Suits Recap – Season 6, Episode 10: PSL

In the mid-season/summer finale, Jessica leaves Pearson Specter Litt, and Gina Torres leaves the show! Also, Louis proposes to a pregnant Tara, and OMG, Harvey and Donna end the episode holding hands, in what seems like a platonic way.

Though do platonic friends often hold hands? Not really. Not unless they’re in a rom-com about two best friends who are actually in love but one or both of them hasn’t figured that out yet. So maybe Harvey and Donna shippers do have reason to rejoice. Maybe.

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Jessica has made Leonard Bailey’s appeal her #1 priority, because when she was an awkward teen with un-straightened hair and her workaholic doctor father never had time for his wife or daughter, she wanted to become a lawyer, and not the ‘power-hungry bottom-feeding’ kind, but the kind that helps people.

So when Robert Zane warns her that the company her number one client Jim Reynolds works for is shopping around for a new law firm, she makes Harvey and Louis handle that situation, because she has a death row case to fight, damn it.

In court, she slays Georgina, Bailey’s former defender. One for Jessica. She agrees to have Bailey testify about what happened the day of the murders, which is that he and his alibi witness, both of them high on meth, came upon a dying, bleeding girl on the street and he stayed with her until the police came and accused him of killing her and her already dead boyfriend.

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Jessica lets Rachel question Bailey before the jury and  he comes across as sympathetic. And when Mike and Rachel suggest that Jessica let the victim’s father incriminate himself on the stand (taking  a page from the movie A Few Good Men) – with regard to him paying off the alibi witness to go away and not testify before she conveniently died – she goes for it. The gamble works – Bailey is exonerated and released on the spot.

After a verdict like that, Jessica can’t even anymore with the PSL travails. She turns down Robert Zane’s offer to merge firms, as generous and kind-hearted as it is. She’s going to move to Chicago instead with old flame Jeff and fight injustice, an idea Jeff appears to be in full support of, though since when is hitching your limo to the wagon of some guy you went out with for a few months a year ago a good idea for a smart, powerful woman? Never mind. Jessica gets a bittersweet ending and an au revoir.

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When she breaks the news to Harvey and Louis, Louis freaks out but Donna, the Voice of Reason, points out that Gina Torres has been released from her contract because she can’t stand living in Toronto for half the year and is moving to Shondaland in L.A. instead, so there’s nothing the other principals can do except continue to endure Toronto life, and console themselves by instagramming idyllic photos of summer weekends spent at Patrick J. Adams’ family cottage in Muskoka.

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With Jessica preoccupied with the Bailey case, Harvey and Louis work as an uneasy team to save what’s left of the firm. When they hear clients are bailing because Sutter is spreading the word that Harvey ‘tanked’ his defence, Harvey goes to Sutter’s house and threatens to have it seized under the bankruptcy proceedings unless the rumours stop. To avoid losing number one client Jim Reynolds, Harvey and Louis enlist Trader Stu’s help one last time and get him to buy out a major portion of the company Reynolds works for, so they can keep Reynolds in charge and fight off the PSL-hating Board of Directors. Trader Stu and his suspenders are also leaving, though – his motley crew of traders was offered free use of Sutter’s former offices in the bankruptcy settlement. So, goodbye, Stu.

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There’s no goodbye for Louis & Tara, more like a hello baby, because Tara is pregnant, with her ex’s child, and Louis is fine with that, he doesn’t even need to sleep on it, not really, though these two know each other even less well than Jessica and Jeff. Never mind again – Louis proposes and Tara accepts, because they’re both crazy. And it looks like Carly Pope is staying with the show for a little longer.

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Speaking of weddings, Rachel and Mike do not discuss when theirs might happen, though Mike gives Rachel a picture of her being a boss in court, because she’s well on her way to big-time lawyer-dom, while Mike’s future is up in the air.

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When he and Harvey sit down in their open neck shirts to drink scotch and celebrate Mike’s release from jail, Harvey offers Mike a consultant job at the firm. Mike is grateful, but he doesn’t know if he wants that – he’ll think about it during the hiatus.

And did I mention that with Jessica gone, the office empty again, and the future not looking too bright, Harvey and Donna hold hands, gaze out the window together at the photo backdrop of New York at night and look hopeful? Yeah, I think I did.

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Suits will return in the winter of 2017 to finish the 6th season, and so will I.

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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Suits Recap – Season 6, Episode 9: The Hand that Feeds You

In which Mike gets out of jail, for real and for good! Yes, there were many machinations and reversals and ‘the deal is off’ declarations in this hour, but still – Mike’s release came earlier than I expected. And speaking of completely wrong predictions, Louis’s romantic rival Joshua was not only not played by Rick Hoffman or Gabriel Macht, as I suggested he should be, but the Joshua character did not even appear. Joke’s on me.

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There are two story threads that affect the timing of Mike getting out of prison. One has to do with Cahill’s seizure of Jill and Kevin’s assets, including those acquired before Jill started committing financial crimes. To combat this, Mike threatens to sue Cahill on Kevin’s behalf for abuse of power, though he won’t file the suit if Cahill gets Kevin released. Cahill is initially outraged by this threat. He barks at both Mike and Harvey about the very idea, abd even mutters the word ‘fucking’ at one point (shocker) but he later helps Mike get Kevin out another way.

The other story thread that affects Mike’s release is Gallo’s. For Mike’s sake, and because he said he would, Harvey swallows his conscience and integrity and represents Gallo at a parole hearing, before which he coaches Gallo to express remorse over his past behaviour, and makes him promise to still protect Mike as long as he’s inside.

Cameron Dennis, Harvey’s former mentor and tormentor from the D.A.’s office, the guy who never saw a criminal he didn’t want to punish, by hook or by crook, and who worked with Harvey to put Gallo away originally, shows up at the hearing. He doesn’t want Gallo to go free, not even after Harvey explains why he’s doing what he’s doing.

Harvey’s conflict over what to do is not helped by Donna reminding him that Gallo is a very bad guy. She reminds Harvey of this while wearing a so not right for the office, yet so amusing (black and white cookie) dress, which wornontv.net informs me is by the designer Roland Mouret, costs US$2,470 and is currently sold out. And yes, the black panel is supposed to be on the diagonal like that.

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The day that Harvey is set to perjure himself before the parole board and testify that Gallo is not a menace to society, Mike rescues him by offering himself to Dennis as a witness for the (kind of) prosecution. He truthfully reports all of Gallo’s recent evil prison doings at  the hearing, and parole is denied. Bonus: he made a deal with Dennis to have Kevin released in return for his testimony.

That night, Kevin is released, but Mike has secretly arranged with Cahill to stay in jail one more night, alone in his cell – dum da dum dum. Gallo comes to the cell after hours, swearing vengeance, and pulls out a shiv. But Mike has set up a video camera in the room to record the incident, and asked the one honest guard in the joint to watch the footage and break into the cell after Gallo tries to knife him, but before any actual stabbing happens.

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Harvey gloats when he informs Gallo after this incident that he now has two options:1) to return to maximum security prison, where everyone knows he is an informant, so he will be either killed or made to suffer mightily (my words), or 2) stay at Danbury for 5 more years, but without arranging any kind of harm to Mike, Harvey, or their loved ones on the outside, because if he does, back to Rikers (or equivalent) he goes. Gallo picks  option 2, and I can only hope that  Suits will have ended its run before he gets out of jail.

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Louis’s screen time this week is confined to stressing about and solving his love life issues with Tara and her unseen long distance boyfriend Joshua, who has come to town for deep talks. Louis and Donna discuss his worries during a joint mudding session, during which Donna appears in a white bikini top which exposes more details of her anatomy than I feel comfortable knowing, and they discuss it at the office too.

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The Joshua problem is resolved by episode’s end when Tara, whose hair and makeup have noticeably improved since she became a semi-recurring character, tells Louis that Joshua up and proposed to her, the cheeky unseen guy, but wonder of wonders, she wants Louis instead.

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Jessica, not to be outdone by Donna when it comes to wacky, impractical, designer-wear office getups, wears this Givenchy blouse/top/what? to speak to Harvey about his Mike/Gallo problems, but spends the rest of her time working on the Bailey case.

Rachel has found a precedent for re-opening the case that involves accusing Bailey’s  former lawyer, a woman named Georgina who has moved into corporate practice from criminal law, of having provided inadequate representation for Bailey, because she didn’t introduce the alibi witness’s testimony into the case 12 years ago.

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Jessica “drops the hammer” on this Georgina, and convinces her to sign an affidavit saying she heard the alibi and didn’t use it. A judge reopens the case, which means that a male prosecutor starts trying to make deals with Jessica to avoid a re-trial. Deals like 7 more years for Bailey and then he can go free. Jessica thinks Bailey should take the deal, but Rachel thinks they should fight, which she admits to Bailey when he presses her. Bailey also wants a chance to be proven innocent, because there’s no point in living, according to him, if the world and his family think he’s guilty. He accuses Jessica of being heartless and uncaring (this again), prompting her to prove she does care by reuniting Bailey with his teenage daughter. Hugs all around.

Penultimate episode end questions:

  • What happened to Julius, the prison counselor? Will we ever see him again? How about the prison? That big set, the recurring guard characters – are they all gone? And what about Stu Dickhead? One can only hope he and his suspenders are on permanent hiatus. Probably not, though.
  • Can Mike and Rachel get married now? I guess not – she has to get her law degree first, right? No wedding for us!
  • All the principal characters this season have had at least a semblance of a personal love life (even if it was only referred to, and not shown, ahem,  Donna) except for Harvey. He’s about due to enter the dating scene again.

Next week, on the summer season finale, it’s all law firm business, all the time.

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.

Suits Recap – Season 6, Episode 8: On Borrowed Time

In which deals are on and off and off and on, and I’m sorry to say that the plot reversals have come to feel more like time fillers than organic, inevitable outcomes of a well developed story.

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The end result of the incessant back and forths on who will inform on whom is that Mike convinces Kevin’s wife Jill to testify against her father in exchange for full immunity. That’s after we learn that Jill only agreed to the insider trading scheme to begin with because she found out Sutter’s fund was a big Ponzi scheme and she hoped they could make some quick gains to square things with their investors. In other words, William Sutter is the worst, and Jill and Kevin are collateral damage to his horribleness. Also, Harvey played Jill a recording of Sutter saying it would be better for Jill to go to jail than for him to, and Donna approached Jill on the street, and redheads should stick together, and since Donna’s dad was also a criminal, her advice is to get out now.

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Harvey starts the episode with Jessica, in a fetching shade of pink and a very tight skirt, commanding him to win Sutter’s case (for the sake of the law firm) since Mike’s deal was called off anyway. Harvey gives Sutter’s defence a good go for a bit, blows off Cahill, and discredits a key prosecution witness in a deposition, but he ends the ep by persuading Sutter to plead guilty and make his own deal for a reduced sentence.

Mike and Kevin (or, as Gallo amusingly calls them, while channeling my mother –  Frick and Frack) start off this week by making up, but when Mike comes clean about informing on him, Kevin beats him up in the kitchen. Later, after Jill agrees to testify against her father, Mike and Kevin make up again. Since Mike cut a new deal with Cahill in exchange for delivering Jill, it looks like he’s going to get out of prison. It looks like it enough that he tells Rachel he’s coming home, and Donna and Rachel go out to celebrate his release. But he’s not out yet. Not with two more episodes still to come before the show goes on its mid-season hiatus. He’d better be out by then, though. Or I will be doing a lot of sad head shaking and disappointed finger wagging.

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And what about Gallo, you ask? Gallo pressures Mike to pressure Harvey to get moving on that motion to have Gallo paroled. Harvey admits he hasn’t done anything about it yet because he thought that if Mike got out, Gallo should stay in. Mike urges Harvey to get to it, and convinces  Gallo to use his influence with the guards to get Kevin out of solitary after the kitchen fight. Gallo delivers but warns Mike that violent retribution will ensue,  inside or outside of jail, if Mike double crosses him. So we’ve got that to look forward to.

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This episode was directed by Gabriel Macht, BTW, so I have him to thank for making my screengrabs easier to grab by occasionally using shots that show two characters facing each other in the same frame. Thank you, Gabriel!  Anyway, Rachel & Jessica tell Leonard Bailey his alibi witness is dead, but there is another way to delay his execution – if he can come up with, say, a relative who would attend the execution but can’t for 60 days because she’s not well. Amazingly, Bailey has such a relative! – the aunt who raised him but thinks he is guilty and has not seen or spoken to him in years. Rachel pays the woman a visit. The aunt has no intention of witnessing the execution, but when Rachel implores her to sign an affidavit saying she would like the execution to be delayed, she does.

When Bailey hears about this, he gets all pissed that Rachel didn’t make his aunt care about him, as if that’s more important than whether he lives or dies, and he accuses Jessica of being cold and heartless. Afterwards, Rachel tries to be sympathetic to Jessica, but Jessica is like, just go find some evidence to clear the SOB, will ya? And late at night in the law firm library, it looks like Rachel might have found something she can use in the case …

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Louis confides in Donna, wearing a kicky full-skirted dress that is a flattering departure from her usual flattering dress styles, that he doesn’t know if he can be the Other Man with Tara. Donna mentions that she broke up with the never-seen-and-only-recently-talked-about Mitchell person she claims to have been dating because he wanted to move in with her, and she knew he wasn’t the One. But Tara does seem like the One for Louis, so he should keep trying. And why are all the Suits scenes lit so darkly, even daytime office scenes?

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On a dinner date with Tara, Louis makes a scene with the maitre d’ that is all about Louis’s inability to share her with anyone. Tara is inexplicably charmed by this outburst, and they go home and have what Tara calls ‘magical’ sex, after which Director Gabriel treats us to this rather frightening if comical aerial shot of the lovebirds. Louis thinks his yeoman sex work means Tara will now break up with her other guy, whose name is Josh.  Except Tara is not ready to do that, and Josh is coming to town soon.

What do you think – will this Josh be way better looking and charming than Louis, and play on all his insecurities, or will he be Rick Hoffman, playing a dual role? That would be kind of funny, actually. Or maybe Josh could be Gabriel Macht playing a dual role. That would be even funnier.

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While in court making a motion on Bailey’s case, Jessica runs into her old flame Jeff Malone. Jeff has softened somewhat since leaving the law firm and their relationship in a major huff. Jessica says she hasn’t called him because she’s still embroiled in all her law firm’s shit but she cares about him. They go for dinner, and Jeff says he loves her for herself, cold heartlessness and all. Awww. She invites him to spend the night, but he wants to go slow. That is, he’s looking for a job reference from her, because he’s moving to Chicago. She gives him a good one, and he leaves, though not for good, if I know this show.

Next week: Cahill tells Mike his deal to get out of prison is off (again). Sigh.

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.