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'Suits' pays homage to 'The Wire'

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Spoiler alert! There was a lot to love about this week’s episode of USA’s Suits: Mike (Patrick J. Adams) and Rachel (Meghan Markle) said “I love you.” Harvey (Gabriel Macht) jogged and Louis (Rick Hoffman) power-walked. Donna (Sarah Rafferty) slept with Stephen (Max Beesley) instead of seeing Daniel Day-Lewis onstage in Macbeth. (Correction: Even though it’s a fictional production and she’s a fictional character, we’re not sure we can support that decision. We’ll take it to a vote below.)

While cases on Suits are really just something to focus the office power-plays and banter around — and we mean that in a good way — the two-pronged Ava Hessington (Michelle Fairley) situation produced two twists this hour: Turns out, oil tycoon Ava didn’t order those murders. That deposition, which convinced Harvey and Mike of her innocence on that charge, was Fairley’s juiciest scene on the show to date, the kind that makes you understand why she signed on for the recurring role. Equally surprising, fifth year associate Katrina Bennett (Amanda Schull) may be likable after all. It’s nice to see both someone loyal to Team Litt (Louis: “What just happened to him?” Katrina: “He got Litt up”) and for Mike to recognize and respect it. Also, Mike and Katrina bonding over a shared love of The Wireparticularly the TV-MA vocabulary of Clay Davis (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) — was a nice touch. Watch that scene below.