Suits – Recap: The Prom King and The Boy Wonder
I think this is shaping up to be the best season of Suits yet. Season 3 continued to form new rifts and relationships tonight. “I Want You To Want Me,” but alas, isn’t that always our fatal flaw?
Season 3 Episode 2 of Suits had my emotions running wild. What do I want from these people? How do I want these relationships to change and mend? If by the end of Episode 2, I’m questioning the Harvey/ Mike dynamic, this show is doing a great job of writing believable and compelling storylines. As a critic, Louis (Rick Hoffman) is the gift that keeps on giving, but I never realized that he’d actually prompt me to feel legitimate tugs at my heartstrings. If Louis has me cursing Harvey (Gabriel Macht), who is, in a sense, my imaginary mentor, then Suits is seriously heating up, people. Meanwhile, a catfight between Donna (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel (Meghan Markel) brewed a different gut reaction with equal amounts of emotional impact. I feel there was a time during the run of my Suits viewing pleasure in which I had placed Mike (Patrick J. Adams) and Harvey way far and beyond the rest of the firm. Tonight, I can safely say, that I care about all of these fictitious people. If Suits is making me wish I’d gone to and graduated from Harvard Law (aka my own personal nightmare), then this series has solidified itself as a great piece of television entertainment. Here is my Recap and Review of Suits Season 3 Episode 2, “I Want You To Want Me”!
Let’s go beat the s**t out of Cameron Dennis.
Episode 2 of Season 3 opened with a stirring speech from Louis Litt in which he addressed his final pool of young and eager associates, bidding them a fond farewell before riding off into the awful sunset that is the role of quartermaster. Even Mike and Rachel found a fondness for Louis following his apology and adieu. I should have become privy to the episode’s closing moments at this point, but I was too caught up in the moment of the show’s start to think ahead. It would be Jessica (Gina Torres) who comforted Louis in his moment of grief. Unable to reinstate the man in his dream job, she did the next best thing by allowing him the opportunity to train his own personal associate of choice. Louis, needless to say, would gun for Mike Ross.
Meanwhile, Donna, in an unnecessary yet uplifting moment, pledged her allegiance to Harvey as he secretly filled her in on his decision to take down Jessica. I should be ready for the twists and turns that Suits tosses our way at this point, but each and every time these characters switch sides or show unlikely support, I’m pleasantly shocked. Of course this show would see Jessica backing Harvey as he continues to take on this seemingly insurmountable oil case in an effort to supplant her. Harvey was essentially enlisting Jessica to destroy her. I enjoyed the back and forth the two shared outside later on in the episode surrounding the ongoing friendly fire between themselves over the course of Suits past two seasons. Things between them have gotten so convoluted that Jessica seemed entirely spent and ready to move on; however, we have to remember that Jessica is currently on top. She won the final battle with Harvey that closed out Season 2, severing his friendship with Mike. Would Jessica do it all over again? We’d have to wait to find out, but this Season 3 Harvey seemed unflappable and unwavering from the get-go.
Cameron Dennis (Gary Cole) might have missed his calling as a used car salesman, but that doesn’t mean that he was no threat to Harvey’s case. Video footage from a surveillance camera showcased Harvey’s client Ava (Michelle Fairley) as well as her number two, Nick, outright bribing a colonel in order to build an illegal pipeline under the guise of paying a fee to cover environmental damage. The problem was, of course, that the threat of pollution had already been dealt with, labeling the hand-off as clear and utter bribery. Unfortunately for Ava, Nick jumped ship before she even had the chance to speak to him on the matter. The man she’d groomed and mentored had betrayed her to save his own skin, and Cameron had him grasped within his clutches and prepped for trial. Because everyone on Suits is self-serving, I tend to judge characters based on the level of “slime” I read off of them. Cameron, I’m sorry, but Harvey’s assessment seems quite adequate.
I enjoyed Harvey’s visit to Cameron’s home in which the two exchanged quips and checked each other for cracks in confidence. Harvey had initially thought that the surveillance tape was a mere distraction from the fact that Nick was Cameron’s key to winning; however, he quickly discovered the truth. In a conversation with Ava in which she immediately jumped to the conclusion that bribing, yet again, was her only option, Harvey recognized the signs of a setup. Cameron was baiting Ava into bribing again as a means to securing her downfall. Harvey, instead, met one-on-one with Nick to remind him of his fond relationship with his mentor and to clue him in to the emotional damage that would be dealt to both parties involved should he betray his friend. Nick, in all honesty, seemed torn and embarrassed by his selfish decision to back Cameron, but would Harvey get him to jump ship?
After easily securing permission from Harvey, Louis spent the entirety of Episode 2 wrangling in Mike. Initially, the convincing consisted entirely of superficial tricks and treats. Louis took mike to lunch, feeding Ross the best steak he will ever have before physically force-feeding him some amazing cheesecake. In truth, Louis wanted to test the waters of the future partnership, cluing Mike in to the “eminent domain” case surrounding one of his favorite restaurants. Now, for those of you who were confused surrounding the meaning of an eminent domain case, rest assured. It’s, simply put, when the government or an associated third party seizes a private business or property in order to satisfy a greater public need. Example: leveling an old house to build a highway. Louis and Mike faced an uphill battle following Mike’s introduction to the “family” working as the restaurants staff. Eminent domain cases have been consistent failures for those looking to preserve their property in the name of nostalgia; however, Mike Ross and Louis Litt were clearly a powerful new dynamic duo in the making.
After doing their basic research and watching enough of Money Ball, the two seemed to think they had a shot at saving the steakhouse. Unfortunately, Louis’ retelling of his very first “best steak of all time” wasn’t enough to convince the judge to overrule their opponent. A defeat for Louis seemed to be a win for us, as watching Ross and Litt interact over the course of the rest of Episode 2 certainly more than made up for it. The mud bath scene was, needless to say, hilarious, but we began to feel more of a true chemistry between this pairing. It was important for Suits to highlight the personal budding bromance in comparison to Mike’s relationship with Harvey. It was, further more, important for the two to shoot the breeze about movies before Mike drummed up the idea of taking things out of the past (Louis’ first steak) and into the present (inflating estimated property value). Louis had Mike feeling as though he was working with Louis as a mentor as opposed to how he’d worked for Harvey.
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As Jessica and Harvey sifted through their baggage and Louis and Mike formed and unlikely partnership, Rachel found herself caught off guard by some striking and hurtful information. Initially, Rachel approached Donna regarding Harvey’s relentless unforgiving nature towards Mike. How could Harvey simply hand Mike over to Louis? Donna, without question, backed Harvey, reminding Rachel of the sacrifices their team had made in protecting Mike and his secret. Rachel, clueless to the entire truth of the situation, complained to Mike about her tiff with Donna, only to learn the hard way that Harvey had, at one point, made it his priority to keep the couple apart. Remember, Harvey doesn’t know Rachel very well at all; however, the fewer people who knew Mike’s secret the better. Would you want a peeved ex-girlfriend knowing that kind of information? Still, I shamelessly sided with Zane, if only for purely emotional purposes. If Rachel was upset with Mike, she was devastated by her future confrontation with Donna. The two exchanged verbal blows following Donna’s admitting that she, in the past, sided with Harvey, backing his advice to Mike over her friend’s budding romance. Rachel had entrusted Donna with intimate personal information. From the first kiss to her growing love for Mike, Donna did, indeed, put business first. I’m not necessarily laying the blame on Donna, especially after Rachel’s “you have no life” retort, but I understand the hurt on both ends. I have faith that Suits will quickly mend this relationship. It’s rare to witness two ladies with an enjoyable personal friendship on this show. We’re used to seeing businesswomen competing with, fighting alongside, hiring, or supporting men. Girl power can work wonders in the office, I say!
Cameron thought he’d rub salt in Ava’s wound by notifying her to a “leak” of the surveillance footage within the company. Not only was he looking to win the case, but he was coming for her company. Nick, in the end, refused to budge. Unfortunately for him, he was up against Harvey and Jessica. As both parties sat for a deposition, the two seemed ready for a final showdown without having even stepped into a courtroom. In truth, the tape showed none other than Nick sliding money to the colonel. With no audio track to accompany the footage, all the court would have to work with was the image of Ava’s second in command seemingly committing the crime of bribery. Yes, it seemed as though Ava was also involved in the crime, but Harvey had his physical win. That’s the thing about Harvey, though. As Louis had put quite well, Harvey doesn’t love law. Harvey loves to win.
Cameron came to Harvey with what was basically an acceptance of the plea deal they’d originally come to him with; however, he’d made one final condition… Ava would plead guilty rather than no contest. To Harvey, that was no win in the record book. The next day, Jessica would convince Harvey to take the deal, helping him recognize a win for the team rather than a personal victory for him. I understand this side of Harvey, in all honesty. This sort of a win feels like an ink stain on the pocket of a Tom Ford suit. In the end, Harvey agreed, convincing Ava to take the offer. Ava, more importantly, mourned the loss of Nick, recognizing his motive of survival rather than one of pure selfish gain. Immediately, we were prompted to think of Harvey’s floundering relationship with Mike.
In the end, Louis and Mike won their case. I’m not going to sit here writing this recap and review as though I’m in the know on the specifics of legal jargon, but they were able to convince the judge deliberating that their precious steakhouse was worth a ridiculous inflated price, overruling their opponents economically driven need for the space. Before officially accepting his position under Louis’ wing, Mike made things right with Rachel, which seemed to go smoothly enough. I’m glad for this, considering that Suits has spent plenty of time keeping these two apart. I think a steady Season 3 with Rachel solidified as Mike’s rock would work wonders. The next day, Mike decided to take Louis up on his offer at the office. Mike had watched As Good as it Gets, Louis had watched Jerry Maguire, and we had on our screens what seemed like an awesome new duo.
Donna, meanwhile, had come to her senses surrounding Harvey’s “dead to me” attitude towards Mike. In truth, if Jessica is the target, refusing to admit any regrets surrounding her antics during the closing episodes of Season 2, why was Mike still held to blame? Honestly, Mike’s entire future was on the line. Under the current circumstances, Harvey picked the most inopportune time to storm into Louis’ office and accept Mike’s copious apologies. Louis watched from beyond the glass, celebratory cake in hand, as Mike absolutely disregarded their own fresh mentorship. Since when am I not rooting for Mike and Harvey to make peace? I was kind of hoping Mike would send Harvey off with a “thanks but no thanks” response. I thought Louis made sense when he pegged Mike as half Harvey and half himself. Louis would foster Mike’s innate love for law. Then again, what is Suits without the chemistry and banter between Harvey and Mike? That is Suits. I’m torn, so obviously, the writers are doing their jobs.
What did you think of Suits Season 3 Episode 2, “I Want You To Want Me”? Were you rooting for Mike/ Harvey or Mike/ Louis? Are you happy that Mike and Rachel are clicking this season? Will Harvey actually take down Jessica?
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Superb analysis! Your making this into a regular must read. Last week I read your review and then watched the show, this week the reverse. Both weeks shows have been awesome, a combination of excellent writers, producers and actors crammed into 43 minutes of pure summer pleasure.
I found this article interview by Larry King, talking to Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle from the hit "dramedy" Suits, on the USA Network. http://www.ora.tv/larrykingnow/suits-patrick-j-adams-meghan-markle-0_7kkab83z
@realGary Thanks, Gary! I feel like this is the season where Suits goes from "quiet hit" to "must-see TV." They're upping the drama and suspense.
I'm going to read that article when I finish typing up some articles!