Suits Season 1 Episode 9 Review: “Undefeated”


It’s a well-known fact that no lawyer on the face of the earth can defeat the great Harvey Specter when it comes to legal battles, but in this episode of Suits, Harvey meets his match. Enter Travis Tanner, a senior partner from the Clyde-MacPhee law firm in Boston. Tanner was called in to fix the lawsuit against Emerson Petroleum so that the company will be able to win the case. The Boston lawyer talked circles around Harvey and taunted the other lawyer with the fact that Harvey suffered a shoulder injury which prevented him from playing with his school baseball team in the state championships during his senior year. Way to poke the bear, Tanner.

Court case aside, there seems to be a hint of a mutiny within Pearson Hardman. Apparently, an associate had leaked a confidential witness list to a rival firm by the name of Wakefield-Cady, and Mike decided to play detective to figure out who leaked the list while multitasking on Harvey’s case. The scene with Mike and the IT guy Benjamin was great. Mike used his eidetic memory to get the name of the person who got Rachel’s employee code to frame her for the crime. The shocked look on Benjamin’s face, when Mike told him that there weren’t any commas on the paper, was priceless. For those of you that keep score, it’s Mike: 1, Benjamin: 0.

I also enjoyed the scene where Harvey was telling Mike to dig into Travis Tanner so that the older lawyer could use the information against him much like what Tanner did when the Boston lawyer brought up the state championships. When Harvey told Mike that His Royal Airness, Michael Jordan, watched more game film than anybody, Mike didn’t believe him till Harvey whipped out his phone and dared Mike to call Jordan. Suffice it to say, the younger lawyer was shocked when he heard Jordan’s voice on the other end.

I kind of rolled my eyes when Harvey channeled his inner James Bond in the scene where he was talking to his PI Vanessa. However, I guess Harvey is sort of like the infamous British spy given that they are both smooth talkers and they always get the girl.

In the end, Harvey bested Tanner, after Mike gave him some advice, and won the case against Emerson Petroleum. I felt a bit sorry for Harvey when Jessica told him that the firm would not be able to cover the million dollars that he had spent out of his own pocket to get some extra time to win the case, but Harvey can earn it back easily: he’s Harvey Specter.

Additionally, Mike found out the person responsible for leaking the witness list and framing Rachel: Jimmy. Turns out that Jimmy leaked the list because Wakefield-Cady offered him a junior partnership if he leaked the list, but the law firm reneged the offer after the deed was done, leaving Jimmy angry and disappointed. If you want the carrot, then you have to work hard to earn that carrot and not go through the back door; once the bad guys get what they want, whatever promise was made will be null and void.

It’s also kind of ironic that the lady who is one of the plaintiffs in the Emerson Petroleum case said that Mike and Rachel will get together soon because these two didn’t actually get together till Season 2. I want to say that she must be a psychic, but as Patrick Jane said, there’s no such thing as psychics.

[Photo via USA Network]

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