***Warning: Suits episode 8 spoiler***
Jeez! I feel like I am so behind in the critique of last week’s episode “Mea Culpa” (episode 8) on Suits. I mean the new episode is tomorrow! I didn’t even have time to discuss the previous episode, “Hitting Home (episode 7).” But I guess I’ll tie a little bit of episode 7 with last week’s episode.
In episode 7 of Suits, Lois found out he slept Harvey’s sister, after Harvey promised not to. Out of anger Lois, let’s just say he said somethings in regard to Harvey’s mama and relationship issues. In that moment, Harvey snapped and almost beat the crap out Lois. Upon that moment, Jessica walked in on the fight and told Harvey to get out of his office. In one of the opening scenes of episode 8, Jessica visits Harvey at his house and tells him, he needs to take vacation in order to prevent him from getting a 3 month suspension. She also tells him to tell Lois that he was wrong to start a fight with him.
In another scene, we see Harvey at his therapy session with Dr. Agard. What I love about this scene is seeing Harvey’s human side. And that as attractive and successful he is, he still has issues. This I feel serves as a reminder no matter what part of life you come from, mental illness will affect you. Also, therapy serves as a place where not only can you learn to accept your humanity, but learn to accept the humanity of others. Not to mention, this scene makes for a great TV show.
Anyway, Dr. Agard tells Harvey how it was good he received vacation time, especially since he has been letting his emotions rule him. However, Harvey says, “Wanting to shut Louis up isn’t being ruled by your emotions. It’s being human.”
Dr. Agard said there are other ways he could have done that, for example walking out the door. But Harvey said he’s not going to walk out of his own office.
She asks why not and he says:
“Because when someone points a gun, you don’t turn around and run away. You take it out of their hand and you point it right back.”
“Well sometimes the best way to get someone to stop firing bullets at you is to take off your armor,” She tells him.
Eesh, being vulnerable. Growing up I thought being vulnerable was the same as being weak, however as I’ve grown up, I’ve learned ironically it’s a show of strength and humility.
“What the hell kind of bullets are you talking about?” He asked defensively.
“Emotional ones,” She answered. “Harvey, Louis lashed out you because he was feeling pain, and instead of showing you his hurt he covers it with anger.”
Yet again, Harvey still shows no regret of his actions toward Louis. Dr. Agard says they both have the same problem of lashing out their anger. The only difference was that Louis didn’t do it with fists, but with words. She also states the only way Louis can admit his wrongs, is if Harvey does as well. But in the meantime, Louis is still mad as hell and tells Jessica he’s gonna sue him for assault and battery. Jessica knows he hasn’t filed the suit yet, so she asks what he really wants. To make a long story short, Louis basically wants Harvey humiliated. However she says he might not feel the same in two weeks due to Harvey being on vacation. He doesn’t buy that and believes it was made up. Jessica still on her ground says he has no proof and for him to say it’s pretty bold statement.
Jessica is so cool! 😀
In a much later scene, we see Harvey go to see Louis in his office and apologize for his actions. Despite his efforts Louis does not accept his apology.
“There is something wrong with you and there is nothing you could ever possibly say to me—“
“I have been seeing a psychologist.” He said.
Yeah. That’s kinda of a tough one. Telling people in your workplace about your illness is pretty risky. Even if you’d want to, you’d preferably only tell your boss and maybe your closest coworker/friend. In this case, the only people who know about Harvey’s panic attack are Jessica and Mike. To tell other colleagues about it, would only be when necessary; which for Harvey would make sense for him to tell Louis. In my personal experience, I only told my colleague about mental illnesses, because I was late to help her with her class due to a panic attack.
“What? No you haven’t. This is some kind of trick—“
Why is when say to you that you have issues, they don’t believe you? What do they expect mental illness to look like?
“I’ve been seeing someone to get help for panic attacks.” Harvey said cutting Louis off.
“You’ve been having panic attacks?” Louis said.
“Yes.” Harvey said admittedly.
“Where?” Asks Louis.
“Look I don’t want to get into it.” Harvey said trying to dodge the question.
“Where?” Demanded Louis.
“In the Office.” Harvey answered
“When?” Louis asked.
When??? Yeah Louis…like panic attacks have a set schedule.
“They happen when they happen,” Harvey told him. “Louis, I am telling you the truth.”
In that moment, Louis seemed to showed empathy for him. “My God—How long have they—“
“They started a few months ago.” He stated.
“A few—“ Then it “donned” upon Louis. “When Donna left.”
“Yes when Donna left,” Harvey continues “But it isn’t really about Donna. That was a trigger—at least that’s what they’re telling me. It goes deeper. My family, my relationships… Let’s just say I’m trying to work through some shit.”
Louis then really seems now show compassion and understanding to Harvey’s inner plight. “So when I said those things it struck a nerve.”
“Oh it did more than that Louis,” Harvey said “It hurt.”
“You hurt me too Harvey” Louis replied shortly.
“I know and I’m sorry.” Harvey says apologetically. “And it’s not an excuse but I wanted you know why I did what I did and where it was coming from.”
Louis then blurts he’s not going to vacation. Harvey states what really he has been doing was seeing his therapist and figuring out how to apologize to him. Harvey then continues to apologize for his actions and Louis forgives him. Harvey however still unsure asks if Louis was still going to suspend him. I think he shouldn’t have said that too soon. Louis said no and said he understood why Jessica gave him vacation. In fact, Louis has him come to work the next day especially since the committee was announcing Mike’s partnership. Aww! It looks everything is going work out between them again. Er, Wrong!
The following day, during the same time the committee announces Mike’s partnership, Louis says in front of the committee that Harvey is the one who gave him the scars on his face and wants him suspended. But Jack Soloff, the head of the committee says they can’t do it right away. However, the committee has till Friday to decide if Harvey should be suspended. That son of a bitch!!!! Just when you think Louis to seemed to understand Harvey’s situation he still retaliates. I’m tired of Louis’ petty behavior!
In a much later scene, we see Harvey confront Louis in the men’s restroom about the stunt he pulled in front of the committee. Louis says he doesn’t believe that he had a panic attack, because Harvey asked if he was still going to be suspended or not.
Okay maybe Harvey shouldn’t have asked too soon and just kept to the apology. But why the hell would anyone lie about having mental illness to one up somebody??? It’s a very hard topic for someone with mental illness to talk anyone about.
“You think being opening up about panic attacks is manipulation?!” Harvey said disgustingly.
Why do people think showing them your vulnerable side is a way of taking advantage of them or getting attention? It isn’t. As someone being part of the mentally ill community, I don’t believe we show our weaknesses to win people over, but to show that we are trying our best take ownership of our lives.
“I don’t think you really had panic attacks, let alone are going to therapy.” Louis chortled.
“Well I am,” Harvey bellowed. “And I opened up to you about it and then you looked me in the eye and you used mike’s partnership to lure me back in.”
Louis admitted saying that to lure him back in and in order to teach him a lesson. Oi, Louis…making things go from bad to worse. What Louis did to Harvey does worry me when whenever I feel like telling anyone at my work, especially my boss that I have mental illness. I fear that if I do tell someone I confined to at work about my illness, I could end up being blackballed.
In one of the last scenes of Suits, we see Donna seeing in a chair in Louis office holding his Dictaphone. She then plays the confrontation that happened between him and Harvey in the bathroom. Donna states she understands why he’d want Harvey suspended, but not to play dirty by using Harvey’s weakness to do it. Good going Donna! Way to go saving the day, perhaps even the firm.
So, will Louis still get Harvey suspended? Will Harvey’s weakness still be revealed to his entire firm? I guess we’re going to find out in the next episode of Suits.