Suits Review: Specter v. Tanner

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Harvey and Mike remained "Undefeated" on Suits this week. So much for that Boston lawyer who came to town to defend a powerful petroleum company charged with failing to cap an oil well, which led to countless victims developing various forms of cancer.

Meanwhile, Mike found himself fighting to clear Rachel's name when she was accused of leaking a confidential list of plaintiffs to a rival firm.

Seeming Confident

In other words: Pearson & Hardman certainly had its hands full. Lucky for the firm, its best and brightest, mainly Mike and Harvey, brought their A-game, despite their tactful opponent.

We learned a little bit more about Harvey this episode. I always saw him as an athlete at some point in his early years, but who knew he played baseball? And had a good arm?

It was interesting to see Harvey have to play against a version of himself. It took him several tries to finally nail Tanner to a wall. The best part? He managed to keep it clean the entire way. There was no cutting of corners, no affidavits that could have been used to charge him with perjury later on.

And Harvey was adamant about conducting himself with dignity and honesty the entire way. Bluffing doesn't really count as lying, just as good tactics.

He may play the bad boy, but he does have standards and feelings (though far be it from him to really admit that). If I had a million dollars, I might hesitate to lay it on the line in a settlement loan. Harvey saw it as a necessity and did it.

Speaking of laying it on the line, Jimmy certainly did himself a disservice by framing Rachel to get ahead. Granted, he didn't know the number he used to send the fatal fax belonged to Rachel, but he shouldn't have been so naive as to believe Wakefield-Cady's offer.

Similarly, this episode was an important one for Rachel. Through and through, she did nothing short of defending herself. She demanded a raise, that the firm pay for law school, and even used her five years at the company as leverage against Louis to get him to utter the phrase, "I'm sorry."

I wonder who the last person was, if any, to elicit those words from Louis' mouth - and so gracefully! It was a difficult fight on both fronts, but Harvey, Mike and Rachel all played like pros, even when the going got tough.

Only three episodes left this season. I'm starting to dread the months without the show! Let's just take it a week at a time, shall we?

Undefeated Review

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C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Suits Season 1 Episode 9 Quotes

It's Louis Litt, not Darth Vader. This is what courage looks like, Jimmy. Pay attention.


You can have my faith. What you're not getting is my money.