The episode should basically be titled “Louis is Bad but Also Great” because, really, he is. This episode kind of caught me rooting for Louis and disliking Harvey like, a lot. Not that rooting for Louis is a bad thing because let’s be real Rick Hoffman is one of the best things about this show, but I hate not liking Harvey, and this episode kind of made me do that. I mean, I get he’s going through his Zoe stuff, but in addition to Louis he freaked out on Mike. Not that he shouldn’t, I mean, I’m glad this show reminded us that Pearson Hardman is like a real job where you actually can’t come in late, but it was kind of really harsh. I just really miss the episodes when these two were working together and not at constant aggression with each other. Same goes for Louis actually. It’s okay Har, you’re still the greatest even if you’re not all the time.
And I feel like people might be complaining about Louis being so for Pearson Hardman and yet looking into other firms for employment, I see it as completely legit. I mean, simply stated, Louis doesn’t want to work at a place where he’s not wanted. As he stated to Mike, by having the responsibility of looking over all the associates — by the way I can totally see Harold pronouncing it your ho-nor — as well as his own work, it’s a lot to handle. And as we’ve heard even before this episode, Louis is not an inept lawyer. He’s really skilled at finances and is always willing to help his firm, even when he technically just quit.
ANYWAY Louis started his redemption period at Pearson Hardman, which is nice. I understand why Harvey and Jessica were mad at him (yeah, other people voted for Hardman but he did some pretty shady stuff for the guy) and even though he was more or less Hardman’s lap dog, it’s good to see this guy who clearly puts all that he can into the firm finally get some sort of recognition for it. Even though he handed in a resignation paper the next morning, you could tell that Jessica admitting that the firm needs Louis and that he deserves his senior partnership position meant a lot. Speaking of which, Jessica was kind of back on her grind this episode. Aside from scoling Harvey for setting up the events that would cause Louis to leave for another firm, she reasserted that she is pretty much the boss around here.
I like that this part of season two is choosing to focus on bigger arcs than Harvey and Mike’s case-of-the-week. Or at least I think where this is headed. The past two episodes have sort of been focused on Louis’s arc and how he fits at Pearson Hardman even though Harvey and Jessica treat him as an adversary. I can see this plot going on for another episode, but I think instead the show will start to focus on the power struggle between Mike, Harvey, and Jessica. From the last few moments of the episode we can tell that soon they’ll be a changing dynamic in Harvey and Jessica’s relationship. I don’t necessarily think it’ll be one of Harvey attempting to usurp Jessica’s power since he made a point of saying he wanted to be equals with her (something that may have been triggered not only be Allison Holt’s suggestion but also by Jessica disagreeing with Harvey and making her case for Louis to stay at the firm), but I suppose this too could change within the next couple of episodes.
But I’m also interested in how that would factor in with Mike’s role at the firm. Now that Jessica knows about Mike’s lie, she knows the liability he provides. And it gives her some leverage if, by chance, Harvey ever tries to eliminate her from the firm. Even though Harvey might not be winning as many cases as he has without Mike, as Jessica points out “one day what he is isn’t going to be enough to make up for what he isn’t.” I mean, you know I’m the #1 fan of Mike and Harvey, but it’ll be interesting to look into how far Harvey can get — if he can get his name on the door — without being concerned about Mike. On a side note, I think the show needs to stop making Harvey threaten to fire Mike. Like do they know how this show works? It’s like all of the times The Vampire Diaries tries to convince the audience Elena is going to die.
Lastly, I’m interested in seeing what Louis and Harvey will be like from now on. I doubt they’ll return to the first season, when clearly they were adversaries but adversaries with some level of respect towards one another. I think Louis was spot on in the description of their relationship to Mike: in the office competitive but outside the office they were grounded in one thing — loyalty for their firm. Harvey’s lost that sense of Louis’s loyalty, but seems to have gained at least a little of it back when he realizes that he helped Mike find an error in the reports even when he was planning on leaving the firm. Another thing about that bathroom thing: Rick Hoffman is the comedy gem of this show.
Louis and Harvey’s dynamic has been aces from day one: antagonistic, but grounded in a deeper respect. That relationship is now in tatters, broken by Louis’ betrayal with Hardman and Harvey’s escalating resistance to see what Louis did in anything other than black and white. The sniveling, comic side of Louis tends to get overplayed at times but his emotional response to Harvey’s proclamation here was dead-on. “Use other people’s antibacterial cream? Please, I might as well give myself a staph infection.” “It’s antibacterial.” “…That’s what they want you to think.”
You will get really tired of hearing me say Donna is awesome, but she totally is. Donna is the light of my life! Donna is the gift the world! Donna is the best. And Chunky Monkey totally seems like a viable breakfast food now.
I want to meet Louis’s cat so bad. Give me this one pleasure, Suits.
The fact that Harvey threatens the guy that beat up Mike makes me long for the dream team even more. Come back!!!