With a new team and new troubles -- mo’ merger, mo’ problems, right? -- season 8 of Suits doubled down on the interoffice intrigue to bring us an edge-of-our-seat finale. If you’re having trouble untangling all the twists, now is the time to go back and rewatch episode 810, “Managing Partner.” No time to schedule a viewing? Not a problem: here are the key points to get you up to speed before the mid-season premiere.
Katrina Made Senior Partner
Louis’s black swan really spread her wings this past season, taking on more responsibility and eventually earning a well-deserved bump up to Senior Partner. But while Katrina was soaring professionally, her social life experienced some turbulence when she started to develop feelings for Louis’ very married (with a baby!) associate Brian.
Louis Is Going to Be a Dad!
The path to pregnancy was an emotional one for Louis (he gave up mudding for God’s sake, and that was only the tip of the iceberg), things looked as if they were finally falling into place when Sheila announced she was pregnant. But a new complication arose when she was offered the interim dean position, throwing their carefully orchestrated conception plan into question. In the end, Louis made the decision to scale back his duties at the office in order to make time to be a father, and it seemed like everything was working out. If only that was the case! But let’s back up a bit…
Two Became One
First things first: the merger. From the ashes of the Stanley Gordon dust-up in Season 7, a new firm rose -- Zane Specter Litt! And what a glorious firm it was… for all of two seconds. It didn’t take long for the afterglow to fade, dimmed by the realities of actually having to run a firm. Who would have thought it would be so hard to get two groups of equally headstrong attorneys to cooperate?
Who’s Going to Steer the Ship?
One of the major sticking points of the merger was the issue of who was going to be calling the shots, and it didn’t take long for Robert Zane to out-maneuver Harvey and grab the reins. But while the arrangement definitely made the most sense on paper (Robert had run his own firm for years, after all, and Harvey was always more comfortable on the field than in the coach’s box), Robert’s my-way-or-the-highway management style didn’t sit well with his new colleagues, especially Harvey.
Enter, Samantha Wheeler
The arrival of Robert’s right hand, Sam Wheeler, shook things up in a major way around the offices of ZSL. And while her aggressive edge and win-at-all-costs style didn’t earn her any friends (at least, at first), it’s fair to say she ruffled Alex Williams’ feathers the most. Why? Well…
One of the issues that caused the most tension during the merger was definitely the matter of who would become the next name partner. See, Harvey told Alex Williams his name was up next. But Robert made the same promise to Sam. And neither one wanted to share. You can see where this is going…
Sam and Alex Circle Each Other
With the smell of name partnership in the air, Sam and Alex set their sights on each other. So when Alex stepped on Sam’s toes by signing one of her old clients, the oily airline CEO Gavin Andrews, it was only a matter of time before these two ended up squaring off. That time finally came when Gavin wound up embroiled in a lawsuit with one of Sam’s clients, Dexhart Insurance. Alex and Sam tried to play nice for the good of the firm, but when things got heated Harvey and Robert decided to let them get in the ring, with name partnership on the line.
The Fight That Almost Sank the Firm
It was a vicious case that threatened to drag the rest of the team into the fight. Eventually Alex came out on top (thanks, in no small part, to a questionable move by Katrina), but Sam refused to be a good loser about it, and when Robert decided to go back on his word and make Sam the next name partner instead of Alex, the shit hit the fan. It looked for a second like the new firm would come apart at the seams, until Donna orchestrated a coup of sorts to install Louis as the new managing partner. As his first act, Louis decreed that BOTH Alex and Sam would get their name on the wall, and if they didn’t like it they could hit the bricks. So here we are, with Sam and Alex grudgingly accepting their co-promotion, Harvey and Robert out of the driver’s seats, and Louis trying to figure out how he finally ended up in the managing partner chair. The question is, what happens next?
Find out when Suits returns Wednesday, Jan. 23! And speaking of important dates, have you downloaded your Official 2019 Louis Litt calendar?