What could the verdict have been?
On Suits Season 5 Episode 15, Louis had to choose a side when Anita stepped up her game.
TV Fanatics Stacy Glanzman, Christine Hinton and Paul Dailly discuss the verdict, Louis trying to get an immunity deal and Mike's deal.
What do you think the jury’s verdict would have been?
Stacy: I am hoping we still get to find out, but my guess is not guilty. I don't think Gibbs proved anything. There was no hard evidence that he's not a lawyer and I felt there was enough reasonable doubt to find him not guilty.
Christine: I wonder if we’ll find out as well. I certainly hope it was not guilty. I think there was enough doubt there to have it go either way but from what we saw, I don’t think that Gibbs made her case.
Paul: I think it would have been guilty. I get that Gibbs has done a lot of terrible things, but there must have been something else to prove that Mike wasn't a student at Harvard.
How shocked were you that Louis tried to get an immunity deal and even went so far as to record Harvey?
Stacy: Louis has always been the type to wear his emotions on his sleeve, and it is not that surprising that he lost his head. He completely freaked out about the possibility of going to jail, but once he got his emotions in check, he made the right call. It played out pretty much exactly as I expected it would. I wouldn't say I thought he would record Harvey necessarily, but I knew he'd strongly consider the deal and then decide against it.
Christine: I wasn’t shocked when he went and ask for a deal but I was when I realized he was recording Harvey to turn him in. I’m glad Louis didn’t turn that recording over to Gibbs because I don’t think he ever would have forgiven himself.
Paul: I'm not shocked. Harvey would have done the same to him, so he was just making sure he wasn't the one getting sent away.
Is taking a deal the right thing for Mike to do?
Stacy: No, he should wait to hear what the verdict is. He said he wanted to make the deal so he'd be the only one getting hurt, but as Rachel pointed out, she still would. Nothing he does will keep everyone out of the cross hairs. The only way that happens is with a not guilty verdict. I say roll the dice.
Christine: Waiting for the verdict seems smarter but I understand that Mike feels like he’s trying to protect everyone…and the original lie was his. Unfortunately I just don’t believe he can manage the fallout and admitting to any guilt at all will only make things worse for everyone else.
Paul: I think he should take it. There's a very high risk someone is going to get sent away for his crime.
Out of everyone at the firm, who do you think handled themselves the best during this trial?
Stacy: Definitely Jessica. She kept her cool the entire time and had complete faith in Harvey. I loved that she knew Harvey would protect them if Mike was found guilty.
Christine: I agree. Jessica wasn’t pleased but for the most part she stuck with her people and she had faith that Harvey would take a bullet for all of them if it came down to it.
Paul: Totally agree with Stacy and Christine here. She had a little too much faith in Harvey though.
Do you think Mike will have to stop practicing law and if so, where does the show go from there?
Stacy: I am so torn on what happens next, and honestly, I like it that way. This show knows how to keep me guessing and I'm happy to just go along for the ride. I don't know what will happen, but I can't wait to find out.
Christine: I have no idea where they’re taking this. If Mike can’t practice law, then what happens with the show? I’m really intrigued to find out where they’re taking this story.
Paul: I have no idea. I think he could somehow go to jail and the show may go the time jump route.
What was your favorite quote or scene from Suits Season 5 Episode 5?
Stacy: I probably have to go with Jessica backing up Harvey to Louis. As I said, I loved watching her stay calm and collected. She never doubted Harvey's abilities or his decisions.
Christine: I liked Mike and Rachel’s fight at home while they waited for the verdict. They were both panicking in their own ways and that felt real to me.
Paul: I liked the scene with Gretchen letting Louis know that she knew it was Anita on the phone.
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