In which Harvey finds out Mike is still working on the prison case, Alex gets the case dismissed in court because he’s afraid his secret will come out, and Donna briefly pretends that she knew that Harvey and Dr. Paula were dating when she did not.
Let’s start with Mike and his lying ways. He tells Rachel, still pissed after their argument the night before, that he can’t back down on the case because he is helping people. This is the same justification he used for lying about being a lawyer all those years, so at least he’s consistent. A consistent liar, that is.
Frank Gallo leaves Harvey a phone message warning that he and Mike had better not be trying to fuck him over again. Mike lies about why he contacted Gallo and brushes off Harvey’s warnings about him. Harvey pays a visit to Oscar Reyes and gets confirmation that Mike and Tall Oliver are working together on the prison class action suit. Harvey confronts Mike and tells him he must get off the case. Mike still wants to see it through. In addition to being consistent, he’s stubborn.
After another tiff with Rachel, who is angry she had to lie to Harvey about Mike’s whereabouts, Mike tells Tall Oliver he has to quit the case. He yells at TO to get the goddamn job done alone. Tall Oliver is all “this motherfucker” – (by which I believe he means the case) – “is going down” and seems to be doing well in court the next morning, but Alex strides in, tells the judge about the agreement Mike signed, and gets the case dismissed.
Back at the office, Alex and Mike argue loudly about what went down in the courtroom. Harvey takes Alex’s side and tells Mike he made his bed, so go lie in it. But when Harvey and Alex are alone, Harvey rebukes him for having the suit dismissed and asks what’s really going on with him and this prison case.
Mike slinks off to see Oscar Reyes, who is justifiably pissed that he turned down a generous settlement on Mike’s advice so that the class action suit could proceed, and now he has nothing. Mike assures him the case is not over, and he will make it right. Bets on whether this case will be resolved before the show takes its mid-season break in September? I bet not.
When not dealing with his unruly underling, Harvey screws up the courage to tell Donna he’s dating Dr. Paula, which Dr. P thinks he should do now that she is referring to him as not only her boyfriend, but as her outstanding boyfriend. Also because she knows from when she was analyzing Harvey that Donna loves him, and Harvey needs to let her move on.
Donna puts on an amused air of superiority when Harvey finally tells her and says she knew all along. But she confides in Rachel that she didn’t see the relationship coming because she didn’t want to. She hates it that the news bothers her, and she really hates it that she lied and pretended she knew. To her credit, she soon admits to Harvey that she didn’t know, and says she’s happy for him. She gives him back his apartment key, a symbolic gesture to suggest she’s let go of him. Has she, though? I still think Dr. P. will be gone by season’s end.
Louis gets a lot of scenes again this week, since he is being sued for sexual harrassment by dour Stephanie, who has moved on to the Zane law firm. Stephanie has a roomful of witnesses who heard Louis disparage her likelihood of having children when she worked in the PSL bullpen. She also has her reputation to protect from people who think she left PSL because she couldn’t cut it in the big leagues.
Louis goes about preparing his case in the worst ways possible: he tries to get mild-mannered associate Brian Altman (nicely under-played by Jake Epstein of deGrassi and Broadway fame) to say he’ll fudge the truth if asked, and he goes to see Stephanie against Katrina’s explicit advice and insults her again. His aggressive approach leads Stephanie to subpoena Brian, Rachel and Donna to testify for her side.
Katrina tries and fails to broker a deal with Stephanie. On Brian’s advice, Louis visits her once more, apologizes sincerely, and explains that his outburst was caused by his deep disappointment after being dumped by Tara, when his hopes of becoming a parent were dashed along with his hopes of ever being loved. A compassionate Stephanie can relate to the fear of ending up alone and childless after over-devoting oneself to lawyering, and agrees to drop the suit.
A sincerely contrite Louis thanks Donna for her advice on dealing with Stephanie, and Donna gives him back responsibility for the associates, now that he’s become more sensitive. Louis completes his redemption arc (of the episode) by apologizing to Brian and telling him he can go home early and play with his new baby. Brian wonders if he is being fired or punked, and Louis presents him with a custom-made “You’ve Been Spitt Up” onesie. Now available at the Suits USA online merchandise store!
Sidenote of the week: Did y’all see the big announcement that Gina Torres will star in a Jessica Pearson Suits spin-off set in Chicago, to do with politics, that will premiere in 2018? I could have sworn a big reason given for Torres leaving Suits was that she wanted to be closer to home and family (i.e. not live in Toronto for 9 months of the year) but the new show will be also be filmed in Toronto with same exec producers and production company, also the same costume designer that clothes Jessica in her amazing power wardrobe on Suits. Looks like I’ll have to recap that show when it comes out too.
Next week: Alex is It in the Everyone-Has-A-Secret game.
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.