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*

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3 thoughts on “Two in the Knees, or Next Time, Take the Kill Shot

  1. Sorry to say this but your review is not really great tho.

  2. 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.

    Yeah because somebody who tells another person that they’re absolutely NOTHING without them and that they “made them” isn’t a bully at all. Harvey has been a dick to Mike since the end of season 3 and season 4 it’s just gotten worse.

    • Harvey’s not wrong when he says that Mike would be nothing without him. Mike was rewriting history, he was purposefully baiting Harvey for this reaction, and he knew Harvey would take that shot. I don’t condone the idea of fandom always giving Mike a pass just because he’s less direct (ie more passive aggressive) than Harvey. Yeah, Harvey was being overbearing, but he was also trying to protect his former protégée and Mike refused to see that. So yeah, I’ll take honest but brutal over whiny and revisionist any day.

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