Suits

Season 1 Episode 7

Play The Man

13
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Aug 04, 2011 on USA
8.0
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As Harvey's history starts to create some complications, Mike faces off against Devon in a mock trial.

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  • This week's theme was passion; for life or business or romance... And it was a very good episode.

    9.0
    First, Mike lost a trial, albeit a fake one, and that was refreshing to see. One can tolerate consistent victories on legal shows for only so long before it becomes tiresome. The mock trial was indeed a test: whether Mike is ready to concede his moral principles or not. I guess that's the nature of top lawyers; willingness to compromise their personal sense of right and wrong for a victory in court. You can argue that he lost the case, but won his soul. Because, while we would all want Harvey Specters of this world on our side in court, we wouldn't want such a person in our personal lives. I didn't blame Dana Scott for leaving: a woman wants someone who is going to sacrifice his ego for her. Harvey mentoring Gene – that would turn into "devil's apprentice" and it wouldn't be nearly as good as the pairing of two opposites. You can even argue that Mike is Harvey's "human credential" – also challenging Harvey's outlook on life. On a lighter note, writers get brownie points for the shirtless Mike scene. Also, points for Harvey and his unbuttoned shirts… But, after "victory se*" his hair is still perfectly in place? ;)moreless
Abigail Spencer

Abigail Spencer

Dana Scott

Guest Star

Hal Ozsan

Hal Ozsan

Jones Debeque

Guest Star

Ben Hollingsworth

Ben Hollingsworth

Kyle Durant

Guest Star

Vanessa Ray

Vanessa Ray

Jenny Griffith

Recurring Role

Max Topplin

Max Topplin

Harold

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Mike: Listen, Harvey about.
      Harvey
      : I don't give advice.
      Mike: Okay, please. Sensei. I'm out of my league with this man.
      Harvey: Listen to me. Don't go to trial.
      Mike: Its a mock trial. I think the trial part is kind of a prerequisite.

    • Mike: You know, you keep telling me I have to decide what kind of lawyer I want be? And if I were smart, I'll probably be just like you because everybody knows you're the best. But I'm also deciding what kind of person I want to be. Sometimes I like my kind of a person a lot more than yours.

      Harvey: You want to know what kind of person I am? Tough, but fair. I call it like I see it, and what I see is a kid who asked for an opportunity but still haven't decide if he wants it or not.

    • Harvey: Law is about control, okay. You can only control so much with the jury, judge, witnesses, and another lawyer with an ego complex.Mike: What if the lawyer doesn't have a ego complex?Harvey: Every lawyer has an ego complex. The firm has presented an exercise where there is potential for failure, okay? All I'm saying is try to create a situation where that's not even a possibility. Kobayashi Maru.Mike: Koba-what now?Harvey: Star Trek. Captain Kirk. He wins a no-win situation by rewriting the rules.Mike: You're a Trekkie.Harvey: Hey, Captain Kirk is the man. I don't want to hear another word about it. Now enough about your fake law problem, let's deal with my real one.Mike: Aye, aye Captain.

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    • Harvey: The firm has presented an exercise where there is potential for Failure. OK? All I'm saying is try and create a situation where thats not even a possibility. Kobayashi Maru.


      Referencing both the 1982 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan' and 2009 'Star Trek' films. The Kobayashi Maru is a star fleet academy exercise where a no-win situation pushes the cadets to think outside the 'box'.

    • Harvey: The firm has presented an exercise where there is potential for Failure. OK? All I'm saying is try and create a situation where thats not even a possibility. Kobayashi Maru.


      Mike: Koba-what now?


      Harvey: Star trek. Captain Kirk. He wins a no win situation by rewriting the rules.


      This is a reference to the 2009 movie 'Star Trek' where young cadet Kirk is nonchalantly passing the no-win Kobayashi Maru exercise after rewriting the simulation program created by Spock.

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