In which I am amused by the writing and acting in Louis’s scenes with and about Harvey, my new favourite duo Katrina and Brian get significant screen time in their own story line, Donna and Samantha have a gown-off at a charity function, Harvey gets in a little light therapy with a doctor he does NOT want to bone, and Donna experiences weird sexual tension with just about everyone.
Harvey’s week isn’t going well. His brother Marcus is not reconciling with his wife despite Harvey’s fly-in to Boston, his first-ever client McKiernan Motors has been bought out and will no longer be a client, and Harvey has to sub in for Louis with beauty mogul client Joan Walsh, because Louis must go have baby-making sex (again) with Sheila.
An infuriated Harvey lashes out. He storms out of a meeting with the 16-year-old digital influencer (50 million followers!) who is trying to extort Joan Walsh’s company for cash, and refuses to give Louis back the case. He lays into Louis, and repeatedly and annoyingly refers to Louis’s ‘afternoon delight’ sessions, among other pissy comments about Louis’s priorities re: the firm and its clients.
Louis complains to Lipshitz about Harvey’s behaviour. Dr. L. thinks that for once, it’s not Louis who is at fault, though the Harvey-Louis relationship needs work on both sides. An excited Louis suggests couple counselling. Dr. L. agrees to see Harvey & Louis together if Harvey is willing.
Harvey dismisses the idea when Louis mentions it (in a funny scene), but agrees (in a funnier scene) after Donna scolds him for being a shit to Louis, and tells him to deal with his own issues.
The joint session is short; Louis leaves in a huff when he feels (rightly) that Harvey is mocking him. With Louis’s agreement, a sympathetic Dr. L. counsels Harvey privately and gets Harvey to acknowledge that he feels abandoned – by Mike, Rachel, Jessica, his sister-in-law, his first client. He also admits that Louis’s devotion to Sheila and fatherhood make Harvey fear that Louis will leave him too.
Newly self-aware, Harvey tells Louis that he cares about and values him, and that he pushed him away because he was afraid of losing him. A happy Louis asks Harvey to repeat after him that they are so alike they are “brothers from another mother.” Harvey frisks Louis for his dictaphone, ejects the tape he made of Harvey saying those words, and the two go out for dinner as friends.
In other bonding story lines, Katrina picks Brian to work with her on a case that Louis has promised will lead to a senior partnership if she wins it. It concerns an online entrepreneur whose attempt to take his company public is being blocked by someone on his own board of directors. As usual, the details of the case are only relevant as they relate to the series regulars’ character development. To that end, we learn that Brian and Katrina both talk fast, are clever with legal strategy in a Mike-and-Rachel kind of way, and like Indian food. Also that Katrina is a friendless workaholic who plays golf, went to Princeton, and has never seen The Breakfast Club. And Brian is (still) a good-hearted mensch.
When Donna sees them working late and engaging in a classic, intimate, wiping-of-masala-sauce- from-face move, she reminds Katrina to be careful not to let her heart rule her head, and to respect that Brian is married with a young child. I’m not sure the warning was warranted, but Katrina assures Donna she thinks of Brian only as a friend, then gives him a night off work to be with his wife and kid. She finds a way to win the case on her own, and they’re still friends.
More bonding – between Donna and Samantha, now. Donna’s friend Peggy runs a charity for at-risk girls, which Donna would like the firm to represent, pro bono. She asks Alex to get involved, but he, dressed in a fetching blue tie & shirt combo, is too busy, and thinks Samantha would be a better fit. He procures a $5 million donation for the charity from a client, wolfishly compliments Donna on her gala attire, says, ‘Baby, don’t be like that,’ when she calls him out on his wolfish comment, and lets himself out.
Donna doesn’t trust Samantha yet, but she likes that Samantha seems genuinely interested in the cause and shows up at the gala in her own gown (I didn’t like either dress much, and both seem too formal for a party in the lobby of Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, rather than a ballroom, let’s say, but whatever.) While in the gowns, they have a weird moment where Donna asks Samantha if she is flirting with her, Samantha says what if she was, and Donna replies that she’d be cool with it, because she went to theatre camp. Foreshadowing for when we find out Samantha is gay? And how high are Katherine Heigl’s heels in this scene to bring these two face-to-face at the same towering (Sarah Rafferty) height?
The brief honeymoon is over when Samantha reports that a quick review of the charity’s financial statements indicates that its operating expenses are higher than expected, which suggests that kickbacks might be going on. Against Donna’s instructions, Samantha calls the president of the charity, and puts him to a stress test by offering the use of a different venue for fundraiser galas at a much lower price. When he refuses, she has the $5 million cheque from Alex’s client stopped, which leads to Peggy being fired.
An upset Donna tries to get Alex to intervene, but he won’t, and tells her that if anyone knows about shady legal shit, it’s Samantha. Donna and Samantha apologize to each other, and decide to take the charity down together.
Garbed in zipper-prominent garments, they confront the charity president about his double dealings and get his resignation. Peggy is reinstated, and Donna and Samantha arrange to go for a drink so that Samantha can explain why the charity’s cause is close to her heart. And to continue flirting?
- the episode title lists the three things that Harvey tells Dr. L occupy the forefront of Louis’s mind. Kind of a bully-ish thing for him to say, but at least he knows something about the guy he claims to value and care about?
- Zane is absent for the 2nd week in a row, not that we’re really missing him
- No one except Louis has a love life this season. Can we please get on that in the four episodes that remain in the front ten?
Next week: Colour me skeptical, but it looks like Sheila may be pregnant.
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: