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'Damages' - 'Don't Throw That at the Chicken' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 16th 2010 1:45PM
Damages: Don't Throw That at the Chicken(S03E04) There was family dysfunction all around in this episode of 'Damages.' We had Patty dealing with her son, Ellen dealing with her sister (and jerk of a dad), Tom dealing with his in-laws (who seem like very sweet people), and the ongoing strife within the Tobin family.

And swirling around it all was Patty Hewes, who always knows more than she lets on -- but maybe not enough, as evidenced by her phone call to ... someone in that least scene.

'Damages' just loves to give us the ending, and then filter in the little pieces one by one. So we now know who Louis Tobin made that phone call to on the night of Thanksgiving -- Danielle Marchetti, to get his heart pills back. I was starting to think that Joe Tobin had some redeeming qualities, but the fact that he still thought Danielle could get on that plane (at first) after he'd hit her with his car has me doubting that notion. Still, he did pour out the alcohol after seeing the headlines about his dad in the newspapers on the street. He's just caught in a horrible web of his family's making. He's mortally wounded.

Plus, let's talk about the fact that Louis would even consider "other options" in the event that Joe was still drinking. Who ARE these people? Apparently, people who figure that the best way out is to, well, get really out. As in dead. And there's that envelope he had hidden behind the pillow on the couch -- the one that said "Deliver to Patty Hewes." Hmmm...

And what about Tom Shayes? Based on the frantic phone call Patty made at the end, it seems like she was, as usual, working nefariously behind the scenes. For the record, she said, "No, I don't understand! I told you not to go through with it. I told you ... I told you to stop!" Glenn Close not only does master manipulator really well, she also does frantic panic really well, too.

Meanwhile, there's the story with Ellen's sister, and the fact that her husband left her and now she's doing drugs. I wonder if Ellen will end up with the baby at the end of this season? Her sister certainly seems to be headed down a dangerous path. Everything usually ties together one way or another on 'Damages,' so I'm sure this story will intertwine with the Tobin story as the season goes along. And Ellen's dad -- what a jerk! Her mom seems so nice; all I could think was, why did she stay with this jerk for so long?

Patty's son Michael has grown into an interesting character. He looks like the love child of MacCaulay Culkin and Donald Trump, Jr. And he's got Patty's awesome lying talents, telling her he had an entry level position and was through with Jill. Right. And she's pregnant! Oh, the Hewes dynasty lives on. Run away, Michael! Take the baby and run away fast!

Well, we still don't know a lot more about the flash-forward, but we're getting bits and pieces. Ellen's blood-stained purse that Patty gave her, the ringing cellphone, Tom Shayes on the phone with Patty when someone knocks on the door...

And who believes Patty is telling the truth when she invites Ellen over for a drink? "Believe it or not, Ellen, I just want your company. You need to learn to let go of work." When pigs fly.

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Thanks for letting us know what Patty said at the end for some reason my closed captions weren't working during this episode.

February 16 2010 at 11:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That shabby apartment will turn out to be TomShaye's secret stash of financial papers as he attempts to recover his and his in-laqws money (before Patty gets it of course).

I think the weirdo son is just a red herring who will look to be Shaye's killer. Michael will be desperate for cash and try anything to keep up Patty's illusion of his indepenance and successs.

The folks following Joe Tobin would have tossed him in a van and whisked him (unwillingly) off to a rehab clinic.

Martin Short is creepy. Period. He is suprisingly good as this coniving, duplicitous lawyer and gate keeper of secrets.

Disappointed that the elder Tobin offed himself.

February 16 2010 at 7:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought the envelope that Louis had read Danielle and Patty Hewes. I viewed it twice but must have seen it wrong on screen.

All I can say is more twists than a warm pretzel. I love it !!

February 16 2010 at 2:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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And who believes Patty is telling the truth when she invites Ellen over for a drink?

And in that drinking scene- does anyone know what kind of 'rocks' glasses they were drinking from??

March 02 2010 at 12:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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