Suits – Recap: Time to ‘Celebrate’?
Suits continued its strongest season yet with an awesome eighth episode that put an end to the major murder trial. Would fireworks between Harvey and Donna celebrate a victory?
Episode 8 of Season 3 of Suits, “Endgame,” saw Ava Hessington’s (Michelle Fairley) murder trial move from the horizon to the forefront over the course of the hour. As Harvey (Gabriel Macht), Jessica (Gina Torres), and Mike (Patrick J. Adams) scrambled to find ways to free their client of murder charges, recently revealed information regarding both Stephen (Max Beesley) and Darby (Conleth Hill) drove our favorite lawyers to a very unlikely potential ally. Meanwhile, Louis (Rick Hoffman) and Rachel (Meghan Markel) continued to showcase their unlikely on-screen chemistry with more sentimental breakthroughs. In the end, Episode 8 would close with a scene between Donna (Sarah Rafferty) and Harvey, but would they be celebrating or commiserating? Here is the Recap and Review of Suits Season 3 Episode 8, “Endgame”!
As previously stated, Suits ended “Endgame” with a scene between Harvey and his one-time flame, but it also opened this week’s episode with another similar moment. After demolishing Stephen during last episode’s epic bathroom brawl, Harvey’s wounds were tended to by his original sidekick. Donna, still embarrassed and a bit heartbroken over having trusted Stephen, found some solace in Harvey as well. Harvey and Donna have the kind of relationship that allows them to forgive each other for each other. Meaning, Donna needed to hear from Harvey that it was all right to have trusted Stephen before beginning an entire episode full of well-earned sweet revenge.
While Harvey, Jessica, and Mike attempted to drum up a reasonable means of pegging Stephen with little to no true evidence beyond a picture linking him to the corrupt colonel, it was Darby who’d come under fire initially. Darby, of course, had sent Stephen, the man responsible for the charges against Ava, essentially, to defend the woman taking the fall for his crimes. The first order of business, according to Jessica’s request, would be the release of Stephen from the firm. Donna, thankfully, would be the one to notify the murderer we’d once been introduced to as Darby’s Harvey.
Next, Mike would attempt to wrangle some new information out of Colonel Morega by sideswiping him with an unexpected visit at his heavily guarded hotel room. Equipped with the incriminating photo, Mike managed to sneak his way into the building clad in street clothes. Eventually, he would get face time with Morega, but the man proved to be well versed in legal tactics from his time spent surviving in a war-torn nation. It was clear that Mike needed proof, but Morega wouldn’t budge on Cameron’s (Gary Cole) terms if it meant risking an end to his deal. Remember, if Morega would end up back in his homeland without any significant proof of his own innocence, he’d be dead within minutes. Pointing the finger at Stephen would not guarantee his safety when Ava’s verdict was all but already decided. Basically, Mike had come up with nothing.
Harvey, on the other hand, found a tiny ray of hope in the fact that Cameron had once told him that his job was to lock up the bad guys, regardless of how he achieved those victories. Attempting to reason with Dennis on the street, Harvey seemed, at first, to come up short too, as Cameron’s win was all but locked up, and he had no reason to trust Specter’s motives. As the trial began, Harvey’s faith in Cameron’s ability to see through the lies would be put to the test in front of a jury. The first leg of the day in court, Morega’s interrogation, seemed to be a fatal blow to Ava’s case. After a hectic recess, Harvey decided to make the rash decision to call Stephen to the stand in order to perform an off the cuff sort of questioning. Unfortunately, Stephen’s right to decline answering in order to prevent self-incrimination stopped Harvey dead in his tracks. In truth, the point was to stir some interest in Cameron. The outcome; not good. Ava, needless to say, was not pleased with the fact that it was quite clear that information had been hidden from her when her life was on the line. Furious, she had a conversation with Darby following. Let’s just say, the talk started with a hard slap across the face. Much of Episode 8 centered on Darby’s special attachment to Ava, once referring to her as family. In truth, Ava had at one time pretended to be his girlfriend on trips in order to protect his secret romantic relationship with her father during a period when exposure would have ruined their own lives.
Jessica, inspired by Darby’s final plea to set aside her anger and help, concocted a plan, which she shared that evening with Harvey. The two cracked open a special bottle of whiskey, one that was once gifted to Jessica by Harvey to be used in a time of emergency. We got a nice speech about forgiveness and family from Jessica here. It was good to see them make amends and their trust seems to be more solid than ever.
First, Mike would hightail it over to a diner, where Clifford, the young man Harvey had wrongfully sent to jail only to free from charges later on, worked cleaning tables. Clifford was a true testament to how Cameron’s corrupt means of conducting law could backfire and destroy someone’s potential for a bright future. Cameron, remember, had buried evidence that lead Harvey to an unwarranted victory. Clifford had originally hesitated to comply but finally offered his assistance in reminding Cameron of what he could end up doing, yet again, to an innocent Ava. Unfortunately, Cameron would not bite, realizing that if Clifford was drudged up to speak to him, Harvey was truly on the ropes.
Louis, meanwhile, decided to take the displaced anger he brought down on his associates to the culprit he truly held to blame for his embarrassing lashing last week. Harold (Max Topplin) was caught off-guard when he found Litt in his office chair, ready with his particular brand of verbal beat down. Refusing to allow Louis to bully him at his new firm, Harold decided to fight fire with fire in a first attempt to take down his former boss. The next day, Rachel would present Louis with a lawsuit against one of his clients, a bogus and unnecessary attack sent by Harold to prove that he could topple Louis in court. Louis, chuckling at Harold’s seemingly feeble attempt to prove his potential, would pay his former associate another office visit. This time, Litt’s skills seemed to overpower Harold, tearing his offers to shreds and leaving but one paragraph left on Harold’s suggested settlement. Remember, you leave one soldier alive to tell the story, and Harold got his pick. Louis, figuratively speaking, tossed Harold a bone before strutting back to his own office with pride.
The next day, however, Litt would be shocked to find Harold right at home in his Pearson Darby desk chair. Had Louis been duped? Harold returned with his original offer after Rachel had informed Litt of the fact that the one paragraph Harold had begged to save protected him with punitive damages. Punitive damage protection, if you’re wondering, prevents a defendant from firing back in a means too close to that of the original case. Louis, who’d been previously tipped off by Rachel, concocted his own scheme to further humiliate Harold, firing a multitude of different varying side cases surrounding the initial case, cases that would effectively bog Harold down in loads of work that had originally been intended merely as a case filed for revenge. Meaning, Harold’s new firm would end up kicking him to the curb after he’d inadvertently dedicated all of his time and energy to an unnecessary case altogether. Would Louis, indeed, have the last laugh?
Not if Rachel Zane could help it. That evening, Rachel had another great one-on-one moment with Louis where she managed to get the cat lover to open up about his disdain for Harold. Why Harold? Harold, Louis’ only true failure, reminded him of his days as a boy, days where he’d find himself laughed at as a total failure in gym class. Rachel, making a good point, turned the tables on Louis, reminding him that unnecessary attacks on Harold only put the young lawyer in that same position. Louis, refusing to drag down Harold’s career when he finally seemed to be succeeding, cancelled their negotiated offer in favor of the original terms Harold had drawn up.
Cameron, recognizing his imminent win, offered Ava a deal of eight years as opposed to life in prison. Harvey and Darby refused, while Jessica argued that their loss was all but upon them. The deal seemed to make sense, until Darby stepped up to the plate, offering to testify in the case against Stephen, the future case, if Cameron would let Ava off. Cameron, realizing that his win would always carry some true doubt, agreed to partner up with Harvey, and Darby would eventually sign a deal confessing to obstruction of justice. Quite cleverly, Jessica had negotiated one last bit of icing on the cake for everyone. Well, everyone but Darby. Much to his dismay, he sat down to sign a deal that also included one last bit of new information; Darby would agree to relinquish his right to practice law in the United States, thus cutting his ties with the firm. Cameron left the offices of Pearson Darby that evening pleasantly surprised with the new sense of resolution between himself and Harvey, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Cameron’s name isn’t going up on that wall any time soon!
Part of the deal to free Ava ended up including Donna, who was more than happy to inform Stephen of his own impending murder trial with a team of police officers at a swanky bar. Outside of the Pearson Darby office, she shared one last moment with Harvey, who’d just left with celebration on the mind. We were so teased here, everybody. Everything from the camera angles, to the music, to the fact that Donna was glammed up and looking gorgeous led us to believe that they just might “celebrate” together. Harvey had, just a moment before, turned down Mike’s offer to celebrate together by reminding him that he should be “celebrating” a massive murder trial win with Rachel, not himself. Of course, this would have all been too easy, wouldn’t it? Harvey walked off alone after offering Donna his car. Well, we still have two episodes left in Season 3, guys!
What did you think of Suits Season 3 Episode 8, “Endgame”? Did you enjoy both the opening and closing Harvey/ Donna scenes? Are you glad that Jessica forgave Harvey and took some responsibility for his actions over a drink or two? Do you enjoy the pairing of Louis with Rachel? Now that Harold is aware of Mike’s involvement in his firing, will Mike make it up to him? Is it me, or is Mike seeming just a little underused this season?
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Response to 2 of your questions: Harvey & Donna-based on E6 Donna was a 1 night hookup 10 yrs ago for the hookup king aka Harvey. Looks like another will they won't they with these 2. I don't see romantic chemistry w/them. Jessica taking responsibility for Harvey's actions-because Harvey rarely takes responsibility for his own actions. He told her about his backstabbing betrayal because he was getting what he wanted like a child throwing a tantrum. Jessica said Harvey was like family to her--those sentiments were not reciprocated by Harvey. Like everything else it's one sided with him. I like the show. It is what it is -entertainment.
Loved the review! As always you captured moments that other reviewers didn't. This show is often subtle and and if you miss the little things you miss a lot of the story.
Jessica and Harvey finally are on the same page. I loved when she said "You are family to me"
Also Harvey and Donna this season are simply perfect. The tension and teasing are unbearable. But it just means the writers are doing it right. ;)
@HarrietSpecter Thanks for reading and commenting, Harriet! I totally agree. The writers know exactly what they're doing, and they can't give us what we want just because we want it now! The "family" moment was also a great one!