‘Suits’ 9×03 Review: The Faye of All Problems

Look, I haven’t wanted to go deep with the Faye of it all, because honestly, is Faye the most important thing in this show right now? Not by a longshot. She might be the most disruptive force, and she’s certainly causing a fair bit of drama, but we have CANON DARVEY, so how can we pay attention to her over that?

We just can’t.

That being said, we need to discuss the woman for a little bit, because after “Windmills,” she’s earned it. I mentioned  in my review last week that the thing with Faye was that she was mostly right, the people at law firm whose name we can’t keep track of do indeed cross the line, a lot. They’re all like outlaws in the Wild Wild West, and in real life, none of their bullshit would fly.

But, those are still the people we care about, so of course we’re rooting for them to defeat the evil that is oversight. That was morally dubious at best while Faye was on the up and up, but now …well, not I don’t even feel bad about rooting for them, because there’s much that can be said about Faye, but that she’s on the up and up is no longer one of them.

No, instead, she’s fighting fire with fire – or trying to punish people for crossing the line by doing that herself.

And in this place, we only accept the people we already care for crossing the line. Impostors to the left. We got no time for Faye Richardson.

So let us talk Darvey, Darvey, Darvey, and okay, maybe Louis and Katrina (were Sam and Alex even around this episode?), as we discuss “Windmills”:


SUITS — “Windmills” Episode 903 — Pictured: (l-r) Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter, Sarah Rafferty as Donna Paulsen — (Photo by: Ian Watson/USA Network)

I have had my issues with the writing in Suits. Numerous issues. Spanning many, many seasons. But I’ll give them credit where credit is due: when they decide to do something, man, do they go all in.

Case in point: Harvey and Donna.

And look, I know this isn’t exactly a high risk situation, the fandom wanted it, this is the final season, and there aren’t that many episodes to fill with them as a couple. And yet, the way the show is doing it, it seems like they would have benefited from doing this 3 seasons ago, like we all said.

They aren’t writing them as happily ever after and that’s it, done. No, instead, like “Windmills” shows, they’re writing them as two adults in a mature relationship: growing together.

To say I’m amazed would be an understatement. To say I’m pleased would also be one. This is what we want from TV, and if you’d asked me if Suits was capable of giving me this a couple of years ago, I would have said no.

Rarely have I been more willing to eat my own words. Give me more of this, Suits. Give me two people communicating, and finding time to be together, despite the craziness. Give me partners who support each other, but who are also each other’s ports in a storm. And since you could argue they were already that to each other, give me all of that without letting the character have sex, dammit.

Sex is good. I promise. Harvey and Donna agree.


SUITS — “Windmills” Episode 903 — Pictured: (l-r) Rick Hoffman as Louis Litt, Rachael Harris as Sheila Sazs — (Photo by: Ian Watson/USA Network)

We like Louis for the same reason we didn’t like him back in season 1, because he’s a needy drama queen. That’s what he is, plain and simple. But he comes at it from a good place, this episode reaffirms. He loves Harvey and Donna and this law firm with revolving names, and they are – Sheila notwithstanding – his family. And you stick with your family, through thick and thin.

That, of course, doesn’t mean doubts aren’t allowed. We’re all human, and watching Suits it sometimes feels like Louis is the most human of them all, the most like us, the one we can relate to, even when we want to strangle him.

Especially when we want to strangle him.

In the end, though, Louis was never going to leave his people. He couldn’t. And though Sheila might have tried to get him to see both sides of the issue (I don’t like her, don’t tell me I should because you just won’t convince me), the thing with Louis is that he never really does what other people want him to do.

Louis does Louis, always. That’s what we love and hate about him.

Things I think I think:

  • Look, I’m gonna need someone to keep track of shit, and that someone shouldn’t be me. Don’t be all like this is the first time you didn’t come over, Harvey, when TWO EPISODES AGO the show established you and Donna didn’t spend the night together the day after you-know-what, because you and Katrina were brainstorming late.
  • I remember, even if these writers apparently don’t.
  • Harvey, did you really think Donna would like you taking her side when you didn’t agree with her?
  • How dumb male can you STILL BE?
  • At this point, does Donna really have to state she isn’t gonna leave you, Harvey?
  • Weekly dates is the PINNACLE OF OTPS, okay?
  • Three episodes in and we’re THERE.
  • Why did we wait so long again?
  • “Probably because my sister turned ever man she was ever with into a doormat.”
  • Did we know Donna had a sister or are we like Louis?
  • Harvey is giving me Jessica vibes this episode, don’t @ me.
  • “This whole time I was worried about what they’d do without me. I never even thought about what I’d do without them.”
  • I’m not crying you are.
  • Fuck you, Faye.
  • That thing with Donna? That’s just petty and childish AND I HATE YOU.
  • A woman trying to humiliate another woman.
  • Low AF.
  • I’ll go punch her with you, Harvey.
  • 3 hours for dinner?
  • Ahem.
  • The date scene might be my favorite Darvey scene ever. It’s so awkward and real and THEM at the same time, I DIE.
  • Did I mention I hate Faye? Did I?

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

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