We love the regulars on Suits, but we also adore the many fabulous guest stars who turn up to help or hinder our heroes at Pearson Specter Litt. And what a long list it is!
In the season six opener alone, we saw the return of ambitious attorney Jack Soloff (John Pyper-Ferguson), high-powered litigator Robert Zane (Wendell Pierce), SEC attack dog Sean Cahill (Neal McDonough), and Harvey-hater A. Elliott Stemple (Patrick Fischler). It’s tough to narrow down, but read on for our roster of memorable recurring roles on Suits.
1. Father Knows Best
For him, it’s all about the firm and the family. Robert Zane (Wendell Pierce) is tough enough to take on Harvey and sometimes a big thorn in Jessica’s side, even though they’re old friends. He’s also Rachel’s dad, although she tries to keep that quiet. Robert’s a fun-loving guy when off-duty, and he warmed up to Mike pretty quickly. But Mike’s trial put an end to the friendliness -- and Rachel’s unwavering support of Mike strained an already complicated father-daughter relationship to the breaking point. Now the question is, who’s going to make the first move to fix it?
2. Friendly Fire
Jack Soloff (John Pyper-Ferguson) has been both enemy and ally. In season five, he enlisted Louis to help him pick a fight with Harvey and took up with the reliably despicable Daniel Hardman in a bid to get ahead at the firm. But he also supported Mike… and at least he later regretted getting into bed with Hardman. All right, so Jack jumped ship after Mike pleaded guilty to fraud. But he wasn’t the only one, and a job offer from Robert Zane doesn’t come along every day. Jessica made her peace with it, and even loaned Jack his buy-in with Zane. Because nowadays, she’d rather have friends out there than enemies.
3. The Vibrant Veteran
From out of nowhere came Gretchen Bodinski (Aloma Wright). Well, actually, she’s been a legal secretary for more than a quarter of a century. And she immediately proved herself at PSL, arriving in season five with skills that impressed both Harvey and Louis. But Gretchen’s sense of empathy was her real talent, putting Louis at ease when she revealed her longtime friendship with his dearly departed secretary, Norma, and forging an unexpected kinship with Harvey over his panic attacks. Loyal to the core, Gretchen was also one of the few PSL employees who stuck around after the Mike Ross crisis. Let’s hope she’s here to stay.
4. The Lost Love
Harvey Specter’s not a man who falls in love with just anyone, but he sure fell for Dana “Scottie” Scott (Abigail Spencer). And why not? His onetime schoolmate at Harvard Law (top of the class, no less) is smart as a whip, sexy as a siren, and plays by her own rules, once even risking her job at Darby International to help him. Swapping tough business banter charged with sexual tension, they seemed like a perfect match. But after Darby merged with Pearson Specter in season three, and Scottie made senior partner at the new firm, their relationship got really complicated. The worst thing was, Harvey refused to come clean about Mike Ross. And by the time he did, it was too late. Sadface.
5. The Dependable Enemy
This guy. If it wasn’t for Daniel Hardman (David Costabile), there might not be a Pearson Specter Litt. After all, way back when, he paired with Jessica to take over the firm that became Pearson Hardman. But just a few years later, Hardman was skimming the books to fund his extramarital affair—and framing Louis Litt for it. (This from the man who once accused Harvey of not putting the firm’s needs above his own!) Hardman got the boot after that, but never stopped trying to take back the firm, even if it meant killing the company or getting into bed with shady billionaire Charles Forstman (Eric Roberts). At least everyone knows now: if you see Daniel Hardman coming, get out the big guns.
6. The Sexy Sibling
Admit it. When Louis talked about his sister, Esther (Amy Acker), you pictured a younger, female version of him. Instead, she turned out to be a smokin’-hot firecracker with a healthy sense of fun. Who could blame Harvey for sleeping with her? But keeping it a secret from Louis was a big mistake. No way was Louis not going to flip out, of course, but if he’d known he might not have pushed all of Harvey’s buttons at once. And Harvey might not have punched him, and the firm might not have been plunged into turmoil just as Daniel Hardman was staging yet another coup attempt. Esther, we’re glad we met ya, but maybe it’s better if you stay away.
7. The Reluctant Ally
When we met Professor Henry Gerard (Stephen Macht -- yes, as in that Macht) in season three, he was just minding his own business, teaching Legal Ethics at Harvard. Then Louis -- suspicious of Mike’s A+ grade from an instructor famous for not handing them out -- yanked Gerard into his hostile investigation of Mike. The highly respected academic quickly figured out Mike’s secret. So why would a man with such lofty ideals protect a fraud? Well, Gerard had a secret too, involving a little grade-fixing of his own. He kept quiet because he needed help from someone who would sacrifice ethics for a win: Harvey. How does the Latin go? Quid pro quo.
8. The Lady Louis
In season two, Pearson Hardman needed help with improving its associates’ quality of life. Enter Harvard Law head of admissions Sheila Sazs (Rachael Harris). She was so much like Louis, it was unnerving. Naturally, they fell for each other. Hard. But they weren’t totally alike -- Sheila didn’t want kids, and Louis did, so he said a heart-wrenching farewell to his soul mate. Later, when Sheila learned that Mike Ross claimed to have a Harvard degree, her pride made her anonymously rat Mike out to the U.S. Attorney’s office, even though she never actually intended to come forward. Not realizing the consequences of her actions? How very Louis Litt.
9. The Marriage of Convenience
Talk about right place, right time. Just as Daniel Hardman was tightening the screws in his season two bid to take over the firm, London-based corporate attorney Edward Darby (Conleth Hill) became Jessica’s new ally. (Not that Harvey saw it that way.) But then, with 51 percent of the newly formed Pearson Darby, the poker-faced Englishman became managing partner instead of Jessica. Darby had his own reasons for wanting Hardman put down, and the merger did make life at the office more interesting. But Jessica never wanted it to be a forever thing -- so pretty soon Darby was back on his side of the Pond.
10. Harvey’s Evil English Twin
Stephen Huntley (Max Beesley) was Edward Darby’s right-hand man. He was wickedly sexy, liked classic cars, and was quite taken with Donna when they met in season three. At first, his “arrangement” with her was scandalously fun, but things got weird when he tried to use their fling to needle Harvey. His worst crime, however, was a real crime: Huntley ordered the murders that Ava Hessington (Michelle Fairley) was accused of. At least he got caught, and paid for it. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.
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