This week’s episode of Suits, “Bad Faith,” the penultimate episode of the summer season, starts immediately after Ava Hessington’s case and Jessica “divorcing” Darby. After eight episodes mostly focused around Ava’s case, this episode was a great and entertaining respite that set up a lot of twists that will start to play out in the finale. For me, this episode did not have much of a unifying theme, which I didn’t mind because the episode did not feel chaotic, like “She’s Mine,” due to the overall focus of this episode, which was the dissolution of the merger between Jessica and Darby. This plot line connected more people than I would have expected, including Rachel, her parents, and Scottie.
Basically, Jessica, Harvey, and Louis are all working together to try to get the most they can from the dissolution of their merger with Darby; it is their revenge for what he and Stephen Huntley did to them. Jessica is ready to draw blood from Darby, while Harvey is trying to balance this need for revenge with his past with Scottie. Louis, on the other hand, is trying to overcome the notion that he is a joke and show his value to Jessica and Harvey, which is difficult because at first Harvey does not give him a chance. This plot line slightly confused me because I don’t understand why Louis is such a joke. He is a brilliant man, who I will admit has some anger issues, working for one of the top firms in New York. However, after some failure, Louis succeeds with the help of Katrina, who is now helpful, kind and loyal to Louis, and after Harvey tells him that he values him and takes him to see Tony Giannopoulos. In the end, this episode was “Littastic.”
In another corner of Pearson Specter (I honestly don’t know what to call the firm anymore), Mike and Rachel are having some problems after she tells him what he does that bothers her. After an argument, Mike realizes that he overreacted and asks Rachel to live with him in his grandmother’s apartment. Things get complicated when Mike then uses his relationship with Rachel to bully her father for business. She is unsure and angry and then to throw a wrench into the mix, she got into Stanford. When they mentioned that Rachel applied to Stanford, I knew she would get in and they would use it to add tension to their relationship. However, I just cannot see them breaking up; they have gone through too much just to be together.
Harvey is also dealing with problems with Scottie, who needs this dissolution to be as fair as possible, or she will be crushed in the firm. After Mike succeeds getting the money from Folsom Foods, Robert Zane’s client, she requests Harvey not to include the payment in the settlement because it would extremely tip the scales towards Jessica. After Harvey does this, Hessington Oil fires them, which Harvey assumes was Scottie’s doing. As a result, he jumps on Louis’ Giannopoulos lead to get them more revenue, which drowns Scottie. Harvey finds out that she was not behind the firing and that instead Ava Hessington fired them and that she is now suing them all for malpractice – what a bomb. I didn’t really care for Scottie coming back and I didn’t completely see the purpose of her, specifically, coming back to dissolve the merger.
Overall, I really liked this episode and thought that it was properly filled with twists and turns, instead of having them just at the end. Also, it was a great bridge to the finale from Ava’s case, developed Harvey and Louis’ relationship, and made Harvey grow into his new responsibilities as a name partner.