Damages: "Tell Me I'm Not Racist" Review Season 3, Episode 10


We're used to seeing Patty (Glenn Close) dream about her puzzling past; getting little clues as a form of insight into her trauma. We're not used to seeing Ellen (Rose Byrne) get that treatment. This season of Damages has introduced us, quite nicely, to the notion of "interconnectedness" between Patty and Ellen and the fact that, no matter what, they'll always gravitate toward each other. We thought that the two of them merely shared similar levels of ambition mixed with an unappreciative family, but now it seems like they might have more of a, shall I say, cosmic kinship. They fact that both of them have dreams in which they're little girls, interlaced with potent imagery and confusing rhetoric means that there's something else than mere occupational pride drawing them close together.


Look, I'm not trying to say that we're going to find out that Patty's really Ellen's mom (pleasegodno), but they both seem like "survivors." And sometimes that term merely means that something happened to them when they were too young for it to fully resonate. Look at the lying, miserable family that Ellen comes from, and the fact that they're hiding crucial parts of her past from her. Their innate resentment toward Ellen has to do with the fact that she doesn't partake in their unspoken depressed agony because she doesn't remember anything horrible enough to scar her. And her family takes exception to that. They don't understand her because she can't relate to them on their terms of emotional discourse, simply because she was too young to know, or remember, the truth about certain things.


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