Suits Recap: Is Faye Lining Up [SPOILER] For Managing Partner?

By Daniel Hart
Published: August 8, 2019 (Last updated: November 24, 2023)
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Suits Season 9, Episode 4 - Cairo


Suits Season 9, Episode 4, “Cairo” provides a watery back story, but the lawyers coming together in unity is dramatically satisfying.

This recap of Suits Season 9, Episode 4, “Cairo” contains significant spoilers. You can read the recap of the previous episode by clicking these words.

Is there a better love story than Donna and Harvey?

Of course, I’m kidding, but the two must be considered amongst the best in TV, especially over the overrated Ross and Rachel. By the way, I rewatched Friends last year, and they were a terrible match if you think about it.

Anyway, Episode 4, “Cairo”; Alex (Dulé Hill) is in the hot seat, showing us flashbacks from 8 years ago when he was dealing with the prison client, revealing how he was tricked into being part of a murder cover-up. His boss Tommy gave him the client and then provided him with bonuses to ensure it looked like Alex was in on it. At the time, a colleague of his, Craig, was due the “big” client, and now eight years later, the douchebag wants revenge and is trying to unveil Alex and land him in prison if he does not give in to his client’s demands.

The series has a way of bringing back older stories to haunt characters. It’s the core trick that’s managed to ensure Suits lasts nine seasons, but I could not help think that this one felt slightly watery. As usual, Alex turns to Samantha for help and has to deal with the ramifications with his wife.

As for Faye who continues to tighten her grip in “Cairo”; she decides to take action against Harvey and Donna’s relationship. Donna sees this as an unnecessary attack. Faye’s demands that either she or Harvey give up their future votes on the board.

Meanwhile, Harvey is pressured into making his mother know about his new relationship, and at the same time impress Donna’s father. Usually, Harvey struggles with these type of commitments, but he takes them on with pride. Unfortunately, his gesture towards Donna’s father feels false, and it backfires. Donna also doesn’t tell Harvey about Faye’s demands, and with family pressure, everything comes to the boil.

Suits are testing the couple, and it is working. It would be somewhat dull if everything was plain-sailing.

Eventually, Episode 4 sees the lawyers getting extremely frustrated with Faye, and they plan a moment of unity. They confront Faye at the same time — expressing that there is a new code of conduct, and Donna keeps her vote. They lay the law, and demand some respect, or her reputation will also be harmed.

As Suits Season 9, Episode 4, “Cairo” closes, Samantha wagers a deal with Craig, which in turn helps Alex; Louis gets his secretary Gretchen back, and Harvey and Donna enjoy an evening together calling Harvey’s mother. Harvey managed to make Donna’s father love him.

But the question I have as this chapter closes is that Faye seems to have taken a liking to Katrina, requesting that she writes the new code of conduct — is Faye lining Katrina up for Managing Partner?

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  • Samantha brings up her desire to have what Alex has — a family.
  • Louis is back to his old self in Episode 4 — jumping around irrationally and shouting at people.

You can read the recap of the next episode by clicking these words.

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