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!


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My prediction is that before their conversation begins Jessica has to step away, Trevor listens to Mike's voicemail about "the thing he has to tell him," realizes that Mike was planning on coming clean and has a change of heart - making the whole thing a big, silly smoke screen. I'm not 100% sure why I still watch this show. Harvey and Donna are always fantastic, Rachel and Louis are occasionally interesting, and Trevor - along with pretty much every other guy at the firm - is a worthless DB who shouldn't have survived the pilot. BTW - has Rick Hoffman just totally let himself go or do they intentionally use bad wardrobe and lighting to make him look like the uglist man in the world?


The thing is, I'd rather just drop Jenny entirely than try to play catch up with her characterization after an entire season on neglect. After all, there are still members of the main cast who still have yet to be fully characterized, like Rachel, for example. I'd rather see a storyline for Rachel where she provides the primary motive force for the plot, even if said storyline is resolving whatever the hell happened to Rachel way back when that made her turn down Mike earlier in the season, than see Jenny and her part in Mike's personal life. Unless, of course, the part of Mike's personal life we're talking about is Mike's grandmother. Seriously, she's awesome. We need more of her.


It was good. Why can't Mike have the same relationship with Rachel that Harvey has with Donna? Yes Pearson and Hardman should have caught fire by now from their chemistry but I've made my points against their relationship in previous posts. Rachel and Jenny are kind of similar and both underused, more so Jenny. Jenny has no story besides being Mike's friend/girlfriend apart from a couple scenes: the graduate party and the double date. Otherwise drop Jenny. Trevor will be written out sometime in Season 2. For non-law firm characters, Mike can spend more time with his grandma and ,I don't know, maybe a neighbor or something. Jenny and Rachel both need more scenes with people other than Mike. Couldn't Harvey have a better rival than Louis? Louis is such a sad human being. Donna and Rachel had great scenes this ep. Harvey was great this ep. Donna is great in any scene. The new DA was great.


No need to worry guys...The hacker chick already gave Mike a fake but real as heck looking Law school diploma. Also...How the heck did Trevor get past security and right into Jessica Pearsons Face??? Didn't Jenny get stopped at the entrance when she was just trying to deliver a suit? Harvey knows Trevor just as much as he knows Jenny. How the heck did Trevor get inside the building??


I know Donna's not omniscient. It's just easy to ascribe superpowers to her because she's just that awesome.


i thought that during the episode where the girl hacker tried to take out her father's company by stealing money that she managed to put Mike in the system has being a Harvard Law graduate. Did I make a mistake? Trevor needs to be taken out and Mike is protected from his disloyalty if I am right about the the hacker.


..and in that vein, it's inconceivable to me how Mike could date anyone who's never seen Casablanca (and then refers to it as "old").


You've never seen Mississippi Burning?! Good lord.


Opening a can of whoopass. LOL Maybe they will let us know next season :( :( :( So farrr away :(


First of all, like a lot of people, I, too wonder about the can opener thing. I'm not sure what the food or ritual was, but I would sure like to know. I know that attorneys, much like ball players, can be very superstitious when it comes to winning in court. So, Harvey and Donna have been doing it for a while. @Allen K.
You are correct, Mike is covered when it comes to his degree, but not when it comes to passing the Bar Exam. Though he did pass it, he was using a different identity, that of a female, in fact, Rachel's friend. Therefore, if Jessica were to check his credentials, she would find he has not passed the Bar, which would throw both he and Harvey into hot water. What I enjoyed most in this episode was Jessica coming to Donna's defense. Donna was protecting Harvey, even if he couldn't see it. Plus, the chemistry between them is incredible. They play so well off each other. @Snake
Are we watching the same show? What history we know of Rachel indicates she could NOT be Jessica's daughter. Also, if Jessica knew what Harvey and Mike had done, she would be duty-bound to report it and take action. @Maka
Donna is not omniscient, just very smart and manipulative. She knows what she knows because she pays attention to details and listens. Not to mention, secretaries are invisible to a lot of people, and that allows them to overhear things they can later use to their advantage. Donna knows how to play the game, and she does it very well. There are places in this series where the writing has fallen short, and the inconsistencies have been noticeable, but overall, I think this show is worth watching. FYI: Gabriel Macht looks awesome in a black shirt.

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