“Suits” Season 4 represents the biggest change in the show since its premiere. Mike (Patrick J. Adams) has left the firm — and Harvey (Gabriel Macht) must re-learn who he is as the greatest lone wolf in the legal world.

Does “Suits” still work when these new changes go into effect in the season premiere, “One-Two-Three-Go”? The answer is an unqualified yes.

Why does this new format work? There are two reasons: One, everyone is still the same person, and two, Mike and Harvey still get to work together. Sort of.

Same people, different offices

It becomes abundantly clear within the first few minutes of Season 4 that Mike Ross is still Mike Ross and Harvey Specter is still Harvey Specter.

While Harvey runs around being all arrogant and hot and better than everyone else, Mike is quickly assuring clients of his pro-humanity leanings. Case in point for Mike: He’s in the financial takeover business yet makes it his priority to keep a company’s workforce employed. As for Harvey, he starts out the season by unapologetically coming in late and insisting everyone is better for it.

The rest of the characters stay true to themselves as well. Louis (who has many excellent scenes with Katrina) is alternately freaking out and scheming as only Louis can. Donna remains perfect and impervious to trouble. Rachel is doing double-duty as a law student and Mike semi-replacement. And Jessica is insisting everything be all-business even when everything is definitely not all-business.

Good times.

Same bromance, new problems

As any fan of “Suits” knows, this show is all about the Harvey-Mike relationship. Mike’s departure from the firm was thus most terrifying because it threatened that beautiful bromance.

Don’t worry — this dysfunctional, platonic couple can’t separate that easily.

This is not to say that all is smooth sailing between mentor and protege. Mike was always a confident guy, but now he has the job to back up that confidence. And Harvey’s deep knowledge that he is always right and the smartest guy in the room (even in a room with Mike) means that there must be conflict between the two men.

That conflict comes in the Season 4 premiere and promises to continue for some time. Fortunately, it’s a conflict that will require Mike and Harvey to meet regularly, so this beloved and tense relationship gets to continue.

Same ‘Suits,’ new season

When it comes down to it, this is the point that matters: “Suits” is the same, amazing show it has always been in Season 4. A simple change in one character’s location can’t hurt that, and the new season promises to be excellent because of it.

“Suits” Season 4 premieres Wednesday (June 11) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on USA.

Posted by:Laurel Brown