Louis (Rick Hoffman) used to be the funny jerk on "Suits," but now he has betrayed the team, and the one person who was there to back him up (Hardman) is gone. In fact, he showed the two extremes of his personality. He showed that he could be somewhat likable, if socially awkward. He also showed why Jessica (Gina Torres) likes him, and how he brings in such high billables. Then he went and screwed it all up by getting vindictive. What's going to happen to him now?
Louis showed his true competency
Viewers got to see why Jessica likes Louis so much. Before Season 2, we mostly saw his socially incompetent side. Sometimes it was difficult to imagine how he could possibly be a real lawyer. He was merely a fantasy person sent to amuse us.
In Season 2, he shows just how good he really is at his job, beginning with the episode "Meet the New Boss." Louis had to prove that he knew how to inspire his employees rather than simply bark at them and make their lives miserable. He came through with flying colors by doing all of their work in a single evening, then telling them that if they want to get ahead, they have to work as hard or harder than he does.
Louis showed his likable side
In the next episode, "Discovery," Mike (Patrick J. Adams) was forced to work with Louis. It turned out that it wasn't so bad after all. He actually enjoyed himself. When working together with a colleague (rather than on opposite sides for a mock trial, which had been the only other Louis experience Mike ever had), Louis is quite affable. He is still awkward, but in a charmingly hilarious way rather than an uncomfortably hilarious way. It's truly amazing how the same person can seem like two different people depending on perspective, and on which side of the desk you are sitting.
Louis showed how low he can go
After showing viewers his good-natured side, Louis immediately screwed everything up by spying on Mike and Harvey (Gabriel Macht), and using it against them. He completely betrayed them, then took Hardman's side. Sure, Harvey likes to poke fun at Louis, but he would never betray him by going behind his back to Jessica or Hardman. At least they were on his team, even if they didn't always like him.
By going behind the team members' backs to Hardman, he lost their respect. Jessica, Harvey, Mike, and Donna (Sarah Rafferty) would have each accepted him back into the fold (at least somewhat) if he hadn't completely destroyed his credibility by continuing down that track with Hardman, despite the fact the he knew Hardman was just using him. He even accepted the fact that he was only promoted to senior partner just to push Jessica out of the way and destroy Harvey.
Rather than feel uncomfortable in his new role as destroyer-for-payment, he relished in it. It's doubtful the team will ever trust him again. It would take a miracle.
See if Louis can ever make up for his actions when "Suits" returns for its winter season with the episode "Blood in the Water" in January 2013 on USA Network.
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