With his victory over Harvey and Logan rapidly receding, Mike played his BAMF card and bought a whole bunch of shares of Gillis Industries to soak up all of that sweet, sweet shareholder power. His boss was delighted, and Mike got to keep his job for at least one more week. However, Mike also found himself in the hot seat with Donna because of his decision to use their besties-forever lunch dates to terrorize Harvey. Basically: How dare he turn Harvey's own tactics against him? How dare he mix office and outside-the-office life?
Donna, darling, you need to start watching your show.
I kid. It's just amusing how we constantly have characters getting outraged over the blurring of the line between personal and professional, only to turn around and do it his or herself two episodes down the line. (Though I will admit that if anyone is the master of keeping that line sharp, it's mostly Donna. Mostly.)
Without Mike as his number two, Harvey turned to Louis, who in turn tattled to Gianopoulis (Sidwell's old boss) about how it was Mike who got Sidwell out of his contract, rendering Gianopoulis unwilling to help Mike and his fledgling Gillis Industries. Suits: the show where even good things come back to screw someone over later on. I love it, and I love this season.
After dangling the threat of the SEC in front of us for the first several episodes of the season, Suits finally brought in the big baddie and made a surprising revelation about Jeff Malone—newest partner to Pearson Specter and determined suitor to Jessica—and how his move to Pearson Specter wasn't entirely altruistic: He was on the verge of being canned at the SEC anyway. Meh. Whatever. He was getting fired for refusing to target Pearson Specter for investigation. If, as we are being led to believe, the investigation is truly unwarranted and part of some kind of grudge, then Malone still acted pretty selflessly.
DB Woodside has proven to be an asset to the Suits cast this season, with Malone opening up so many different storytelling opportunities for the series, particularly when it comes to Jessica. She's in the courtroom. She's pulling all-nighters. She's struggling with the high standards and guiding principles she's set for herself. Gina Torres gets to play more than just the stern boss, and it's to the writers' credit that they've put her character in a position to do that.
Now... if Rachel could get the same treatment, that would be great. She's in law school. She's doing more lawyer-y work. She's juggling a demanding work environment with a demanding academic environment. Compared to her coworkers, it's true that these storylines don't sound particularly engaging on their own, but I don't think the answer was to follow the same Rachel pattern that's been established in previous seasons: love triangles! Love triangles everywhere! That Rachel is only ever allowed to function as an extension of whichever man she's attached to at a given moment—and always, of course, returning to Mike in the end because they're the golden couple on this show or something.
I really like Rachel. I just want her to do awesome stuff.
Rachel drama aside, what with that almost-kiss and all, "Leveraged" was an enjoyable return following Suits' one-week 'MERICA hiatus, and the episode succeeded in pushing the SEC storyline forward after it had appeared to stall for several episodes. I count it as a win.
– I love that Louis keeps a list of Harvey's enemies and knows quotes from The Karate Kid and ugh love him.
– Lol @ Mike's assistant's Renn-faire fashion. What was she wearing? It was like some kind of medieval jumper.
– I like Renn-faire Amy's sass, though.
What did you think of "Leveraged"?
AIRED ON 9/14/2016
Season 6 : Episode 10