It's only been two episodes, but Gretchen has already won me over.
She's not Donna of course, but she has Harvey's back, and that's exactly what he needs right now, whether he wants to admit it or not.
Harvey's escalating anxiety comes to a head in Suits Season 5 Episode 3, but now he's finally starting to make some progress and regain control over it.
Watching Harvey picture his doctor as Donna and really let his anger come out was a huge breakthrough for him, not to mention it was an incredibly well done and well acted scene. Losing Donna has really messed him up.
Mike's case with Robert Zane wasn't helping matters and only further pushed Harvey towards the edge. After Jessica pointed out his paranoia that Mike would be the next one to leave him, the resulting panic attack seemed inevitable.
How great was it to see Gretchen come to him and tell him about her own history of panic attacks? She gave him the hope he needed that he can overcome his anxiety and work through his abandonment issues.
No matter what Harvey is dealing with in his personal life, he's way too stubborn to let it get in the way of his professional one. Bringing in Charles Barkley to poach Jack's client was pure genius, not to mention hilarious. If only we could have had cameos from Michael, Magic, Larry, and Hakeem as well. My basketball loving heart would have been in heaven.
He even got the last word with Louis, who luckily seems to have no intention of letting Jack boss him around anymore. We need Louis back on Harvey's good side so that Gretchen can resume playing silly pranks on him. I want to see what else she can come up with to mess with him.
Mike's childhood story sure is compelling and pulls at the heart strings. It even reminds Robert what he's had to overcome to get where he is, earning his respect. Granted, it only lasted about three seconds.
Robert: You got dealt a bad hand, you pulled yourself up by your bootstraps, and I respect that.
Mike: Thanks Robert.
Robert: You can call me dad.
That's okay though, because in the end it's Mike's super powered memory paired with his compassionate heart that gets the job done and truly earns Robert's respect as a partner. I think it's safe to say he earned a pass for his tardiness. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing these two continue to work together.
I'm loving whatever is happening between Jessica and Rachel right now. Their relationship is growing beyond mentor/mentee into a solid friendship similar to Rachel and Donna's. Though, I have to say, I thought it was pretty obvious the speech was going to be Jessica's, but I'll give that a pass since it gave us such great moments between them. Who else thinks a shopping trip is in order for these two? I wouldn't be opposed to that, especially if Donna came along.
Speaking of Donna, Harvey is not the only one suffering from anxiety over her. Louis is still struggling to accept that she's not going to leave him to go back to Harvey. Personally in this case his worries are probably valid. The more she assures him she's not leaving, the more I believe she eventually will. I don't necessarily think it'll happen soon, but it wouldn't shock me if she and Gretchen have switched desks by the end of the season. Donna and Harvey can't stay separated forever right?
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Suits Season 5 Episode 4 will be titled "No Puedo Hacerlo" and will air on Wednesday, July 15.
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