Suits: S09.E01. “Everything’s Changed”


The final season of the popular legal drama Suits premiered on the USA Network Wednesday, 17 July 2019. Everything’s Changed, the ninth season premiere immediately picks up the story right after the events depicted in the eighth season finale.

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SPOILERS ALERT: If you have yet to see the Suits season nine premiere, stop reading now. There are spoilers ahead.

After eight seasons, the closing scene of last season’s finale episode saw Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) finally get together. The opening scene of the ninth season premiere sees Harvey and Donna in bed together and wondering if the entire night was a dream. It was not a dream. While Donna is seen on camera leaving a message for Rachel Ross (Meghan Markle), Harvey is off-camera doing the same thing with Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams).

Even though this was a touching moment many fans were looking forward to seeing for many years, it is interrupted by the senior partner of their law firm, Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman). Louis is completely oblivious as to the real reason Harvey is at Donna’s apartment. He thinks Harvey was working all night with Donna to solve the Robert Zane (Wendell Pierce) situation.

The sexual innuendo in this scene is mind-blowingly obvious. The most important thing is that you guys were banging it out all night,” Louis remarks, not completely understanding the double meaning in his words. While “hammering one out” was a reference to writing a press release, Donna immediately stops Harvey from saying anything inappropriate.

Harvey steps into the Ring with Samantha…

Donna and Harvey decide to not tell their friends about their relationship, but after a brief conversation with Louis, it does not take Samantha Wheeler (Katherine Heigl) long to figure it out and she’s as mad as hell. While Harvey initially mistakes Samantha’s anger for jealousy, Donna understands the female partner’s point of view.

Samantha was not jealous of Harvey and Donna getting together. Samantha’s angry at Harvey being with Donna because she is responsible for what Robert took responsible for. Seeing where Samantha was coming from, Donna convinces Harvey to get in the ring with his legal partner to fight it out. Typically, with a legal drama, that ring is usually a courtroom. This time, however, it’s an actual boxing ring.

Harvey eventually agrees to give up ten of his own clients to Eric Kaldor (Jeffrey Nordling) so that he will stop poaching Robert’s clients. As a gesture of good faith, Donna delivers to Samantha one of Harvey’s favourite clients.

Zane Specter Litt Wheeler Williams…

During Alex Williams’ (Dulé Hill) morning jog, Stephen Faulkner (Shaun Smyth) of the New York Bar Association tries to impress upon the Zane Specter Litt Wheeler Williams junior partner the importance of removing Robert’s name from the letterhead and subsequently, the wall. Because of how it looks to outside parties, especially considering what Robert apparently did, no law student is looking to take an interview with the law firm.

Prior to Louis making a call to Henry Gerard (Stephen Macht) in this episode, the last time we saw the Harvard law professor was in 2017 when Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) officially left the firm. The former senior partner is now working for Chicago Mayor Bobby Golec (Morgan Spector).

While the NYBA does not have the authority to get a law firm to change its name, it does have the authority to make a change in the firm’s leadership when it fails. Since Alex apparently likes doing research, Faulkner suggested he look it up for himself. Unfortunately for Zane Specter Litt Wheeler Williams, the NYBA does have the authority to carry out that change.

Later, when the partners refuse to remove Robert’s name from the wall, NYBA representative Faye Richardson (Denise Crosby) arrives in the office with documentation giving her full legal control over the firm under the bar’s special master provision. Louis has no choice but to sign the document because if he doesn’t, every partner within the firm will find themselves suspended from practising law for six months.