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The Saga of Ava Hessington: A Slow Burn
This season’s primary storyline took a backseat to a whirlwind of origin stories for all of our major characters this week. However, there was one minor development. Another shady play by our antagonist Cameron Dennis had Mike and Harvey on the defensive this week with the possibility of a new star witness who could testify to Ava ordering the murders of the civilians during the taped bribery exchange. After a short barter exchange about deals and parole with Cameron, Harvey deduced that the entire thing was a bluff and sent Mike to tell Cameron off. Only then did we find out that this season’s supervillain (bad call Donna) Stephen led Cameron right to the only person who could screw Ava over.


Let’s Get to The Important Part: Harvey and Donna’s Very Very Complicated Relationship

So it happened. The two questions have been answered – yes and 10 years ago. Harvey and Donna’s work relationship at the prosecutor’s office was very much the same as it is today at Pearson Darby Specter. Donna sees all and knows all – and most importantly keeps Harvey on the right path. The one significant difference between now and then is the amount of flirting going on between the two in the past. This could best be explained if you consider the 10 years ago Harvey and Donna as the new couple, who are still feeling each other out and today’s Harvey and Donna who are like an old married couple – they both know what they need, there’s no need (or as we found out, room) for that kind of banter anymore.



This episode did an excellent job making me feel for both Harvey and Donna and their respective viewpoints on the matter. And that feeling was primarily sadness. Donna is responsible for saving Harvey from both Cameron Dennis and his own demons. Cameron Dennis may have been all about there being a tiered relationship between himself and Harvey, but I think Harvey considers himself and Donna to be on an even level (aside from the outburst in the past, which Harvey I think understood rather immediately was a mistake). I think that’s what Harvey has always wanted – someone that he considers an equal, which has placed some impossible standards (remember, consider Harvey’s opinion of himself and how he treats Mike (or when we thought Donna made a mistake) – mistakes, errors are not an option) on the other women he’s been invested in over the past seasons.

We haven’t seen too much of Donna outside of the office aside from some jaunts out with Rachel or when Mike was trying to convince her to come back to work. We have only been led to believe that Donna’s life outside of work (socially at least) is nonexistent. However, one of the strongest statements that can be made for her character is the amount of support that she has had for Harvey’s (failed) attempts to connect with other women. This is one of the major reasons why I think we were all pleased that Donna finally had her chance this season with Stephen – and for a while he was the perfect Harvey replacement. However, that definitely seems to be turning.

I think we can all understand the rationale behind the rule about not dating people that you work with. But, do either Donna or Harvey seem particularly happy with how this is turning out (especially the scene in the cafe)? They have more or less been partners now for over 10 years, could they really find happiness without one another? Is it that simple? A quick bit of snark that could be mentioned here that is another TV show trope, while Harvey was free to do his thing and expect Donna to be okay about it, as soon as Donna had her own fling Harvey lost his mind. Or do you think Harvey is only upset this time because it is a workplace relationship (which you could claim the he wanted all along?).


The Return of the Mike We Want To Root For

I was dreading the Mike storyline this week, because I like all of these characters and bad things happening to them makes my heart hurt. It didn’t turn out to be too heartrending, as it turned out that Mike’s downfall came as the result of some astoundingly bad luck. First he lost Trevor’s money in a card game where his opponent cheated, then in order to get Trevor his money (gotta pay Omar) and since he was abandoning Trevor to head to Harvard he was guilt tripped into selling test questions and answers. Naturally the dean(?)’s daughter was the buyer, which led to the dean being forced to resign and led to him expelling Mike and getting Harvard to reject Mike. As usual if you trace everything bad that has happened to Mike in his past it will somehow involve Trevor.At least Mike was doing selfless things for his friend this week, which made me hope for the return of good guy Mike.


Mike and Rachel

Status: unchanged. Mike decided to support Rachel’s decision to apply to Stanford.

Harvey vs Jessica: Harvey Realized He Was Throwing a Temper Tantrum
Harvey told Jessica that he had arranged a deal behind her back to take over control of the firm, but that he didn’t want it anymore. Jessica was having none of it (and she shouldn’t have).

Louis
“I need a day”



What is Stephen's endgame?
Will Jessica ever forgive Harvey?
Will Donna and Harvey be able to recover back to normal?
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Aug 24, 2013
1. I'm starting to get fed up with Ava's case. This is the only case they have had in this Season. Stephen's betrayal will bring forth tension between him and Donna, who I believe will immediately take Harvey's side, Harvey and him (spoiler alert: Harvey seems to punch him in the next episode) and Harvey and Donna.
2. Indeed what came out of Donna and Harvey (apart from the cuteness in the beginning) was sadness. For both of them. Donna was obviously expecting something else when Harvey called her. Harvey looked truly sad when Donna said they had to put it out of their minds and pissed off that Donna had broken her rule with Steven. I still believe though, that his behavior is really selfish, since he is not willing to be with Donna and does not want her to be with someone else. It will be interesting to see in the next episode if Donna will continue seeing Steven after what he did.
3. I feel sad thinking about Mike and Harvard. Also Gram's response in comparison to her season 1 response where she said Trevor was an anchor is interesting.
4. Mike and Rachel: boring, cute-ish stuff
5. I want to believe Jessica will forgive Harvey, mostly because he didn't go through with his plan and proved to us that he still has his honor and won't try to steal her company "in the night". (Really liked Jessica's remark on taking the company from her former bosses in the night, which helped to make Harvey more likeable)
6. Louis had two scenes in this episode And they were awesome!!!
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Aug 23, 2013
I didn't want a Mike backstory mainly because I knew it would involve stupid decisions and Trevor's face! I HATE Trevor and wanted to fast forward through all his scenes! Such a selfish prick! Okay rant over.

I hope Jessica forgives Harvey but it'll take a long while if she does. I think she's totally justified for her reaction but she'll have to deal with it since Harvey's name is now on the door.

Donna and Harvey will be okay. It's Donna and Harvey:-)
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Aug 23, 2013
It was nice to see (and remember) that Mike has a "super brain" again. I feel like the writers don't show off that aspect of him nearly enough.
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Aug 22, 2013
i agree about the mike back story, it was not what i was half expecting and a nice understanding of some of what lead him down the wrong path. As for good guy mike, I do not think we need to see this really. Lawyers have a job to do, you may not like some of things they do, but if they are not breaking the law or making things a personal vendetta, than you can dislike them, but if you ever need them, you will want the best for yourself. Louis needing a day was great. And the Donna stuff, it is one of those things where part of you thinks they could be sort of good for each other, but you do not really want to see it. Jessica forgiving Harvey, not likely to happen easily, but she should be proud, she taught him this very thing he is doing against her and should not be as shocked or upset (pissed yes but not the other) as she is acting. This season is definitely one of the best so far, in my opinion, so it will be interesting to see where it goes.
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Aug 22, 2013
AWESOME review! Staff loved it so much that we promoted it to the homepage. Keep up the great work :)
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Aug 22, 2013
I doooooooooooooon'tttt know about Harvey and Donna. I'm not sure what he wants from her but I am sure what she wants from him.
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Aug 22, 2013
I'm excited to see where the Jessica and Harvey relationship goes from here. It will definitely be interesting.

Also, Trevor is the worst.
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