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This has by far, been the BEST episode of Damages to date. Period. The best written.The unraveling of the mystery, the character developments...the level of intensity nearly threw me out of my chair. It was just like reading a suspenseful novel. And I agree with the above poster, it was definitely the bloodiest episode ever, had me squirming at some parts.
Season 2 finale i had a few issues with. This season finale was just about perfect. Everything came together nicely and I have to commend the writers of this series for their radiant brilliance as masters of the pen. I hope they get recognized this Emmy season.The show's writers, the show's actors, especially GLEN CLOSE. SHe is completely fantastic in her role as Patty Hews and deserves every nomination she garners.
First of all, poor Tom. Poor poor Tom. Every season he gets the short end of the stick. 1st season he gets "fired." S2 he gets fired again, but with good intent. S3 he finally takes matters into his own hands, resigns, and gets killed. For the first time he was exerting control over his own life, stepping away from the 2nd fiddle "monkey" role he played for Patty Hewes. Unfortunately he made too many mistakes in his decisions and it cost him his life. Still, dont u think he should've called an ambulance with that final phone call he made? SPOILER: And drowning in the toilet?Please tell meI wasnt the only one thinking, "Dude,just FLUSH!!
Ellen...She was actually quite reserved this season. Rose Byrne played the character incredibly well, as always, but she barely broke out of this quietly calm post-Patty confession Season 3 shell...she only stepped out of that box to show off this "quiet thunder" defense mechanism whenever someone came at her from the wrong angle. I'm very glad she found some peace in David's death and learning thatFrobisuer actually was behind it. And Wes...even though he had to be written out, they still gave him some great character development for the finale. Though I'm still not sure why he turned himself in...maybe it was out oflove for Ellen.
Patty Hewes...Un-f u c k!ng-believable...I never expected to learn what we learned about her, and it paints her as an even more terrifyingly complex and amazing character. To intentionally cause the demise of your unborn child in order to succedd in the legal world...In many ways she is a cold-blooded murderer, and it scares me sh!tless..Ambition is avery a dangerous thing and Patty is the perfect example. I'm sure she has her regrets about the choices she's made in the past. Does anyone think she'll try to confiscate Julie's baby to keep for herself, to sort of make amends for what she did to her stillborn child? Though I'm not sure I can see Patty Hewes doing something like that. Still, what she did to Julie was monstrous and totally uncalled for, but Julie was foolish to think she could play "power games" against Patty Hewes. An art dealer going up against PATTY-fu ck!ng-HEWEs? She totally annihilated her.
So the entire Ponzee scheme was Joe's fault? His father was just covering his mistakes? Michael was the one who crashed into his mom's car with Ellen's car? Tom was killed by Joe Toobin after being stabbed by the hitman? Ellen's Chanel bag (which i wondered y was so important, now i know!) was actually stolen by the homeless man? Mrs. Toobin jumped into the East River and committed suicide?
...The great thing about this show is that every character behaves likea real person. They display real feelings, real emotions, real strengths and weaknesses. Even the secondary characters behave in this manner, and everyone is pretty good at this chess game. As Patty once said "Everyone is looking to play an angle."
Now if we could justget justice onthose 2 guys that facilitated the assasination ofTessa Marquetti and Patty's guardman on the island of Antigua, and i'll resign a happy man.
As much as it pains me to say it, I didn't like the finale.
As the finale approached I was worried that all the storylines would come together in a forced and slightly contrived way. That's nothing new for Damages but this time, for some reason, it felt particularly bad.
Towards the mid-way point of the episode, elements like Ellen's bag, the homeless man, the suicide on the bridge - all felt forced. Even the fan-service like the arrest of Frobisher and Wes didn't work for me.
When the credits rolled, all I thought was that the writers found out late into production that Season 3 might be the last, so they wanted to wrap up as much as possible.
I really did like the finale, and I think this is my favorite season of the three.
The key for the finale was always going to be tying up everything in a way that made sense, and having a few surprises up their sleeve. I think the writers did both very well. I was happy with the way everything ended up and I really hope it comes back for a fourth season as long as they can remain at the high level they were this season.
Loved it. I can only reiterate the positive comments made above; fantastic acting and writing and hope the show receives the accolades it deserves.
Interesting to see that Winstone's father was working with him when he got the money last episode and the envelope this episode. I thought he was going to ruin everything, but I was wrong! Interesting also was that Winstone was allowed to escape. I didn't mind that at all! I didn't feel that he carried much of the blame for all the wrong-doings.
I really hope that the series continues. I don't care for all the criticisms really, because if it was easy to write a show like this then it wouldn't feel such ashame to lose it! The devices used to create suspense, intrigue and misdirection, may be just that, but at least Damages can never be called predictable. Most programs trot out the same predictable formulae every episode and I understand that some people (from the ratings I judge, a lot of people) prefer to stay in their comfort zone watching TV, that they aren't looking for mental stimulation, that they prefer TV watching to remain a passive experience.But for those of us that long for something more meaty to dig our teeth into, Damages delivers on every level.
It has survived thus far, so obviously someone in the decision making department still cares about quality! Fingers crossed!
has anyone noticed that every season's main villain has a lawyer, (S1, forgot his name but he shot himself in the head, S2 Claire Maddoz, S3 Winstone) has some kind of problem and is a huge factor inthe seasons's resolution. It seems that if you really want to get to the bad guy, you'll have to go thru his lawyer first.
I'm gonna have to disagree with most of you.
While the season was well written, with the mystery unravelling in a very intriguing manner, I had one problem. But this problem was so big it is an unforgivable sin in my opinion. Tom should not have died. Period. I know for the purposes of dramatic effect we found out he was dead from episode 1 but what we waited 12 weeks for was him drowning in a toilet. No no no NOOOOOOOO! This was a disgrace.
There is no way that he wouldn't seek medical attention for being stabbed.
It is too much of a coincidence that Joe was at his house at the same time he was.
Finally, losing a character like Tom should have been a milestone. Something to remember. But instead he gets a send of worthy of a whistley fart. He was the underdog and perhaps that's why I wanted him to come out on top but I would have been happy with a melancholy scenario. This was just flat out stupid. They just went one step too far this time....and they lost me.
The irony is that my other 'used to be' favourite show Dexter did exactly the same thing in it's season finale. Foolishly murdering a crucial character they had no reason to. Once the shock factor has subsided both these series writers will be finding it tricky to carry on without major puzzle pieces.
Well i did liked the finale.
I liked that Windstone scaped because i felt like he deserved a break. But i am glad that those tobins got what they needed and all the mysteries were solved. However Tom's Death could have been better overall i liked it.
I love this show and have enjoyed all 3 seasons. I hope there is a 4th. I have one question and that is about the architect Dekker (?) who was going to redo Patty's apartment and he is also the guy with the horse where the young Patty walks to. Is he just part of her imagination as the architect and he didn't really exist?
I have one question and that is about the architect Dekker (?) who was going to redo Patty's apartment and he is also the guy with the horse where the young Patty walks to. Is he just part of her imagination as the architect and he didn't really exist?
I always enjoy watching Damages for the interesting plotting and storylines, as well as the inimitable Glenn Close.
I enjoyed this season with its focus on the Tobin case. Lily Tomlin, Martin Short, and Campbell Scott were all terrifically terrifying!
I agree with those who said that Tom's demise was anti-climactic. First getting repeatedly stabbed, then having his head held down in a toilet bowl--too much! And he could have saved himself by just calling an ambulance right away. Not a good ending for Tom Shayes.
I liked that Frobisher got his comeuppance. His enormous ego was begging to be deflated. I liked the storyline about the movie being made of his life and the fact that he convinced himself that he had changed.
Ellen was rather boring this season. The storyline about her mother almost giving her up when she was a child went nowhere. She didn't really confront her mother after she discovered the truth.
I hope the series continues for at least another season. Patty has been psychologically spiraling downward after her divorce, her estrangement from her son, and now reliving her first pregnancy. It's telling that after Ellen asks her if it was all worth it she doesn't reply.
I only have one question that's been bothering me--whatever happened to Carol Tobin, Joe's sister? Wasn't she the one who killed Tessa's mother?