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AMERICAN GOTHIC Preview: Go Behind the Scenes of CBS’ New Mysterious Family Drama

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The Hawthorne family on AMERICAN GOTHIC are wealthy, powerful, polished and, as it turns out, have a lot of secrets. When a chilling discovery is made that links their recently deceased patriarch to a string of murders that span decades, the family is desperate to redefine itself. But what if one of them was his accomplice? What if one of them is skill a killer?

Corinne Brinkerhoff thinks of the show as “a compelling summer novel broken into 13 chapters. And each chapter is part-family drama, psychological thriller [and] a political story”.

CBS has put together a helpful behind the scenes preview, complete with cast and producer interviews and sneak peeks at the new summer mystery drama. AMERICAN GOTHIC premieres on Wednesday, June 22 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

THE FLASH Recap: The One With Evil Laurel and Family Tragedies

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I should have known.

THE FLASH has this annoying habit of making you feel safe and hopeful and happy, only to pull the rug from right under your feet when you least expect it. Last night’s “Invincible” did exactly that. Up until the last scene, I was thinking, hey, this is a feel good episode. We got to see Laurel again, Barry is super confident and happy and cheerful and he and Iris are going to give this relationship thing a shot – which I so do not support. But more on that in a minute. Things were great. I remember I even thought, maybe this is the calm before the storm and all that.

But I should have known.

Because that’s just how this show is. Stab us in the back when we’re happy, so we can cry right along with Grant Gustin. Why, why would you kill Henry? Okay, I know why, but Barry had just gotten his dad back. He was happy for once, not worrying about much, and confident that the odds were finally in their favor. And then Zoom just had to come in and ruin everything.

The episode starts out with a super happy Barry. After his experience within the speed force (that still blows my mind), he is super confident that everything is going to work out in the end, because, hey, the universe is on their side. What could possibly go wrong? Things get even better when Caitlin shows up, after Zoom followed up on his promise that he would let her go. So you know, things were rainbows and sunshine. It was such a feel good episode.

Even the meta of the week was awesome. We got to see Katie Cassidy again and oh my god, Laurel should’ve been evil from the start. I wasn’t a Laurel fan up until very close to the end on ARROW, but Earth-2 Laurel, aka Black Siren, is one of the coolest metahumans we have seen so far. Cassidy did such an amazing job with her that I was almost sad when they locked her up in the pipeline in the end. She took the Laurel we all new – prime and proper and boring good Laurel – and threw her out the window, only to be replaced with such a fun evil version of herself that I didn’t even know could exist. Every time she was on my screen, I was like, I want more. So please, TPTB, bring the Black Siren back. Make her escape the pipeline or something, I don’t know. All I know is, I need more Evil!Laurel in my life. Please.

Now that I think about it, we had so many subplots in this episode. Caitlin is obviously going through some major PTSD and she keeps seeing Zoom everywhere she looks. That gave us so many awesome scenes between Caitlin and Barry and Cisco, and I just love their friendship. That group hug towards the end made me smile so big. Also, Cisco and Caitlin posing as Reverb and Killer Frost? Fantastically hilarious.

Elsewhere, Wally is trying to be a hero. He feels guilty for making the Flash lose his powers, so he needs to atone for his sins. Joe is super concerned and asks Barry to go and talk to him as the Flash. Barry tries, Wally doesn’t listen and ends up saving him from the Black Siren. I wonder if Wally is going to develop powers at all. Jessie  is already suspiscious that something may have changed, but Wally is completely in the dark.

While all this was going on and Barry was super confident – particularly after they took down every metahuman in the city – Zoom was busy planning how to make Barry suffer the most. That scene where he summons Barry to CCPD was a huge warning flag that he would definitely try to do something to someone Barry loved. But taking his father to his childhood home and killing him right before his very eyes was a little too much. Poor Barry just can’t catch a break.

Also, I take back everything I ever said about Jay Garrick being a waste of screen time. Teddy Sears is doing such an amazing job at being super evil, that I couldn’t be happier about their casting choice. While he was pretty boring as Jay – because, you know, Jay was just there doing nothing – he is fantastic as Zoom.

Now Barry has lost his father and Zoom just better watch his back. I’m willing to bet money that our Scarlet Speedster will stop at nothing to get his revenge.

The season finale of THE FLASH airs on May 24 at 8/7c on The CW.

CHICAGO FIRE Season Finale Recap: Dealing with Death and Finding Family

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Last night was an endearing season finale of CHICAGO FIRE, complete with heartbreak (as Jimmy deals with the loss of his brother) and love (as Gabby brings her new foster son, Louie, home).

The episode focused on Jimmy’s days following the tragedy of his brother’s death on the job last week. On his first call back he becomes very aggressive in his resuscitation of the victim and it isn’t until Brett calls him off and initiates defibrillator techniques that they are able to save the man. This behavior forces Boyden to call Jimmy into his office, where Jimmy takes out some of his frustrations about the role Boyden played in his brother’s death. The Chief is the one who made the call to send Jimmy’s brother back in, and though it was the right call, it did carry deep consequences. In the end, however, even after visiting his brother’s firehouse and seeing his wife saying that Boyden made the right call and his brother died a hero, Jimmy doesn’t show up to receive his brother’s badge and, in turn, may go after Boyden’s job for his mistake.

Back at the firehouse, Gabby is searching for an apartment in the two days she has before the window to foster Louie closes. When the apartment she was bidding on falls through, Gabby declines Casey’s offer to move back in with him (because she knows he doesn’t want a kid right now) and accepts Herman’s offer to move into the extra apartment above his garage. In four hours, Gabby and Herman (with help from a lot of the squad) manage to make the cluttered, dirty space beautiful and home-y. But unfortunately, the inspection doesn’t go well, and Gabby is forced to make a heartfelt speech about how much love was put into the apartment and how much love she would have for the young boy.

In the end it worked out, because after a near-fatal accident on the job where she was left dangling on the side of the building, she got to bring Louie home with her. This heartfelt reunion was complete with the reading of her letter — one Chief Boyden made everyone write in case any of them died in the line of duty. They were meant to be written to loved ones and Gabby’s was addressed to Louie, explaining how much she loves him and how the sacrifice of the job is important and worth it to save those they love.

In a scary turn of events, we also see Stella’s ex found overdosed and lying face-down in a public square. When she visits him in the hospital after the fact — imploring him to seek help — he screams in her face to get out. One of the doctors informs her that rock bottom looks bad, but you can only go up from there. Unfortunately, it doesn’t end there, because when Stella and Severide get hot and heavy in her apartment, viewers can see her ex waiting in the shadows (unbeknownst to the couple) with a knife.

Finally, Casey spent the episode on Alderman duty, as he took a weekend retreat that was full of politicians to canoodle and schmooze. He was a charmer as usual and instigated a new 9-1-1 operating system that is apparently going to help the system become more efficient. But that wasn’t all he did on the trip, because when his political adviser kissed him over dinner and left her room number. But, this was a moment of realization for Casey and, when he knocks on a door that night, it is not his advisor’s door, it’s Dawson’s. In the “will they, won’t they?” of this season, it looks like they have settled on the happy family model for these two.

CHICAGO FIRE has already been renewed for another season and will return in the fall.

SPEECHLESS Preview: First Look at ABC’s New Family Comedy

MASON COOK, KYLA KENEDY, JOHN ROSS BOWIE, MINNIE DRIVER, MICAH FOWLER, CEDRIC YARBROUGH

At the heart of SPEECHLESS is the DiMeo family and matriarch Maya, who will do anything for her family, particularly for her special needs son JJ.

The show begins as the family tours a run-down shack that will be their new home. They learn that this move is another in a long list of attempts to create the “perfect” situation for JJ. JJ will be assigned a full time aide, giving him independence and a spot in a mainstream class for the first time. While everyone seems happy about the possibilities of their new town, young Ray thinks that the newest move will be a disappointment, just like all the others.

And it turns out Ray is quickly proven right. Maya is horrified to learn that the “perfect” school has no wheelchair access. JJ doesn’t like his aide or the classroom full of students who want to “celebrate” him.  While everyone is soon ready to bail, Ray is drawn to the school’s astronomy club and the girl-of-his-dreams, Jillian.

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The cast includes Minnie Driver as Maya DiMeo, John Ross Bowie (“The Big Bang Theory”) as Jimmy DiMeo, Mason Cook as Ray DiMeo, Micah Fowler as JJ DiMeo, Kyla Kennedy as Dylan DiMeo and Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth. Scott Silveri (FRIENDS) Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar serve as executive producers.

SPEECHLESS will air this fall on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on ABC (see ABC’s full fall schedule).

THE MICK Preview: First Look at Fox’s New Dysfunctional Family Comedy

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Mackenzie (a.k.a. Mickey) is a two-bit hustler from Rhode Island when THE MICK begins. And she’s spent her life avoiding any kind of responsibility. To do that, she’s always on the lookout for the next easy payday.

Looking for a handout, Mickey visits her estranged sister and billionaire brother-in-law in Greenwich, CT. But when the couple flees the country to escape federal fraud charges, Mickey is the one assuming guardianship of their three high maintenance children: 18 year old Sabrina (who proves a worthy adversary to Mickey), 13 year old Chip (an arrogant teen) and 7 year old Ben (a fragile nerd). The rich life Mickey always wanted is well within her reach, but now she has to transform these spoiled children into decent members of society. “And as irresponsible as Mickey has been her entire life, she may discover that responsibility and motherhood aren’t the buzzkill she always thought they would be.”

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The cast includes Kaitlin Olson as Mackenzie, Sofia Black-D’Elia as Sabrina, Thomas Barbusca as Chip, Jack Stanton as Ben, Carla Jimenez as Alba and Susan Park as Liz. John Chernin (IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA), Dave Chernin, Nick Frenkel, Oly Obst and Randall Einhorn will serve as executive producers.

THE MICK will air midseason on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Fox (see Fox’s full fall and midseason schedule).

ABC Renews THE REAL O’NEALS and Cancels NASHVILLE and THE FAMILY

MARTHA PLIMPTON, JAY R. FERGUSON, NOAH GALVIN, MATT SHIVELY, BEBE WOOD

There’s good news and bad news coming out of ABC today: freshman comedy series THE REAL O’NEALS has been renewed, but drama show NASHVILLE has been cancelled. The midseason drama THE FAMILY has also been cancelled.

The REAL O’NEALS will join the other renewed ABC series on the 2016-2017 schedule, including GREY’S ANATOMY, SCANDAL, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, BLACK-ISH, MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, ONCE UPON A TIME, QUANTICO, THE GOLDBERGS, FRESH OFF THE BOAT, MODERN FAMILY, and THE MIDDLE.

For more on which shows are getting picked-up, renewed and cancelled, click here.

CHICAGO MED Sneak Peek: Family Drama

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Everyone’s dealing with family issues in one way or another on this week’s CHICAGO MED as some are confronted with them and others are trying to avoid them.

Manning and Charles are faced with a strong-willed a teenage patient who comes in with abdominal pain and refuses treatment. The doctors soon learn that she refuses any medication out of fear of turning into her drug-addicted father. Choi is also confronted with a patient’s family issues but for different reasons as he encourages his patient to deliver her child at 32 weeks. She adamantly refuses to deliver and the reasoning behind her refusal seems to frustrate the doctors.

Elsewhere on CHICAGO MED, the Halstead brothers get a bit of a blast from the past as Dr. Halstead discovers that one of his patients went to high school with him and it’s not such a sunny walk down memory lane for the trio.

April continues to deal with her brother’s antics but this time, she finds that it involves her new boyfriend, Tate. Meanwhile, Rhodes makes every attempt to avoid meeting up with his sister and the family issues that come along with the invitation.

Watch an all a new CHICAGO MED  tonight (April 26) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

THE GRINDER Sneak Peeks: The Sanderson Family and their Web of Lies

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Deb and Stew both forgot their anniversary on this week’s episode of THE GRINDER, but Dean didn’t. And when he congratulates them on the occasion, they both lie. Stewart tells the family that he made a reservation at a fancy restaurant with a two-month long waiting list, while Deb claims that she bought Stewart the most amazing gift.

Meanwhile, Dean and Stewart’s mother, Lenore, drops by unexpectedly and it turns out that she doesn’t approve of Dean’s lifestyle at all. In order to garner some points with her, Dean announces that he’s engaged….to Claire. When Dean figures out that both Stew and Deb lied about remembering their anniversary, he blackmails both of them into helping him use Claire for his web of lies.

Finally, Dean Sr. decides to re-enter the dating scene with a little bit of help from his grandchildren. He accidentally gets set up with a much younger woman and eventually he and his date, and the rest of the Sanderson family, end up at the fancy restaurant for a night of misunderstandings and hijinks.

Don’t miss an all new episode of THE GRINDER tonight (April 19) at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

Secrets & Lies: Floriana Lima Introduces Us to ABC’s Sudsy New Series THE FAMILY

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Tonight at 9:00 the highly anticipated ABC series, THE FAMILY premieres. The show centers on the Warren family, whose youngest son, Adam mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead. After a decade of unanswered questions, he reappears and turns the town and the Warren family’s lives upside down. Determined journalist, Bridey is eager to learn more about the mysterious reappearance of Adam and is willing to go to great lengths to find out the truth. I caught up with Floriana Lima who portrays the driven reporter about how her character will interact with Adam this season, what drew her to Bridey as a character, and what we can look forward to in tonight’s premiere.

What can you tell us about your new show, THE FAMILY?
Floriana Lima: It’s a drama full of twists and turns, secrets and deceit, following the return of a politician’s son who was presumed dead after being kidnapped 10 years earlier.  Things get pretty crazy and we see that the family knows more than they’re letting on.

Your character Bridey is a reporter who is trying to find out what happened to Adam (Liam James).  What drew you to Bridey as a character?  How will we get to know her this season? 
I was drawn to Bridey because she’s such a ballsy, career driven, go-getter, who wants to be seen as a legitimate journalist. She is willing to do literally anything to get a lead on the Adam Warren story, and that to me, seemed like a really fun role to get to play with. You’ll see her use her resources to draw out some of the dark secrets the family is keeping, and it gets rather interesting and twisted. You’ll also come to realize that she has a few moral dilemmas of her own along the way.

How will we see Bridey interact with Adam this season?  How will she get involved with his case? 
Bridey is studying Adam on the periphery through her resources.  She’s looking at everything from a different perspective and stumbles upon some important things that get her closer and closer to piecing together the truth.

Aside from Bridey, what character are you most excited to learn more about this season? 
Willa Warren played by Alison Pill, she’s definitely weird and hiding some things.  There is more there, for sure.

Are there any scenes or episodes you’re really excited for people to see this season? Anything with Bridey that you can tease from future episodes? 
Every episode has something new that will keep you wanting to get more of the story.  Without giving away too much, I would say episode 4 “Feathers or Steel” is where things get crazy, my character gets really involved, and things start to come to light.

What shows are you loving on TV right now? 
I just got caught up with MR. ROBOT, which I love, and also, VEEP, BROAD CITY, and THE WALKING DEAD, which are all so good.

You can watch the series premiere of THE FAMILY tonight at 9:00 on ABC. You can also follow Floriana on Twitter at @florianalima

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SUITS Season 5 Finale Recap: He’s Family And We Had To Try

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SUITS has never been “just” a legal drama. If there was ever any doubt, the season 5 finale, “25th Hour,” has more than proven that. In an episode that focused more on the emotional impact of the end of Mike Ross’ fraud trial than on the legal process itself, the entire Pearson Specter Litt family faced the consequences of that moment when Harvey Specter decided to hire a brilliant young man who had never been to law school.

Mike Ross’ deal with the devil. The SUITS season season 5 finale picked up where the penultimate episode left off, with Mike Ross in the office of U.S. Attorney Anita Gibbs, ready to seal his fate. As expected, Mike chose the deal that would keep Harvey Specter and the rest of the firm safe, landing himself in prison for two years. Say what you will about Mike Ross, but he’s not the type of guy to turn on the people he loves.

Although it was obvious that Gibbs wanted Harvey’s head on a silver platter from the start, she was content to go with whatever she could get and signed off on Mike’s deal, only offering minimal disagreement when he told her he wanted to make sure the official documents specified that Harvey couldn’t renegotiate. Mike thought of everything. Not only would this stipulation provide extra protection for the firm when it came to any future ambitions of Gibbs’, but it would also be a major roadblock should Harvey try to take the fall himself.

As Mike was leaving the U.S. Attorney’s office, Harvey came running around the corner, coming to a stop when he realized he was too late. I believe the only other time that Harvey Specter has looked that devastated was when Donna walked away from him at the end of last season. Our boy doesn’t have a good track record with season finales here.

Rachel ever the supportive fiancee, arrived just behind Harvey…and proceeded to make the whole situation about her. “Blah, blah. He promised me he wouldn’t do this. Oh no, what about me?!” I may be paraphrasing here, but that’s what I heard. I think that’s what Mike heard, too, because he actually had to explain to Rachel that he hadn’t turned himself in to hurt her but because he had to live with himself and his decisions. Again, Mike Ross isn’t the type to turn on the people he loves, so there’s no way he could have lived with himself if he’d let Harvey — or anyone else from the firm, for that matter — be penalized for what he’d done in practicing law without a degree.

Mike just wanted to spend the last of his time as a free man with the woman he loved, “I made a decision. I can’t go back in time and change it. We are right here. We have three days left,” but Rachel was too mad about not getting her way to allow that. She needed a day to herself.

So, while Rachel was storming off and refusing to listen to even Donna’s advice about being there for Mike through this tough time — because, seriously, refusing to listen to Donna has worked out when? — Harvey was bursting into the courtroom, insisting that Mike’s finalized deal was anything but. Mike, however, had made his choice and was standing by it; so, there was nothing to be done: “Because it’s not up to him. It’s up to me, and I’ve made my decision.”

Exactly, Mike…but you know he’s going to try anyway.

Harvey Specter’s reaction. Harvey Specter has never been good at losing — he hasn’t exactly done a lot of it — and seeing Mike take the fall for their shared fraud was probably his biggest loss yet. Unwilling to accept that Mike was really going to prison, Harvey spent the SUITS finale working through the five stages of grief. He started with denial: Harvey’s courtroom antics were nothing more than the frantic actions of a man who knew the writing was on the wall but refused to accept it.

And then he suffered the anger, bargaining, and depression stages in a non-linear, repetitive, and outright devastating succession. It was the type of emotional journey that most series can only accomplish with the death of a major character, but SUITS isn’t like other series.

Harvey had to know what the jury’s verdict would have been; and his trip to visit the jury’s foreman resulted in nothing more than the additional painful knowledge that, had he and Mike simply had faith in the legal system, they would have been awarded with a verdict of not guilty. In order to protect his friend, partner, and pseudo-brother, though, Harvey went back into the denial phase when Mike came to Harvey’s office, begging to be told he’d made the right choice. He lied, saying Mike would have been found guilty — anything to keep his family from suffering even more.

While Mike was busy trying to find some peace and acceptance during his remaining seventy-two hours of freedom, Harvey was battling through his anger and depression whilst trying to do what he does best: bargaining. He demanded that Donna bring him everything they had on Mike’s trial so they could invalidate his deal. When there was nothing that he could use, he lashed out. Anger, anyone?

Donna did some bargaining of her own, offering to let Gibbs have her because of the fraud she’d committed in the whole Liberty Rail fiasco last year. But while Harvey was willing to sacrifice himself for Mike, he outright refused to put Donna on the line. Be still my heart. Harvey has learned that sacrificing one innocent person for another — especially when when he cares about both of those innocent people — is never the right choice.

In a last ditch effort to get Mike off the hook, Harvey took Liberty Rail themselves to Gibbs, claiming that what they had done as fraudulent murderers was far more harmful than Mike practicing law without a degree. Somehow, that turned into Gibbs admitting that she hated the way Harvey always bent the rules, and that’s why she was so intent on coming at him…and I scratched my head because, lady, all you’ve done is play dirty. Also, really? That’s a reason to want to destroy so many lives? You don’t like that someone breaks the rules? Gibbs made the distinction that what she did was “justice,” so Harvey again pointed out that taking down Liberty Rail was exactly that, but she wasn’t budging.

Earth to Anita Gibbs: Harvey Specter wasn’t born breaking the rules. He was born into a crappy family with a cheating mother and a mess of a brother.

So, when Mike came to visit Harvey to ask him to be his best man, Harvey snapped right back into anger mode. He lashed out at the man he’d been trying so desperately to save, telling him he was a fool for thinking about wedding preparations when he was headed to prison. And then what followed was a scotch-glass-throwing, face-destroying argument about who should take the blame. Both Mike and Harvey finally let all of their anger pour out, right on to each other. It wasn’t about (literally) hitting each other where it hurt; it was about sharing that hurt in the only way they knew how.

Mike blamed himself. Harvey blamed himself…and I blamed myself for not keeping something nearby to throw so that I, too, had a way to let out my emotions.

In the end, though, it didn’t matter. Mike still refused to let Harvey go to Gibbs. Harvey still felt guilty for ever having started this process, even if it took both men to make the decision for Mike to become Harvey’s associate. Trading apologies and a few half-hearted jokes, the boys of SUITS made whatever kind of small peace they could with the consequences of their actions. And when it came time for Mike to walk out on his shotgun wedding and head off to face his sentence, Harvey was the one right there by his side to take him to the end of the road. Because that’s what brothers do.

“Even knowing how it all turned out, I’d do it again.” Same, Mike. I’d still watch you take this journey and build this brotherhood with the guy next to you, even knowing how much it rained on my face when you two fought, when you apologized, and when you said goodbye.

Whether it was Harvey’s fault that Mike wound up in jail or not, he definitely played a role in shaping the boy with all the wasted potential into the man who was willing to spend time behind bars to prevent his family from falling suffering for him. And whether Mike was to blame for the firm coming under fire or not, we still have him to thank for helping to turn the seemingly emotionless lawyer dubbed “the best closer in the city” into a man who spent days barely holding back tears as he tried destroying everything in his path to save one of the very few people in his life about whom he’d allowed himself to openly care.

That’s just what family does.

The impact on the firm. While it was seemingly Harvey against the world, Jessica Pearson and Louis Litt were busy trying to save the firm from the fallout of Mike’s deal. As part of the bargain he’d struck with Gibbs, Mike had to admit that he was never really a lawyer, which meant every single case he’d touched would be subject to suit. It also meant every single client Pearson Specter Litt had was going to want to leave.

The biggest blow came from Robert Zane, who found a way to bypass the Pearson Specter Litt non-compete clause with the help of Louis’ former associate, Katrina. I’d started liking Katrina after originally not being able to stand her, all because of the great relationship she’d developed with Louis. That relationship, however, has been tossed out with yesterday’s garbage, all because Louis failed to get her rehired after he became name partner. Louis apologized and said it was all about keeping her safe from Mike’s secret…and she recorded the entire conversation, betraying Louis a second time.

Yep. If we’re still keeping the Harvey/Louis score here, Louis got the short end of the stick again. Katrina was willing to stab him in the back to get herself ahead at Zane’s firm, whereas Harvey’s protege wouldn’t even turn on him to avoid jail time.

Katrina’s underhanded actions ensured that, when Jessica came to Robert Zane, threatening to sue him for inducement, he had enough leverage to keep her from turning her threats into actions. Oh, and the whole reason Zane was even in attack mode? He didn’t care that Jessica had hired a fraud; he just resented her for not warning him when his daughter started dating said fraud. Because everything’s about Rachel Zane.

A note to Mr. Zane? Your daughter’s technically an adult now, even if she doesn’t always act like it. Her boss doesn’t need to inform you of her poor dating choices because they’re not really your business. I guess, to be fair, this is another example of family protecting family. I just don’t like the way it manifested itself. Not only was Zane playing dirty in business in order to get back at someone for what he thought was a personal slight, but he was also being the sort of grossly overprotective father that just irks me. I’m all for the independent adult thing, not the let Daddy protect me thing.

Anyway.

What’s actually important here is that, even in the midst of both clients and employees jumping ship, Jessica and Louis still tried to help Harvey make his deal with Gibbs: “Mike’s family. Even if we lose half the firm, if we don’t try to save him, who are we?” Bless you, Louis Litt.

Later, Louis would bring Jessica the bad news that they’d failed to save Mike. It was a beautiful, quiet moment where so much more was communicated than just the fact that it was all over. Jessica was watching the associates busy at work, knowing everything was bound to change before she even had the confirmation from Louis. It was impossible not to see how much this firm meant to her and how much she cared about every single part of it — not just the partners but even those lowly newcomers. For Jessica, the loss was a great one; but even then, she knew it wasn’t just about business. It was also about something more: “Louis, you were right: He’s family, and we had to try. And whoever’s left, we’ll be stronger. Even if we’re smaller.”

And smaller they were.

In what was perhaps one of the most devastating shots yet, Jessica and Louis returned to the firm’s offices at the end of SUITS’ season finale, only to find the place completely empty. The only souls left were those members of the immediate family who’d been fiercely protecting Mike Ross and his secret: Donna Paulsen, Jessica Pearson, and Louis Litt. That’s it. Those three, plus a totally wrecked Harvey Specter — who was busy watching the friend he couldn’t protect go off to spend two years behind bars — were all that was left.

Additional musings:

  • I’m not sure what bothers me more: that Mike Ross thought he had to apologize to Rachel Zane for doing the right thing and confessing to a crime…or that we needed sexposition to confirm that the couple was back on solid ground. Hot copy room sex to make the relationship official a few seasons back? Sign me up. Tonight’s hook up? Meh.
  • “Mike just threw his whole life away, and there’s nothing I can do about it. And the only way I can accept it is if I find out what that verdict is going to be.” Oh, Harvey…There’s nothing quite like seeing this usually strong character utterly broken down and even admitting it to someone else. Just one of the many beautiful ways Harvey has grown as a character and one of many, many beautifully heartbreaking moments in tonight’s episodes.
  • “I guess it’s time to get busy living or get busy dying.” Mike Ross with the quote from The Shawhank Redemption, just to prove that he and Harvey are still them. I don’t know how Harvey’s going to spend two years without being able to trade film quotes with his little brother every day, to be honest.
  • I think I’m just going to steal from the great Sarah Rafferty here and say Gabriel Macht put on a “#MasterClass in acting” tonight. Because he did (and then their banter following the episode was a master class in how to be awesome on social media).
  • Speaking of phenomenal acting, Patrick J. Adams. Enough said.
  • I’m going to say two very contradictory things here: First, “25th Hour” could easily have been a fantastic series finale, given the masterful way it portrayed the ultimate outcome of the accidental job interview that started it all. But. But. Second, I really can’t wait for season six. Part two of this family’s story can start now that the first bit has wrapped. How can Pearson Specter Litt come back from this? How is prison going to change Mike? Will Rachel still be waiting around when he comes back? Can Harvey and Donna just make out already? Maybe these questions can be answered in SUITS season six. I know I’ll be tuning in.