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'Damages' - 'It's Not My Birthday' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 23rd 2010 2:30PM
Damages: It's Not My Birthday
(S03E05) "It's not my birthday." - Patty to Alex

Hmmm ... such cryptic messages in this week's episode of 'Damages.' First the wacky dream. Dreaming about a horse in your home probably isn't so crazy, unless you're Patty Hewes and the dream includes bloody hands and feet.

Let's analyze: Patty harking back to a more innocent childhood perhaps? Nah, too straightforward. Maybe the horse signifies Danielle's child, and Ellen's message that "it's a big responsibility" and "are you sure you're ready for it" denotes Patty's willingness to take care of Danielle and her child. Well, just the child now. The "blood on her hands" isn't so hard to figure out, but her feet? It must suck to be Patty with all that running around in her head.

Between that and the muffins and cupcakes and Ellen baking the latter for Patty's birthday, there was six kinds of crazy in this ep, but that's nothing new for 'Damages.' I'm thinking there was a reference to cupcakes in a previous season, but I can't remember what it was. Anyone? Patty sent Ellen cupcakes, didn't she? And am I misremembering, or did Patty also tell Ellen "It's not my birthday" when they first met. I'm having a deja vu on that.

It's so funny -- not in a haha way -- seeing Patty and Ellen in the same room together in a civilized meeting. I keep thinking about those scenes from last season, where Ellen is pointing the gun at a bleeding Patty, then points it over her head to shoot out the surveillance camera. It's like none of that ever happened, at least on the surface. I'm sure there's all sorts of stuff festering in the psyche of that relationship.

Wonder how Alex is going to play into things as the new associate. If I was Ellen, it would have been really hard for me not to yell at Alex, "She's a whack job! You might end up dead!" Who else read more into Ellen's comment, "Well, I didn't. I wanted a life"? Yeah, as in, I'd rather stay alive.

So we still don't really know what's in the contents of that envelope of Louis', the one with "Deliver to Patty Hewes" written on it. Except for what Joe told Lenny: "It explains where the money is. He says he's coming clean for me, to free me of his legacy." Oh who are we kidding? He'll never be free of his father's legacy, and his threat to Danielle just confirms that. He's a chip off the old block. Or maybe worse.

It looks like Stuart Zedeck actually makes an appearance in next week's ep, so we'll see what happens there. With Danielle out of the way now, thanks to Carol it seems, and Patty going to see Danielle's daughter, maybe my theory about Patty's dream is on track.

And we've got yet more clues about Tom Shayes' death, particularly him calling someone -- presumably his wife -- to tell them he loved them with a bloody gut wound, then him being dragged through the door of that apartment. I guess it could have been Patty he called, but that would be weird.

Other stuff:

- Nice to see Uncle Pete again, even if he's in a dream.

- Weird scene with Lenny and the hooker, but points out how important Louis was to Lenny.

- Cool that Ellen hooked up with Josh Reston, the reporter from the UNR case last season. That relationship will play in nicely if she's feeding him tips about the Tobin case. I wonder if he's the "someone" she told David about at his grave at the end of last season.

- The writer's room for this show must be an interesting place. I wonder if they have giant storyboards all over the place mapping out the plot and characters and how they all fit together.

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izikavazo

Was I the only one who found it odd to see Tara Summers from Boston Legal playing another new associate in a different show. Of course the Alex character is completely different from Katie in many ways, but still, I find it weird. If I was a casting director I would look at that work and not want her and if I was Tara I would look at this role and notice the similarities and choose not to take the job. Maybe she's trying to prove that she has range.

March 01 2010 at 9:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
afg

I thought it was interesting when Ellen's coworker told her that someone was there to see her she said, "Did he say his name was Wes?". I guess she's not over him. It would be great to see Timothy Olyphant on the show again (yeah, I know that he has his own show now). Olyphant would be reunited with Keith Carradine (they were an amazing duo in Deadwood). Speaking of Carradine - very much looking forward to him reappearing in Damages. What a tease!

February 24 2010 at 8:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

Ummm, pretty sure the "someone" Ellen was talking about at David's grave was Wes (Timothy Olyphant)

February 23 2010 at 6:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TR

I agree, this season is already better than last season and more twisted it seems.

One thought on Ellen and Alex. Are we sure Patty actually sent Alex to meet Ellen. Seems to me Alex is just as warped at Patty, with how she acted in her interview. Could it be Alex is up to something on her own?

February 23 2010 at 3:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Did Tom say, "I love you" on the pay phone? I would have sworn he said, "I loathe you," but I could be wrong.

As creepy as this episode was, the most disturbing scene was the one with Ellen and Alex. Patty is one sick b**** to put the two of them in a room together -- and to know Ellen wouldn't say anything to incriminate her.

It's really getting good. I'm anxious to see how Lenny plays into everything and how Keith Carradine re-enters the story.

I still contend this season is better than last year's.

February 23 2010 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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