'Suits' Recap: 'Blind-Sided' (Midseason Premiere)
Mike meets with the Chung family and assures them that Liam feels horrible about the accident. Liam's sister tells him that all the family wants is enough money to pay off Albert's debts and cover his funeral costs: a mere $20,000. Much to the family's surprise, Mike insists on awarding them the full $100,000.
That evening, Louis shows up at Sheila's apartment, calls himself "Batman," and tries to put the moves on her in one of the most awkward romantic scenes ever on television. She stops him by asking him who his frontrunner is, and when he tells her about Maria, she reveals that the whole thing was a test. Louis tells Sheila that he's going to need her to help him close the deal with Maria, and she agrees to help him, just before she asks him if he needs a safeword. Moving on...
Harvey has his own plans for the evening, meeting Zoe (Jacinda Barrett, Gabriel Macht's real-life wife) and Zoe's niece, Olivia. Zoe has custody of the young lady as her brother Jason dropped Olivia off on short notice. Harvey decides that rather than go out on their date, he and Zoe will just have to stay in instead. At Olivia's request, he even heads upstairs to give her a kiss goodnight. This may be the only time the word 'cute' and the name 'Harvey Specter' ought to be used in the same sentence. But even after hours, Harvey still has time to call Mike and tell him to take the paperwork for the plea deal over to Liam and his mother. One problem: Mike's already been getting high with Tess.
An emotional Liam resumes beating himself up for Albert's death when Mike arrives, and confesses to Mike that he wasn't drunk at the time of the accident - he was high. He didn't say anything about it because Harvey told him not to. A shocked Mike realizes that this new piece of information could destroy the entire agreement - not that he has much room to talk, given that he's also presently under the influence.
"We've got a huge problem," Mike tells Harvey the next morning, but Harvey isn't bothered. He points out that Liam's conversation with Mike falls under attorney-client privelege and doesn't change anything because they didn't know about that information when they agreed to the deal. Mike points out that the Chung family believe Albert was responsible for his own death. Harvey throws Mike's way-too-huge settlement deal back in his face, and Mike storms off.
Donna meets Maria shortly after she officially joins the team, and a warning light goes on for Donna when Maria asks questions about Mike. She was secretary of her class at Harvard and insists that there was no Mike Ross in that class. Donna quickly makes up a lie about Mike clerking for three years, which would put him in a different class at Harvard, which seems to convince Maria...for now. This exchange comes to Harvey's attention, and Harvey brings it to Jessica's attention. Jessica, referring to Mike as "the gift that keeps on giving," makes up a hiring freeze to force Louis to rescind his job offer to Maria.
Where's Mike during all this? Confronting the attorney who represented the other side in the drunk-driving accident that killed his parents. "What are you looking for from me?" the attorney asks, while Mike goes off on him for not knowing who he is or who his parents are. "If I ever see you again, you better remember who they are," he says, before he leaves.
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