Donna: I'm voting for Louis for managing partner. And he's voting for himself. And since there is no way that either one of you is voting for the other, you might as well both vote for him and keep this a united front. Because make no mistake, Louis is managing partner.

Donna Paulsen to Harvey Specter and Robert Zane

Managing Partner is the tenth episode of the eighth season of Suits and the 118th overall. It first aired on September 19, 2018.


When Harvey and Zane can't stay on the sidelines, Donna does what's best for the firm.


To be added


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast

  • Whitney Rice as Nina Harford
  • Steve Coulter as Jarvis
  • Jorge Molina as Judge Rudolph Montoya
  • James Gilbert as Tom

Major/Highlighted Events


  • Samantha Wheeler, an associate at Jarvis, Green, Ellis is approached by the FBI, who inform her that they suspect that the firm is laundering money. After discovering a payout made from the three name partners to senior partner Robert Zane, Robert informs her that the three are indeed guilty of money laundering and placed money in his account to make him look complicit. Shortly after, Samantha asks Robert to choose someone he trusts to help him oust Jarvis, Green and Ellis, claiming that she is ineligible as she is too young and that it would be suspicious. Robert chooses Ellen Rand and Eric Kaldor and takes over the firm from Jarvis, Green and Ellis, forcing them to step down.
    • Jarvis, Green, Ellis becomes Rand, Kaldor & Zane, with Robert becoming managing partner.
    • Samantha and Robert become close, trustworthy friends as a result, with Samantha asking Robert to look out for her.

Present Day

  • Sheila Sazs becomes pregnant, but also receives the position of Dean at Columbia University, which she considers. This initially upsets Louis Litt, who refuses to allow his child to be raised by a nanny, which is what Sheila suggests since they would both be busy at work, although Katrina Bennett convinces Louis that Zane Specter Litt would still be fine if Louis stepped down.
  • Gavin Andrews threatens to report Samantha Wheeler to the New York State Bar for all the ethical violations she committed while she was his attorney. Wishing to prevent this, Alex Williams has Katrina Bennett impersonate Samantha and walk into Samantha's client's offices and obtain confidential files. Using the files, Alex defeats Samantha.
    • Robert Zane and Harvey Specter clash as they each take their respective friend's side, especially when Robert decides to promote Samantha despite Alex's victory. Knowing that the escalating conflict would tear the firm apart, Donna Paulsen votes for Louis to become the new managing partner.
      • Louis declares that as managing partner, his official act would be to promote both Alex and Samantha as name partners, adding that if they pair are unhappy with the simultaneous promotion, they would be free to merely leave the firm.

Cultural References


  • Goddamn Counter: 5
  • It is revealed that Samantha did military service and that she was raised in the foster care system, having never known her parents.
  • The law firm of Jarvis, Green, Ellis may have been named after BenJarvus Green-Ellis, a former NFL running back for the New England Patriots whose nickname was "The Law Firm."


Harvey: The winner gets their name up next. Any questions?
Alex: I got one. Is it gonna be "and Williams," or just "Zane Specter Litt Williams"?
Alex: I guess you aren't big on foreplay.
Samantha: Oh, I like foreplay just fine, Alex. But you're right about one thing. You're about to get fucked.
Alex: You're dropping that lawsuit, paying Gavin's legal fees, and issuing a public apology.
Samantha: The hell we are.
Alex: Samantha, you can kick and scream all you want, but I got proof the packing company skimped on materials and your client knew about it.
Samantha: How the fuck did you get these?
Alex: The same way I got everything else. You shared it with me in discovery.
Samantha: I didn't share shit with you.
Harvey: You and Samantha can accept Alex or you can pack up your shit right now.
Robert: I'm not going anywhere and neither is Samantha, because you're the past, and she's the future.
Harvey: Not here, she's not. Now get the fuck out of my office.
Robert: So you think you have what it takes to run this firm?
Louis: I know I do. And my first order of business is promoting Alex and Samantha at the same time.
Robert: And any managing partner worth his salt can see they'll never go for it.
Louis: No. They're either both gonna accept this or they're both gonna walk the fuck out the door because I am sick of this shit.
Samantha: I didn't have a father.
Robert: What?
Samantha: I have no idea who my parents were. Didn't even know their names. I bounced around the foster care system. Never lived in the same place for more than two years.


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