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Suits – Recap: Are Butch and Sundance Back?

Season 3 of Suits continued to showcase growth in both a narrative sense and with regard to awesome character development. Love is in the office air, folks… and so is murder! Butch and Sundance are back!.. or so Mike thinks.

Episode 3 of Season 3 of Suits continued to snowball the Ava Hessington (Michelle Fairly) oil case, taking what seemed like a fantastic win for Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and company last week and twisting it into another whopper of a predicament. With Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) back at his side, could the unflappable Harvey Specter render himself unbeatable in the covert takedown of playful rival turned secret enemy, Jessica (Gina Torres)? With Mike and Louis (Rick Hoffman) at odds following Mike’s decision to ditch and rejoin Harvey’s cause, what repercussions would he face knowing that Louis Litt is not one to forgive and forget? Lastly, and finally, has Donna (Sarah Rafferty) finally met a Suit-able match in Harvey 2.0? It was but a single week ago that we witnessed Rachel’s (Meghan Markel) mocking of Donna’s lack of “a life.” Give it an episode, and suddenly, things have changed for our favorite secretarial ginger extraordinaire. Here is my Recap and Review of Season 3 Episode 3 of Suits!

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Harvey went into the signing of a deal with Ava considering the fact that Ava would indeed plead “guilty” rather than “no contest” as the biggest thorn in his side; however, it appeared as though the conniving Cameron (Gary Cole) had a much bigger victory in mind. In pleading guilty to bribery surrounding an illegal pipeline, Ava also unknowingly connected herself to a string of murders that followed. Remember, the bribe was to a colonel in a volatile country. This same colonel was also partly responsible for a subsequent string of deaths tied to the pipeline. Six people who opposed Hessington’s work were discovered dead, and all roads led back to Ava. Cameron, wasting no time at all, barged in on a lunch between Harvey and Hessington. The lunch originally seemed celebratory, seeing Ava even going as far as to offer Harvey a position as her new right hand man. Unfortunately, an arrest for alleged murder would kill the mood, needless to say. Bribery is one crime. Murder is, of course, another, and we’re not used to Suits throwing murder cases in these lawyers’ faces. We knew we were in for a ride with this one. Buckle up!

Meanwhile, Mike’s relationship with Louis spiraled back down to rock bottom. A bitter and burnt Louis seemed to refuse the option of another associate assisting him, even considering the fact that he too was brought in on part of Ava’s case. Remember, much of the problem surrounding the initial case against Ava surrounded Cameron’s leaking of information to a Mr. Tony Gianopulos. This same man was now attempting to wrangle power within Ava’s company for, what else, a ton of money and power. Harvey felt Louis was the right lawyer for the job; however, Louis wasn’t quite ready for an unexpected onslaught of attention from Katrina (Amanda Schull). The last we saw of Katrina, she’d butted heads one too many times with Mike, even going as far as to torture Rachel in the process. Now all but entirely iced out, Katrina would stop at nothing to infiltrate Team Litt, or any team for that matter. Katrina is a viper with no venom. She might be one hell of a fifth year, but her abrasiveness has rendered her untrustworthy and just, frankly, not well liked.

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Katrina would also attempt to work her way into Harvey’s good graces. After attempting to sneak some information into Specter’s office, only to find herself caught off guard by Mike, the two would, as she said, “lock horns” yet again. The problem for Katrina, is that information can only go so far. She’s cunning, but no one at this firm wants to win with Katrina’s help. Mike could sit around merely quoting movies for an entire episode and still inspire Harvey more so. In the end, it would be Donna who inevitably had Katrina removed and banned from Harvey’s office, using her power as Harvey’s other sassy sidekick to veto any valid argument Katrina had for disgracing them with her presence.

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Donna had, meanwhile, patched things up quickly enough with Rachel. A quick apology following last week’s heated and hurtful catfight would do the trick. Harriet Specter and Michelle Ross are back in business, gang! Rachel, in the meantime, continued her budding office romance with Mike. Katrina’s prior brawl of brains with Ross actually got the gears in his head turning. Was Rachel Zane his *gulp* girlfriend? Of course, the faux proposal scene between the two brought some much-appreciated romantic heart to Suits, and I’ve been enjoying watching this develop throughout the first three episodes of Season 3. As I’ve said in prior recaps, Suits should just let this be. Mike could use a solid rock, and not one that he’s been recently fighting to impress, like Harvey.

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Unfortunately, their moment would be squashed by none other than, you guessed it, Katrina, out for revenge. Now, this act of desperation had me scratching my head. Katrina digitally edited a photo of Mike’s face onto an animated baby, badly chopped up some audio from their conversation which she apparently recorded, and sent out the “embarrassing” video to everyone at the firm. Seriously, though, on what planet was that a good idea? In my opinion, that was more mortifying for Katrina than Mike in any case. Using her attack on Mike’s reputation at the firm, Katrina ventured back to Louis’ office, hoping her very public ballsy message was enough to seal her a deal working on his case.

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What a treat! We now have two Harvey Specters available for our enjoyment, and one of them is English! Could Suits have come up with a more clever idea than sticking Donna square in the middle between Harvey and his double? The new face strutted into the office with confidence, turning heads with his swagger, and even nabbing a bit of attention from Donna. If the visual chemistry wasn’t enough to sell us, the verbal conversation between the two only promised more brilliant banter going forward. Harvey, on the other hand, was very hesitant to even converse with the man who’d initially hinted at visiting for a week of “cultural integration” work. Donna, however, managed to dig up, quite quickly, that his hotel suite had been booked for an entire month. What? She was curious! Donna can do no wrong. No one seemed more concerned with Darby’s second in command busting through their firm’s doors unexpectedly than Jessica. Jessica, might I add, was a bit scarce during Episode 3. Here’s what I believe. I think the best way for Suits to handle the Harvey vs. Jessica storyline is to keep her away. She needs to pop in ever so often to make a quip about how she, say, makes three times more money than Harvey. She also pops up equally as much to remind him that they’re on the same side. Thus, we as viewers have polarizing moments that have us supporting both Harvey’s covert ploy to usurp her and a possible reconciliation. It works better than a whole lot of gray.

In truth, this Mr. Stephen Huntley, the new Harvey, was sent as a “fixer.” Basically, Darby trusted this lawyer enough to send him to America to nip Harvey’s problems and missteps in the bud. Harvey was hesitant to trust Huntley, although, again, I thought this new character brought a lot of snazzy chemistry to the show. The lunch between Harvey and Stephen showcased a new kind of a positive rivalry that we’re not so much used to with regard to Harvey. These two can be competitive without fighting one another. For example, when Cameron dropped in to slap Harvey with five witnesses pegging this colonel to the scene of the crime overseas, it could be an issue of “who figures this out first” rather than “I’m going to beat you.” Of course, this new issue stemmed from the fact that Cameron initially lacked any true evidence linking Ava to the murders. This is, after all, a war-torn country. So much so, in fact, that any and all murders are initially dubbed casualties of combat, at least, according to Ava. Just as Cameron had turned the tables on them surrounding the initial plea deal, Mike and Harvey planned on doing the same during Ava’s bail hearing. Outright proclaiming Cameron to be personally targeting Harvey for his own personal gain, the judge gave Cameron no excuse but to drudge up legitimate ammo. Thus, as I previously stated, he scrounged up a group of witnesses.

Now, here’s why this is important. Ava Hessington is a tough dame, but she seems to inevitably fall into every one of the opposition’s traps. Was Ava guilty of having those people killed? Harvey wouldn’t offer his opinion, as a good lawyer never does; however, her decision to offer these people bribes, yet again, sparked plenty of complaints and woes from both Harvey and Mike. This was the clear trap, yet Ava refused to trust the dynamic duo in their promise to fight for another way out. Harvey and Mike wouldn’t stoop to illegal activity to win a case. We know Harvey. That wouldn’t count as a win, and Harvey needs to win. Unfortunately, he was promptly fired. Back at the office, Harvey was devastated to witness Ava walking into an elevator… with Stephen Huntley. Had the other Harvey sealed the deal.

That was, in truth, the point. He’d sealed the deal for Harvey, “fixing” his broken relationship with Ava by assuring her that Harvey would win her case. Apparently, he is, indeed, one of the good guys! Of course, we don’t know if there is some secret ploy in the works to protect Jessica, but we’ll have to wait and see. I’m assuming this isn’t the case, especially considering that 2Xs the Harvey could be loads of fun. Mike, meanwhile, found inspiration in Rachel. Rachel had, in an attempt to defend her man, drummed up a new plan to humiliate Katrina, a plan that was promptly nixed by Harvey. Luckily, for our viewing pleasure, Harvey would take it upon himself to lay Katrina out, promising her that if she ever gunned for Mike again, she’d be out the door. Wasn’t Rachel’s fangirling over Harvey’s awesome display of loyalty a pleasure to watch as well? Through her gushing over Harvey’s confrontation with Katrina, Mike managed to spark a new defense theory. If they could, essentially, convince the witnesses or these murders to sue Ava for the emotional post-traumatic stress they’d endured on her soil, they’d be able to, in a sense, legally bribe them. Thank goodness for that favor Harold (We miss you Harold!) owed Mike. Agreeing to represent the opposition, Harold would hand Mike and Harvey a victory. Unfortunately, it all happened off-camera.

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Episode 3 of Season 3 of Suits closed with another encounter between Donna and Stephen. This time, the man approached her on the street from the drivers’ seat of a posh vintage convertible. Donna would recognize the fact that she’d been smitten in an aside to us after the nice bit of flirty banter, but refused to give in to British Harvey’s charms on the spot. Still, I’m excited for the idea of this budding romance for Donna. Donna’s great as a Harvey’s wing-woman, but doesn’t she deserve a bit of her own piece of the plot pie by now? Up in Harvey’s office, he and Mike shared a drink. Mike, tipped off by the fact that a celebratory scotch shared with Harvey is found somewhere between rare and non-existent, immediately raised an eyebrow. Why were they celebrating the fact that they’d quite obviously freed a guilty woman from murder charges? In the end, it was merely time for Harvey to clue Mike in on his coup against Jessica. We can all drink to that!

 

What did you think of Suits Season 3 Episode 3, “Unfinished Business”? Do you like the English Harvey, Donna’s new love interest? Are you enjoying the development in the romance between Mike and Rachel? Are you happy or disappointed with the fact that Louis did, in the end, offer Katrina a spot on the case? Were you glad to see the Harvey/ Mike chemistry back in fine form this week?

Thanks for reading my Recap and Review of Suits Season 3 Episode 3, “Unfinished Business”!

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