Originally posted by incandescence
Ah, looks like I'm the first one to watch the epi. So, a good epi overall...definitely not as great as the last one...the end was a bit off for me. I didn't like the fact that they settled with Monica Eton...I'd have loved it if they had taken it up in court and won...somehow...khair I'm toh always looking forward for some courtroom scenes.
Anyway...coming back to the epi...Harman is such a douchebag! How dare he insulted Jessica like that! Jealous, my ass! I'd have smacked him from saying all that to Jessica...glad Donna did it before the deposition. Jerk! Every woman in that firm would give their right hands to BE Jessica Pearson, asshole!
Ok gtg right now...will come back in an hour to speculate about that last Donna-Harvey 'you're looking beautiful' bit...was it my imagination or did I sense something?
P.S...My heart kinda went out to Louis in a scene too...more later..
Most belatedly, I just got done watching the episode too, and I think I'm most in concurrence with your view Mash. Liked the episode quite a lot, but certainly second to the last one, and yes, the end was... well, not off, but sort of just... a little passive compared with the high rise tempo of the episode in general. Not in content, just in the kind of closing sentiment it leaves you with - very noncommittal, and not exactly like a great cliffhanger.
I mean, they settle the case for the episode itself, but for me the high tension points of the episode sort of fizz out before being capitalized enough, I think... Louis had some brilliant moments, and I'm not saying this is the last we've heard of his "revenge" need, but I wish the episode which went so high on drawing a viewer's defensive for his plight had somehow, left at least a more challenging cliffhanger about where he was going with it.
Same place with Jessica. While I really like the fact that for once we saw the other side to Jessica, let's call it the "Harvey" side to her as (I think) Nur also mentioned, I thought the final note was... well, again, noncommittal. So she takes a half hearted win in the form of Monica's settlement, the "wise" decision even if not one that satisfies her self restoration; but then what? She goes to Zane for a partnership? I'm going to give the end of this episode benefit of doubt and not hold it as something she does entirely out of her hate for Hardman as Zane conjectures, but just maybe, just pretty please, at least partly even if in the tiniest part as her assessment of Zane. When he turns her down on the matter of Hardman early in the episode, its one thing. When he does it now, he makes his designs very plain. And somewhere, Pearson Hardman has been shown as a firm - for all their shrewd, even underhand moves - as people who will somewhere draw a line for integrity. Perhaps Jessica did go with the singular intention of getting Zane on. I like to think at least subconsciously she has put Zane to test. Hardman has been a very hard and perpetually recurring lesson for her. Intuitively it makes sense for her to be the once bitten twice shy candidate.
I do like the whole turn around on Jessica and Harvey in this episode also, because somewhere it seems like ground in the making of his name partnership, eventually, now that Hardman is off the wall. Oh and Maz, agreed. Rachel and Mike were actually sweet. Someone, somewhere on the writing team has finally got the hang of dealing with their affair without contriving badass without purpose.
As for Hardman, ditto what LadyM said, about how he brings tension and complexity like no body else. I confess to personally not caring so much for Hardman himself as a character, but the leverage he plays disturbing the chords among other characters is most fascinating. Whether it was second season, or now, Hardman thinks so well, and far into the psyches of each and every foe at the firm. It puts him right at the top with Jessica, as far as playing chess goes, perhaps with the added advantage of absolutely no scruples. But I can't forget the lame-letdown season 2 finale was. Such an anticlimatic fall for a villain with so much edge, and I hope they can redeem that this time around. Giving Hardman's fall a more fundamental and convincing circumstance than a veteran closer and his rookie associate smoking up and having a "revelation".
And all that said, Donna won moment of the day hands down. Given the histrionics of her character, like the man times she loves to pull off the "cry" acts, it's so amazing the way Sarah finds yet another variation to the expression of almost misty eyes which is BANG ON!!! And how like Donna is it to notice that the "H" is a little off? I loveee these little quirks of this show, the way they manage to start off a fantastic Donna Harvey scene in such a characteristic quirky manner and give us perhaps the most tender moment of their dynamics. Hands down to Sarah, no second! All my love for the stars, but I could really do with getting some Louis kicks Hardman's ass next couple episodes. It would be a balm to soothe, at par with Donna's award winning slaps
Edited by without-fathom - 11 February 2013 at 11:23am