Suits Recap – S8 E14: Peas in a Pod

In which Harvey & Donna get involved in a case between Scottie and Samantha; Louis represents his therapist Stan in a lawsuit; Alex gets guidance on his case from Gretchen; and Katrina proves her mettle with nary a sign of Brian (sob).

When Scottie shows up on the street outside Harvey’s office, Harvey asks her what’s up. Oh, nothing, she says, while picking fetchingly but unconvincingly at a pastry she’s holding. She was just in the hood looking for a good croissant (odds that a good croissant could be found at Harvey’s favorite bagel/coffee stand = zero). But hey, how’s the multi-named law firm that she used to work at doing?

Harvey lets slip that Samantha is a name partner because she’s good at dirty-tricks-type law, and goes into the office, certain that Scottie dropped by because she’s about to go against him in a case. Except she isn’t, she’s facing off with Samantha – something about a credit card app/company.

Samantha, unaware of Scottie’s history with Harvey and the firm, has already done something unethical on the case, because she has no time for rules. She demands that Katrina look up some legal minutiae to back her up, because Katrina owes her one. But when Samantha and Scottie go before a judge in chambers to discuss the suit, Scottie comes in with proof of Samantha’s slippery past tactics, and it looks like the case may be going in Scottie’s favour.

Samantha says Scottie “fucked with the wrong Marine” and goes fuming to Harvey. She’s angry that Harvey betrayed her to Scottie (which he didn’t, really, he was just gossiping, but he didn’t have Sam’s back either). She doesn’t give a shit that he slept with Scottie, and calls him your typical handsome, powerful man who can’t stick with women who challenge him. She also thinks “shady begets shady” so Scottie must be up to something underhanded on this case. She asks Katrina to dig further.

Katrina eventually finds evidence that the credit card company/app falsified some numbers on new accounts being opened, and that Scottie knew about it and is trying to cover up the fraud until the company gets on its feet, so that people won’t lose their jobs! All these noble lawyers in their thousand-dollar suits/dresses covering up fraud and acting unethically so that good working men and women can stay employed – it’s downright heart-warming, isn’t it?

When Harvey finds out Scottie’s law career might be over because of what she did, he tries to protect her by coming up with ideas for resolving the case. Scottie doesn’t want him involved but she asks Donna for help with “Sam the attack dog”, though Scottie and Donna have a tense history of both competing for the position of Harvey’s true love interest.

Donna tells Harvey he and Scottie are two peas in a pod, but Harvey says Scottie is supposed to be better than him, less of a fraudster. Katrina and Harvey eventually persuade Sam to get a win without destroying Scottie. Sam, in a very flattering red suit, apologizes to Harvey for letting Scottie push her buttons. Sam and Harvey go out for an amicable drink.

Her career saved, Scottie thanks Donna, and promises to stay away from Harvey (and the firm) henceforth. She hopes one day Harvey will see in Donna what everyone else sees –that is, that they belong together and are soulmates? I’m guessing here, as Scottie was being cryptic and vague.

Whatever Scottie means, she apparently says something similar off-screen to Harvey, and he is about to bring it up with Donna at day’s end, when Thomas arrives to meet her. Harvey is approving of their new relationship and happy for Donna. Or is he?

Alex’s case this week finds him representing the maker of a life-saving medical machine. A man is suing the company for wrongful death after his wife died while hooked up to the machine. Alex and his client are positive the machine did not fail, and try to blame the death on the man’s operation of the machine. The man is so insistent that Alex looks into it further and discovers maybe the software did fail one time. The client is remorseful, but wants Alex to bury the evidence so that his company won’t go out of business. Alex talks the matter over with Gretchen, who still regrets the mistake she made with the courier back in S8E8. She counsels Alex to have compassion for people who make mistakes, and for people whose spouses die. Alex comes clean with the widower, and proposes a settlement that allows him to honour his wife’s memory but not put an end to the company.

Stan Lipshitz, Louis’s therapist, is being sued for malpractice. One of Stan’s patients, a bipolar construction foreman, caused an industrial accident that killed someone, and is blaming Stan for prescribing his medications incorrectly. Louis wants to represent Stan but Stan resists because a) their doctor-patient relationship will suffer, and b) Louis is so hot-headed that he will probably lose the case (and make Stan lose his license.) Louis promises to control himself but is stymied when Stan refuses to let him put the foreman on the stand and expose his mental illness. Louis asks Donna if he can visit the foreman against Stan’s wishes and try to shake him down/intimidate him into dropping the suit. Donna says he can’t. Louis goes to visit the foreman anyway, but not as Stan’s lawyer – as a fellow patient. He talks about how good a doctor Stan is, and promises to find him a new job if he drops the suit.

Afterwards, Stan suggests he should stop treating Louis because things have gotten too personal, but Louis explains that he is a better, more compassionate person for having worked with Stan and hopes to continue improving. Stan agrees to keep seeing him.

Next week: Donna has to choose between her new boyfriend and the firm, or is she choosing between herself and Harvey?

Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper. Her latest novel The Showrunner, available from your favourite bookseller, is a darkly humourous, suspenseful Hollywood-noir about female ambition inside the TV biz that has been called a “sophisticated, compelling, and surprisingly complex drama,” and has been optioned for development as a TV series.

 

Check out its book trailer here:

Suits Recap – S8 E13: The Greater Good

In which Samantha represents her former foster mother on a drug charge, trader Stu asks Harvey and Donna for help, Louis yells and apologizes (like he does every week), and Katrina and Brian decide to pretend they can ignore their sexual tension.

Stu is back! Stu being the stock trader friend of the firm whom Donna convinced to illegally short some guy’s stock in S7 E13, in order to save jobs at a shoe manufacturing company. The stock manipulation didn’t even achieve the desired effect back then, but a sleazy trader named Nick is now blackmailing Stu: he’ll report the transaction to the SEC unless Stu makes Nick the brokerage boss.

Harvey tries various tactics to cancel Nick, including face-to-face intimidation, asking Kevin Miller (Mike’s former prison cellmate, now a financial guy in a nice suit with a fancy office) to hire him, suggesting Cahill look the other way with regard to Stu’s transgression, and sending Alex over to call Nick’s bluff. Nothing works until, on Donna’s advice, Stu refuses to comply with Stu’s demands, and Nick goes to Cahill with his evidence. Cahill says he will either prosecute both crimes (the blackmail and the illegal trade) or none. Nick withdraws his complaint, Stu fires him, and Cahill tells Harvey they’re through, shady deals-wise. Everyone wins, sort of. Except Nick.

Donna’s first night with new beau Thomas went well, by the way, though she’s not ready to tell Harvey she’s seeing someone new. Thomas makes her coffee in the morning, wants to see her the next night, and is understanding about her work worries. Meanwhile, Harvey is home alone after winning the Stu situation. Donna’s not available for a drink, and Mike doesn’t answer his phone when Harvey calls him in Seattle to share the story. Mike hasn’t even recorded an answering machine message on his phone, he’s so gone from the show. And from Harvey’s lonely life.

Samantha’s former foster mother, a tired-looking but warm woman named Judy, shows up, asking for legal help. She stands to lose her foster parent license since she claimed responsibility for her foster son Corey’s crime of selling prescription drugs. After consulting with Robert, Samantha agrees to represent Judy, but comes up against a tough woman prosecutor who has no time for a fancy New York lawyer, and wants Judy to admit Corey committed the crime. Sam has always believed that she was taken from Judy’s care as a teen when she committed a crime herself, but finds out that Judy gave her up for the sake of the other kids she looks after. Judy deeply regrets that decision and doesn’t want to repeat history with Corey. But Samantha has thrived and succeeded since those days. So after initially being angry that Judy lied to her all these years, Samantha convinces her that it will be for the greater good to let Corey answer for and learn from his crime, like Samantha did. She also softens up the prosecutor by sharing her own history and makes a deal to have the charge reduced to a misdemeanour. So everyone wins. Except Corey.

In the course of handling Judy’s case, Sam asks Robert to handle a client meeting Louis asked her to take for him. When Louis yells at Robert about this, Robert explains that Sam is going through some personal shit, and advises Louis to treat the partners more humanely.

Louis takes this advice to heart when talking sympathetically to Katrina, who is still struggling with her strong attraction to Brian. She pulls Brian off the fragrance case, which pisses him off because it makes him look bad, and hurts his career opportunities. Meanwhile, Katrina is not happy with another associate she tries to work with, because this Susan is no Brian.

The best thing for Brian and Katrina is to reinstate him as as her associate, but is their chemistry just too combustible? After some heated blaming discussions between them, followed by apologies, they decide to continue working together for a year, until Brian is solidly set on the junior partner track, then move on. Katrina pledges to control herself around him until then. For drama’s sake, I hope she can’t.

Next week: Scottie returns to cause trouble for Harvey, because she knows about much of the shit that’s gone down at the firm.

Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper. Her latest novel The Showrunner, available from your favourite bookseller, is a darkly humourous, suspenseful Hollywood-noir about female ambition inside the TV biz that has been called a “sophisticated, compelling, and surprisingly complex drama,” and has been optioned for development as a TV series,

 

Check out its book trailer here:

 

 

Suits Recap – S8, E12: Whale Hunt

In which Louis and Harvey fight and make up, Donna goes out on a hot date, Katrina and Brian share forbidden erotic moments, and Alex’s lawyer wife Rosalie asks Samantha for help with a case.

Louis, still trying to figure out how to be managing partner, apologizes to Harvey for yelling at him last week, and sends him out hunting for a whale of a client, a rich guy named Palmer who might make cars. Or maybe he just likes cars, who cares.

Palmer is resistant to mavericks in general and Harvey’s cocky attitude in particular, so he declines to be represented by him, but he allows both Harvey and Louis (now going after Palmer’s business himself) to play in his $100K buy-in charity poker game. Louis and Harvey end up facing off over a hand that Harvey wins, thereby earning some admiration from Palmer.

Louis is angry and yell-y about this, and wants Donna to stay late and find him another whale to catch on his own. But Harvey and Louis patch things up after Robert tells Louis that Harvey treats all managing partners like shit, that’s just his style, don’t take it personally; and Gretchen tells Harvey to stop acting like a child with Louis, and make things right. 

More apologies ensue between Harvey and Louis over prunies (smoothies made with prunes?). Thus fortified, they decide they are the two best lawyers in the city. Okay, sure. And this week’s conflict and resolution between these two accomplished what, exactly?

The dick-swinging story line between Louis and Harvey was the least interesting part of the episode (though the baseball & football jokes about Louis’s lack of sports knowledge were kinda funny), when we’ve got sexual tension going on between Katrina & Brian, and Donna dating, with much encouragement from Gretchen.

Gretchen sees Donna aglow after working with Louis’s client Thomas Kessler, and encourages her to go out with the guy, because why the hell not if she likes him. Donna, wearing a fabulous red Victoria Beckham dress (with fabulous shoes) that I will post a pic of eventually but you can see here in the meantime, calls Thomas up and agrees to a dinner date.  She almost doesn’t go because, “Louis is an asshole, and so is Harvey,” but Gretchen is going to take care of those fools, so run off to the ball, Cinderella!  After a romantic get-to-know-you dinner (in a restaurant with tablecloths!), Thomas walks Donna home, says he had a great time and asks if he can call her the next day instead of doing the wait-3-days routine. Client or not, Donna invites him up! On their first date!  Go, Donna.

Katrina has been hired by beauty company A to sue beauty company B for copying the packaging of company A’s biggest-selling fragrance. Katrina is pumped for this because it would be cool if fashion/beauty industry cases became her specialty. Also cool: she and Brian experience some steamy, high grade sexual tension while tenderly  1) inhaling the scent of the two perfumes on Katrina’s bare arms, and 2) looking at Brian’s adorable sleeping baby in his apartment while his wife is out of town. 

Katrina and her amazing hair ask Donna what to do about this, and Donna cryptically warns her to stay out of the kitchen if she doesn’t want a cookie (wtf?). When Katrina and Brian take a deposition from beauty company B, they use it to indirectly tell each other how wrong and strong their attraction to each other is, in a ridiculous but amusing scene. Afterwards, Katrina tells Brian he can’t be her associate anymore, which makes both him and me sad. I don’t want him to leave his wife , but I hope he recurs. We need more of the only sweet-natured mensch in the Suits universe.

The final storyline this week is about Alex’s lawyer wife Rosalie. After taking time off to raise the kids, she’s back at work on a case representing the graduates of a worthless scammy university (like Trump U, I presume). She and Alex have had a policy of not discussing legal matters since law school, when they had a big fight over their different approaches and almost broke up. She asks Samantha to help her with this case instead but Samantha is aggressive, like Alex. Rosalie is happy to get a settlement of 15K each for her clients, Samantha wants to push for 50K each. A fired-up Samantha tries to get Alex to convince Rosalie her way is the best way. He brings it up with Rosalie, and comes away convinced Rosalie is making the right decision in accepting the lower amount. Sam agrees to let it go, and I died of boredom writing this paragraph.

Next week: Stu returns, as does Cahill,  and once again, the firm is in trouble.

 

Kim Moritsugu is a Toronto novelist and sometime TV show recapper. Her latest novel The Showrunner, available from your favourite bookseller, is a darkly humourous, suspenseful Hollywood-noir about female ambition inside the TV biz that has been called a “sophisticated, compelling, and surprisingly complex drama,” and has been optioned for development as a TV series,

Check out its book trailer here: