My take-away from 'Asterisk': Melky Cabrera should have retired two days before the episode aired.
Seriously, how crazy is it that the DAY BEFORE 'Asterisk' came on, a prominent Major League Baseball player got busted for performance-enhancing drugs? Reminds me of the time on 'Chuck' where John Casey pulled out a photo of Osama Bin Laden for target practice a short time after he was killed in real life.
Aside from the crazy timing of that storyline, that might have been the worst case in the history of law shows .. and that's saying something. But this episode wasn't about that (just one of the several reasons why that storyline shouldn't have been in the episode at all) and the resolution of what this episode was really about won't be until next week. So if you're expecting a good final score of this episode, I suggest you don't scroll all the way down the page.
While it seems fairly obvious what the end-result of this battle between Pearson-Hardman will be, it's not a guarantee what will happen regarding Louis' possible senior partnership. I like Litt the most when he's playing his jealous/winy/slimy self, so I'm not sure I want to see him get the promotion. If he does, we'll just have to settle for how much fun Louis has with Harvey when they are on the same level/playing field. That rivalry is the gift that keeps on giving and I don't expect that to change even if Louis' position does.
If I were Louis, I wouldn't vote for either of these assholes. Hardman couldn't care less about Litt, tried to frame him and is clearly using and manipulating him -- and very well, I might add.. And Jessica has been an unappreciative bitch to him since the series began. I like how Jessica said she doesn't respond to threats, but she's perfectly OK to make them herself.
As for those crazy 'shippers out there (you know who you are), you must have loved what you saw this week. Mike and Rachel had some nice moments together and the big emotional scene at the end is probably what will drive these two crazy kids back together. The second they were checking out that apartment for the first time, I knew: it was gonna be Mike and Rachel living there together, not Mike and Grandma.
On a more positive note: congrats Rachel on becoming a lawyer. Now the show just needs to get a new hot paralegal to take her place and piss off all the 'shippers. Ha!
QUOTES OF NOTE:
--DONNA (to Harvey): "I heard that little shit re-did my filing system."
--MIKE (to Harvey): "You're not gonna tell the bar association that I deserve an asterisk, are you"
--HARVEY (to Mike): "Good. Fine. Go. I wouldn't want her to think I'm a hard-ass."
--Donna strutting her stuff > Louis strutting his stuff
--It took Donna all of two minutes back at the firm to prove her worth, tipping off Jessica at what Hardman was up to.
--Harvey driving 65 in a school zone ... I like his style.
--I kind of want to stop the run of creepiness on my Suits and White Collar reviews lately, but I'm sorry, I have to say it: Rachel looked incredible in this episode. DAMN.
--After watching Mike and Rachel hug for like 20 seconds at the end, it made me realize that I could really use a hug right now too.
THE SCORE: 59 out of 100
This episode had its moments and highlights, but the case was TERRIBLE and the real action comes next week in the mid-season finale. This was just a typical sub-par precursor episode. So don't you dare quibble with my score.