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Encyclopedia > Damages (TV series)
Damages
Format Legal drama
Created by Todd A. Kessler
Glenn Kessler
Daniel Zelman
Starring Glenn Close
Rose Byrne
Ted Danson
Noah Bean
Tate Donovan
Željko Ivanek
Opening theme "When I Am Through With You" by The VLA
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time approx. 43 minutes
55 minute premiere
Broadcast
Original channel FX
Original run July 24, 2007 – present
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Damages is an American legal drama television series. The initial season's plotline revolved around a brilliant yet ruthless lawyer (Glenn Close) attempting to win a class-action lawsuit against the former CEO of a corporation (Ted Danson) on behalf of his former workers, by any means necessary (see plot). The show debuted on FX in the US on July 24, 2007, without commercial interruption,[1] and ran for 13 episodes. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A legal drama is a work of dramatic fiction about law, crime, punishment or the legal profession. ... Daniel Zelman is an actor and screenwriter who is married to Will & Grace actress Debra Messing; the couple have a son, Roman Walker Zelman, born in 2004. ... Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947) is a five-time Academy Award-nominated American film and stage actress. ... Rose Judith Esther Byrne (born July 24, 1979) is an Australian actress. ... Ted Danson (born Edward Bridge Danson III on December 29, 1947) is an American actor most notable for his television work, and specifically, for his role as central character Sam Malone in the sitcom Cheers, and his role as Dr. John Becker on the series Becker. ... Tate Buckley Donovan (born September 25, 1963) is an American film and television actor. ... Željko Ivanek (born 15 August 1957) is a television, film, and stage actor. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The following is an episode list for the legal drama Damages. ... FX (for Fox eXtended Networks) is the name of a number of related subscription TV channels owned by News Corporations Fox Entertainment Group. ... is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... A legal drama is a work of dramatic fiction about law, crime, punishment or the legal profession. ... Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947) is a five-time Academy Award-nominated American film and stage actress. ... In law, a class action is an equitable procedural device used in litigation for determining the rights of and remedies, if any, for large numbers of people whose cases involve common questions of law and fact. ... Ted Danson (born Edward Bridge Danson III on December 29, 1947) is an American actor most notable for his television work, and specifically, for his role as central character Sam Malone in the sitcom Cheers, and his role as Dr. John Becker on the series Becker. ... FX (for Fox eXtended Networks) is the name of a number of related subscription TV channels owned by News Corporations Fox Entertainment Group. ... is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... A television advertisement or commercial (often called an advert in the United Kingdom) is a form of advertising in which goods, services, organizations, ideas, etc. ...


Despite positive critical reaction, the show consistently received low ratings. FX executives have yet to decide if the series will be renewed for a second season.

Contents

Plot

Main article: List of Damages episodes

The premiere episode began with Ellen Parsons running through the streets, visibly stained with blood on her hands and face, and in a state of shock. The police arrive and take her in for questioning, but she refuses to give any information; she simply demands to see a lawyer. Using a bloodied business card found on her with the words "I was warned" and her signature on the back of it, they contact someone who tried to employ her once, and clues start to unfold. The following is an episode list for the legal drama Damages. ... Human blood smear: a - erythrocytes; b - neutrophil; c - eosinophil; d - lymphocyte. ... For other uses, see Signature (disambiguation). ...


With that the show shifted to its primary focus, a timeline six months in the past. It first introduces Patty Hewes, a ruthless lawyer, then details how Ellen came to be one of Patty's associates. Hewes is in the midst of a huge class-action lawsuit against Arthur Frobisher, and is willing to do anything — and use anyone necessary — to win it. For the fish called lawyer, see Burbot. ... It has been suggested that civil trial be merged into this article or section. ...


The story shifted back and forth among multiple timelines, providing connecting details (for example, six months ago a pair of miniature Statue of Liberty bookends is given as a gift, while in the present it is seen as evidence, i.e., a murder weapon). The final episode of the first season tied up all loose ends of the complicated plot and introduced a potential storyline for a second season if the series is renewed.


Character histories

  • Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) – Hard-hitting, successful and charismatic, high-stakes litigator Hewes is the object of fear and envy in a brutal, back-stabbing business. She is determined to protect the little people from the corrupt interests that are crushing them, but does so in a cruel and Machiavellian manner. Her personal life is in disarray as she has a deceased daughter and a manipulative and wildly rebellious teenage son. The season one finale reveals that the FBI is investigating Hewes.
  • Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) – A bright and sharp law school graduate determined to do good in the world, Parsons has overcome her working-class background to become the new protégée of legal bigshot Patty Hewes. But it's a complicated relationship–not only because Patty demands much of her, but also because Patty is manipulating her for her own reasons, including forcing Ellen to sacrifice her own future sister-in-law (Katie Connor) in order to locate a potentially crucial witness for the case.
  • Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson) – A charismatic, self-made multi-billionaire, Frobisher is accused of selling his own company down the river, dumping his stock for a bundle and leaving his employees penniless. He walked out of a government trial with a "not guilty" verdict, but now faces Patty Hewes in a civil trial. A family man, Frobisher claims to be innocent of all charges, though has shown himself capable of large-scale manipulation and dirty tricks in order to try to sabotage the case against him. During season one, Frobisher's second wife begins a relationship with another man and files for divorce. Frobisher learns of the filing shortly before his scheduled deposition at Hewes and Associates where he becomes enraged, makes several outbursts and then walks out of the deposition. Frobisher was shot by a former employee in the last episode.
  • David Connor (Noah Bean) – Ellen's fiancé, and a first-year surgical intern. David is certain his engagement to Ellen can survive their punishing work hours. However, their future will come to a tragic end when the two call off their engagement (due to Patty Hewes repeatedly instructing Ellen to put her career and the Frobisher case ahead of her relationship with David) and it is later revealed that David ends up being murdered by Frobisher's hitman.
  • Tom Shayes (Tate Donovan) – Shayes, a graduate of Yale Law School, is Patty's senior legal associate and most-trusted advisor. His paternal demeanor and unassuming air make him a natural confidant for Ellen. Patty pretends to fire him in order to allow Ellen to become her new protégée for easier manipulation results. While "unemployed," he is offered a partnership position at a rival lawfirm, a move that causes the clients in the Frobisher lawsuit to seek to fire Patty and hire Tom as their lawyer. Eventually, Patty meets the rival firm's offer to Tom, minus one detail (changing the name of Hewes & Associates to include his name in the title), causing Tom to return to the fold. Shayes is a vegan.
  • Ray Fiske (Željko Ivanek) – Arthur Frobisher's loyal attorney, a charmingly manipulative Southern lawyer who is not above fighting dirty in order to win in the courtroom. Though Patty Hewes admits to the fact that Fiske is a "brilliant lawyer," Ray seems desperate to get Frobisher to reach an out-of-court settlement with Patty rather than go to trial. The urge to settle is tied into the revelation that Fiske is hiding a relationship with key witness Gregory Malina, who is the key to Patty's case against Frobisher. Fiske committed suicide in Patty's office and it was later revealed that he had romantic feelings for Malina.
  • Katie Connor (Anastasia Griffith) – Ellen Parsons' best friend and David Connor's sister, Katie is a vivacious enterprising young chef who is opening her first restaurant. However, it is soon revealed she has a past that includes drug abuse, and she was working as a chef at the resort where Arthur Frobisher was staying on the night he allegedly ordered the sale of his stock in his corporation. Frobisher also just happened to mysteriously offer to bankroll her new restaurant. Despite signing a non-disclosure agreement, Katie agrees to testify against Frobisher when Patty confronts her about what she may have seen. But Katie is not the one Patty is really after: it's Gregory Malina, whom Katie had a one-night stand with. After she is deposed, Frobisher revokes her restaurant funding for violating the non-disclosure agreement, and she then angrily leaves New York City, returning four months later to identify her brother's dead body.
  • Gregory Malina (Peter Facinelli) – A consultant with whom Katie Connor had a one-night stand, and who has critical information needed for Patty's case. The one-night stand he had with Katie resulted in a pregnancy, which she had terminated, after which she claims to not have seen him for five years. When they reconnect in NYC, they begin a relationship, in which he feeds her false information about himself (that he is a waiter and is married), and about the night they were together, and tells Katie of a false identity of the person they saw Frobisher with in Florida, in order to avoid having to testify himself. Despite his scheme, Patty locates him, but thanks to rival lawyer Ray Fiske, he has gone into hiding, rather than risk being killed for the information he knows. Shortly after coming out of hiding, Malina met with Katie and made a videotape about the law suit. While walking Katie Connor's dog, Cocoa, Malina was hit by a car and killed instantly. He also left a substantial amount of money to Katie.

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International broadcasts

Country TV Network(s)
 United Kingdom BBC One (first run)
 Australia Nine Network
 Ireland RTE One
 France Canal+
 Norway TV3
 Denmark TV3+
 New Zealand TV One

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References

  1. ^ Owen, Rob. "Tuned In: Glenn Close plays a cold, shrewd lawyer in FX's 'Damages'", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2007-07-13. Retrieved on 2007-09-03. 

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