Friday, February 1, 2013

'Zane vs. Zane' -- Suits 2x13

Warning: Spoiler Alert

I have to say ... I really don't like Rachel's dad. But truth be told, I'm not entirely sure that I'm supposed to. I got the impression that we are supposed to think that her dad is a complete asshat (and not cuz he is such a bulldog at his job. After all, Harvey is a bulldog, and we're meant to think of him as the hero of the show). It seemed much more like that we weren't supposed to like him cuz he didn't seem to realize just how much of an assnozzel that he is when it comes to women in general (and to Rachel specifically). Despite the way he treated Jessica (which seemed to me to be akin to how he would treat a man ... probably cuz she had proven herself to be a worthy advisory, and as someone who was able to hand out numbers), he didn't seem to have much in the way of respect for women. I kept getting the feeling from him that he kind of thought (in some deep part of himself) that they should remain in the home, and that they maybe even should remain barefoot and pregnant. The woman that he was going after in the deposition ... the things he was saying didn't just seem like he was saying them to rattle her chain; there was an attitude there that made it look like that was really what he thought. It didn't help any that he pretty much said the same thing to Rachel before that. That may have not been his intention to say that sort of thing to her, but sometimes people say what they mean without realizing it. And the fact that he seemed so amazed that Rachel had taken her entrance exams speaks to the fact that there was probably something there when she felt like he would have made her feel like her score wasn't high enough (even though it was only a few points lower than his). Yes, I was totally on Rachel's side on this, and could see how the relationship might have been strained, and how she might have been made to feel incredibly small by his words and actions.

I also got the feeling that Rachel's dad didn't really have any idea of who she was. Her not telling him things was (I think) only partly to blame for this. It looked like she had been hurt too many times by things that he had said to her in the past that she had ended up cutting herself off from him to a certain extent, and I can't say that I blame her for that. I'd love it if they were able to mend thing completely between them, but I'm not entirely sure that they are going to be able to do that. It seems almost like he's going to say something again in the future that is going to make her feel small, and like she will never be good enough for him, and she'll pull back from him again to protect herself.

But Rachel's dad wasn't the only person that I had a problem with in this episode ... I really wanted to smack Luis upside the head in this episode. Sure, he's pissed off that there were rules implemented specifically for him, and that is bound to get under anyone's skin. But he seems to forget that there is a reason why those rules were put into place for him, and that he completely deserved what he got. Also, I'm not sure the thing about new hires applies to when the new hire is a fifth year associate; I was under the impression that it was only for first and second years ... when they really needed someone standing over them and making sure that they weren't fucking up. At this point, homegirl doesn't really need anyone standing over her anymore. She will certainly need someone to come to when/if she needs to clarify something, or she needs help in something that she may not be as proficient in as someone else, but that doesn’t mean that she needs someone to hold her hand through everything. But that isn't really what Luis was doing, was it? He's still pissed off about the fact that Harvey got to hire someone new, and he had to get rid of the associate that he thought was completely perfect; and still being pissed off about all that doesn't mean that he should be a complete ass about the whole thing. But at least the two of them were kind of able to make peace with each other, especially since I have a feeling that a war between the two of them would have become tiresome.

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