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'Damages' - 'Tell Me I'm Not Racist' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 30th 2010 4:36AM
Damages, Tell Me I'm Not Racist
(S03E10) "Your Honor, when I find the Tobins' money, nobody's gonna care how I did it." -- Patty Hewes to a judge who cautions her on working outside the boundaries of his courtroom

This was sort of an even-keeled episode of 'Damages,' in that nothing particularly earth-shattering happened. Well, I guess the escalating dysfunction of Lenny and his dad could be considered earth-shattering, though not unexpected. One of those two is going down, either physically (Lenny will send a thug to take out his dad) or emotionally (his dad will reveal Lenny's elaborate hoax of a life). I can't wait to find out which way it goes.

Also earth-shattering -- at least for Ellen -- would be learning that the woman in her dreams and in the photo she found is her mother. Anyone else think that's how it will play out? Or is that too predictable for 'Damages'? The whole thing certainly seems suspect, especially considering how Ellen's mom and sister reacted to the photo. And darn them for ending the episode just as Ellen is driving off to find the woman.

Ellen and Patty are downright chummy these days, aren't they? I like how Ellen told Nick that she's working with using Patty because "she's better than Gates." "If you don't go to Gates with this, I can share the credit with you," said Ellen. "We both know a bust like this can make a career." And of course, he jumps right into that bee's nest.

There's a few people who are really starting to unravel, one of them being Marilyn Tobin, who's beside herself that the foundation won't let her go on the African trip. You've got to feel for her; I mean, she really seems to care about those African children she's known since they were babies. And her life being the way it is now, something like that could be the one thing that might keep you going in the midst of chaos. And Zedeck was no help on that score.

But even more unraveled than Marilyn is Tom Shayes. That guy is starting to totally lose it, and with good reason. He's not only lost everything, but he's dragged his family down, too. He and his wife have been paying their own mortgage, as well as both of their parents' mortgages and her mom's chemotherapy. That's some serious crap to mess with your head. Tom might inadvertently kill his mother-in-law if he can't pay for her chemotherapy.

What about all of the investors wanting to replace Patty Hewes with another attorney whom they feel will move faster on getting their money? Seems like Patty would have some kind of reputation in that community for getting the job done. And I believe her when she told the judge that once she finds the money, no one will care how she did it.

Tessa seems to be walking a fine line, or maybe she's just trying to figure out which side is the good guys. Towards the beginning, she seemed more aligned with the Tobins, accepting Joe's check to go out and have a nice dinner and musing over the fact that he's her half-brother. But then she learns the awful truth from both Ellen and, earlier, Tom. "I want you to know the truth about the Tobin family," said Tom. "They had your mother killed ... the Tobins murdered her to protect their money."

I didn't really talk about Ellen's sister, because what is there to say? She screwed up, and like Ellen said, she should pay the consequences. But, hmmm ... after what Ellen's mom said about her in a previous episode; that Ellen's sister had it rough when she was a kid and how she was so worried about her. Maybe the mystery woman is actually HER mother, not Ellen's.

I look forward to your thoughts and theories on this episode.

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Does anyone think Patty Hewes is really Ellen's mother?
I Love Glenn Close. And she is brilliant as Patty Hewes!
~ As is the show.

But I was watching a repeat of the last episode,
and the thought occurred that perhaps Patty is Ellen's Mother?????

When ellen was talking to the woman who took her in as a child, concerning her past.....
~ the woman NEVER mentioned ellen's mother's name. just kept saying "your mother"...
now what IF.. it turned out patty is ellen's mom, and who the woman was referring to.....

i know Weeks ago patty flinched when asked if she had ever had another child..

maybe i am just reaching...
all i know is

i just LOVE "Damages" !!!!!
and dontcha just love comedian lily tomlin
now that her character on the show has taken a turn as a conniving vindictive beotch!!! what a stretch from her comedic stints as Edith Ann and Ernestine!!! Love the show and the cast !!!!!

April 07 2010 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gates could've simply had Ellen followed after he found out she's been going behind his back.
I love this show, it's just been getting better and better since the first season.

March 31 2010 at 10:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You seemed to have missed the bag of money that Zedick gave Winstone. That is the one that he gives to Tom. My thinking is that Leonard and his grifter father have set up the accident with Patty, Ellen's bloody bag, and Tom's death. All the talk about his past, marks, and his father in town seem to be part of the plot.

Winstone has also put 2+2 together with the foundation and knows the money is there.

As far as Tessa's arrest, it is possible that Graves has tapped her phone. He is looking for a big bust and what better way to make a splash.

March 30 2010 at 12:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What about the ending with the arrest of Tessa? There is only one person who could have known exactly where and when she would be in the exact area to be arrested, and that is Ellen. Of course, she would want to keep her job, and they probably didn't show the conversation she had with Gates about doing this. But I am sure deep down she wants to make life hell for Patty and get her back for what she did to her.

I hope this show comes back for a 4th season, but I think the ratings are going to doom it, which would be an awful shame.

March 30 2010 at 7:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ellen is every bit the cold, manipulative bitch that Patty is. I found it interesting that in the opening dream sequence, Ellen thought she was going to see Patty then it ended up being a very maternal figure. Patty and Ellen are cut from the same cloth only Ellen is too much the hypocrite to let it register.

Ellen's sister is, indeed, a screw up but Ellen has crossed the line, herself, in ways that are equally as reprehensible. She was willing to let Patty's guy put "pressure" on (kill?) the witness against her sister until she found out it was all a lie.

I hope Ellen is adopted. Then she can write off any sense of responsibility for anything she or her family have done/been.

In her dream her mother was all sweet and nurturing when in reality, Patty is the mother she never had.

I can't believe we're already so close to the season finale.

Does anyone else think that Tessa might not be as innocent in all of this as she pretends to be?

March 30 2010 at 5:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You missed the biggest reveal of all. The foundation is where the money is stashed. That's why Zedeck vetoed Marilyn going on the trip, and said that they needed to keep her as far away from the foundation as possible. That's where they're having Tessa funnel the money through.

March 30 2010 at 4:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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