Suits' Sarah Rafferty Previews Donna's Return and Her Feelings for Harvey: 'She's Not Pining'

Suits Gabriel Macht Sarah RaffertyAfter getting fired in spectacular fashion, secretary extraordinaire Donna returns to Suits this Thursday (USA Network, 10/9c). But her comeback is a reluctant one as Mike ropes her into helping out with Harvey’s case and Louis asks one very personal question: Is she in love with her former boss?

In a conversation with TVLine, Sarah Rafferty previews her character’s feelings for Harvey — “She feels a little bit betrayed” — Donna’s job status and a very “fun” episode for her and gal pal Rachel.

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TVLINE | Donna and Harvey have such a great working relationship. Were you excited to take it to a more antagonistic level?
Yes! It’s really fun. It’s so juicy. When Aaron Korsh, our writer/creator, told me this was going to happen [and that] it’s just going to get really messy between them and their relationship is going to be complicated for a while, I was really excited about the juiciness and digging into that. When I read the scene [between Harvey and Donna in the bathroom two weeks ago], I was really excited about where they were taking it.

TVLINE | What brings her back into the fray at the law firm this week?
She’s not back at her job. But Mike convinces Donna to come back and testify at the trial run for the trial Harvey’s going to have with Travis Tanner. So she has to come back to the firm in her humiliated state to do a huge favor on Harvey’s behalf.

TVLINE | How has the relationship between Donna and Harvey changed now? Are you noticing differences in upcoming episodes?
There’s a lot going on. She’s completely confused that she could have messed up so badly. She feels horrible about it and incredibly concerned about the damage that she’s potentially done to Harvey’s career and his life. And yet, at the same, she’s disappointed in him that he’s not fighting for her… She feels a little bit betrayed that Mike gets to keep his position at the firm, and she’s gotta go. She’s pretty angry about that. She’s had a really long relationship with Harvey.

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TVLINE | Donna wouldn’t be Donna if she didn’t open a can of whoop-ass though. Does she lay into Harvey?
[Laughs] Yeah, she does. It’s going to happen in the next couple episodes. She gets to have that fulfilling go-off-on-him moment once or twice.

TVLINE | There’s a scene in the preview of Louis asking Donna if she’s in love with Harvey. What can you tease about how that plays out and what her feelings are for him?
I can say that in that moment, she’s pretty frustrated that she doesn’t have an opportunity to clarify things. That’s such a huge humiliation – on top of the fact that she gets fired, Harvey doesn’t do it himself. And then she’s back there to help him and then that happens! It’s infuriating for her. She will need the opportunity to address that question at a later date with Harvey, and she will have that opportunity.

TVLINE | We’ve certainly gotten hints about Donna’s feelings for Harvey. Do you think she’s in love with him?
My personal take on it is she definitely thinks that she’s not and that she’s not pining for him. She thinks they would be a disastrous match. That’s what I believe she’s telling herself. Now, we tell ourselves all kinds of things. [Laughs] We’ll see.

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TVLINE | Donna has to come back to the firm. That’s happening, right?!
[Laughs] I think she has to come back to the firm. But I can’t say whether or not she does this season.

TVLINE | Are there a set of circumstances under which it would be OK for her to come back? Or is this something they can never get past?
That’s a great question. I think in order for her to come back, there would have to be a revelation of some kind probably.

TVLINE | Is there more girl time between Donna and Rachel this season?
There’s a flashback episode coming up, which is so fun. We get a chance to see when Donna and Rachel met. I love that. I love that they’re real girlfriends and that they developed that. That’s really fun for Meghan [Markle] and I.

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18 Comments
  1. Mellie says:

    I love Donna’s character. She’s the life part of Harvey. I’m excited about the tension between the two of them and where they might take it in the future. Suits is one of the top 5 shows on TV right now. So much fun.

  2. tornado says:

    aw man. i feel like this article didn’t tease so much as it told too much. now i kinda feel like why bother watching tonight’s episode? :(

  3. Jules says:

    Love Donna but not sure I see the two of them together. Hope she’s back at her job this season!

  4. mia says:

    I LOVE Donna, she’s easily one of the highlights of the series. More of her and her razor-sharp wit are always a good thing.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Sarah Rafferty is a goddess, as is Donna. Adore both of them and love the idea of the angst before any reconciliation. Bring on the episode!

  6. cynthia says:

    Love Donna! Can’t wait for tonight’s episode…I’m also glad they’re developping Donna/Rachel friendship this year, it should be fun.

  7. Mikaylah says:

    Love Donna, and I can’t wait to see her back. I missed her in the last episode!

  8. Jake says:

    I need a flashback of Donna and Harvey. I hope they hookup soon maybe hot sex when they’re super pissed.

  9. Moe says:

    I love Donna, she’s easily my favorite character on this show, so when they got rid of her, I was very unhappy. I haven’t enjoyed this season much to begin with and then for that to happen, I stopped watching. I’ll try this episode but unless they do something to fix this, I think I’m out for good. It just hasn’t been fun for me lately.

  10. michael turner says:

    Donna is the bomb!!! If I were to write this I would leave clues as to the real story behind the story and in a cliff hanger show that Danial forged the letter and … Harvey nails Danial just as the partners vote to replace Jessica! But that is neither here or there… can’t wait!

  11. Ally says:

    Suits has become the biggest surprise show for me this past summer. It is awesome! Great casting, writing, directing, etc. So delighted I delayed switching the channel after Dallas (it airs following Dallas on Bravo, a cable channel up here in Canada).

  12. Esmeralda says:

    I’ve been missing Donna too. She is a hoot! I hope she comes back soon!

  13. This show is SO underrated. Besides having an extremely wonderful cast with amazing chemistry, it easily has the smartest written banter on teli right now, and Sarah Rafferty is a big part of that.

  14. SagiScor says:

    I miss Donna too and *spoiler* if not one say last night’s episode (Sucker Punch) read no further….
    but I throught that did NO justice to Donna who is supposed to be this strong no nonsense woman and they made her look a bit week and dare I say pathetic on the stand. Why couldn’t she just say NOOOOO- These characters aren’t the way that last night’s episode perceived them to me and FYI, not liking the old colleague from harvey’s past.

  15. bklyngirl says:

    I love Donna. She’s a firecracker. and she handles the situations.
    She is a real match for Harvey.

  16. David Love says:

    is season 2 of suits summer finale,the last episode ever,or is it returning later in year,i read somewhere that season 2 has 16 episodes,but the finale is on 10th episode? & will there be a 3rd season of suits,it is by far the best show to have come from usa,well since chuck finished,which im still totally gutted with,there was a lot of scope for more episodes there,i feel!!!

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