Post Mortem: Suits Boss on Rachel's Confession, Jessica's Romantic Choice, 'Bitter' Louis and More

Suits Season 4 Winter Premiere

Warning: If you have yet to watch Wednesday’s Season 4 premiere of Suits, avert your eyes now. Everyone else, read one…

Specter vs. Ross is officially on!

Suits‘ Season 4 premiere found Mike putting Pearson Specter under review and concluded with the two men on opposite sides of a takeover battle. Then Rachel added another wrinkle to the fight, revealing to her boyfriend that she once had an affair with Harvey’s client, Logan (played by Lie to Me‘s Brendan Hines), who’s after the same company as Mike.

Meanwhile, SEC prosecutor Jeff Malone (24‘s DB Woodside) strong-armed Jessica — who he’s also seeing romantically! — into giving him a job at the firm so he wouldn’t come after them. But after witnessing Harvey and Scottie’s unsuccessful attempt at balancing a relationship while working together, Jessica put an end to her dalliance with Malone.

Below, executive producer Aaron Korsh previews the aftermath of Rachel’s confession, Jessica’s work vs. romance decision, Louis’ loss and more.

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CLASH OF THE TITANS | Mike and Harvey being on “opposite sides of the table is going to affect their relationship in a lot of ways,” says Korsh. “It’s like they’re now going toe-to-toe with each other [to] find out who’s better. It’s going to bring out both great things in them and not-great things.”

WEAPON OF CHOICE | Rachel working alongside Harvey while her boyfriend is on the other side of the battle “will affect [Rachel’s] relationship with Mike, her relationship with Harvey and certainly, sometimes, she and Donna are going to be affected by this,” previews Korsh. But will Harvey continue to hit Mike where it hurts, using or not using his girlfriend? “As the takeover battle continues in intensity, both Mike and Harvey ratchet up their tactics to win, and sometimes, they will take those tactics personally. Sometimes, they are personal, and sometimes, they’re not. Their relationship is going to go through some struggle over the course of the season.”

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Suits Season 4 SpoilersTROUBLE IN PARADISE | Forget Mike’s pretty secretary Amy, it’s Hines’ Logan who is the real concern. “First of all, it’s going to amp up Mike,” reveals Korsh. “It’s not just Mike against Harvey now. It’s also Mike against Harvey and the guy who used to have sex with Rachel.” That checkered bit of history will also complicate things across the board since the involved parties are tied up in a legal struggle. “It’s going to affect Mike’s relationship with Harvey, Mike’s relationship with Rachel [and] Rachel’s relationship with Harvey.”

WORK, INTERRUPTUS | Can Rachel even stay on the case alongside Harvey given her history with Logan? That will be the big question next Wednesday. “They work it out in Episode 2 — or at least they think they work it out,” shares the EP. “Then we find out if it really works out in future episodes.”

BUSINESS AND PLEASURE | Although Jessica put the kibosh on her new romance, “Malone is not just going to go quietly into the night and just work at the firm,” confirms Korsh. “He wants her. So that’s going to be a struggle with them over the course of the season.” Meanwhile, his gig at Pearson Specter paves the way for a new, “bulldog” SEC investigator (played by Neal McDonough) to come after the firm and “cause us a lot of problems.”

FIGHT FOR POWER | “Louis thought he was going to take the job that they end up giving to Malone, and he’s going to be very bitter about it and very sad,” previews Korsh. “He’s going to have some conflict with Malone, and Katrina’s going to be involved in it a little bit,” as will Donna.

Suits fans, what did you think of the season opener? Are you enjoying a more antagonistic Harvey and Mike dynamic? And did the Logan twist surprise you?

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  1. EJ386 says:

    Great start to the new season! They changed things up quite a bit but it still feels like Suits.

  2. Jenny says:

    Mike didn’t fire Pearson Spector (unless the online streaming got cut off) he just signed a waiver of conflict

    • M3rc Nate says:


    • Esaul says:

      But also keep in mind what Louis said too. That he has to let Mike go.

      • Jenny says:

        That was only if Mike hadn’t signed the waiver of conflict. Now that he has, essentially Harvey’s job as Mike’s lawyer is “paused” until this conflict is over (either Logan or Mike buys the company). It allows Harvey to ultimately keep Mike as a client, but not have to work for him for awhile.

  3. M3rc Nate says:

    Well….i really liked it. Im scared a bit cause of someone mentioning the writer/showrunner (or someone in power) wanted to break up Mike & Rachel at the end of last season…and i admit, im a shipper, i love great relationships…and cant stand when for drama’s sake (like its not entertaining to watch a happy couple) a show tortures a couple. Especially a new couple that went through hell to get together. Im reading in “teaser articles” about how Rachel’s gonna have problems with Mike’s assistant…i imagine Mike is gonna have problems with the guy Rachel had an affair with…they will have problems cause they will be fighting each other at work (they are setting up her and Mike going at it with her “i fought with my dad, i will fight with Mike” stuff.

    SO…i dont mind tension/drama all that…heck they could even break up (if done organically and part of a plan where they end up back together)…but i hope they arent doing it all just for tension/drama. I hate cheating so i dont want to see either cheat, or even stray causing the other to question their loyalty and love. This show is so unstable, everything is a moving part, like 100 plates being spun on 100 poles…it would be cool if they had Mike & Rachel’s relationship be the one solid foundation that you can count on. Think White Collar’s Peter & Elizabeth Burke…not that PG of a couple but still…solid, dependable, in love.

    But anyways, overall, really liked the episode, looks like this season will be jam-packed with darkness and fighting and tension etc…i just hope they find a way to have the humor in the show still, the “blue sky” USA style…cause what we loved was Mike & Harvey’s bromance, Mike and Rachel’s chemistry/relationship and both of those things look to be on the rocks in the future. I worry about them going on all-in risking every tent pole of what has made this show great & loved by many, for the sake of a very dramatic season.

  4. Mick says:

    This episode was brilliant it set up a tonal shift without . Mike and his assistant do not seem to have a romantic attraction they read way more platonic. Harvey is actually sweet to Rachel like you would be to a sister in law that you like which sets up a interesting dynamic. Also I love DB Woodside, his skills were wasted on Single Ladies and I am happy to see him on a great show. He has great chemistry with Gina Torres. I think Jessica and Harvey made a grave miscalculation hiring Jeff because it will undermine Louis’s confidence and distract him from fighting the external enemy. A focused Louis is more effective then a self pitying one.

    • Mrs. Matthew says:

      You are soo right abt that, Louis is way more focused when he’s feeling in charge and appreciated…..smh, give him a break why don’t cha! Yes, Jessica and the new guy hv a great connection, I’m glad she’s gettin some…she’s softer, kinder but still Jessica the head honcho in charge! Love it :-)

    • NiaLee says:

      I agree so much on Louis line, because he has definitely shown his skills and loyalty to his frenemy and this new one is dangerous as he has a hand on Jessica’s body and we don’t really know what he wants and who he really works for. It seems to me that they should have closed the circle and reinforced it before letting anybody else in!
      And let’s remind everybody that an enemy inside is way more dangerous, cf> Louis, and possibly Rachel if Mike turns her around.

  5. bob says:

    who is Albert Ezerzer?

  6. Beth says:

    amazing episode!! cant wait for next week.

  7. Joey Padron says:

    Great season premiere. Nice they change it up a bit in new season. Can’t wait for next week’s episode.

  8. eric says:

    Since this is legal matters. Shouldn’t your first line be Specter v. Ross instead of ‘vs’?

  9. Tini says:

    I want them both working together again. And Harvey not being with Dane Scott anymore is not what i expected either… but at least you see the amazing bedroom again ..

  10. suzyku says:

    As always I absolutely love Suits and especially Harvey! However I hope they don’t keep the conflicst between Mike and Harvey going to too long because to us, part of the appeal of this show is the chemistry between Harvey and Mike and how they work “together” and this separtion and battle of wills will get old for us pretty quickly!

    • M3rc Nate says:

      I agree…dont have it be too short but dont have it be too long. I would say the say the same thing regarding Mike & Rachel, assuming big problems are ahead with the guy (her affair ex) working with her/Harvey, her teaming up with Harvey to fight Mike, and her insecurity about Mike’s assistant. I get wanting tension and drama and fights, but dont go too far , dont pull a Falling Skies (this upcoming season having relationship fan favorite Maggie be with the little brother Ben…gross, crosses the line, borderline not gonna watch anymore.) aka go too far and burn a bridge that cant be rebuilt. (Having Rachel cheat or Mike cheat)

  11. Gerald says:

    I never said “Oooo” out loud so many times in one hour. Loved it!

  12. Mathen J says:

    Gotta give it a 20 out of 10!! Still waiting for Louis to hook up with his underling

  13. Bwhit says:

    I hate saying this because I love Mike but he seemed to be a little arrogant in his new position. I am hoping this doesn’t ruin the relationship he has with Harvey. The twist with Rachel at the end was surprising and makes me think it will be her who ends up screwing up their relationship, not Mike. My only complaint was not nearly enough Louis!

    • sue says:

      Suits is all about Harvey and Mike working together and we hope to see them in coming episodes working together. Should Rachel make the mistake of going back to her Ex, she will be out once Logan is done in these few episodes. NOTE!!! No case Last in Suits when Harvey and mike are concern. they will come to a compromise regarding Logan and he will be gone. “I hope you don’t put Rachel in a position that will put her in the background”

  14. HAP says:

    Sarah Rafferty looks so amazing at 41.

  15. abz says:

    I thought it was an okay start. Honestly though the Mike/Harvey rift all felt like sort of a ripoff of this past season of The Good Wife, only WAYYYYYY less epic,

  16. OCLOCK says:

    Really enjoyed this episode!
    Im always a big fan of the references -mainly because i get them- from game of thrones etc
    i must admit i also prefer the relation harvey&mike used to have but i’m impatient to see where this will lead them
    cheers from france

  17. liking suits says:

    This is one of the best eps from start to finish. From that 1st shot of Jessica & her swagger-BOOM! She & Harvey were interestingly fun to watch. morning mtgs will never mean the same. Still laughing at Louis’ reaction to the new fake business card.. Mike’s Donna might out Donna Harvey’s Donna (Johnny fat tie) lol
    Harvey’s imagination running wild ( & Jessica complicit in it. she stood there for a moment).
    Jessica pulled a Harvey-esque move on Jeff. Harv did same thing to Donna & Scottie. No shade to Donna but she has struggled (ing) w/the arrangement as did Scottie.
    Harvey (Michael Jordan & Mike (Lebron) dueling- looks like fun times ahead.!!

  18. keenen says:

    I still live for the clothes. I adore pretty much everything that Gina Torres wears, and mostly Sarah Rafferty and Meghan Markle. Gina always looks amazing. I wish that the writers would realize this “mother” role for her with Harvey does not work, and that they have the most chemistry of anyone on the show, and romantically anyone they have paired him with

  19. Sheldon W. says:

    For three seasons, I’ve tried to get into Suits but found it irredeemably smarmy/cloying/precious. So, imagine my surprise when I gave it the benefit of the doubt and watched the fourth season premiere and really enjoyed it.

  20. Nit Picker Jr says:

    Really like what I’m seeing so far, the new direction they’re taking the show. A couple of really nice twists in there that I didn’t see coming, which, let’s face it, isn’t what Suits is famously lnown for… The Specter-Ross bromance was getting a little stale towards the end of last season so these new tensions and whatnot will be fun to watch. In fact each (main) character seemed more chiseled than ever before, as if they’ve all found their sweet spots at last. Well, not Donna. She’s just … Donna. You can’t improve on perfection.
    Someone pointed at Mike appearing arrogant, but that’s always been part of his character (only he doesn’t see it as arrogance, it’s just how things are – see the job interview in the pilot). The fact that he’s now in an elevated position visavi Harvey means that he doesn’t have to keep that arrogant streak in check – he’s going to need it. Yeah- this was really good development. Hoping it’ll continue, and build.
    Oh, and, one two three … go!

  21. luis cobos says:

    new season is amazing i think the way they changed the timeline and story is just perfect.

  22. mikPC says:

    I love the show, I’m impressed how this works with mike out of the firm, I hope that the Mike and Harvey thing doesn’t go south, as this is the main attraction their friendship and how well they work together. And finally Louis deserves better, the strong character that he plays needs some acknowledgment . Looking forward to rest of SE04.

  23. Norman Hull says:

    Awful, loose and sloppy writing.

    Ever since Game of Thrones has shown that it is not afraid to kill off main characters, shows have tried to be random simply for random’s sake.

    With everything that Harvey and Mike went through the last three seasons, Mike would threaten (I realize it didn’t happen but it WAS threatened) to fire Harvey? Over what could BEST be called a minor lecture in which Harvey shared his wisdom and strategy with Mike? Which happened countless times before and Mike soaked it up like a sponge and loved it?

    It’s simply not in character. Game of Thrones can get away with it because there are a million characters so you can just shift your your favoritism like a methyl group (search for “methyl shift”), but suits has a very tight knit cast… and until today has been a very well written show.

    Congrats Suits… you’re random now.

    Num_Viewers = Num_Viewers – 1;

  24. Mrs. Matthew says:

    Yes! I love the toe-to-toe dynamic between Mike and Harvey, but yeah, I know it will bring out the good and the ugly in them both…okay, I love the flirtatiousness going on between Harvey and Jessica, but please don’t tease me! They’ve got to hook up…eventually! Love the season opener, poor Louis….he can’t win for losing :-(

  25. Karen Squires says:

    Love this show–which probably means it will get cancelled! Also was crazy about White Collar
    I get the feeling that they are getting cancelled because Matt Bomer had the courage to come out. How many of you think the cutthroats that decide what gets cancelled and what doesn’t were heavily influenced by the conservative right? There are a number of station owners are closer to Tea Party than I would ever want to be. It’s a shame–great acting, interesting story line, and clever idea. And Matt is so great to look at.

  26. Victor says:

    I really think it awesome the way the show started cuz it gets us fans existed for the next episode an other words it was awesome

  27. Shaun Firth says:

    So far I’m not thrilled. My favorite part of the show is their banter and their ability to play to each other’s strengths. This episode isn’t as funny or as compelling. I know it was mostly groundwork, but things will only get more divisive as the season goes forward. And of course Rachel is going to get caught in the middle. Speaking of which, how likely is it that Rachel would really be able to go to law school and still be an effective assistant to Harvey? And what happens if she makes a mistake? How can her loyalty not be brought into question? I wanted to see Harvey and Mike work together against the SEC. Not a fight between the two of them!

  28. Ange says:

    They set this season up very well. Everyone and their different relationships. It was wonderful.

  29. Pamela says:

    New season is off to an interesting start! Looking forward to what the writers come up with for Harvey and Mike.

  30. NiaLee says:

    I just love that show. The season opener is tasty, feisty and bold. We can already see all the battles ahead of them. I wonder if Rachel and Mike will survive this one, I am still waiting for Donna and Harvey to finally be together, but we all know that in this environment the relationship may be spoiled.
    Jessica is interesting being human here, we all know how much she sacrificed to be in her position and to stay there, will she try to grow this relationship or choose work? Will that man use her to get where he wants or really be interested in her? Will he choose to break her professionally to have her personally?
    This is always the thin line between choosing work over personal life, being emotional or rational, choosing friends/lovers over professional success.
    I will be watching!

  31. Nancy says:

    I liked Mike and Harvey working together; a bit disappointed in the season opener.

  32. PEWA says:

    i totally loved it…

  33. Shirleygail says:

    I wish they didn’t beat up on Louis quite so much. He’s become so much more sympathetic recently; I’m surprised to discover I’m beginning to like him! Just started Season 4 Ep 1 on Netflix. This is a pretty good show. Harvey bears a striking resemblance to Bruce Willis of Moonlighting era.