Early in the new season of Suits, a suggestion is made that would solve everything.
If you’ve ever seen the show, you know that Mike, played by Patrick J. Adams (pictured above left), is a fraud. A smart fraud, yes. A good-intentioned fraud, sure. But still a fraud.
So Mike’s wannabe girlfriend and law-firm colleague Rachel, played by Meghan Markle (pictured above right), gives him some straight-forward advice:
“Quit,” Rachel says bluntly. “Go in tomorrow and just quit.”
Of course, if that occurred, the whole setup of Suits – which returns for its third season, Wednesday, July 17 on Bravo – would fall to pieces.
But the Rachel character does hit upon something that has gnawed at me as a viewer since the beginning of Suits, which originates on the USA Network. Mike can’t possibly believe this can go on forever, can he? That he never is going to be found out?
Would it not be fairly intolerable living with such a big secret? Looking over your shoulder every day at work? And now that Rachel knows, isn’t she always going to be just one burst of anger away from exposing him?
Turns out Mike does not take Rachel’s suggestion lightly. At one point in the first episode of the new season, he has a letter of resignation typed up and ready to go. But as always in Suits, there are complications.
Mike was hired at the law firm by brilliant lawyer Harvey Specter, played by Gabriel Macht, because Mike is equally brilliant, although not quite as cut-throat. The secret Mike and Harvey share is that Mike actually has no qualifications for the job. He never graduated from Harvard, as he claims.
Harvey naturally figures that if nothing else, Mike’s loyalty should be assured. But at the end of season two, circumstances at the firm – which has been forced into a merger with a British company that now controls 51% – pulled them apart.
Mike got blackmailed and felt he had no choice but to do what he did. But Harvey feels betrayed.
So as season three begins, not only are Mike and Harvey at odds, but Harvey is trapped at this reconfigured, Brit-controlled firm that he doesn’t necessarily want to be part of, with a non-compete clause in his contract stopping him from simply bolting.
Mike, meanwhile, is desperate to regain Harvey’s trust. Is there a common enemy that could reunite them?
Some observers have referred to Suits as Mad Men in modern times. There is validity to the comparison – the ad firm in Mad Men was forced to deal with a “British invasion,” too – although the tones of the two shows aren’t the same.
Yet the main characters in both series are living with lies. Mad Men‘s Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm, isn’t who he says he is. In Suits, Mike Ross isn’t faking his identity, but he is faking his resume.
Rachel is right. Mike could just quit. But maybe that sneaky Rachel just wants more screen time for herself.