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Suits Season Finale Review: You Can't Go Back

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Suits delivered a high stakes season finale with "Dog Fight," as Harvey and Mike both sought to reconcile their pasts.

Harvey fought to exonerate a man wrongly convicted during his time with former DA Cameron Dennis, while facing a new DA, Terrence Wolf, who impeded his progress at every turn. At the same time, Mike struggled to keep a deceivingly reformed Trevor aloof of his relationship with Jenny, Trevor's ex.

Suits Season Finale Scene

It was quite the intense balancing act, to say nothing of the tension brewing at Pearson & Hardman, where Jessica, Louis, Donna, and even Rachel, dealt with the fallout of Harvey's decision to take the case.

What a rough week to be Harvey Specter! Terrence Wolf was determined to shut Harvey down at every turn, but I wasn't surprised how hard he pushed back. I've never seen Mississippi Burning, but given how effective it was in supplying Mike and Harvey ammunition to keep their case alive, it certainly deserves a view.

Chi McBride played his character well. I always love him as a guest star, but he really played to his strengths as the new DA. I would love to see more of him in the future.

I'd also like to see more emerge in Harvey's origin story. Cameron Dennis sort of dropped off the face of the planet. Clearly, he's under investigation, but the abruptness of his replacement was rather disconcerting to me.

Either way, Clifford Danner was finally set free after serving a sentence for a crime he didn't commit. But did this really absolve Harvey of all the wrongs, with or without his knowledge, done while an ADA? I don't think so. Lucky for the writers, and viewers too, this may prove prime fodder for next season in whatever form it may take.

Aside from Harvey's troubles, there were some interesting and even adversarial dynamics emerging at the firm.

Louis attempted to play hardball more than once with Jessica, foolishly posturing for a promotion to senior partner. He refused to take one for the team without being directly threatened by Jessica. He doesn't even know how to be a partner when he's doing a case, how could he possibly be a partner in a firm?

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Donna was brilliant in her pursuit of Louis to have his cousin rush the DNA results. Sarah Rafferty for the win... again. But it was even better when Jessica wanted to see him in her office anyways.

I enjoyed getting to learn a little more about Donna this week. It never occurred to me to ask whether or not Harvey and Donna had ever had a thing. Part of me wonders if Donna would ever want something to happen between? You could almost see a series of times in the past when the thought had crossed her mind once Rachel suggested it.

However, there are a variety of complications that could arise should that ever be an option, ones which would have the potential to take away from the bromance we all know on this show. For this reason, I can entertain the thought, but would prefer the writers not act on my humble musings.

I do have to wonder: what were they doing with that can opener?

As for Trevor, that storyline is dangerously close to running its course. The dude is bad news. You don't need any specialist or highly trained psychologist to tell you that. I could see him ratting Mike out from a mile away. He's like a child. He's angry that his best friend is dating his girl. It's not like Trevor didn't already accuse Mike of having a thing for her long ago. This isn't new.

He's just angry that Mike has his life together, as patchwork and imperfect it might still be. Mike's secret makes him extremely vulnerable.

We can know this for certain: Something's going to happen to keep Trevor from being able to finish that thought. We'll just have to wait until summer 2012 to find out what that thing might be.

Thanks, Suits, for an epic first summer. Here's to celebrating season two and beyond!

Review

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Here's an idea, instead of popping in a pointless character like Tess, why not introduce a few other senior partners at this critical time. With all the drama and infighting between Jessica and Hardman, there would have to be a few senior partners with voting rights that are just tired of this crap, and willing to call them out, perhaps even threaten the integrity of the firm by moving to leave and taking some other partners with them (Harvey presented this idea). This would have been a lot more realistic and interesting than a random bimbo in bed...

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The Tess character and situation was a cliche that came out of nowhere for no reason other than to put an obstacle b/w Mike and Rachel. It is an example of lazy writing and falling back on tropes. When everyone watching knows what's about to happen the second there's a knock on Mike's door, that's a sign that your writing is way too predictable, and lazy. You have the death of a major anchor in the main character's life, and the best thing you can think of is throwing in a random girl from his "past"? Seriously, the only way this would have been plausible is if we're introduced to this Tess in an earlier episode. Major disappointment especially give the original and superior writing of this series. Here's an idea, instead of popping in a pointless character like Tess, why not introduce a few other senior partners at this critical time. With all the drama and infighting between Jessica and Hardman, there would have to be a few senior partners with voting rights that are just tired of this crap, and willing to call them out, perhaps even threaten the integrity of the firm by moving to leave and taking some other partners with them (Harvey presented this idea). This would have been a lot more realistic and interesting than a random bimbo in bed...

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In the season ending for 2012 Mike's character regressed back to the beginning. His character has NO character. Very disappointed in the writing for this episode. 80% if the episode was a waste. I felt the interplay with Rachel was so contrived and just meant to continue the issues between them. When they brought in Teressa she locked like a younger version of Donna. The makeup dept was working overtime. Very weird.

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u all r stuuuupid riten comments lik deez just rite dat u luv da show

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@Rudey We do know that Mike passed the bar. A friend bet Mike that he couldn't pass the bar without going to law school. Suffice to say Mike proved him wrong.

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manner. Mike did after all brought (large) clients on his own, having said that I am not sure s*** won't hit the fan. I know that whatever Trevor think he is doing will severely cost him that last bridge and there will be no going back.

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I am with Blu on Jessica (Gina Torres) being overlooked. I love Donna but to me Jessica IS Harvey's mentor. Their interactions are interesting to watch because she is the person who can keep Harvey in check.
She banters with them but she is without a shadow of a doubt the Queen.
To quote her "Your writing checks with your ego, that your body can't cash." Harvey looks confused "Oh, that's funny because now I'm quoting Top Gun." My thing is this thou what makes us think that, Jessica doesn't already know/found out that Mike, didn't actually attend Harvard?!
She has seen him in action and she seems like someone who can take stock of someone quiet accurately. She also knows Harvey and his background, more importantly she has picked up on the shifts in Harvey and how they are impart due to Mike, especially how Harvey, who cares very little for others, actually stands by him.
She will very likely rip into them for setting the company up to be exposed in such a manner. Mike did after all brought (large) clients on his own, having said that I am not sure s*** won't hit the fan.
I know that whatever Trevor think he is doing will severely cost him that last bridge and there will be no going back.

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Just a thought; we know Mike in a not-so-previous life got payed to take exams for students. Perhaps he took the bar, to prove a point, in another alias?

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@Edieward Dude, this show is for ENTERTAINMENT. Seriously, isn't it kinda pathetic to use a comment section of a TV show review to announce your profession and which university you attended? OK, we get it. You're from Harvard. Now go work on your cases or something. Don't spoil the mood here. Oh, and I thought good lawyers who were in demand were usually busy. You do seem to have a lot of time on your hands to type a truckload of insults. And one more thing, didn't your professors ever tell you not to chunk all your thoughts into NO paragraphs?

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Intelligent argument @Edieward --attacking what is TV fantasy and calling it a "Dog" and insulting its watchers by calling them stupid dog owners. Nothing on TV is really credible anymore. Even CSI. Homicide cases often go unsolved or the investigators don't have enough resources. It's TV.

Suits Season 1 Episode 12 Quotes

Sometimes good guys gotta do bad things to make the bad guys pay.

Harvey

... I'm not here for your absolution, I'm here for your redemption.

Harvey
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