Suits, the acclaimed legal drama, is currently seeing a significant uptick in streaming viewership. This resurgence is making a compelling case for the return of longer seasons and prompting discussions about much-needed changes in compensation through residuals. Suits has built a reputation for delivering consistent drama, with its characters clashing at every opportunity, making it a highly engaging and binge-worthy series. However, there might be a slight hiccup if you’re planning to binge-watch the series on Netflix. Unfortunately, the ninth and final season of Suits is not available for streaming there. On the flip side, Prime Video exclusively offers the ninth season, while Peacock boasts the entire series in its catalog. For those who prefer reading over watching, here’s a concise recap of the last season of Suits.
‘Suits’ Season 9 Finally Brings Donna And Harvey Together
Season 9 of Suits kicks off right where we left off, with Harvey’s profound realization that the one person he’s always wanted to share his joys and sorrows with has been by his side all along. He finally admits his true feelings for Donna, and they spend a memorable night together. However, their romantic bliss is soon interrupted when Louis mistakenly assumes they’ve been up all night discussing their plans following Robert’s self-sacrifice to save Harvey’s legal career. Initially, Harvey and Donna try to keep their relationship a secret, causing tension with Samantha and Louis. Fortunately, their conflicts are short-lived, as they come to understand that Harvey and Donna’s connection is undeniably meant to be.
Throughout the season, Harvey and Donna’s relationship is explored in-depth, moving beyond the conventional ‘happily ever after.’ They grapple with finding topics of conversation that don’t revolve around work, and Donna’s father’s disapproval adds another layer of complexity. Despite these challenges, they navigate familiar territory together. Donna helps Harvey reconcile with his past, particularly with his estranged mother, by presenting him with a painting she created and encouraging him to reconnect with her. This touching gesture happens just before his mother tragically suffers a heart attack and passes away. Thanks to Donna, Harvey finds closure and peace with his mother.
The Final Season of ‘Suits’ Has Yet Another Antagonist
As Season 9 unfolds, the New York bar applies significant pressure on Alex, urging him to remove Robert’s name from the prestigious firm’s wall. Surprisingly, he’s offered the role of managing partner, a tempting proposition that he ultimately declines. This refusal prompts the appointment of Faye Richardson to oversee the firm. In the same vein as past formidable adversaries like Anita Gibbs and Sean Cahill, Faye is unwavering in her determination to hold everyone accountable for their past choices. She’s a formidable force, having once taken action to remove her own husband as a partner and terminate his position at another firm due to questionable conduct.
Faye’s arrival sends shockwaves through the firm, causing Louis to exhibit erratic behavior, which eventually leads to her assuming his role as managing partner. She skillfully challenges Donna’s confidence by offering her a secretarial position and further tests their relationships by demanding that one of them relinquish their partner vote. In their quest to confront her, Harvey and Louis discover that Faye, while steadfast in upholding rules, also crossed ethical boundaries in her husband’s case. Yet, they come to realize that she’s not a heartless monster; in many instances, she prioritizes rules over personal relationships.
Mike Returns for the Final Season of ‘Suits’
As Season 9 marks the grand finale of the show, it’s no surprise that Mike makes a return. However, this isn’t just a heartwarming reunion; Mike resurfaces by taking on Harvey in a morally challenging workplace condition case. To add more tension, the client involved is now under Samantha’s jurisdiction. Their clash delivers some of the series’ most memorable moments, with Mike dubbing Samantha as Harvey’s “second fiddle,” and her retorting with the title of “protégé.” It ends on a sour note as Samantha’s unyielding resolve withstands Mike’s pressure, leading her to resort to fabricating evidence to secure victory. When Faye learns of Samantha’s actions, she promptly terminates her employment.
Samantha’s dismissal triggers a period of self-discovery for her, including a poignant moment where she implores Harvey to accompany her on a journey to meet her birth parent. During this road trip, Samantha gains insight into Harvey’s unwavering loyalty to Mike, which is wholeheartedly reciprocated. She finally comprehends that she’s an integral part of this unique family, whether she acknowledges it or not, and that they will stand by her side for as long as they can. Later on, Mike reappears when tragedy strikes Harvey’s family with the passing of his mother. His steadfast support has always been a cornerstone of Suits, providing them with a touching moment amidst the final storm.
‘Suits’ Pits Family vs. Family in the Series Finale
Mike and Samantha reach an understanding and devise a strategy to take down Faye. Samantha files a lawsuit against her for wrongful termination, with Mike as her legal representation. However, Faye extends an offer to Harvey and Louis to defend her, promising that it will be her final test, pledging to leave the firm alone if they succeed in representing her. The courtroom friction highlights the exceptional legal prowess of these lawyers. It’s not merely a theatrical performance; it’s a genuine trial where they must employ their best tactics to outmaneuver the opposition.
Following a simulated trial where Harvey publicly humiliates Faye in front of the entire firm, Katrina covertly provides Mike with information about the events. Mike exploits this misconduct in the actual trial. Katrina later confesses her actions to Faye, leading to her dismissal as well. Tensions escalate, culminating in a confrontation between Mike, Samantha, and Harvey at the office. However, this confrontation serves as a diversion to coax Faye into signing a document admitting to witness tampering. Faye ultimately concedes, but not without implicating Harvey in the process, unbeknownst to the others. Ironically, Faye’s attempts to dismantle the firm only fortify their resolve, resulting in a satisfying conclusion for all.
Suits concludes with Louis and Sheila tying the knot, followed immediately by Sheila giving birth. Harvey and Donna also get engaged and spontaneously married. Harvey subsequently reveals his pact with Faye – he’s leaving the firm to join Mike and Rachel in Seattle. Katrina and Samantha are reinstated, leading to the firm’s transformation into Litt Wheeler Williams Bennett. In a full-circle moment, Mike stages a faux interview with Harvey to assess his worthiness for hiring. Suits, a series that weathered multiple seasons and cast changes, not only endured but thrived throughout its lengthy run.