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In which welcome flashes of self-mocking humour replace last week’s angsty mother issues; the Mike and Harvey story lines intersect, as well they should; and our anti-heroes contemplate, for the nth time, taking ethically questionable actions to further their own semi-virtuous ends.

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Harvey is relaxing at home with a drink when Mike drops over to admit that his hissy fit of a few weeks ago was drummed-up conflict for the sake of TV drama, so let’s be friends and banter again, and hey, wanna be best man at the wedding? Harvey accepts and offers his fabulous $12 million+ Toronto condo as a wedding venue, and Mike makes a joke that Harvey had better not fuck (cough) Donna, the maid of honour. Bros making dirty jokes – they must be best buds!

The next day at the office, Rachel goes to Louis, who goes to Harvey, for help with an alarming letter she received that indicates she will not have a character and fitness interview/hearing with regard to her admission to the bar. They all fear Rachel is being punished for Mike’s criminal past, but Harvey and Louis quickly determine that the bar committee guy in charge, who might be a lawyer (it wasn’t clear), used this letter to lure the known-to-be-ethically-loose Harvey into his office so he can ask him to do something shady in exchange for reinstating Rachel’s interview slot and maybe ensuring she is admitted to the bar. The something shady: sue this guy’s competitor for some serious reason that will drive down the competitor’s stock price.

The best part of this scene: when Mr. Shady admits he is to blame for his competitor’s success  because he stupidly disclosed company secrets to his mistress who leaked them to the competitor, and Harvey makes an exasperated, what’s-with-everyone-and-the-infidelity? face.

Harvey gets Rachel’s interview back on the schedule, and considers whether to launch a fake lawsuit (which would be a criminal offence) or to find a solid reason to launch a real one. He also asks  Mike if he’d like to help out because Harvey might be able to get Mike admitted to the bar too in the process. But born again do-gooder Mike wants no part of any funny business that might land him back in jail.

The team at the legal clinic are still fighting the eviction case of Sophia, the single mother tenant. Turns out she didn’t hand over the rent cheque Mike gave her the night before because she had to take her asthmatic son to the hospital. Mike rushes over to see the hard ass lawyer of the landlord but no, she won’t accept the rent cheque 20 minutes past the deadline, and she looks forward to obliterating Tall Oliver in court again. Mike negotiates a $25K settlement and thinks that’s a good deal, but a naive and emotional/overacting Sophia wants $500K and to go to court.

Tall Oliver would like to argue the case again to make up for choking last time. Mike wants Marissa to do it instead, because she is the smarter lawyer on the team,  and come on, look at that hair – it probably has magical legal powers.  She has a sick dad to look after though, so Mike asks Tall Nathan for help. However, Nathan will not argue the case himself and he forbids Mike from petitioning to sit with Tall Oliver and coach him. If Mike does that, Nathan will fire his ass.

Mike spends a whole night rehearsing and prepping Tall Oliver, but on court day, Tall Oliver chokes AGAIN – poor guy can’t pivot – and the case is lost. Mike realizes that the best way to do good is to do bad first. He tells Harvey he’s in for some shady shit if it means he can become a licensed lawyer.

In other minor subplots:

  • Donna sexually harasses Benjamin the IT guy by uttering tired double entendres when he comes to update the operating system on her computer. His response to her ‘jokes’ is to tell her he has been recording her various smug slogans and asides all these months and has created a little computer box thing called The Donna, which talks back in Donna’s voice when you address it. He hopes to market this marvel (as if). Despite her extensive black ops past, Donna has no qualms about her computer having been bugged, and falls in love with the device until Rachel points out it lacks Donna’s intuition, empathy and heart. Unfortunately, Benjamin intends to retool it, so this is not the end of that.
  • Somewhere in there, Donna gets in a good joke line to Rachel that Mike needs to pick a hairstyle and stick to it.
  • Louis is all set to go to Tara’s sonogram appointment and be a supportive dad until he finds out the bio-dad Josh is coming too. Josh doesn’t show up – he’s this season’s Norma – but Tara does not take kindly to Louis’s jealous fit and suggests they take a step back and get to know each other better before making big commitments like marriage and co-parenting of her baby. Louis takes her up on her suggestion and brings her a box of his childhood memorabilia to explain how he came to be the way he is.
  • Louis gets anxious about his appearance after seeing a picture (that we don’t see) of the apparently good-looking Josh, and goes to Harvey for advice on how to compete with that. Harvey demurs that he can’t speak for all handsome men (heh). And when Louis asks Harvey to say honestly what the first things are that he notices when he looks at Louis, we get the not bad line that is the episode title: Teeth, Nose, Teeth.

Next week: Watch out, Harvey and Mike, with your subverting of the law – I think Anita Gibbs might be lying in wait to trap you somewhere down that path.

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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In which Harvey and Mike enact completely separate story lines, we’re subjected to flashbacks shot with an ugly-making filter, a few characters (and artwork) from former seasons return, and new recurring ones are introduced.

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Flashbacks to 9 years ago indicate that Suits’s costume department is still committed to that fake looking bangs-hairpiece for Donna, and her habit of wearing beautiful expensive cocktail dresses to work is not new. In the past, Donna urges Harvey to attend his father’s funeral, where he acts like a sulky child who bears a huge grudge against his mother Lily because she cheated on his saintly dad, and once asked him to lie about the cheating. He holds this grudge even though the parents were divorced several years before the father died, and the mother is now in a committed relationship with Bobby, the guy she had an affair with.

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At the funeral, where the flashback filter makes everyone looks embalmed, a haggard-looking Lily makes a touching graveside speech – against Harvey’s wishes – about how important Harvey and his brother were to the dad, though he was on the road a lot, and she did the majority of the child-rearing. Even stone-faced Harvey is moved by this speech – only because of the dad part, mind you – but later, at the wake his brother Marcus encourages him to attend, he gets all pissy with Lover Bobby and acts like a dick to Lily, with the result that they do not speak for the next 9 years.

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In the present day, Donna shows up at Harvey’s condo to find out why he missed his flight to Boston to reconcile with his mother.  An almost alarmingly thin Harvey, dressed in casual clothes that don’t hide Gabriel Macht’s slight frame like his suits do, isn’t sure he’s ready to forgive Lily, but Donna pep talks him into going anyway.

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Harvey drops in on a much more vital-looking Lily at the school where she teaches art, and asks her to go for dinner at Marcus’s restaurant. She is happy to see him after all this time and agrees for the next night. On Marcus’s insistence, Harvey stays overnight at his house and bonds with him, his wife and children.

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At dinner, Harvey condescendingly announces that he’s ready to forgive Lily for her past transgressions. Lily says she is willing to forgive him too –  for treating her and Bobby like dirt at the funeral, for not accepting her many heartfelt apologies for her 25-year-old actions, and for cutting her out of his life lo these many years. This makes Harvey throw another fit, because he is a BIG BABY who thinks he is innocent of all charges. When he starts to storm out of the restaurant,  she says to go ahead and leave like he always does. Whereupon a lightbulb goes on over his head. Who’s the abandoner now?

Marcus takes Lily’s side when Harvey complains that she dared accuse him of wrongdoing, and tells him about the time a few years ago when his cancer came back and Lily and Bobby stepped in and helped him out like good family members do and Harvey didn’t, because he is not part of the family anymore.

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Harvey returns to the school the next day and finally apologizes for real to Lily, who does the same and they hug and agree to not hate each other anymore. He then asks her for the weirdly huge photo poster she has on her wall of the two of them (Harvey as a child) with shows the duck painting in the background he was forced to give to Elliot Stemple in S16, E2. He brings the poster back to New York, hangs it on his office wall, and he and Donna gaze on it as if it is their dearly beloved child.

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Mike, meanwhile, is taking a day off from his unsuccessful job search when Nathan of the Tall Guys’ Legal Aid Clinic drops by. Tall Nathan wants to hire Mike to work for the same salary as the office coffee fetcher – specified as being a paltry $35,000 per annum – to supervise the young lawyers and law students at the clinic. He knows all about Mike’s fraudulent past (they first met when Mike pretended to be a law student in his bike courier days) but Nathan figures that paying a smart ex-con with partner level lawyer experience peanuts to help poor people is nothing but a win.

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Mike happily takes the job and starts acting know-it-all-ish in a Harvey-esque manner with Tall Oliver, a young lawyer who likes him, and Medusa-haired Marissa, a law student who resists Mike’s sage advice and guidance because she thinks he’s a corporate fatcat and doesn’t know his back story, only Tall Nathan and Tall Oliver do. These youngsters are too busy fighting for the common man to have read up on Mike in the National Law Journal – they catch up on news via the Huffington Post (which, really?).

Mike calls a meeting of all staff in the clinic and hands out clippings about his storied past. Boom. He’s not hiding anything anymore. Except that when Marissa and Oliver are outfoxed in court by a slum landlord’s experienced lawyer, and it looks like the single mother tenant will be evicted, Mike drops off a cheque to the tenant to cover the rent owed. He claims it comes from the clinic’s emergency fund, but it comes from his personal account because he’s a do-gooder now who will also soon be poor. Just like he always dreamed! And Marissa and Tall Oliver are more willing to hear his advice and keep on fighting for justice for the downtrodden now that he was proven right by them losing. So those two get to recur for at least a few more episodes.

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Louis has very little to do this episode except handle, off-stage, with Rachel’s help, a problem/inquiry one of Harvey’s clients has while he is away. When Harvey returns from his family therapy trip full of peacemaking feelings, Louis also gets to accept an apology from him for Harvey’s harsh words about Louis’s abilities of the previous episode.

Together, they decide to become co-managing partners of the firm, and to leave the firm name as is, in case Jessica wants to return. (Which she may do soon, per imdb.)

Next week: Rachel may not get admitted to the bar, and Harvey has an idea for how Mike could be admitted that Mike doesn’t like.

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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