Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle
[WARNING: The following contains spoilers from the Season 2 finale of Suits. Read at your own risk.]
Suit up? More like suit off!
On Thursday's Season 2 finale of Suits, Mike (Patrick J. Adams) and Rachel (Meghan Markle) finally hook up — with angry hate sex — in the file room after he explains that he's a "fraud" and why he lied about helping her get into Harvard.
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Mike's confession came moments after he was fired by Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and then un-fired by Jessica (Gina Torres) in the aftermath of Pearson Hardman's Pearson's merger with Scottie and Darby's British firm. Anti-merger, Harvey tries to make a damaging case against the Brits and enters into an agreement/bet with Jessica that if he wins, they won't merge and he will be named partner. But if she wins, they will merge, and Harvey must stay, sign a non-compete and work to make partner. Thanks to some help from Scottie (guest star Abigail Spencer), who confesses to Donna (Sarah Rafferty) that she's in love with Harvey and slips Mike a top-secret file to help them win, it seems like Pearson Spector is imminent. That is, until Jessica blackmails Mike into not using the file or she'll inform the D.A. that he has no law degree.
Elsewhere, Louis (Rick Hoffman) meets his British counterpart, Nigel Nesbitt (guest star Adam Godley), and just when it looks like they're on friendly terms, he breaks their promise and puts Nigel on his efficiency list.
So are Mike and Rachel together now? Is the merger really going to go through? Will Harvey try to stop it? Series creator Aaron Korsh gives us the scoop.
That ending was pretty hot. And you killed two birds with one stone. Was it just time?
Aaron Korsh: Yeah. I think we just felt like it was enough, "Will they or won't they?" I definitely was aware that the fans were getting tired of it and I think we as writers were getting tired of it. It's always a concern when you get people together what's going to happen after that, but we decided to not be afraid about what's going to happen after and just make it happen now and deal with it later. So we took the plunge!
Did you always plan for them sleeping together to coincide with his confession?
Korsh: I don't know if we always planned for it, but at the beginning of the season, we came up with Mike revealing his secret to Rachel and they sleep together in the same instance. ... When we came up with Mike and Rachel sleeping together, I had always wanted them to sleep together the way it goes down in the episode, kind of out of anger — hate sex almost. But when [the writers] pitched it to me at first, it was they sleep together and then he tells her his secret. We put up cards on the board that sum up what the scene is about and the card they put up was, "Mike and Rachel tenderly bang." And he's making her breakfast the next morning and I said no! [Laughs] I said, "We're going to make that, 'Mike and Rachel angrily bang.'" We weren't sure how we were going to get to him telling her his secret and sleeping together. Patrick and Meghan, to their credit, came up with some ideas to put it over the top in terms of the fight they get into that leads into the sex.
It makes more sense this way. If he told her afterward, they would almost have to start over again.
Korsh: Yes. That was the idea. When I had first written it, she had kind of known because she pursued that Harvard thing, but Patrick felt that she shouldn't know. She knows that something's wrong, but she doesn't know what it is. He rightfully fought for Mike to say it on his own. I was glad that he did that. They had this thing between them that kept them from getting together. The barrier was gone now.
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Are they officially together now? What's the plan?
Korsh: It's not 100 percent locked down yet. I'm writing [the Season 3 premiere] right now. They acted out of passion in a moment. ... To make an analogy, if you have a couple that is together and one finds out that the other one cheated on them, and they decide to forgive that person — even if they forgive that person, it's going to come up again. She's discovered it's a betrayal to her and the firm and law. It's not something she can never think about again. So that's going to be their journey in Season 3.
Why did Mike betray Harvey? Did he consider his future at the firm more important than helping out Harvey? He bluffed pretty well with Jessica.
Korsh: That's a good question. I think, Mike, in my mind, thought, "If I do this, she's going to expose this, Harvey won't get partner anyway, and we'll be exposed." ... He didn't realize that he would be betraying Harvey. He thought that Harvey's name was going to go on the door. He didn't know how much he was betraying Harvey. He thought Harvey was going to lose this case, but he's still going to be partner. I think that's part of it. He was also put in a horrible position. ... But he was un-fired by Jessica and we will honor that. The question is less whether or not Mike works there and more what his future with respect to Harvey is. Can Harvey get over this?
It was fun seeing Harvey knocked down a few pegs. Is he humbled or is he still going to go after the partnership and get rid of Darby (Conleth Hill)?
Korsh: [Laughs] We liked seeing him lose too. We wanted to experience a Harvey loss. We're going to make Harvey in [Episode] 3x01 consistent with the Harvey we created the first two seasons. He's been humbled, but he's still Harvey. That's the best I can describe it.
Is the merger complete when we return? Is it Pearson Darby now?
Korsh: Or maybe Darby Pearson! We are not sure what the new entity will be. We're picking up right after [the finale] as though the merger is going to be completed. We haven't written all of Season 3, so we have not 100 percent landed on anything yet. Harvey had an agreement-slash-bet with Darby and Jessica. He's a man generally of his word and I think he's going to feel bound by the terms of his bet. On the other hand, losing is not going to make him happy.
Is Hardman (David Costabile) right? Jessica doesn't trust Harvey and is afraid of him? I've never seen her so ruthless.
Korsh: [Laughs] I think she's badass. We are trying to not make everybody 100 percent right or wrong. She is acting in a ruthless way, but it's her firm. But from his perspective, they're a team, they fought off all these people, got rid of Hardman, so they can back off this merger. ... It's just interesting. When you have mentor-mentee relationships, and even parental relationships, there comes a time where the mentee wants to break free from the mentor's shadow. That was Hardman's language that got in Harvey's head and he's lashing out in my opinion after having just lost. ... I wouldn't say she inherently doesn't trust him or is afraid of him, but she's aware that the dynamic of their situation is not going to last forever and it's a natural progression for him to want to break free from her. One of the big assets of the merger was Harvey and if she can't control him, he's not a good asset.
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Can and will she control him next season?
Korsh: She's gone very hard to keep him in his place. If she were his mom so to speak, if you smack your kids down too hard, you're going to damage the relationship. Can they repair their bond? That's what she has to figure out. She entered a merger. I wouldn't say she did it rationally, but she did it quickly and she may or may not like that. And she blackmailed Mike and she's no shrinking violet. Her decisions may come back to haunt her this year.
Why did Scottie go through all this to show Harvey that she loves him? Is this really the only way to get his attention?
Korsh: [Laughs] We grow up and we like to think that we are not like children, but I really believe in life, we are no different than when we were children; we just look like adults. She is the female Harvey and she's yanking on his pigtails. That's what the metaphor would be. We would like to think adults would never do that, but I think we are kidding ourselves if we think we are that more advanced. We hide it a little better. With people with tremendous amounts of power, they're even worse. They act like children because they get what they want so often.
He convinces Darby to give her her job back. Will he pick for her to work there or London?
Korsh: We will answer it very quickly in the premiere. That decision will be revisited throughout the season, at least in discussion.
Donna denied to Scottie that she loves Harvey. But does she? Should the Donna-Harvey 'shippers have hope?
Korsh: We are going to attempt to shed some more light on their relationship and their past and Harvey's feelings toward Donna. The way I view Donna's feelings is Donna believes that Harvey is not ready and has not been ready for a relationship with her. So in her head, she has moved on. That doesn't mean that when he says things like, "Look at you, you're beautiful" [two weeks ago], that it doesn't register with her subconscious. In her conscious mind, Donna is aware that he is out of her reach, but underneath is different. ... I think in reality, we're not always in touch with our true feelings. We will pursue that in some way. We have a mechanism that we hope works out that will shed his feelings. It's not the can-opener!
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I loved Louis' character development this season. He lied to protect Rachel, and his repartee with Nigel was great. Will he live to regret screwing over Nigel?
Korsh: I also love that he lied for Rachel's sake. ... There was a lot of talk about if should Mike tell Rachel that Louis lied. I thought if Mike was being noble in giving Louis a chance to tell her, then he shouldn't tell her. There was a scene that we didn't end up writing where Louis tells her. ... Nigel — we had so much fun writing those scenes. We are not sure if we'll be seeing Nigel again. We have not decided. Louis has a major story next season. ... He becomes aware of the rift between Mike and Harvey, and we have some cool and interesting story lines between him and Mike, and him and Harvey. He plays a major role in the evolution of that relationship. Season 3 is all about consequences.
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