Hey Suitors, the return of Will & Grace has us thinking about another twosome for the ages: namely, Harvey and Mike. See, their partnership may be unlikely on paper -- a cutthroat corporate lawyer who’s only out for the 'W,' and a drug-dealing slacker with a beautiful mind and a heart of gold -- but these two have beat the odds to become the most ass-kicking legal team on TV. So what’s their secret? How’d they find the keys to partnership perfection? We’ve got a few ideas…nine, actually.
They’re total opposites
How can being dissimilar be an advantage? Well, like peanut butter and jelly, Harvey and Mike’s partnership works because even though they’re different, their strengths and weaknesses complement each other. Mike’s staggering intellect and outside-the-box approach to the law lets him see solutions where no one else can, but he runs into trouble when he butts up against the realities of the system. Luckily, Harvey knows just how the system works, and more importantly, how it can be exploited. Likewise, Harvey’s ability to read people has helped him amass a staggering record, but he can be a little, shall we say, emotionally unavailable, and when things get personal it’s Mike’s heart and ability to connect with clients that wins the day.
But maybe they’re not so different, after all
Ok, so Harvey and Mike’s standard operating practices may be different as night and day, but like any good team they’re simpatico in other ways. Disdain for authority? Check. Desire to be the best? Check again. Assumption that they’re always the smartest person in the room? Check plus plus. They may have some from different places, but it’s starting to sound like these two were cut from the same cloth.
They don’t let business get in the way of their friendship
Let’s be honest: the legal game can get ugly. Sure, the corner offices and fancy suits may look civilized, but every one of these white collar lawyers is hiding a switchblade in their pocket…figuratively speaking. Luckily, these two are smart enough to know that at the end of the day, it’s just business. Even when they were going head to head on the Walter Gillis deal, they were still finishing each others movie quotes. And hopefully, it will always be that way.
They play off each other well
What could be worse than walking into a room with someone you think is going to have your back, only to watch them freeze up the second things don’t go according to plan? Luckily, Mike and Harvey don’t have that problem (just ask James Palmer); they know each other’s moves like their own, and if someone does off script they’re both good enough at what they do to follow the story without missing a line. And even more importantly…
They have each other’s backs
We’ve seen this play out time and time again: if one of these two gets rattled, the other one holds it down until they can get back on their feet again. Remember when Jack Soloff came after Harvey in the middle of an ill-timed panic attack? Mike stepped right in, throwing jabs at Soloff until Harvey could catch his breath and unleash the haymaker. That’s real teamwork.
They call each other on their B.S.
As we all know, real talk is the foundation of any good relationship. Most recently, Mike had to smack his mentor upside the head with a little truth when Harvey was having a tough time stepping out of Jessica’s shadow. The pep talk worked, and Harvey took the reins of the firm for himself.
They’ve fought each other
They say that if you really want to get to know a person, punch them in the face (they say that, right?). Well, Harvey and Mike have gone toe to toe - Harvey was trying to toughen Mike up for prison - and their relationship is more solid for it. Because as they definitely say, whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
The partners that play together, stay together
Sure, these two crush it when it comes to all the law stuff, but they also like to cut loose from time to time, whether it’s enjoying a few whiskeys after work or, you know, smoking pot and hatching a scheme to piss in Daniel Hardman’s office. As we always say, nothing solidifies a partnership like getting high, drinking a bunch of gatorade and sneaking into a building with the express intent to ruin your hated rival’s carpeting.
They come through for each other in the clutch
All we have to say is, if your partner doesn’t have a spare tuxedo waiting for you when you need it most, maybe they aren’t really your partner at all…
Want more Mike and Harvey? Binge-watch season seven of Suits on USANetwork.com and the USA app!