As any Suits fan knows, Harvey Specter loves to win. Pearson Specter Litt’s top attorney has no problem playing by the rules, because he knows them better than anyone.
Following rules is very important to Harvey — especially when they’re his rules. Don’t be late. Don’t go to his place unannounced. And don’t sleep with married women.
On the other hand, Harvey has his own ideas about what winning means and how to get there. That doesn’t mean he gets to do whatever he wants, but for the best closer in the city, the rules are sometimes different. Remember all those times Harvey played by his own rules? Let’s start with the big one.
1. He hires who he wants.
Pearson Specter Litt only hires associates who graduated from Harvard Law School. It gives the firm a certain cachet. But for Harvey, it just means a long interview-day slog through a group of boring hopefuls who can’t think on their feet. Harvey’s never going to find another him in this bunch. But, hey, this clever would-be pot courier with a vast knowledge of the law and no actual degree looks pretty promising! Harvey’s just going to hire him instead. What could go wrong?
2. He pays Donna's salary out of his own pocket.
Lawyers only care about money. Why should Harvey be any different? Just look at his apartment, his record collection, his suits. But the bottom line actually isn’t his only concern. He stepped away from closing that big Joyful Toy Company deal to help driver Ray with an accident lawsuit. (Sure, he wasn’t all that happy about it, but he still did it.) And he took money out of his own pocket to make sure Donna got paid what he knows she’s worth. Take that, Louis!
3. He has the occassional office romance.
Never mix business with pleasure. That’s just common sense. Working with someone after you’ve had a fling -- or even while it’s going on -- can be pretty awkward. And in the high-stakes world of corporate law, who needs distractions like that? On the other hand, when you’re working on a hotel merger with your hotshot ex, a hotel bed can be pretty convenient.
4. He bends the truth.
Manufacturing evidence is a serious crime. Harvey would never do that, but he does have his little tricks for tilting the odds in his favor. And he won’t hesitate to use them if you pose a danger to him, his firm, and his friends. One of his favorites is waving around a document and claiming it’s something that it’s not. You’d think Daniel Hardman would know that, but oh, well. It’s one thing to become king of the hill. It’s another to stay there.
5. He withholds important information.
You’d better be straight with Harvey. Lying is a pretty serious offense in his book. Does that mean he wouldn’t lie to you, if only to protect you from an incredibly painful truth -- like, say, that your decision to plead guilty to fraud was the wrong choice? Uh, no. No, it doesn’t. Yeah, he’ll probably regret it later…when you find out what he did and hit him all those times.
6. He sticks his neck out for others.
Like any good boss, he’ll put his ass on the line for you. But only if you show him you have the courage to stick it out when things get tough.
7. He's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Butch was the leader. Sundance was the gunslinger. That’s always how it’s been. But Harvey’s not going to pick a role, because he’s both. Now let’s go start a knife fight.
8. He'll pee in your office (and blame it on the cat).
If you’re going to torment someone, own it. When it comes to insulting Louis Litt, Harvey usually does it like he does everything: face-to-face and toe-to-toe. (And, let’s just admit it, sometimes Louis deserves a little insulting.) Other times, however, Harvey is OK with letting others take the blame. Even the cat.
Has Harvey's rule-breaking finally caught up with him this season? Find out in an all-new episode of Suits this Wednesday at 9/8c on USA Network!