Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 23, 2011 on USA
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In the 90-minute pilot, Mike Ross has always dreamed of becoming a lawyer but life has taken him in a different direction. However, when an unexpected opportunity presents itself, he soon finds himself becoming the new associate at one of Manhattan's top corporate law firms. There is only one problem -- he doesn't actually have a law degree.


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  • One Addictive Show

    Doesn't matter how many times I've seen the pilot, I still love it and laugh in all the right places. This show hooks you in from the first episode. I hope it stays around for a lot longer!
  • This show is better than The Good Wife.

    The Good Wife is somehow too predictable for me which makes it boring for me. However, Suits may be my better taste of a legal drama. I feel somehow I'm connected to Mike Ross as he's a college dropout due to his friend's betrayal as Ross helped him in drug dealing. His life however changes when he accidentally bust into a room where Harvey Specter is hiring a new associate of Pearson Hardman. Even when Specter found out about Ross's "unhealthy" lifestyle, he still accepts him for his ability to remember anything like Ross can remember the arrangements of the law from a Burtelli (if true) book read by Specter. The characters which are also the most essentail factor in a legal drama show, are also brilliant they all are well rounded and have more than enough space to evolve and develop as the show goes on. I may not be a lawyer, but I do know that I'll never give up in succeeding my dream just like Ross. Well, this is just the beginning for Ross.moreless
  • Suits Is Everything I've Come To Expect From USA

    USA Network is the #1 network on cable, and Suits has definitely earned its slot on the network's summer lineup. Suits is one of the more brilliant pilot episodes that I've seen in a long time, probably since the pilot of White Collar. In the first 30 minutes of the show all of the key players have been introduced, you get a good, yet quick look at their character and circumstances, and the entire premise of the show is succinctly set up.

    Then Suits dives right into the meat of the show and give us a taste of the format for episodes to come. Mike gets his first case and proves that there's more to ones job than just being book-smart (like knowing how to fill out paperwork). He struggles to fit into the corporate world of law and coming to terms with "not being as smart as he thinks he is" -- in the words of Harvey.

    Throughout the second part of the episode it becomes clearly obvious that Mike and Harvey are polar opposites, especially when it comes to dealing with clients--and people in general. Mike is the caring, compassionate lawyer who gets too invested in his clients' cases, while Harvey makes it clear that he doesn't care about anyone and cases are solely about winning.

    TONS of promise in this show. Between the compelling characters, witty banter, and intriguing plot lines, I cannot wait to see what the writers and the producers have in store for seasons to come!

    [Disclaimer: I am re-watching the entire first season during the shows 10-month hiatus, thus I already know what is to come in the season]

  • There is one thing I do not get

    I don't want to spoil the show for anyone that has not seen it, but I sure do not understand how he got his degree. He does something (I won't say what) to get into a college, but I don't understand how he manages to become a legal lawyer. As best as I understand, we are not supposed to understand; we are not supposed to think about it. We are supposed to be stupid, yet this show gives the impression it is supposed to be realistic.

    I hope someone has a valid explanation for how he got his law degree in his name and became a legal lawyer, because I cannot get this small hole in the plot out of my mind and it is giving me a bad impression of the show. An intelligent, capable guy such as him would understand the importance of ensuring that his manipulation of the system is safe from being discovered.moreless
  • Normally pilots are something to struggle through until the real episodes start - not this one!

    I usually don't start watching a show until a few episodes are out and I can skip or skim the dreaded pilot that is inevitably filled with lots of backstory or slightly strained actor (and therefore character) relationships. The number one thing I hear when I'm starting a new show is "it starts off a bit slow but don't give up after the pilot, I swear it gets a ton better!"

    Not this one! I forgot all about it being the first episode and just focused on the likable Mike Ross protagonist and seriously engaging plot, while inwardly musing on ways Litt might be taken down a peg or two.

    I love everything about this and I can't wait until the next episode!moreless
Julie Ann Emery

Julie Ann Emery


Guest Star

John Bedford Lloyd

John Bedford Lloyd


Guest Star

Kristen Bush

Kristen Bush


Guest Star

Tom Lipinski

Tom Lipinski


Recurring Role

Rebecca Schull

Rebecca Schull

Edith Ross

Recurring Role

Vanessa Ray

Vanessa Ray

Jenny Griffith

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (23)

    • Mike: What if I told you I could consume knowledge like no one you've ever met and I've actually passed the bar?
      Harvey: I'd say you're full of crap.

    • Harvey: Listen, being a lawyer is like being a doctor.
      Mike: You mean how you don't get emotional about the clients?
      Harvey : No, I mean you have to keep pressing until it hurts. Then you'll know where to look.

    • Harvey: Look, I have to put my own interests above yours. It's nothing personal. You're fired.
      Mike: What? So you're worried that if I stay that might find out about me and you'll lose your license. But if you fire me then I could tell them you lied about me and you'll definitely lose your license.
      Harvey: Are you telling me that if I throw you under the bus, you're going to drag me with you?
      Mike: You put your interests above mine and I'm just putting mine back up next to yours.Harvey: You're rehired.

    • Mike: I know where they don't want us to look.
      Harvey: Did you get through all those files in one night?
      Mike: Well, I would've done it faster, but I ordered a pizza. Speaking of which, have you ever had the cheese in the crust? Because it blew my mind.

    • Harvey: This is good. We're gonna have some fun.
      Mike: We? I get to go?
      Harvey: You didn't think I'd let you come along?
      Mike: No.
      Harvey: Good instinct. I wasn't, but then I thought it would be cruel not to let you witness my greatness.

    • Trevor: Michael, come on, you know I don't wanna live in a world where we're not tight.
      Mike: Then kill yourself.

    • Mike: Donna, can you show me how to fill out a subpoena?
      Donna: Absolutely. After that, you want me to show you how to wipe your ass?
      Harvey: That's funny because he should already know how to do both those things.
      Mike: Ah, yeah, that's hilarious.
      (Donna hands Mike a business card)
      Mike: What's that?
      Harvey: That's my suit guy. Go in tell him I sent you and spend some money.
      Mike: What does it matter how much money I spend on suits?
      Harvey: People respond to how we're dressed. And, like it or not, this is what you have to do.
      Mike: That's weird you giving me advice. Sounds like you actually care about me.
      Harvey: I don't. You're a reflection of me and I absolutely care about me. So get your skinny tie out of my face and get to work.
      Donna: That was a little harsh.
      Harvey: Really?

    • Harvey: I'm not about caring; I'm about winning.
      Mike: Why can't you be about both?
      Harvey: I'd explain it to you, but then I'd have to care about you.

    • Harvey: Hey, didn't I tell you to get some better suits?
      Mike: I spent $500.
      Harvey: For how many suits?
      Mike: Five... what?

    • Harvey: Jessica, if you hadn't done as much for me as you have, I'd be heading for the door.
      Jessica: If I hadn't done as much for you as I have, I'd be throwing you out the window.

    • Mike: Wow, you're pretty.
      Rachel: Good, you've hit on me. We can get it out of the way that I'm not interested.
      Mike: No, I'm sorry, I wasn't hitting on you.
      Rachel:Trust me, I've given dozens of these and, without fail, whenever a new hotshot it is who thinks that because I just a paralegal. That I will somehow be blown away by his dazzling degree. Let me assure you, I won't.
      Mike: I was, I was hitting on you.
      Rachel: You were. Take notes. I'm not gonna repeat myself.
      Mike: I love you.

    • Mike: You give me this and I will work as hard as it takes to school those Harvard douches and become the best lawyer you have ever seen. Harvey: I'm inclined to give you a shot, but what if I decide to go another way? Mike: I'd say that's fair. Sometimes I like to hang out with people who aren't that bright, you know, just to see how the other half lives. Harvey: Move over, I'm emailing the firm. I just found our next associate.

    • Harvey: We should hire you. Jesus, I'd give you the twenty-five grand as a signing bonus.
      Mike: I'll take it.
      Harvey: Unfortunately, we only hire from Harvard. And not only did you not go to Harvard Law School, you haven't gone to any law school.
      Mike: What if I told you that I consume knowledge like no one you've ever met and I've actually passed the bar?
      Harvey: I'd say you're full of crap.

    • Harvey: How the hell did you know that they were the police.
      Mike: I read this novel in elementary school and it was the exact same thing.
      Harvey: You read a novel? In elementary school?
      Mike: What! I like to read.
      Harvey: And why did you ask them what time it was?
      Mike: Throw 'em off. I mean, what kind of drug dealer asks a cop what time it is when he's got a briefcase full of pot, right?

    • Donna: Rick Sorkin... Rick Sorkin... Rick Sorkin? Excuse me, Mr. Sorkin, you are five minutes late. Is there a reason why I should let you in?
      Mike: Look, I'm just trying to ditch the cops, OK? I don't really care if you let me in or not.

    • Donna: Kit, what is wrong with you? You look like you're eleven years old.
      Kit: I was late to puberty.

    • Harvey: Why don't we just hire the Harvard, summer associate douche.

    • Louis: I'm not saying that I haven't been charmed by Harvey, but it's just so patronizing when you say that he can handle those things and, Louis, you can only handle this. Jessica, I could've handled Gerald Tait.
      Jessica: And I told you I disagree.
      Louis: Why?
      Jessica: Because... (Harvey interrupts)
      Harvey: Because when you put two bullies in the same room together, things generally don't go so well.
      Louis: It's 9:30. Nice for you to show up two hours after we open for business. And I see that you're also trying to look like a pimp.
      Harvey: My bad, Louis. I was out late last night, and when I woke up this was the suit your wife picked out for me.
      Louis: And that would be funny if I'd actually be married.
      Jessica: Moving along.
      Harvey: You're not married.

    • Mike's Grandmother: Michael, I'm not gonna be around forever and I want you to stop with that stuff.
      Mike: What stuff?
      Mike's Grandmother: I may be old, but I'm not an idiot. I know life has been hard for you, but you're not a kid anymore. And I want you to promise that you're gonna start living up to your potential.
      Mike: I promise.

    • Mike: I hear someone's not taking their pills.
      Mike's Grandmother: Because they're trying to poison me.
      Mike: Grammy, that's crazy. Dr. Shrager gave me her word that she wouldn't poison you until January. If she does it before then, she can't count it towards next year's quota.

    • Jessica: How did you know Gerald wouldn't look at that memo ?
      Harvey: Because a charging bull always looks at the red cape, not at the man with the sword.

    • Harvey: So I'd say the ball is in your court, but the truth is your balls are in my fist. Now I apologize if that image is too pansy for you, but I'm comfortable enough with my manhood to put it out there.

    • Harvey: So let me make sure that I understand this. We negotiated a deal that gave you everything you wanted. Mr. Cooper signed it, and now you won't close until we take away the last shred of his dignity?
      Gerald: Bingo!
      Harvey: Well, that's not gonna happen.
      Gerald: And why the hell not?
      Harvey: Because I like Mr. Cooper and my firm doesn't operate in bad faith.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: August 22, 2011 on Bravo
      United Kingdom: January 17, 2012 on Dave/Dave HD
      Czech Republic: August 31, 2012 on Prima COOL

    • Music Featured
      "When They Fight They Fight" by The Generationals
      "Howlin' For You" by The Black Keys
      "Changing" by The Airborne Toxic Event
      "Oxford Comma" by Vampire Weekend
      "The World Is Going Up In Flames" by Charles Bradley
      "Grey Lynn Park" by The Veils

    • Although the series is set in New York City, only the pilot was shot there. The remaining episodes were filmed in Toronto.

    • The original title of this series was A Legal Mind.

    • This episode had 4.6 million viewers on its original airing.


    • Nancy: I did the best I could. I got myself a job as a secretary at Devlin McGregor.

      The company Devlin McGregor is an allusion to the 1993 movie The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones.

    • Mike: I feel like Michael Corleone in that one scene where the fat guy teaches him to shoot the gun.
      Harvey: Are you calling me the fat guy? Because I'm not the fat guy.
      Mike: Do you remember that guy's name?

      In reference to Francis Coppola's 1972 film The Godfather.

    • Mike Ross: I work for Dean Wormer in the Admissions Office.
      Dean Wormer is the name of the dean in National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) played by John Vernon.