Damages: Ellen and Patty Are on a (New) Collision Course

Damages is trying something a little different for its third season: Patty without Ellen.

When the gripping FX legal thriller returns (Monday, Jan. 25 at 10/9c), Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) won't have her protégé-nemesis, Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), at her side. After finally getting Patty to admit she tried to have Ellen killed, Ellen has made good on her promise and left Hewes and Associates in her rearview mirror.

Or so she thought.

"It's an interesting and challenging change in storytelling for them not to be in the same office," co-creator and executive producer Glenn Kessler tells TVGuide.com. "We've always considered their relationship to be the crux of the entire series, and they aren't on-screen together a lot in the first few episodes. What the third season will be about is them coming back into each other's lives on very different terms. Ellen has moved on emotionally and apparently psychologically. Part of the fun of the season is seeing just how these women are drawn to each other and how, despite their best efforts, they may end up together."

Bringing the two back together is the Tobin family, whose patriarch, Louis Tobin (Len Cariou), has perpetrated the biggest fraud in Wall Street history (think Bernie Madoff). Ellen, now working for the district attorney, pursues the criminal side of the case while Patty becomes the court-appointed trustee to find out if and where Tobin is hiding the $9.7 billion he ripped off in his Ponzi scheme.

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