Going into Suits season 7 episode 4, there were absolutely high hopes given all that just unfolded. Mike had to give up a pro bono client because of conflicts, and Harvey found a way to continue his relationship with Paula Agard despite her reservations.
Well, what was interesting about the start of this episode was that it featured instead the return of Wendell Pierce as Robert Zane, who served two different purposes: Giving Rachel marital advice, and threatening to take a dump in Harvey Specter’s toilet. This was random, but the advice was good and Rachel started to push her fiance to get more involved in the wedding planning.
Eventually, Rachel did attend an appointment about a wedding venue, but only half of it. She then canceled it when she realized that she couldn’t figure out a way to concentrate on the case. She realized that she cares a great deal about her work, but also her relationship. These two have to find a way to make this delicate balance work.
Also, it looks like a wedding date announcement could be coming! Stay tuned…
PSL vs. Bratton Gould
In moving into the cases that were prominent in the episode, one of the biggest ones revolved around Bratton Gould, the former firm of Alex Williams, taking action against Pearson Specter Litt. Clearly, they wanted revenge and were willing to do anything and everything to ensure that said revenge transpires. Mike and Harvey worked hard to spare PSL from hardship, and Alex did his own part coming at his former firm. Despite Louis just yelling at him minutes before, the two forged a new agreement and see in good standing once more.
Well, here is the big problem: Stephanie. The former associate, fired by Donna on this past episode, ended up joining the rival firm and all of a sudden, they started to have a lot of valuable information that felt like it could have been obtained via some sort of illegal means. Was she the leak? As it turns out, not so much.
Everything that unfolded from here was juicy and complicated just in the way that you would expect with this show. Bratton Gould had dirt on Pearson Specter Litt, and they weren’t willing to let go of them. Meanwhile, Alex had his own secrets that started to emerge, ones that would’ve made it hard for the firm to hire him if they knew.
Basically, much of the main story of the episode revolved around Alex and his former firm realizing that the dirt they had on each other canceled each other out … at least for long enough that he needed to sign an agreement that was effectively a cease-fire. Fingers crossed that Alex is not some sort of double agent playing all sides.
Who was the mole?
Jessica! Apparently, this whole thing was a test to unite the entire firm against a common enemy. Jessica proves, once more, that she is the mastermind behind everything.
Mike’s bro bono escalates
Mike has been keeping tabs on the case that he handed over to Oliver, and in the process of that realized, that the jail has been abusing many more prisoners behind the scenes. The problem is that working on this case requires more manpower, and Mike can’t help.
In the end, Mike did decide to help, which is great for Oliver but terrible in the event Harvey finds out.
A very good episode, though we’ll be the first to admit that firm-sniping isn’t always our favorite part of the show, especially when it all just turns out to be Jessica’s form of Jedi training.
Still, kudos to the writers of the show for coming up with a few fun ways to bring Wendell Pierce back, and for giving him a nice scene with Meghan Markle at the end that showed us, however, briefly, the love between father and daughter. Episode Grade: B.
Here’s what lies ahead
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