Originally posted by psawyer
@bold - very true. In fact, I never thought of it that way. I always thought that Jessica knew all about Harvey. In some ways, she does - she knew about his attachment to his father; knew about Donna, and about the DA. But these are things that I think Harvey was willing to share
with her, and vice versa for him.
It's like how most people have a work 'family' - a 'husband', a 'mother' etc. You know SO much about these people in the working sphere, and bits and pieces of their personal lives. You have a kind of history together, where you've come up through the trenches. But ultimately, when it comes down to it, you know very little about them outside of work.
With someone like Harvey, whose life is
work, it's even more interesting that he stays so closed up and maintains such a facade. Nobody knows him, really. Donna probably knows him better than anyone (but then that's because she listens in on his convos
), but even with her there are areas that she cannot cross.
As for where Jessica & Harvey met - yes, I want to know too. If she found him worthy enough not only to mentor him but to put him through law school and basically foster him...where did they meet and what on earth did she see in him? Maybe he was part of one of her pro bono cases? She seems so strict about doing pro bono...
P.S. I really loved how they scripted that mock trial - on one level it was about saving Harvey and asking all the hard questions that Tanner would undoubtedly ask. On another level, each character had a hidden agenda, a thread in their questions and answers that ran deeper than the surface. Each history was picked at, each incident was remembered and coloured the trial.
Word @ bold! That's exactly it, isn't it...history, and working up the trenches...you know, I think Jessica and Harvey bond as well on another level because they recognize how hard it is/was for both of them to get where they are now...Jessica being the 'black woman' with her name on the door in Manhattan...and Harvey a screw up...maybe that's where they come to mutually care so much about each other, watch out for each other, have that loyalty, and underlying it all, have a very basic respect...
unsaid (sometimes said
each other too.
@blue: Harvey must have shown her some of his bravado
Pulled off some 'playing the man' shtick while she was watching
Talking of pro bono and Jessica...it's an interesting contrast...there's two possibilities, the more surface level one being of course that she cares about the 'image' of the firm, their reputation, and we know this is a woman who'll do anything for it, so she's strict in seeing a follow through on pro bono cases. The other of course harking back to the point about roots...Jessica's roots and where she's made it too...maybe she feels doing something like this is a tie back to the community, to doing something for people so that they may have a chance at something good in life too.
And the mock trial...couldn't agree more with you on that. It was my favourite episode of the entire show besides the last two episodes of Season 1. Perfectly done.