'Suits' Recap: 'All In' (2.06)
Suits did a fantastic job of riling up its fans with last week's jaw-dropping episode. How does it follow that up? By continuing to push its characters and adding in a few outstanding guest stars as a bonus.
Harvey is understandably not coping with the loss of his best friend well, as he adjusts to having to answer his office phone himself and decides to drag Mike involuntarily to Atlantic City, where Mike was smoking weed and counting cards in his past life. (Atlantic City was also the site of major events in tonight's Burn Notice, in an interesting coincidence.) Harvey's there to meet an old friend, Keith Hoyt (Peter Outerbridge), who once had both a gambling problem and a drinking problem...so of course, when we first see him, he's playing high-stakes poker and losing his entire company on the river. Guess who has to save Peter from himself?
Harvey promptly takes the case by the throat as usual: he challenges the less-than-reputable guy Keith is indebted to, Tommy Walsh (Scott Grimes) to take him on in court and asks an old flame (Erinn Hayes) for security tapes that prove Keith was drunk and therefore incompetent when he signed away his company on a napkin. Unfortunately, the former ends up working against Harvey when it comes to the latter, as his opposing number argues that the fact that Harvey approached him lends a legitimacy to the contract terms, and the case goes to trial over Harvey's objection. Harvey tries to challenge Walsh's competency, so Walsh promptly turns around and points out that Harvey and Mike have already proven that Keith is even more incompetent.
Harvey and Mike's next move is for Harvey to take Keith's power of attorney, and Harvey is willing to destroy the company if it keeps it out of Tommy's hands. At an impasse, Harvey boldly suggests they play another game of poker to settle everything. He invokes one of the golden rules of playing great poker: "I don't play the odds, I play the man," he reminds Mike. But as this is not Casino Royale, Harvey picks apart Tommy across the poker table, puts him on tilt, and beats him in 20 minutes. This leads Jessica to suspect Harvey may be emotionally on tilt himself; if he isn't now, he's certainly on his way there, and that's another reason why he's such a compelling character. We admire his strength, his intensity, his authority, but Harvey is a great hero because he's also human, and therefore someone we can identify with instead of a perfect character who always has it together and always wins.