Harvey's always been about coming out on top and winning since the Suits premiere. As a protagonist, it's been easy to root for him to victory and overlook some of the means that he's taken to get there. That all changed in "Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner."
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While working for Harvey, Mike started to change from the idealistic "lawyer" who wanted to do good in the world and make it a better place to taking a no holds barred approach that he picked up from Harvey.
That all changed when Mike left the law behind to become an investment banker. He wanted to do things differently by making money without tearing companies into pieces to sell for parts. His principled approach went against Harvey's beliefs and tore them apart instead.
Mike vs. Harvey: Round 1
With the sides divided, Mike and Harvey went to battle over Gillis Industries with Mike making the first move. He went to court to get a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that would prevent Harvey from making a move against the company.
Harvey violated privilege by moving up Logan's takeover plans due to information he gleamed from when Mike was a client. The judge agreed and ordered that Logan Sanders couldn't make an offer or buy any additional stock for 60 days. WIN: Mike
Instead of giving up, Harvey and Logan made Mike an offer to walk away: $20 million and then $30 million. Mike refused because it would break his promise to Gillis to help keep his company whole. Of course, the personal insults, threats and innuendos about Rachel didn't help either. WIN: Mike
Harvey wasn't about to lose the round to Mike though, so he came up with a new plan. He went around Mike and the court and made a deal with the union head, Pete. Harvey guaranteed to fill the union pension fund with $500 million to get Pete's vote. (Though, I don't quite understand why the union would side with the option that would cost the employees' jobs when the company is split up and sold off.) WIN: Harvey
There was a lot of back and forth during this round. Harvey expected to win the company for Logan, because he thought Mike would hold strong and refuse to go back on his word to Gillis. Harvey was wrong.
Mike tried to get the $30 million offer back in order to save his job, but Harvey wasn't about to give in. He didn't have to pay out a single dollar to Mike since he had the union in his pocket. The problem was that Harvey underestimated Mike and his will and determination to save Gillis' company.
Mike did go to Gillis and forced the CEO to realize he had to give up his dream of expansion in order to save the company he already had. The money needed to go to the unions to keep the vote and protect what he had. It was difficult for Mike and for Gillis, but in the end it was the right thing to do. WIN: Mike
Round 1 went to Mike. He stayed in the fight, maintained his principles and didn't let Harvey get the better of him. If anything, Harvey helped Mike see the light, so he could go back on his initial word to get the best deal done.
Next up: Round 2
Poor Louis! He put together a presentation for Jessica (though the poster boards were over the top, but hey ... it's Louis) to win his place in the fight against the SEC, but it was too late. Jeff Malone had already been hired as a named partner and given a corner office.
It was the wound, salt in the wound, and then pressure put on the salt in the wound. It was distressing to see the pain on Louis' face and even worse when he envisioned the hurtful words coming out of Jessica's mouth.
It was entertaining to see Louis and Jeff do the deposition together. They were horrible to each other, but it worked in an extreme good cop-bad cop sort of way. Only they weren't playing, at least initially.
With Katrina and Donna's help, Louis was able to work his way through the pain of losing to Jeff Malone and he came out of it a better person. It also helped that Donna interceded on his behalf and helped Jessica realize the error she made.
It was best for the firm if Louis and Jeff could work together and by giving Louis the corner office, it provided the validation that he both needed and deserved. It was truly a win-win. I'm looking forward to seeing them work together on cases. It will be contentious at times, but that's what will make it so much fun!
Odds and Ends
- Rachel and Mike are going to have difficulty balancing their personal and professional lives, but they overcame the first big hurdle and went home together with smiles on their faces.
- Louis and Katrina are awesome. I cannot get enough of them. When she first arrived, it was under less than favorable conditions. She wasn't likable at all. Now, she really shines and brings out the best in Louis.
- The first meeting between Mike and Logan was perfection. I'm not sure that it's going to end well for either of them, but it's going to be a fun ride. I feel guilty saying this, but Rachel and Logan had hot chemistry in the flashback. Maybe even better than with Mike?!?
- Donna knows! She always knows everything, doesn't she? I'm glad she realized that Jessica and Jeff had a personal connection. It will provide Jessica an emergency outlet if she needs one. And, if nothing else, Donna's snide remarks will provide plenty of chuckles.
- It's only a matter of time before Jessica gives into Jeff's charm, right? It's nice to see the big smile she gets when he's around. That's been missing the first three seasons.
- There were lots of hilarious and well-written exchanges and moments as usual. Check out our Best Quotes from "Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner" slideshow.
Suits airs Wednesdays at 9pm ET on USA.
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