My not-so-secret favorite part of this show is the Harvey/Mike bromance, and there wasn't a whole lot of that to enjoy in this first episode after hiatus. However, I watch the show for more than that, and we should go ahead and take a look at the plot over all. There were some lovely things about this episode, but also some problems.
Mike and Rachel are happy together and so are Harvey and Scottie. For the latter couple, however, things get a bit complicated. Jessica would be happy to have Scottie come work for the firm, but she's worried about the stability of Harvey and Scottie's relationship, so she asks Scottie to pay her buy-in up front. She doesn't want to, so she decides to try and bring in a big client on her own. She gets Michael Phelps, the one client Harvey couldn't land, but Jessica still won't let up about the buy-in. Harvey fronts Scottie's buy-in without telling her about it, but Scottie finds out. She's pissed at Harvey, and he tells her that he's bad at these relationship things and he's trying. The two of them agree to be honest with each other from now on.
Meanwhile, Mike is working on a case against the lawyer who represented the drunk driver who killed Mike's parents. Mike wants to tear this guy apart. However, throughout the case things become complicated. The lawyer reveals that Mike's father had been drinking the night he died, which is why Mike's Gran settled for such a small amount of money. Mike eventually decides not to tear apart this lawyer's client the way his family was torn apart, but he also doesn't allow his own client to suffer: he tells the lawyer to sue the company that made the medicine rather than the doctor, for the supposedly wrongful death of his client. Mike feels that he's done the best he can according to his principles and his job. Along the way, he and Rachel also decide to move in together, and Mike tells Rachel stories about his parents.
Louis is confused by his discovery that Mike's file was missing from Harvard's file room. At first, he wonders if Sheila could have misplaced it, but then he thinks maybe Mike is lying about going to Harvard. He confronts Donna about it, but she manages to deflect him. However, Louis gets a hold of Mike's transcript from Harvard and notices that he received an A+ from a professor notorious for never giving them out. Louis is once again very suspicious.
Okay! So, what did I not like about this episode?
Sheila and Louis just make me a bit uncomfortable. Like, that scene with the two of them in bed was a bit graphic, to be honest. Yeesh. I did not need to know Louis Litt's kinks, thank you very much.
When Mike has his deposition, Harvey sits in to watch. Mike is flustered by memories of his parents' deaths, and Harvey steps in to save the day... Mike gets mad at him because of it, and Harvey warns him to pull himself together or he's going to pull the plug. So, that's all fine. But after this moment, Harvey and Mike don't talk for the rest of the episode. It actually would have been better if they had had less contact, in my opinion. Their two plot lines in this episode were very separate, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But the moments in the beginning when they did cross paths actually detracted from the episode.
Then there's Louis's investigations into the truth about Mike. I'm cool with the concept, but Louis is just a bit too shrewd. Noticing a specific grade on Mike's transcript? Really? It felt just the tiniest bit forced.
But... there were also lots of things to enjoy!
Rachel and Mike. Their relationship brings me such joy. I'm really glad they're moving in together now. Her support of him was really touching. I don't mind that she had very little story of her own this week. Now that she's going to become a lawyer, I'm sure she'll be getting her own stuff to do very soon.
Harvey and Scottie. I'm less set on their relationship, because part of me thinks that Donna and Harvey kind of belong together. However, I love what happens with them in this episode. Harvey falls in to bad patterns once again, deceiving Scottie to get what he wants. He might think it was the romantic thing to do, but it wasn't, and Scottie is quick to call him on it. The strong theme here is that of honesty. At the end of the episode, we have Harvey and Scottie playfully rehashing old secrets from their time in law school together, and telling each other the full truth. I'm so beyond excited for what happens next, because we all know that Harvey has one big secret he can't tell anyone: Mike's a fraud. Is this going to cause friction with Scottie? I hope so, because that makes for good television!
Donna handling Louis. She is awesome. She sees the threat of Louis finding out about Mike, and she manages to talk him around and save the day in a major way. Of course, it's not going to work for long... still, her bad ass ways were firmly in place this week. She's a genius.
Mike and Harvey moments. Yeah, I know I complained about this earlier, but there were still some parts that were precious on their own, even if they detracted from the overall plot. The little moment at the beginning when Mike asks Harvey to take on the case, and Harvey at first doesn't want to let him, but when Mike reminds him about the lawyer, Harvey immediately changes tack and tells Mike to kick his ass. It was also adorable when Harvey shows up to sit in on the deposition, trying to show his support for Mike.
In the future, I'll be looking forward to more bromance-heavy episodes. But for now, I enjoyed this one okay.