SUITS -- "Toe to Toe" Episode 505 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter, Patrick J. Adams as Michael Ross -- (Photo by: Shane Mahood/USA Network)

SUITS — “Toe to Toe” Episode 505 — Pictured: (l-r) Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter, Patrick J. Adams as Michael Ross — (Photo by: Shane Mahood/USA Network)

There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

I was excited by two things in this episode that I think mark change and/or change to come for the characters who are the most incapable of change: Harvey and Louis. The show has been a little too angsty lately, I miss having more light hearted material, and I keep suspecting Harvey and his therapist will hook up. I really hope not. I like her character and it’s been done to death, the inappropriate relationship with patient and doctor. So previously on Suits, Harvey was having panic attacks so he’s been seeing a shrink to talk about his issues with Donna leaving. Also Harvey has a lot of issues regarding his mother’s infidelity and his parents’ broken marriage. Louis left Harvey’s salary in the copy machine so people knew how much he made, and it’s caused trouble for everyone, but he promised to make it right. Rachel and Mike are now engaged. Donna’s working for Louis. And jerkface Travis Tanner shows up again, one of Harvey’s old rival who always hits below the belt.

Harvey and Mike are glad to be on a case together again, since Mike was working with Zane the past few episodes. Harvey’s going after Travis Tanner’s new client, feeling that focusing on someone he hates will distract him from his panic attacks and issues. He right away displays that he’s taking it too far, going personal against Tanner and the client. Tanner keeps saying he’s changed, but he shows his true colors pretty quickly when he compares Donna leaving to Harvey’s mother sleeping around. Well that was disgusting and completely not okay. I’d punch him a few more times for that. We know Harvey’s always had issues with infidelity, to the point that Mike didn’t want to tell him when he had an affair with his ex a few seasons ago. It’s unfair for Donna leaving to be compared to that, but it does probably get to the core of Harvey’s abandonment issues. Travis does prove that he’s willing to change by removing himself off the case, and Harvey is disappointed but accepts it and backs off. His therapist pushes him, and he plays poker with her. When he wins, he asks the worst thing she’s done, and she let a patient out of rehab to go to his mother’s funeral. He OD’ed that night. Harsh. I really like her character, she’s frank and sincere. She pushes Harvey that she thinks this is about his mother. I’ve always wanted to see Harvey more directly deal with his mother issues. It’s probably kept him all this time from really forming relationships with women, to the point where Donna only got through because they purposely forced it not to be romantic all these years.

SUITS -- "Toe to Toe" Episode 505 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rick Hoffman as Louis Litt, Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson -- (Photo by: Shane Mahood/USA Network)

SUITS — “Toe to Toe” Episode 505 — Pictured: (l-r) Rick Hoffman as Louis Litt, Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson — (Photo by: Shane Mahood/USA Network)

Meanwhile Louis is trying desperately to get Jack and the senior partners to back off. He tries to manipulate Jack by pretending to give him a big client. It’s sad that he really thinks he can pull that off. Obviously it doesn’t work and he only gets them in more trouble. However with his back to the wall, Louis surprises us/himself by taking advice and telling Jessica the truth. He confesses about intentionally putting Harvey’s money out there, and she can hold both him and Jack accountable for it. Instead she just uses this as leverage to control Jack, who agrees to back down so he won’t be fired. This is hardly him backing down for good, but for now she’s check mate’d him. As usual Jessica knew what to do. She always has a plan. I love her, give her more things, give her all the things. Louis is excited when Donna and Rachel agree to go mudding with him as a reward for being honest.

So Louis changed by telling the truth, and Harvey could change if he’s willing to open up to talk about his mother. They might seem like little things, but for these characters it’s actually big. I’m not sure where the story is going at this point, it’s only five eps in. They usually take a mid-season break at episode 10 with a big shocker moment, and then we have to wait until February. I doubt Jack’s leaving for good. I do wonder if we’re leading to a Donna relationship with Harvey. I’m not sure how I feel about it at the moment, although I do feel like it’s something that maybe they need to explore to find out if it’s just a ‘maybe’ or a real thing. They’ve been stuck too long in a ‘maybe.’ I’d be fine with seeing it happen, mostly because it’s been five seasons of build up and they might be able to pull it off. Or it might burst into flame and they’ll have to find realistic ways to recover from it. I’d like to see that. I’d like to see more humor on this show again, though. It needs to have a better balance. And more scenes with Rachel, Jessica, and Donna that aren’t surrounding cleaning up after the men would be awesome. Can they all be best friends? Can we see Rachel and Donna mudding together? That would be great. Just please don’t have Harvey hook up with therapist. Pleeeease.

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