Suits Recap – S8 E16: Harvey

In which Robert makes amends for his past sins by sacrificing himself to the devil Hardman, Samantha flashes back to the time she was mugged, and in the process of almost losing his license, Harvey finds his true love.

It’s the season finale, of the penultimate season yet, so the episode pacing is stepped up some. But we still get grainy flashbacks, cuz this is Suits, y’all.

Back story first: 8 years ago, Samantha and Robert are working at Rand Kaldor Zane or whatever that firm was called. Samantha is walking along Adelaide West or King Street in Toronto – standing in for New York’s Sixth Avenue, I assume – talking on her phone to Robert, who’s in the office, about a case they just won and how he’s eating some fattening Chinese food she left behind, when she is mugged. She tries to fight back and yells at Robert to call 911. The mugger kicks her and drags her on the ground when she doesn’t immediately give up her purse, and destroys her phone.

Afterwards, Robert visits Samantha in the hospital emergency room. She wants a hired investigator to find the mugger so she can wreak vengeance. Robert just wants justice. There is no evidence/case against the mugger, which angers Samantha because if the guy is not caught and convicted, she will be forever branded a victim, something she is over with, after her rocky childhood. Robert pins something damning on the mugger for Samantha’s sake. The mugger goes to prison, only to be murdered there. Ever since, Robert has felt guilt-ridden and responsible for the guy’s death.

In the present, Hardman is still representing the Simon mall developer executive who is suing Harvey for breaking attorney-client partnership privilege in relation to the whole Donna-Thomas Kessler mess from last week.

Harvey shouldn’t have told Donna what was going on with the mall deal, Donna shouldn’t have told Thomas, and Thomas shouldn’t have brought the ethical violations into the open by prematurely issuing a press release about the deal. So they’re all wrong, but it’s possible Donna made the biggest mistake, out of good intentions.

All hands are on deck to fix this thing. Harvey and Louis try and fail to make a deal with Hardman and Simon. Robert, who is friendly with Hardman, suggests he take a name partnership at Kaldor Zane in exchange for dropping the suit, but no one wants that, especially KZ. Hardman floats the idea of replacing Harvey’s name on the wall at Specter, Litt, etc., with his own, but no one wants that either.

Harvey and Louis meet with the chairman of the Board at the mall developer company, and convince her to fire Simon (and Hardman as his lawyer) but the foxy duo have already arranged a law society ethics hearing for the next day that could result in Harvey losing his license, so Harvey is in big trouble unless he throws Donna under the bus.

Robert, meanwhile, is newly remorseful about the mugger’s death, after what happened with Louis and his mugger last week. He asks Alex (who was mightily compromised with the prison case from Season 7) how he lives with knowing he’s done bad things that hurt/kill people. Alex advises him to either take action to assuage his guilt or move on.

With all the involved parties called upon to testify at the ethics committee hearing, Harvey asks Thomas to lie about hearing the confidential information about the deal from Donna. Not to protect Harvey, but to protect Donna. Thomas realizes that not only is he taller, bigger and more ethically principled than Harvey, but he knows a lovesick tragic hero when he sees one, and Harvey is in love with his girl.

New-fount-of-wisdom Alex tells Donna he knows she loves Harvey. When Thomas asks Donna what’s the story with her and Harvey, she admits she can never let him go.

At the hearing, our guys, with the support of Kessler, tell a complicated tale that lays all the blame for the breaking of privilege on Robert, who promptly loses his license and announces his retirement. This sacrifice was Robert’s idea, of course, his way of atoning for the mugger’s death, and thereby sparing the rest of the gang, and allowing them to keep doing unethical shit for a bit longer.

After this bittersweet victory, Harvey offers to take Robert out for a burger, but Robert wants to go home to the woman he loves. Same for Alex. Sam is the most hard hit by Robert’s departure – she’s lost her mentor. When she refers to having lost someone (Robert) who loved her, Harvey realizes he must seek out the woman he loves. He goes to Donna’s apartment, knocks on her door and they kiss, which turns into an awkwardly staged makeout session. After all these years, I’m not against these two beautiful people enacting a Darvey consummation, but something about the sight of Harvey’s suited butt grinding against Donna’s lower body in her satin lounge wear was off-putting. Just me?

Spoilers about next season indicate Harvey and Donna are going to have an actual relationship, making complete Sarah Rafferty’s ascension to official co-lead of the show with Gabriel Macht (bye-bye Patrick J!). Have we seen the last of Robert, though? Will my new favorite character Brian return? How about Mike and Rachel? Okay, Duchess Meghan is never coming back, but Mike? To find out, tune in for the final season of Suits this summer. We’ve come this far, might as well watch and snark to the end.

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 E15: Stalking Horse

In which Donna, Harvey, Alex and Thomas get tangled up in a real estate deal, Louis is called on to testify against his mugger, and Brian briefly returns to handle his first solo client.

Louis is shopping for baby stuff with Sheila when he gets a call from the police, asking him to identify his mugger in a lineup. He picks out the culprit immediately, complete with flashbacks to the attack, but is freaked out when he’s told he will need to testify against the guy in court.

Samantha, whom you will recall was once mugged herself, and has ostensibly taught Louis some self-defence moves, convinces him he must testify – for justice’s sake, for his inner peace, and to protect his family from future retribution. She helps him prepare for court and urges him to let his emotions show during his testimony. He does, but the case is thrown out on a technicality.

An angry Sam wants Louis to fight to get the guy, whose name is Maurice, back into court. She is ready and willing to make that happen in a dirty-tricks way, but Robert pressures her to find a legal approach. She does some research and takes Louis with her to confront the mugger on the street. She threatens to report to the housing authority that Maurice’s wife and son have violated the rules of subsidized housing, which would lead to their eviction. For good measure, Sam puts Maurice in a choke hold, and to spare his wife and kid, he confesses to having attacked Louis.

Katrina proudly gives Brian his first solo client: a handbag maker who is being evicted by her landlord for bullshit rent-increase-grabbing reasons. Solo client or not, Katrina goes with Brian to meet the landlord and bargain with him. She goes a little nuts and calls the landlord a sack of shit, a bluff that somehow works. Brian and Katrina are happy about their win until Brian tells his wife (off-screen) what happened, and the wife recognizes from his telling of the story that Brian has feelings for Katrina. To save his family unit, he resigns and says goodbye. A heart-broken Katrina cries. Louis, understanding that sacrifices must be made for family (see Maurice’s situation above), allows Brian to take the new client with him. Can Brian please come back in Season 9?

Donna’s story line starts with a flashback to her girlhood. Her crooked father has left, and her mother is working hard to support them. She has saved some money so the two of them can go on a long-desired trip to Paris, but the trip gets cancelled, because the mom, resplendent in her 80’s (?) fashions, gives the savings to the crooked dad.

In the present, Donna and Thomas Kessler are still going strong, because she is “a 5’9″ stack of fantastic” (okay, then), and he’s pumped about a deal Alex has set up for him to expand his furniture (or is it home goods? something to do with interior design, anyway) store empire.

Harvey, meanwhile, meets with his client, a mall chain owner named Simon who calls Harvey the Babe Ruth of his profession (okay, then). Simon wants to put Thomas’s stores in 20 malls as an anchor tenant, instead of Restoration Hardware, who are trying to pay less rent. This represents a conflict for the firm because Alex represents Thomas, but like a dishonest Babe Ruth, Harvey says sure, we’ll make this happen anyway.

Harvey and Simon meet with Alex and Thomas, work out a beneficial deal, and seal it with a handshake. All too soon, bad Simon soon says he only used Thomas as a stalking horse to gain leverage in his negotiations with Restoration Hardware. Harvey and Alex start scrambling behind the scenes to make this right for Thomas without pissing off Simon or seeming to violate attorney-client privilege (which they definitely did). Donna figures out something is up and asks Harvey what’s going on. He asks her to trust him and not to tell Thomas about Simon’s bad faith bargaining.

Donna calls her mom for advice. Her mom says to go with her gut, and Donna suggests they plan another trip to Paris. When Thomas tells Donna the original deal-maker came back with even better terms but he will turn them down because he’s a man of his word, Donna tells him what’s going on.

Thomas gets mad at Harvey, Simon fires Harvey, and Harvey gets mad at Donna for not trusting him. When Harvey accuses Donna of choosing Thomas over the firm, she yells back that she chose herself over Harvey for once, and why shouldn’t she? She softens a little when Harvey says he’s mad because she seems to have lost faith in him (awww).

That’s when Hardman and his high voice show up in the office to announce that he’s going to sue the firm, on Simon’s behalf, for Harvey breaking attorney/client privilege. Unless Harvey would like to resign, that is.

Next week in the season finale: more Hardman, and apparently, some developments in the Darvey saga.

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: