Last week’s episode ended with Harvey telling Dr. Agard he was finally ready to open up about his mother, and “Hitting Home” delivers on this promise right from the start. How Harvey’s mother betrayed his trust is actually a good place to start tonight’s episode, which is all about the power of trust. Not only the power we get when someone trusts us, but also the power we lose when we say, “Jesus, take the wheel,” and put our trust in someone. Everyone in tonight’s episode of Suits is definitely aware of that last part.
(Sidebar: Jessica has some great one-liners in “Hitting Home,” which we’ll get to later).
We pick up in Dr. Agard’s office, where Harvey is talking about the time he was young and accidentally walked in on his mother getting dressed after doing the deed with someone she creepily refers to as “Cousin Scott.” In the flashback, Harvey is too young to fully understand what’s going on, so he believes her when she says nothing was up, but orders him not to tell his father about what he saw. Back in the present, Dr. Agard is proud of Harvey for opening up and notes that it feels good to end a session on a positive note. Which lets us know that “Hitting Home” will not end on a positive note.
What’s interesting about tonight’s episode is that Harvey actually doesn’t have a case this week. He almost gets one when Esther (Amy Acker) asks him to represent her in a suit filed against her in which a man claims he suffered from anaphylactic shock after eating her nut-free muffins. However, Harvey tells Esther to consult her brother because he knows Louis will be upset that she went to Harvey and not him. Who has time for legal jousting when there are emotional issues to work through?
While Harvey may have the luxury of lounging around eating bagels, the same can’t be said of everyone else at Pearson Specter Litt, who are all hard at work—especially, Jessica. Suits’ Queen is trying to get her law firm/kingdom/house in order. She commands Soloft to start making nice with her people and to partner with Mike on a case. Mike’s initially resistant because he doesn’t work with people he can’t trust, but after she reminds him who’s in charge, he gets on board. Jessica is always scheming on the low, so it’s no surprise that there’s more to Jessica’s plan; she’s using Mike to find out how involved Soloft and Daniel Hardman are.
Oh wait, did I forget to mention Daniel Hardman (David Costabile) is back? Well, he is—the Hardman has returned to New York. He and Jessica have a quick meeting on the street where she warns him to stay away from her firm. Hardman advises her to focus on her firm because her decision to drop Fletcher Motors last week proved to the rest of the lawyers in her firm that she cares more about Harvey than them. I’m not sure why Suits chose to bring Hardman back now, but it’s a worrisome sign and just reminds us of when Suits was at the top of its game in season two.
Eventually, Esther takes Harvey’s advice and turns to her brother for help. She was initially reluctant because she wants this lawsuit to be handled quietly, but Louis doesn’t do anything quietly. However, Louis agrees to do things her way and to make the matter go away quickly by settling.
Soloft and Mike are working on some pension case involving New York teachers, the details of which I stopped caring about the moment someone said “portfolio” and “derivatives.” What’s more important is how Mike and Soloft’s relationship changes over the course of the episode. Because of the events of the first six episodes of the season, they don’t trust each other and withhold pertinent case strategy from each other. By the end of the case, however, both men prove their trustworthiness to each other and some mutual respect starts to develop between them. As we’ve seen in the cases of Louis and Travis Tanner, Suits thinks people can change and it applied this philosophy to Jack tonight, who refuses to accept any more of Hardman’s help.
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A twist in Esther’s case, however, brings years of simmering issues between the Litt siblings boiling to the surface. When Louis and Rachel find out that the lawsuit is a scam, they decide to counter-sue, which is exactly what Esther didn’t want. Because her company is her second child, Esther’s having a hard time trusting her brother to handle it, even though law is his, like, thing. Her lack of confidence in his ability hurts Louis because apparently he’s always felt like she’s looked down on him. In a heated exchange, Esther angrily lets slip that she went to Harvey first, which hurts Louis’ feelings, but she adds that Harvey assured her that Louis was a “damn good lawyer.”
Speaking of Harvey: I feel like Pearson Specter Litt needs one of those “[Number] Of Days Without Injury” signs, except one that monitors when Harvey acts like a jerk. Harvey and Donna have been on good terms for about a week and a half and thought they might finally be out of the woods. But this good streak comes to an end when they go out to dinner to celebrate the day Donna came to work for Harvey. Donna brings up Esther, who she can tell Harvey slept with even though he promised he wouldn’t. Ever-wise, she tells him he needs to confess to Louis before he finds out from someone else, but Harvey ignores her because it’s none of her business.
Oh, but Louis is starting to suspect something happened between Harvey and his sister. He asks Donna if anything happened, but she lies and says she doesn’t know. If you’re keeping count, this is the second time Harvey has abused the trust between him and Donna, and put her in a position to lie for him. Not cool, Harv. Not cool at all. Anyway, Louis and Rachel end up winning Esther’s case, which is great news for everyone.
Meanwhile, Harvey has another session with Dr. Agard, which doesn’t go nearly as well as his last one. When he tells her about his fight with Donna, Dr. Agard points out that he’s basically doing to Donna and Louis what his mother did to him when he was younger. In the present scenario, Harvey is his mother, Donna is young Harvey, and Louis is his Harvey’s father. Obviously, Harvey doesn’t respond well to this suggestion.
Back at the law firm, Jessica informs Mike that Jack was so impressed with his competence that he nominated him to receive a promotion to junior partner—which, Jessica is forcing him to turn down, even though she admits he’s the best associate she’s ever seen. Why? Because of the show’s annoying premise. Jessica can’t send out a press release saying “Mike Ross of Harvard bla bla bla…” Whenever Suits returns to Mike’s secret, it’s like the entire momentum comes to a halt because it’s the worst part of the show and is never handled in a realistic and meaningful way. Also, we’ve been down this road before, haven’t we? The reason Mike went to that hedge fund was because he realized there was no upwards mobility at Pearson Spectre Litt, because he’s a fraud.
To celebrate winning the suit, Louis, Esther, and Donna agree to go out to dinner together. Before heading out, Esther drops by Harvey’s office and asks him to ask her out to dinner, but Harvey goes into full on jerk mode and rejects her. (Dr. Agard clearly got to him). Esther leaves his office upset and heads over to Louis’ to cancel dinner. Louis notices she’s upset, that she came from the direction of Harvey’s office, and puts two and two together. In that moment, he not only feels betrayed by Harvey, but also Donna, who continues to feign ignorance.
Time for some melodrama, because now Louis and Harvey have bad blood, which gives way to literal blood. Louis confronts Harvey about sleeping with Esther, and Harvey pleads with Louis that he was just about to tell him, but Louis doesn’t believe him. Louis accuses Harvey of being a “serial womanizer” who sleeps with any woman he sees because “he’s so messed up from whatever goddamn thing happened to him in his pathetic childhood.” Harvey’s one button, Louis pushes, which is a sure fire to get himself punched, and that’s exactly what happens. He knocks Louis to the ground, but Louis recovers and lunges for Harvey, and Harvey casually tosses Louis across the room, crashing into and breaking his glass coffee table. Jessica, who by now is probably tired of all these bloody troublemakers in her office, hears the ruckus and orders Harvey to get out of there.
- We didn’t get to this above, but Jack meets with Daniel Hardman toward the end of the episode to tell him he’s done consulting him for advice because he’s finally earned Jessica’s respect. Daniel teases Jack about some chip on his shoulder, which we’ll probably hear more about next week.
- BREAKING NEWS: Donna has been seeing someone named Mitchell for 2 weeks, and the guy has nothing to do with law.
- Please don’t let Daniel Hardman turn into this season’s Big Bad. Not only have we been through this already, but he’s also a character without much depth other being the “bad guy,” so revisiting him won’t be nearly as effective the first time around. Believe me, I do think that this season of Suits needs a Big Bad against whom the Pearson Specter Litt lawyers rally together to fight, because it feels rather aimless without one—but it needs to be someone new.
- Jessica Pearson’s CV: Full scholarship to Vassar, three years at Harvard Law School, and first black female to clerk on the third circuit.
- “I’ve never had a breakfast bar in my life,” Jessica says when Mike asks if she came down to where the little people get caffeine for one.
- “If I ever start handing out pink slips to troublemakers, you’d be the first one in line,” Jessica to Mike.
- “Now I may look good for my age, but I wasn’t born yesterday,” Jessica, again.