For the past few weeks I have toyed with the idea that I may disengage from Suits for good. It was maybe slightly premature to think about disowning the series after seven seasons but the shaky start was concerning.
Ironically, something wonderful happened. Suits truly returned in “Full Disclosure”.
Okay, so I know that last week I declared that “Suits is back” but I also said it was almost there. Episode seven brought to the surface a plot worth discussing. Considering the episode is titled “Full Disclosure”, it bobbed and weaved to avoid any reveal for the entire forty minutes. It was intentional of course, because last week Harvey demanded that Alex speak the truth after he desperately blocked any attempt for Mike to pursue the prison case. Despite my hesitations with Mike recently, he really strives for respect from the audience because he single handedly lays down the iron with zero help. He will do what is morally right, even if it means going against Harvey. “Full Disclosure” is constructed in a way that you have no choice but to care about Mike, with Harvey clearly reminding us that the young lawyer went to prison for him. Make no mistake, these two are either going to end the season with the usual bromance or end up in flames next to a gas pipe. Selfishly, for plot reasons, I want them to be at loggerheads. Even if it was just for one season just to see how the dynamics between the rest of the characters would work.
As it turns out rather predictably and in the usual Suits way, Alex has unintentional ties with the crimes occuring in the prisons due to the illegal mishandlings of a previous firm he worked for. His head is on the line. Even more predictably, Harvey is one of the reasons Alex is in this mess because he did not fulfil a deal with another firm when they were both hot shot associates many years ago. I nodded my head with sarcasm when that was revealed but it was enjoyable to know that this directly hurts Mike. Harvey has to stop this which means stopping Mike. “Full Disclosure” did not just bring back drama with purpose. It opened up old wounds and that is what Suits does best.
Old wounds were occupied by flashbacks. Usually Suits provides snippets of the past but not in this episode. I was buoyed by the fact that Harvey was professionally immature at a certain point under Jessica’s firm, and that he was not always this straight talking lawyer that gets what he wants. It is clear that he had to endure quite a journey to get to where he is today. Donna was there of course, and it was hardly a surprise that she could not sustain a six month relationship because of her loyalty to Harvey. Maybe I am a fool for falling for all these flashbacks. After all, their entire purpose is to drive nostalgic feelings. It is almost like they are reverting to the start, where Suits was at the pinaccle with fantastic ratings and a dedicated American network. Regardless, reverting back to what works will not do it harm.
The most important aspect to take away from this episode is to try and fathom where all this will truly end. Alex has confessed everything. What will Mike do? He either uses that information against Alex which in turn affects Harvey and the firm, or he keeps his mouth shut and pretends none of this happened. Let’s be honest, he will not keep his mouth shut. That would be dreadful. Mike may lose it of course, and disassociate himself from Harvey as much as possible in order for him to become a good law abiding citizen lawyer who works for the good of the people. Maybe that is ultimately how this may end, with everyone getting what they want; Louis gets his respect, Mike becomes a morally correct lawyer and Harvey runs a firm successfully (and finally gets Donna).
There is a big twist coming and I do find myself trying to figure it out. Suits is back, for good this time. Let’s hope it does not revert back to the garbage we had to endure a few episodes ago.
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