Suits: High Noon
The summer finale wastes no time, and it immediately opens up to the partners voting on whether Jessica (Gina Torres) or Daniel (David Costabile) will be the managing partner of the firm. Time continues to fly as Daniel wins the vote, and he’s announced the new managing partner, effective immediately. It’s not shocking that it happened, but it is shocking that it all happened in the very beginning of the episode. Don’t worry. The finale has plenty more in store.
Even though his grandma just died at the end of the last episode, Mike (Patrick J. Adams) is hard at work at the office, and when Rachel (Meghan Markle) tries to get him to go home, he snaps at her. He’s obviously reeling from the loss of his only family, and in the process, he’s shutting himself off from any support. Also, he won’t tell Harvey (Gabriel Macht) or Donna (Sarah Rafferty) because he doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him. Too late because the audience already does…
The aftermath of Daniel becoming managing partner really kicks in when Louis (Rick Hoffman) and Harvey are put into a warzone. Harvey gets booted from his office and put on a different floor. This is all part of Daniel’s plan to wear him down until he either quits or decides to side with Daniel. As if Harvey would ever stoop low enough to side with Daniel over Jessica. In fact, Harvey even looks Daniel right in the eyes and says, “I’m coming for you.” Indeed, he is.
As part of the plan to get under Harvey’s skin, Louis forbids Mike from doing Harvey’s cases. Naturally, Harvey tries to pawn off a handful of cases on Mike, but Mike’s in no mood to put up with it. Instead of a simple “no,” he yells at Harvey and causes a scene in front of all the other associates. It’s pretty bad, and both of them are pretty intense. Due to his little outburst, Harvey forces Mike to go home. Without complaint, Mike does go home, and once he gets there, he smokes a whole lot of weed. So much, in fact, that he almost oversleeps past his grandma’s funeral. Luckily, Rachel shows up and forces him off the couch and into the shower.
Speaking of the funeral, there’s a new girl there named Tess (guest star Elisabeth Hower) that has apparently known Mike since they were children. They have a history that involves dating at one point, which would be easier to believe if she didn’t come across so strange. This story feels like it’s out of left field, and within two seconds, Tess is already annoying. Try to look past that and focus on the fact that she boosts Mike’s confidence enough to give his eulogy.
Back at the office, Harvey and Donna are swamped with work because they’re not allowed to use any of the associates for help, including Mike. Louis is holding it over their heads, and neither one of them are particularly fond of Louis right now – even more so than usual. Harvey knows how to do all the grunt work, but he hates having to go through it. Plus, Donna just isn’t as fast as Mike, so everything is moving very slowly.
Swing the focus back on Mike and Tess, and it becomes clear why we’re allowed to think Tess is annoying. She and Mike kiss, and then she drops a bomb on him that she’s married. Yes, married. Mike is none too pleased with this revelation, and he angrily kicks her out of his apartment without giving her a chance to explain. Shortly after that, Harvey shows up, and Mike finally admits that his grandma died. Harvey already knew, of course. So what do they do? They start smoking weed together. Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds.
During their “high time” together, it briefly gets serious when they start talking about their families, but then it’s back to the munchies and laughing at everything. You know that whole “can opener” thing that Harvey and Donna are always talking about? Harvey finally tells Mike what it is, but their conversation cuts off before the audience can find out. Looks like we’ll have to wait until next season to figure that one out. The fun and games end when the boys show up at work after hours and find Louis in Harvey’s office. A punch is about to be thrown, but Mike stops Harvey before he can – luckily for Louis.
Here’s where the real twist comes. Apparently Mike and Harvey think clearly when they’re high because they suddenly put together a case against Daniel that proves he’s the one that planted the document that got Donna fired. They really hit the ground running with this new case against Daniel, and everything seems to line up perfectly. The war against Harvey and Daniel continues when Daniel issues a drug test for Harvey, and he refuses to take it. There’s going to be a partners meeting to try to get Harvey dismissed.
Mike finds some more evidence he needs that Daniel planted the document, and in a moment of excitement, he kisses Rachel. Since she thinks he’s still hurting from the loss of his grandma, she stops him, even though they both clearly still have feelings for each other. Meanwhile, Harvey is having a chat with Travis Tanner (recurring guest star Eric Close), and Tanner openly admits that the document was a fraud.
The time has come for the meeting Daniel called in order to get Harvey dismissed. Little does he know that the tables are about to turn. Harvey calls him out on planting the document to get Donna fired, and Mike shows up at the meeting with evidence. (And by “evidence” I mean an empty folder that Daniel only thinks is evidence.) It’s a showdown, and it’s time to vote. The vote ends in Harvey’s favor, and Daniel is the one that gets dismissed. In case you’re wondering, Louis voted to have Daniel dismissed too, so he chose Harvey.
All is well with Daniel finally gone, and in order to celebrate, Mike calls up Tess. Maybe he forgot she’s a married woman, or maybe he just doesn’t care because he’s still upset about his grandma. One thing leads to another, and the two are cuddling naked in bed together. But wait, there’s a knock at the door. Silly Mike for thinking it’s the pizza man. It’s Rachel. She’s there to admit her feelings for him, but she gets distracted when she sees Tess in the background. Mike messed up… badly. Good luck fixing that next season.
There you have it, folks. What a whirlwind summer of Daniel vs. Harvey and Jessica. Be sure to tune in next season for all new drama.