Harvey (Gabriel Macht) is now on his own as of Tuesday night’s “Suits” episode “I Want You to Want Me.” Mike (Patrick J. Adams) has agreed to give back his office in order to win him back, but will it work? Harvey may need him for one of the toughest cases of his career.
An office coup
Harvey tells Donna about his plan to take down Jessica (Gina Torres). Donna seems concerned until she realizes the prospect of getting her own office. He can always count on Donna to back him up.
The Cameron Dennis case
Jessica and Harvey each try various tactics to win a case against Harvey’s old boss, to no a avail. Cameron Dennis (Gary Cole) really hates Harvey and will only be happy when he can beat him.
The case involves a business relationship between Ava (Michelle Fairley), Pearson Darby’s client, and Nick (Matthew MacFadzean), Dennis’s client and Ava’s protege. The relationship just happens to parallel the strained relationship between Harvey and his protege, Mike. Nick betrayed Ava, taking Dennis’s side because he felt he was being forced to. Ava initially believed that such a thing could never happen because of Nick’s complete loyalty to her, just as Harvey never thought Mike would betray him.
As Harvey works the case without Mike, he fights against Ava’s compulsion to forgive her old protege, but she can’t seem to help herself. Harvey’s black-and-white view of the world is not enough to change her mind. Even when she must say goodbye to Nick, she can’t help but miss him. Seeing how Ava reacts so differently to forced betrayal causes Harvey to think more deeply about his own situation.
In the end, Harvey and Jessica pull out a win for the firm, with one little hiccup: Dennis won’t accept their offer without Ava pleading guilty rather than no contest to the charges against her. That means a win for Dennis and a loss for Harvey on paper. Harvey is reluctant to sign off on the deal, even though Darby (Conleth Hill) sees the settling of such an impossible case as a win. Harvey will be a hero and winner in the office, but a loser outside of it, and he never loses.
Louis Litt courts Mike
The only thing that can match the humor of a moment between Louis (Rick Hoffman) and Donna (Sarah Rafferty) is an uncomfortable moment between Louis and Mike. Harvey continues to refuse Mike’s apologies just when Jessica has offered Louis his own associate. Jessica feels that a new associate for Louis should make up for losing his mentoring of new associates to Nigel, his nemesis.
Louis decides that Mike is the perfect candidate. The only problem is that the business relationship begins to resemble that of a romantic relationship. Louis does everything he can to convince Mike to join his team in all of the most overreaching and uncomfortable ways.
It’s a good thing Mike “gets” Louis, as anyone else may mistake the feeding of cheesecake, nude mud baths, and bear hugs as romantic overtures. Mike sees it as Louis trying too hard, which is a common occurrence. Despite all of his hilariously uncomfortable moments with Louis, Mike enjoys working with him. Harvey had better think hard about what he’s about to lose forever.
Over the course of the episode, Mike and Louis work on an unwinnable eminent domain case. It truly is unwinnable through traditional methods until they decide to jack up the price on the land being taken based on zoning and the present value of future cash flow. That comes out to about $100 million, making the project unfeasible for Mike’s and Louis’s opponents, giving Mike and Louis a win on an unwinnable case.
Louis makes it official
Mike agrees to be Louis’s associate, but it may be too late. Harvey finally has second thoughts when Donna decides that it’s time for him to forgive Mike. Donna had to work through her own problems involving the fact that she had told Mike to break up with Rachel (Meghan Markle) even after Rachel had confided in her about kissing Mike.
Donna had chosen to protect Harvey from the danger of Rachel spilling the beans about Mike (knowing full well that Rachel would never do such a thing) over her friendship with Rachel. Even worse, she tells Rachel what she did, and is rather cold and uncaring with her friend. She’s also uncompromising about Harvey not forgiving Mike for his betrayal until she sees Harvey’s parallel case unfold.
In the end, Harvey swoops in to win back Mike with just a few words while Louis is off retrieving a celebratory cake. When Louis returns, he sees Harvey and Louis sealing the deal with a high-five as he holds a “Welcome to team Litt” cake in his hands. He remains out of sight of the pair as he dumps the cake in the trash with tears welling in his eyes.
Poor pathetic Louis. That character somehow manages to create both sidesplittingly funny moments and incredibly sad moments within the space of about two minutes. Now who will be Louis’s lucky associate?
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