Hell hath no fury like Louis Litt scorned, but is his power play on Suits going to come back to bite him in the butt?
"That's the big question," Suits creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh tells TVGuide.com. "Knowing Jessica is very smart and Louis is very emotional — I wouldn't call him dumb — you have to think, 'Is he in over his head a little?' At the same time, does she have a choice?"
After figuring out Mike's (Patrick J. Adams) big secret on the midseason finale, Louis (Rick Hoffman) — who was forced to resign because of his dirty deal with Forstman (Eric Roberts) — huffed and puffed his way into Jessica's (Gina Torres) office and demanded to be made name partner or he'll tell the cops. When the show returns Wednesday (10/9c, USA), it will pick up seconds later, with Harvey (Gabriel Macht) swinging by to learn the news. But don't think Louis has them right where he wants them. "They're not going to give him his name partnership easily," Korsh says. "There's too much on the line. ... It's interesting to see exactly how they, Jessica in particular, handle it without letting it escalate or worse, end up with them getting exposed."
Whether the firm will be christened Pearson Specter Litt will play out rather quickly. After power struggles with Hardman and Darby the past few seasons, Korsh made a conscious decision to not let the remaining six episodes of Season 4 be another battle for control of the firm.
"The first inclination was to [do that]. It's certainly right there, but it was like, 'Let's see if we could not do that so much and make it more about Louis,'" he says. "He's got a lot of feelings of personal betrayal with everyone in the firm, so let's focus on dealing it with more at a personal level and less at the firm level. We have to do a little of that obviously ... but we get through that and then we're focusing on the personal betrayal Louis feels. It bleeds down into all of the characters."
Though Mike is the source of this headache, the biggest stab in the back Louis feels is from Donna (Sarah Rafferty). "You saw a little of that already [in the midseason finale]," Korsh says. "Donna really wants to make things right and he knows it. She's sort of at his mercy." Still, as with the name partnership, don't expect the relationship drama to be dragged out either. "It has some unforeseen consequences in the first three [episodes], then we get past it and move on to other things," Korsh teases. "Bigger things."
Suits airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on USA. Watch an exclusive sneak peek of the midseason premiere below: