Suits started off as a great bromance between two lawyers, Harvey and Mike, who fought tooth and nail for their corporate law firm and leader Jessica. Though it is nice to see remnants of some of the traits that have made Suits compelling, it is hard to forget the losing streak it has been on. Unfortunately, the last two seasons took a detour to expand the storylines of supporting characters and ended up deterring the show from its great fake lawyering to focus more on romantic storylines. This season finally returns to what is important, Harvey bickering with Louis, new and old feuds, and Mike and Rachel back to being the boring couple we love them to be.
Last season we learned of Harvey’s seemingly obvious feelings for Donna and that the show runners cannot let a platonic male/female relationship stand. One of the greatest things about this show was the nonsexual Harvey/Donna relationship. Their friendship seemed much stronger and deeper than Harvey’s relationships with any other women, including Scotty. They have been one of the greatest male/female duos on screen and what made them so interesting was the friendship they fostered without sex. This beautiful dynamic was trampled when the writers reveled that these two powerful and interesting characters did indeed sleep together, thus ruining the illusion. Before this revelation, their friendship felt realistic and refreshing because men and women can be friends, but it is often ignored by television and film writers who have an obsessive need to couple every man and woman.
The beginning of this season, however, seemed to let go of this Harvey/Donna potential/almost lover affair, at least for now, and bravely address issues that rarely see the light of day. This season took mental illness head on and made it plausible and relatable. Harvey Specter, the strong intelligent lawyer who has it all together, the man you will never see sweat, is human and fragile just like the rest of us. He is stubborn and hotheaded and has no idea how to deal with issues that have him around the neck. The newcomer to this show, Dr. Paula Agard (Christina Cole), at first glance, seems like a great addition. The problem with the whole series is that its fake lawyering often gets in the way of reality. Harvey/ Dr. Agard’s relationship starts of strong and believable, but morphs into something laughable and implausible as Harvey viciously attacks her during a deposition and then apologizes by telling her he is ready to talk about his mother. It seems unclear as to where this duo is heading and hopefully there is not another coupling on the horizon.
Finally, it is great to welcome another new addition to the team, Gretchen (Aloma Wright) as Harvey’s new secretary and hopefully Donna’s new best friend. It is great to see another strong female character amidst Harvey and Louis’s bickering and Mike’s self-righteousness. Hopefully as the season progresses we learn more about Gretchen and Dr. Paula Agard since the talent of the show lies in its ability to explore the character’s faults and weaknesses, even if it does so in a not so subtle manner. The past two seasons chose to focus a little too much on Rachel and Mike and it is great to see not only the characters we love so much returning to the forefront, but also great new territory waiting to be explored.