‘Suits’ 9×02 Review: Team Darvey and The Rest

You can say that Suits has changed after, you know, all the banging Harvey and Donna have now done, which hey, they were making up for lost time. But the fact of the matter is, the show hasn’t really changed, the dynamics haven’t really change – it’s just Harvey and Donna’s happiness levels that have.

Well, an ours. We’re damn happy about this whole thing.

However, the change – or lack thereof – is something easier to appreciate from the outside. Because we know that it’s not that Harvey and Donna became a team now, no. Harvey and Donna were always a team, they were always the most important person in each other’s lives.

It’s just that now, everyone else knows it.

To be fair, I think people should have and likely did know before, but now they can say things and assume things based on a reality, instead of an interpretation. So basically, nothing has changed, except people’s perception of Donna and Harvey’s relationship.

You’d think that’d be an easier thing to handle.

But, of course, it isn’t, especially not in the environment these two have to live and operate on. And that’s something that, even in a short season, can take a toll inwardly. It’s just that I don’t think that, at this stage of the game, the answer for either Harvey and Donna will be to give up on what they have together.

So, how does the future look for the firm with many, many names? Let’s discuss as we talk about “Special Master”:


SUITS — “Special Master” Episode 902 — Pictured: (l-r) Rick Hoffman as Louis Litt, Dule Hill as Alex — (Photo by: Shane Mahood/USA Network)

The thing about Louis Litt is that he’s always been, at least in his head, the good guy. He’s always been the one that played by the rules, the one who couldn’t be corrupted.

But has he? Because, if you consider what he’s done out of loyalty – which, if we’re being fair, is the same reason for everyone who has done dumb shit in this show – it turns out Louis isn’t as innocent as he might think he is.

Now, does that mean he deserves this reckoning coming his way in “Special Master”? Maybe not. But TV shows are rarely about what characters deserve, anyway, and pushing Louis up to this point, as unfair as it might seem, just makes for good TV. And hey, I’ll take that before I take some dumb obstacle in Harvey and Donna’s path.

I said what I said.

As for how this will end …well, we’re used to people getting away with shit on this show. Very, very used to. But then again, this is the final season. Is this finally the time they don’t?


SUITS — “Everything’s Changed” Episode 901 — Pictured: (l-r) Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter, Katherine Heigl as Samantha Wheeler — (Photo by: Shane Mahood/USA Network)

My feelings for Samantha are …complicated, to say the least. I don’t hate her, and she’s had a plethora of good moments during her time on the show that have had me rooting for her. But I don’t love her either, and I’ve always had a hard time figuring out why.

“Special Master” kinda helped me understand.

Because my problem with her isn’t that she isn’t soft – women can be whatever they want – my problem with her is that she’s basically the stereotype of the tough women of corporate law, and she has been allowed less chances to break out of that than most of the other characters.

Of course, as I type these words, Samantha was given an episode where she absolutely did that, and hey, maybe it isn’t too much to hope for that the writing will get better for absolutely everyone.


SUITS — “Harvey” Episode 816 — Pictured: (l-r) Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter, Sarah Rafferty as Donna Paulsen — (Photo by: USA Network)

The dynamics between Harvey and Donna are, as always, top notch. In this episode they also don’t have to deal with explaining away the writing issues of the past few seasons every 0.2 seconds, just so they can justify the fact that they took so long to get together, so it all flows much better.

Having said that, have things changed? Of course they have. But have they changed as much as other people might think they have? I’m not sure. As I said in last week’s review, is not like Harvey or Donna weren’t perfectly capable of lying for each other before they banged all those times. That isn’t new.

But of course, the exploration of those feelings, the bringing them to light, means a new level of vulnerability for both of them, and they’re gonna have to learn how to navigate that. So will the rest of the people in the law firm whose name changes so much I can no longer keep track.

But hey, that’s what we wanted, isn’t it? To navigate this part of the journey alongside Darvey. And guess what? It’s not boring (*cough* Rob Thomas, Chris Carter, et all *cough*). We want to see couples navigating external trouble together. The Moonlighting Curse ISN’T A THING.

Things I think I think:

  • Can you people keep track of how many years it’s been or is that just too much to ask?
  • No one was really expecting to like Faye Richardson, of course, but it’s hard to explain how much I dislike her.
  • Also, when you think about her as the “Special Master,” the title ends up kinda creepy.
  • Especially considering she’s mostly, you know, RIGHT.
  • Maybe that’s why I dislike her. I love this group of morally grey characters too much for common sense to intrude.
  • Donna wins the wardrobe war this episode.
  • Harvey’s face when he says “But I’m the one acting consistently.” Is POETRY.
  • What’s there not to love about this dynamic?
  • I love how no matter how awful a thing happens these people just go about their business like they’re still their fabulous selves.
  • May I ever be this confident about anything.
  • It really, really isn’t.
  • Katrina’s tough love shouldn’t be dismissed as not love. Sometimes the only thing you can do for your friends is tell them when they are crossing a line.
  • Ah, the end of another managing partner. We do through them kinda fast in this show, right?

Agree? Disagree? What did you think of “Special Master”? Share with us in the comments below!

Suits airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on USA Network.

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