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Suits Boss on [Spoiler]'s New Position, Mike's Bar Results and That Return

Warning: The following contains spoilers for Wednesday’s Suits finale.

Finally, some good news.

Suits RecapDuring Wednesday’s Suits season finale, Mike officially became a lawyer when he made it into the bar, thanks to a last-minute save from Jessica. The firm’s former boss lady came back just in time to take the fall for employing a fraud and to put Anita Gibbs in her place.

To celebrate, Harvey gave his pal one heck of a congratulations gift: an offer to join Pearson Specter Litt, which allows him to still do pro bono work. Mike, in turn, told Harvey it was time for him to take on the role of managing partner.

Elsewhere in the hour, Tara and Louis split up, while Donna took a nice buyout offer on her business venture, but found herself unsatisfied and wanting more out of life.

Below, executive producer Aaron Korsh talks about Mike’s future as a legit lawyer, Harvey and Louis’ potential conflict and Jessica’s surprise return.

TVLINE | How will Mike getting into the bar alter the show and his view of what he does for a living?
It relieves him of the burden of feeling like he’s a fraud and always waiting for the other shoe to drop of, “Is he going to caught?” Mentally, it’s going to allow him to step out of the shadows and maybe behave with a little more confidence… It’s a relief, to some degree, for the entire cast of characters, that they no longer have this thing hanging over their heads. It allows them now to just worry about what it’s like to be a lawyer in the shark-infested world of New York corporate law.

TVLINE | People in that world knew that he was a fraud. So does the outside world see him as legitimate now, or does the bar accepting him not really matter in their eyes?
Look, he’s going to deal with the fact that people know. But that’s a separate question from, “Can he get caught and go to prison?” It doesn’t mean that he is free forever from the knowledge of his secret, or free from anybody bringing it up. He is still going to have to deal with those questions. But what he doesn’t have to deal with is the worry that he’s going to lose his freedom. … But it is legitimate to wonder: Are people that he goes up against going to bring this up to try to throw doubt on a jury or a judge about his honesty or intentions in a given case?

TVLINE | Will Harvey embrace being managing partner?
That is the question. Mike has sort of thrown down the gauntlet: “Time for you to take the reins.” Harvey’s certainly going to attempt to do that. And really, in bringing Mike back and making this deal – one for you, one for me – in some sense, it’s his first unilateral move. He didn’t ask Louis if he can do that. He might not have fully thought it through, because, as we’ve shown in the past, pro bono cases often end up being at odds with your corporate clients’ interest, and that’s going to come to the fore… People’s reactions to Harvey taking those reins and emerging from Jessica’s shadow is all going to play into Season 7.

Suits RecapTVLINE | Is poor Louis too heartbroken to care about Harvey becoming managing partner?
What happened to Louis is going to affect his reaction to things in the beginning part of [next] season, certainly the first episode. The notion of Harvey becoming managing partner is not something that Louis would go to the mattresses over, to use the Godfather expression. The question is: When Harvey makes specific decisions from the position of managing partner that Louis disagrees with, how’s that going to go?

TVLINE | What made now the right time to bring Jessica back for a surprise appearance?
We talked about bringing her back a little earlier in the back six [episodes], but once the idea was landed on to have her be the one to swoop in and rescue Mike and everyone in the end… The writers pitched that to me. I just loved it. I just was like, “She’s our hero. Let her come back.” When Jessica enters, and then you cut to and see Rachel smiling that Jessica is maybe there to save the day, I just loved it so much. Once the writers came up with it, I was like, “This is the right time to bring her back. This is terrific, and let’s do it.”

Suits RecapTVLINE | I spoke to Sarah Rafferty recently about whether Donna’s business venture was about her wanting to leave the firm to try something different. Now you have her saying in the finale that she wants more. Is she unhappy with her job?
I would not phrase it as she’s unhappy with her job. … You could say [The Donna] was incredibly successful, like, “Donna, you and Benjamin, in very short order, came up with this product, almost brought it to market, instead got bought out and made yourselves a lot of money.” But it wasn’t about the money for her. It was about something to show, “I can do more than just be a legal secretary.” But it wasn’t that she’s tired of it. It’s more like she’s evolving… But there’s no doubt that this incident stirred something in her, and the genie isn’t going back in the bottle.

Suits fans, what did you think of the season finale? Grade it via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your pick!

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18 Comments
  1. Robert45 says:

    Loved it….Harvey takes the lead…..soooooo loving that. Mike is back – Robin to Harvey’s Batman. Loved seeing Jessica back….I was just starting to get used to the shift in dynamic. Loved than they wrote the story the way they did these past two seasons but I have to admit I am really looking forward to the lighter tone and Harvey and Mike back working together. But poor Louis and Donna.

    Roll on June for the new season!!!! Wooooohooo

  2. PatriciaLee says:

    Louis and Katrina! Am I the only one to see this? I haven’t seen the episode, yet, but I have to share the dream.

  3. tjchurch2001 says:

    I actually largely disliked it. I liked the Jessica return, but it was predictable, especially considering I never heard or saw discussion of taking her name off the wall or even just out of the name of the firm.

    Also, I was kind of ready to predict Harvey letting Mike do that kind of work after all “Nate” (also the same actor’s character name on “NCIS: LA”) said about that not being the kind of work they do at the clinic, but also then for Mike to bring him another case that got them the same sort of money. The surprise there was Mike accepting it after how strongly he’d told Harvey he’d never come back there. (Makes me as a viewer wonder about his character if he’d lie like that to a famous lawyer in the firm where he’d tech-been one & the guy he lied to was now a name partner & always a friend.)

    Lastly, I am just waiting for the first case against someone he knows from an old case (or anywhere else) outside of “PSL”, as “Theo” (forget character name on “Suits”) saying he’d changed doesn’t erase what he did in the past, & Rachel’s pre-Innocence Project time in law school reminds us opposing lawyers will bring up each other’s personal pasts & other issues to help them win cases.

    • GrumpyMittens says:

      You’re right, it was predictable and lazy – sure, storyline-wise they’ve put themselves in a corner and had to get out somehow (I was half expecting Harvey to take the fall and we’d spend another half of a season on “how to get him out of prison” repeat) but still, they shouldn’t even be there in the first place.
      Now, can we go back to legal cases and maybe some court action? >.>

  4. Ashley says:

    I have only one comment about the episode and it is this:

    JESSICA!!!

  5. GrumpyMittens says:

    Deus ex Jessica.

  6. MMD says:

    I really enjoyed the finale and the surprise ending. I was certain that Tara was a plant by Anita Gibbs or a previous client out for revenge.
    As PatriciaLee pointed out above, I have always thought that Louis and Katrina should get together.
    When Mike said that he wanted Harvey’s office because “she’s gone and she’s not coming back” I immediately thought he was talking about Donna. It wasn’t until I turned off the tv that I realized (duh) that he was talking about Jessica.

    I’m glad the whole saga of Mike not being a lawyer is FINALLY over. While I’m sure there will be repercussions next year, it’s not hanging over his head or anyone else’s who knew.

    Can’t wait for Season 7. Just love this show although I found couple of the episodes in the back 6 were kind of boring which considering how many years they’ve been on, is amazing.

  7. K says:

    I thought it was terrible. Mike doesn’t deserve this. Season 6 had so much potential, but he behaved like an entitled brat when he was in prison and he learned nothing. He got out early because they did some shady stuff and he got into the bar because they did more shady stuff. He’s still a fraud. They could have arrived here by having him grow and making it seem like he actually deserved this. Instead they just made me hate him more. And I love Patrick J Adams and really don’t want to hate Mike. He keeps saying that he just wants to help people, but that just makes it worse because it’s so obviously not true. It was extremely frustrating to see Julius start out telling it like it is, only to have him end up defending Mike. I also can’t stand Harvey right now and it’s hard to see how the Harvey from episode 6.12 is the same person we saw in the last few episodes.
    And Donna really deserves better. I was so excited about her own storyline, but this whole “The Donna” thing was awful. I was hoping it would lead to something good, but right now I can’t say that I am looking forward to season 7 at all.

    • SK says:

      I agree with you. I didn’t think anyone else felt the same way. I am thinking of giving up the show only because of the reasons you mentioned.
      In addition, because of Rachel’s advice, Louis is alone again. I know he shouldn’t have said what he did to Tara but why did they have to do that?
      Also, didn’t like the way they portrayed Donna. I want to be like Donna but not how they’re writing her now.
      I will watch season 7 when it comes back on to see how they deal with all of this and we’ll see if I will stay.

      • rafael_ says:

        I agree with both of you. I can’t believe the same writers who did an amazing job in season 5 and 6A have decided to get back to the (worn) plot of the fake lawyer and manage to solve it by making the characters act like stupid guys. In the beggining of this season I was really concerned about the ratings. But not anymore – I will not be watching again next summer.

      • Alrisha says:

        I agree too. This season had been awful. At this point, I hate Mike and the way everyone acts like they all own him something. He puts everyone in danger acting like a lawyer and then he went again Harvey’s advice and play guilty. They own him nothing, and Harvey accepting all his terms to be back was beyond absurd. Also, why don’t let Louis be happy? There was no need to destroyed his relationship again. Donna deserves so much better that “the Donna” nonsense. I used to love this show, don’t believe I’ll be watching again.

  8. liame says:

    Jessica to the rescue! It was great to see her, too bad it was temporary. I hope her spinoff gets picked up.

  9. Tracy288 says:

    Too predictable. I doubt I’ll watch when it comes back again.

    • JM says:

      This seems a little odd to watch a show six seasons and give up because one thing in one season was “too predictable.”
      It’s still one of the best written shows airing.

      • tjchurch2001 says:

        Try telling that to the people complaining about the (they say) overdone vulgarity… Not to mention people like me who have no problem with the language, but arguably the realism in it making some episodes have a million twists, only to end the season with an incredibly-predictable finale.

  10. Alrisha says:

    Why is everyone ready to give up on their life to give Mike his dream? That made no sense at all. They put the firm in jeopardy, they lost a major client, they destroyed their relationship because they “own” Mike what exactly? And Mike is being an as** this whole season. He is very demanding like they really own him something. That final scene with Harvey offering Mike a job and Mike asking for that much and Harvey saying yes to everything, please. They can change the name to “everybody loves Mike”. Ridiculous.

  11. Locke107 says:

    My favorite comment is that some of these people are “swearing” off the show now due to silly reasons. I’ll be the first to admit that this season’s writing wasn’t the sharpest as it has been in previous seasons — but it certainly wasn’t as terrible as some here are overreacting about.

    When you have layered characters, sometimes they end up acting one-dimensonal for a spell. It’s human nature, we all fall into patterns until we’re shaken out of them. This isn’t some Sci-Fi cheese-fest of a show, smart writers don’t show all of their cards at once and I feel like there are some here who expect instant results or characters who always act with full information. That’s not how it works; most decisions in this show that are made are made rationally on short time tables with the given information at hand — pressure situations most people on this board, myself included, couldn’t constantly make.

    I think now that Mike is legitimized, we’ll see better writing in Season 7 as the show takes a new turn. The premise it has operated on for six seasons is over and now has to evolve and I have every faith in the writing staff that they’re ready to introduce a breath of fresh air into the series.

    It just makes me giggle a little to myself seeing people over-exaggerate and threatening to quit the show like their opinion matters to anyone else here (or that they could do better). Everyone’s a critic and nothing is ever as good as “they’d” do it; every message board does it, but it still makes me laugh. Excited for next season’s changes!