Suits gave us a moment we’ve been craving since the early days of seasons past. Harvey… Donna… Whipped cream. Travel back a decade in time with me as we finally get some answers from a very special episode!
Suits Season 3 Episode 6, “The Other Time,” was split between past and present. Of course, the editing process was important. The flashback served as a comparison to the present day. We’d see cuts of a pre-partner Jessica (Gina Torres) mentoring a young Harvey (Gabriel Macht) back when she was in a position very similar to that of the Specter we’ve become acquainted with in the present day. Meanwhile, Mike (Patrick J. Adams) took a trip back in time as well, to a day when Trevor (Tom Lipinski) foiled him as a character oh so well. Most importantly, we finally got some spicy insight into the awesome dynamic we’ve come to obsess over regarding, of course, Harvey’s relationship with Donna (Sarah Rafferty). Break out the whipped cream! Here is my Recap and Review of Suits Season 3 Episode 6, “The Other Time”!
Here’s what; I’m assuming most readers of this recap are fans of the show who’ve viewed the episode prior. Otherwise, I’m going to go ahead and assume that you’ve missed Episode 6 and simply want a concise explanation to get you caught up. I’m mostly going to divide this review between the flashback and the present goings on at Pearson Darby Specter. Oh, did I fail to mention in the introduction of the recap that Harvey’s name did indeed go up on the wall this week?
Cameron (Gary Cole), in a last-ditch effort to win at all costs, concocted one final harebrain scheme to defeat Harvey in his fight to free Ava Hessington of murder charges. After Mike had done some simple digging, it became clear that Cameron had one last witness smuggled away somewhere in the area. What would make this specific witness different? Allegedly, Cameron had managed to wrangle in the colonel who’d been caught on tape accepting a bribe from Ava. If the man would confess to taking money under orders to kill witnesses in the way, Ava would most certainly serve time.
Knowing Ava to be innocent having had the opportunity to get to know his client, Harvey called Cameron on his bluff. The colonel wouldn’t take the stand against Ava because she’d never truly offered him money to murder innocent people for a mere oil pipeline. Still, Cameron refused to budge, and countless booked hotel rooms in the Manhattan area kept this final witness adequately concealed.
Meanwhile, Harvey’s work relationship with his secretarial sidekick, Donna, seemed to be growing ever more strained. Donna, caught entirely off guard by the addition of Harvey’s name to the firm wall in the elevator bank, ran straight to her boss surrounding her newfound discovery. Harvey, disappointed, reminded Donna that he’d never needed to inform Donna of anything before. She’d always simply known. Again, keep in mind that flashback sequences, scenes that I’ll cover in a bit, were intertwined with some of these current issues to give some insight and clarity. Let’s just say, Donna has been analyzing Harvey like no other for a while now. Harvey was, of course, growing more and more peeved by Donna’s focus on Stephen (Max Beesley), who’d on the episode prior nearly caused Harvey his case. Stephen, on the other hand, seemed to be itching to make amends with Harvey, trying throughout the entirety of Episode 6 to make a reconnection and right his wrongs. Eventually, he’d go to Mike on the street, offering his two cents regarding Cameron’s current upper hand. Having secured the ultimate witness, Cameron offered Ava a deal of several years’ worth of incarceration with a chance for parole. It seemed more and more as though Ava’s only shot was to argue for less time, rather than innocence entirely. Stephen, reading the signs, argued that Mike should convince Harvey to advise Ava to comply. Mike, loyal to Harvey, merely filled Specter in on Stephen’s covert play, infuriating Harvey even more so. Would Stephen stop meddling?
The current part of Episode 6, “The Other Time,” ended with Harvey discovering that Cameron had not, in actuality, brought in the colonel at all. The entire plan was entirely drummed up to fool Ava into signing her life away. Proud of his impending victory, Harvey brought Jessica to the firm’s rooftop. There, he decided to come clean about his secret coup attempt, only to admit to having a change of heart. Jessica did not take the news well, burned by Harvey’s betrayal even considering the circumstances. Of course, Jessica, not too long previously, had found herself in a similar situation. Again, the recap will cover that soon. Let’s just say that Jessica might have taught Harvey way too much…
While Harvey suffered through an icy reception from Jessica, Mike made his way to a confrontation with Cameron. In truth, Cameron did not have the colonel waiting in the wings prior, but he would eventually. Stephen Huntley had tipped him off!
Now, travel back a decade as we bear witness to the birth of Harvey’s relationship with Donna, and Mike’s ultimate downfall as a prospective Harvard student. You remember Mike’s slacker of a foil, Trevor, correct? Trevor had just begun dealing drugs when Mike’s Harvard acceptance letter arrived in the mail. To celebrate, the two decided to hit up a frat party, only to find themselves sideswiped by a group of sleazy brothers fed up with Mike’s natural intelligence and swagger. Back in the day, Mike would use his brain to, say, nail nimrods during beer-soaked poker games. Having had a personal beef with the head of the table for some time, Mike decided to take Trevor up on his offer to join in. Mike seemed to be up for a good long while; however, the frat brothers pulled one over on the pair of friends, using a tampered deck to cheat Mike out of hundreds of dollars.
As though that wasn’t frustrating enough, Trevor, the next morning, revealed that he owed his higher-up money for the weed he’d taken on consignment. Rather than watch his friend leave the apartment with a steel bat and ready for a street fight, Mike agreed to do Trevor one last favor before “abandoning” him for Harvard. Mike, having aced a math exam, begrudgingly handed the information over to Trevor, who subsequently sold the answers to a girl looking to cheat for a solid grand. After a hilarious encounter with Trevor’s boss, Mike and his buddy seemed to be in the clear. Unfortunately, word spread of a sold exam, and the two inevitably landed in hot water. Trevor, not a student in the class and a generally poor academic, seemed to be off the hook with nothing to lose.
I appreciated that Mike went to his grandmother for advice. Their chemistry has always been pretty stellar, and we’ve been so confined to the firm’s office for Season 3, and most of Season 2, that we’ve had little interaction with solid outside characters. It was nice that Suits decided to revive some familiar characters for our viewing pleasure. When Mike’s parents passed away, Trevor sobbed until his folks agreed to take his friend in. With that loyalty in mind, thanks to a talk with his grandma, and under the presumption that Harvard was a sealed deal, Mike confessed the truth to the dean. Unfortunately, he hadn’t anticipated that the dean’s daughter had been the one to buy the test from Trevor. Mike was expelled just before the dean resigned, and Harvard was taken off the table forever.
Back in the future, we’d witness Mike supporting Rachel (Meghan Markel) in her dream to attend Stanford as she arrived home from her interview. He did so with a well-placed Stanford cap and crinkly old acceptance letter to Harvard. Rachel, shocked, seemed to sympathize with her beau a bit more by the close of Episode 6. Suits, I like these two. Let’s keep it that way!
Perhaps more importantly, we followed Harvey back in time to his days at the D.A.’s office working for Cameron. Wasn’t it interesting to see a positive camaraderie between the two, even if only for a few minutes of screen time? Cameron was a different kind of mentor to Harvey than Jessica has been. There was a strange sense of brotherhood there before things went south. All the while, Donna stood by Harvey’s side, merely being Donna, and what more could we ask for? The chemistry between the two right off the bat was very reminiscent of the current fireworks between Donna and Stephen. Donna was not playing second fiddle to Harvey back in the day.
Harvey had helped Cameron tremendously on a murder case, landing him the win and cause for celebration. Cameron offered him the position of Head Litigator, much to Jessica’s anticipation. Jessica had, of course, loaned Harvey to Cameron and had her own version of a promotion waiting for Specter as well. With a coup planned to take over the firm, we witnessed a pre-Pearson Hardman Jessica confiding in her new recruit, Harvey, attempting to prove her true interest in and fondness for him as a budding lawyer. Harvey, however, seemed very settled on his decision to stick with Cameron. That would, indeed, change.
Having noticed that Harvey and Cameron had neglected to disclose a toxicology report for their key witness, Donna was caught off guard by Harvey’s decision to sneak the information into his final report. Basically, this was an illegal move that Harvey was making, albeit one that would most likely go unnoticed in his fight to put murderers behind bars. It was more so an issue of his moral compass whirling out of whack. Donna attempted to convince him to act otherwise, only to find herself shot down by a very pompous Harvey, taking a cue from Cameron’s power playbook.
Cameron, fuming that Harvey had attempted to sneak in the report within the fine print of his disclosure, admitted to burying the evidence in the first place. As it turned out, he had a history of doing so if it meant helping his cause and fighting the “good” fight. Cameron altered Harvey’s papers, driving Specter straight to his father for advice. Again, it’s great to see these characters interacting with average people. Intelligence comes in a variety of forms, and not all of what’s important is taught at Harvard Law. Like Mike’s grandma, Harvey’s father clued him in to the fact that if Cameron asks Harvey to work illegally now, he’d do it again, and again, and again.
Harvey, when push came to shove, went back to Jessica to accept her offer, but on one condition. He had a certain secretary in mind, although associates don’t typically have a secretary of their own, and she was something special. The news was bittersweet, though, as we’d just viewed an amazing scene between Donna and Harvey in which the latter showed up at the former’s apartment post-resigning. Harvey had filed an affidavit citing his oversight as an honest mistake, and his resignation was his penance. Donna, on the other hand, quit on her own accord, refusing to work under corrupt circumstances. After an episode’s worth of buildup (Well, more like two plus seasons’ worth!) Donna and Harvey did indeed do the nasty. With both parties out of their jobs, Donna’s “no co-worker” policy was taken off the table! Break out the whipped cream!
Sadly, the sexual chemistry was cut short. Harvey met Donna at a local diner to inform her of his condition with Jessica, and Donna accepted the deal, hoping to help groom Harvey into the lawyer we’ve grown to love on Suits. As part of his end of the deal, Donna insisted that Harvey lock away any and all memories of their romp in the sack. A subsequent flash-forward to the same diner in the present revealed Donna’s change of heart surrounding her policy. Harvey admitted, finally, to feeling bothered by Donna’s relationship with Stephen. Donna, perhaps inspired by Rachel, is in a place now where she needs to live her life. Thus, we are back to familiar territory but with some fantastic new insights! Thanks, Suits!
What did you think of Suits Season 3 Episode 6, “The Other Time”? Are you happy that we finally got some solid answers regarding the Harvey/ Donna chemistry? Did you miss having Trevor around? Was Harvey wrong to clue Jessica in, or was he simply just in his informing her of his covert attack? How about that scotch sipping scene?
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