Suits Recap – Season 7, Episode 10: Donna

In which Andy Malik goes after Harvey by discrediting Donna; Robert Zane attempts to right a past wrong, with Rachel’s help; Louis helps Alex fight against his former law firm; Mike doesn’t do much, and oh yeah, this happens:

Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 12.42.22 PMWe open with Harvey at home, trying on and discarding ties, on the day Donna is to appear in court, subpoenaed by Malik. Dr. Paula interprets Harvey’s somewhat nervous behaviour as a sign of his great loyalty to his work fam, as opposed to any sublimated feelings he has for Donna, say. Way to self-delude, Dr. P.

At the office, Louis declares there is no need for him to eviscerate Donna in a mock trial because Malik will raise the Danner case from years ago, and what happened is privileged “work product” so Donna won’t have to testify. He’s proven wrong when Malik brings up the Coastal Motors case instead, the one where Donna destroyed a file, which Malik says means she probably also destroyed the memo that never existed in the current Wall St. case.

Malik puts Donna through the wringer on the stand, and implies that she slept her way to her COO position at PSL. Afterwards, Donna lashes out at Louis, and says he’s to blame because he didn’t help her prepare for court. Donna figures out that Holly Cromwell is involved with the leaking of the  fake memo to a Times reporter. She finds Holly, apologizes for PSL’s past treatment of her, and asks her to testify. Holly won’t do that, but knowing that she was involved gives the team the leverage they need to scare Malik off the case.  Still intent on bringing Harvey low, Malik announces he’s going after Jessica next, and will get her disbarred for her part in the Mike Ross was a fraud lawyer situation.

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Jessica shows up in a gorgeous powder blue coat to remind us how much we miss seeing her statuesque form garbed in beautiful expensive clothing. She’s cool with being disbarred – who needs New York to lawyer in, when she’s got Chicago? – and with taking her name off the firm’s wall, because it’s time for the firm to be Harvey’s. Time for Louis and Harvey to buy her out.

Zane père-et-fille are still fighting this Arthur Kittredge bank CEO guy, who years ago harassed Robert’s sister into quitting her job and going into decline before she died of cancer. Flashbacks show the sister to have been strong and smart, and Robert to have been afraid to help her for fear of risking his law career. In the present, Rachel and Robert try to establish that Kittredge had a pattern of discriminating (against women). Robert’s personal grudge and hot temper keep getting in the way of legally taking Kittredge down, but in the end, Rachel negotiates a deal with the bank’s Board that includes a settlement for the loan applicants who were discriminated against, and Kittredge’s resignation.

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Remember how Alex used to work for the evil, vindictive firm of Bratton Gould? Team PSL forced Bratton to resign, and now Gould is coming after Pfizer, the client Alex took with him when he left. Louis helps Alex by directing all the associates to work on his case. He also asks Dr. Lipshitz to impersonate a German pharmaceutical company head and make a fake phone call to head Gould off, but Dr. L declines, for obvious ethical reasons. Louis’s final ploy is to lend Alex his Dictaphone. Alex uses it to secretly tape Gould saying he is only going after Pfizer to punish Alex, which is illegal. The Dictaphone strikes again!

Louis also consults with Dr. Lipshitz about how upset he was when Donna blamed him for letting her go to court unprepared. After Dr. L points out the parallels with Louis’s Sheila situation, Louis apologizes to Donna. He explains that he didn’t want to question her about her feelings for Harvey because he wouldn’t want anyone to ask him about his for Sheila. Mike has earlier counselled Donna to make her feelings for Harvey known, so when Louis says he regrets not having told Sheila he loved her when he had the chance, Donna has a come-to-Donna moment. She kisses Harvey, delighting Darvey shippers the world over, and says, “I just had to know.”

Series creator Aaron Korsh said in a Deadline.com interview  – that also hints at what’s to come when Suits returns in early 2018 – that Donna wanted to know how the kiss made her feel, not how Harvey would respond (which he mostly didn’t). We  are left hanging, in suitable summer finale fashion, as to what they each thought or felt.

ICYMI, some off-camera (let’s face it, gossip) notes about two cast members:

  • The news broke in late September that Gina Torres and her husband, actor Laurence Fishburne, have separated, which helps explain why she left Suits last season to return to LA from Toronto. She is now set to return to The Six to shoot her Chicago-set Suits spinoff.
  • Also in late September, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry did make their public debut as a couple at the Invictus Games in Toronto, as was keenly anticipated by royals watchers. For an interesting analysis of the meaning and import of Meghan’s recent Vanity Fair profile, check out the always entertaining Fug Girls’ take on it here.


Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper. Her most recent book is a suburban comedy of manners called The Oakdale Dinner Club. Coming in 2018: The Showrunner, a darkly humourous, suspenseful novel about female ambition inside the TV biz.

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Suits Recap – Season 7, Episode 9: Shame

In which Louis hallucinates and babysits (not at the same time, luckily), Harvey goes up against the new Deputy Attorney General in town, and Robert and Rachel Zane work together on a pro bono case.

7211180885db4096ffeef3a954baIt’s the penultimate episode before Suits goes on hiatus, and everyone talks fast so they can get the new story lines underway before the break. Starting with Mike, who tells Harvey a new Deputy Attorney-General has announced he’s going to clean up Wall Street, and wouldn’t it be a kick for Harvey to lock horns with the guy? They quickly sign up as a client a woman investment banker whose firm is being investigated for evading taxes (or something), just so they can defend her against the crusading DAG.  Not sure why that would be fun, but hey, conflict!

Turns out Harvey knows the DAG, a guy named Andy Malik (played by actor Usman Ally,  as seen on Veep), from when they both worked in the DA’s office. Harvey, in his arrogant way, doesn’t remember Andy, but Donna does – as sneaky and conniving. She warns Harvey and Mike not to fuck with him, but they do anyway, and damn if he doesn’t come up with a new sneaky tactic every time they think they’ve outwitted him. By episode’s end, he has threatened to expose shady, Cameron Dennis-related doings that Harvey and Donna were involved with back in the day. This means that Donna may be called on to testify, which means it’s time for another mock trial so Donna can practice not falling apart on the stand. Harvey & Donna ask Louis to conduct the mock trial again, because he proved how incisive (read: cutthroat) he was during the last mock trial, when he got Donna to admit she was in love in Harvey. Donna swears she can take Louis’s hectoring this time.

Louis doesn’t agree to conduct the mock trial at first, because his mental breakdown is proceeding apace, his latest trigger being the the night he spent with Sheila Szaz in the Hotel of Immoral Assignations. During his unshaven walk of shame into the office the morning after, he hallucinates that he is being loudly shamed by more extras than the show has ever assembled on-set – are we supposed to think PSL employs this many people now? He cancels a session with Dr. Lipshitz, and urges Brian to get aggressive with a case involving patent infringement between two pacifier manufacturers. He also a) hallucinates that the CEO of the opposing pacifier company is Sheila’s fiancé and is berating him for sleeping with her, and b) is verbally abusive to Brian after Brian makes a mistake in the wording of a document.

Louis then has a big shouty argument with Gretchen, who won’t back off, because her job is to watch his back, but she promises to knock him the hell out if he treats another associate the way he’s treated Brian.

Gretchen sternly tells Brian to man up, not resign, and to clean up his mess, which he does by finding a solution for the case. A contrite Louis apologizes to Brian, has a session with Dr. Lipshitz, and tells him he is unraveling because he thinks Sheila is the one and he pushed her away and now has nothing. Dr. L would prefer Louis forget about his lost loves right now and work on the lashing out problem. Still contrite, Louis goes to Brian’s apartment and offers to hold the baby for a few hours so Brian can sleep. Brian is so sleep-deprived that he accepts the offer.

Robert Zane asks Rachel to work on a pro bono case with him –  a discrimination suit against a bank that he believes practices predatory lending against people of colour. They work well together and seem to be bonding. But when they depose a black loan officer who insists there is no discrimination at the bank, Robert loses it and calls the bank’s attorney a fool.  Rachel asks Robert what’s really going on, and he admits that he wants to take down the bank’s CEO because many years ago the CEO (then a bank branch manager) harassed and fired Robert’s late sister, and ruined her life. And get this: Robert was inspired by Mike’s commitment to social justice causes to go after this old enemy. Double Aww. And they’re not giving up on the case yet!

At first Donna won’t tell Rachel how her ‘date’ with Mark at the Hotel of Immoral Assignations went, or rather, did not go. When she’s had a few days to get over feeling like shit for even going over there, she tells Rachel the whole sordid story, with this punch line: she doesn’t regret putting Harvey over Mark in the days when she and Mark were dating. She regrets putting Harvey over herself.

Next week: On the summer season finale, Mike advises Donna to tell Harvey how she feels about him.


Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper. Her most recent book is a suburban comedy of manners called The Oakdale Dinner Club. Coming in 2018: The Showrunner, a darkly humourous, suspenseful novel about female ambition inside the TV biz.

Suits Recap – Season 7, Episode 8: 100

Patrick J. Adams directs the series’ much-promoted 100th episode, in which a fierce Robert Zane throws Harvey, none too gently, against a wall; Louis’s comedy bits make me laugh; and the writers upend my expectations (Frank Gallo dies! the prison case wraps up with 2 episodes left to go in this part of the season!) to pleasing effect.

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Let’s start with Donna’s hey-how-are-you call to her ex, AKA is calling an ex ever a good idea? Mark may be a (past) giver of leather-bound Shakespeare sonnet books, but he is also currently (and unhappily) married, a detail he neglects to mention till he and Donna are well into a cozy restaurant lunch. After that revelation, Donna tells him not to contact her until he’s single. Instead, he calls to say he’ll soon be in the city (from Connecticut), at the Carlyle Hotel (really Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York, unless the glass doors at the Carlyle are embossed with RY logos), for a conference, maybe she can drop by.

Donna has no intention of taking Mark up on his skeezy invitation, that is until she has a hella awkward run-in with Dr. Paula at the office. Dr. P has dropped in to leave Harvey a note or maybe a gift in honour of their 2 month anniversary.  I’ll praise Director Patrick J. and Sarah Rafferty for the relatable cutaways (pretending I know film direction terms now) during this scene, wherein Donna makes cringey faces to herself during the fakely bright and friendly convo that ensues, a conversation that Dr. P. sees through immediately because she’s a psychiatrist, yo.

The combo of Mark making caddish advances and Harvey being happy in his new relationship makes Donna sad. She refuses Rachel’s invitation to go for drinks, gets gussied up, and heads to the Hotel of Immoral Assignations. Luckily, her better instincts  – and a sweet text from Rachel, saying that Donna deserves the best – prevail, and she does not enter Mark’s room.

On to Louis: he flies off the handle because Gretchen requested that various Ivy League law schools send over resumes of new grad candidates to fill Stephanie’s now-vacant position (never mind that Stephanie was a 4th-year associate) and Columbia did not send any, damn it. After a decent comic bit featuring Louis’s ability to tell how many file folders he is holding from flipping through the stack and listening to the sound they make, he storms over to Columbia to complain. There, he discovers that his ex Sheila, who would not leave Harvard for him, now lives in New York, is engaged, and works at Columbia. She didn’t send any applicants for the job because she didn’t want to Louis to be hurt when he found out how much she has moved on.

Back at the office, Louis is sad that two loves of his life have rejected him in one year, and refuses to take Sheila’s calls. She eventually gets through and says she wants to use his body once more before she gets married in two weeks. Their phone conversation about what she would like to do with him sexually is funny because it contains so many incomplete sentences. And because their sex talk is ridiculous.

Sheila has booked ‘their’ special hotel room, also in the Royal York, and invites Louis to come over. He tells Rachel he is tempted to do something wrong without specifying what, and Rachel tells him she knows he has a good heart, no matter what happens.  Poor Louis goes and does ridiculous sex things with Sheila anyway.

The prison case: Harvey, Mike and Alex make a plan to take down Reform Corp and Masterson Construction and to save Alex from his evil overlords at the same time. Phase 1 of the plan is for Harvey to hand over the class action suit to Robert Zane, who has no client conflicts in the game, and whose role in the strained Batman and Robin analogy the show keeps pushing is apparently that of Commissioner Gordon.

Zane gets fired up about the case, because of the injustice and oppression it represents for mainly black prisoners. He asks for a huge settlement from Reform Corp (still repped by Harvey) and when that’s turned down, wants Frank Gallo to testify (like Mike wanted before). The PSL boys don’t want that though, because Alex will be ruined if the prison conspiracy comes to light. Rachel, of all people, finds a way to discredit her dad and Frank Gallo in court, by bringing up the photos of her that he took from Mike’s phone in prison back in the day, and passed around to the other inmates. After roughing up Harvey in a men’s restroom for that trick, Zane video-interviews Gallo anyway, and gets incriminating testimony from him about the Reform Corp CEO, a very bad guy named Shapiro.

All conflicts resolve when the gang learns that Gallo has been killed in jail (by Shapiro’s henchmen). Using Gallo’s pre-death taped interview – now admissible in court as a death-bed confession – as a weapon, they get Shapiro to sign a confession of conspiracy to fraud, and to agree to the original large settlement of the class action suit. They also convince very bad lawyer Bratton to resign from his firm, and to tear up Alex’s affidavit, the one that has him falsely taking responsibility for the prison-related wrong-doing. And no one is going is prison!

Alex no longer has a black cloud hanging over him, and tells Harvey they’re square, though Harvey thinks Alex owes him now. Mike apologizes to Zane for opposing him in court. He also delivers a generous cheque to Gallo’s daughter, and tells him Gallo was a decent man (you know, for a murderer/psychopath).

Now Harvey and Dr. Paula can go out for their romantic 2 month anniversary dinner! She gives him a small wrapped gift that he does not open, and he gives her the key to his apartment (the one Donna returned to him last week) in exchange. She is not fooled, she knows he didn’t know about the anniversary and had not prepared a gift. She still likes/loves him, though.

Next week: banter, jokes, and, I hope, a break from prisons.


Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper. Her most recent book is a suburban comedy of manners called The Oakdale Dinner Club. Coming in 2018: The Showrunner, a darkly humourous, suspenseful novel about female ambition inside the TV biz.