When “Suits” originally began, Harvey (Gabriel Macht) was a lone ranger. Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) changed that early on when he offered his loyalty in exchange for a life of lies as a fake attorney. And Mike is now, finally, proving where his loyalty will always lay, no matter what the cost, on episode two of season three, “I Want You to Want Me,” which aired July 23.
The USA Network dramedy opened in with its trademark humor. Louis (Rick Hoffman) stepped down as the leader of the associates, to which Mike appropriately recited “Oh Captain, My Captain.” And as if that wasn’t entertaining enough, there was also the exchange between Louis and Harvey, who discussed a gal with four nipples. Well that and if it was okay for Louis to take Mike as his own associate to mentor. And then the comedy fell away and all that was left was infighting and tension, but all in the best ways of course.
Will Donna and Rachel’s friendship survive?
The friendships on “Suits” are not just about Harvey and Mike, because what’s going on between them is also affecting everyone else, namely Donna (Sarah Rafferty) and Rachel (Meghan Markle). And Donna is always brutally honest, even when it means telling Rachel that Mike was disloyal and Harvey shouldn’t forgive him. But things on “I Want You to Want Me” tend to be said in the heat of the moment; the girls will get over this, and still be able to keep their loyalties to their men.
Jessica protects her “cub,” Harvey
The harder relationship to repair is that between Jessica (Gina Torres) and Harvey, because he has every intention of continuing his coup (which she still doesn’t know about). Yet, at the same time, he recognizes he can use Jessica’s help in battling the shady fast-talking salesman attorney, Cameron.
And he needs to beat Cameron if he’s going to protect Ava Hessington (Michelle Fairley) from jail and kick Jessica out of Pearson Darby.
The USA Network show then beautifully likens the bribery case to what’s going on in Harvey’s life: Ava’s protege has turned on her. But she groomed him, promoted him, and gave him autonomy. She wasn’t even present in Cameron’s “silent film” in which the bribe took place.
And that’s just how Harvey manages to get a settlement. Ava still pleads guilty, but she’ll serve no jail time, at least according to Cameron’s word (and since when did that mean anything?) But Cameron’s word isn’t the issue on “Suits” “I Want You to Want Me.” Rather, it’s the lesson that Ava gives Harvey: her protege betrayed her because he thought that’s what he needed to do to survive. It didn’t make it right, but she is allowed to miss him, just like Harvey is allowed to miss Mike.
Mike’s brush with Team Litt
Now that Louis Litt gets his own associate to mentor, he wants Mike, naturally. And since the “prom king and his boy wonder” are longer an item, and Harvey gives him permission to take Mike, Louis just needs to win Mike over.
That’s actually not that quite difficult to do. After all, Louis just needs to treat Mike like an equal with his eminent domain case. “I help you help me,” Louis even offers to Mike, along with steak, cheesecake, and a disturbing mud bath. In other words, the humor in “Suits” “I Want You to Want Me” completely rides on Louis, for sure.
In the end, they win their eminent domain case, and Mike is ready to join Louis after a few choice quotes from “As Good As It Gets” and “Jerry Maguire.” But, naturally, this is the moment Harvey chooses to forgive Mike, because he’s realized his beef is actually with Jessica and what she did to both Harvey and Mike.
It’s the absolute worst moment for Harvey to choose, because Louis has gone to get a cake for Mike and him to “consummate” their relationship. Because of course Mike chooses to go back to “where he belongs”with Harvey, rather than with Louis.
Just like that, Louis has been spurned again. And doesn’t that bring the whole show back to where it all started, essentially? Sure Rachel might know the truth now, and Harvey and Jessica’s relationship is still crazy strained, but the office dynamics are largely the same as where they were when the dramedy premiered two years ago. Harvey is treating Louis like a rug he can step all over, and, at some point, Louis is really going to fight back.
“Suits” airs on USA Network Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EDT.
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