Suits Recap – Season 6, Episode 7: Shake the Trees

In which arbitrary, rapidly approaching deadlines are imposed for purposes of story tension, Jessica and Rachel wear great hair to wage legal battle, Donna mentions in passing that she just broke up with someone she’s been dating for the last two months (say what now? she has a life outside of the office?), Louis goes on a date, and Stu Douchebag is renamed Stu Dickface.

court hair

Save the date #1: Rachel & Jessica tell Leonard his execution has been set for 30 days hence. He is understandably upset by this news, so Rachel & Jessica and their great hair go to court to ask for a delay and are given Save the Date #2: a week in which to find Maria Gomez, Bailey’s alibi witness. They also collect dirty looks from the families of the murder victims who were two 16-year-olds, ugh.

R&J Commerce CourtOn their way out of Commerce Court, a large office complex in Toronto’s financial district that houses banks, law firms, and accounting firms, but no New York state courtrooms that I know of, Jessica gives Rachel contact info for her personal investigator, someone named Carter. The offscreen Carter discovers that Maria changed her name to evade an abusive husband, and the court records on her new identity are sealed. Rachel’s dad has a connection that can access the sealed info, so she asks him to do her a favour, lawyer to lawyer, and she will owe him.

Zane Sr. find outs Maria is dead, so there goes the alibi. A distraught father of one of the murdered teens accosts Rachel in the law firm lobby at the end of a day, and gives her hell about defending the already convicted murderer who killed his daughter. Gretchen steps in to support Rachel and scare the guy off, and Jessica later returns to the office to commiserate with Rachel, in her steely way.

louis & donna

Louis spends most of his screen time stressing about his upcoming dinner date with Tara the architect. He wants it to be extra special, but Donna suggests instead an intimate restaurant. Tara deems the setting perfect before she confesses that she already has a long-distance boyfriend with whom she has an understanding that they can see other people, so is Louis cool with her dating them both simultaneously? Okay, then. And Lo&Do say I-love-you to each other, but only platonically.

mike & kevin

Mike & Kevin: these two, and their on-again off-again bromance, honestly. They’re breaking up already and they didn’t even get to honeymoon. This week, Mike finds out the reason Kevin won’t turn on Sutter is because Sutter is paying him to keep quiet (and because he wants to protect his wife Jill from prosecution). Mike enlists Donna to help him lure Jill in to the prison so he can urge her to turn on her dad. Jill won’t do that, and when she tells Kevin she met Mike, Kevin threatens to beat Mike up if he keeps interfering with his business.

A remorseful Mike asks Harvey if Kevin and Jill can be included in the going free deal (they can’t) and tries to make up with Kevin, but too late – Kevin has put in for a transfer to another cell.

gallo

Remember Gallo, Mr. Prison Powderkeg? He becomes suspicious of how often Harvey visits Mike without stopping in to see Gallo about his release. After guessing correctly that Mike is trying to use Kevin as a way out, he threatens to reveal this secret unless Harvey gets him released, and soon.

I have become bored confused by the collusion, deception, real or is it fake? defense stuff that’s going on with Harvey, Cahill, and their joint nemesis Sutter. But I will try to summarize what I think went on this time:

Cahill staves off dismissal of Sutter’s case by saying he has obtained Sutter’s trading software program as evidence (secretly given to him by Harvey). The judge warns that if she finds out Cahill acquired the program illegally, there goes the case AND she will charge Cahill with malicious prosecution. She then announces Save the Date #3: the trial will begin in 5 days.

Harvey asks Louis for help in analyzing the big trades Sutter’s company made, which means Louis asks Donna to ask Stu Dickface for access to his database, which means Donna towers over him (like Jessica did), announces that she is Donna and she is awesome, and proves it by sinking a shaky shot in a kids’ basketball net.

Donna & Stu

donna's shotStu sees the Donna light, gives Louis access, and gifts him with new Litt Up mugs besides. Louis discovers the common link in the trades is a consulting investment bank, and someone named Philip Allen is identified as the banker who gave Sutter insider trading info. Offscreen, Cahill makes a deal with Allen to testify against Sutter. Because Harvey, thanks to Louis and Stu, led Cahill to Allen, the free Mike deal still stands, so Harvey makes this happy face:harvey happyUntil Cahill and his bosses nix the deal, and Harvey makes this sad/angry face:harvey sadder

Next week, the gloves are off! The match-ups: Harvey vs. Cahill, Mike vs. Kevin and Gallo.

KimMoritsuguTheHungryNovelist

Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper whose latest novel is a suburban comedy of manners called The Oakdale Dinner Club.

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