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September 13, 2017 at 10:01 PM EDT


TV Show
Comedy, Drama
run date
Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty
USA Network
Current Status
In Season
We gave it a B

Donna, Donna, Donna…Our favorite legal secretary-turned-COO made a HUGE move in the Darvey department in Suits‘ midseason finale — a decision that will definitely complicate her already complicated relationship with Harvey. But, before we can get to the scene that’s on everyone’s mind (i.e. the kiss), we must first dig into the rest of the episode, which sees the entire firm pairing off once again to handle business. “Donna” finds all of the show’s characters taking on very personal cases and examines how they react to the situations: Can they keep their cool? Will they look for the easy way out of dealing with these difficult cases?

We pick up with Harvey struggling to figure out which tie he’s going to wear today because his mind is elsewhere: He’s thinking about Malik coming after Donna. Paula picks up on Harvey’s internal struggle, but she’s not threatened by it because she admires how loyal he is to those he cares about. This is reason No. 7 why I love this relationship. Meanwhile, Rachel also catches her father lost in thought as he reflects on how he failed his sister when she came to him all those years ago about the bank CEO’s sexual harassment. The flashbacks are, for the most part, unnecessary, especially given how well Wendell Pierce physically portrays Robert’s guilty conscience. Thankfully, Rachel comes up with a way to get the CEO on the stand.

Everyone at the firm is ready for the trial run that will prepare Donna for Malik’s questioning, but it turns out they won’t have go to through with it because Louis found a solution: Any conversations Donna had with Harvey about the Clifford Danner case are privileged work product. Sure, it sounds good, but it’s the beginning of the episode, so we know it’s going to fail. Alas, Harvey agrees it’s a good idea and wants to pursue that avenue, too.

As always, both Harvey and Louis are letting their emotions cloud their judgment. It would be best to prepare for questioning in case this doesn’t work, but they’re more concerned about avoiding whatever feels they’ll catch as Louis interrogates Donna. In case you forgot, the last time they did this, Louis asked Donna if she loved Harvey, which was awkward for everyone. Mike takes his concerns about not doing mock trial to Harvey, but Harvey shuts him down.

However, Malik isn’t the only one coming after the firm. Alex discovers that Gould, of Bratton Gould (again, I don’t know her), is coming after Pfizer, his biggest client. You would think this violates the agreement Alex’s old firm signed, but Gould found a way around it by having one of his clients pursue a hostile takeover of Pfizer. Alex threatens to take him to court.

While we don’t see Alex argue in court, we do get to see Rachel and Robert and Mike and Harvey present their arguments in dueling court scenes. The judge ends up ruling in Rachel and Robert’s favor and says the bank must produce the CEO for depositions. Unfortunately, Mike and Harvey aren’t as lucky. It turns out Malik wasn’t even coming after them for Clifford Danner; he wants to question Donna about the Coastal Motors case from season 2. After the “last time on Suits” segment in last week’s episode, I had a feeling this twist was coming. So Donna takes the stand, and she’s forced to admit she shredded a document in that case. Malik also twists her words and calls her integrity into question by making it sound like she only got her new role at the firm by sleeping with Harvey.

The one thing going for Harvey and Mike is that they know Malik did something shady since the memo mentioned in that article isn’t real. Harvey and Mike decide to corner the journalist who wrote it and threaten to ruin his career if he doesn’t reveal his source, in my least favorite scene of the episode for obvious reasons. The journalist refuses to give up a name, but he does say that his source is someone who worked with Mike and Harvey and not someone who works for the client’s company. This case is even more personal than we thought. (Recap continues on the next page)

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