Quick Take: Suits, "Dirty Little Secrets"
“Isn’t she a little taller than you?” – Quentin "It’s the heels." — Harvey
Review: Suits, "Dirty Little Secrets"
(S0104) Finally, finally Gina Torres gets to do something besides glower behind her desk for twenty seconds an episode. Apparently, while Harvey was off doing keg stands at Harvard, Jessica Pearson was married to Quentin, the head of a struggling pharmaceutical company. Years later, that pharmaceutical company is at the forefront of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, AKA: Lou Gehrig’s disease) research and quite profitable from the release of an effective drug... until patients taking the prescription start turning up with liver failure and other deadly complications. It looks like Quentin falsified the results of an FDA study to get the drug released. No other law firm in the city will touch the case, so Quentin appeals to Pearson-Hardman for help.
Jessica, in turn, assigns the case to Harvey because he’s supposed to be the best. Harvey, in turn, spends more time getting all bent out of shape over the fact that he didn’t know Jessica had been married than he does on the case, and starts off on a bad foot in court. Things look downright bleak for Quentin’s company. Frustrated by Harvey’s, well, Harvey-ness, Jessica steps in and takes the case herself.
Finally, we get to see Jessica Pearson in action and she is every bit the no-nonsense badass we thought she’d be. She rejects Harvey’s plan to grill the sick patients on the stand in hopes of revealing some other reason that their livers are failing. “You’ll look like an asshole,” she says. Jessica is apparently the only person in the firm who can manage to make Harvey look ashamed of himself.
Mike sums up the entire Harvey/Jessica partnership with a succinct, “Mom and dad are fighting.”
I spent the majority of the episode bouncing giddily every time Gabriel Macht and Gina Torres were on screen together. Jessica spends the majority of the episode defending her ex-husband against both the ambulance-chasing lawyer trying to ruin him and Harvey’s continued assertion that Quentin probably did falsify the FDA tests, so clearly, he’s not the man Jessica thought he was. Jessica confronts Quentin about the tests, which of course, leads to an analysis of their failed marriage. Jessica worried that it was her “ambition” that “caused the divorce” and Quentin comes clean about Lisa the Lab Tech. Yes, he was sleeping with her before they separated. Yes, he lied about that. Yes, he let Jessica assume it was her career that ended their marriage because, well, the writers needed a red herring to make us wonder if Harvey was right all along about Quentin. Jessica point blank asks Quentin if he has anymore lies and the cut scene shows her throwing back drinks in a bar. I guess that went poorly.
Yep. That definitely went poorly…just not the poorly that we were led to think.
Someone falsified the tests, but it wasn’t Quentin, and it wasn’t for monetary gain.
Mike had a storyline of his own this week as well, but it wasn’t nearly as interesting as Jessica’s, aside from the few scenes of him finally being a big boy lawyer. He and Rachael masquerade as a married couple to get the inside scoop on a high-class high-rise with a landlord of questionable business ethics. He asks her out on a “real date” after he wins the case and she turns him down because she “isn’t allowed to date anyone from the office.”