Suits Premiere Recap: A Time to Pill

Suits Season 5 Premiere Recap

Has the unflappable Harvey Specter finally lost his cool?

On Wednesday’s Season 5 premiere of Suits, the lawyer practically falls apart as Donna goes to work for Louis as his secretary.

Even when things haven’t gone his way before, Harvey has managed to, if not hold it together, then at least be confidently distressed and angry until everything eventually worked out in his favor. But Donna’s absence throws him so much, he has to seek out a psychiatrist! (These two might not be in love with each — riiight — but that says a lot about their relationship, doesn’t it?)

Initially, Harvey is convinced that Donna will return to his desk at any moment. “There’s nothing to talk about, because it isn’t going to last,” he tells Mike.

But when Donna doesn’t come running back to him, Harvey starts to disintegrate. He has a panic attack— like full-on, hard to breathe, sweaty, puking episodes right in the firm’s bathroom. He visits a psychiatrist under the guise of needing pills to help him sleep, but the doc is wise to his game. She knows he’s really coming to her because he’s scared he’s going to have another attack. Still, she’s not about to prescribe him anti-anxiety drugs and instead pushes him to confront his feelings head-on.

Meanwhile, Louis — being Louis — thinks his perfect new professional arrangement with Donna is too good to be true and almost ruins it before it even starts. He finds a list of possible secretaries that Donna is saving for Harvey and assumes it means she’s already planning her exit. The fact that he discovers it after Harvey gives him the can opener to pass on to Donna doesn’t help. Louis gives her an impossible workload and a mouthful of orders so angry, she feels uncomfortable.

Suits season 5 Premiere RecapAs for Harvey, he swallows his pride and comes to Donna for help with an overwhelming case, but she rejects him, leading to another panic attack.

Even Jessica senses the weight of what’s going on.  After all, “the woman you wouldn’t come work here without is now working for someone else,” she notes. “Scottie leaving didn’t throw you off your game this much.”

The psychiatrist warns Harvey that the episodes will continue until he accepts the fact that Donna may never come back. So he finally asks for that list of secretaries just as Donna and Louis partake in a Welcome to Team Litt cake. Then he proudly tosses the sample pills. (But hopefully not the trips to the doc, because Harvey looking inward is interesting and different.)

Elsewhere, newly engaged Rachel and Mike are in a blissful bubble and decide not to let anyone else inside it except for her family. That doesn’t last long, though, because Donna is Donna and knows everything. Also, Mike accidentally spills the news to Harvey, which is a much nicer moment than when the younger, now swagger-filled lawyer confronts Harvey about taking advantage of Rachel’s willingness to help during Donna’s absence. In the end, Harvey makes good and takes Mike to a Mets game to celebrate the engagement.

Suits fans, what did you think of Harvey’s emotional journey? Are you looking forward to Donna and Louis working together? Grade the season opener via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your pick.

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20 Comments
  1. Cobra says:

    Correction. Harvey took Mike to a NETS game, not Mets.

  2. tyranthraxus says:

    Great episode. I hope they bring in a really quirky new secretary for Harvey. Someone really different than might upset him at the start but is really good at her job. or HIS job.. could be a guy secretary.

  3. Jeff says:

    Great episode, if the rest of the season is close to as good I’ll be happy.

  4. Bwhit says:

    Loved it! Mike and Harvey quoting movies, Louis being Louis… Great start to the season!

  5. m3rcnate says:

    It was a great episode, felt like season 1 with the humor and legalese and “blue sky” feel. However i am not shocked at all to see Rachel written to be how she is yet again. She has been nothing but in a state of nakedness and horny ever since they finished the Flashback affair/present time cheating arc. They obviously moved on VERY quickly from that, and straight into them being the good couple they should have been the entire time.
    .
    I am curious to see where Rachel is going because i felt that scene where she skipped taking a test/class to help Harvey as his secretary was a precursor to something. It didn’t feel like it was just filler, it felt like it was a glimpse of issues to come in regards to her becoming a lawyer or something. Hmmm.

  6. Krawummbatz says:

    What the hell happened to Mike’s hair?? Horrible haircut for another role?

  7. Joey Padron says:

    great episode. it was sad to see Harvey have a panic attack. Mike and Harvey movie quotes was funny. sweet moment Rachel and Donna had about her engagement.

  8. Sarah T says:

    Such a great starting out point for the premiere. I loved how much Donna leaving got to Harvey. We saw a glimpse of this before when Donna was let go from the firm and Harvey had a hard time functioning without her. I hope they do more Harvey in therapy sessions because it gives his character a little more depth. Hopefully he’ll be able to figure out exactly what he wants from Donna before it’s too late. I’m looking forward to the Lewis and Donna interactions but I’m going to miss the Donna/Harvey interactions since I’m sure those will be few and far between for the time being. Overall, strong episode.

  9. Gerri says:

    Outstanding Television. Emmy worthy. Love all these characters, except Louis when he is being mean to Donna. Loved this episode, but really… Rachel doesn’t know how to add paper? Usually printers beep or flash when it runs out of paper.
    Also loved the Therapist remarking how incredible Jessica was just from Harvey’s description. Maybe they get to meet some time :)

  10. Bella says:

    Gabriel Macht was fantastic in this episode. I hope he continues with the shrink, too.
    My favorite part:
    “How were you able to get this done?”
    “I’m Donna.”

  11. TheCos says:

    I want Harvey’s new secretary to be Mike’s from last season.

  12. Evertoon says:

    I wanted Harvey and Donna to stay together. </3

  13. Harvey says:

    Loved the episode! Every character was written perfectly, though I kind of feel that Mike has a too high say considering he’s an associate. It was Rachel’s mistake and standing up to Harvey like that wasn’t really that good of a thing. I liked when at the end Harvey doesn’t takes the pills and comes out in style, yep! Didn’t like Louis shouting at Donna, but good that Donna was understanding with Louis and Rachel, loved the scene where she gives Rachel a gift. It was good they remembered Mike leaving in two minutes and Louis telling about the cake to Donna was a good scene too. Another thing I liked was how when Donna comes after the big case to Louis, he says he was thinking they don’t need a ritual, that was good, cause it didn’t feel ignorant wanting a ritual just for the sake of having one cause Harvey had one with her.

  14. Marker says:

    Great episide

  15. Jooshua says:

    I love this show! But I hope this year they show Mike being a Harvey level lawyer. He’s always been great, but they need to show him proving his worth, considering everything that’s happened. I want to see him bringing in huge clients, and being the reason they win huge cases!

  16. Ellinas1978 says:

    Wrong sport. He took him to a Nets game. You know the JayZ reference and all…

  17. Laura says:

    LOVE this show, and like how the consistently excellent writers are exploring how the always confident Harvey is struggling. His relationship with Donna has always been complicated and I’m interested in seeing how it evolves this season.