On “Suits,” Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) always gets what he wants eventually. On “Endgame” -- which aired September 3 -- after weeks of Harvey betraying Jessica (Gina Torres), everything magically worked out to benefit everyone fans know and love at the law firm, at least for now.
“Just tell him you’re going to make him pay,” Donna (Sarah Rafferty) tells Harvey in the opening minutes of the USA Network drama. While that is Harvey’s plan, it’s a long and winding road to taking down Stephen (Max Beesley) for ordering the murders and then pinning them on Ava Hessington (Michelle Fairley). Sure, Stephen is fired from Pearson Darby almost immediately, which is news brilliantly delivered by Donna, but it takes some lying to get Cameron (Gary Cole) to see he’s persecuting the wrong person.
While all this is happening, a different kind of persecution is going on between Harold (Max Topplin) and Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman). “A man is judged by the photos he displays,” Louis says during an unwelcome visit to Harold’s new office.
“You have a photo of yourself,” Harold retorts. And Louis replies, “Point proven.”
This “Suits” storyline gives “Endgame” the light-hearted edge it needs considering all the tension between Harvey, Darby (Conleth Hill), Ava, Mike (Patrick J Adams), and everyone else. But it isn’t without its insights into the characters. Why is Louis so determined to make Harold pay for testifying against him at the mock trial?
Louis claims, to Rachel (Meghan Markle), that his greatest success in life is training the associates, and he feels like he failed with Harold. So why is he trying to ruin Harold's career, Rachel asks? Well, apparently she has a point, because Louis signs Harold’s original settlement, and his heart just got the slightest bit bigger.
But back to the drama. Harvey wants to believe that everything horrible Cameron has ever done is in pursuit of putting away bad people. So Cameron should listen to reason, right, and realize that Ava isn’t guilty but Stephen is?
Harvey should know by now that it’s never that simple with Cameron. And sure enough, it takes putting Stephen on the stand and him repeatedly saying “I decline to answer,” Cameron learning about Ava trying to bribe witnesses, and then Darby, Harvey, and Jessica banding together to come up with a solution before Cameron even listens at all.
In the end, it’s loyalty that saves Ava Hessington. Darby lies and says he learned what Stephen did straight from Stephen. And who is Cameron going to trust: the Colonel, who has an incentive to lie, or Darby, a respected attorney who has an incentive to keep his mouth shut?
In the end, the ploy works in a number of ways. Murder charges against Ava are dropped. Donna breaks the news, again, to Stephen that he’s going to be arrested for murder (and something says she’s still not over this betrayal even after sticking it to Stephen). And the five year probation deal for Darby includes not allowing him to practice in the U.S. again.
“We may be getting a divorce,” Jessica says in a perfect end to the merger, “but I fully intend on keeping ownership of the house.”
But that house is most definitely in turmoil, because there’s still two “Suits” season three episodes left, and the drama isn’t over yet between Pearson and Darby.
The USA Network drama airs on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. EDT.
© Elizabeth SanFilippo 2013
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