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'Suits': Harvey Specter and Sean Cahill are my new bromance

Sorry, Mike. But I’m really digging the dynamic between Harvey Specter and Sean Cahill in the new season of Suits.

With his associate voluntarily behind bars, Harvey (Gabriel Macht) was in need of a new sidekick, and that turned out to be SEC attack dog Cahill (Neal McDonough), last seen ready to rip his boss a new one back in season 4. It’s a pairing that was not expected and should not necessarily have worked, and that’s the beauty of it. Every time Harvey and Cahill are on screen together you think that they should start fighting — and they almost did — but yet they work really, really well as a unit.

A great part of that is the chemistry between the actors. Gabriel Macht is easily one of the top 5 best actors of all time, and Neal McDonough is one of the most undervalued actors of all time. Both of them are routinely fascinating to watch on their own with how they dig into characters and have that little extra spark. When you put them together, it’s like watching a great sporting event. They’re both very good at what they do, and you’re riveted to the back and forth, not sure which character is going to come out on top. There’s such joy in just watching these two share the same sandbox.

But even from a character standpoint, Harvey and Cahill just click. There’s an inherent tension in their partnership that is so different from the vibe of Harvey and Mike. Harvey and Mike are like brothers; Harvey and Cahill might still kill each other by the end of the season. Their bad blood hasn’t gone away because they now share a common cause. Yet what season 6 has enabled Suits to do is show that they mirror each other whether they like it or not. Both of them engage in mental warfare as much as legal warfare, aren’t afraid to cross a line (or several), and have that certain kind of intense swag that makes you back up when they enter a room.

What we’ve seen over these last few episodes is a two-pronged arc: a great chess match between them professionally as they battle each other while secretly trying not to battle each other, and a deepening understanding between them personally. Do you think before season 6, Cahill would have ever hung out in Harvey’s office for a drink? And then in this week’s episode, “Spain,” he confides in Harvey about his mom, admitting that she was one of the people swindled by William Sutter (Alan Rosenberg). There’s a mutual respect forming because this could not be more personal for both of them, and they both understand that.

Mike not being here opened the doors for these additional layers to be pulled off of Cahill’s character, and Harvey’s, too. That’s what season 6 needed; you don’t want to replace Mike with a Mike clone and have the audience wonder why you even bothered. You want to bring something entirely different; you want the anti-Mike. There’s no question that Sean Cahill is the anti-Mike Ross. You just replaced the big-hearted kid with the super-jaded prosecutor who could probably break him over his knee (hey, McDonough does play a supervillain in the DC TV universe, remember?)

The Harvey and Cahill bromance is great because we all know it’s not going to last, in every sense of that phrase. Obviously Mike is going to come back at some point. And just because Harvey and Cahill get along in this situation doesn’t mean they have to get along in any other circumstance in season 7 or beyond. Suits isn’t changing anything about who these characters are; they still have the bite that they had back in season 5. The show is just adding more to that dynamic than we’ve had before, enabling us to see it differently. One of the things that’s been wonderful about the series in general is how it constantly changes the perception of characters, and Cahill is the latest, possibly greatest example.

As Cahill was written in season 4, he could almost be too much of a jerk; in season 6 the writing for him has gotten more detailed, and McDonough has really taken advantage of that. He wouldn’t have had that opportunity, and the writers wouldn’t have gotten to tell us about Cahill’s mom, if there hadn’t been a space for him in the story. At the same time, Cahill’s strength of personality makes him perfect to battle back against Harvey as Harvey goes on a rampage to free Mike. Harvey in season 6 would roll over somebody who wasn’t able to not just hold their own but truly present an equal and opposite reaction. Harvey’s pushing, and Suits needs somebody to push back, and Cahill is so that guy. Right now these two need each other, and the show is gaining something because of it.

So while I miss Mike and hope that he will someday soon be reunited with Rachel and finally get married, I’m okay with him being in prison right now. I’m okay because that gave us Harvey Specter and Sean Cahill, the unlikeliest of bromances but absolutely, completely my new favorite.

Suits airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on USA.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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