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.

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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.

Group Hug Sideeye

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.

Louis & Harvey Hug

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.

Donna & Pretty

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!

Check out its book trailer here:

Suits Recap – S8 E9: Motion to Delay

In which the previouslies include footage of Mike, though he doesn’t return, dammit; we welcome back Katrina and Brian, yay; Harvey & Zane do bad Terminator impressions; and Samantha wears what may be her most flattering (if bridal-adjacent) outfit yet.

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A dramatic story line is shoe-horned into this episode, about this guy Bratton (formerly of Bratton Gould, Alex’s old law firm, the one that was doing corrupt stuff with jails that led to convict deaths). It comes out of nowhere (or last season), apparently for the purpose of making Zane reflect that life is passing by, and so that he can proclaim repeatedly that ZSL needs to present a unified front to the law/business world.

Bratton launches a $20 million lawsuit against ZSL, compensation for the law firm he lost because he was a criminal and our boys blackmailed him, with proof of his crimes, into resigning. The ZSL crew think he’s bluffing, because why would he want to go to jail when his crimes are discovered, but it turns out he has terminal cancer, and wants to live out his days working, not with his family. Harvey promises to delay the case until he dies, but Bratton claims the hate he feels for Harvey et al. will keep him going for 2 years. He promptly proves himself wrong by dying  (off-screen) of a heart attack, leaving Zane to ponder his own mortality.

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The competition for name partner between Alex and Samantha intensifies when Alex’s new client Gavin Andrews comes up against an insurance company that Samantha represents. Something to do with a claim for a multi-million dollar painting that was damaged (sabotaged?) on a flight. Samantha, in a flattering semi-bridal outfit that makes her look way statuesque, and that Jessica could have worn, come to think of it, wants Alex and the firm to drop Andrews, whom she calls “a shady shit,” as a client. Alex wants to keep Andrews.

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Zane and Harvey instruct Samantha and Alex to make peace between the clients without dropping either of them, but Alex and Samantha can’t do that, they’re too adversarial. Samantha goes to Louis to collect the favour he owes her, and asks him to get Alex removed from the case. Harvey hears about this and stops it; he’s had enough of Samantha’s bullshit. Donna asks Samantha if she will concede the next name partnership to Alex if Donna can supply a written promise from the others that hers will come within a year or so. Samantha refuses, because Donna may have internalized the patriarchal system that calls for name partners to be male, but Samantha knows she’s better than Alex, so forget that idea.

To set up the summer finale, Harvey suggests to Zane that Alex and Samantha fight it out: one case, head-to-head, winner takes all. Zane agrees to this fun plan, though the previews for next week promise that the firm will be torn apart (at least temporarily) by the fight.

Enough of that yawner conflict, on to the good stuff: the burgeoning relationship between Katrina and Brian. Katrina is made senior partner, as Louis promised. On the day she chose to wear a fugly shirt/blouse (check the cuffs on that thing), he shows her her swanky new office. She is happy.

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Still wearing the fugly shirt, she asks Brian to be her dedicated associate. He half-jokingly asks if they can still be friends (not if you become lovers, Brian!). She unjokingly tells him he must replace his entire tie wardrobe with power ties and she doesn’t want him to be a yes man, she wants him to push back. They begin working on a lawsuit against High Rise Fashion (good low-rent company name) which has been stealing designs from a designer friend of Katrina’s. So she does have friends. Or a friend.

One night in the firm library, Katrina gets anxious about the case. Brian suggests they take a few hours off, go to dinner and celebrate her promotion. They toast each other multiple times with wine, and he tells her that before he went to law school, he wanted to be a songwriter and his wife kinda wishes he’d stuck with songwriting. BUT he has no regrets, because he loves the law, just like Katrina does. Uh oh.

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The next day, Katrina is hungover, there’s been a setback with the case, and she blames Brian for taking her eye off the ball. She thinks about trying a bluff to win the suit, “like Harvey does,” but Brian is not a yes man; he tells her that’s a bad idea. So does Harvey, when Katrina asks his advice (is this the first time that Katrina and Harvey and their hurricane names have  interacted? Might be.) Just in time, Brian finds evidence of collusion with the clothing manufacturer, and they win the case.

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Katrina is happy again and wants to celebrate (again) but Brian can’t, he has to go home to his wife and daughter. He suggests she go out with some other friend (hey, how about the fashion designer whose case she just won?). But no, she will stay in and be lonely.  Even more so when Louis gives her a gift of her new business card, framed. He offers to go for dinner, but she demurs. Sensing her loneliness, Louis kindly says that one day she will find love, like he did, after she once told him he would. Problem is, if you ask me, Katrina’s already found it with Brian, her married-to-another soulmate.

Next week: in the summer finale, Alex and Samantha get into the metaphorical ring to fight for the name partnership.

Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper. Her latest novel The Showrunner, now available from your favourite bookseller, is a darkly humourous, suspenseful Hollywood-noir novel about female ambition inside the TV biz that has been called a “sophisticated, compelling, and surprisingly complex drama.” Check out its book trailer here:

Suits Recap – S8 E8: Coral Gables

In which Louis’s tortured teenhood gets too much air time for my taste, Samantha learns what it’s like to lose a (boring) legal fight, Gretchen makes a work mistake, and I pine for the return of Katrina and Brian, my new favorite characters in this show.

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We open with Sam in a very tight (yet flattering) grey dress, dropping in to see bantery nemesis Eric Calder (sometimes pronounced Caldor because continuity seems to be asleep on the job), a name partner from Zane’s (and Samantha’s) previous firm. She wants to sue his client, Greyscale Defense, part of her scheme (don’t ask) to get the client back for Zane, as a kind of gift to him after his wine country travails. Harvey thinks she’s maneuvering for the name partnership again (yawn), and they exchange boasts/threats about how they should get in the boxing ring and duke/kick it out (is this supposed to be foreplay? I hope not). But he agrees to help her after Calder produces (fabricated) evidence before a judge that leads to Samantha being dismissed from the case for a supposed conflict of interest.

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Samantha relaxes enough to put her feet up (in not just Louboutins, but worn Louboutins) on the couch when they discuss the case, but she won’t divulge any gossip about her relationship with Zane when Harvey rather uncharacteristically asks for some.  Much legal back-and-forthing later, Samantha tells Harvey she’s never fabricated evidence herself, but she did once bury some to save an innocent female client from going to prison. Too bad that in the process, she had to banish a lawyer from the old firm named Betty Palmer, who had objected to the evidence burial, to the wilds of Coral Gables. In the end, she atones for her sins by giving her best client to Calder and telling him his fabricating ways will not be exposed, and she will not go after Greyscale, but only if he hires Betty back and makes her a senior partner.

Harvey suggests they go for a few rounds in the ring for fun, but Samantha doesn’t want to. She feels bad about losing the client (and endangering her name partnership bid), so she’d let him win and that would be a drag. Harvey understands her down mood, because he’d never lost until Mike went to prison, and losing sucks when you’re an arrogant, high-priced lawyer.

Dr. ChazYou know what also sucks? When you go see the best fertility specialist in the country, he turns out to be the guy who bullied you in high school, and he recommends fibroid surgery. That’s what happens when Louis and Sheila visit Dr. Chaz McManus, played by Josh Randall, formerly of Ten Days in the Valley, the other TV show I recap (that is, I recapped its one and only season). Louis struggles to deal with the situation – should he give up on the best doctor money can buy because the guy was an asshole jerk 30 years ago and scarred Louis for life? (My answer: yes.) Tedious flashbacks with teenage actors ensue, including an imagination exercise that Stan asks Louis to do which employs an impressive number of kid extras wearing 80’s fashions and hair. I think I at some point owned the vest that the blonde girl is wearing, god help me.

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Much is made of a contract that young Louis drew up, an agreement he made with himself to never be bullied again by Chaz. In the imagination exercise, young Louis reminds present day Louis that he/they also pledged to raise a kid who would never be a bully. Looks like Sheila is getting that surgery with Dr. Chaz for the sake of un-bully baby.

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I’m liking the tie and pocket square combos the Suits costume designer is putting on  Alex. The groovy, pretty complementary patterns make a stylish contrast to Harvey’s strait-laced black and grey accessories. Garbed in one such ensemble, Alex asks Gretchen to get Louis’s signature on a document and send it to a client’s lawyer by a deadline.

Gretchen gets the signature, and thinks the envelope was picked up by the courier, but Donna  picked it up by mistake along with a stack of files. When Gretchen discovers what happened, she tries to get the secretary at the other law firm – a youngish person who  replaced one of Gretchen’s cronies – to falsify the receipt log, but the new person is not interested in exchanging favours with an oldster like Gretchen.

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Gretchen next asks Samantha to use her fixer skills to make it seem like the secretary screwed up. Samantha thinks that to do so would only make matters worse. She tells Gretchen to tell Alex the truth.

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Alex, in another nice tie-and-square duo, gets pissed at Gretchen. But when his client tells him to fire Gretchen or lose the account, he lets the client go. That’s two clients lost this week, which should make Zane unhappy. And Samantha and Alex are now even again.

Gretchen talks to Donna about maybe retiring – she feels like she’s got no fight left.  Donna thinks it’s not Gretchen’s time quite yet. They hug.

Next time: The name partner fight resumes between Alex and Samantha. Only two episodes left until hiatus!

Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper. Her latest novel The Showrunner, now available from your favourite bookseller, is a darkly humourous, suspenseful Hollywood-noir novel about female ambition inside the TV biz that has been called a “sophisticated, compelling, and surprisingly complex drama.” Check out its book trailer here:

 

Suits Recap – S8, E7: Sour Grapes

In which Louis and Sheila have conversations that do not, for once, involve inane sex talk; Zane and Alex share a winery storyline that made me wonder if it was written to be shot totally out-of-office to accommodate Wendell Pierce’s other acting roles, Harvey finds himself in the middle of a height lineup with a client and an opponent, and Donna and Samantha continue to team up.

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I was rightly skeptical last week about Sheila being pregnant. The test result she announces to a thrilled Louis at the beginning of the episode turns out to be a false positive. Though we don’t find this out until:

  • Louis does a victory dance in his office upon hearing the positive pregnancy news
  • He agrees not to tell anyone yet, then tells Gretchen, his beauteous sister Esther, and Stan, AKA Dr. L., who says mazel tov and gives him a heartfelt and heartwarming hug
  • Louis and Sheila have some serious talks/arguments about whether their child would be brought up Jewish
  • Gretchen looks for (and finds) a midwifery course Louis can take

With Dr. L’s help, Louis and Sheila arrive at a compromise about their child-to-be’s cultural/religious identity: they will blend their traditions. Sheila makes kugel, Louis promises to allow a Christmas tree in the house. Then they find out about the false positive. Louis puts on a brave face for Sheila, but cries in Gretchen’s arms, in another touching hug scene. Aww.

Gretchen HugZane calls Donna at her home (an upgrade from the last apartment we saw her in, guess her new COO salary has come in handy) and asks her to have Alex driven upstate to his winery/country house to help with a personal case. In a weird bit of business, Donna gives Alex a bag packed with the essentials (including tight-fitting sweaters to show off his abs) he’ll need for the trip, and sends him off.

Donna at homeZane is completely alone at the winery we never knew he owned –  without his wife, any staff, or workers. He says he bought the business to honour his long-dead sister (remember her being an inspiration in the case he fought with Rachel about racial and gender discrimination from an insurance company?) because she liked wine. This unconvincing explanation aside of why he’s been absent for three weeks from the Toronto office set, he has a problem: his wine tastes terrible because he lost an entire harvest due to a supplier not delivering barrels on time that Zane had ordered and paid for.

Zane & Alex at wineryZane thinks the supplier’s motivation for fucking him up is racism. When Zane and Alex confront the (white) supplier and threaten a lawsuit, he angrily denies any racial bias but admits that the long-established community of wine growers is not keen on newcomers – especially well-heeled hobbyist types.  Zane dismisses Alex from the case for suggesting that the guy might be telling the truth, but brings him back after listening to Donna, the voice of reason.  Zane recalls how important community was to him growing up, and promises to build a tasting room the community can share.

So will his scenes from now on in the show be located in the winery? I still don’t get how or why this whole story line came about. He calls Donna to give her an update on the case and firm harmony, and they settle on corny, old-timey nicknames they will use for each other forthwith: Red and Pops.

Harvey & Fox in lobbyBack in the city, David Fox, the arrogant, short-ish, attractive landlord/owner of the office tower that houses the law firm, hands Harvey a file and asks him to deal with it. Harvey doesn’t know that Donna promised Harvey’s legal services to Fox for a year as part of a deal Harvey authorized Donna to make, so he resists angrily until Donna tells him to suck it up and take one for the team.

Harvey & Donna arguing

Fox wants to buy a building that belongs to a rival, and wants to hide his identity from said rival so as to get a fair price. The other developer, an imposing guy named Billows, sees through Harvey immediately when Harvey arrives with an offer he says is from a southwestern property company, or maybe a client in Dubai. Billows refuses to sell to Fox and alludes to Fox having some kind of shady deal going on with one of the building’s tenants, a grocery store owner named Peter Minto.

Billows & Harvey Faceoff

Harvey assumes Fox is money laundering through Minto, and has another fit with Donna about dropping the case, but she won’t let him because if he does, she’ll look like a liar. She asks Samantha (less prone to hissy fits than Harvey) to help out. Samantha and Harvey find out Fox is helping Minto because he was kind to Fox when Fox was a street urchin, stealing cigarettes at the age of 13 on the mean streets of Manhattan (in the 90’s). They come up with a deal that allows Fox to buy the building at a high price (and therefore look like he made a bad deal), but still protect Minto. Harvey grudgingly admits Fox has earned his respect. And by the way, Samantha speaks Mandarin, because she’s multi-talented like that.

After Zane’s and Harvey’s cases are resolved satisfactorily,  Samantha and Donna have a fun chat about the silly men they work with, and how they are either bad at receiving gifts (Zane), or at giving them (Harvey).  Harvey pops in and apologizes to them both about the Fox case – they were right, he was wrong and he’s sorry. They tease him in concert and he rolls his eyes.

Now that everybody’s getting along so well, it’s going to be awkward when it’s time to vote for whose name goes up next on the wall.

Next week: Samantha takes on a case that riles up Harvey.

Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper. Her latest novel The Showrunner, now available from your favourite bookseller, is a darkly humourous, suspenseful Hollywood-noir novel about female ambition inside the TV biz that has been called a “sophisticated, compelling, and surprisingly complex drama.” Check out its book trailer here: