**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.
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 —
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.
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.
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.
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!