Last year, Suits established itself as one of the best summer dramas out there. Then the show returned for season 2 -- and Suits became one of the best shows on television, period. So how can Suits fittingly end such an amazing second season?
"High Noon," the midseason finale, is the answer.
Here's what we know, going into the last Suits
episode for the summer (new episodes will finish season 2 this winter):
- The conflict between Daniel Hardman and Jessica Pearson for control of the law firm will come down to a senior-partner vote.
- Louis Litt, the newly created senior partner, has the deciding vote.
- For all of their scheming, quiet deals and manipulation, Harvey and Jessica remain in a precarious position.
- Mike, unfortunately, is no help at all after the death of his beloved Grammy.
That's a lot to resolve in a single hour of television, but the Suits
summer season finale does just that. From the partner vote (and its subsequent effect on the firm) to the emotions of loss, everything** in "High Noon" works.
In short, this finale is awesome.**Note: A subplot involving Mike and a childhood sweetheart doesn't actually work that well. But it's easy to ignore, so we will.
Of course, as is always the case with Suits
, actions are significantly less important than the characters. Everyone gets their chance to shine in "High Noon."
- Harvey (Gabriel Macht): Thanks to his professional situation, Harvey passes through rage, defeat, victory, resignation, mischief and fear in a matter of minutes.
- Mike (Patrick J. Adams): The struggle to remain professional wavers under the unbearable solitude of losing Grammy.
- Jessica (Gina Torres): Let's just say she would make Machiavelli proud in this episode.
- Donna (Sarah Rafferty): If you thought she was sarcastic and loyal before, you ain't seen nothing yet.
- Rachel (Meghan Markle): Now that the LSATs have validated her as "smart," Rachel gets to find out how little that helps outside of the office.
- Daniel Hardman (David Constabile): Yep. He's evil. "High Noon" confirms it.
And then there's Louis. Unshakable, smug and oddly worthy of his new title, Rick Hoffman's Louis Litt is the true winner here -- both in his career and for the audience. With only a few words, we know exactly how Louis feels throughout the whole episode. About everything. Some of those feelings are surprising.
All in all, "High Noon" is the culmination of everything we've loved about Suits
throughout its incredible season 2. The one big downside of all of this? After the summer finale, we're done with Suits
for months. At least "High Noon" takes us out with a bang.
Now you probably want a few spoilers (hide your eyes if this is not true)...
- There are brilliant references to Game of Thrones, The Shawshank Redemption and more.
- Mike and Harvey are surprisingly similar in the ways they deal with death.
- Nothing good can come from the 46th floor.
- Remember how Mike used to be a stoner? Old habits die hard.
- There is at least one kiss between characters.
- An obligatory reference to the can opener (and thumbtacks) is made.
season 2 summer finale, "High Noon," airs on Thursday, August 23 at 10pm on USA.(Images courtesy of USA)