Suits Season 1 Episode 8 Review: “Identity Crisis”


Harvey Reginald Specter always liked to work alone (until Mike came along), and he tends to follow his own rules rather than someone else’s. In this episode of Suits, Jessica tells, or in this case, orders Harvey that he has to work together with Louis to save Lucille Jackson’s foundation Stable Shelters from financially going under and to get the money that a man named Anthony Mazlo has embezzled from her foundation.

This partnership between the senior partner and junior partner got off to a rocky start when Louis went ahead and deposed Mazlo’s second in command without Harvey and caused Elliot Perkins to die from a pulmonary embolism and not from the pressure that Louis was putting on the man to find out where the embezzled money is. It is prominent that Louis dislikes Harvey because the former is always in the latter’s shadow, and no matter how hard Louis tries, it almost always seem to backfire on him. I kind of sympathize with Louis when he tried to redeem himself by getting another witness to come forward and testify against Mazlo, even though this particular plan blew up in his face when it was revealed to be a set-up. Seems like Louis shares some of the same traits as Mike when it comes to trusting people.

Speaking of Mike, the resident genius associate got himself cornered in a way when Jerome Jensen’s daughter, Lola, threatened to oust him as a fraud after finding out that Mike never went to Harvard as well as his other personal information like his social security number. Mike tried to convince Harvey to do something about his dilemma, but he told Mike to not worry about it because it’s nothing but smoke and mirrors. The threat is what it is: a threat and Lola will never go through with it since she just wants to reconcile with her estranged father, hence why she stole the 2 million dollars from her father’s company under a fake company name called Locksley LLC and plans to give it away like Robin Hood.

The scene where Harvey was asking Donna about Louis was very amusing. The redhead secretary asked Harvey if he asked Louis’ secretary Norma; it left our resident closer speechless as he sheepishly said that Norma gives him the creeps. My shoulders were shaking with laughter when Donna rolled her eyes and called Harvey a wimp. I also think that Norma is Suits version of Mrs. Wolowitz, given that we never see her, only knowing of her existence. It would be nice if the show were to reveal what Norma looks like so we can see the woman that creeps Harvey out.

In the end, Lucille got her money back, and Anthony Mazlo got what he deserved for stealing the money. Lola also took pity on Mike after he helped her repair the relationship between her and her father by putting in his information into the Harvard Alumni database and getting him a real law degree from the distinguished university. Now Mike has a safety net of sorts if his secret were to come out. I agree with Lola when she said that there’s still a chance that Mike might get caught for being a fraud, but it won’t be because his story doesn’t check out. Kind of makes me think that Mike should consider going back to school so that he doesn’t have to live with this deep dark secret hanging over his head like a black, stormy cloud. Guess we’ll see what happens.

[Photo credit: Christos Kalohoridis/USA Network]

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