Thursday, March 6, 2014

REVIEW: 'Suits' - Scottie Joins the Firm & Louis Talks to Donna About Mike's Past in 'Buried Secrets'

USA's Suits - Episode 3.11 Buried Secrets

Complications arise between Harvey, Jessica and Scottie; Mike faces his demons during a case against an old enemy; and Louis' suspicions may expose Mike.

The first part of Suits' third season was about power. Harvey was out to get his name on the door and to push Jessica out as managing partner because of her decision to go through with that merger. Well, that merger turned out to be a huge disaster for everyone involved. Pearson/Spector has gone through a lot of changes in the last few years. So understandably, the show returns with all these characters who were once on a search for power now on a journey of maintaining their relationships.

Mike and Rachel are moving in together; Harvey wants to make an honest go at an actual relationship with Scottie; and Jessica needs more proof than before that Scottie is committed to the firm and not here because of Harvey. And while all of that is going on, there's Louis off unearthing the truth about the core premise of the show - that Mike is not a real lawyer. The Harvey-Mike dynamic is the backbone of the series and the thing you should count on being the same for the series' entire length. Even though the two don't share a lot of scenes in this return, it's also a great source of interest and fun for the series. Louis snooping around poses the greatest threat yet to this arrangement that Harvey, Mike, Donna, Rachel and Jessica have all agreed to. He gets worked up by the thought that he went to some lesser law school. Just imagine how far he would lose it if he learned the truth?

"Buried Secrets" was a nice episode of Suits. I'm glad to have this show's rhythms and stories back on my screen. But the hour also felt like the show setting up the new status quo for the last six episodes of the season. I wasn't that interested in the case-of-the-week that pitted Mike against the lawyer who made his grandmother settle in his parents' crash case. But I'm just so glad to have Suits back that I'm willing to give a little to experience greater things later on.

Some more thoughts:
  • "Buried Secrets" was written by Erica Lipez and directed by Cherie Nowlan.
  • I lost track but they got to say 'Shit' about 6 or 7 times in "Buried Secrets."
  • Michael Phelps cameo. That felt like it could have had a bigger explanation attached to it.
  • So happy that Mike and Rachel are finally moving into that apartment he got for his grandmother. I hated seeing that space go to waste.
  • If Louis was smart, he would see that Donna is helping to protect Mike's secret.
  • From now on, we should all celebrate the little stuff.