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'Suits' premiere recap: 'To Trouble'

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Ian Watson/USA Network

Suits

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
tvpgr:
TV-14
seasons:
5
run date:
06/23/11
performer:
Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle
broadcaster:
USA Network
genre:
Comedy, Drama

“Nothing like prison blue to make you realize that the clothes don’t make the man.”

This is what prison counselor Malcolm Jamal Warner says to Mike during their first meeting. It’s a pretty meta statement, but it actually hints at the question facing Suits this season: Will we lose interest in Mike now that he’s no longer a suit, stuck in prison and isolated from everyone else in the cast? It’s hard to judge from the season premiere alone, but it seems as though Suits won’t have any problem juggling its two settings, the firm and the prison.

“To Trouble” picks up right where the season finale left off. Mike is processed through prison and receives a (much-needed) haircut as one of the guards walks him through the rules. Tl;dr: If Mike does anything they don’t like, there will be disciplinary action. Mike is going to have a hard time in prison because the guards, and his counselor, have no tolerance for his smart-aleckism. As punishment for not following orders immediately, one of the guards restricts him from leaving his cell.

While Mike settles in for the night, the firm springs into action to deal with the mass exodus. Unfortunately, that’s the least of their problems seeing as Jessica is served with a $100-million class action suit; they’re being sued for every case Mike Ross was ever involved in. Thankfully, Donna is able to track down their new business addresses, which Louis plans to use to serve each of them electronically — with some help from the IT guy, who didn’t leave. Because he’s Louis, he literally stands over Benjamin the IT Guy while he sends each one out, which is one of the episode’s funniest moments.

Did I mention that episode is really funny? Even though the episode deals with the seriousness of Mike’s situation, it still finds plenty of moments for humor. It’s the most enjoyable episode that the show has done in quite some time. But, I digress.

It turns out that the list Donna received was fake, which means they can’t stop the partners. Moving onto plan B, Jessica asks Harvey and Louis what they’re worth. But, Louis refuses to share. Frustrated with Louis’ selfishness, Harvey storms off and leaves Louis, Jessica, Donna, and Rachel to deal with saving the firm on their own.

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Louis and Harvey’s fight leaves Jessica disheartened and questioning her commitment to saving the firm. She has every right to feel exhausted: She’s been fighting for so long, and the double standard to which women are held hasn’t made her life any easier. She returns to the desk she occupied when she was a summer associate. (It was a smart move to pick up right where the finale left off. Setting half of the episode in the empty office has allowed us to see the cast interact with the firm setting in new and interesting ways.)

Rachel finds Jessica brooding on the summer associate floor and lifts her spirits by telling Jessica that everyone didn’t leave because they thought she was cold and manipulative. At the same time, Harvey, who received a similar pep talk from Donna, comes down to join them and reaffirms his commitment to the team. Her confidence back, Jessica decides she, Louis, and Harvey need to bury the hatchet by having a smoke break.

NEXT: Harvey, Jessica, and Louis bond

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Harvey and Jessica find Louis talking to Norma’s ashes when they approach him about having a smoke break. Of course, Louis says no. So, Harvey threatens to light a joint over Norma’s ashes unless he joins in. Louis attempts to blow out the flame and ends up blowing Norma’s ashes in his face. (This definitely wins as the episode’s funniest moment.)

It’s not too long before Louis, Harvey, and Jessica are on the floor in her office, sharing stories, and just enjoying each other’s company — which is a first! And, Louis decides this is the time to share a disturbing and TMI story about a time he took a paralegal mudding and… “couldn’t hold his mud” (refer to this Lonely Island song for clarity).

Meanwhile, Mike meets his roommate, Frank. They hit it off right away after Frank introduces himself with a movie reference. At first, Mike is reluctant to tell him how he ended up there, but he lets his guard down after Frank tells Mike about his family and what he did to land in prison. Then, Mike recaps the first five seasons for Frank, who is stunned that Mike took the fall for Harvey. After hearing his story, Frank offers to let Mike use his secret cell phone to contact Rachel, but Mike declines.

Smoking a peace pipe actually does bring Jessica, Harvey, and Louis closer together and Harvey finally apologies to Jessica and Louis for hiring Mike and starting all of this mess. With that settled, it’s time to start talking business and for each of them to reveal what they’re worth so they know how much money they’ll have in their war chest. Louis scurries away saying he needs 15 minutes to himself. Harvey and Jessica suspect he’s embarrassed because he doesn’t have as much as they do. Oh, but they are so wrong. “Are you a king?” asks Harvey when he sees Louis’ number. “No, I’m just not an idiot.”

But, the named partners will have to hold off on discussing Louis’ absurd net worth because Rachel, Donna, and Benjamin run into Harvey’s office with some bad news: Someone is hacking the firm. They all rush down to the IT room and discover that the departed lawyers are trying to both steal clients and bifurcate the firm so that they can get their buy-ins back. But, there’s no way Jessica is going to let that happen. So, they decide they’re going to use the buy-ins to settle the class action suit so that those turncoats won’t get anything.

Lying on his bed, Mike finally comes to his senses and asks Frank to use his phone to text Rachel a little message. Texting her brings both Mike and Rachel, who has spent the entire episode worried to death about him, some much needed comfort. Unfortunately, Mike’s calm quickly disappears when a guard comes to their cell door and tells Frank it’s time for him to return to his actual cell. Frank reveals he isn’t Mike’s roommate; he’s actually someone who Harvey put in jail 15 years ago and he’s planning on using Mike to get revenge on him. As the guard takes Frank back to his real room, Mike realizes just how screwed he is.

Best Suit of the Week: Mike’s prison blues

Sound Bites:

Mike: Do you mind if I ask what “disciplinary action” means?

Prison Guard: Since you got the balls to ask that, I’m sure you’ll find out soon enough

“I didn’t come from nothing and you know it,” Jessica, to Harvey, after writing down how much she’s worth.  

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