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Mike Ross has been posing as a lawyer for most of the past five seasons of Suits. He briefly saved his ass when he switched to a career as an investment banker, but ultimately he went back to the Pearson Specter Litt firm. The moment he made that decision, the fact that he had lied about going to Harvard Law School in order to get the gig became a burden on his shoulders once more, and following the USA drama’s midseason finale, the news has been out that Mike Ross is a fraud, at least according to an anonymous tip. And in this week’s episode we learned exactly who turned Mike Ross in to the powers that be: Sheila Sazs.
Oh yes, you remember Sheila Sazs, the Harvard recruiter who occasionally interacted with Pearson Specter Litt before embarking on a romantic love affair with Louis Litt. It got pretty serious for a time and they even got engaged; however, they eventually ended up breaking things off after they realized they weren’t on the same page about having children. Sheila hasn’t been around much in the time since, but she is now playing a pretty huge part in this Season 5 plot, having turned in the anonymous tip and then coming forward as the writer of the email after speaking with Louis about it.
Showrunner Aaron Korsh said that the writers were playing around with who could have turned Mike in. Honestly, for a good chunk of the episode, Mike and Harvey were convinced it was Harvard’s ethics professor, Henry Gerard, who turned Mike Ross in. However, Korsh said he felt that most of the people who knew Mike’s secret had held onto it for a selfish reasons or tried to extort it for other selfish reasons. Those people wouldn’t be the type to turn Mike Ross in when he least expected it. So, instead, they ultimately decided to make it someone more upstanding. Here’s what he told EW.
I thought, in real life, if you would find this out and you were a responsible person in most positions, you would just report it. You would call the authorities because it’s the right thing to do. And, I thought, what better person to do that than Sheila? She’s straight, on the up-and-up, and this is an affront to her beloved Harvard Law School. She did it because it was the right thing, and I like that motivation better than someone trying to stick it to him.
Ultimately, this week’s episode of Suits was a pretty crazy one. There was a lot of back and forth as Jessica asked Mike to destroy the info he had on her if she destroyed the letter she made Rachel sign. A sideplot involving Donna’s father complicated things even further and then when Sheila came forward saying she had written the tip, the judge approved the subpoena for all of the Pearson Specter Litt documents. There are still a few episodes left in Season 5 and things are bound to get pretty hectic for Mike in the coming weeks. I honestly don’t see how he could come out on top in this, but the writing on Suits is really crisp and the show has already been renewed for Season 6, so there is going to have to be some sort of resolution at some point.
You can catch new episodes of Suits on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET, only on USA. In addition, you can see what else is coming up this winter with our midseason TV premiere schedule.