Suits “Derailed” Review (Season 4 Episode 14) – Full Circle

Suits - Season 4

In this episode of Suits, called “Derailed,” Mike takes a case that has consequences reaching beyond him and Harvey, while Jessica struggles with telling Jeff the truth.

I loved seeing Jessica growing close to Jeff in this episode. All of the discussions about them going to France were incredibly romantic and sweet. This is something I’ve wanted for her for a while, but the better things went for them, the more I knew it was going to crash and burn because of her lie. The moment she went to his place to tell Jeff the real truth about Louis’ promotion, I knew he had already found out she had lied. It sucks that she wasn’t able to come clean, but it’s hard not to acknowledge that this mess was of her own making. I am devastated for her, but the TV fan in me is curious to see where this story will take her. We haven’t seen Jessica show a lot of vulnerability so I have to wonder what she will be like with a broken heart.

Meanwhile, Mike and Harvey were going through their own ups and downs. One thing I loved about this episode was how it showed that we don’t need people tearing at each other’s throats to get some good, meaty conflict. Harvey and Mike learn a lot from each other, but I think they will ultimately always be different kinds of lawyers – and that’s okay. When Mike decided to take on a case so that he could (gasp!) do the right thing, of course Harvey had to try and stop him. But I was happy to see that, with maybe a touch of Donna’s influence, Harvey was able to get on board with Mike and join his fight. They still had a couple of nice rows in there, but those are dust-ups we’ve come to expect from them.

Donna took her role as Mike’s champion to heart. If she had just left her job at convincing Harvey to support Mike, that would have been fine. But Donna wanted to do more when she saw Mike floundering and while her heart was in the right place, she may have just made one of the biggest mistakes of her career. We know that Harvey really doesn’t like it when people he cares about keep secrets from him, especially when keeping those secrets gets them into trouble he could have helped them out of. So while I know without a doubt that Harvey will help Donna, I’m not looking forward to his fury when he confronts her about what she did.

Thankfully, Louis once again provided some comic relief in the episode. Not that I ever feel like I’m laughing at Louis, but rather laughing with him. His reactions to the receptionists answering the phone while leaving out his name were classic. I thought he was going to hurt himself by the second or third time it happened. That’s the Louis we know and love, the guy who isn’t afraid to stand up for himself and fight for what he wants, no matter how it may look to other people. Through all the hilarity, I thought it was great that it was Louis who ultimately (and inadvertently) led to the biggest disaster of the episode through no real fault of his own: Jessica and Jeff’s break-up. With that, everything was brought full circle.

My favorite bits:

The look on Mike’s face when Rachel said she wanted to tie him up.

Mike discovering that Professor Gerard knew his secret.

Jeff’s method of asking Jessica go to Paris with him. Brilliantly sneaky.

Finding out that Norma calls Jeff “The Black Stallion.” Norma, you naughty minx, you.

Harvey telling Jessica that he should have taken some time with Scottie.

Full on laughing out loud when Louis came off that elevator grinning like a Cheshire cat and then heard the way the receptionist was answering the phone.

Okay, I’m going to be really disappointed if I don’t see Meghan Markle and Rick Hoffman singing “Let it Go” as part of the blooper reel for this season. It had to have happened in that scene, right?

Harvey rendering Donna speechless.

I would totally buy the Donna calendar.

Mike calling Harvey a cold-hearted son of a bitch. Whoa.

Donna giving Harvey a cactus because she knew any other kind of plant would be too needy.

Louis trying so hard to keep it under control when he walked off the elevator. That plus the stare he gave the receptionist had me on the floor.

Louis’ face when he was informed the receptionist accused him of harassment.

Louis trying to get Jessica to fire the entire support staff.

Jessica mumbling to herself before asking Louis what his issue was.

Finding out that it was Jeff who paid the reception staff not to say Litt when they answered the phone.

Louis: “Why don’t you ask Mike Ross about my headlock, because it’s a goddman vice.”

Rachel wisely pointing out to Mike that he had better be the one to tell Harvey he was in trouble.

Harvey telling Jessica to trust him or she’d never be able to enjoy a vacation.

Harvey’s attempts to speak French.

Mike getting 24 more hours out of Harvey. That didn’t sound like much but I know no one else would have gotten that out of him.

Donna pulling off quite the caper to get the report Mike needed.

Harvey’s reaction to seeing Evan. Ha!

Harvey: “I think I’m in love.”
Evan: “I think you are, too.”

Harvey demanding that the company make a public admission, and Mike’s face when he did it.

Louis and Jeff swapping Jessica stories. Awesome.

The entire “subpoena” conversation. Only those two could make that word dirty.

Harvey admitting that he wished he had told Scottie sooner about the big secret.

Poor Harvey’s face when Evan showed him what was on her phone.

Poor Jessica finding out that Jeff knew she had lied. Talk about the worst timing ever.

What did you think of this episode of Suits? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? Sound off in the comments below, I love hearing from you guys!

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