'Suits' Recap: Will Mike Become Louis's New Associate?
After shaking things up last week with a merger and a special prosecutor, Suits gives us an episode titled after a Cheap Trick song. And it's a really appropriate title, because relationships are under a microscope here.
The action opens with a very surprised Donna, who's just been told by Harvey that he's planning to upend Jessica. "I just have one question," she asks. "Do I get my own office?" She's not entirely sure he's ready to do this, but she's excited about getting to beat up on Cameron Dennis. Things aren't so fun for everyone else. Mike enters and makes his umpteenth apology, but gets kicked out a moment later, while Louis breaks the news to the associates that he's no longer their boss. Even if you're not a Louis fan, it's a really sad scene to watch, played beautifully by Rick Hoffman.
After his farewell speech, Louis finds Jessica in his office, encouraging him to make the most of a bad situation. When she gives him permission to pick anyone he wants to work with going forward, he naturally thinks of Mike and goes to Donna to "ask permission" from Harvey to select him. Donna would rather watch Louis squirm in front of Harvey. "I'm sure you two will be very happy together," Harvey quips, although Louis thinks it opens the door for him to permanently convert Mike to the dark side. He takes Mike out to a very expensive lunch and explains that they're now partners on an "unwinnable" case.
Meanwhile, Jessica pays a visit to Cameron, telling him not to take the past out on Harvey or his current client, which leads to an argument between them over way back when, when Harvey chose Pearson Hardman over staying at the District Attorney's Office. Cameron hands Jessica what he claims is a very incriminating DVD. She returns to the office and tells Harvey she wants to fight alongside him. While that's going on, Donna confronts Rachel with the knowledge that Rachel and Mike are a couple, and makes a size joke as only Donna can.
What's on the DVD? Footage that looks very much like Ava Hessington (guest star Michelle Fairley) and her protege Nick bribing an official. An unrepentant Ava explains the details to Harvey and Jessica, admitting that she knew it was a bribe. Harvey wants to split hairs, asking if she ever used that specific word, and she contends she didn't. Yet Jessica quickly deduces that Nick has likely already been turned by Cameron, and Harvey agrees that Nick is making a deal to sell her out. They didn't get to be the best lawyers in New York City without knowing how to play the game.
After a very late night at the office, Louis and Mike are in court arguing to save one of Louis's favorite restaurants from turning into a shopping center. They miss the mark as the judge orders the restaurant to be demolished the next week. Louis's response to this defeat is a spa day, which is decidedly uncomfortable for his young colleague. However, it does give Mike an opportunity to question Louis about his motives. "You've changed me," Louis insists, saying Mike has "made me want to be a better man." While Mike may not be convinced about that, he has a lightbulb moment about their case - although he promptly suffers a shock when he sees way more of Louis than he ever wanted to.
Ava is more than a little bitter about Nick's betrayal, but suggests another bribe - giving him a new title and a raise - to keep him from testifying against her. Harvey knows that's exactly what Cameron was hoping she'd do, and tells her to let him handle the situation. He visits Nick, who claims he "had no choice" but to turn on his boss, yet admits that he cares about Ava. That's something not unfamiliar to Harvey at the present moment. Playing on that, he tells Nick that if he goes through with testifying against Ava, he'll never forgive himself.