Is it just me, or is Suits running out of gas? I struggled to get on board with most of the storylines, and I'm beginning to think it's because they were all predictable.
On one side of the spectrum, we had Louis and Sheila trying to inject some life into a downright dull hour. On the other, we had some more flatlining moments from the love triangle that never should have become a thing.
Oh yes, Suits Season 7 Episode 13 was all about advancing the characters to new places, but it felt like more like one of the filler installments you tend to get at this point of a season.
There was nothing shocking about Lois and Sheila role-playing their way into the bedroom. Like I said in the review for Suits Season 7 Episode 12, there is no love here, it's all lust.
That was confirmed and then some on "Inevitable," which was an appropriate title for this hour of Suits. It was all going to come crashing down.
I appreciate that Louis felt he was in control of whatever arrangement he had with Sheila, but watching him burst into her office in his German professor get-up was sad and not in an emotional way.
Gretchen: What are you bellowing about now?
Louis: Oh, I don’t know, maybe the fact that I’m sitting here with a freshly blended prunie, thirty minutes to myself and no morning newspaper?
Gretchen: That’s because when I went to get you one, they were out.
Louis: Well, then why didn’t you go to the newsstand down the street?
Gretchen: Because I’m your secretary Louis, not your paper boy, and that’s that.
Louis: No, that is not that, because a day hasn’t gone by that I haven’t read the newspaper since I was 9, so if it’s all the same to you, I’ll go out and find one myself.
Gretchen: Louis, wait, they had the paper, I just didn’t want you to see it.
Louis: Why not?
Gretchen: Because there’s an announcement in there, Louis. That woman is getting married in a week.
Louis: I know that Gretchen and I appreciate your concern, but I’ve accepted that she is moving on and so am I. Now if it’s all the same to you, I’m going to go downstairs and get the paper.
Gretchen: You’re still tapping that, aren’t you?
Louis: Say what?
Gretchen: Don’t lie to me, you got a big old grin one second after mentioning that woman moving on.
Louis: It was not a grin.
Gretchen: I don’t care what it was, you’re dipping your pudding pop in someone else’s candy cane.
Louis: That doesn’t even make any sense.
Gretchen: Louis Junior’s having himself a slumber party.
Louis: Okay, please do not call me that.
Gretchen: And he’s ready to go snazzing around the neighborhood.
Louis: Okay fine, so what if I am.
Gretchen: So nothing.
Louis: So you’re not going to tell me this is a huge mistake.
Gretchen: It’s a mistake, but since you’re already making it, we might as well skip the part where I tell you that you’re crazy and get to the part where disaster ensues.
Louis: It’s not going to ensue, Gretchen, because I know what I’m doing and I can live with my decision. You know what, I don’t even need the newspaper anymore. So, if you don’t mind, I’m going to finish up my prunie and make plans for my slumber party with my pudding pop.
Louis was fooling himself to think the arrangement was going to work long-term. Whatever there was between them in the romance department sailed away several seasons ago, and the character of Louis is continuing to come across as pathetic.
This is not the Louis we know and love, and it's high time he returned to his scheming ways because he's not cut out for a relationship at this time of his life.
The sooner he realizes that, the better.
Can I just say that I'm ecstatic the whole love triangle is over? If there was something this hour did right, it was nipping that right in the bud.
It would probably make sense for Donna to move on from Specter Litt. She is struggling to work with Harvey professionally, and that's because she loves the man to death.
Donna has been put in a questionable place by the writers, and I don't like that they've been trying to make us think Donna needs a man to move mountains.
That completely ruins a lot of the great things Donna has achieved throughout the past seven seasons. Paula may be gone, but there's no way the relationship drama between Donna and Harvey is going to end.
Donna is a classy woman, and that's why she handed in her notice to leave Pearson Specter when she knew how her working there was making Paula feel.
Donna fought to get to the top of the food chain in the firm, and while that's an achievement many cannot say they conquered, Donna wanted to stay there.
She's gotten the firm out of a lot of horrifying situations, and I refuse to believe that Harvey would try and oust her in the manner that played out on the episode.
It's one thing to break Donna's heart, but even thinking about getting rid of her in the first place was a low way to go for Harvey. The writing's been on the wall for his relationship with Paula from the get-go because they have absolutely nothing in common.
Paula even agreed the moment they broke up, and that's why she never fought for him. Why would you fight for someone you're not even sure that you love?
Paula's return was as a plot device to drag Harvey and Donna apart. Thankfully, the plot seems to be over.
Relationship drama aside, the big case was engaging, and that's because Mike and Harvey were at the forefront of it.
They function so well together when they're not bickering over the stupidest of things. Kirk's plan to sell out the company and outsource all of the jobs to another country was shady.
Louis: I know someone’s there. You should know I’m armed and dangerous, so get out now while you still can. This is your last chance. I have a gun, and I know how to use it.
Sheila: Good, but that’s not the gun I’m here for. So you better be locked and loaded because you’re only choice now is to fill me with lead.
Louis: Oh my god, this is so hot.
Sheila: Louis, stay in character. I’m the burglar. You’re about to be stripped clean.
Louis: Yeah, I am. What are you going to make off with ya thief? My money, my bonds, my jewels?
Sheila: Oh, I’m after your jewels, and it looks like found them.
Louis: Holy shit, Sheila … I can’t help it; I love it when you …
Sheila: Uh uh uh! Rule 29 … no L word.
Louis: I wasn’t using it.
Sheila: We were very clear on the rules, Louis, we wrote the Bill of Badness. It outlined your rights, and you signed it.
Louis: I’m sorry, I don’t know what came over me.
Sheila: It’s okay, but do it again, and next time we play Prisoner Guard.
Louis: Well, then I will do it again.
Sheila: Good, because I already got my taser.
But would anyone else in his position not do the same thing? If you're selling something, you want to get the best price for it.
It would have been a shame for all of the jobs to go overseas because, well, it meant a lot of people were losing their jobs in the first place.
That's why I struggled to side with Mike and Harvey throughout. They were trying to do what was best for their client, and that's their jobs.
Teddy knew it was a tough sell to begin with, and that was all but confirmed when he didn't yell at Harvey for how it all panned out.
Mike and Rachel's wedding has been relegated to the sidelines, and I can't help but think Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle's departure may be a good thing.
I wouldn't be against the series ending this season because it's at a stage when the storylines could easily be wrapped up, but a part of me wants to see what Katherine Heigl brings to the table.
Rachel and Mike moving to Iceland for a year would give them the most plausible excuse for not appearing in future installments.
I have to respect them both for thinking about married life, and how things should be different for them after they walk down the aisle.
It's clear they are both unhappy, so why shouldn't they go and do their own thing for a little before gathering their thoughts and deciding what the next move should be?
OK. That's all I have, Suits Fanatics. Are you struggling to get through these episodes as much as I am?
I hope some of you have some thoughts for me because I'm struggling to keep any shred of interest in this show.
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