DISCLAIMER: This is an opinion piece. It is also reactionary to the ending of Suits season 3, episode 2 “I Want You To Want Me”. Many spoilers for Suits up to, and including, this point. Also, this post won’t make a lot of sense unless you watch Suits.
OK, so, I don’t get choked up over TV shows/movies/books very often. Very specific criteria have to be met so that I shed even on single tear. These criteria are so specific that I am not consciously aware of what they are. But the above scene in Suits season 3 episode 2, had me welling up. My throat is still burning.
What that above scene shows is Louis Litt, one of the senior partners of the fictitious Pearson-Darby turning away after thinking he finally had an associate who likes him, finally bonded with someone in the workplace, only to have that stolen from him by Mr. Perfect, Harvey Spectre (left background).
I’m starting to really not like Harvey.
See, Harvey is an attractive man who can charm his way into any room, with any client, with any person. He is very rarely denied what he wants.
And then there’s Louis. A man who is Harvey Spectre’s opposite in every way. He is not charming, he is not conventionally attractive, and he struggles to bond with people. He is always second guessing others’ intentions because he has learned not to trust people.
Louis isn’t well liked. He’s the butt of a lot of jokes. But he is still someone who is always, unequivocally himself. He takes a little while to get to know, but once people give him the time of day, people warm up to him. If Louis thinks it’s possible that he won’t get rebuffed. Which is what he did with Mike Ross, the other gentleman in the background of the above picture. Those two had spent a week bonding, getting to know each other, and Louis thought he was not only getting an amazing associate, but gaining a friend.
Do you know what that cake says? “Welcome to Team Litt”. He had it made specifically FOR Mike, because he was so excited. He was so excited that he wasn’t afraid to sprint to the break room, in front of all the other highly paid corporate lawyers, to get this cake for Mike.
Harvey Spectre is too closed off to show Mike what he means to him, but Louis? Louis puts it all on the line. And I am still hurt by this scene.
With all of the lying, scheming, blackmailing, and general nastiness that goes on in this law firm, Louis may be the only one who is in any way honest. Yes, he did some nasty stuff. But did he have a choice? He backed Daniel Hardman, because Hardman actually showed that he believed in Louis. Even though that turned out to be bullshit. Every time that Louis thought someone was believing in him, or trying to befriend him, they turn out to be using him. Is it any wonder that he is so prickly 97% of the time?
I think the reason I reacted so strongly to this scene is because we have all been Louis Litt. We have all been forgotten when something better comes along. We have all been overlooked because we aren’t as SOMETHING as someone else. And I really really wish that this show would stop kicking this poor man around.
I really wish that Mike had chosen Team Litt.
P.S. I am in no way responsible for the above images. I have included the link to the website on which I found them.