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'Damages' series finale: So is Ellen Parsons dead or what?

"Damages" concluded its five-season run Sept. 12 in a 70-minute, action-packed thrill ride -- with no commercial interruptions -- on DirecTV's Audience Network. So after teasing Ellen's (Rose Byrne) apparent murder in flash-forwards all seasons, was she really pushed off the roof by a deranged pigeon? Or the hit man who didn't get it right the first time? There is one shocking murder in the finale, "But You Don't Do That Anymore," but it isn't Ellen. She collapsed on the ground because of health problems related to stress...and her pregnancy! But before that... The big early reveal was that Rutger Simon (John Hannah) plotted the whole thing to take down Channing (Ryan Phillippe playing vapid to perfection -- if that's what he was aiming for) a year ago. He worked with Torben (William Sadler) and Herreshoff (Victor Garber) to hack Naomi's (Jenna Elfman) personal email with the help of the Samurai -- downloading everything but... //

Damages: "There's Only One Way to Try a Case" Review

Damages is back! And everyone can say "f***!" now!   Thanks to a miraculous two-season order/save by DirecTV,   Patty and   Ellen   can now continue to wield their justice like a broadsword and cut down the biggest and the boldest in the world of corrupt corporations. " There's Only One Way to Try a Case " was a semi-strong return for the series; jumbled at times, but always engrossing. What was really missing here was the big suspenseful opening scene   pull   that the past three seasons have had. The intermittent time-jumps to the hooded figure tied up to a chair seemed cheaply done and just didn't contain the weight of the stuff we've seen on this show.   Maybe it was the twangy Middle Eastern music or the   extra   grainy film stock used, but the opening mystery-scene came off a bit corny to me. I like the fact that the dangerous world "out there" is now somehow colliding with the New York "power attorney"-verse we've come to know, but it just seemed like too much of a staged scenario. Of course, I compare everything to the shocking, Lynch-ian, opening of Season 1 with blood-covered Ellen and the elevator door. Or even, now, the discovery of Tom's body at the end of the Season 3 pilot. This opening felt more like Season 2's opening when we were left to wonder "who?" As in "who is Ellen pointing the gun at?" Or now - "who is the person under the hood?"   Read More... //

Review: 'Damages' Returns on a New Network With the Same Modus Operandi

'Damages' (10PM ET Wednesday, DirecTV's Audience Network) is on a new network -- its fourth season will air only on DirecTV, not on FX -- but some things about the show never change. Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) is still an expensively clad, unrelenting near-sociopath, and her former protege, Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), still thinks she can imitate Patty's moves and not end up exactly like her. As always, there's a time puzzle that is introduced in the first episode of the season: We see events in the present day and a few months down the road, and eventually we'll see how those various occurrences weave together to form one narrative. Some things do change on the show. Each season is anchored by a different ripped-from-the-headlines story, and -- this is big -- Ellen wears her hair down for much of the new season. Byrne's more confident performance is of a piece with Ellen's ever-so-slightly sassier hairstyle. But the one enduring thing I like most about 'Damages' is that it's basically summer camp for character actors. //

Damages: Season 3 Review

Oh, to be filthy stinking rich and then…lose it all. If there was an overall theme to the third season of the wonderfully sordid and complex Damages, it would be something like "the obsession with wealth." Or maybe "the corruption of the weak." Or "peoplewhofindouttoolatethatambitionruinslove." Yes, there were a bunch of themes this season about the darkening of the human soul, the importance of family and the insurmountable regrets of the hard-edged careerist, but there since the main plot involved Patty (Glenn Close) and Tom (Tate Donovan) trying to prove that the fraudulent Tobin clan were secretly hiding millions of dollars for themselves, we got to see a lot of panic from rich white folks who would literally kill in order to not become *gasp* middle-class white folks. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Damages: "The Next One's Gonna Go in Your Throat" Season 3, Episode 13 Review

Wow, there's a ton to write about here. As always, Damages crams a lot (too much?) into their finales. There were a couple moments in "The Next One's Gonna Go in Your Throat" that were absolutely fantastic, but then there were also some closing scenes that didn't really pay off the way they should. Frobisher's (Ted Danson) downfall was long overdue, and I want to commend this series for creating a character the really did seem like he had turned over a new leaf, but Wes' (Timothy Olyphant) decision to turn himself in just to give Ellen some justice didn't see right. Maybe it's because we never truly understood where Wes was ever coming from. He was never really explored as a character and his only defining quality was that he really wound up liking Ellen. A lot. The scene in the car with Frobisher was intense, and I loved the way Wes kept cocking the gun, making Frobisher think he was going to shoot him. I really thought he would do it. But Wes' re-emergence felt a little too "Deus-Ex-Machina," and the line where Ray Fiske's ghost actually calls him "the cowboy" was a little too knowing. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

'Damages' - 'The Next One's Gonna Go In Your Throat' Recap (Season Finale)

If this is indeed the end for 'Damages,' it seems like a pretty nice way to go out. Sony is still in talks with DirectTV to work out a deal to save the show, and I can visualize it moving forward. But it would definitely be a re-boot, now that Tom Shayes is out of the picture. I'll hypothesize that the next season -- should it happen -- would be about the relationship between Ellen and Patty. They're really on equal footing now, and, frankly, they're all each other has in the world. More about that, the mysterious horse, the bloody purse, and the body plummeting into the East River after the jump. So we learned what the horse and Patty's flashbacks were all about. Some of you called it a while ago. A young Patty had been pregnant -- as in nine months pregnant -- and wandered out to a horse farm, where she saw none other than ... Julian Decker. He was the one who said, "A baby's a big responsibility." Note that her baby's name was Julia. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

'Damages' season finale review: 'The next one's gonna go in your throat'

Damages ended its season - the series? - with some many plot resolutions it had to expand to 90 minutes and still felt stuffed like a Thanksgiving turkey. Not that the finale itself was a turkey; a lot of it was superb. Finally, we got a scene between Glenn Close and Lily Tomlin that demonstrated just how good these two could have been if they’d joined forces earlier in the season. We learned why Keith Carradine had been hanging around on the edges of this season, as the flirty, slightly creepy architect who kept giving Close’s Patty Hewes apartment re-modeling advice. Most important for the purposes of the bigger picture, we learned who killed Tom Shayes. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

'Damages' Season 3, Episode 12 - 'You Were His Little Monkey' Recap

Hoo boy. You know the end of 'Damages' is near (next week is the finale), because a lot happened in this episode to tie things together. Not everything, but a lot. And I love how near the end, they put the emphasis on "3. Days. Later." If they'd used a drama button in this episode, it would have been there. Well, follow me after the jump and we'll see if we can piece this freaky puzzle together. Well, let's just jump right to the end, since the last, oh, three minutes revealed a ton of stuff: To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Damages Season 3, Episode 12: "You Were His Little Monkey" Review

There's so much I want to touch on this week, but I know I just won't be able to cram it all in here. "You Were His Little Monkey" was a great episode and very strong lead-in to next week's finale. I have to admit that the finale kind of crept up on me. I wasn't really paying attention to the episode numbers so I still thought there were a handful left. Also, while I'm thinking about it, sometimes the random "quote picking" that they use to name the episodes can work to undercut the actual drama. This was a taut and super-suspenseful chapter and it's now stuck with the "Little Monkey" title. That being said, I loved the paradox of Tessa Marchetti's murder getting Patty (Glenn Close) put back on the Tobin case with Patty knowing that, without Tessa, she has no case. To Read More Click Here If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Damages: "All That Crap About Your Family" Review Season 3, Episode 11

Wow! What a severely dark turn right there at the end of "All That Crap About Your Family." It was a really a great and perverse moment for Joe (Campbell Scott), but maybe even more so for Marilyn (Lily Tomlin). It's a shame that such a brutal and shocking final scene had to come at the end of an episode laced with jarringly unbelievable moments. I literally could believe it when I was watching Patty (Glenn Close) tearfully tell off Ellen (Rose Byrne) for supposedly being all about "ambition." First off, this is the ultimate case of the pot calling the kettle black and secondly, Patty tried to have Ellen killed! That trumps any complaint that Patty might have about the lovely Miss Parsons. It's Ellen's eternal "get out of jail" free card. I know that a ton of debauched things happen on Damages on a regular basis, but there really should be no "getting past" the time when Patty hired someone to murder Ellen to save her own ass. Watching these two discover shared experiences and connecting motivations that cause them to gravitate toward one another is great, but having to watch Patty take a drunken "high hat" approach to Ellen was a little ridiculous. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now