Trouble continued to follow Mike on Tuesday’s Suits, as Louis discovered that the young associate did not have a file at Harvard. But is he really onto Mike’s secret?
Meanwhile, Rachel made a deal with Jessica, but was she playing from her heart or her brain? And holy crap, did Harvey actually get real and confessional with Scottie?
TVLine went to executive producer Aaron Korsh for answers to those questions and much more.
TVLINE | Louis stumbled onto something pretty big there in the end. How much does he really know? Is he going to find out the truth?
I’ll say the totality of what Louis knows is that Mike doesn’t have a file there and that Sheila is super competent and likely would not lose a file. But also what Louis knows is that Sheila told him not to look in those files, and if he tells her that he looked in those files, she’s going to go ballistic. So Louis is in a little bit of a quandary, a conundrum. Also, as we’ve seen, Louis can spin out of control over the least little bit of something, so the fact that Mike’s file is not there is going to bore a hole in Louis’ crazy mind. I wouldn’t call it necessarily a cliffhanger, but we will definitely pursue that as Louis pursues what is going on with Mike. And it will have ramifications on many different people.
TVLINE | We didn’t actually see Jessica or Rachel agree to anything. Was that on purpose or are we to assume that Jessica said, “OK, I’ll make this exception,” and Rachel signed that affidavit?
Sometimes I think we’ve made things clear, and then it turns out we haven’t. And sometimes I think we’ve made them unclear, and it turns out we were clearer than I thought. … But the scene where Rachel comes in and tells Mike she’s staying, that’s meant to be the [definitive] answer to that – yes, Jessica did agree and Rachel did sign the agreement.
TVLINE | What’s driving Rachel’s decision: Her desire to be a lawyer at the firm even though she didn’t go to Harvard or to stay with Mike?
That’s a great question. That’s something I wish we were more clear on. I think she would have chosen to stay at Columbia and stay with Mike no matter what. But it’s possible that she might have chosen Stanford had Jessica not stuck her finger in. But when someone says to you, “I’m forcing you to break up with your boyfriend,” or, “I’m forcing you to go to Stanford,” it really made Rachel realize, “Oh, my God. I love Mike. I don’t want to go to Stanford. I don’t care. I want to say here. I want to be with Mike.” Rachel’s decision is completely being driven by her feelings towards Mike. She used it all to get it all. She’s turning the challenge that Jessica’s thrown her way into an opportunity, and it shows Rachel’s growth as a lawyer. Jessica seeing that Rachel was smart enough to do that, she’s impressed by it. She’s like, “Yeah, I’ll waive the rule for you.”
TVLINE | And how open is Rachel going to be with Mike about this agreement that she made with Jessica?
I don’t even think we cover it. We just assume, of course, she’s done that. We didn’t write a scene where she tells Mike that. I just assume they’re in love, that she shared that with him.
TVLINE | The other big growth moment was Harvey telling Scottie he wants her in his life. What does that mean for him as a character going forward?
You think that was a big growth moment? No. I’m just kidding. [Laughs] Huge. … It has a huge impact on Scottie, and he’s offered her a job at the firm because he wants them to be in each other’s lives. But the small wrinkle is that Harvey didn’t necessarily run it by Jessica when he offered Scottie the job. So that’s going to be picked up in the new season. It’s not going to cause a major conflict because we felt like we’ve seen enough major conflict between Harvey and Jessica. But what it will do is prompt the opportunity for Harvey and Jessica to figure out how are they going to run this firm together. When they disagree on something, how are they going to work it out? That’s going to be the story of [Episode] 311, and I don’t want to say what the resolution of that is going to be, but it will have an impact on what their power structure is moving forward. And Harvey, regardless of the outcome of whether Scottie’s going to be at the firm or not, has declared he wants her in his life, so either way he’s going to pursue a relationship with her.
TVLINE | We haven’t seen Harvey in a serious romantic relationship so far, so what kind of new sides of him are we going to see?
We’re going to see Harvey navigating, probably for the first time in his life, what it means to be in a relationship, and he’s going to make some mistakes, and he’s going to have to learn from them. At the same time, he’s going to have to deal with his professional life while being in this situation. It’s going to have an opportunity for conflict, growth and tenderness, I would say.
TVLINE | You did a season-long, one-client case this season. Is that going to continue? Is Ava and Darby going to spill over into the back half of the season?
The Ava/Darby situation is finished in the back half of the season. The ramifications of it are Harvey asking Scottie to join the firm. That’s the thread that continues from that situation. As far as the legal casework of the last six, it’s not one case that they’re going to pursue for the last six. There will be a little bit more stand-alone stuff from the case perspective. As far as Season 4 goes, we have yet to determine what that will be. But in my mind, the serialization, to some degree, will continue, but not from a case perspective in the last six.