My apologies for the delay with this post; I took some time to enjoy the unofficial end of summer this past weekend, and I hope all of you did, too. A belated Happy Labor Day to everyone!
As the summer TV season starts to wrap up and our thoughts begin to turn to the upcoming fall season of pilots and premieres, there are still some shows that I can count on to keep me glued to my TV even when it’s not traditionally “TV-watching season.” So You Think You Can Dance had a weaker showing in the aftermath of the All Star choreographers’ inspiring outing last week, but it was still exciting to see the Top Six perform solos in their genres (which means we got to see Aaron tap!). And the end of the episode gave us a Top Four to be reckoned with, as Amy, Fik-Shun, Jasmine, and Aaron were chosen to move on to the finale.
Although I adored watching Aaron’s solo and loved seeing reunions from both Aaron and Jasmine and Fik-Shun and Amy, there was nothing on TV this week that could hold a candle to the shocking and powerful ending to the latest episode of Suits.
I pride myself on being able to see most plot twists coming (thanks to years as a fan of both Alias and Lost), but even I didn’t see this twist coming. The best thing about the revelation concerning Stephen Huntley was that it had real emotional resonance for the characters. I immediately went from being excited about the direction the show would be taking in the coming weeks to being heartbroken for Donna. And, just as suddenly, my heartbreak was gone, only to be replaced by intense love for Harvey Specter.
Harvey punching Stephen in the face (and then throwing him into a mirror) wasn’t just the best thing I saw on TV this week; it was the best thing I’ve seen on TV in a long time. Because seriously, is there anything more attractive than a well-dressed man fighting for the people he loves?
I know there was a heck of a lot more to Harvey’s rage than just what Stephen did to Donna, but you can’t deny that it was seeing her tears and hearing her apologize that set him off. That kind of fierce protective instinct is something we’ve always known to be a part of Harvey’s character, but it was incredible to see it in action. Both Gabriel Macht and Sarah Rafferty were able to communicate so much emotion in a fraction of a moment, and Macht was especially effective in showing Harvey’s breaking point in just the slightest change in his expression.
This scene was the perfect marriage of storytelling, acting, and direction—and it set the stage for what’s sure to be an adrenaline-fueled run of episodes before the midseason finale.
What was the best thing you saw on TV this week?