Be careful what you wish for.
That adage might come to haunt Louis after Wednesday night’s winter premiere of Suits, in which the lawyer finally got the name partnership he craved. But will the terms of his deal at the firm — he’s now a co-conspirator in keeping Mike’s secret — tarnish his achievement?
“Louis is always in that kind of situation, because part of his problem is that he’s not really satisfied with himself, internally,” explains executive producer Aaron Korsh. “He’s always going to find dissatisfaction in whatever he gets.”
His prize also came about through some questionable behavior and personal attacks. So can Louis be forgiven for his actions? Donna certainly tried to make amends with him, revealing a major secret with the hope that it would help repair their friendship.
Below, Korsh talks about redeeming Louis and the power of what he now knows about Donna. The EP also discusses another broken bond with Rachel and the episode’s litany of profanities.
TVLINE | Louis did some pretty horrible things, said some awful things in the premiere. Was there any worry that he might come off as unlikeable or irredeemable?
I guess I would say that, first of all, you have to remember that people hated Louis in the first season, in particular, and maybe even into the second season. That was one of my goals: to take a person that you utterly hated and turn him into someone that you really loved, and the way to do that is to just show their vulnerability. Most people that are “villains,” they don’t show the people that they’re tormenting their own torment or where the pain comes from. But we have the ability in a TV show to show it to the audience. And also, to be fair to Louis, he will show it sometimes to Rachel, Mike, Donna, even Harvey. So the feeling was no matter what we do with him, you can always redeem Louis because he’s such an emotional character and he’s willing to show you his pain. Having said that, there was some concern – “Is he going too overboard? Will he not be able to recover?” – but that was dissuaded internally pretty easily. The other thing is, even within this episode, at the very end, you see the first crackings of maybe he’ll forgive Donna.
TVLINE | Are the other characters finding ways to forgive him for what he’s done? And should they?
I just want to mention for a minute that the five of them all kept a massive secret from him that also put his career and his firm in jeopardy while letting him resign over what he did. So I wouldn’t say they are completely faultless when you’re looking at it from Louis’ perspective. He’s not just being mean for no reason. They’re reaping a little bit of what they sowed.
If you think of it like a family, for someone to be truly unforgiving, that would be a tough thing to do. Family tends to fight and get incredibly mad at each other, but always have the ability to regroup and re-bond. So we’re going to explore that in the back six [episodes] with Louis and everyone. I’ll call it a semi-healing process with Louis attempting to gain the forgiveness and re-bond with some of the people that he was at odds with.
TVLINE | Some of these people, Louis always had a contentious relationship with, but he and Rachel were quite close, and the way he attacked her was on a pretty personal level. What kind of lasting effect will that have on their friendship?
Let me just say first of all that we didn’t really put it in the “previously on…” in the episode, but just to remind you and maybe the audience, Rachel went and lobbied on Mike’s behalf last year in Episode 312 when maybe Gerard was going to find out about Mike’s secret. Louis just thought that Mike cheated on his grade, and Rachel went and essentially lied to Louis’ face and said all he did was cheat on a grade, in essence, and he loves the law as much as you do; forgive him. So she didn’t just let Louis believe Mike was a fraud; she went out and directly lied to his face about it. He is feeling particularly betrayed by Rachel — even more so than Jessica or Harvey, who never specifically went and lied to him regarding Mike. So that’s why he went after her so personally. He also went after her as a way of going after Mike. But there’s no doubt that we explore in Episode 12 the consequences of Louis doing that with Rachel.
TVLINE | How are Mike and Rachel doing? Is all of this weighing down their relationship?
They went through a lot of turbulence in the first 10 [episodes], and we were looking to try to not continue that turbulence. … If Louis is really mad at Rachel or really mad at Mike, it’s like you can fight with your own family, but if someone comes and attacks some member of your family, be it your mom or your dad or your brother or your sister or your wife or your children, that’s going to make you bond together a little bit more. That seems to be what’s going to happen to some degree with Mike and Rachel over the last six.
TVLINE | At the end of the episode, Donna opens up about the fact that she and Harvey did have sex once. Is that something that is going to come up again? That’s a big piece of information that Louis now has.
Yes. We were writing [Episode] 411 and it just emerged in the scene because Donna says, “Louis, put yourself in my position. I have professional loyalty to Harvey, and I’m not going to betray him. What would you have done?” And it makes him think, alright, he wants to ask something personal. He wants to make her give something up of herself to him that’s not professional, but is sort of regarding Harvey. He wants her to choose him over Harvey in a way… So will it emerge again? My answer to that is yes and no. It’s in the ether. It does play into things. He doesn’t, at the moment, actively use it against her at this point in the last six, but it’s always there. It’s a piece of information that’s always there for Louis. You never know what Louis is going to do, and he now has that piece of information.
TVLINE | Finally, did anyone keep a tally of how many times the word “Sh-t” or “Bullsh-t” was said in this episode?
I’m sure someone does! I don’t know.
TVLINE | I think you might have broken your own record.
It’s possible. Sometimes, people seem to think there’s too much cursing on Suits, and there may be, I don’t know. Sometimes, we try to bring it down, sometimes we forget. I worked on Wall Street for five years and nobody watched their language is what I will say. Nobody gave a f–k about how many times they said the word “sh-t” in real life. So that just came out as I wrote it. We don’t put it in there to try and put it in there. People just curse and they don’t really think about how many times they’ve used a particular word. Sometimes it just seems appropriate to the situation.
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