Suits Recap – S8 E16: Harvey

In which Robert makes amends for his past sins by sacrificing himself to the devil Hardman, Samantha flashes back to the time she was mugged, and in the process of almost losing his license, Harvey finds his true love.

It’s the season finale, of the penultimate season yet, so the episode pacing is stepped up some. But we still get grainy flashbacks, cuz this is Suits, y’all.

Back story first: 8 years ago, Samantha and Robert are working at Rand Kaldor Zane or whatever that firm was called. Samantha is walking along Adelaide West or King Street in Toronto – standing in for New York’s Sixth Avenue, I assume – talking on her phone to Robert, who’s in the office, about a case they just won and how he’s eating some fattening Chinese food she left behind, when she is mugged. She tries to fight back and yells at Robert to call 911. The mugger kicks her and drags her on the ground when she doesn’t immediately give up her purse, and destroys her phone.

Afterwards, Robert visits Samantha in the hospital emergency room. She wants a hired investigator to find the mugger so she can wreak vengeance. Robert just wants justice. There is no evidence/case against the mugger, which angers Samantha because if the guy is not caught and convicted, she will be forever branded a victim, something she is over with, after her rocky childhood. Robert pins something damning on the mugger for Samantha’s sake. The mugger goes to prison, only to be murdered there. Ever since, Robert has felt guilt-ridden and responsible for the guy’s death.

In the present, Hardman is still representing the Simon mall developer executive who is suing Harvey for breaking attorney-client partnership privilege in relation to the whole Donna-Thomas Kessler mess from last week.

Harvey shouldn’t have told Donna what was going on with the mall deal, Donna shouldn’t have told Thomas, and Thomas shouldn’t have brought the ethical violations into the open by prematurely issuing a press release about the deal. So they’re all wrong, but it’s possible Donna made the biggest mistake, out of good intentions.

All hands are on deck to fix this thing. Harvey and Louis try and fail to make a deal with Hardman and Simon. Robert, who is friendly with Hardman, suggests he take a name partnership at Kaldor Zane in exchange for dropping the suit, but no one wants that, especially KZ. Hardman floats the idea of replacing Harvey’s name on the wall at Specter, Litt, etc., with his own, but no one wants that either.

Harvey and Louis meet with the chairman of the Board at the mall developer company, and convince her to fire Simon (and Hardman as his lawyer) but the foxy duo have already arranged a law society ethics hearing for the next day that could result in Harvey losing his license, so Harvey is in big trouble unless he throws Donna under the bus.

Robert, meanwhile, is newly remorseful about the mugger’s death, after what happened with Louis and his mugger last week. He asks Alex (who was mightily compromised with the prison case from Season 7) how he lives with knowing he’s done bad things that hurt/kill people. Alex advises him to either take action to assuage his guilt or move on.

With all the involved parties called upon to testify at the ethics committee hearing, Harvey asks Thomas to lie about hearing the confidential information about the deal from Donna. Not to protect Harvey, but to protect Donna. Thomas realizes that not only is he taller, bigger and more ethically principled than Harvey, but he knows a lovesick tragic hero when he sees one, and Harvey is in love with his girl.

New-fount-of-wisdom Alex tells Donna he knows she loves Harvey. When Thomas asks Donna what’s the story with her and Harvey, she admits she can never let him go.

At the hearing, our guys, with the support of Kessler, tell a complicated tale that lays all the blame for the breaking of privilege on Robert, who promptly loses his license and announces his retirement. This sacrifice was Robert’s idea, of course, his way of atoning for the mugger’s death, and thereby sparing the rest of the gang, and allowing them to keep doing unethical shit for a bit longer.

After this bittersweet victory, Harvey offers to take Robert out for a burger, but Robert wants to go home to the woman he loves. Same for Alex. Sam is the most hard hit by Robert’s departure – she’s lost her mentor. When she refers to having lost someone (Robert) who loved her, Harvey realizes he must seek out the woman he loves. He goes to Donna’s apartment, knocks on her door and they kiss, which turns into an awkwardly staged makeout session. After all these years, I’m not against these two beautiful people enacting a Darvey consummation, but something about the sight of Harvey’s suited butt grinding against Donna’s lower body in her satin lounge wear was off-putting. Just me?

Spoilers about next season indicate Harvey and Donna are going to have an actual relationship, making complete Sarah Rafferty’s ascension to official co-lead of the show with Gabriel Macht (bye-bye Patrick J!). Have we seen the last of Robert, though? Will my new favorite character Brian return? How about Mike and Rachel? Okay, Duchess Meghan is never coming back, but Mike? To find out, tune in for the final season of Suits this summer. We’ve come this far, might as well watch and snark to the end.

Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper. Her latest novel The Showrunner, available from your favourite bookseller, is a darkly humourous, suspenseful Hollywood-noir about female ambition inside the TV biz that has been called a “sophisticated, compelling, and surprisingly complex drama,” and has been optioned for development as a TV series.

 

Check out its book trailer here:

Suits Recap – S8 E15: Stalking Horse

In which Donna, Harvey, Alex and Thomas get tangled up in a real estate deal, Louis is called on to testify against his mugger, and Brian briefly returns to handle his first solo client.

Louis is shopping for baby stuff with Sheila when he gets a call from the police, asking him to identify his mugger in a lineup. He picks out the culprit immediately, complete with flashbacks to the attack, but is freaked out when he’s told he will need to testify against the guy in court.

Samantha, whom you will recall was once mugged herself, and has ostensibly taught Louis some self-defence moves, convinces him he must testify – for justice’s sake, for his inner peace, and to protect his family from future retribution. She helps him prepare for court and urges him to let his emotions show during his testimony. He does, but the case is thrown out on a technicality.

An angry Sam wants Louis to fight to get the guy, whose name is Maurice, back into court. She is ready and willing to make that happen in a dirty-tricks way, but Robert pressures her to find a legal approach. She does some research and takes Louis with her to confront the mugger on the street. She threatens to report to the housing authority that Maurice’s wife and son have violated the rules of subsidized housing, which would lead to their eviction. For good measure, Sam puts Maurice in a choke hold, and to spare his wife and kid, he confesses to having attacked Louis.

Katrina proudly gives Brian his first solo client: a handbag maker who is being evicted by her landlord for bullshit rent-increase-grabbing reasons. Solo client or not, Katrina goes with Brian to meet the landlord and bargain with him. She goes a little nuts and calls the landlord a sack of shit, a bluff that somehow works. Brian and Katrina are happy about their win until Brian tells his wife (off-screen) what happened, and the wife recognizes from his telling of the story that Brian has feelings for Katrina. To save his family unit, he resigns and says goodbye. A heart-broken Katrina cries. Louis, understanding that sacrifices must be made for family (see Maurice’s situation above), allows Brian to take the new client with him. Can Brian please come back in Season 9?

Donna’s story line starts with a flashback to her girlhood. Her crooked father has left, and her mother is working hard to support them. She has saved some money so the two of them can go on a long-desired trip to Paris, but the trip gets cancelled, because the mom, resplendent in her 80’s (?) fashions, gives the savings to the crooked dad.

In the present, Donna and Thomas Kessler are still going strong, because she is “a 5’9″ stack of fantastic” (okay, then), and he’s pumped about a deal Alex has set up for him to expand his furniture (or is it home goods? something to do with interior design, anyway) store empire.

Harvey, meanwhile, meets with his client, a mall chain owner named Simon who calls Harvey the Babe Ruth of his profession (okay, then). Simon wants to put Thomas’s stores in 20 malls as an anchor tenant, instead of Restoration Hardware, who are trying to pay less rent. This represents a conflict for the firm because Alex represents Thomas, but like a dishonest Babe Ruth, Harvey says sure, we’ll make this happen anyway.

Harvey and Simon meet with Alex and Thomas, work out a beneficial deal, and seal it with a handshake. All too soon, bad Simon soon says he only used Thomas as a stalking horse to gain leverage in his negotiations with Restoration Hardware. Harvey and Alex start scrambling behind the scenes to make this right for Thomas without pissing off Simon or seeming to violate attorney-client privilege (which they definitely did). Donna figures out something is up and asks Harvey what’s going on. He asks her to trust him and not to tell Thomas about Simon’s bad faith bargaining.

Donna calls her mom for advice. Her mom says to go with her gut, and Donna suggests they plan another trip to Paris. When Thomas tells Donna the original deal-maker came back with even better terms but he will turn them down because he’s a man of his word, Donna tells him what’s going on.

Thomas gets mad at Harvey, Simon fires Harvey, and Harvey gets mad at Donna for not trusting him. When Harvey accuses Donna of choosing Thomas over the firm, she yells back that she chose herself over Harvey for once, and why shouldn’t she? She softens a little when Harvey says he’s mad because she seems to have lost faith in him (awww).

That’s when Hardman and his high voice show up in the office to announce that he’s going to sue the firm, on Simon’s behalf, for Harvey breaking attorney/client privilege. Unless Harvey would like to resign, that is.

Next week in the season finale: more Hardman, and apparently, some developments in the Darvey saga.

Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper. Her latest novel The Showrunner, available from your favourite bookseller, is a darkly humourous, suspenseful Hollywood-noir about female ambition inside the TV biz that has been called a “sophisticated, compelling, and surprisingly complex drama,” and has been optioned for development as a TV series.

 

Check out its book trailer here:

Suits Recap – S8 E14: Peas in a Pod

In which Harvey & Donna get involved in a case between Scottie and Samantha; Louis represents his therapist Stan in a lawsuit; Alex gets guidance on his case from Gretchen; and Katrina proves her mettle with nary a sign of Brian (sob).

When Scottie shows up on the street outside Harvey’s office, Harvey asks her what’s up. Oh, nothing, she says, while picking fetchingly but unconvincingly at a pastry she’s holding. She was just in the hood looking for a good croissant (odds that a good croissant could be found at Harvey’s favorite bagel/coffee stand = zero). But hey, how’s the multi-named law firm that she used to work at doing?

Harvey lets slip that Samantha is a name partner because she’s good at dirty-tricks-type law, and goes into the office, certain that Scottie dropped by because she’s about to go against him in a case. Except she isn’t, she’s facing off with Samantha – something about a credit card app/company.

Samantha, unaware of Scottie’s history with Harvey and the firm, has already done something unethical on the case, because she has no time for rules. She demands that Katrina look up some legal minutiae to back her up, because Katrina owes her one. But when Samantha and Scottie go before a judge in chambers to discuss the suit, Scottie comes in with proof of Samantha’s slippery past tactics, and it looks like the case may be going in Scottie’s favour.

Samantha says Scottie “fucked with the wrong Marine” and goes fuming to Harvey. She’s angry that Harvey betrayed her to Scottie (which he didn’t, really, he was just gossiping, but he didn’t have Sam’s back either). She doesn’t give a shit that he slept with Scottie, and calls him your typical handsome, powerful man who can’t stick with women who challenge him. She also thinks “shady begets shady” so Scottie must be up to something underhanded on this case. She asks Katrina to dig further.

Katrina eventually finds evidence that the credit card company/app falsified some numbers on new accounts being opened, and that Scottie knew about it and is trying to cover up the fraud until the company gets on its feet, so that people won’t lose their jobs! All these noble lawyers in their thousand-dollar suits/dresses covering up fraud and acting unethically so that good working men and women can stay employed – it’s downright heart-warming, isn’t it?

When Harvey finds out Scottie’s law career might be over because of what she did, he tries to protect her by coming up with ideas for resolving the case. Scottie doesn’t want him involved but she asks Donna for help with “Sam the attack dog”, though Scottie and Donna have a tense history of both competing for the position of Harvey’s true love interest.

Donna tells Harvey he and Scottie are two peas in a pod, but Harvey says Scottie is supposed to be better than him, less of a fraudster. Katrina and Harvey eventually persuade Sam to get a win without destroying Scottie. Sam, in a very flattering red suit, apologizes to Harvey for letting Scottie push her buttons. Sam and Harvey go out for an amicable drink.

Her career saved, Scottie thanks Donna, and promises to stay away from Harvey (and the firm) henceforth. She hopes one day Harvey will see in Donna what everyone else sees –that is, that they belong together and are soulmates? I’m guessing here, as Scottie was being cryptic and vague.

Whatever Scottie means, she apparently says something similar off-screen to Harvey, and he is about to bring it up with Donna at day’s end, when Thomas arrives to meet her. Harvey is approving of their new relationship and happy for Donna. Or is he?

Alex’s case this week finds him representing the maker of a life-saving medical machine. A man is suing the company for wrongful death after his wife died while hooked up to the machine. Alex and his client are positive the machine did not fail, and try to blame the death on the man’s operation of the machine. The man is so insistent that Alex looks into it further and discovers maybe the software did fail one time. The client is remorseful, but wants Alex to bury the evidence so that his company won’t go out of business. Alex talks the matter over with Gretchen, who still regrets the mistake she made with the courier back in S8E8. She counsels Alex to have compassion for people who make mistakes, and for people whose spouses die. Alex comes clean with the widower, and proposes a settlement that allows him to honour his wife’s memory but not put an end to the company.

Stan Lipshitz, Louis’s therapist, is being sued for malpractice. One of Stan’s patients, a bipolar construction foreman, caused an industrial accident that killed someone, and is blaming Stan for prescribing his medications incorrectly. Louis wants to represent Stan but Stan resists because a) their doctor-patient relationship will suffer, and b) Louis is so hot-headed that he will probably lose the case (and make Stan lose his license.) Louis promises to control himself but is stymied when Stan refuses to let him put the foreman on the stand and expose his mental illness. Louis asks Donna if he can visit the foreman against Stan’s wishes and try to shake him down/intimidate him into dropping the suit. Donna says he can’t. Louis goes to visit the foreman anyway, but not as Stan’s lawyer – as a fellow patient. He talks about how good a doctor Stan is, and promises to find him a new job if he drops the suit.

Afterwards, Stan suggests he should stop treating Louis because things have gotten too personal, but Louis explains that he is a better, more compassionate person for having worked with Stan and hopes to continue improving. Stan agrees to keep seeing him.

Next week: Donna has to choose between her new boyfriend and the firm, or is she choosing between herself and Harvey?

Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper. Her latest novel The Showrunner, available from your favourite bookseller, is a darkly humourous, suspenseful Hollywood-noir about female ambition inside the TV biz that has been called a “sophisticated, compelling, and surprisingly complex drama,” and has been optioned for development as a TV series.

 

Check out its book trailer here:

Suits Recap – S8 E13: The Greater Good

In which Samantha represents her former foster mother on a drug charge, trader Stu asks Harvey and Donna for help, Louis yells and apologizes (like he does every week), and Katrina and Brian decide to pretend they can ignore their sexual tension.

Stu is back! Stu being the stock trader friend of the firm whom Donna convinced to illegally short some guy’s stock in S7 E13, in order to save jobs at a shoe manufacturing company. The stock manipulation didn’t even achieve the desired effect back then, but a sleazy trader named Nick is now blackmailing Stu: he’ll report the transaction to the SEC unless Stu makes Nick the brokerage boss.

Harvey tries various tactics to cancel Nick, including face-to-face intimidation, asking Kevin Miller (Mike’s former prison cellmate, now a financial guy in a nice suit with a fancy office) to hire him, suggesting Cahill look the other way with regard to Stu’s transgression, and sending Alex over to call Nick’s bluff. Nothing works until, on Donna’s advice, Stu refuses to comply with Stu’s demands, and Nick goes to Cahill with his evidence. Cahill says he will either prosecute both crimes (the blackmail and the illegal trade) or none. Nick withdraws his complaint, Stu fires him, and Cahill tells Harvey they’re through, shady deals-wise. Everyone wins, sort of. Except Nick.

Donna’s first night with new beau Thomas went well, by the way, though she’s not ready to tell Harvey she’s seeing someone new. Thomas makes her coffee in the morning, wants to see her the next night, and is understanding about her work worries. Meanwhile, Harvey is home alone after winning the Stu situation. Donna’s not available for a drink, and Mike doesn’t answer his phone when Harvey calls him in Seattle to share the story. Mike hasn’t even recorded an answering machine message on his phone, he’s so gone from the show. And from Harvey’s lonely life.

Samantha’s former foster mother, a tired-looking but warm woman named Judy, shows up, asking for legal help. She stands to lose her foster parent license since she claimed responsibility for her foster son Corey’s crime of selling prescription drugs. After consulting with Robert, Samantha agrees to represent Judy, but comes up against a tough woman prosecutor who has no time for a fancy New York lawyer, and wants Judy to admit Corey committed the crime. Sam has always believed that she was taken from Judy’s care as a teen when she committed a crime herself, but finds out that Judy gave her up for the sake of the other kids she looks after. Judy deeply regrets that decision and doesn’t want to repeat history with Corey. But Samantha has thrived and succeeded since those days. So after initially being angry that Judy lied to her all these years, Samantha convinces her that it will be for the greater good to let Corey answer for and learn from his crime, like Samantha did. She also softens up the prosecutor by sharing her own history and makes a deal to have the charge reduced to a misdemeanour. So everyone wins. Except Corey.

In the course of handling Judy’s case, Sam asks Robert to handle a client meeting Louis asked her to take for him. When Louis yells at Robert about this, Robert explains that Sam is going through some personal shit, and advises Louis to treat the partners more humanely.

Louis takes this advice to heart when talking sympathetically to Katrina, who is still struggling with her strong attraction to Brian. She pulls Brian off the fragrance case, which pisses him off because it makes him look bad, and hurts his career opportunities. Meanwhile, Katrina is not happy with another associate she tries to work with, because this Susan is no Brian.

The best thing for Brian and Katrina is to reinstate him as as her associate, but is their chemistry just too combustible? After some heated blaming discussions between them, followed by apologies, they decide to continue working together for a year, until Brian is solidly set on the junior partner track, then move on. Katrina pledges to control herself around him until then. For drama’s sake, I hope she can’t.

Next week: Scottie returns to cause trouble for Harvey, because she knows about much of the shit that’s gone down at the firm.

Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper. Her latest novel The Showrunner, available from your favourite bookseller, is a darkly humourous, suspenseful Hollywood-noir about female ambition inside the TV biz that has been called a “sophisticated, compelling, and surprisingly complex drama,” and has been optioned for development as a TV series,

 

Check out its book trailer here:

 

 

Suits Recap – S8, E12: Whale Hunt

In which Louis and Harvey fight and make up, Donna goes out on a hot date, Katrina and Brian share forbidden erotic moments, and Alex’s lawyer wife Rosalie asks Samantha for help with a case.

Louis, still trying to figure out how to be managing partner, apologizes to Harvey for yelling at him last week, and sends him out hunting for a whale of a client, a rich guy named Palmer who might make cars. Or maybe he just likes cars, who cares.

Palmer is resistant to mavericks in general and Harvey’s cocky attitude in particular, so he declines to be represented by him, but he allows both Harvey and Louis (now going after Palmer’s business himself) to play in his $100K buy-in charity poker game. Louis and Harvey end up facing off over a hand that Harvey wins, thereby earning some admiration from Palmer.

Louis is angry and yell-y about this, and wants Donna to stay late and find him another whale to catch on his own. But Harvey and Louis patch things up after Robert tells Louis that Harvey treats all managing partners like shit, that’s just his style, don’t take it personally; and Gretchen tells Harvey to stop acting like a child with Louis, and make things right. 

More apologies ensue between Harvey and Louis over prunies (smoothies made with prunes?). Thus fortified, they decide they are the two best lawyers in the city. Okay, sure. And this week’s conflict and resolution between these two accomplished what, exactly?

The dick-swinging story line between Louis and Harvey was the least interesting part of the episode (though the baseball & football jokes about Louis’s lack of sports knowledge were kinda funny), when we’ve got sexual tension going on between Katrina & Brian, and Donna dating, with much encouragement from Gretchen.

Gretchen sees Donna aglow after working with Louis’s client Thomas Kessler, and encourages her to go out with the guy, because why the hell not if she likes him. Donna, wearing a fabulous red Victoria Beckham dress (with fabulous shoes) that I will post a pic of eventually but you can see here in the meantime, calls Thomas up and agrees to a dinner date.  She almost doesn’t go because, “Louis is an asshole, and so is Harvey,” but Gretchen is going to take care of those fools, so run off to the ball, Cinderella!  After a romantic get-to-know-you dinner (in a restaurant with tablecloths!), Thomas walks Donna home, says he had a great time and asks if he can call her the next day instead of doing the wait-3-days routine. Client or not, Donna invites him up! On their first date!  Go, Donna.

Katrina has been hired by beauty company A to sue beauty company B for copying the packaging of company A’s biggest-selling fragrance. Katrina is pumped for this because it would be cool if fashion/beauty industry cases became her specialty. Also cool: she and Brian experience some steamy, high grade sexual tension while tenderly  1) inhaling the scent of the two perfumes on Katrina’s bare arms, and 2) looking at Brian’s adorable sleeping baby in his apartment while his wife is out of town. 

Katrina and her amazing hair ask Donna what to do about this, and Donna cryptically warns her to stay out of the kitchen if she doesn’t want a cookie (wtf?). When Katrina and Brian take a deposition from beauty company B, they use it to indirectly tell each other how wrong and strong their attraction to each other is, in a ridiculous but amusing scene. Afterwards, Katrina tells Brian he can’t be her associate anymore, which makes both him and me sad. I don’t want him to leave his wife , but I hope he recurs. We need more of the only sweet-natured mensch in the Suits universe.

The final storyline this week is about Alex’s lawyer wife Rosalie. After taking time off to raise the kids, she’s back at work on a case representing the graduates of a worthless scammy university (like Trump U, I presume). She and Alex have had a policy of not discussing legal matters since law school, when they had a big fight over their different approaches and almost broke up. She asks Samantha to help her with this case instead but Samantha is aggressive, like Alex. Rosalie is happy to get a settlement of 15K each for her clients, Samantha wants to push for 50K each. A fired-up Samantha tries to get Alex to convince Rosalie her way is the best way. He brings it up with Rosalie, and comes away convinced Rosalie is making the right decision in accepting the lower amount. Sam agrees to let it go, and I died of boredom writing this paragraph.

Next week: Stu returns, as does Cahill,  and once again, the firm is in trouble.

 

Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper. Her latest novel The Showrunner, available from your favourite bookseller, is a darkly humourous, suspenseful Hollywood-noir about female ambition inside the TV biz that has been called a “sophisticated, compelling, and surprisingly complex drama,” and has been optioned for development as a TV series,

Check out its book trailer here:

Suits Recap – S8 E11: Rocky 8

In which there is a(nother) boring boxing story line, complete with boring boxing metaphors; Donna gets a new love interest whom she addresses teasingly as “Stupid,” as if teasing is an appealing trait in a person; Harvey fat-shames Robert, haha, isn’t he a charmer; and Louis does a silly victory dance that I found mildly amusing, partly because I know a line dance to the catchy song he dances to, and partly because I’ll take a dancing scene over a boxing scene any day.

We open with Harvey coming in late to work and in need of coffee. He was out of the office plotting his strategy to go after Andrew Malik, the DA who got Jessica disbarred. Harvey’s idea is to represent a boxing promoter Malik is prosecuting for fixing a fight. If the promoter is found not guilty, that means Malik loses/looks bad. What a great plan, for a corporate lawyer to undertake a criminal defence case. And Donna won’t heat up his cold coffee, as she shouldn’t.

It’s Louis’s 1st day on the job as managing partner, and he is pumped! Cue aforementioned comic dancing/strutting to Feel It Still. Also cue Harvey and Robert talking shit about Louis behind his back, and trying to avoid him and anything to do with managing the firm.

Louis is torn between wanting to help one of his longtime clients – a tall guy named Kessler who is okay-attractive, but not as handsome as Harvey – with a business crisis, and doing managing partner type work. Donna tells Louis he must delegate, and offers to help Kessler quickly find a new general counsel so Louis doesn’t have to step in to do the job till one is found. Kessler is charmed by Donna’s cockiness, her headhunting skills, and her analysis of the suit he’s wearing (fancy but not too fancy). And he likes being called stupid, apparently. He asks her on a date, she says no, but only because she doesn’t date clients. He promises to ask her again. Here we go.

Louis delegates the Kessler business crisis  to Alex, then takes back the file when Alex suggests a solution Louis doesn’t like. Gretchen advises Louis to keep a sharper eye on Harvey and his boxing case/Malik vendetta, and to let Alex do his thing. But Louis’s criticism leads Alex to a better solution, so yay team. 

Harvey convinces the boxing promoter, a guy named Jim Allen, to hire him. He meets the two  fighters: Ricky the older guy, Alonzo the younger guy who beat him. The promoter and fighters  insist no one took a dive, but Harvey the boxing aficionado (spare me the tedious discussions about various Rocky movies) figures out that Ricky did, by putting his hands down when he should have had them up, for defence. Ricky admits he did it, to make a few million dollars in bets placed by his friends, but here’s why: he needs cash to provide for his family because he’s been having memory problems, at age 35 (!), and is worried about his future earning potential and mental decline.  Don’t box, kids, it’s not good for your mental and brain health! Don’t play football or hockey, either, actually. Basketball might be okay.

Harvey & Robert stay up all night in the office with Louis discussing how to get payback from Malick without throwing Ricky under the bus.  Louis comes up with the idea of threatening to sue   Malik to compensate Jim Allen for his revenue losses while his license was suspended, unless he cuts poor Ricky a deal. Harvey adds a condition that Malik must publicly apologize to Jim Allen. For some reason, this apology means Malik  will not be able to run for higher office in future.  He agrees to apologize, but he’s mighty pissed, and tells them to watch their backs. Will he return in Season 9, AKA the final season of Suits?

Do we care? Robert and Harvey don’t – they’re going to Harvey’s place to watch Creed together, which sounds so fun and manly, doesn’t it?

In other firm news, Samantha is still fond of satin blouses. She and Alex spend a minute admiring their names on the wall, and establish that the competition didn’t make them friends, even if they’re now both name partners.

During that competition, Alex gained an advantage over Samantha by getting Katrina to impersonate her and get access to a file Alex wanted. Katrina was not keen to engage in such subterfuge, but did it anyway, and Samantha is angry when she figures out what happened, especially because her client is losing $80 million after Alex won the case.

Samantha accosts Katrina in the washroom about the impersonation, and blackmails her into making secret, underhanded changes to the final deal papers so Samantha’s client will lose less. When Donna finds out, she tells Katrina not to be a pushover. Katrina finds a more ethical way to  benefit Samantha’s client, but not 80 million dollars’ worth. She tells Samantha she won’t be pushed around anymore, but she now owes Samantha. Then she tells Alex she won’t be pushed around by him anymore either, and he owes her.  Welcome to the shady favor exchange club, Katrina of the consistently good hair!

Footnotes:

When Harvey tries to update Louis about the boxing case, Louis refers to Harvey as a wild stallion, and makes comments about how he wants to ride Harvey bareback, to Harvey’s – and my – discomfort. I mean, the wild stallion jokes were okay, but the bareback thing with its gay panic innuendo – no. 

An extended promo of the new Suits spinoff, now called Pearson, and starring Gina Torres, appeared during a commercial break. You can find the promo here.

Next week: Surprise!  Louis and Harvey snipe at each other.

Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper. Her latest novel The Showrunner, available from your favourite bookseller, is a darkly humourous, suspenseful Hollywood-noir about female ambition inside the TV biz that has been called a “sophisticated, compelling, and surprisingly complex drama,” and has been optioned for development as a TV series,

Check out its book trailer here:

Suits Recap – S8 E10: Managing Partner

In the mid-season/summer finale, Samantha and Alex fight for the name partnership, Sheila becomes pregnant for real, and Donna orchestrates a rebalancing of power that results in a new firm name I refuse to learn or remember.

The fight is on

The gang meets to sound the name partnership round-starting bell (Zane even says ‘get ready to rumble’). Alex and Samantha come out swinging on the Gavin Andrews vs. Insurance Company case, and that is more than enough boxing metaphors for me. Why the writers didn’t pick up on my tap dance-off suggestion to solve all firm disputes, I don’t know.

Snazzy Tie

Alex, in another pretty tie, gets Harvey to help him with his side of the case. But Zane didn’t get the memo, so he won’t help Samantha, not at first.

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A series of flashbacks show why Zane values Samantha, and also why he owes her. Twelve years ago, when she had longer hair and a center part – a hairstyle I find more flattering to her than her current side-part bob – she was an associate at an unnamed law firm where Zane was a partner. The name partners of that firm were money laundering. When Zane found out, he was blackmailed into staying quiet by being forced to take some dirty money of his own. He gave it to charity and didn’t blow the whistle for the sake of Rachel’s future law career. Little did he know she’d go on to marry a convicted felon, haha.

An FBI agent (who refers to Samantha’s previous military service – what now?) wanted Samantha to be an informant against the bad guys at the firm. Instead, she fixes the situation by convincing Zane to force the crooked partners out and take over the ownership with his trusted partners Caldor & Rand. She helped Zane rather than rat on him and the others because she was moved by his devotion to his daughter. Being a foster kid, she could only wish for a father like him.

In the present, Alex and Samantha take their case to court. Samantha knows that Andrews (Alex’s client) has to be guilty of damaging a Vermeer (!) painting his airline was transporting, in order to increase the value of his own Vermeer (I call credibility on this smarmy punk having access to one Vermeer, let alone two, considering the rarity of Vermeer works – come on now.) But she also needs to get rid of a box of evidence containing information that could incriminate her client, the insurance company. Zane eventually makes the box disappear, but Alex gets access to it by having Katrina go somewhere (off-screen), impersonate Samantha, and get the evidence anew. As shady as this move sounds, Alex could have done worse and didn’t. Andrews wanted him to threaten Samantha with disbarment for ethical violations she committed when she represented Andrews previously.

When Samantha realizes she’s lost the case, she goes to Zane and demands he make her name partner anyway, because he still owes her. Zane floats this idea with Harvey, and they get heated with each other about broken words and promises. That is, Harvey tells Zane to get the fuck out of his office. Wise Queen Donna, suitably garbed in a beautiful and imperial black dress, offers a way out: both Alex and Samantha should be made name partners simultaneously.

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Donna’s solution works because she convinces Zane to step down as managing partner, and Louis to take over the role. Louis knows he can handle it because his balls have grown due to his impending fatherhood, and because he has realized he wants an active role in raising his child, which he might have more time for as managing partner, maybe? Especially since the now-pregnant Sheila is up for a promotion to dean of Columbia Law School (from Admissions Director straight to Dean – yeah, sure, that career path makes sense – not), and intends to go for the job. Baby or no baby, she’s a working woman and proud of it.

Peaceful Partners

Zane, Harvey and new name partners Samantha and Alex all make peace, but without having a group hug – ew, gross suggestion there, Zane, you deserve the serious side-eye you get for it from Alex and Samantha.

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Harvey thanks Louis for stepping up and breaking the impasse between him and Zane. When Harvey finds out about the pregnancy, he offers Louis sincere congratulations, complete with a heartfelt hug.

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All that’s left to tie up Season 8’s front ten episodes is for Donna and Harvey to celebrate how tall and thin they both are, and how good they look in their designer duds. They’ll also drink to how well Donna pulled the strings and made her puppets dance.

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Suits returns in January 2019 with its back six episodes, and, I hope, a break from any talk about name partnerships.

Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper. Her latest novel The Showrunner, available from your favourite bookseller, is a darkly humourous, suspenseful Hollywood-noir about female ambition inside the TV biz that has been called a “sophisticated, compelling, and surprisingly complex drama” and has been optioned for development as a TV series!

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