotiations crumbled to the point that the case was sent to trial and during the course of their research, Mike and Rachel uncovered another 113 women from Folsom Foods who were denied promotions. Their files all contained the same recurring coded words meant to cover up the fact that Folsom was indeed disqualifying female workers on the grounds of... being female. Classy! Undeterred, Papa Zane forged ahead and offered to merge with Pearson Hardman rather than take the mess to court. Jessica LOVED that idea. She loved it so much that she knowingly tied up a buttload of firm assets to handle the workload just to shove it in Zane’s face. Zane passed the case on to... Daniel Hardman. And here I thought we’d put all that behind us.

Whatever, this is gonna be FUN. I've missed that smarmy bastard.

What did you think of Rachel’s daddy woes?



CASE NOTES


– Donna Paulsen sass of the week: “I’m remembered fondly everywhere.” <3 you.

– Louis’s binder of himself photoshopped onto different presidents’ heads was amazing and beautiful and I need to own it. NEED.

– “Speech #162: 14 Reasons Why I’m an Asshole.” Lol.

– Are we supposed to like Katrina? I don’t think I like Katrina, although watching her get the best of Louis was amazing. They’re kind of awesome together in that they’re both awful people.

– Donna was impressed that Louis knew who Zod was. I was more impressed that DONNA knew who Zod was and knew enough to be alarmed by the idea that Louis thought he was the Zod to Harvey’s Superman... although when he put it like that, I was inclined to agree.

– Two episodes in a row full of merger/name-change talk. What do you think Pearson Hardman will be called by the end of the season?

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Ross-Zane hahaha
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I think at least half of every episode should be Donna making snarky remarks at people. That would be amazing!
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Pearson-Specter
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Rachel is starting to become a true character and not just eye candy. We can see why she works at Pearson and Hardman and not with her father. She took Harvey's bagel! Louis more and more is becoming my favorite character, the photoshops were funny!! Katrina is nothing but a no good weasel when everything is said and done I wouldn't be surprised if she was working for Hardman. I'll take the brunettes over the blondes any day ;)
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Definitely loved this episode. Had a little bit of everything going for it, especially Robert Zane making his presence felt. Dude was ballin!!! I also like Katrina, and the prank war between her and Louis had me rolling!!! Honestly, I think they should work cases together, cause just from this episode alone, those two as a team against, well, anyone: SCARY! SCARY! SCARY! They have similar personalities. I was also very impressed with Rachel, too. Finally, we've seem to move past the whole Mike/Rachel thing a little, and she's come into her own as quite the asset. Love this show!!!
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-I love my Suits anyway I can have it. This wasn't a truly spectacular episode but even when it isn't spectacular it's still good.
- I don't know if we're supposed to like Katrina. I don't like her. At all. I much preferred Louis' choice and I still don't think they needed to get rid of her just to keep the possibility of Mikey being caught from happening. Here's the thing, for this show at least, I like the pecking order. You are the bottom of the food chain..okay so maybe Katrina isn't the bottom of the food chain but there is something about her that had me wanting to tell her to "know her role." Louis is Louis, that much is clear, but her waltzing into the place in her first week and engaging in this unprofessional tit for tat with a superior just didn't make her look good to me. Then for her to automatically assume it was because she's a woman was contrived and a really sad attempt at tying their childish warfare in with the other happenings of the show. Whatever. I loved Louis in this. His just so freakin "Louis" but I don't like Katrina. Also Louis' mug shot was kinda hot!LOL! And again, I love that Louis is actually stating that he does in fact understand the Harvey he teases because he respects you thing, and is aware of the roles they play in the firm.
- Rachel needed to have something outside of Mike so that she could kinda of seem relevant, but I honestly didn't care about her or her daddy issues all that much. I think it's mostly because I've been over Rachel for a while now. Funny that the word unprofessional was thrown in for her. It's true. My biggest problem with Rachel is how unprofessional she continuously comes across. She lets her personal stuff drive her so much that she's incapable of actually being professional. She can't do personal and professional at once, and on an episode that was meant to highlight the sexism thing and what not, Rachel to me is always the one female character that constantly perpetuates this stereotype about women,and it never ceases to get under my skin. You have fierce women like Donna and Jessica who do the wonderful and realistic blend of being strong and vulnerable, they own their femininity for the power it is rather than submitting to the "be a guy with lady parts" mentality that is often misconstrued as what a modern female is all about. But I'm not about to go all Feminine Mystique in this piece, so whatever. I love that Mike was basically the one to tell her this time to get her shizz together and get over herself.
-Now Harvey. Harvey does blend the personal with the professional but in his way it makes sense ane he pulls off both. Bringing in Rachel the way that he did was smart attempt. He goes on frequently about "playing the man" and his whole "I'm against having emotions, I'm not against using them". But I think the key to understanding Harvey is how he describes his work. He accused Zane of messing with his "home". Harvey's work is his life, Pearson and Hardman is his home, and the people he works with...they are his family. They're one in the same for him, which is why he pulls off blending personal and professional in a way that Rachel does not.
-Jarvey shout out again. I will never get enough of the dynamic that is Jessica and Harvey. They are something kind of awesome. It's like they have their own language, complete each other's thoughts, and throw movie references around like crazy. They are always fun to watch for me. Just as fun as Donna and Harvey and Harvey and Mike.
-I'm kinda, sorta looking forward to the return of Hardman. Can't lie. This partner business is fun to watch for me. It's causing so much friction and even though on the surface everyone is acting like everything is cool, that civil war is still deeply rooted and I know Hardman is coming to really screw with them. First step turn Harvey and Jessica against each other.
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Katrina is very pretty, but shouldn't wear grey. Put her in warmer colors. Rachel's pouting was already boring before this episode.I hope Pearson v Zane doesn't cause more moping Rachel. Jessica was feisty, as usual.
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This show likes to use color symbolism.
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It'll be called Pearson Ross
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They should do a sequel of the show.. With just Donna! She's the best character by far.
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I liked the idea of Katrina and Lewis more than the lawyer Lewis was supposed to hire. Also we now know Lewis isn't supposed to be gay (like the vibes we have been having in the first eps of this season, and last season). I think they will fall in love, get divorce and get even more nasty inside Pearson - Ross. Hahaha.
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I LOVE Katrina. She's such a badass, and I think she and Louis will make a great team.

Hell, they really should take hints from how they're writing Katrina when they're writing Rachel. Dear lord, Rachel. Hypocritical, overemotional, ineffectual designated love interest for Mike doesn't even begin to describe her.
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Well, I'm still reeling from Katrina being a psycho that was just carted off to the loony bin on PLL so I have to get used to her new role on this show.

I'm also glad they gave Rachel something to do and we learned a little more about her but by the end she was still making googly eyes at Mike. It made me want to bop her over the head with a rolled up newspaper! NNNO! NO RACHEL!
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Sooner or later Katrina is going after Mike just to give Rachel a kick in the pants.
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Well, I think Mike is trying to keep away from office romances so Katrina would be wasting her time if she even tried.
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A lot of MJ talk... I'm waiting for an appearence any episode soon
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Loving how it was more about Harvey than Mike, Every episode should have this little Mike.

Jessica - HNIC, HBIC, BAMF! Love her! Love when she and Harvey start pea-cocking and strutting sown hallways all dramatic, nevermind all the other people working in the building. Love them.

And Louis was lovely as ever. Perfect episode for him.

I didn't even mind Rachel, and that's saying something about her and her "year round tan". lol
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There's a photo album of the Litt photoshopped Presidential photos on the Suits Facebook page. No, I don't like Katrina; I would rather have Maria the first year.
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Litt Pearson
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It was a great episode of Suits. It had enough of all the right parts. A little Rachel, a little Donna (seriously USA, they need a Web series), some Louis and now the new girl. I like it.

I don't know what I think about Hardman coming back. But until they get another common enemy I guess he will have to do.
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Yeeeeah. It was so nice to have a somewhat "relaxing" episode without all the Hardman drama that at first I was less-than-thrilled about it. I thought about it and eventually came around though.
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I am not sure. The show does its best stuff when all the central characters are involved and they are bouncing off of each other. Which this episode really emphasized and expanded on with Jessica now getting in on the teasing of Mike and even making the comment on Harvey's hair (of which I was wondering your opinion, is that girl hair?) and the addition of the new girl. I think this is Suits hitting all of the buttons that they can hit.
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Nah, Harvey doesn't have girl hair. He has metro hair. I loved Robert and Jessica both making fun of it.
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Pearson Specter
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Probably!
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As a matter of legal ethics, it's against the rules to keep a partner's name in the firm's name if that partner doesn't practice or leaves the firm. So Pearson Hardman hasn't been Pearson Hardman for a while now.

Suggesting a firm merger while representing opposing clients is a violation of the ethics rules, too.

(Of course, so is failure to report a material misrepresentation of fact to the bar organization, so EVERYBODY'S going to get disbarred.)
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This was the first episode that I have not hated Rachel,and the first in a long time in which I didn't hate Mike. It was nice to see Mike and Harvey playing together, and watching loathsome Louis be bested was just delightful. I loved it. Cudos.
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It WAS fun! Everyone was in a really great place.
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Coooommmeee oooooonnnnnn!
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I don't think I like Katrina either, with the exception of the prank war. That was awesome! I would love to see a copy of the President Litt binder.

Also, not that excited about Hardman's return. Why not give more screen time to Gina Torres? She's killing it out there!
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I just want to point out that earlier in the episode the usual #suits had been replaced by #PresidentLitt. When we got to the binder scene, I laughed so hard!
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I missed that! That's AWESOME!
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Donna's cookies sound very yummy. I could be bought with those cookies. Donna also knew who Zod was and that makes me happy.

Louis and Katrina are amusing together. There should not be a truce.

Rachel had something more to do this week than be Mike's whatever! I'm so glad she has something else to do. I think Donna and Rachel need to go to a bar again though.
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Rachel Zane: still not interesting.

Louis vs. Katrina: awesome sauce. Don't call a truce! I want more!!
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I like Center Stage. She is feisty and Louis started it--but they came to their senses and called a mutually respectful truce, which let's face it is really the definition of most of Louis' relationships. I loved the various headlines on the Louis mug shots, they were so funny. Donna is still the best, but I <3 <3 <3 it when Jessica comes in as the big guns. She is badass and full of sass. I'm not a Rachel fan but I did like her scene with Harvey and the bagel cart. I don't like how Rachel and Mike need to be constantly reminded they have a job and what that job entails, it is just silly (and annoying, grow up you two). But overall a solid episode, not as good as some but still some of the best dialogue in TV.
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This! ALl of it!! I agree! Overall this was a really fun episode because we got so much! Like I got all the things I love. I got Mike and Harvey Bromance. I got the awkward but fun exchanges between Mike and Jessica. I got Jessica and Harvey which is a gold mine for me. Harvey and Donna will never not be fun! Donna and Louis are like my fave...I love them when they share the screen together. Plus, for like the second time in the whole series they gave us Rachel and Harvey. Those two rarely interact.
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The headlines on the mug shots were AMAZING. I wanted to slow the show down and read them all.
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Donna: I'm remembered fondly everywhere
i don't think there's a character on TV that i love more than Donna Paulsen <3 <3 <3
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She can do no wrong. Even when we were led to believe that she MIGHT have POSSIBLY done something KIND OF wrong with the memo thing, I was still Team Donna all the way. <3
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