Did anyone else feel like they were watching a ping pong match during last night’s episode of Suits? “Gone” featured so much back and forth between the lawyers of Pearson Specter and the SEC that there were times it was almost difficult to keep up with the action. Each time it seemed like one side had the upper hand, the other side came at them that much harder.
Let’s break it down: Louis confessed to Jessica, Harvey already guessed what happened and remained unimpressed. Jessica told Louis that everything would be okay to stop him from confessing to the SEC and then told Harvey she would fire him the second it was over. Katrina clue Louis in to the truth with an excellent Mafia movie reference. Donna attempted to go to bat for Louis and ended up with a reminder that Jessica had fired her and would do it again (we don’t like to remember that dark time in the show’s history).
Mike came up with a battle plan that involved deposing the SEC guys before they had a chance to find the evidence. Woodall basically admitted that he wanted to get Harvey any way that he could, but it was off the record. Jessica and Harvey tried to take it to court and Cahill ended up getting Jessica to admit that she’d been dating Malone while he’d been at the SEC, which made everyone look bad. Harvey went to Forstman to try and cut a new deal, but he wouldn’t budge because he’s the worst (is your head spinning yet?).
After the court appearance went south, Cahill showed up to depose Mike and Harvey. They were adamant about having nothing to hide (how cute was the ‘brothers fight’ line?), but their certainty made Cahill realize that someone else had done something wrong and he would prove it. Louis told Katrina that he didn’t have any other option and then he went down to the SEC to confess his crimes (exactly what Jessica told him not to do). Needless to say, it proved to be a mistake when Woodall wasn’t interested in his confession and planned to still go after Harvey.
Mike and Harvey spent the night in the office trying to come up with a solution and Louis popped in the next morning (he’d also spent the night) with an idea. He believed that Woodall was indebted to Forstman too (seriously, who is this guy and why does he have so much power?) and since they couldn’t snoop in Woodall’s background, Louis wanted to get Cahill to do it. Harvey approved of the plan and told Louis to get his coat and then Harvey, Mike and Louis went to talk to Cahill (who hilariously referred to them as the witches of Eastwick). Of course he didn’t believe them right away, but then Woodall came in and acted super shady so the lawyers were free to go and Cahill was left to deal with his criminal boss.
But did anyone think it would be that easy? Harvey thanked Louis for his help and genuinely meant it – unfortunately, Jessica still had every intention of firing him. Harvey said he’d take care of it and went to talk to Jessica, but she refused to budge and listed all of the things Louis has done wrong over the past few years. Harvey asked if he could be the one to do it because he wanted to say goodbye (sobbing) and as he walked toward Louis’ office, Donna joined him and planned to go with him (ugly sobbing).
When they got there, they found a letter of resignation from Louis. He talked in great length about how much the firm meant to him, how it was the only job he ever had, the only one he’d ever wanted and now he had to leave it so Harvey and Jessica wouldn’t be forced to fire him. He asked them to take care of his home (ugly sobbing in the corner – don’t even look at me).
The letter, the look on Louis’ face as he got into the elevator, Harvey, Donna and Jessica’s reactions – everything about this scene was completely heartbreaking and yet it was perfect and poignant and so very Louis-like to put everyone else first. Can we please get a standing ovation for Rick Hoffman? He deserves all the praise in the world for this entire storyline.
Where do we go from here? I can’t imagine this will last any longer than Donna’s firing or Mike’s decision to be an investment banker, but it still hurts so much and I hate that Louis just wanted to be the hero and ended up sacrificing himself for the cause. He deserves better than this. He deserves Jessica’s respect and another chance because yes, he made mistakes, but so has everyone else and he shouldn’t be the only one forced to pay for them.
Meanwhile, Jessica and Malone had relationship drama. She didn’t tell him the whole truth, he was hurt, she admitted she wanted to protect him and then things were better. I like these two together, but their problems did not feel very important while Louis was in trouble.
Mike and Rachel had some issues too, which was expected, and Patrick J. Adams once again blew me away during their confrontation scene when Mike told Rachel that he still had doubts. I can’t blame him because she cheated and that’s haunting him, but Mike continues to try and I think that’s a good thing because they do love each other. Working past the issue is not going to happen overnight and I think Rachel has finally started to accept that overcompensating with Mike’s favorite dinner is not going to be enough to sweep everything under the rug.
Next week is the midseason finale and if the promo is anything to go by, Mike is going to do something drastic. Is he trying to get Louis back? Is he trying to take down Forstman on his own? Is there something else we don’t know about yet? Check out the preview below and then hit the comments and share your thoughts with us. Did you enjoy this episode? Do you think Louis’ firing was unfair? Or do you think Jessica is right and this was one mistake too many? What’s Mike going to do next?