Sooo, that was unexpected—not so much with Harvey and Scottie breaking up, but with Harvey and Jessica actually letting her out of her non-compete so she could leave, and certainly with Mike leaving Pearson-Specter for the banking job with Sidwell. I'm actually really excited to see how this is all going to work in Season 4 (which is only like, two months away, btw). "No Way Out" also managed to put Donna and Rachel in an awkward position, intentionally or not (and I really hope it was done intentionally and that it gets some screen time when the show returns in June).
When Mike and Harold were arrested for their roles—and Harvey's—in the Ava Hessington case, much of the attention within Pearson-Specter turned to Mike's sham of a life and how, with just enough scrutiny in the right direction, his falsified credentials would come to light and he'd be in way more trouble than he already was and Pearson-Specter would be destroyed and, you know, all the doomsday prophesies that Jessica and the gang have thrown out there since they realized that maybe hiring a kid who never actually went to Harvard or joined the bar might not've been the best business move.
Donna and Rachel's allegiances very quickly rose to the surface, coloring everything they did during "No Way Out"—which in Rachel's case, as usual, wasn't very much. Donna, predictably, sided with Harvey and everything was about protecting Harvey and OMG WHAT IF MIKE TURNS ON HARVEY?
Rachel's concerns were the exact opposite of Donna's. Livid when Mike initially refused to take the job with Sidwell, Rachel fretted over Mike's relationship with Harvey overshadowing theirs and how Mike will never roll over on Harvey, even to his own detriment, even when Harvey actually encourages him to, like he did in the interrogation room at Mt. Doom.
The key to Donna and Rachel still functioning and working well together, I think, is that neither woman knows how passionate the other is for her respective man (which is kind of a gross sentence to type, and now I'd like to add "stories for Donna and Rachel that don't revolve around Mike and Harvey" to my Season 4 wishlist). I mean, everyone knows that Donna has and will jump on a grenade for Harvey at pretty much any time. The thing about Rachel is, while I'm not entirely certain that she has that level of devotion to Mike, she would certainly toss Harvey under the bus if it would help Mike. Donna and Rachel's conflicting allegiances puts them in an uncomfortable place from a viewer's perspective. Considering their sort-of-BFF status, nothing could come of this, or a lot of drama could come from this.
Also on the subject of awkward BFFs: How badass were Harvey and Louis tag-teaming their way to Harold and Mike's rescue?
By far the most important and OMG development in "No Way Out," however, was Mike Ross finding an alternate way out of the hot seat through a last-minute career change to investment banking with Jonathan Sidwell. So much of Suits' baggage is stuffed with Mike's fake law school creds and the potential fallout should the knowledge of those fraudulent credentials fall into the wrong hands. By leaving Pearson-Specter, Mike dodged that bullet for the time being, and so did the firm. However, I highly doubt it can be that easy. Mike's problems simply can't *poof* away with a job change right?
It's a bold move for Suits, though, and it's a change that's poised to alter the fabric of the series for at least the time being. Mike may no longer be a lawyer going forward, but Sidwell's firm is a client of Pearson-Specter, so he'll certainly remain involved and on-location. Plus, Harvey technically works for Mike now, which has the potential for all kinds of turning the show on its head when we return in June.
My Suits Season 4 Wishlist
– More stories for Rachel and Donna that are actually about Rachel and Donna and not about Mike and Harvey.
– More Team SpLitt.
– A little bit of fun with the whole Mike-is-Harvey's-boss-but-not-really thing.
– Louis and Sheila reconcile pleeeeeeeze.
– What's on yours?
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