Good-Bye, Mike and Rachel. Hello, Jessica Pearson Spinoff!
Earlier this spring, we got pretty excited by the announcement of the new Suits spinoff featuring Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres). We can’t wait to see how she uses her legal smarts to navigate the dirty world of Chicago politics. And, thanks to the Season 7 finale, “Good-Bye,” we got a glimpse at the intrigue and intensity of that world. Now we’re even more excited! Chicago is clearly way different from New York, but Jessica isn’t a total fish out of water there. After all, it’s where she’s from. The recent death of her father has made her want to reconnect with her family -- and also make things better for Chicago’s disadvantaged. Watching Jessica find her place of power in the city, along with her place in her family, should make for incredible drama on many levels. Here are some more things from “Good-Bye” that have us fired up for the new show.
1. She’s Still Playing Chess
The people Jessica tangled with in Chicago seemed to think she was some clueless newbie. But she already had a plan to beat shady developer Pat McGann (Wayne Duvall) at his own game. (Remember in “Bad Man,” when she asked Harvey to put $2 million in an untraceable account? Now we know why.) Maybe the game didn’t go exactly like she thought it would, but she still got what she needed: a way to change things from the inside. As the mayor’s new fixer, you can bet she’ll be playing the long game again… with the entire city of Chicago. (And with her eyes wide goddamn open.)
2. Jeff Malone!
Part of why Jessica went to Chicago was because of Jeff (DB Woodside), although it’s hard to tell where their relationship is right now. A partner at a law firm in the city, Jeff obviously still cares about Jessica, and he’s worried that she is in over her head. (As if!) It seems entirely possible they will end up on the wrong side of more than one politics-related argument, which is bound to make their personal relationship complicated too. We’re betting that, at some point, she will need his help. And vice versa.
3. Flashback Potential
Early in “Good-Bye,” we saw a flashback of young Jessica getting schooled by her dad on why clothes matter. (Clearly, the lesson stuck.) Later, Jessica told her cousin Angela (Chantel Riley) that she hoped to reconnect with her family and make things better in the city too. Angela seemed suspicious, since Jessica was never around before. But with family in the mix, we’re imagining there might be room for more flashbacks in the new show. Which means we might find out more about Jessica’s history -- and how it makes her tick.
4. A New Frenemy
When Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) butted heads with that thug in the Chicago airport, we thought he was working for McGann. But it turned out the guy was working for Mayor Bobby Novak (Morgan Spector). The dude even menaced Jessica on a dark street, before later taking her to meet Novak, who offered her a job. What kind of guy puts out a welcome mat like that? It’s hard to get a good read on Novak, but clearly he appreciates people who can get things done and keep him out of the fray -- and he seems to think Jessica is one of those people. So, maybe they’ll become reliable frenemies. You know, like Jessica and Robert Zane (Wendell Pierce).
5. A Worthwhile Enemy
Thanks to her work on behalf of the residents of the North Park Housing Project, Jessica made an instant enemy of Chicago city attorney Keri Allen (Rebecca Rittenhouse). Born and raised in the Windy City, Keri told Jessica in no uncertain terms that the Mayor kept her around because she got things done without being asked, and never let anything blow back on him. That seemed to be the truth: When Jessica tried to get rid of her, telling the mayor she wanted to be No. 2, not No. 3, he basically shrugged and said that was between the two women. We have a feeling that, on the new show, the ladies will be going more than a few rounds.
6. A Dangerous Villain
Keri might become Jessica’s new sparring partner, but the real bad guy here has to be Pat McGann. He’s a powerful developer with the money to influence city politics, and the smarts to not get any mud on himself. Jessica referred to him more than once as a “shady developer.” But, as Jeff pointed out, the Feds think McGann might be a lot worse than that. As in, a guy who actually kills people who get in his way. Be careful with that one, Jessica.
7. A New Look?
Jessica’s wardrobe has already changed somewhat, from ultra-chic suits and frocks to slightly more practical garb, like the sleek khaki dress she wore in this episode. (Not to mention the cute knit hat she had on in the above scene.) We don’t expect her to change completely, though. “This is Chicago,” Keri said to Jessica at one point. “If you want to get something done, you’re gonna need more than your Louboutins and your holier-than-thou attitude.” But in the very next scene, Jessica walked herself over to McGann’s construction site in those Louboutins (ha-ha!). We’re not saying she’s going to completely change her look, but did anyone else notice that, by the end of the episode, Jessica had traded in her sharp heels for some equally excellent, but rather more functional, chunky boots?
8. Crossover Potential?
Jessica sent Harvey back to New York to attend the long-awaited wedding of Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) and Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle). (And what a wedding it was, OMG.) We got the impression that everyone’s favorite closer had no desire to go back to Chicago any time soon. That said, you never know. It could be fun to see more of Harvey -- or Louis (Rick Hoffman) or Donna (Sarah Rafferty) — tangling with the locals on unfamiliar ground.
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