It’s always about Harvey and Mike. The season premiere of Suits I mean, is always centred around Harvey and Mike. The first season was about Harvey hiring Mike as his associate. In the second season, Harvey has to save Mike from getting fired after Jessica comes to know that Mike has never been to law school. The third season was about Mike redeeming Harvey’s trust. In the fourth season, Mike had moved on to be an investment banker and the question was will he have a change of heart and ally with Harvey again. But this season is different. It’s about Harvey and Donna.
I had always believed that the writers will never touch that chord. Because Harvey and Donna are pristine. The series is filled with analogies on Mike and Harvey’s equation. That our Batman cannot function without Robin. But the one person that truly drives the man that Harvey Specter is, is Donna. Maybe, they are going to be an analogy for other fictional characters. Because, it is Donna’s departure that has shaken Harvey to the core. He has panic attacks every time she turns him away. He begins to see a shrink for keeping them at bay. For the first time in the series, he looks vulnerable and needy. So needy that he begins to introspect and share his feelings to a complete stranger. If this is not love, I don’t know what is.
Suits is a great show. Among other reasons, because it makes you care about every character deeply. It is difficult to decide on the character you’d want to see having the last laugh. Because it will be at the expense of another’s feelings. You see Harvey struggling and you want Donna to return. You want her to resume being the oxygen-esque force that gives life to him. But then you think of Donna, about how Harvey left her on a cliffhanger when he said ‘You know I love you Donna’ and walked out. He revived an emotion in both of their lives that they had mutually decided to ebb. He had fired her in season two because the situations and Jessica demanded so. She was stung because she felt that he did not fight enough for keeping her. That is what has earned Harvey her abandonment, him not fighting for her, him not acknowledging how lucky he is to have her. Then there is Louis, who always is jostling in the middle of shifting dynamics. In the third season, just as Mike accepts to be his associate, Harvey walks in to announce that he has forgiven Mike and they hi five their way out of the room leaving Louis empty handed. He was wounded, rightly so, because he had sought Harvey’s consent before approaching Mike to be his associate. And if Donna leaves him, his dejection will take the best of him. It will be a reaffirmation of his insecurity that all the greatness is exclusively for Harvey and he is just a pawn in the bigger picture. That he is the one to be mocked at. He is that child in the family with all the hand me downs.
Harvey keeps on repeating throughout the episode that it won’t last. Maybe, he is right. Donna might not walk out on Louis on her volition, he might eventually force her to do so. We’ve seen it time and again that Donna’s existence forges Harvey’s individuality. He can swagger around the city because Donna feeds him with the right information at all times and dextrously manages his clients. What has been ignored though, is that Donna can be Donna only because Harvey lets her be. He allows her to have her way. He never asks her to do things she just does them. He never questions her authority. But Louis is a different breed of boss. He likes to take control of his subordinates. Gradually when his euphoria over landing Donna wears off, he might interfere with her decisions. Needless to say, it will not go down well with her.
In the next episode, Harvey is going to hire another Donna, who he will not allow to become Donna because he cannot stand being invested in another person at this point of time. The internet is abuzz with questions on the potential romantic arc between Harvey and his shrink or his new secretary. I don’t see a future to that. In an article about Friends, it was said that if any of the six characters grew closer to a supporting character, the writers went to inordinate lengths to break them apart. The ones they were meant to be with were the other friends. Such is the case with Suits as well. At the end of the day, it is only Jessica, Harvey, Louis, Donna, Rachel and Mike in the pack.