Who says USA is afraid to go away from the status quo? After just three minutes of the mid-season finale of 'Suits', they made a SHOCKING (!) move and removed Jessica from control of the firm -- changing everything we've come to know and love about this show.
I mean, it was intense! Harvey tried to convince Jessica to quit the firm and take a year off of being a lawyer. That would have REALLY shook things up on this show. Instead, Jessica convinced him to relax for a bit, wait and not make any major life decisions when he was angry. Then, he decided to piss in Hardman's office.
And then, after a brief stoned period, Mike and Harvey figured out (in about 10 minutes or so) how to return 'Suits' back to what it was during the first three minutes of 'High Noon' and every other previous episode. Congratulations, USA, you've done it again. You should be proud.
Another thing to be proud of: The CRAZY twist at the end that had Rachel knock on Mike's door, only to find that he had another woman in his bed. And to think, I totally thought the knock on the door was going to be the pizza guy. Boy, am I dumb. I thought Mike and Rachel were going to be together forever without any more distractions/interruptions/obstacles/break-ups or significant others.
Crazy twist #3: Louis begins the episode totally against Harvey and ends the episode on his side. That's a storyline and avenue they just haven't explored yet on this show. Once again, original writing at its finest.
The only good part of the episode was the revelation that it was Hardman that planted that document. It was one of those "Oh, shit" moments that we love so much about TV. We are surprised and delighted at those developments and simultaneously question why didn't see that coming because they dropped subtle clues (like Hardman finding the dirt on Tanner himself) on us. That was a cool way of further paying off those good episodes earlier in the season regarding the Tanner-Specter storyline.
But that's not enough to save this episode. Going into the mid-season finale, we KNEW that there would be a Rachel-Mike cliffhanger, we KNEW that Pearson was going to re-gain control of the firm and force Hardman out and we KNEW that Louis would switch his allegiances. So how great can the episode be if it plays out exactly the way anyone with a brain knew it was going to?
QUOTES OF NOTE:
--JESSICA (to Harvey): "You don't make major life decisions when dealing with a loss." (Cut to Mike buying weed ... oh come on, that's not a major life decision!)
--TESS (to Mike): "I'm married." (Hey-oh!)
--LOUIS (to himself): "If you were a narcissist with great hair, what would your password be?"
--MIKE (to Rachel): "You think not kissing is gonna make that any better?"
--A generally decent guy, acting like a tough-guy douchebag and treating women like shit because he suffered a loss and is just being vulnerable and doesn't want to admit it ... that never happens on TV!
An emotional guy, acting like a tough-guy dick when dealing with a death in the family? That never happens on TV
--OK, seriously, Tess looks like she's Donna's younger sister. They HAVE to be related. I don't care if Donna's real name is Sarah Rafferty and Tess is played by Elizabeth Hower.
--Every time they tease the can opener thing I get excited we're finally gonna learn about it. But then I realize, they will drag THE SHIT out of this like they do Mike/Rachel and Mike/his secret being found out. Curse you, USA.
--Shaquille O'Bryant. Haha.
THE SCORE: 56 out of 100