I just finished watching the final episode of Suits and I have to say, its been a whirlwind of emotions all through the season. The final few episodes are all about Mike and Harvey trying to find the optimal solution to their problem i.e. keeping Pearson Specter Litt (PSL) out of trouble and also keeping Mike out of jail. As the final two episodes progress, we find out more and more about why Anita Gibbs is probably the best match so far to the infamous Harvey Specter.
The final two episodes give two options to Mike: either go to jail or turn over on Harvey and Jessica. Mike has a decision to make and either side he looses something. Rachel wants him to turn over so they could have their happily ever after but turning over on others is against Mike’s principles. Against all odds Mike decides that he will be his own attorney at the trial to showcase his abilities as a lawyer and get the jury to see his abilities as a Harvard educated lawyer. Harvey is against the idea at the beginning of the episode but he gets around to it knowing that if he is the attorney, their chances of winning the case are very slim. In this whole debacle, we come across Mike’s gigantic ego again where he thinks he is better than everyone else including Harvey. I personally think that Mike’s character could have been a little more subdued showing that he appreciates the law more instead of making him even more egoistic.
Moving forward, Mike puts all cards in play and uses his previous colleagues to vouch for his time at Harvard. In return, Anita Gibbs brings out Trevor and even pits Louis against Mike by offering him a deal. The biggest turning point is when Jessica takes all the blame and tells Anita Gibbs point blank that it was all her idea to hire Mike Ross and he is the best Harvard educated lawyer PSL has ever hired. I thought Jessica Pearson’s character is the best thus far even though she is a complete hypocrite. But then again, on this show who isn’t, including Jack Soloff.
Another angle in the final episodes is the relationship between Donna and Harvey. We do come across the fact that even though Harvey is the best closer in the city, he is still a coward in terms of admitting that he loves Donna. He also takes till the final episode to realize that he is ready to take the blame if it comes to it instead of sending Mike to jail. As the season comes to a close, we see Mike showing extraordinary courage by denying Anita Gibbs deal and taking the plunge to go to jail instead of selling out. Harvey is distraught that he couldn’t talk Mike out of his decision. Jessica waives the non-compete for all PSL employees as Robert Zane comes all guns blazing for PSL employees. PSL is now with bare bones staff and the final scene shows the associates bullpen empty with Jessica and Louis contemplating next steps. Mike decides against marrying Rachel until he gets out and that makes the Zane family happy. Harvey drops off Mike at the jail and ends with the words “Watch your back in there, Mike” and rightfully so. Finally he has to pay for his wrongdoings. I think the ending was decent and if it had ended with Mike getting out of jail, it would not have been a good ending to this season. Even though Mike has helped a lot of people during his time in the legal profession, if he got out of prison time because of his wits or any deal, the audience would not have felt sorry for the guy in the next season. With him spending time in prison, the next season would be a worthwhile watch and the audience would root for the guy too.
My prediction is that Mike comes out jail before his sentence is finished and becomes a sole practitioner or chooses another profession i.e. Investment Banking. Either way, i think the show will be interesting to watch in Season 6.
Suits- Season 5
Rating- 3.5 out of 5