Just because Mike’s (Patrick J. Adams) secret is out now – at least to Managing Partner, Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) – and that he still got to keep his job working for Harvey (Gabriel Macht) doesn’t mean he is now pals with the Big Boss. What does one say to the woman who agrees to keep you on despite your lies while trapped in the confined space of an elevator? Calling her “Jessica” is definitely still a no-no. Awkwardly talking non-stop in order to fill the silence is another no-no. Warning: Minor spoilers.
And while on the subject of the “Big Boss”, with the return of ousted Founding Partner, Daniel Hardman (David Costabile), Jessica finds herself in a war against her old partner. Harvey, quotes from Apocalypse Now, “Love the smell of napalm in the morning” as the two stand in what used to be a couple of conference rooms now under some major reconstruction, about to be turned into an office for Daniel.
Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), always feeling like the invisible middle child, asks Jessica who he should be reporting to. Daniel has asked him to summarize every case in the firm, a task which, incidentally, he has delegated to paralegal-extraordinaire, Rachel (Meghan Markle), which seems to imply he is now Louis’ boss. Jessica assures him that nothing has changed and that he still reports to her.
Harvey: “ Why did you lie to him?”
Jessica: “You don’t let the children know that Mommy and Daddy are fighting.”
It’s not only Louis who is unclear as to what it means to have Daniel back. Even Mike is impressed by Daniel’s attempts to win over the staff with delicious breakfasts – omelettes and pineapples (fans, like me, of USA Network’s popular long-running hit, Psych, might offer a happy dance to this?) – until he is reminded by Harvey that his allegiance should be with the woman who kept him on despite knowing the truth about his background.
While it may be easy for Mike to make his choice, Mommy and Daddy’s warzone extends far beyond one junior associate. Jessica enlists Harvey’s help to win over one of the voting partners, Paul (head of Bankruptcy division), who gets to experience first-hand what it is like to be “closed by Harvey Specter”. It’s not an easy close though as we soon find out, thanks to Donna (Sarah Rafferty) who points out to Harvey that most people in the firm don’t like him (say it isn’t so!). On the other side of the battlelines, Daniel is charming his way into everyone’s life – box seats at Madison Square Garden for a Springsteen concert and a gift that Louis has been coveting.
Meanwhile, Mike is still on cloud nine after finally hearing the drunk-dial voicemail message Rachel left on his phone. His relationship with Jenny (Vanessa Ray) is now over, he can finally date the girl he has been so giddy over since the first time they met.
So this brings me to the teasers of the week:
- Where is Harvey going wearing that sweet tux late at night and who is he going with (sadly, it’s not Mike)?
- How long can Mike and Rachel’s relationship last?
- What does Donna mean when she says to Mike “the feelings just go away – eventually?”
- What kind of gift would you buy for Louis?
- How far will Donna go to win favors for Mike and Harvey?
- “As much as people hate lawyers, you know who they hate more?”
Suits – “The Choice” – airing Thursday, June 21 on USA Network.