Episode Review: SUITS (“Rules of the Game”)
Season 1, Episode 11
Date of airing: Sep 1, 2011 (USA)
Nielsen ratings information: 3.961 million viewers, 1.2 rating with A18-49
I can understand why the writers push that threesome relationship between Mike (Patrick J. Adams), Rachel (Meghan Markle) and Jenny (Vanessa Ray) to its limits, because it’s the only mainstream storyline in the series, which probably keeps the audience turning back to the show (and most of the reviews I’ve read were always relying on the relationship plot of the show). But the writers should really think about scaling this story back for the second season. In these past eleven episodes, SUITS basically had no development in this story. Sure, Rachel and Jenny know the truth about Mike, and he kissed them both, but that’s it. It’s not just boring, but it is repeating itself.
Other than that, the episode wasn’t entertaining at all. I’ve had the feeling this was just a usual episode with nothing but an episodic arc, which will be forgotten after a short while, but the end seemed like Harvey (Gabriel Macht) is trying to get some of his past mistakes right. Though I liked that he was conflicted with turning on Cameron (Gary Cole), even though Harvey had every right to believe that Cameron actually played wrong in his career, the story didn’t give much until the end. So, I liked the story for its last couple of seconds, which probably means that this episode has a cliffhanger leading to the season finale – which is unexpected. At least for me, since I don’t watch USA dramas. But as a whole, the whole plot with Cameron, and Alexandra (Alicia Coppola) wanting to get him with Harvey’s involuntary help, didn’t work for me. I was never believing that Harvey could be disbarred, because of Cameron’s cheating moves in the past, and I never believed that Harvey’s past as a DA was that pressuring for him and Jessica (Gina Torres). Maybe it was a mistake to not mention anything about it during the first season, and come up with it now, so the episode has a story and the necessary back story. And maybe there should have been a bigger threat for Harvey in this episode. After all, Alexandra’s mission of not just getting Cameron on burying evidence, but also getting Harvey for helping Cameron, even though there was no evidence to that, was just too small for an episode like this.
The actual story about the will of a dead tabloid owner was boring though. It was basically nothing and only brought the wager to the front. I liked that Harvey and Louis (Rick Hoffman) were opponents once again and wagered Mike. But how the story went on from there was just lame. Mike does another mistake, Louis uses it for his favor, he basically wins the wager, but Harvey said that he won, yet seconds later it was a draw, then Louis says again he wins, but doesn’t want Mike for the ten days? Blah blah fucking blah. That was an annoying back and forth there, which I don’t want to see ever again. Maybe the story should have focused on the sisters Kelsey (Alex Paxton-Beesley) and Madison (Megan Fahlenbock), because I liked their bitchiness in the beginning of the episode.
So, next episode is the season finale. I’m kinda glad it’s over after that. Even though SUITS is still not crappy USA entertainment, after a while it gets tiring to not have a serialized storyline (I’m excluding the love triangle here, because of its clichés) at all. 5.5/10