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‘Suits’ Review: ‘Bad Faith’ finds Pearson/Specter battling Darby for client control


Suits threw out a curveball last night in the final seconds of the episode to remind viewers that we have not seen the last of Ava Hessington (take a shot) just yet. But before the show released that little bomb, it gave viewers a somewhat confusing hour of tug of war between Pearson/Specter and the Darby side of the firm.

When a party intends to negotiate, but secretly has no intention of compromising, that party is considered to be negotiating in “Bad Faith” (and yes I googled that definition because I went to journalism school, not law school). That’s what Jessica and Harvey were doing as they worked to ‘divorce’ Darby and his firm. Again, I didn’t go to law school, but the gist of it was that the lawyer/part of the firm with the most revenue had more control of the deal.

Louis wanted to play too and felt he was the best person to negotiate since he didn’t have an emotional stake in things. Harvey didn’t want to share his toys, but Jessica reminded him that he’s a name partner now and can’t push Louis down on the playground. They gave Louis the job, but told him not to lock in any client lists as part of the deal. Louis and Katrina went to the table and Darby had sent Nigel to play ball for his team so suddenly Louis did have an emotional stake as Nigel taunted him over the cat (yes, the cat).

Photo Credit: Ian Watson/USA Network

Photo Credit: Ian Watson/USA Network

So Louis didn’t do what he was supposed to and Mike decided that he was going to run with the ball for Plan B. Before we get into the specifics of that, let’s rewind to a random fight Mike and Rachel had at the beginning of the episode. After Rachel made Mike late for work by suggesting some sexy time, she noticed he’d swiped some of her water and started to get nitpicky. Normally, I don’t side with Rachel, but I understand how Type A people don’t like other people touching their stuff or disrupting their order (probably while I’ll die alone, but whatever).

Mike pointed out that he felt like a guest in her apartment and she doesn’t like his apartment because of the whole Tess thing. So Mike suggests that they move in together at Grandma’s old place, which he still owns. Rachel seems pretty onboard, but tells him that she needs time to think, which is totally understandable because it’s a huge step.

Here’s where trouble comes in: Mike wants to get money from a client that is represented by Robert Zane. Even though he tells Harvey that he’s not going to use Rachel to do it, that’s exactly what he does when his potential future father-in-law shoots him down because he doesn’t want to lift any fingers to help the firm that rejected his merger offer. Mike points out that Rachel won’t be happy and that gets Robert to reconsider. Not only that, but he likes the way Mike manipulated him.

Rachel, however, does not. After she finishes telling her mom about Mike’s offer, Robert shares what happened with Mike. Rachel does not like that Mike did that and the two argue some more and Rachel seems less inclined to move in with him. Again, I found myself agreeing with her. No woman ever wants to be used as a pawn, especially by two men who claim to love her. But then Rachel had a surprise of her own: she told Mike she’d gotten into Stamford (I still don’t think she’ll go, but timing is everything).

Photo Credit: Ian Watson/USA Network

Photo Credit: Ian Watson/USA Network

Scottie was back this week and asked Harvey to trust her and not include the new money that Mike had just gotten. She managed to sell him into believing her, but then Donna came to break the news that Hessington Oil had fired them. She tried to keep Harvey calm, but he instantly blamed Scottie and threw Stephen in Donna’s face (not okay, Harvey). He apologized, but refused to even consider that Donna was right and he should try talking to Scottie before reacting (Queen Donna is almost always right, Harvey. Also, this episode was lacking Donna goodness).

Despite his messy cat failings, Louis had a plan C (maybe this is D? There were a lot of plans in this episode). He went after the personal business of Tony Gianopulos because he was worth more than Hessington Oil, but Tony wasn’t interested in Louis’s plan since he wasn’t high enough up in the firm. So Louis brought the plan to Harvey and in one of the BEST moments ever, Harvey praised Louis FOR REAL and not only that, he let him tag along to the meeting (Did you guys see how happy Louis was? He’s a badass).

Harvey was not as kind to Scottie when she came to find out why Harvey had screwed her over. He pointed out that she betrayed him, but Scottie insisted that she didn’t know Hessington Oil was going to fire them. Harvey didn’t believe her, but then Jessica interrupted with the big news: Ava Hessington (take a shot) was suing them for malpractice, hence why they were fired.

Okay, I sided with Rachel twice in this episode and now I’m going to go even further on a limb and say that Ava Hessington (take a shot) is totally right to be suing them. Sure, she’s not in jail for murder, but she lost her company and her reputation is shot because of what Stephen Huntley did and how Darby tried to cover it up. That doesn’t mean I want to see her win or ever hear her name again (our livers can’t handle it), but as far as justified lawsuits go? This one makes a ton of sense.

Next week’s summer finale looks all kinds of stressful. Tanner is back. Ava Hessington (take a shot) is back. Stephen Huntley is back and Donna is visiting him in jail for help. Mike and Rachel’s secret comes to light and of course the firm is fighting to remain in existence. Just typing all of that was exhausting – leave your predictions in the comments below!

Mandy Treccia
Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that.

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