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Suits midseason finale: Why Harvey & Mike quitting will be good for the show

When the credits roll on Suits‘ Season 5 summer finale tonight, it may well be that both Harvey and Mike no longer work for Pearson Specter Litt.

With Daniel Hardman going on the attack yet again, it seems the only way to prevent him from sinking his claws into the firm is for Harvey to quit. And it seems the only way for Mike to be able to have a meaningful relationship with Rachel where they aren’t both beholden to his lie is for him to quit practicing law.

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So, given the current state of affairs, could it actually be that the show’s two leading men will depart the firm that seems to be in a perpetual state of fending off a takeover attempt? Following last week’s episode, it seems highly plausible. And while my initial instinct was to lament that possibility (remember when Mike worked as an investment banker and how disjointed the show felt during that time?), I’ve come to change my tune.

Rather than fearing a show about a law firm would be weird if its two main characters didn’t work at that law firm, I’ve come to believe that both Mike and Harvey vacating their posts at Pearson Specter Litt would actually inject some much-needed new material into a show that seems to have the same three story lines on permanent rotation.

Mike is a fraud

Honestly, the term “fraud” might only be superseded in terms of how often it’s said per episode by only one other word: “Goddamn.” We’re all aware that Mike is a fraud, and the show has milked all available mileage out of the fear that people will find out/people actually finding out Mike’s “secret.” The way it is affecting his future with Rachel is a new take on this constantly regurgitated story line and, for the first time since Rachel found out Mike didn’t go to law school, I’m actually interested in how it will play out, rather than rolling my eyes and begging for some new material.

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So, Mike moving on from the firm and his career as a lawyer would also give the writers a chance to move on from this well and truly done story line. Mike trying to kick-start a career elsewhere would open up a well of material to be mined, not to mention, it would be refreshing to see how his relationship with Rachel is affected when the two of them aren’t suffocating under the weight of his lie.

The firm is in peril

The fact the firm’s name has changed so many times since the show’s inception is a great indicator of how often the firm seems to come under fire from either within the firm, from outside sources or from people who were once a part of the firm, have left and can’t seem to stay away — much to my annoyance. (Who else wants to throw their shoe at the screen every time Hardman shows up?) Can’t the firm just be stable for more than an episode at a time? While Harvey obviously puts the “Specter” in Pearson Specter Litt, he is also always a key part of why it seems to be under constant attack. If Harvey moved on, perhaps everyone who seems to have a vendetta against the place could also move on?

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Louis’ ever-changing loyalty

One minute, Louis is being a pain in the butt. Next minute, he’s redeeming himself, and we realize he’s misunderstood. Then he goes and does something that cements himself as a douche canoe again. I get that Louis’ constant see-sawing between being someone we actively root for and being someone we can’t help but hurl vitriol at is the whole point of his character. But enough already.

The whiplash I suffer at his hands every week is starting to take its toll. With Mike and Harvey gone, perhaps Louis will feel less threatened and, therefore, have less of a need to behave like a child for at least three-quarters of the time he is on-screen. Also, if Mike and Harvey left the firm, perhaps we wouldn’t see so much of what goes on inside the firm — i.e. it wouldn’t matter if Louis was being a good guy one minute and a total moron the next, because we wouldn’t actually have to see it.

So, while my initial instinct is that Harvey and Mike departing the firm would completely change the framework of what the show is, maybe that’s exactly what it needs for it to move into some newer, more exciting less been-there-done-that territory.

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