Finding Jesus in TV’s Suits
Dave Gordon - Monday, 28 November, 2016
Believe it or not, you can get into the holiday spirit by watching TV’s Suits.
It’s there you’ll find a number of allegories for Christianity and Jesus.
Now in its sixth season, USA
is the story of Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), a genius college dropout, who,
with his sharp intellect and photographic memory, had made a living from taking
the LSAT for others.
Through a freak set of circumstances –a drug deal gone awry – he
accidentally finds himself in the job interview chair, and soon becomes a law
associate for Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht).
Just one thing: he never attended law school.
Despite taking on high profile cases, Mike is constantly faced with the risk
his secret might be revealed, and the risk of arrest.
When the firm’s top partner, Jessica Pearson, once exclaimed “you
have a chance to come to Jesus, and you’re looking at her,” she was
precisely on track about the Christian metaphors of the show.
We begin with the key character, Mike Ross, whose name sounds remarkably
like “My Cross.”
Like Jesus, Mike’s a man who knows that the authorities are always just one
step behind him, ready to arrest him.
and Mike have “secret
identities” that they’ve told people to
And like Jesus, who practiced
the Law, while sometimes breaking
it, Mike Ross practices the law, also while simultaneously breaking it.
Other fascinating names are the firm’s primary owner, Jessica Pearson
(Pierce Son), and her partner, Harvey Specter (a “specter” being a ghost – so H.
Specter would be a Holy Ghost).
There’s also law associate Katrina – in German meaning “pure”, in Hebrew
meaning “crown”, both appropriate symbols of Jesus.
And more overtly, Harvey’s
personal assistant is (Ma)Donna, who serves as the maternal influence of the
office, as Mary does in the Gospels.
Interestingly, one aspect of her behaviour is another allusion to Mary.
There is no shortage of episodes where it is made clear that her
precisely-made latte wins over her heart – and wins special favors.
What does that mean, and why, of all things, is a latte important?
Because it’s an allusion to the latte, or
the milk, that Mary provided Jesus.
To this day, women show up to the Milk Grotto in Bethlehem
where Jesus was nursed, where they believe their request for fertility will be
granted. This ritual consists of creating a special mixture with milk, and
drinking it, like an elixir.
In the case of Suits, when Donna ingests her specially mixed milk, any
request becomes fertile.
The Jewish character, Louis Marlowe Litt, is the Judas, who betrayed the
firm on many occasions, either by undermining his nemesis Harvey,
or aligning himself with enemies of the firm.
Interestingly, his initials LML (elem-El) in Hebrew means Man-God, surely an
allusion to Jesus, believed by Christians to be man and God.
What’s more, we note the prop most associated with Louis is his cup, You Got Litt Up, symbolic of the
great Last Supper goblet, the Holy Grail.
According to Wikipedia,
“Galahad, illegitimate son of Lancelot
and Elaine, the
world's greatest knight and the Grail Bearer at the castle of Corbenic, is destined to
achieve the Grail, his spiritual purity making him a greater warrior than even
his illustrious father.”
That, ultimately, is Litt’s mission in life: to be the greatest legal
warrior, by outdoing his direct competitor, Harvey
-- which incidentally in Latin means “warrior.”
Some people find Christ in the most unusual places – a hotel bedside table’s
drawer, a prison, a life-saving miracle, the list goes on.
But you might also find Christian symbols and metaphors in the hit network
television show Suits.