There's no doubt that Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) from "Suits" is a strong woman, but sometimes Hardman (David Costabile) and Harvey (Gabriel Macht) can get to her, though she rarely shows it. As Hardman once said, she's "a class act." Here are some of her strongest and "classiest" moments.
Each time Jessica forces Harvey to get along with Louis
Even though Harvey and Louis can't stand each other, Jessica will sometimes force the pair to work with each other, or even have dinner together. It's easier to get Louis to play along because he's the lapdog. Harvey, on the other hand, rarely does anything he doesn't want to do.
Jessica can get her way with him when she really wants to, however, and she really wants Harvey and Louis to work together once in awhile to prevent them from becoming too separated. They also use different tactics and make each other better through competition, which makes her whole team stronger.
When Jessica forced Hardman out
Harvey did most of the work in finding a way to force Hardman out of the company for the second time, but it was Jessica's "creation" of Harvey that allowed it to happen. She was the one who molded Harvey into the loyal person he is. Even though Harvey often goes against Jessica's wishes, it usually turns out well in the end.
A perfect example of this is when Harvey refused to lie to a client in the episode "The Choice." Jessica wanted the client to take a loss on his case just so she could get the bankruptcy guy, Paul Porter (Michael Cristofer) on her side in a vote, resulting in Hardman not being able to get the upper hand in the first place.
Instead, Harvey got a great deal for the guy, which caused Porter to turn on Jessica. But Porter wasn't such a nice guy for wanting the client to go into bankruptcy when he shouldn't have had to. Harvey saw it as a win-win because he reinforced Real Estate's support for Jessica while winning the case, but Jessica saw it as a betrayal. It was Harvey's refusal to compromise on his principles that made the team (including Jessica) stronger in the end.
When Jessica promoted Harvey
Harvey's promotion to senior partner in the "Pilot" episode gave Jessica more strength than anything else. Despite Harvey's own strength of character, and his refusal at times to follow Jessica's orders, he is extremely loyal to Jessica. He will always do his best for the firm, for his clients, and for Jessica -- all at once.
Harvey would never leave Jessica in a position where she would lose power to anyone other than Harvey, and Harvey shows no signs of ever wanting to take Jessica's place as managing partner. Even if she doesn't always realize it, her promotion of Harvey only reinforced the strength of her position at Pearson Hardman.
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