Pearson Specter Litt On Fire

Suits, season 5, episode 12, ‘Live to Fight’ reveals the identity of who’s after Mike Ross, Harvey Specter, Jessica Pearson, Rachel Zane, Louis Litt, Donna Paulsen – am I forgetting someone? – and especially for Louis it’s a hard pill to swallow.

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Hope
Anita Gibbs (Leslie Hope) has got the whole PSL family by the balls. I wasn’t much of a fan of Hope, to be honest, when I first saw her. As Jack Bauer’s wife, in the very first (and many people consider best) season of 24, Teri Bauer was a worrisome woman, jealous, suspicious and no stranger to constant nagging. But that’s 15 years ago. She got herself a nice head of hair and insufferable as Gibbs is, Hope plays her brilliantly. A force to be reckoned with. Everybody’d better be on their game, because once she grabs you, she doesn’t let go.

The Email
Gibbs smells blood, and rightly so. And all because of a secret source. One she doesn’t have to share with opposing council for another three weeks. The judge, however, starts to question her motives and makes Gibbs hand it over. It’s an email. Anonymously sent. Whoever wrote it, implicates Mike (Patrick J. Adams), calling him a ‘potential fraud’. Funny choice of words. The source seems to have a hunch; no evidence.

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The Professor
Mike and Harvey (Gabriel Macht) can think of only one person who could’ve done this: Harvard professor Henry Gerard (Stephen Macht; Gabriel’s father in real life). Mike looks him up – Harvey’s got other things to take care of – and confronts him, but Gerard swears he didn’t do it. Mike, good lawyer that he is, has come prepared. Would the professor be so kind to sign a statement in which he solemnly swears Mike was in his class? No. As fond as Gerard is of him, he’s not going to perjure himself. He won’t be blackmailed either.

Father Donna
The one getting grilled in a holding cell by Gibbs this week is Donna (Sarah Rafferty). They’ve picked up her father (Derek McGrath, She’s the Mayor and, of course, My Secret Identity) for a 7 year old minor offense. He’s going to hang for it, if Donna keeps quiet about Mike and the conspiracy of keeping his secret. The show gives us a nice introduction to her father and their relationship via flashback. Turns out, Donna’s always been this smart. He, not so much. Mike comes up with a plan to at least make Gibbs back off the Paulsens. Professor Gerard was willing to sign something else. A sort of letter of recommendation, in which he expresses his admiration for Mike as a lawyer. No word on Harvard, although it’s kind of implied that Mike went there. The most important thing is, it’s enough to bluff.

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The Sazs Factor
In the courtroom, Harvey makes a deal with Gibbs. Drop the charges against Donna’s father and they won’t bring in Gerard to testify. It’s a huge gamble, but it works out. Now, if Mike had indeed been innocent, what keeps him from putting Gerard on the stand anyway, after the charges have been dropped? Maybe that’s not possible, because it’s a lawyer-y backroom deal. In the meantime, Louis (Rick Hoffman) has taken a look at the email and knows exactly who wrote it. The way it’s written, is classic Sheila Sazs (Rachael Harris, Lucifer), his former soulmate – with the emphasis on former.

It Gets Worse
Like in many cases, Louis talks to Sheila and just makes matters worse. She didn’t know for sure that Mike was a fraud (ergo: ‘potential’), and wasn’t planning on coming forward. Unfortunately, she has now. Given she’s the female counterpart of Louis, maybe even more rigid and stubborn, it’s going to take a lot to win this case. Also because every other law firm now knows about the fact that Mike’s a suspect – publicity is a bitch -, and Rachel (Meghan Markle) is contemplating strategies to keep her boyfriend/fiancé out of jail. It looks like the only way to do that, is turning Harvey in instead. With everything that’s going on, and half the city knowing about the case, it finally seems like something Mike and Harvey won’t be able to weasel themselves out of this time. But you never know. This is Suits. Suits operated by puppet master Aaron Korsh.

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