Damages (2007–2012)
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Jesus, Mary and Joe Cocker 

Ellen convinces Katie to testify against Arthur Frobisher after learning that she was in Florida years earlier when he was tipped off about the status of his company, which has him ... See full summary »


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Todd A. Kessler (creator), Glenn Kessler (creator) | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Patty Hewes
Rose Byrne ... Ellen Parsons
Zeljko Ivanek ... Ray Fiske
Noah Bean ... David Connor
Tate Donovan ... Tom Shayes
Ted Danson ... Arthur Frobisher
Philip Bosco ... Hollis Nye
Michael Nouri ... Phil Grey
Peter Facinelli ... Gregory Malina
Anastasia Griffith ... Katie Connor
Francie Swift ... Holly Frobisher
Donnie Keshawarz ... Andrew Vida
Marlyne Barrett ... Felicia Marquand (as Marlyne Afflack)
Casey Siemaszko ... Detective Dan Williams
Maya Days ... Detective Rosario Ortiz


Ellen convinces Katie to testify against Arthur Frobisher after learning that she was in Florida years earlier when he was tipped off about the status of his company, which has him considering drastic measures in which Frobisher's lawyer, Ray Fisk, considers which risks are worth taking. Patty begins to question if Katie is giving honest and accurate testimony or if she's just wanting attention. Flashforward in the future: the shaken Ellen refuses to give a statement to the police concerning the discovery of David's body in her apartment. Written by Anonymous

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31 July 2007 (USA) See more »

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Matt Salinger makes a guest appearance as a police lieutenant. He and Michael Nouri previously appeared together in the 1990 adaptation of Captain America. See more »


Hollis Nye: My advice to you, Ellen, is stop trying to figure Patty out. You'll never change her, but she'll change you.
Ellen Parsons: How?
Hollis Nye: By giving you access to how she thinks. You signed up for this, now keep your head down and do the work. That's why you're there, isn't it?
Ellen Parsons: Yes.
Hollis Nye: Then don't be shortsighted. Start using her. Learn everything you can, then get the hell out before it's too late.
Ellen Parsons: How exactly will I know when that is?
Hollis Nye: That's for another walk.
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Enter Katie Connor
17 November 2009 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

After a rather intriguing and suspenseful opening episode, Damages continues in much the same way by expanding on the pilot's final moments and introducing new elements that will become important in later chapters.

In the "present", i.e. what we see in the "grainy" flash-forwards, Ellen Parsons has bigger problems than she anticipated, refusing to talk to anyone and becoming the prime suspect in a murder investigation when the police find the dead body of her fiancé, David Connor (Noah Bean). We then go back six months, learning that Patty Hewes effectively hired Ellen because of her connection to Katie Connor (Anastasia Griffith), David's sister, who happened to be in Florida the same weekend that Arthur Frobisher allegedly did what he's accused of. If Katie saw something happen, her testimony could prove to be the crucial blow to Frobisher's defense, which is why Ray Fiske is trying his best to destroy Katie's credibility. Frobisher, on the other hand, is contemplating other options, of the less likable kind.

The episode moves the story forward very well, while still suffering from a bit of slowness in certain points (this is still the pre-trial section of the season) and the fact that the flash-forwards, suggestive as they may be, are actually less interesting than the main plot. What adds that extra edge which sets this apart from other crime dramas is, like in the pilot, the spot-on combination of excellent dialogue (again, what else was to be expected from a former Sopranos writer) and a terrific ensemble cast: by establishing early on that his character is pretty much as bad as they say, Ted Danson manages to add a convincing layer of darkness to his otherwise charming persona, Zeljko Ivanek remains impeccable as Fiske and the Close/Byrne interaction loses none of its spark. Even Bean and Griffith, stuck with what would be mere plot devices in other dramas, get the chance to play real characters as opposed to empty stereotypes.

In short, Jesus, Mary and Joe Cocker (each episode takes its title from a line of dialogue spoken by one of the cast members) builds successfully on the pilot's promise, suggesting there's more to Damages than initially expected (another crime show with a famous lead).

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