This Thursday on the penultimate freshman episode of Suits (USA Network, 10/9c), legal eagle Harvey Spector receives two blasts from his past, when Gary Cole (Office Space) and Alicia Coppola (Jericho) guest-star as his former boss and a onetime colleague who are now respectively angling to hide and expose a dark, years-old truth.
Cole plays Cameron Dennis, a Manhattan District Attorney for whom Harvey served as an assistant back in the day — before he quit. “Basically, he was my initial mentor,” series lead Gabriel Macht tells TVLine. “The way Mike (played by Patrick J. Adams) has Harvey, he was Harvey’s Harvey.”
Alas, heroes are sometimes meant to fall, and when Cameron reenters Harvey’s orbit, it’s to ask for his complicity in keeping a past transgression under wraps as he seeks reelection.
“There’s some dirt that is picked up on about Gary Cole’s character, and he comes back to me to try and keep it behind closed doors,” says Macht. But in finally coming forward to loop Harvey in, “There is a lot of loss when I find out that he wasnt above board.”
Concurrently with Harvey’s rude awakening, Coppola’s character — now employed by the Attorney General — approaches her former colleague looking to get confirmation of Cameron’s buzzed-about, and potentially damning lapse in ethics.
“She’s trying to end his reelection [bid], so she’s trying get me to open up about him,” says Macht.
What exactly is it that Cole’s DA did back in the day that now has his election campaign running scared, and Coppola’s character out for blood? Not wanting to divulge to much, Macht says, “I guess I can put it this way: He buried some evidence in regards to a certain character that you’ll meet at some point, and I was unaware of it [at the time]. And as that relationship is investigated, and you’ll see how Harvey’s mentor sort of let him down.”