SUITS -- "Skin In the Game" Episode 701 -- Pictured: Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross -- (Photo by: Ian Watson/USA Network)

Suits Review: Skin in the Game (Season 7 Episode 1)

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Suits is back with a bang, and guys, I think I like the direction we’re heading in.

On Suits Season 7 Episode 1, “Skin the Game,” Harvey and Mike work one last case together before Harvey officially takes over as managing partner. That in and of itself makes this season premiere special, but it’s also bittersweet.

It’s not just watching them work together again that’s so satisfying. It’s also watching the friendship that they have developed. We get the chance to see them having fun together, which makes the season premiere feel celebratory.

Drunken Mike might just be my favorite Mike. I’m serious.

On top of that, Mike has learned enough from Harvey over the years, not just as a lawyer, but in life, to be able to turn the tables and give Harvey the hard advice he needs.

SUITS -- "Skin In the Game" Episode 701 -- Pictured: (l-r) Patrick J. Adams as Michael Ross, Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter -- (Photo by: Ian Watson/USA Network)
SUITS — “Skin In the Game” Episode 701 — Pictured: (l-r) Patrick J. Adams as Michael Ross, Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter — (Photo by: Ian Watson/USA Network)

Because as much as Harvey looks like he has it all together to the outside world, he doesn’t. This is hard for him. It’s hard that Jessica’s gone, and it’s hard to think about trying to fill her shoes. Not to mention everything else that’s lying the beneath the surface.

Harvey: I’m not her, Mike. I’m not her.

Mike: You don’t have to be her. You just have to go back to being you. […] You can keep hiding out in Jessica’s shadow, or you can get out of it, and start being Harvey goddamn Specter.

When it comes down to it, Harvey needs Mike. And of course, it’s only fitting that after all these years, Mike is taking over Harvey’s office as Harvey steps in to fill Jessica’s shoes.

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Harvey’s also pursing a romantic interest — his former therapist. It’s not necessarily what I expected, but it makes sense for Harvey to reach out to her. Maybe Paula’s right that part of it comes from the fact that he needs still needs someone to help him work through things, but she could be good for Harvey.

Dinner doesn’t go so well, but by the end of the episode, Harvey not only finally has that talk with Louis (and stands up for Donna in the process) but he takes a step toward proving to Paula that he’s sincerely interested in her.

He actually fulfills the fantasy she told him about before, showing up and kissing her without a word. It’s a romantic move, and it shows Harvey is gaining a bit more confidence. It’s interesting that he’s hoping to start something romantic with a woman who has seen him his most vulnerable side.

Meanwhile, Louis is spinning out of control after his break-up with Tara, and he’s taking it out on the new associates.

It’s nasty. It’s like the side of Louis we knew in the beginning of the series, but worse.

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As heartbroken as I am for Louis (again — he cannot catch a break), and as much as I just want him to be happy, he’s way out of line. Thankfully, it doesn’t last, and it’s Donna and Rachel who manage to save him from himself, and he realizes he needs to take a step back.

Now, let’s talk about Donna.

Donna’s storyline last season felt useless, but this more than makes up for it. Donna told Harvey on Suits Season 6 Episode 16 that she wanted more. Now we know what that means.

This woman is a badass, with just a little push from Gretchen (more Donna and Gretchen scenes, please!) she goes after what she wants and doesn’t back down until she gets it.

SUITS -- "Skin In the Game" Episode 701 -- Pictured: Sarah Rafferty as Donna Paulsen -- (Photo by: Ian Watson/USA Network)
SUITS — “Skin In the Game” Episode 701 — Pictured: Sarah Rafferty as Donna Paulsen — (Photo by: Ian Watson/USA Network)

Donna deserves to be partner, and it’s so satisfying to see her get it. While we all know the core of Suits is about Harvey and Mike, the women know how to steal the show.

I’m talking about Rachel now too, who sees a problem and insists on solving it by taking charge. Make no mistake, by the way, because we know she can handle it. I love how everyone is taking on new roles at the firm.

It’s inspiring and important to watch these woman work toward their goals, stand up for themselves, and step up as leaders when they know they’re best for the job.

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What did you think of the season premiere of Suits? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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Suits airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on USA.

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Ashley is the founder and editor-in-chief of Tell-Tale TV as well as an English Instructor with degrees in Literature, Creative Writing, and Cultural Studies. She’s looking forward to the day when her daughter is old enough to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer with her, and she'll never grow tired of re-watching Gilmore Girls. Ashley also writes for TV Fanatic.

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