It remains interesting that on a network as stuffed full of big characters as USA is, that one of their strongest shows can still be steeped in so much subtlety. “Suits” is a series that moves with quiet tremors, and even when major shake-ups are happening they occur with such calculation that you would anticipate them being just another day at the office.
What made Thursday night’s episode particularly engaging was the sharpness of the primary story — how a man in Mike can feel so terrible about lying, even though he knows that he has his position at the firm thanks to doing this very thing. In his mind, he was ready to be with Rachel after flip-flopping enough with his personal life to be considered a politician. With a genuine woman he cared about in his life, he saw it as a chance make a change for himself and tell the truth — specifically when it comes to the less-than-admirable circumstances in which he found himself employed by Harvey. Unfortunately, his initial train of thought did not realize that it was Harvey who actually put his own job on the line to save his.
It was later Harvey’s own warning that kept Mike from spilling the beans to Rachel, mostly because he continues to understand the way the game is played. If Rachel knows Mike’s secret, it is one more person out there that can potentially destroy both he and his protegee at a time when there is not much in the way of wiggle room at the firm. Rachel would be angry after hearing the secret, and it was not worth the risk. The debate behind Mike’s action was powerful, but made even more so by the way Patrick J. Adams plays this character. On one level, Mike’s a pretty despicable guy who breaks hearts, acts in unethical manners, and has no problem continuing a lie if it suits him (pun intended). Yet, somehow, you still want to hope that underneath that stylish suit coat there is a man who genuinely cares, and wants the same thing that every other man does. The problem is that he has just dug himself too deep a whole for normalcy to be possible — at least so long as he is in his present state of employment and the business is in a state of upheaval.
Do you enjoy how “Suits” handled the pairing (and consequent split) of Mike and Rachel, or do you wish they had left this story to dangle for a while longer?