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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.

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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 the mid-season/summer finale, Jessica leaves Pearson Specter Litt, and Gina Torres leaves the show! Also, Louis proposes to a pregnant Tara, and OMG, Harvey and Donna end the episode holding hands, in what seems like a platonic way.

Though do platonic friends often hold hands? Not really. Not unless they’re in a rom-com about two best friends who are actually in love but one or both of them hasn’t figured that out yet. So maybe Harvey and Donna shippers do have reason to rejoice. Maybe.

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Jessica has made Leonard Bailey’s appeal her #1 priority, because when she was an awkward teen with un-straightened hair and her workaholic doctor father never had time for his wife or daughter, she wanted to become a lawyer, and not the ‘power-hungry bottom-feeding’ kind, but the kind that helps people.

So when Robert Zane warns her that the company her number one client Jim Reynolds works for is shopping around for a new law firm, she makes Harvey and Louis handle that situation, because she has a death row case to fight, damn it.

In court, she slays Georgina, Bailey’s former defender. One for Jessica. She agrees to have Bailey testify about what happened the day of the murders, which is that he and his alibi witness, both of them high on meth, came upon a dying, bleeding girl on the street and he stayed with her until the police came and accused him of killing her and her already dead boyfriend.

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Jessica lets Rachel question Bailey before the jury and  he comes across as sympathetic. And when Mike and Rachel suggest that Jessica let the victim’s father incriminate himself on the stand (taking  a page from the movie A Few Good Men) – with regard to him paying off the alibi witness to go away and not testify before she conveniently died – she goes for it. The gamble works – Bailey is exonerated and released on the spot.

After a verdict like that, Jessica can’t even anymore with the PSL travails. She turns down Robert Zane’s offer to merge firms, as generous and kind-hearted as it is. She’s going to move to Chicago instead with old flame Jeff and fight injustice, an idea Jeff appears to be in full support of, though since when is hitching your limo to the wagon of some guy you went out with for a few months a year ago a good idea for a smart, powerful woman? Never mind. Jessica gets a bittersweet ending and an au revoir.

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When she breaks the news to Harvey and Louis, Louis freaks out but Donna, the Voice of Reason, points out that Gina Torres has been released from her contract because she can’t stand living in Toronto for half the year and is moving to Shondaland in L.A. instead, so there’s nothing the other principals can do except continue to endure Toronto life, and console themselves by instagramming idyllic photos of summer weekends spent at Patrick J. Adams’ family cottage in Muskoka.

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With Jessica preoccupied with the Bailey case, Harvey and Louis work as an uneasy team to save what’s left of the firm. When they hear clients are bailing because Sutter is spreading the word that Harvey ‘tanked’ his defence, Harvey goes to Sutter’s house and threatens to have it seized under the bankruptcy proceedings unless the rumours stop. To avoid losing number one client Jim Reynolds, Harvey and Louis enlist Trader Stu’s help one last time and get him to buy out a major portion of the company Reynolds works for, so they can keep Reynolds in charge and fight off the PSL-hating Board of Directors. Trader Stu and his suspenders are also leaving, though – his motley crew of traders was offered free use of Sutter’s former offices in the bankruptcy settlement. So, goodbye, Stu.

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There’s no goodbye for Louis & Tara, more like a hello baby, because Tara is pregnant, with her ex’s child, and Louis is fine with that, he doesn’t even need to sleep on it, not really, though these two know each other even less well than Jessica and Jeff. Never mind again – Louis proposes and Tara accepts, because they’re both crazy. And it looks like Carly Pope is staying with the show for a little longer.

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Speaking of weddings, Rachel and Mike do not discuss when theirs might happen, though Mike gives Rachel a picture of her being a boss in court, because she’s well on her way to big-time lawyer-dom, while Mike’s future is up in the air.

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When he and Harvey sit down in their open neck shirts to drink scotch and celebrate Mike’s release from jail, Harvey offers Mike a consultant job at the firm. Mike is grateful, but he doesn’t know if he wants that – he’ll think about it during the hiatus.

And did I mention that with Jessica gone, the office empty again, and the future not looking too bright, Harvey and Donna hold hands, gaze out the window together at the photo backdrop of New York at night and look hopeful? Yeah, I think I did.

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Suits will return in the winter of 2017 to finish the 6th season, and so will I.

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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 deals are on and off and off and on, and I’m sorry to say that the plot reversals have come to feel more like time fillers than organic, inevitable outcomes of a well developed story.

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The end result of the incessant back and forths on who will inform on whom is that Mike convinces Kevin’s wife Jill to testify against her father in exchange for full immunity. That’s after we learn that Jill only agreed to the insider trading scheme to begin with because she found out Sutter’s fund was a big Ponzi scheme and she hoped they could make some quick gains to square things with their investors. In other words, William Sutter is the worst, and Jill and Kevin are collateral damage to his horribleness. Also, Harvey played Jill a recording of Sutter saying it would be better for Jill to go to jail than for him to, and Donna approached Jill on the street, and redheads should stick together, and since Donna’s dad was also a criminal, her advice is to get out now.

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Harvey starts the episode with Jessica, in a fetching shade of pink and a very tight skirt, commanding him to win Sutter’s case (for the sake of the law firm) since Mike’s deal was called off anyway. Harvey gives Sutter’s defence a good go for a bit, blows off Cahill, and discredits a key prosecution witness in a deposition, but he ends the ep by persuading Sutter to plead guilty and make his own deal for a reduced sentence.

Mike and Kevin (or, as Gallo amusingly calls them, while channeling my mother –  Frick and Frack) start off this week by making up, but when Mike comes clean about informing on him, Kevin beats him up in the kitchen. Later, after Jill agrees to testify against her father, Mike and Kevin make up again. Since Mike cut a new deal with Cahill in exchange for delivering Jill, it looks like he’s going to get out of prison. It looks like it enough that he tells Rachel he’s coming home, and Donna and Rachel go out to celebrate his release. But he’s not out yet. Not with two more episodes still to come before the show goes on its mid-season hiatus. He’d better be out by then, though. Or I will be doing a lot of sad head shaking and disappointed finger wagging.

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And what about Gallo, you ask? Gallo pressures Mike to pressure Harvey to get moving on that motion to have Gallo paroled. Harvey admits he hasn’t done anything about it yet because he thought that if Mike got out, Gallo should stay in. Mike urges Harvey to get to it, and convinces  Gallo to use his influence with the guards to get Kevin out of solitary after the kitchen fight. Gallo delivers but warns Mike that violent retribution will ensue,  inside or outside of jail, if Mike double crosses him. So we’ve got that to look forward to.

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This episode was directed by Gabriel Macht, BTW, so I have him to thank for making my screengrabs easier to grab by occasionally using shots that show two characters facing each other in the same frame. Thank you, Gabriel!  Anyway, Rachel & Jessica tell Leonard Bailey his alibi witness is dead, but there is another way to delay his execution – if he can come up with, say, a relative who would attend the execution but can’t for 60 days because she’s not well. Amazingly, Bailey has such a relative! – the aunt who raised him but thinks he is guilty and has not seen or spoken to him in years. Rachel pays the woman a visit. The aunt has no intention of witnessing the execution, but when Rachel implores her to sign an affidavit saying she would like the execution to be delayed, she does.

When Bailey hears about this, he gets all pissed that Rachel didn’t make his aunt care about him, as if that’s more important than whether he lives or dies, and he accuses Jessica of being cold and heartless. Afterwards, Rachel tries to be sympathetic to Jessica, but Jessica is like, just go find some evidence to clear the SOB, will ya? And late at night in the law firm library, it looks like Rachel might have found something she can use in the case …

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Louis confides in Donna, wearing a kicky full-skirted dress that is a flattering departure from her usual flattering dress styles, that he doesn’t know if he can be the Other Man with Tara. Donna mentions that she broke up with the never-seen-and-only-recently-talked-about Mitchell person she claims to have been dating because he wanted to move in with her, and she knew he wasn’t the One. But Tara does seem like the One for Louis, so he should keep trying. And why are all the Suits scenes lit so darkly, even daytime office scenes?

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On a dinner date with Tara, Louis makes a scene with the maitre d’ that is all about Louis’s inability to share her with anyone. Tara is inexplicably charmed by this outburst, and they go home and have what Tara calls ‘magical’ sex, after which Director Gabriel treats us to this rather frightening if comical aerial shot of the lovebirds. Louis thinks his yeoman sex work means Tara will now break up with her other guy, whose name is Josh.  Except Tara is not ready to do that, and Josh is coming to town soon.

What do you think – will this Josh be way better looking and charming than Louis, and play on all his insecurities, or will he be Rick Hoffman, playing a dual role? That would be kind of funny, actually. Or maybe Josh could be Gabriel Macht playing a dual role. That would be even funnier.

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While in court making a motion on Bailey’s case, Jessica runs into her old flame Jeff Malone. Jeff has softened somewhat since leaving the law firm and their relationship in a major huff. Jessica says she hasn’t called him because she’s still embroiled in all her law firm’s shit but she cares about him. They go for dinner, and Jeff says he loves her for herself, cold heartlessness and all. Awww. She invites him to spend the night, but he wants to go slow. That is, he’s looking for a job reference from her, because he’s moving to Chicago. She gives him a good one, and he leaves, though not for good, if I know this show.

Next week: Cahill tells Mike his deal to get out of prison is off (again). Sigh.

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 arbitrary, rapidly approaching deadlines are imposed for purposes of story tension, Jessica and Rachel wear great hair to wage legal battle, Donna mentions in passing that she just broke up with someone she’s been dating for the last two months (say what now? she has a life outside of the office?), Louis goes on a date, and Stu Douchebag is renamed Stu Dickface.

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Save the date #1: Rachel & Jessica tell Leonard his execution has been set for 30 days hence. He is understandably upset by this news, so Rachel & Jessica and their great hair go to court to ask for a delay and are given Save the Date #2: a week in which to find Maria Gomez, Bailey’s alibi witness. They also collect dirty looks from the families of the murder victims who were two 16-year-olds, ugh.

R&J Commerce CourtOn their way out of Commerce Court, a large office complex in Toronto’s financial district that houses banks, law firms, and accounting firms, but no New York state courtrooms that I know of, Jessica gives Rachel contact info for her personal investigator, someone named Carter. The offscreen Carter discovers that Maria changed her name to evade an abusive husband, and the court records on her new identity are sealed. Rachel’s dad has a connection that can access the sealed info, so she asks him to do her a favour, lawyer to lawyer, and she will owe him.

Zane Sr. find outs Maria is dead, so there goes the alibi. A distraught father of one of the murdered teens accosts Rachel in the law firm lobby at the end of a day, and gives her hell about defending the already convicted murderer who killed his daughter. Gretchen steps in to support Rachel and scare the guy off, and Jessica later returns to the office to commiserate with Rachel, in her steely way.

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Louis spends most of his screen time stressing about his upcoming dinner date with Tara the architect. He wants it to be extra special, but Donna suggests instead an intimate restaurant. Tara deems the setting perfect before she confesses that she already has a long-distance boyfriend with whom she has an understanding that they can see other people, so is Louis cool with her dating them both simultaneously? Okay, then. And Lo&Do say I-love-you to each other, but only platonically.

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Mike & Kevin: these two, and their on-again off-again bromance, honestly. They’re breaking up already and they didn’t even get to honeymoon. This week, Mike finds out the reason Kevin won’t turn on Sutter is because Sutter is paying him to keep quiet (and because he wants to protect his wife Jill from prosecution). Mike enlists Donna to help him lure Jill in to the prison so he can urge her to turn on her dad. Jill won’t do that, and when she tells Kevin she met Mike, Kevin threatens to beat Mike up if he keeps interfering with his business.

A remorseful Mike asks Harvey if Kevin and Jill can be included in the going free deal (they can’t) and tries to make up with Kevin, but too late – Kevin has put in for a transfer to another cell.

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Remember Gallo, Mr. Prison Powderkeg? He becomes suspicious of how often Harvey visits Mike without stopping in to see Gallo about his release. After guessing correctly that Mike is trying to use Kevin as a way out, he threatens to reveal this secret unless Harvey gets him released, and soon.

I have become bored confused by the collusion, deception, real or is it fake? defense stuff that’s going on with Harvey, Cahill, and their joint nemesis Sutter. But I will try to summarize what I think went on this time:

Cahill staves off dismissal of Sutter’s case by saying he has obtained Sutter’s trading software program as evidence (secretly given to him by Harvey). The judge warns that if she finds out Cahill acquired the program illegally, there goes the case AND she will charge Cahill with malicious prosecution. She then announces Save the Date #3: the trial will begin in 5 days.

Harvey asks Louis for help in analyzing the big trades Sutter’s company made, which means Louis asks Donna to ask Stu Dickface for access to his database, which means Donna towers over him (like Jessica did), announces that she is Donna and she is awesome, and proves it by sinking a shaky shot in a kids’ basketball net.

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donna's shotStu sees the Donna light, gives Louis access, and gifts him with new Litt Up mugs besides. Louis discovers the common link in the trades is a consulting investment bank, and someone named Philip Allen is identified as the banker who gave Sutter insider trading info. Offscreen, Cahill makes a deal with Allen to testify against Sutter. Because Harvey, thanks to Louis and Stu, led Cahill to Allen, the free Mike deal still stands, so Harvey makes this happy face:harvey happyUntil Cahill and his bosses nix the deal, and Harvey makes this sad/angry face:harvey sadder

Next week, the gloves are off! The match-ups: Harvey vs. Cahill, Mike vs. Kevin and Gallo.

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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 Donna and Jessica break out some (more) beautiful day dresses, we’re subjected to painful double entendres about Louis’s ‘wood’ and we’re expected to believe that Mike’s cellmate,  Kevin Wiseguy Miller, is a software developer.

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Mike dreams that Harvey tells him Kevin murdered Rachel. Mike dreams this because he’s big-time cold-shouldering Kevin since hearing Kevin is in prison for drunk driving, even though the person Kevin hit had a full recovery. Unlike Mike’s parents, who died in a drunk driving crash also known as the defining event of Mike’s character forever, because this is TV land, where Harvey has lifelong abandonment issues and can’t abide women who cheat because his mother cheated and left.

Harvey had psychotherapy for his problems, so Mike asks Counselor Julius for therapy to help him get over hating Kevin long enough to make him inform on Sutter. Julius warns Mike that all actions have consequences (this season’s theme?). When Mike calls him out as a know-nothing, Julius confesses to his own criminal past.

Harvey finally learns from Cahill what secrets Kevin has to spill, and they concern the proprietary trading algorithm developed by Kevin (hahaha) which governs Sutter’s trades. Cahill wants Kevin to reveal whether the trading software dictates Sutter’s investment returns, or is insider trading going on. Sutter, meanwhile, tells Harvey the software is only one factor in his success, the other is Sutter’s  gut instinct and savant-like knowledge of the markets.

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Harvey gets the judge to deny Cahill’s request for the software to be handed over, which makes Sutter command Harvey to move for dismissal. Harvey doesn’t want that, so he meets Cahill outside Toronto’s old, established downtown National Club (standing in for Cahill’s apartment building, I suppose), and tries to surreptitiously pass him the trading software program. Sean insists he won’t risk his career by taking evidence that comes from collusion, but by episode’s end, with the dismissal looming, he asks for the program. Turns out this case is personal – his mom, a humble schoolteacher, always dreamed of going on a trip to Spain when she retired. Too bad her teacher’s pension was lost when she invested it with that Madoff-like Sutter guy, and then she died. Cue the violins.

Harvey and Mike conduct some practice depositions in jail with Kevin and Sutter to stir up the pot, which leads to Kevin and Sutter having a yell off. It’s not until Kevin and Mike are alone in their cell that Kevin admits the trading program is bullshit, and Sutter is guilty – of insider trading and of being a terrible father-in-law. What’s worse is that Kevin’s wife was in on it. Mike brightly suggests that Kevin get back at Sutter by turning on him, and ask for immunity for the wife as part of the deal. Kevin does not agree, and makes Mike promise not to tell anyone what he now knows. Mike gives his word.

jess&rachWhile wearing a serious and flattering ‘fit and flare’ style grey wool dress, Jessica gives Rachel a big ‘not now’ on the Leonard Bailey case. Instead, Rachel convinces her prof, who admires her ‘gumption’ – and I  really hope that’s all he admires about her – to review her  motion for appeal. He suggests she dig deeper into the case and find some undeniable evidence.

Rachel finds out the public defender in Bailey’s original trial never introduced into court an alibi supplied by his friend Maria for his whereabouts at the time of the killings . Turns out Maria was high on meth at the time of the killing, and so was Bailey, a fact he had omitted to mention. Rachel gives Bailey shit for not telling her everything, but she still wants to save him, so when his execution date is set, she makes Jessica help her fight it.

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Jessica’s one goal in life is to increase the law firm’s billings and number of clients, so she decides to go after Sutter’s investment business (which he had promised to give only if Harvey gets him off on the criminal charges) on her own. She buttonholes Sutter at Aria restaurant, across from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre (check the Raptors’ We The North banner hanging in the ACC back there) to pitch/blackmail him into giving her the business now. Harvey is not pleased with this move on her part, since things are getting complicated with Sutter, what with defending him while helping Cahill make his case against him and all, but Jessica doesn’t give a shit about that.

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Louis & Donna – or as I called them in my notes about this episode, Lo & Do – get the comedy scenes this week, all to do with the Hamptons house Louis wanted to buy in order to woo Tara the architect.

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Donna, wearing a gorgeous Thierry Mugler white dress in one scene and a pretty pink Alexander McQueen one in another – her salary really is high – helps him buy the house. When Louis wants to show it to Tara before it’s actually in his possession, Donna helps make that happen by sending the owners away and staging the place with photos of Louis’s dead cats, etc.

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Their plan backfires when the owners come home early. Tara finds out that Louis orchestrated this elaborate deception so he could spend more time with her, but instead of finding that loathsome, she declares it the most romantic thing ever. She might not think that if she’d had to listen to the series of ‘dirty’ wood-related remarks that Louis inadvertently made earlier to Donna, who made faces like she found them amusing, when, come on now – ebony? Or maybe Tara would laugh appreciatively at Louis’s buffoonish tendencies, because so far, she’s being written as his soulmate.

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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 the annoying Stu Douchebag  character gets more screen time than he deserves, Louis gets a new love interest in Canada’s own Carly Pope, Harvey gets to labour under a contrived 2 day deadline, and Mike and Rachel get to have sex.

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Mike is having a cozy chat in his cell with his bestie Kevin about Kevin’s young kids, when he gets called away to see Harvey, making a late night emergency jail visit to tell him about Cahill’s Who Wants To Be An Stoolie deal.

But Mike doesn’t want to make Kevin inform on his father-in-law! Even without knowing what crimes Kevin or his father-in-law have committed. He tells Harvey no, and lies to Kevin about why Harvey came by, says it was to tell him Gallo can’t be transferred out. Harvey lies in turn to Cahill that there’s no deal unless it’s in writing, but Cahill sees through that (like Rachel saw through Harvey’s lie 2 weeks before – is Harvey so transparent? ). In a flagrant bid to add some episode tension, Cahill says the deal offer is only good for 2 days.

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The next day, Mike calls Donna to say he won’t take the deal so don’t make him. Harvey wants to let Rachel know about the deal in the hope she will pressure Mike, but Donna advises both him and Cahill that if Rachel finds out that Mike gave up a chance to be with her sooner than in 2 years, their relationship will not survive! Cahill doesn’t give a shit about Mike’s love life, but when Harvey comes up with a crazy scheme for Cahill to secretly meet with Mike to convince him, Cahill agrees to it.

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The crazy scheme involves getting someone in jail to drug Mike’s prison food, which makes Mike pass out in the cafeteria and be taken “to the infirmary” for 8 hours, except really he’s put into Harvey’s car, with the help of the warden, and taken to Rachel’s apartment. She finally OPENS THE DOOR, they have a bittersweet yet joyous sexual reunion, and he tells her about the deal.

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Cahill shows up at the apartment building to talk to Mike, and when he finds out Mike is inside post-coitally trading you’re-beautiful, no-you-are compliments with Rachel, he’s all what-the-hell, where-are-your-priorities-man? to Harvey. Wise Harvey knows that a few hours with his One True Love will turn Mike into a snitch, and sure enough, Mike comes out and announces that he told Rachel everything, and he will take the deal. OR WILL HE?

Gallo, by the way, also wants to take the deal Mike offered him – to try to arrange for Gallo to get out on parole in 6 weeks. Harvey does not like this idea, but Mike says okay fine, and somehow files a motion on Gallo’s behalf from jail. OR DOES HE?

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Because Rachel is more than just Mike’s moll, she begins work on her Innocence Project death row case. A Mr. Bailey, the convict in question, does not want the help of a mere law student at first, not after he’s been proclaiming his innocence for 10 years and no one would listen, but hey, someone is better than no one. And Rachel confesses to Donna that working on the case keeps her mind off obsessing over Mike in jail, so it’s a Good Thing.

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Independent story line #2 finds Louis flirting and clicking with Tara, a pretty architect who shares his interest in opera, ballet and intuitively understands his office space needs too. When Louis confesses to Jessica that he has already fallen in love with Tara, she foresees trouble and forbids him to hire her to remodel the offices. Louis hires her to remodel his Hamptons house into an office instead – anything to spend more time with her doing stupid things like sniffing her neck.

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Stu Douchebag bought some of Nathan Burns’s company’s shares last week on Harvey’s behalf but is being douchey about them this week, as well as goading Louis into rages for the fun of it, so Jessica elects to put him in his place. She calls him a pissant and orders him to ‘unwind that trade,’ he asks her out (as if), she somehow manipulates a stock he holds – to his disadvantage, and their sparring ends with him hiring PSL as his lawyers. Jessica even gets him to agree to stop harassing Louis. She’s awesome when she lowers her voice an octave and growls out her commands.

Next week: Someone (everyone?) has got trust issues.

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 works hard to find a new client, Rachel gets her own case outside of the office, and Mike (finally) uses his legal knowledge to try to protect himself in prison.

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Jessica, wearing an itchy-looking patterned wool dress and not her best hair , directs Harvey to snag a big-time client in order to start PSL’s comeback. Her suggestion is William Sutter, a cranky old billionaire whom no law firm wants to represent because he is facing an indictment. But Harvey has had enough of getting into bed with criminals after his Forstman dealings. Instead, he goes after Nathan Burns, a ‘dick’ and ‘asshole’ who heads up an energy company but is apparently not a criminal. Burns initially assigns Harvey tasks both demeaning and time-consuming to prove he really wants the business, then backs away under pressure from Sutter, who wants to stick it to Harvey for turning him down. With the help of a New Recurring Character, a douchebag trader named Stu,  Harvey removes the threat to Burns that Sutter represents, and convinces Burns to hire PSL. Sutter, however, is now Harvey’s lifelong enemy, alongside Hardman and Forstman. At least his name doesn’t end in -man.

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Louis has been tasked with finding tenants to sublet the thousands of square feet of PSL offices that the skeleton staff of six don’t need, but his general lack of good sense lead him to heed some but not all of Donna’s sage advice – given in a wrinkled but otherwise nicely draped white dress – to rent to some finance people. Instead of advisors, he gets in a herd of douchebag traders, including the head douchebag, a squinty-eyed, suspender-wearing fellow who says shit a lot, and whose name is Stu. Or maybe Stew.

Stu Douchebag

Louis tries to get rid of the traders on lease technicalities involving Louis’s bran bars and prune juice (cue the toilet jokes), but Harvey intervenes when he wants Stu to trace some financial transactions in a way that might not be strictly legal. Stu complies, gets to stay, and flaunts his Yale law degree in Louis’s crimson Harvard face in the bargain.

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Rachel is still attending law school! She participates in a kind of legal debate in front of her practical ethics class against another student who publicly tries to shame Rachel about Mike and his fraud conviction as part of her argument. The sympathetic (male) professor takes Rachel aside and suggests that she drop the  course and instead earn credit by working on an The Innocence Project (an actual real world thing) case, trying to exonerate someone on death row.

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Rachel doesn’t want to back down from the debate fight, so she seeks advice from Jessica, Seasoned Law Warrior. Jessica counsels Rachel to make the class see her as a bad-ass to be feared, like Jessica has to do every single day. Rachel digs up dirt on her law class opponent, and tells her she won’t reveal it as long as the opponent withdraws from the debate and publicly acknowledges Rachel’s superiority in intellect and ethics. The dirt must be damn dirty because the opponent does what Rachel asks, and Rachel can now drop the course without losing face, and work on The Innocence Project.

bromance

In prison bromance news, Mike and his roomie Kevin decide to stick together at all times to avoid falling prey to Gallo and his goons. Harvey is bugging Cahill to get Gallo transferred out like he said he might, but in the meantime, Mike will have to leave Kevin’s side during the 2 hour a day kitchen job arranged by his counselor, whose  name is not Malcolm Jamal-Warner after all, but Julius.

julius

Mike tries to quit the job before it starts. Julius won’t let him and asks him to file a formal allegation against Gallo instead, but Mike won’t do that, cuz he’s no fool.

kitchen shot

On Mike’s first day half-believably peeling potatoes, Gallo drops by (though doesn’t Mike now have sharp instruments at his disposal?) to request mashed potatoes over “au gratin” ones (I’m not joking, he really says this), and to mention that oh yeah, he just beat up Kevin in the washroom, hah-hah. Mike tends to Kevin, who is bleeding and beaten, but not badly enough to go to the infirmary. They decide it’s safe to attend movie night together, because even Gallo wouldn’t start trouble there – movie night is sacred in prison, would you believe. And Julius arranges for Kevin to start doing  kitchen duty with Mike, so they need never be apart.

cahill 1st time

Cahill finally gets back to Harvey to say Gallo can’t be moved out of Danbury – he is protected because he’s a government informant. Harvey visits Mike and advises him to neutralize Gallo by threatening to reveal to the jail population that Gallo sold his criminal brethren up the river.

mike&gallo yard

Mike has a better idea. He looks up the records on Gallo’s trial, and discovers that Gallo’s lawyer at the time overlooked a loophole that means Gallo could be eligible for parole in as little as 6 weeks. Mike thinks Gallo must now decide what he wants to do more – get out of prison, or continue to get back at Harvey by harassing Mike and Kevin. It seems to me like Gallo now has six weeks to do both.

better celebration

Jessica and Harvey are celebrating being back on the map with regard to the signing of Burns when Cahill returns to say that hey, speaking of informants, he’s found a new way for Mike to get out of prison early. It seems that Kevin is a smoking gun on a federal case who is holding out on ‘family’ secrets. If Mike can get him to turn, he can go free.

Sidenote: last week’s preview of this episode showed Rachel opening her apartment door to a mystery visitor, but that didn’t happen this week. Maybe next time?

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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