Samantha Wheeler (Katherine Heigl) didn't exactly ease her way into her new Season 8 surroundings, did she? No, right upon entering, Robert Zane's righthand (wo)man got straight to the business of butting heads with Harvey, Alex, Louis, and -- gasp! -- Donna (Sarah Rafferty)! But now we're almost seven episodes in and we seriously dig her relationship with Red. Here's why!
1. It Feels Earned
When Sam and Donna first meet in episode 802, there's immediately tension as the new girl tries to get our COO to sign off on a huge expense account. Samantha feels that she's being schooled on the "pecking order," while Donna's learning volumes about the pushy new partner. By episode 806, these two are finally finding their groove and that feels a lot more satisfying than if they had been instant besties.
2. 2X the Glamour
Let's face it: we haven't had anyone to fill Jessica Pearson's Manolo Blahniks since Gina Torres left Suits at the end of Season 6 (but good news -- she's coming back in a Suits spinoff!). But, since her first dazzling dress in the Season 8 opener, Samantha Wheeler has been wowing us with her style. And that's a pretty fabulous complement to Donna's unfailing commit to always. look. amazing.
3. Harvey Banter
Donna is fluent in Harvey Specter-ese, but Samantha is definitely holding her own so far. It will be super-fun to see these two team up against Harvey in the banter department -- and you'll get to see it firsthand in this week's episode!
4. More #GirlBoss Power
One of the things we've always loved about Suits is how it portrays strong female characters. This season, Donna is feeling at home in her role as COO, and Samantha, of course, has hit the firm like a Category 5 hurricane. As we saw last week, their styles are at odds, but when they join forces, it's a winning combination.
5. Donna Misses Her Friend
Seeing Sam and Donna at the end of episode 806 head out for whiskey reminded us of the Donna-Rachel glory days -- and it made us realize how much we miss seeing Donna with a close friend (added bonus: we're learning more about Robert Zane through Sam as well). The verdict is still out on whether or not Donna and Sam will enter the BFF Zone, but we're digging them together so far!
Check out a brand-new episode of Suits this Wednesday at 9/8c on USA!