“No Puedo Hacerlo” definitely felt like a step down from last week’s episode—albeit, a small one. For an episode that introduced Louis’ sister Esther, played by the lovely Amy Acker (Person of Interest, Angel), it wasn’t as fun and nimble as it could’ve been. (Then again, USA hourlongs, no matter how great they are, just aren’t that “fun” anymore either). Suits‘ patented swagger was lacking in energy tonight. But, with Amy Acker and Wendell Pierce, who plays Robert Zane, it’s impossible to completely dislike it.
Tonight’s episode opens with some sports metaphor heavy banter between Harvey and Mike, which is interrupted when Harvey spots an attractive woman (Acker) in the building lobby. The security guard won’t allow her upstairs because the last time he sent someone up without an appointment, a certain lawyer threatened to have him executed (Gosh, who ever could she possibly be there to see?). Swooping in like an arrogant knight in shining armor, Harvey helps her out and the two start flirting. Unfortunately, she has to turn down his offer to skip breakfast and get breakfast tomorrow because she has a prior engagement. (ASIDE: Is anyone else upset to see Amy Acker flirting with someone who isn’t Sarah Shahi?)
If you guessed she was there to see Louis, you were right. Meet Esther Litt, Louis’ very pretty younger sister. The Litt’s don’t even bother with pleasantries or hugs, because natch, and get right down to business. Esther’s there because she’s getting a divorce and wants Louis to convince Harvey, who she doesn’t realize she’s already met, to be her lawyer. She doesn’t want her big brother because she knows that he’ll take the fight personally. Big Bro thinks he’s going to have a hard time delivering on this request given the tension between him and Harvey, but Donna assures him that if there’s one thing Harvey understands, it’s family.
And, that he does. Harvey agrees to take the case, but on two conditions. The first is that Louis stays away from the case, and the second condition is TBD. Before leaving Harvey’s office, Louis asks him to promise that he won’t sleep with her. Harvey, also not realizing he’s met her already, says that won’t even be a issue. (Jokes!)
Meanwhile, Mike heads to Robert Zane’s law firm to discuss the insurance settlement. There, he runs into Katrina, who works for Robert now, but it’s like she never left because they quickly fall back into quoting The Wire. The insurance’s offer ends up being lower than Mike expected, so he wants to either ask for more or go to trial, but Robert refuses. There’s yelling, which leads to Mike sulkily staring out the window and lamenting that Robert only cares about his money and doesn’t care about his clients. Katrina convinces him otherwise. So, Mike marches into Robert’s office, without knocking mind you, and convinces him to schedule another meeting with the insurance to ask for more money.
Back at the office, Rachel and Harvey have their first meeting with Esther, who we find out runs a Martha Stewart-level muffin and lifestyle company. (Hopefully, it’s in better shape than Martha’s company.) They recognize each other and the sexual tension makes everyone in the meeting who isn’t them, a.k.a. Rachel, slightly uncomfortable. Fast-forwarding through the meeting where we learn that Jeffrey, the husband is demanding half of her company. We arrive back in Harvey’s office, where Jessica is waiting for him. He assures her that he took Esther’s case as a way to mend things with Louis and get things back on track. Jessica’s impressed by his maturity.
The meeting with the insurance company doesn’t go well, and Mike becomes even more determined to take them to trial. (Do-Gooder Mike is such a pain.) But, Robert shuts that idea down because the client and Jessica have both agreed to accept the settlement. Pissed off, Mike storms into Jessica’s office to confront her. Jessica doesn’t tolerate his inappropriate tone and reminds him of how the world works—it’s always about money—and invites him to get out. Was anyone else surprised that she didn’t actually slap the taste out of his mouth?
NEXT: What’s more important than the money?