Season 1 Episode 13

Because I Know Patty

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 23, 2007 on DirecTV
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Ellen is cleared of murder charges while Frobisher agrees to settle with his former employees. A surprising flashback reveals why Patty went to the cemetery. Meanwhile, Hollis Nye plays a role in Ellen returning to work for Patty.

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  • A clever title goes here!

    I first came across this show on Netflix, after we canceled our cable, and was so happy because then it allowed us to be adventurous by watching new shows.

    The first episode freaked me out, then I was hooked after that.according to their episode guide, I am one episode away from the season one finale, and I was sad to see David get killed off. I liked him in the show. He keeps Ellen on her toes, and he looks like a good balance to her.moreless
  • There's so much of this show I never saw coming, and the S1 finale was no different.

    When I first saw the promos for "Damages" I knew I was going to enjoy it. They were dark, piquant flashes of imagery that gave away very little but made me hungry to learn more.

    From the opening scenes of the show, I knew it was going to be twisted and complicated. What I could not have guessed was how incredibly well-written it was going to be.

    I also had no idea that Ted Danson would present such a multilayered villain as Art Frobisher. Or that Patty Hewes (played astonishingly by Glenn Close) would also end up being a villain as well. Things ended a bit better for her, but only for now.

    After, it seems, she contracted a hit on her associate Ellen Parsons (played magnificently by Rose Byrne), she drove off to ... feel really bad about it. And to reconnect with a stillbirth she miscarried 35 years ago, lost very nearly as she came to term, so baby girl Julia Hewes had a significant impact.

    What I did not connect was how this miscarriage 35 years ago had any impact on her current state of mind or the griefgasm she experienced and whether she blamed Frobisher for the loss somehow and that's what was driving her rage.

    And I never got how Frobisher thought that that patch of land was going to be useful if he lost absolutely everything else. I know he had plans to develop it, but without a bunch of capital, that's all they are -- plans.

    It feels like Hewes could've overlooked that weasel playing both sides of the fence. He was a desperate man in desperate circumstances and no, he wasn't even a little bit honorable, but from another perspective, he had a lot to lose and he wanted to make damn' sure his family was going to be looked after.

    As for Ellen ... ahhhhhh ...

    Little lamb ... when I am through with you, there won't be anything left.

    As for Ellen, she grew up a lot in the course of a season. Patty was splashy and theatrical with the calling of hits on people's dogs and firing people for things over which they had no control and there was that whole thing with her son, but Ellen just had a simple dream she could've realized anywhere -- to out-earn her father with her first paycheck and to build a happy life together with her cutie fiance.

    At first she represented nothing more than serendipitous access to Frobisher. And she made choices that invested her personally in the case. And what Patty never counted on -- that she was exactly as good as she is, and came with a sharp, incisive mind -- was what, in the end, gave her the clarity of vision to trust no one, connect actions with motives and, ultimately, to sign on with the investigators looking to bring Patty down.

    Ellen became that most dangerous of all things -- indispensable. And for her, freedom became just another word for nothin' left to lose.

    From the first image of her running through the streets covered with blood from her assailant and her fiance, it was pretty clear she was pretty tightly invested in what led up to that point. And what led up to that point taught her to trust in her own value, and the importance of leverage. So when she came into possession of a tape that would seal the case against Frobisher against a $2 billion settlement and beyond, she used it not only to get the charges dropped, but to make Patty need her.

    Which, ultimately, will be her undoing.

    Perhaps ...

    After all, if this show has taught us anything, nothing is as it seems, so ... trust no one.

    And from what I've seen of Patty Hewes, I almost feel sorry for her investigators.

    Great work, everyone. So looking forward to Season Two. :)moreless
  • the episode that we've been waiting for....

    This episode answer everything that we've been questioning the whole season... who's the killer? who told them to? they answer everything... and i was so relief that Ellen is not so clueless after all... like the title She Knows Patty....and Ellen knows to use leverage very well...she even told Patty how to use it to the DA... and also the 'bad' is punished... even the 'leak' on the case... i love the comment that Arthur made.."I made a big mistake that i might be paying for the rest of my life. I trusted too many people"...he's right... the end of the episode really interesting... so please make the second season i really love to watch itmoreless
  • The climax could have been better

    After watching the series finale of Damages. I felt that it wrapped up somethings nicely and left me with questions unanswered. It wrapped up some of my questions on how Ellen got her job at Patty Hewes's law firm. It showed me that Patty had tired to kill Ellen (I said to everyone what about uncle Pete? and we saw his handy work). How David gets killed and why. What I missed was why Patty's son came back to the apartment and did not want his parents to know he came back.Why? what was his purpose? other things are unanswered but they really don't matter now. Gregory makes a tape and leaves it with David's sister, who gets the tape and gives to him so Ellen can get it to Patty. Ray Fiske kills himself in Patty's office why?

    If there is a second season, I can see it's going to go in a new direction because Ellen will be working for the FBI because they want Patty. Patty has created Ellen in her image she thinks, and if there is a second season Patty will have to deal with a very diffrent Ellen. As I said the climax could have been better, but hey wait till next season???moreless
  • Anti-climactic

    I watched the entire 13 episode series in less than 24 hours. Maybe that's why this episode seems a little anti-climactic to me. All of the snippets they were giving us about the final episode from the very beginning were still extremely fresh in my mind when this episode aired. The thing with Patty's daughter in the final minutes seemed completely out of place for some reason. Overall, this has been a very exciting experience. The show has been renewed for two more seasons and I expect they will be great at shaking things up. I can't wait to see William Hurt join the cast.moreless
Michael Delaney

Michael Delaney

Father Delaney

Guest Star

Peter Friedman

Peter Friedman

District Attorney

Guest Star

Kelli Giddish

Kelli Giddish

Heather MacDonald

Guest Star

Tom Aldredge

Tom Aldredge

Uncle Pete

Recurring Role

Jeff Binder

Jeff Binder


Recurring Role

Victor Arnold

Victor Arnold

Larry Popler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (Police officers looking at Ellen sitting inside the interrogation room)
      Detective Dan Williams: Bloody, half-naked, wandering the streets at seven AM.
      Detective Rosario Ortiz: Just your type.

    • (talking about Ellen's murder charge)
      District Attorney: Ms. Hewes, Ellen Parsons worked for you. I don't think you can be objective about this.
      Patty: I'm not! I'm not objective at all, and I'm going to turn my passionate, irrational anger against your office.

    • Arthur: Has the videotape been put into evidence?
      Bearded Man: I don't think so. No. Then maybe Patty Hewes doesn't have it.
      Arthur: What are we doing, playing guessing games? There's a goddamn gun out there pointed right at me, and you don't know if it's loaded.

    • Arthur: I need facts. I need information, that's all I want.
      Larry Popler: Mr. Frobisher, I know!
      Arthur: No, you actually don't know! You don't know shit, and you've done shit... which is exactly what you're going to get from me. I ain't paying you a penny.
      Larry Popler: I don't need your money, you prick!

    • Arthur: I made a... big mistake I'm going to be paying for the rest of my life.
      Owen: What mistake?
      Arthur: I trusted too many people.

    • Marshall Phillips: You knew my father, didn't you?
      Patty: I never liked him.
      Marshall Phillips: Oh, he never liked you. He always thought your cases had a stink to them.
      Patty: (shakes Marshall's hand) Good to see you, Marshall.

    • Ellen: (to Patty) I don't believe in the law anymore. But I believe in justice.

    • (after Patty shows Arthur the tape evidence)
      Patty: So, think about it. But not for too long. If I don't hear from you by the end of the day tomorrow, I'm gonna treat some friends of mine at the Justice Department to dinner and a movie.
      Arthur: You really enjoy this, don't you?
      Patty: It's my job.
      Arthur: Why do you hate me so much?
      (Patty walks away without answering)

  • NOTES (2)