By Mandi Bierly
Updated September 08, 2011 at 04:55 PM EDT
Credit: Christos Kalohoridis/USA Network

Tonight, Suits wraps up its first season (USA, 10 p.m. ET) with an intense hour that finds Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and Mike (Patrick J. Adams) fighting the new District Attorney (guest star Chi McBride) to free an innocent man Harvey helped convict when he worked for the former evidence-burying District Attorney (shame on you, Gary Cole). “You’ll see a lot of moments where Mike finally understands how he fits with Harvey,” Adams tells EW. “You get to see Mike support and lift Harvey up and basically be a friend and partner to him in a way that you haven’t seen before. Mike come up with ideas that are gonna keep Harvey from going off the deep end. There’s a lot of emotion there, even though Harvey likes to keep emotion out of it. Mike’s job is to really help reel him in and remind him of who he is and what his strengths are. For me, the end of the season is about getting to see these two guys, who have been batting back and forth trying to figure out if this is really the right fit, work together toward the common good and hopefully succeeding.”

Expect some kind of cliffhanger. “Like any good television series, we’re gonna leave questions open. And there’s the big question: how long can Mike last in this firm without being found out? Over the course of the season, it seems like Mike has come to the realization that it’s not a matter of if but when and how it’s gonna happen,” he says. “So there’s definitely gonna be some stuff happening that will hopefully make people want to tune in next year.”

From the promo embedded below, we know Mike wants to tell his old friend Trevor that he’s dating his ex Jenny. We wouldn’t put it past Trevor to blow Mike’s cover as a Harvard Law alum. Wouldn’t it have been easier if Mike had just taken the out Jenny offered him in last week’s episode and left her for Rachel, who now hates him? “There’s so many places where he could just assert himself, and we’d be done with it. The past would be behind him, and we could just move forward,” Adams says. “But [the writers] aren’t doing that because in reality, we all have a hard time moving away from what’s behind us. Jenny and Trevor, they’re all he really has in his life. For him to just give it all up and to become this person that he’s starting to become overnight would be unrealistic, and we’d lose that conflict of him being pulled between one world and the other. It’s the same way with that [recent] mock trial. Any other episode of TV, you’d be assuming that Mike would win that thing. But we went the other direction, and in the process, a lot more is learned, and the show’s world is expanded and evolved. It’s the same with that choice with Jenny. He’s given the door and could walk through it, and he doesn’t…. It takes a lot of confidence, I think, to end up with the woman who you always imagined yourself with. He’s just not ready for it yet, and that just creates more tension and more conflict and gives us as actors a whole lot more to play.”

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