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'Damages' - 'You Haven't Replaced Me' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 9th 2010 3:07AM
Damages, You Haven't Replaced Me(S03E07) "You're not a Tobin, Mr. Winstone. Keep acting like a Tobin, and I'll punish you like one." -- Patty to Lenny

Well, the plot on 'Damages' is certainly thickening, and I'd be disappointed if it did anything less. It's reminding me more and more of a John Grisham novel, especially after last night's episode.

We've got feuding families, people with lots of secrets, various attorneys and public officials, and now even a bank in the Caribbean. And yes, lots of mind games between Patty and Ellen.

The question of "What does Patty know?" is always brewing in my head. When she told Lenny that he wasn't a Tobin, you wonder if she knows his background. We learned more of his sad past -- mom died months earlier and dad never told him, but kept cashing his checks. What went on between Lenny and his dad to make them so hateful towards each other?

This season of 'Damages' is a lot about family, and last night, we got Lenny's backstory. Now his dad is blackmailing him to keep sending checks -- or he'll blow the lid off his past and tell everyone that Lenny's nothing but a petty thief. And let's not forget the flash-forward, where Lenny's fingerprint is found on the bloody handbag found in a homeless guy's shopping cart with Ellen's ID in it. Ellen told the cops it was stolen.

And then there's the ever mysterious relationship between Patty and Ellen. It's the ultimate cat and mouse game if I've ever seen one. Patty calls Ellen at 4 a.m. and invites her over for dinner on "Thursday." Ellen shows up on Thursday, but finds Patty and Alex there working on the Tobin case, with Patty saying she specifically said "Friday." Well, I heard Thursday, and so did Ellen.

Then we have Ellen putting her new journalist beau Josh Reston on the story of Alex, which she knows will piss Patty off. But Patty knows that Ellen put Josh on the story. But now Ellen wants to work with Patty, because Gates is only interested in making arrests.

It's all a big mind-twist, including Marchetti's visit to the Royal Antiguan Bank, with Tom Shayes following her and Zedeck seemingly involved in every plot turn of this story.

And was there anything sadder than seeing Lenny with his white teddy bear and plant waiting to see his mother, then learning she'd passed away months earlier?

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God I'm loving Damages this season! The gameplay between Patty and Ellen is just so much fun to watch. Alex and the reporter guy are totally just pawns in their little headgame.

I loved that little smile Ellen had on when she got off the phone with Patty. She likes it when Patty gives her attention and clearly she's missed it whether she admits to it or not. And the smile on Patty's face after Alex told her about the interview. Priceless. She can see she's reeling Ellen back into her world and can see that Ellen's slowly but surely turning into her.

I think she's either grooming Ellen to eventually take her place the firm (or work along side her) OR she just wants Ellen to be close because she knows so much about Patty.

And there's this weird sexual tension between them that I've yet to figure out. Dunno.

Whatever the hell it is that's between these two, I like it. More, please!

March 10 2010 at 3:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ellen WANTED Patty to know she was the one behind the manipulation of Alex). She was sending her a clear message (and getting her back for the "dinner party" humiliation"). Patty quickly pieces it all together and she's delighted and impressed with Ellen's clever scheme. I love ever minute of their weird game playing.

And, I agree ... Poor Lenny was awfully touching in this episode.

March 09 2010 at 11:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


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