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Suits S03E15: "Know When to Fold 'Em"


After a string of really great episodes following its return from hiatus, Suits was bound to hit this wall eventually. The good news is that it's only a cardboard wall—which, phew, because next week is the Season 3 finale—and while "Know When to Fold 'Em" wasn't the strongest episode in Suits' most recent string of awesome, it wasn't bad. It was just... my feelings are really complicated right now. So let's just rip that Band-Aid off and get right down to the WTF, most of which revolves around everybody on the show suddenly being stupid. I mean, the fine people of Pearson-Specter have all occasionally gone batty over the course of the series, but for everyone to do it at once was just spectacular and infuriating. 

Donna, in particular, had a strange week. Her single-minded quest to keep Harvey and Scottie together at all costs reeked of denial from the get-go. We know how Donna feels/felt (feels) about Harvey and we know that their reasons for staying away from one another were born of uber-professionalism that seemingly went out the window when Harvey decided to chase his other subordinate. (It doesn't look any better just because she's not your secretary, dude.)

"Know When to Fold 'Em" was the week where it got weird, though. After all the pushing and the prodding and playing matchmaker, Donna decided that Harvey can't trust Scottie with the truth about Mike—which is probably true—and even though the entirety of Harvey and Scottie's latest clash was all about Mike, she advised Harvey to keep his cake hole shut. That's kind of gross, given how every other conversation Harvey has had with Scottie has been about their endless trust issues. If Harvey and Scottie are meant to be a thing, then at some point, he's going to have to stop leaning so heavily on Donna and maintain the relationship on his own, and since I'm still firmly in the Donna-and-Harvey-are-the-endgame camp, I just don't think that's going to happen and if it does, it's not going to last long. I guess we can just chalk this one up to love making smart people act like morons? 


But then Donna got on Mike's case, too, guilting him into staying at Pearson-Specter despite his promising—and liberating—job offer elsewhere, because Mike owes Harvey and Harvey took such a huge risk hiring Mike (and put his own career and those of everyone at the firm in jeopardy but whatever, Donna isn't crushing on them) and OMG MIKE HOW COULD YOU DO THAT TO HARVEY OMG???? 

I never thought I'd say this because Donna is my favorite and Donna is the bestest but Donna, shut up. Donna may not have been the final nail in the coffin of Mike's future—that distinction goes to rival-lawyer-of-the-week James, who begged Mike not to destroy his career by reporting his bribes because being a lawyer is all he has and it's who he is. In response, Mike decided not to report James' illegal activity while engaging in some super-illegal activity of his own by having Lola the Super Hot Computer Hacker add his name to the New York bar. And now I hate everyone, but like I said last week, Mike was never going to take that job. 


Then there's Managing Partner Jessica Pearson. I've been a big Jessica defender in the past. During the first half of this season, when the Harvey-versus-Jessica storyline was a thing, I was firmly Team Jessica and I excused a lot of the nasty crap she pulled but okay, fine, you win: Jessica is kind of horrible. When a former partner—one who was run out of the firm literally days after Jessica's promotion—returned with claims that Pearson-Specter was hiding profits and screwing him out of dividends, Jessica found herself on the defensive... except that it seemed like she was hiding profits and screwing Van Dyke over. 

I don't know how to feel about the reveal that Van Dyke hired Jessica for diversity brownie points and she basically still holds it against him. As a woman, I could very well be an asterisk somewhere myself but as a white woman, there's some privilege-checking that has to happen and even if I was to find out that I am an asterisk, I don't know how I'd feel about it because I'm not really in a position to get mad about why I was hired somewhere; I still have to pay my rent, you know? I'm not going to say Jessica was wrong to still be upset about the circumstances of her hiring years later, because that's not my call to make. However: Her habit of holding grudges and insta-firing anyone who gets in her way is growing alarming. When Suits first debuted, the firm formerly known as Pearson-Hardman looked like an energetic, challenging-in-a-good-way, glamorous place to work, but as the series progresses, I'm really starting reconsider that stance. I really don't think that I would want to work there... unless I was really desperate to pay my rent. 


Now the good: 

Louis's post-Sheila bender was amazing and perfect, and so was the Katrina action. I love that Louis has an associate who is basically a female mini-Louis, who gets him and who cares about him. Even though they didn't quite save the day, I'm glad that Rachel and Katrina almost helped, and that Rachel helped Katrina. 

Any Suits episode that does right by Louis tends to look better than it maybe actually is, simply due to the weightiness of Litt-points. It was also good to see someone in the firm enter the room triumphantly, knowing that he was awesome, that he was back, given the fact that everyone else this week was basically forced to reflect on his or her own shittiness as a person. After last week, I'm glad Louis got to "win" this week. 

With one more episode left in the season, Mike and Harvey are a team again—and they're about to get dragged through the mud. Donna's devotion to the Harvey/Scottie ship has finally cracked. Everyone sucked this week, and I hate when everyone sucks, but through their suckiness, we've arrived at an intense place to lead into the finale and I do so love some intensity. I won't spoil the episode promo for those of you who don't stick around to watch them, but let me just say, me gusta



CASE NOTES

– Rachel was pro whatever Mike wanted to do, except she really clearly wasn't. What does Mike's decision to stay mean for their relationship?

– Can Harvey trust Scottie with Mike's secret?

– Louis's glee at the thought of forcing his associates to rewrite every single contract Pearson-Specter holds was presh. 

– Pearson-Specter is kind of a sketchy firm though, isn't it? 


What'd you think of "Know When to Fold 'Em"?


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AIRED ON 3/2/2016

Season 5 : Episode 16

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Ok. FIRST of all...does no one realize that this show is about Mike? Without him, it's just another lawyer show. Good grief, people! Secondly...what was up with the bleeping of S#@$! They can say GD, A*#hole, yet not the 's' word?! SERIOUSLY!? They did this once before & it drove me NUTS! This is cable, for goodness sake! I just would like to know why. With that said, I thought it was a great episode! What did Harvey once tell Mike?...'I have emotions, I just don't show them'. Hmmm...could Harvey be showing us he has a soft spot for Mike?
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I was extremely disappointed that Mike didn't take the job as an investment banker. To me, it just seems that somebody in Mike's position would JUMP at the ability to not only protect himself, but also protect the people he cares about (Harvey, Rachel, Louis, Donna, and to a lesser extent Jessica) while simultaneously lifting the enormous black cloud that has been hanging over his life and being able to continue playing in the big leagues of corporate transactions.

The ending of him going to Lola is a cheap deux ex machina. While he is now a "member" of the bar, it still doesn't change the fact that he did not go to Harvard and eventually someone is probably going to put two and two together (and how has nobody figured it out yet, I mean Jessica figured it out in 0.2 seconds by searching for Mike's college transcripts and finding out he hadn't graduated from any college. Did Mike get Lola to hack a college for him too?) which means everything comes crumbling down and Mike ends up in jail anyway, away from Rachel, Harvey, Louis etc.

I think the show could have taken a big leap and evolved in to something new and fresh with Mike as a Harvey Spectre tempered investment banking machine that can see all the legal angles and keep him in the show by having him bring deals to Harvey to look at.

Which leads me to my other problem with this episode, Donna has always been a care taker, someone who dispenses sound counsel to the people she cares about, and she REALLY cares about Mike. So why guilt trip him in to passing up such an amazingly liberating offer? I can only imagine that this is meant to reflect that Donna cares about Harvey more than she cares about Mike and knows that losing Mike would kill Harvey (this still ignores the fact that Mike leaving would protect everyone).

Overall, it was a decent episode. However, I think the show could have done something really original by having Mike branch out and I think it would have been phenomenal. I guess we won't find out.


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Can Harvey trust Scottie with Mike's secret?

If they write an episode where Harvey tells her the "secret", you can bet your ass he is going to regret he told her. So no, he cannot trust her. She is too petulant.

I really don't understand why Scottie thinks there should be no privileged or personal information that Harvey cannot share with her.

I find the story line too contrived. Obviously designed to create this tension of will he tell her or will he not. It is none of her damn business.

They are working in a large law firm; and Harvey is a named partner. I would think Scottie would understand that there would some going-ons that Harvey would not, because he should not, discuss them with her -- no matter what her relationship is with Harvey. There trust issues are supposed to be about their relationship.
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The problem is.. he didn't say what it was about. First, Louis. Second, Mike. But Harvey said it's because Quelling came after them for Hessington oil. So, Scottie is entitled to be confused and suspicious of Harvey. She doesn't know that the centre of the problem is one, Mike Ross. My 2 cents :D
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Mike getting another job would have had been a win win for ALL. He could always assist Harvey as consult whenever possible but now everyone, including the firm will be in deep shit and rightly so. Getting boring every time the story has to tip toe around Mike getting exposed. Geez! Climax already will you all?-it's really bad for us all swimmies to keep it in all the time.
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I would like to see them give the "secret" issue a rest for at least a season.

I actually enjoy this show a lot more when the Pearson Specter law firm is in conflict with other firms, organizations, and/or individuals. I just enjoy seeing the characters pulling together to win. I have had enough of all the infighting.

I guess I'm trying to say that I really enjoy seeing the main characters bounding and their friendships deepening. I want them to demonstrate that they care for each other -- even if they don't always say it.

And I would like to see Scottie and Harvey just getting along -- enough of their conflict. Either that or end their relationship and write Scottie out of the show.
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Wow, this episode really put everyone in a bad light, didn't it?

It seems that Harvey is in the exact place Mike was in "The Choice." The only difference is their love interest's character. Rachel was pretty much infatuated with Mike since they played husband and wife and I correctly predicted that she would keep Mike's secret safe. She had ambitions, yes, but she also had lots of compassion and once Mike explained everything, Rachel saw thing through his eyes. Scottie, on the other hand, is almost solely focused on ambition. She's not quite honest about it like Katrina is (who's using Louis as a stepping stone and openly admitted it.) but she desperately wants to look tough, and if Harvey opens up about Mike I KNOW Scottie will report it. Scottie is already part of the "cool crowd" and can't be manipulated like Louis can when he was given the chance to expose Mike. Scottie wants to be known as something other than "Harvey's girlfriend" so "the woman who brought down Pearson Specter" would look REALLY good for her... especially if she learns that Jessica knew and uses it to make Jessica resign to prevent her from being arrested.

Speaking of Jess, I REALLY didn't like that her whole grudge against Van Wick, her former boss, was simply because he hired her because she was black. After all Hardman did to her (stole money to pay for his mistress, framed Harvey and Donna, used Louis to wrest control from the company, mocked her for being single and without kids) she STILL prefers him to Van Wick? What did the other partners do? Eat her lunch in the fridge? (Also, poor Jamie Sheridan. The years have not been kind to you.)

Mike, Mike, Mike... you had an OUT and you didn't take it! I was expecting some sort of technical thing to get in the way of Mike leaving, such as Jessica stepping in or the Lawyer-of-the-week forcing him to stay, but Mike singlehandedly beat the lawyer of the week, then chose to stay WHY? Was it due to Donna guilting him to stay? I highly doubt it, since deep down Donna knows that the best way of paying Harvey back for everything he's done to keep his secret is to leave and take the target away from his back. I said earlier that Harvey rage firing Mike at the end of season 2 and Jessica stepping in and overriding him was a big mistake on Jessica's part because she was given a way out of keeping a secret she felt could destroy the firm and didn't take it, but here Mike was given a reasonable way out that would make everyone look good and again, he didn't take it. If it's really because of Donna I swear... Donna is awesome about 90% of the time but she's far from perfect. She's made mistakes in the past (tearing up Hardman's memo and lying about it, falling for Stephen Huntly, supporting Harvey's grudge against Mike when Jessica was to blame for Harvey losing against Darby.) No one's perfect, even Donna, who is the closest thing to a goddess this show has.

I think Donna is trying so hard to make Scottie and Harvey's relationship work so much so she can date Harvey vicariously through Scottie. However, even though Harvey is Lawyer Jesus, he is an absolute idiot in terms of long-term relationships and it's frustrating Donna to no end. She also knows that Harvey wanting to commit to Scottie by telling her Mike's secret is an INCREDIBLY bad idea, because Scottie is just as hungry for power as Jessica is and cannot be blackmailed or manipulated like Jess or Louis, respectively.

As always, it's great to see Katrina again, and it was really nice to see her and Rachel together and NOT talk about Mike. But I think Katrina is being wasted this season... I want her to be a regular since this episode showed how loyal she is to her boss, Louis.

7.5 out of 10. I'm glad that Louis got his groove back and Rachel was a key part of it, but everyone else REALLY carried Idiot Balls this episode.
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Keep in mind that Louis didn't expose the fact that Mike never attended Harvard.
Louis does not know that Mike is not a lawyer. That is another shoe to drop,

I agree, Scottie cannot be trusted -- that's why they wrote her character into the show. Can't stand her (the character) myself.
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Why did they start the whole Scottie and Harvey work together-relationship only to have them fight every episode? Such a missed opportunity IMO. I seem to be one of the few who like them together and want to see where they can go. She said she would never betray Harvey again and hasn't so why are Donna and everyone so ready to assume that? Scottie is no dummy and knows that Harvey is being weirdly cagey so why shouldn't she be upset? He offers her a job, starts a relationship and then won't talk to her about anything. I'd be upset too. At the same time, he shouldn't tell her because it would create potential liability for her and that's not fair. I hope they resolve all this in the finale and see where this relationship can go in S4.
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When this show ends (assuming it ends on its own terms), Harvey will be engaged to, or marrying Donna.

Scottie is there to provide conflict.
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Although I like Donna so much, but I think if at the end of the show, Harvey-Donna will end up being together is sooo cliche.
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Second that!
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Jesus, you start with DONNA? Honestly, Donna's fangirl army aside, this was hardly a Donna episode, her problems were really 4th or 5th string at best. And in no way should Harvey and Donna hook up again, that is a recipe for ugh. That said, Donna was entirely right about not telling Scottie, she's not that level of trustworthy yet in comparison to the massive amount of damage it could bring.

Suits keeping Mike around proved that the show is shallow and narrow-minded. The Good Wife was able to split characters and keep the show compelling, why not move Mike off to somewhere safer? Because the drama wouldn't be there? We've explored that option to death, Mike voiced that succinctly in the episode.
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Can't agree more. Donna was spot on when she said he can't tell Scottie, and Harvey knew that, he just wanted Donna to justify it for him. Harvey doesn't love Scottie anyway so what would be the point in giving her that info for when they do break up. The only way I am okay with Donna and Harvey being together is if they hook up at the end of the very last episode of the show. Donna can get into his car and they disappear and I can believe they have a fairytale perfect relationship, because seeing them deal with everyday relationship crap would ruin their characters, especially Donna. As for Mike I wish he would take a job somewhere else preferably on another show, because he is insufferable. Poor Mike can't be content with his job at one of New Yorks top lawfirms, his amazing apartment and way too hot for him girlfriend. Ugh!
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This show would be better if the writer from (Vikings, Spartacus, GoT, Black Sails etc etc ) did it.

With so many newer and better shows each yeah, Suits better get with it and add some T&A or next year its off my list of shows to watch!!!
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You got to be kidding.
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Why not Star Trek? Let's say the Borg assimilate Jessica. Then Godzilla shows up and levels the building. Oh yeah, a female Godzilla version, for your T&A fix.
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Probably should check out now. Suits will never be one of your period piece shows.
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And not everyone needs to see T&A to enjoy a show.
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I loved the episode!! Everyone sucked, but they all did in a very human way. Harvey was sad about Mike leaving and he was snapping at people. Donna might have been pro Harvey/Scottie, but she was definitely right about pointing out that Scottie spends a lot of time being pissed at Harvey. And sharing such a secret with someone like that is not a good idea. Also we have to take into account that Donna always thinks of what's best for Harvey, if the secret was revealed Harvey would get disbarred if not in prison, and what would Harvey prefer, being a lawyer, or being with Scottie? I also really enjoyed the scene because the actors interact great with each other, so it was nice to see one of these scenes. And yeah, I was thinking of WHAT IS DONNA SAYING? to Mike but then she said that he had to be the best accountant or whatever and it got better. I think Rachel's behaviour was as it was supposed to be. Telling Mike that she would stand next to him whatever his decision might be. Louis was littamazing!!!!!!!! Mike's decision was wrong, but necessary for the development of the story.
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Not a great episode. but a necessary one - with Sheila getting moved out of the picture in the last episode and Mike finally getting his name added to the New York Bar, Mikes background should now be pretty solid against scrutiny and now that threat has been removed we can FINALLY move on from that plot (hopefully, anyway).

If they have moved away from the "Mikes a fake and could be discovered", then the promo for the next episode is probably about a case Mike and Harvey worked together on:


And if they are being investigated, isn't it a lucky thing that Mike got his hacker buddy to put him on the New York Bar - really, really convienient timing!
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"And if they are being investigated, isn't it a lucky thing that Mike got his hacker buddy to put him on the New York Bar"

Unless, of course, someone asks to paper file. Or asks any of his professors for a reference. Or anyone thinks to check to see if Mike's name was published as passing the bar.
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why couldn't Mike have taken the job, went to another school and have Jessica change the rules for Harvard like she's doing for Rachel, then Mike would have been able to take the classes and pass the bar legit and then hire him back. this show...
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And what, they make the whole thing public knowledge? I don't think so.
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There's more to being a lawyer than going to law school and passing the bar. There's also the "Character and Fitness review", which Mike would fail, even if he went back and earned the degree the passed the bar exam.
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Harvey pretty much covered that last episode with his speech about the major leagues.
After already working as a lawyer for three years, anyone who then goes to law school is going to look pretty shady. And they're going to look even more shady if they then go back to the firm they used to work with a second law degree
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There actually IS such a thing as a second law degree. The LLM degree is available in legal specialty areas. Yes, in law a master's degree is higher than a doctorate.
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I liked the episode, even if it wasn't as solid as the previous ones. Jessica is one ruthless women. I wonder more and more often how this show is going to end. The lie just cannot go on forever, can it? At the same time, locking Mike (and possibly Harvey) up wouldn't be satisfying at all.
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I liked this episode. I really hope nobody was falling for the whole "Mike's actually going to quit" act. Even when the episode had 2 minutes left I knew he was going to stay. I agree Jessica did suck this episode. She really was hiding profits and screwing Van Dyke over. Not cool honestly. I can understand her being mad about her hiring. Nobody wants to be a "token" just to satisfy a quota or something. You want to be hired for what you have to offer. Donna sucked this episode too, but I think its good that these characters are flawed. Its one of the things I love about Suits. Some weeks you like somebody, then another week they piss you off. Just like real people :). Looking forward to the finale.
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terrible episode.
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1. I won't fault Rachel for keeping her opinion to herself, it shouldn't have weighed in, it was Mike's decision but I don't like their relationship, it takes up too much screen time. It would have been wonderful if they broke up once she left for Harvard and he for his new job. Oh well.

2. I'm leaning towards a no especially when she was angry. We know that Scottie loves the spirit of the law as much as the rest of the team, she was married to the library according to Harvey so I'm sure she would be offended both (hypocricy much) that Harvey didn't trust her with it and that he actually hired Mike. Ugh.. Harvey should have brought up that he had a secret that had something to do with work immediately after Scottie implied she wanted a relationship to save some time, if she didn't accept him having secrets then they were both wasting each other's time.

3. AWESOME! 1 more point to Louise. I have to say, I would never work for a man like that even though I love his character and I would mess with someone like that than work under him but it's still fun when admits his power over the associates in a sort of love-sadistic-weird sort of way.

First, the idea that Mike was leaving was bullshit. Procedural shows do it all the time but they never change because that's too much, too expensive and fans start to leave or whatever. I definitely wanted him to leave because it would bring a good change and the leave wasn't necessary to be permanent, that's the problem with TV shows, they want to find a formula that works too well. Also, the idea that causing a crime to hide your, like Harvey said, isn't really well thought of. In fact, if Mike is found out (and I hope he is sometimes so it sparks up the interest of the show) he's likely to be charged with both fraud and conspiracy to cybercrime, probably more stuff as well.

I really liked Harvey's issue with Scottie. If it's something I hate when it comes to relationships on TV is that they make the biggest deal of trust, it's out of proportion and the fact that they still haven't dealt with it means that it's good TV. Once Harvey tells the truth and Scottie accepts or leave him it's back to boring drama (unless Scottie would turn it against him like Donna said). It was also a good moment for Harvey to show some emotions. We had the impression from the beginning that Harvey is the kind of guy that makes the good choices when it comes down to it, if it's something extraordinarily important but he doesn't want to show emotions because in his job it makes him vulnerable, once he opens a little we get to know him more and it also proves how valuable Mike really is to the firm, both as a friend to Harvey and as a lawyer.

About Jessica, I have to say I'm surprised she was so disgusted by the diversity thing because I always thought of her as some kind of super lawyer who took her job more seriously than anybody in the world, she likes it both because it's interesting and challenging but also as a power position. People who for got that sort of thing usually have thicker skin but I suppose she was younger when she made the move so it makes sense but not that she is still bothered. Also, the mistake with Van Dyke was such a failure in execution but at least Louise got to save the day and he has some balls to stand up to Jessica the way he did, one more reason he's my favourite character.
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This firm really needs to treat ex employees better, think of all the trouble they could have saved themselves if they were nic
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YOU WILL NOT TELL DONNA TO SHUT UP NEVEEEEEEER
well except this one time.
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Donna's 'special power' to meddle and get stuff done is normally fine and even a lot of fun but it can become tiresome and uncalled and unwelcome... And between pushing the Scottie-Harvey (ugh! Scottie just go away) & the Mike-Harvey ships she becomes the stereotypical busybody in any given real life office who doesn't have a life (or a very interesting job) and so makes it her (his) job to meddle in other people's business... Come on Suits, you can do better than this! (right?)
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Donna and Harvey are in love with each other -- they just don't know it.
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Alternatively, you can realize that it is actually Donna's job as Harvey's secretary to manage his professional relationships.
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Poor Harvey
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Really liked this episode with a few niggles (as always). Here are my random thoughts...

* The fine print that the associate and paralegal (and Jessica, btw) missed was trivialized when Stuart caught it in 5 seconds.

* Though I really did like Stuart's wallowing in pity, it was rather ironic that he let the love of his life go because he loved his firm more, but then refused to go back to work for that very firm.

* Every day that Mike works for the firm is one more day that could cost Harvey his job, his license, and possibly even jail time. Funny that Donna wouldn't even consider that benefit to Harvey were Mike to leave.

* Harvey was supposed to be this hotshot, never lose lawyer before Mike came along and now Donna acts like Harvey won't survive without him.

* Even though it COULD NOT happen and still keep the show running, I REALLY wanted Mike to take that job.

* I really don't see how having a computer entry in the bar association provides all that much more protection for Mike.

* Does this computer hack really mean Mike is now free to hit the spotlight? I don't see how. Classmates and professors will realize they've never seen or heard of him. So, how was this really a solution to Mike's problem?

* I was really proud of Harvey for how he treated Mike with the news of the job offer. He told Mike what was best for Mike. Yeah, it was eating him up, inside, but he didn't lay any guilt on Mike for making a good call (unlike Donna).
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"* The fine print that the associate and paralegal (and Jessica, btw) missed was trivialized when Stuart caught it in 5 seconds."

No experience paralegal or associate (much less managing partner) should have missed that, it WAS trivial.

"Every day that Mike works for the firm is one more day that could cost Harvey his job, his license, and possibly even jail time."
Those are all at risk already, even if Mike never sets foot in Pearson-Spector's offices again.
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The associate and the paralegal are both supposed to be VERY sharp. And, Jessica said, "Stuart never would have missed that." She didn't say, "a first year should never have missed that." And, SHE missed it. So, it wasn't supposed to be an obvious thing.

As for the risk, that risk is DRASTICALLY reduced if he's not practicing law, anymore. There's virtually no reason for anyone to look into his attending Harvard or taking the bar if he's an investment guru.
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Eh, it could. Investment Bankers wear suits, too. The excuses they'd have for keeping the characters in touch would be far less contrived than the ones they used on Glee to keep the whole Lima/NY split going.
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Which is why Glee dumped Lima entirely, it doesn't work.
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Mike was all up in Rachel's business when she had a decision to make and now that the shoe is on the other foot she's all like "oh, I'll support anything you decide even though it might mean jail". Please, people.

Sad Louis is awesome, but he seriously gave up on the love of his life, only person who ever gotten him because he won't have children? Sounds a bit forced to me, but sure.

Jessica and I are BFFs all the way.

Donna, please don't be in love with Harvey, that's so boring. Scottie, leave that fighting man, good grief. Harvey, don't tell Scottie anything, she's leaving you.

And just find a way to make Mike a lawyer or a non-issue, 'cause the fake-outs are getting really boring.
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Wow! I had never realised how scary Jessica could be! This scene with Rachel was very intense and I almost felt like I was in Rachel's place, hardly swallowing my saliva and praying not to get fired! Great job! Great episode!
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Wait. How exactly did Donna guilt trip Mike into staying? He always wanted to stay, the only reason for him to leave was to be in the clear. He loved his job and what I took from the episode is that his exchange with that other lawyer is what tipped him over to staying. It reminded him how much he loves being a lawyer. Even if he'd rock at investment banking would it make him as happy?
To me the episode was solid. I guess it depends on how one chooses to look at it. Harvey is totally torn between his loyalty to Mike and the desire to have a relationship with Scottie, which makes him act - as every other person who's emotionally confused - stupid.
Donna is her usual self - the guardian of Harvey's interests. To me she's not against Harvey telling Scottie because she's against them as a couple. She just understands the fact that relationships not always work out. Actually most of the time they either fail during the initial period or after a long time. She wants Harvey to have a go at it, without divulging information that can be used as payback in case of a breakup.
Katrina's redemption arc was brought to a high point with her selfless sacrifice for Louis. I'm glad that Jessica is reasonable enough to not punish that kind of loyalty. All in all Katrina's character is vastly more likeable now.
And let's not forget that Rachel again had a role different from being Mike's romantic foil, which is a +1 point for any episode.
Even with all the above, there was a weird atmosphere permeating this episode. It's probably all the gloom of the hurt feelings and the hanging threat from Mike being found out literally the next day that made it feel a bit uncomfortable.
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Omg, that was frickin awesome! Absolutely loved it, best episode of this season!
Too many people here are asking too many questions though, like really?
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I liked it but I have one problem. Why didn't they ask Lola to hack into the bar right after she hacked into harvard? Might as well go all in IMO.
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Well, the first and most obvious reason is that hacking doesn't work that way. Since hacking wouldn't actually fix Mike's problem (the bar maintains paper files, and Mike doesn't have one, that file would have to contain dozens of forged documents... the character and fitness review goes back over your whole life... there's background checks, credit checks, reference checks...)

There's also a third part of the puzzle, now that Mike has a counterfeit law degree and counterfeited bar membership... he needs a score report for the MPRE (the multistate professional responsibility exam).

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Agree! Also why not just have Lola hack into an undergrad college/University and give Mike the full back story. Heck, fake his finances to show that he was either on scholarship or paid some other way or give Mike some debt that he would have to pay off like any student who does not have rich family paying for everything. Lola can hack into banks like she did in the episode she appeared in. Lola can hack into anything, she can give Mike a CIA level back ground, why are Mike and Harvey only doing half measures?

as last weeks review stated, Mike cannot stay as an associate forever. Someone within the firm will ask how a hotshot like him could not be running the firm at some point let alone clients like Jonathan Sidwell who notice Mikes genius or the press or anyone else.

they really do need to figure this out quick and fast. Maybe next weeks episode will provide a solution, who knows?
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"No more half measures, Walter."
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i was just hoping we'll see lola again because of this. she's awesome. too bad meeting with her happened of screen :/
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I was also disappointed that Lola didn't show up on-screen!
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Smart people making stupid decisions. I'm just not sure I can believe the ending, even though it was predictable.
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and why suddenly mike wanted to stay ? Am i missing something? Taking that offer would be much better and interesting.. Of course he stays predictable tho.. Writers should take some risk imo..
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Suits is one of those series where everything resets in the end. But honestly, if Mike did go with the banking job, he would have to come back to Pearson Specter eventually, or else the show would be over. And I'd be massively unrealistic if that all worked out so neatly. And Jessica would just say no to having him back at the firm.
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He could have done it. They'd just show Mike doing his thing, learning to be a kickass investment banker in the daytime, and in the night, getting caught up in the cases Rachel was working on. Then, over the course of half a season or so, Mike comes to realize that he enjoys the legal challenges more than the banking challenges, and starts looking for a way back...
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Besides, they would likely have Pearson-Specter as corporate counsel, so Mike could still hang out with everyone regularly. Plus, we'd finally get to see how well his relationships survive outside the confines of the firm. I'm kinda disappointed they didn't go that route. But there's still the finale to rectify this!
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If Mike works for the banking firm, then Pearson-Spector is going to bill him at its hourly rate while he's hanging out with them.
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LMAO!
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I get that donna is special secretary and important to harvey, but oh man. Every time she tells what harvey should do about love relationship (scottie), I am so uncomfortable. It's ok that giving advice to harvey regarding work or mike stuff but this is his personal stuff . and you are his secretary! Sometimes her behavior is crossing the line imo. Her unconditional loyalty is too much ugghh.
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Well as anything with Harvey, he doesn't obviously say what he needs when he talks to you. In this case as Donna put it, he already knew he couldn't tell Scottie. He wanted Donna's opinion/advice to affirm this, because Scottie is one of his emotional blindspots right now.
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Why the hell did Donna vote for Scottie if she knew Harvey couldn't trust her. Without Trust they can't have a relationship so why have a relationship with her. Harvey and Donna's dance around each other is an inconsistency in her awesomeness it just throws me of.

I am Louis God**** Litt and I have an army of Associates who I've trained into an inch of their lives. Van Dyke got Litt up.

Jessica. Its a high level firm and I think its just how it goes.
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mte. donna seems to support his relationship with scottie until this ep , and now we know that she actually didnt like her and doesnt want him to have a relationship with her..bc cant trust her.... quite confusing :/

I love louis and want him to have more scenes with Rachel and katrina :)
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I really didn't believe Donna supports Harvey/Scottie relationship. She covers it well but its obvious she is in love with him I don't get why they don't get together.
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obvious, ambiguous, one of those -ous words
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Jessica makes it so hard to like her. By every indication, she back-stabbed her way to the top of the firm since she was hired, and her first instinct when any of her subordinates embarrasses her or makes her look bad is to fire them. If she never read the fine print about that guy's dividends, how can she expect any of her people to read it?

Donna's right, Harvey should not let Scottie in on Mike secret. She seems to get mad at him very easily and their relationship is not that stable. I wouldn't trust her not to use that info against Mike, Harvey, or Jessica down the road.

Mike should just cut & run from practicing law & become something else like an investment banker where he can use his skills, but then that wouldn't be a show. He should at least get away from these high stakes cases that put him at risk of exposure. He'd do very well in real estate, divorce, or environmental law. According to the promos for next week's season finale, he actually gets exposed in some way.
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I like Jessica TBH (mainly because of Gina Torres) but she was being hypocritical. After giving that speech about her working hard to get where she is, but relied on Louis to fix her problem, lol.
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Dear Jessica,

Please leave the metaphors to Gregory House.

Sincerely That horrible metaphor
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