'Damages' - 'You Were His Little Monkey' Recap
by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 13th 2010 3:14AM
(S03E12) "I can only think of one. Turn the Tobins against each other, because we won't find the money unless we tear that family apart." - Patty to Ellen, after Ellen said there must be another angle they can play, now that Tessa is dead.
Hoo boy. You know the end of 'Damages' is near (next week is the finale), because a lot happened in this episode to tie things together. Not everything, but a lot. And I love how near the end, they put the emphasis on "3. Days. Later." If they'd used a drama button in this episode, it would have been there. Well, follow me after the jump and we'll see if we can piece this freaky puzzle together.
Well, let's just jump right to the end, since the last, oh, three minutes revealed a ton of stuff:
Wes Krulick was Detective Messer's former partner. But that didn't look like Timothy Olyphant in the photo, did it? Him being tied up on 'Justified,' maybe they've recast that part, if he indeed shows up in next week's finale. I doubt he will. Anyway, that came about because Terry Brook approached Patty with that little tidbit about Frobisher possibly being a murderer. As Patty told Gates, Brook thought Frobisher hired a cop to commit a murder, and David Connor was the victim of that murder. Messer had reached out to Ellen last year saying he had intel about David's death, only he was killed before he could relay any info, said Ellen. He was worried about corruption in the department; he thought there was a coverup surrounding David's murder. Hmmm...
Patty's still dreaming about that damn horse. This time it's on a farm. There's a hole in the barn wall, and Patty is looking through it. Was that Uncle Pete? And then Patty freaked out when she saw that police horse on the street, saw her bloody feet, and threw up into a trash bin. There's either some deep, dark secret about Patty's childhood we'll learn next week, or she's just starting to lose it.
Tom set up an elaborate scheme to get Lenny to turn against the Tobins. I did not see this one coming, but shouldn't be too shocked. Tom's always been a straight-up guy, and even Patty appreciated the fact that he and Ellen set this up to protect her. "Tom was the one who leaked to the judge that he was invested with the Tobins," Ellen told Patty. "He wanted the world to think he'd cut ties with you so he could make a deal with Winstone, and it worked. Winstone's agreed to turn against the Tobins."
Joe still doesn't know that Tessa was his daughter. And Marilyn told Lenny not to tell him, because "what's the point now?" Joe is pretty unstable; that might put him over the edge.
Lenny's father is such a good role model ... not. After getting the envelope of money from Lenny (which he'd gotten from Zedeck's attorney, who made the withdrawal), the old man said, "Just keep it comin' and your secrets are safe ... what do you say we buy ourselves a couple of whores. My treat." And Lenny replied, "I'll pass." You can see why Lenny is so screwed up. His dad had a long history of bank fraud, theft and forgery. I get how he was able to pose as Zedeck to make a bank withdrawal, but I'm still unclear as to how he even knew enough to do it.
Lenny's cat's out of the bag. The real Leonard Winstone died in a car accident shortly after graduating from law school. Lenny was arrested in 1984, and managed to steal Lenny's identity, I'm guessing with help from dear old dad.
What's up with the homeless guy? Does he steal the money Lenny gave to Tom, then toss Tom off the bridge? That's my guess.
Jill played Patty like a deck of Vegas cards. She scammed $500,000 out of Patty, saying she'd hit the road and never look back. Instead, she bought a flashy new car and rented a posh pad for her and Michael and the baby. But it didn't ring true that Patty would never want any contact with her grandchild. You could tell that by the look on her face after she wrote the check to Jill.
Joe Tobin's fragile house of cards is crumbling. A whole lotta crap went down when Ellen took the papers about Lenny's fraud to Joe. Lenny was just kidding himself if he thought he was part of the Tobin family, to wit:
Lenny: "You didn't know your father the way I did. He trusted me with everything he kept secret from you. ... he needed me. He needed a son, and all you did was disappoint him. He knew he couldn't count on you."
Joe: "He trained you to do whatever he wanted. You know what he called you behind his back? He said you were his little monkey. If you ever come near my family again, you're finished."
Lenny thinks he's headed for easy street. He thinks he's got immunity from prosecution, if he gets Tom's investments back to him and provides names, contacts, enough to put the Tobin's away for life. "Joe Tobin is dangerous," Lenny told Tom. "You can be the hero. You can be the one to bring down the Tobin family when Patty Hewes couldn't."
And ... 3. Days. Later!!!!! Can't wait for the finale next week so we can get the scoop on that car with the Statue of Liberty and everything else! Any speculations about what will happen?