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'Suits' recap: 'Privilege'

Dr. Agard opened a door in Harvey’s mind that is staying wide open.

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TV Show
Comedy, Drama
run date:
Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle
USA Network
Current Status:
In Season

Last week’s episode ended with Harvey storming out of Dr. Paula Agard’s office after she brought up his mother issues. Tonight’s Suits opens the next day, and Harvey’s still reeling from that session. As he’s getting dressed, her comments about his mother issues ring in his head, and Suits cuts back and forth between the present and the end of the previous episode. Dr. Agard opened a door in Harvey’s mind that can’t be closed again, but with each piece of clothing he puts on, it seems as though he’s trying to force these feelings further away from the surface. We already know this will fail and he’ll blow-up again before the hour is over.

But, there’s a lot standing in between us and Harvey getting his breakthrough. All of our characters are busy this week. On orders from Jessica, Louis is trying his hardest to not be Louis, a.k.a, petty, which ends up going better than you’d expect, and he’s working a case with Mike. Meanwhile, Harvey and Rachel reluctantly take the case of a Sam (J.R. Bourne), someone we met in season 1’s “Tricks of the Trade.” (Thanks, Google!) The last time we saw Sam, he was accusing an innocent woman of inside trading, who Mike and Harvey were defending. Irony alert: This time around his bosses are accusing him of doing something he didn’t do and he might go to jail.

Louis’ pettiness is tested immediately when Mike comes to him with a case. The CEO of McKernan Motors, the client Harvey gave them last season, called Mike to schedule a meeting, which you know annoys Louis who is obsessed with hierarchy. But, Louis tries to fight his baser instincts and to rise above the pettiness. They meet with the client, who needs them to help him make some deal. Short story shorter: Louis offends the client and now he and Mike have to work twice as hard to keep him at the firm.

Defending Sam, Harvey files a lawsuit against his bosses to strong-arm them into just paying the SEC’s fine to keep Sam out of jail. That doesn’t work because it’s too early in the episode and the case’s thematic purpose still hasn’t been explained and because Sam’s bosses claim to have proof of his alleged crime: Sam spoke to a company-provided therapist about the trade in question and signed a waiver giving up doctor-patient confidentiality. Who was Sam’s therapist, you asked, well it was none other than Dr. Agard.

Naturally, Harvey is pissed when he’s blindsided with this information in the meeting. And is even more so when his client admits that he told Dr. Agard he felt guilty about the trade that went bad. This leads to some of the most heavy-handed dialogue ever:

Harvey: How could you be so stupid to confide your feelings in a stranger?

Sam: Because I needed help, and if you’re not going to talk about your feelings, you might as well not see a therapist at all.

Like, Suits, we get it! We didn’t need you to spell it out for us like that, but it’s cool. Harvey was already looking for another reason to feel be angry at Dr. Agard, and now he has it.

Meanwhile, there’s a problem with McKiernan Motor’s prospective deal. Wishing not to worry their client, Mike and Louis decide to find him a better deal in the time given. Unfortunately, that means turning to Jack Soloft for help because they need to use one of his clients. This gives Louis the perfect opportunity to follow Jessica’s instructions and try to turn Jack into an ally. Hoping to increase their chances, Louis sends Mike to negotiate on his own, but that doesn’t help because Jack demands 100 percent of the earnings for his help. It’s not about business, it’s about payback. Louis acquiesces.

While Mike, Louis, and Harvey are dealing with their cases, Donna is tasked with helping Mike secure Rachel’s dream wedding location: The Plaza on her birthday. During her C-plot, she meets Gretchen for the time and things are a bit awkward and tense. But, Donna is impressed when Gretchen quotes Lethal Weapon back at her. Because it’s Donna, she’s able to book The Plaza. Who needs Jared when you have Donna, right?

NEXT: Mike goes to Donna instead of Jared’s