Wow. The Suits midseason finale was definitely a game changer. That’s clear from the episode’s title, “P.S.L.,” which refers to Pearson Specter Litt: The often ethically compromised but well-intentioned and aesthetically pleasing firm at the center of the show. In many ways, the episode (the best one of season 6 so far) serves as a eulogy for the firm, which comes to an end as we know it.
The emotional midseason finale focuses on the Leonard Bailey trial, giving the show an opportunity to do the Jessica-centric episode I’ve been begging for since I started recapping this series. Peppered throughout are flashbacks to Jessica’s youth, which tended to be rather on the nose with their purpose but still worked because it’s freaking Jessica Pearson! We learn her mother divorced her father because she was tired of coming in second to his all-consuming work as a doctor. We’re then shown Young Jessica, a.k.a. Little J, telling her father she plans to attend Harvard Law School instead of becoming a doctor like they always planned.
“Doctors save lives and lawyers are nothing more than power-hungry bottom feeders,” says Allen Pearson, who clearly has nothing but contempt for his daughter’s career choice.
It’s pretty clear why these memories are on Jessica’s mind as she’s about to head into Leonard Bailey’s retrial. Over the course of this case, she’s been forced to wonder if she is indeed a power-hungry bottom feeder who doesn’t care about people. After all, her own client raised that possibility! This case is her chance to prove to herself that’s not true, to prove she hasn’t forgotten why she wanted to be a lawyer in the first place: to help people.
However, Jessica’s commitment to Leonard’s trial is tested from the get-go when Robert Zane informs her and Harvey that Jim Reynolds, their oldest client, is currently thinking about jumping ship. If Jim leaves, the firm will lose all its other clients. Jessica knows she should handle this problem herself, but she can’t — she’s fighting for another man’s life. Gina Torres conveys perfectly Jessica’s internal conflict over the situation. So, she tells Harvey to handle it, which only makes matters worse.
Harvey pays Jim Reynolds a visit and finds out Jim’s board wants to dump PSL because of rumors Harvey tanked Sutter’s case on purpose. Obviously, no one wants an attorney who would do that. Jim could’ve been able to change the board’s mind if anyone other than Harvey had shown up to defend the firm — instead, Harvey’s presence just further antagonizes his opponents. I’m glad the show decided there would be consequences for Harvey’s actions.
Louis is a bit too distracted to help Harvey with Jim Reynolds because Tara comes to him with some big news: She’s pregnant with Joshua’s child. Louis is overjoyed about raising a child with her — even if it isn’t his — but Tara is incredulous and asks him to take a few days to think about it. We know how much Louis wants children (it’s what ended his relationship with Sheila) and his reaction definitely feels genuine.
Meanwhile, Rachel and Jessica decide to put Leonard on the stand to let him to tell his story. It’s a big moment for Rachel because Jessica allows her, a law student, to question him. After his emotional testimony, the prosecutor decides to call the victim’s father, Victor, to the stand to testify Leonard “ruined” his life by killing his daughter.
NEXT: It’s time to say goodbye