Thursday Highlights of Comic Con

San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) is one my favorite times of the year. It is where nerdom rules and we get to find out so much about our favorite fandoms. The one thing that makes this weekend even more beautiful is the internet. If we didn’t have YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, or major sites that cover this weekend, we would be out in the dark. For those who can’t go we get to live vicariously through the internet.

 

Generally Friday is when the Con really starts to pick up, but a few things happened yesterday that are already highlights of the week for me.

 

1. Community Live Son! Or Community Lives On. Thanks to Yahoo we have another season of Community, and Yahoo has already done a great job of promoting it. I’m pretty sure I have seen more promotion for Community at SDCC than NBC ever did for it in the five years combined.

I wish I could get my hands on this.

Thanks to TV Guide, we also got another Community. Seeing them be at SDCC another year warms the heart. Especially when you can see the love of the cast and crew have for the show.

 

Finally, I fully support #Gim, and hope there will be some in season 6. https://twitter.com/TVGuideMagazine/status/492400641843552257

 

 

2. Nerd HQ kicked off. Chuck is probably my favorite show. I know it wasn’t the best show ever created, but it had so much heart. So of course I will watch a whole panel of Mr. Zachary Levi talking with his fans. It was a glorious hour, and you can always play the game how many times will Levi begin to cry during the hour. I find the man adorable.

3. This trailer for the online Firefly game. It is beautiful that a show which only lasted 13 episodes still lives on today.

4. The Walking Dead cast. It was finally confirmed that Emily Kinney was going to be at SDCC with the rest of the cast due to Norman Reedus being a lover of Instagram and his fellow cast mates. So even when he deleted the photo it was already on the internet. Now there have been a few more photos of Emily Kinney. Sure it would have been a nice surprise, but knowing she is there for sure makes me happy.

 

 

Kind of wish there was a way to see what happened on the plane.

 

“We do what we need to do.”

**This post contains spoilers for 4.05 of Suits, “Pound of Flesh.”**

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Good news, everyone! Last week’s Suits was marginally better than it has been all season! I’ll give you a moment to celebrate, because believe me, we need it.

It didn’t start out great; for the ninety billionth week in a row, Rachel complains about her workload and how difficult her super-privileged life is as a law student and as Harvey Specter’s associate, in case you forgot. The sad part is that Mike comes off looking like the jerk here, as he turned off Rachel’s alarm, causing her to be late for work. Like he’s never met/worked for Harvey Specter before. C’mon Mike.

But Rachel is so exhausted you guys, even though she promised everyone who would listen that she could handle this workload. It’s her M.O.: Make a huge stand about being able to handle things as an adult, and then immediately buckle and beg for sympathy from the people around her. She winds up fainting from exhaustion at school, which is not only kind of lame (an ulcer would’ve packed a bigger punch) but it ends up being a plot device for Mike and Harvey to meet on some sort of middle ground. Hey, I never said this episode was perfect, I only said it was better.

Rachel wakes up from a horrible nightmare, which is actually just a flashback of Logan Sanders proposing to her before he suddenly turns into Mike, and then she goes back to sleep all wide-eyed and worried. An actual nervous breakdown would’ve been preferable to this.

Mike, Harvey, Jeff, and Jessica all talk about buying out a block of shares that somehow manages to mess with Mike’s plan and draw the bead from the SEC. Jeff figures out a “questionable” way to acquire the shares, which floats for the majority of the episode until Rachel lands her exhausted butt in the hospital. That’s when Harvey takes Mike out on a date — a literal date with mood lighting, expensive food, and suggestive talking — and manage to mend their fences. Things look good for our favorite duo until afterwards, when the SEC guy, Cahill, materializes out of nowhere and accuses them of colluding.

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This results in Mike being mad at Harvey for not being honest with him about the whole shares thing, and Harvey basically begs Mike to trust him. He goes to bat for Mike against Jessica, but Jessica overrules him. Harvey ends up apologizing to Mike for not taking his takeover plan many months ago, which is nice and all, but it doesn’t help Mike. The scene ends with Harvey telling Mike, “Do what you have to do.”

But Mike finally grows a conscience and tries to pull out of his deal with Forstman, but it’s too late: Sidwell has taken the deal and has cut Mike out of it. Turnabout’s fair play.

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The best part of the episode is the one-off story with Donna and Louis, where he finds her trying to memorize her lines for the part of Portia in Merchant of Venice and freaks out when she tells him that tonight is opening night and she’s still not off-book. He vows to spend the entire day helping her memorize her lines (because of course Louis knows all the words to all of Shakespeare’s plays) and during the course of the rehearsals, Donna confesses that she’s terrified of getting back onstage.

 

The next day, she begs Louis to fill in for one of the injured actors, but Louis has crippling stage fright and refuses. It’s his deep love for Donna that compels him to finally agree, but it’s not without its issues. As hokey as the storyline might’ve seemed to a first-time viewer, it’s this sort of lightheartedness and camaraderie that’s been sorely lacking from this show.

Also, I lied. The absolute best part of the episode was the very end, when Harvey dropped everything to be at the closing night of Donna’s big play. There weren’t even any indicators throughtout the episode that Harvey really cared or was aware of how important it was to her, so it’s a particularly touching scene.

Next week: more yelling, more stalk-talk, and more use of the word “bullshit” during every act.

“Pull the leverage, Louis! … WRONG LEVERAGE!”

**This post contains spoilers for 4.04 of Suits, “Leveraged.”**

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This episode of Suits started out strong, with Donna busting into Mike’s see-through office like a wrecking ball to yell at him about privacy, friendship, and designer handbags. She leaves mollified, because she’s the only person on this show that knows how to walk a line between work and personal (except for Jessica, who is admittedly struggling with that at the moment). She compliments Mike’s assistant, Amy, for her shoes, and pretty much that’s the only scene that’s entirely on point in this episode. I won’t say it’s all downhill from here, but there’s definitely a decline.

Fourth episode in a row where Harvey's wearing a waistcoat. Bless.

Fourth episode in a row where Harvey’s wearing a waistcoat… and a scowl. Bless.

The SEC storyline seems to fizzle before it really starts, with Jessica and Jeff teaming up to take down Sean Cahill of the SEC. Unfortunately, it backfires because I guess everyone on this show gets outmaneuvered at the last minute.

Actual power couple.

Actual power couple.

Mike, meanwhile, leverages (ha! Get it? The theme tonight is “leverage,” and if you manage to get it on a triple word score, you win a set of bickering lawyers-slash-ex-boyfriends!) a Photoshopped picture of Sheila to throw Louis off of his game, and Louis, predictably, falls for it. This is too much for Harvey, who righteously rages at Louis with an appropriate amount of disappointment and anger in the moment; he doesn’t treat Louis any differently than he would treat Mike or Donna, but the problem this time is that dealing with Louis always means lasting ramifications. Louis is the pond that people throw pebbles into, and by the time the ripples reach the shore, they’re tsunamis.

Great scene for Gabriel Macht in particular; it makes this episode worth watching.

Great scene for Gabriel Macht in particular; it makes this episode worth watching.

Louis heads off Mike with Tony Gionopolus (who is still relevant I guess) and manages to cut all ties with Mike. He warns him that people hold grudges, which somehow magically gives Mike the idea to go to someone named Forstman, who likes to control people, exact revenge, and brood in diners about lost Aston Martins. This is bad news for Harvey’s case, and Louis fesses up immediately to the role he played in it, which results in one of the most devastating scenes on this show.

 

 

It’s not an entirely earned scene; Louis has done much worse than inadvertently remind someone of an old grudge (and that’s on Harvey for not taking into account how much personal information Mike has on him in the first place) and this tiny faux pas doesn’t warrant this deep disappointment Harvey exhibits. The scene barely works only because the actors are great and because Harvey’s outburst earlier in the episode was so effective. This is another case of the show leaning too hard on the drama and not enough on the actual plot; all of the back-and-forth actually undercuts the emotional punches. Imagine if this scene had happened without Harvey’s pseudo-apology — if he had just cooled off, then went into Louis’ office and started with “You know what? I’m done.” Devastating! And earned.

(The entire thing was ruined by odd shaky camera work. I swear, sometimes the creative decisions on this show…) Still, the scene works, and it’s gonna drive Louis through the next couple of episodes I’m sure. Harvey, in turn, needs to learn not to come down so hard on people when they fail him. Those are the sorts of outbursts that have garnered him so many enemies.

Behold! Chemistry.

Behold! Chemistry.

Mike continues down his road to perdition, choosing all of the worst solutions to his growing Gillis Industries problem. He starts with the Louis thing, then teaming up with Forstman and denying Harvey’s dire warning about Forstman’s motives. When Forstman then tells Mike that his one caveat is for Mike to cut his boss, Sidwell, out of the final deal, Mike yells at Amy that he doesn’t have a choice. Harvey, in his sober farewell to his former protegee, tells Mike that he always has a choice. Mike doesn’t listen; he shakes hands with Forstman and accepts Sidwell’s congratulations like there’s nothing amiss. (No wonder Patrick Adams got a lot of hate tweets after this episode.)

True to form, Rachel fails to leave work stuff at work, bringing home the Louis stuff to pick a fight with Mike. Sure, Mike was wrong to do what he did to someone he claimed was a friend, but he’s focused on the bigger picture, which is exactly what he told Rachel he would be doing. If you’re keeping track, that makes this the 48th episode in a row where Rachel insists she can handle a complicated, multi-layered situation and fails miserably.

Behold! ... Meh.

Behold! … Meh.

But if you started this episode thinking “Hey! Maybe Rachel learned from her past mistakes with Logan Sanders!” then please allow me to laugh in your face. She learned nothing. He contrives some kind of investment deal (I wasn’t totally paying attention) in order to spend some alone time with her, which she completely recognizes but lets him deny. They argue a bit, I think there was supposed to be heat there but the stunning lack of chemistry makes me wonder if anyone screen tests anymore. Then at the end of the episode, Logan leans in for a kiss and Rachel allllmost lets it land. She’s flustered when she leaves, which again, I don’t totally understand because there’s exactly zero sexual tension in their scenes. Have I emphasized that enough?

Donna Paulsen, voice of reason.

Donna Paulsen, voice of reason.

There was another good Donna scene where she bluntly reminded Harvey that Louis considers him to be his best friend — he’d even asked Harvey to be his best man. Other than that, there’s a deplorable lack of Donna again and I’m starting to lose hope that she’ll get a meaty storyline this season.

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The relationship between Mike and Amy is compelling because she’s every bit as confident and qualified as Donna, and she plays off Mike the same way Donna plays off Harvey. If they’re smart, they’ll play that out as a parallel, especially if Mike and Rachel continue to be pulled in opposite directions. They may not be long for this world, though; Amy looks disappointed in Mike after he makes his dirty deal.

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Finally, after getting caught lying about the way he left the SEC (meaning, he was about to be fired for not going after Pearson Specter) Jeff tells Jessica that he will never lie to her, man to woman. She shows up on his doorstep with All About Eve and Raging Bulls, it’s a really sweet scene.

Next episode: Probably more of the same. Hopefully more Jessica this time.

“Shut Up and be Dead, I’m Busy.”

Please enjoy this Under the Dome post from guestblogger Justin.

**This post contains spoilers for 2.01 of Under the Dome, “Heads Will Roll.”**

Under the Dome returned with Season 2 last Monday, but due to a combination of houseguests and work, I wasn’t able to watch it until Sunday. At least I don’t have to wait long for the next episode.

I volunteered to write reviews/recaps for the second season, and Kerry decided to hold me to my word. In these reviews, you can expect spoilers, my thoughts on each episode, and general commentary. I hope you enjoy and decide to watch the show if you don’t already.

The episode opens with some rando changing a lightbulb and trying to decide if he wants to drink some liquor. He’s distracted by pulsating lights outside and decides to go investigate. I guess the sky turning black was why he was turning on the light, not sure why the pulsating light changed his mind about drinking though.

We switch back to A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court Barbie’s execution. (To be honest, during this scene I wasn’t worried about them killing Barbie, I was just wondering who took the time, and had the materials, to build such an intricate gallows). The pulsating light and sound of the dome has given Junior Rennie second thoughts about pulling the lever and sending Barbie to his death.

Meanwhile, Julia returns to shore after dumping the tiny black egg in the lake. She immediately hears splashing and screaming and looks back to see someone drowning. Even though she’s standing right next to the boat she just used, she dives into the water to swim halfway across the lake to the drowning girl. I’m not sure why she didn’t use the boat, or why she didn’t stop to wonder why she didn’t see the girl when she was just out there. In the back of my head I was wondering if her gunshot wound was going to get infected by the pond water, it can’t be very sanitary with eggs and random girls floating around in it.

Back at the gallows, the supporting characters all pass out. Junior can’t pull the lever so Big Jim says he will. This causes Linda to finally step in and save Barbie.

Linda saves the drowning girl and is aided by the alcoholic Rando in reviving her, something Angie probably wishes didn’t happen – but more on that later. They get her breathing and go back to his cabin. The Rando seemed to recognize the Swimmer, but I could just be misreading that.

Big Jim, Linda, and Barbie all arrive at the dome to see why it’s pulsating sounds and lights. They find out that it has been magnetized and is drawing in surrounding objects. Barbie, still in handcuffs, is pulled toward the wall. Linda saves him but ends up being crushed by the SUV they arrived in, so she’s dead.

Rando introduces himself as Sam Verdreaux and helps Julia clean her wound while the Swimmer spies on them.The Swimmer eventually sneaks away. Julia decides she needs to leave the cabin to go save the town and Sam gives her an apparently non-magnetic knife for protection. Once she leaves Sam opens up his sister’s art book where he finds a drawing of the Swimmer.

Barbie decides to steal a car to get back to town and help people. I guess this one was conveniently non-magnetic. He’s stopped by the shotgun-wielding science teacher, Rebecca Pine. She hypothesizes that the dome is having contractions and the resulting electromagnetic waves could kill people.

At the McCallister residence, Norrie’s mom has passed out while all the metal objects in the area are pulled toward the dome. Joe ends up with some stigmata in one hand trying to protect everyone, and they’re all saved once Barbie shows up.

Big Jim ends up trapped in his zombie shelter where he hallucinates Dodee (or the dome sends her, not sure). He ends up using a grenade and a shrapnel-proof mattress to escape, but not before Dodee tells him he has to learn to sacrifice and put other people’s needs before his. He does use some good comebacks to ghost-Dodee though.

Science teacher Rebecca says that everyone needs to be moved to her school, which is at the center of the dome, in order to be furthest away from the dome’s magnetic field. They’re also going to build a giant electromagnet.

Science Teacher Rebecca and Barbie gather up a lot of copper wire and use a tower to build a giant magnet, but it doesn’t work and everyone passes out except Barbie. Junior and Angie are running through town and they also pass out.

 

Junior dreams about being in a town called Zenith. The badge that was pulled off of his shirt is back now too, and while there, he sees his dead mom. At this point I actually had to go look up if his mom was dead or if she just left. It had been a while since I watched Season 1 (I meant to do a re-watch but ran out of time) but I thought she had killed herself.

Barbie and Julia reunite while Big Jim hallucinates ghost Linda. Jim figures out from his conversation with ghost Linda that he needs to hang himself on the newly constructed gallows in order to save the town. He tries to, but in Rennie fashion, he can’t pull the lever.

He offers for Julia or Barbie to pull the lever and Julia accepts. She also chickens out which causes Jim to stomp through the trapdoor. Julia uses the non-magnetic knife that she got from Sam to cut the rope before Jim dies. She then declares that the dome didn’t want Jim to die, it wanted everyone to stop killing. Not sure where she got that from, though. It makes sense in the episode I guess, but not coming from her. I just don’t understand why the dome would want to tell everyone to stop killing by almost killing all of the town.

In any case, Julia is right and the dome becomes clear once again and everyone wakes up. Well, except for Linda, whose body is being held by the Swimmer.

Oh hey! It’s Stephen King drinking coffee in the diner!

Big Jim deputizes Phil and then gets confronted by Angie in the diner. Angie tells him that it’s a good thing she wasn’t up there on the gallows with him. Science Teacher Rebecca said earlier she thought the tower worked to clear the dome and Barbie and Julia both didn’t correct her. Did they fill in just Angie? I’m not sure how else she would know about it since she was passed out with the rest of the crowd.

Sam the Alcoholic shows up in the diner and we discover that he’s Junior’s uncle. In true uncle fashion, he comments on how Junior has gotten big. He’s searching for the Swimmer who escaped from his cabin.

We see Junior’s mom, Pauline, wake up and say, “James.” I’m presuming she was waking up from the same dream where Junior saw her walking in town. She grabs a painting of a door and starts painting red over the top of it. So I guess she’s alive. We also finally get a glimpse outside of the dome and hear a news report mentioning the dome which shows the outsiders know just as little as those trapped inside.

The episode ends with Angie following the Swimmer into a school. Angie is shocked by something she sees inside a locker the Swimmer had opened. Her shock is shortly lived because she’s soon hit with (and I’m guessing killed by) an ax. My guess? It was Science Teacher Rebecca. The whole “my school is the center of town” thing got to her head.

We’ll have to see what answers episode 2 will bring.

Justin occasionally watches TV shows without the company of his wife; this is one of those shows. Follow his #drunktweets on Twitter at @OfcCupcake.

Holy. ()*%#@!$. Cow.

It’s the Internet. And, as Joel McHale said in Alan Sepinwall’s HitFix post regarding the breaking news of Community’s return to the air (err, the web?), “We can swear now.”

The news broke late this afternoon of a deal between Sony Pictures and Yahoo! for an eleventh hour save of our (mostly) beloved comedy about a study group at a Colorado community college. At HitFix, Sepinwall explains today was the last possible point to revive the show as the show’s cast, consisting of McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, John Oliver and Jonathan Banks, were set to be released from their contracts at midnight. (Jacobs secured a recurring role on HBO’s Lena Dunham-vehicle Girls, while Pudi made a surprise cameo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier this past spring, Oliver launched Last Week Tonight on HBO, and McHale showed no signs of leaving his role at host of E!’s The Soup.)

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And now, as they *would* say on “iCarly”, it’s time for some RANDOM DANCING.

Community, which had an unstable home at major US broadcaster NBC from 2009 to 2014, was not renewed for the 2014/2015 TV season, much to the disappointment of many fans, who redoubled the efforts of their ongoing social media campaign, spearheaded by Catherine Boyd. Fans lobbied Netflix, which resurrected fan-favorite Arrested Development from its premature death at Fox, as well as Comedy Central and Hulu, both of which have syndication deals in place for the show’s previous seasons.

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Us, to NBC, when the premiere date was changed for season three – and four and five.

While the relationship between NBC and Community often appeared adversarial, the show undeniably never contributed to returning the network’s Thursday night lineup to it’s “Must See TV” glory days. (Then again, scheduling Community opposite CBS’s inexplicable ratings juggernaut, The Big Bang Theory, never helped. And, like NBC’s other current Thursday night staple, Parks and Recreation, Community may not have drawn massive ratings, but it consistently received high marks from the critics. [For the sake of argument, we're ignoring season four. Capice?]) The relationship did appear to deteriorate after NBC was acquired by cable TV provider Comcast, and the endtag of the fifth season finale undeniably flipped the bird at the network and its apparent inability to invest in popular primetime programming.

In which we are all Chandler, and Ross going after Rachel is our collective discovery of Yahoo Screen *for the very first time.*

Yahoo! plans to air Community‘s 13-episode sixth (and likely final) season on Yahoo Screen, an online video service that the Internet corporation plans to use as a platform for new programming. Arguably, using Community to draw the show’s existing fans to the service in the hopes they’ll stick around for other new shows is a savvy move on the part of Yahoo!, although details regarding specifics (premiere date, global availability, access fees, returning cast, etc.) are as yet unavailable.

Community is hardly the first canceled show to be brought back to life. It joins the ranks of Arrested Development, canceled (twice) after three seasons at Fox; The Family Guy, which also fell victim to Fox’s programming manipulations; Firefly, another victim of Fox that was later revived as a major motion picture; and, most recently, Veronica Mars, canceled after three seasons at UPN/The CW only to have a full-length theatrical release crowd funded through KickStarter and released simultaneously as a digital download, through various Video On Demand (VOD) services, and in a limited number of AMC theaters in the U.S.

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We – or at least I – relate to Jeff, but mostly because we’ve been burned by network TV before.

We here at WWFTP had mixed feelings regarding the show’s fifth season, but were still sad to think we wouldn’t see the cast on our TVs once a week. But as Community has, from the beginning, been immensely popular on the web, it will no doubt be interesting to see how the show transitions from a traditional platform to the brave new world of Internet TV.

More on the Sony Pictures/Yahoo! deal:

Community’ Resurrected by Yahoo Screen for Sixth Season (Zap2It)

Community Moving to Yahoo for Sixth Season (Vulture)

‘Community’ to Return for New Season on Yahoo (Variety)

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Check out our Community tag for our reviews and thoughts on the show’s fifth season, and follow us on Twitter @WWFTP for our thoughts on the new season (whenever it airs).

Two in the Knees, or Next Time, Take the Kill Shot

**This post contains spoilers for episode 4.03 of Suits, “Two in the Knees.”**

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Last night, my friend Beth asked if I wanted to livestream a particular Miranda episode called “Holiday,” because it’s something I quote every single Wednesday night during Suits, thanks to the Rush promos starring non-accented Tom Ellis as the main character. “No, I’m sorry,” I said to her, “I have a friend over at my house unexpectedly.” Also, I didn’t tell her this, but I still had to torture myself with a rewatch of Suits in order to write this review before bedtime.

That’s my way of saying that I hope Rush is better than Suits, otherwise it might be the end of the line for me and USA Network.

What I wouldn’t give to be watching Miranda right now anyway. (Have you seen it? If not, get thee a free trial of Hulu Plus and educate yourself.)

“Two in the Knees” started out with Rachel complaining about all the work she has to do for the job she begged for, because she’s splitting her time between work and school, in case you weren’t aware that Rachel is a Columbia Law Student and a Specter Paralegal Summer Child Associate. Guys, seriously. I cannot impress upon you how busy Rachel is all the time, and how graceless she is about the entire thing.

Mike, of course, can’t let Rachel be the only terrible one on the screen, so he asks if Rachel loved Logan Sanders, son of the Colonel, and heir to the Fried Chicken Empire of Toronto-Manhattan. If that question seems a little out of the blue and oddly timed, that’s because it is. Why didn’t he ask when Rachel first disclosed this affair? Why didn’t he ask when he found out he was going up against Logan? Eh, those questions are better suited to a show that plots itself better. For now, we know that Mike is asking this totally random and juvenile question because it’ll come up later.

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Mike redeems himself by having coffee with Donna, who is flawless as always — she even declares herself a fan of Harvey, as if we didn’t already know that. She confides that Harvey is trying to get ahold of his dad’s original recorded tapes, and it seems like a nice little moment until Mike uses those tapes against Harvey later. Womp womp.

Logan Sanders, serious about running this Fried Chicken Empire now, stops by to tell Rachel that he’s going to be tactical and calculated in his movements from now on. Rachel pretends to be totally on board with that, because she’s always pretending she’s an adult who doesn’t take these things personally, but again, we know she’ll change her mind later once she realizes what the stakes are. Logan, for all of his douchery, not only pinpoints Harvey’s weak spot (Mike) but he seems to sniff out the fact that Mike has something to hide. He tells Harvey to hire investigators to look into Mike, or that he will himself.

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He’s in a waistcoat again! They’re reading my reviews! (Or my mind.)

Harvey spends the episode doing everything he can to avoid that eventuality — disclosing Mike’s former drug trafficking to Gilles, sidestepping Logan, the whole shebang — but Mike comes in stomping his little feet like some kind of Zane tornado and calling Harvey a “piece of shit,” which is something Harvey’s getting a lot lately. Harvey insists he shot Mike in the knees to keep Logan from shooting him in the face, but Mike continues his self-victimizing rant about Harvey having it out for him just because he left, and Harvey never seems to find the right way to tell Mike that he’s doing it because he cares. At the end of the fight, Mike reveals that he’s bought Harvey’s father’s tapes in a tactical move of his own, because he’s just awful now, I guess.

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Mike: “You can’t stand that I got out of here and that I’m succeeding without you.”
Harvey: “Without me? I made you. Without me, you’re nothing.”
Mike: “Right there. That’s who you are. That’s why I left.”
Harvey: “Bullshit, don’t lay that on me. You left because you needed to feed that huge ego.”

Mike makes Pearson Specter sound like some kind of slum that people need to work to get out of, and tries to trumpet the idea that he somehow ~made it out alive~. Harvey, unfortunately, falls for it and trots out all of his usual arguments, but he’s also not wrong. Mike’s rewriting history now; he never left because of Harvey, he left because he didn’t want the threat of his lack-of-law-degree to hang over him for the rest of his career. Trying to couch it in this idea of Harvey being overbearing or a bully is just cheap and stupid, and it automatically puts the viewer on Harvey’s side for at least being honest.

That makes Harvey’s subsequent scene with Donna kind of hard to swallow, because she lays out some truths that don’t seem to mesh entirely with the scene we just saw. Mike’s the one acting out, he’s the one making it personal and coming back to Pearson Specter to rail at Harvey every time the man takes a shot, but Donna calls out Harvey for not giving the kid a good explanation for what he did. She convinces him to go to Rachel, because even Donna has an occasional bad idea.

Rachel’s more than happy to do Harvey’s dirty work, but she gets home to a morose Mike who read her depositions from Logan’s divorce trial and — get ready you guys, because this is a doozy — she lied. GASP. I know. And he’s upset. Because Logan dumped her, so that means Mike is just the guy she settled for! Mike, the same Mike who kissed Rachel while he was dating Jenny, that Mike. He’s just all over the place being terrible. She puts a bandaid on it, but I’m betting it’s temporary. Like all bandaids.

She goes to Logan to plead to his human side? I don’t know, but we get another terrible Rachel flashback where she accidentally encounters Logan with his wife, and his wife correctly pins Rachel as his mistress. In the ensuing argument, Logan tells his wife that he’d never cheat on her with “a paralegal” which is presumably where she started getting that victim complex about her job, which is also incredibly annoying.

She goes to Logan’s Chicken Fried Apartment in the present and tells him he owes her because she lied for him in his divorce proceedings. He goes to Mike to apologize and say he’s backing off, but he doesn’t miss the chance to take his shot: “I don’t want to hurt Rachel.” He says it with a smug expression, and Mike takes it as a challenge I’m sure. (No one on this show just does straight up business.)

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The face of a man who just took another calculated shot at Mike Ross.

Luckily, Mike does right by Harvey by sending him the tapes via courier Rachel Zane. So that’s over.

Meanwhile, in Louis Land, Jeff uses Louis to try to get some one-on-one time with Jessica, but it backfires twice somehow. First, Louis thinks Jeff is in love with him. Then Louis figures out that Jeff is in love with Jessica. The upshot is that even though Louis was being great to Jeff, and Jeff wasn’t intentionally trying to hurt him… Louis now feels betrayed and heartbroken by someone he thought had genuinely liked him as a friend.

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It was all almost worth it for this expression, though.

Jessica spends the entire episode sidestepping an increasingly predatory Jeff, which I was mildly annoyed by, because dude is getting really pushy. It ended well, because Jessica didn’t give in to his rather aggressive tactics, so I feel like this storyline kinda works only because Jessica is so strong and driven. (Rachel would’ve given in a long time ago.)

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The episode ends with Jeff telling Jessica that the big SEC case they’ve been hinting at is about to start. She tells him it’s about time he started earning his money, and honestly, I’ll love this guy hardcore if he’s actually a good lawyer and doesn’t make the same Specter-Ross mistakes we’ve been putting up with for the last three seasons.

Two weeks from now: Rachel thinks all Mike cares about is winning. Then my DVR cut off the rest of the preview, so that’s all I have to look forward to. *yawn*

Litt Up for Lunch and Dinner

**This post contains spoilers for episode 4.02 of Suits, “Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner”**

This week on Suits, things not directly related to Jessica, Louis, and Donna continued to suck.

Harvey wore a waistcoat, so at least there was that.

Harvey wore a waistcoat, so at least there was that.

The episode started out promising that Rachel (you remember Rachel, she’s Sort of An Associate who goes to Not Harvard and had an affair with a married man who is now Harvey’s client) would make all the wrong decisions, just as she usually does. Luckily for her, Donna waltzed into her office as if she sensed angst and bad decisions in the air, and she forced Rachel to come clean about Logan Sanders. Rachel was literally like, “What do I do?” and Donna was like “I see I have to hold your hand through this, so I will be very clear: Go tell Harvey. Now. Because he hates Not Being Told Things.” Rachel was like, “Okay, yes, I will go tell Harvey now, quickly, because time is of the essence. Any dilly-dallying would be catastrophic. I’m going right now to tell Harvey.”

Then, unfortunately, we were treated to the worst flashback in the history of TV show flashbacks. And I mean, I’m being serious here, I’m an Arrow fan through and through and some of those early season-one flashbacks were tedious — but this Rachel one takes the cake. Let me paint you a word picture: She sits at a bar, Logan comes up to her and wants more kisses, she pretends to resist and asks what happens if someone finds out about their boring torrid affair, and he says, “I don’t care.” And that’s what sways her. He doesn’t care, and that’s just so attractive to her.

The hilarious thing is, I thought this would be a flashback episode like “Rewind,” where we chronicle Rachel’s relationship with Logan, or at least how it fell apart, but no, this was the only flashback. And it was utterly devoid of chemistry or compelling body language or anything that would get a viewer interested in Rachel’s single biggest transgression. The whole thing smacked of being perfunctory.

Anyway, remember how Rachel was running to go tell Harvey about her super-lame affair with Logan? Well –

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This shot just makes me really really irrationally angry.

I mean, this situation definitely calls for a hardcore session of Staring At Yourself in the Bathroom Mirror. Even when she tries to do the right thing, Rachel still managed to make this about herself.

She runs into Logan in Harvey’s otherwise-empty office and he tries to persuade her not to disclose their affair, because he’s an ass and we’re supposed to believe Rachel once found him appealing, but it’s all for nothing: Harvey doesn’t care. Or, he pretends not to care. He actually does care, because now Logan knows that Rachel’s in a relationship with the guy on the other side of the table, and Harvey knows that Rachel is incapable of handling things that aren’t clearly spelled out for her in those kiddie blocks with the letters on them.

Let it be known that it only took Rachel exactly two episodes before she started whining about splitting her time between work and law school. She accuses Harvey of setting a meeting during her time at law school (Donna set that meeting) and he says it doesn’t matter when the meeting is, because she’s not going anyway. She stomps her foot and tantrums that Harvey thinks she can’t handle it. Why doesn’t she realize that every time she throws the “So-and-so thinks I can’t handle this!” scenario out there, it just makes people believe she can’t handle it?! She’s self-victimizing, again, and once again, none of this is actually about her. (Make no mistake — this whole Logan Sanders case is about Mike vs. Harvey, Rachel just doesn’t know that.)

When Mike refuses Logan’s deal, Rachel yells at him because she’s like 98% sure it was about her, Rachel Zane, Special Unicorn Summer Child Associate at Pearson Specter, and she screams at Mike as she sloshes around her glass of alcohol. Unfortunately, Mike’s taken on some of Rachel’s less charming attributes (like taking things personally and an increasing victim complex) so we can’t be totally sure that Mike didn’t throw the papers in Logan’s face just to spite him.

The last 20 minutes or so of the episode are mercifully Rachel-free until the very end, when she and Mike lamely apologize to each other, and true to this show’s M.O. of late, it ends with a fizzle instead of a bang.

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Take your $30 million and DONATE IT TO CHARITY!

Harvey and Mike spend the entire episode hatefully snarking at each other and treating Gilles Industries like a pawn. Mike screams at Harvey and Logan and tosses their $30 million deal into the air in a truly Zane-ian tantrum, then goes crawling back to Harvey the next day after his boss threatens to fire him for turning down such a lucrative deal. Harvey basically tough-loves him; sorry, kiddo, you’re in the big leagues now. Mike ends up going back to Gilles himself and delivering almost the exact dialogue Thor delivered to Odin in Thor: “You are an old man and a fool!” And because no one on this show has normal reactions to things that should insult them, Gilles just deflates and gives up on his dream. Mike thinks he’s won, but Harvey tells him he’s only make it to Round Two. What I wouldn’t give for a good KO right now.

But! Now that all of that distasteful Main Story stuff is out of the way, we can focus on the good parts of the show! Louis is working hard on his pitch of Pearson Specter Litt to Jessica when Katrina comes rushing in, telling Louis to get his hiney over to Jessica’s office. That’s where Louis finds out that Jeff Malone, formerly of the S.E.C, has been hired as a partner. All Louis hears from Jessica is “You’re a loser,” about fifty different ways. Literally, the show actually did close-ups of Gina Torres’ mouth as she slow-mo said things like “And you’re a looooser!” Louis wants to curl up and die, but when Katrina finds him writing in his diary forlornly, she gives him a pep talk that gets him up and fighting.

He and Jeff Malone run at each other the next day, and that entire sequence was so delightful because they’re good sparring partners and their expertise is similar. They both end up in the deposition, bellowing at each other as their guy starts to sweat, and then they team up to break the guy. It’s pretty great, even if Louis still doesn’t like Malone.

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So pretty.

It takes a visit from Donna to turn things around; she tells Louis an unexpectedly personal story from her college days, where she auditioned for Hamlet and lost the part to another woman. She said she spent the whole run wishing something would happen to the girl so that she could go onstage, and then she tears up as she tells Louis that the night before their last show, the woman’s father died. Louis is visibly affected, mostly because he can’t seem to fathom such ugliness is in his beautiful Donna, and the message gets across.

She wasn’t done, though. She went to Jessica to advise her to at least give Louis the corner office, so that he can feel like his work is being rewarded even if he’s not as close to becoming a named partner as he wants to be. Jessica categorically refuses until Donna deduces that Jessica was sleeping with Jeff. Still, at the end of the day, rewarding Louis is what’s best for the company (and honestly, it’s long overdue). Louis is so happy when Jessica tells him that he hugs her tightly and fights off tears.

You feel that, Jessica? That's a LITT UP hug!

You feel that, Jessica? That’s a LITT UP hug!

Donna’s office-warming gift to Louis? A framed picture of herself as Ophelia. He puts it on his desk with a big smile. Their friendship is so sweet.

Next week, more stuff and things probably happen, there’s probably two or three tantrums, and maybe Harvey will wear a waistcoat again!