On Wednesday (July 13), “Suits” finally returned for its sixth season. The premiere episode, titled “To Trouble,” further proves the show has not lost any of its swagger since its Season 5B finale. That’s not to say things aren’t pretty grim. Mike Ross’ (Patrick J. Adams) life is mirroring a “Shawshank Redemption”-like storyline, while the rest of the crew’s lives at Pearson Specter Litt are going down like The Titanic.
The once top-rated New York City law firm has been deserted by all its employees following the scandal, and the only people left to clean up the mess are Harvey (Gabriel Macht), Jessica (Gina Torres), Donna (Sarah Rafferty), Rachel (Meghan Markle) and Louis (Rick Hoffman). Now, if anyone is going to be able to fix things, these are the exact people one would want in his or her corner. But … before they are able to get down to business, the team takes a breather — or inhaler? — and pass around a joint.
Normally, this would seem way out of character for all of them, but under the insanely stressful circumstances, getting high was exactly what these high powered lawyers needed. Just a brief and much needed reprieve from the harsh reality of their current state of affairs.
Zap2it asked Executive Producer Aaron Korsh about the important symbol marijuana has become on the series. Remember, Mike would’ve never met Harvey if he wasn’t originally dealing weed with his old buddy Trevor. And if that fateful run-in never took place, well, there would be no “Suits!”
In Season 2, Mike and Harvey smoked up together during an adorably bromantic scene in the episode, “High Noon.” And now, here we are in Season 6 watching Jessica, Louis and Donna get in on that dank chronic action.
Korsh was very open about discussing his personal past with weed, and why it’s become an integral presence on the show. Lighting up that joint in the premiere, “It was like a rebirth of the show,” he says. “Now that I have children, it’s different. But look, the biographical aspects are somewhat lifted from me. I had a very good memory, was good in school, but I had problem — I smoked massive amounts of [weed].”
“I did go to college and graduate and do well, but it was a large part of my life,” Korsh says. “So, that’s where that element came from. I haven’t touched it in over 10 years. But it was a part of who I was at the time. I don’t even want to promote it as a thing, but these characters might do it once in awhile. And interact in way they have never before. [Like when] Harvey says, ‘Sorry.’ [and] Louis comes out with the truth about the recording.”
“Suits” airs on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on USA.