Damages (2007–2012)
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I Agree, It Wasn't Funny 

Having been humiliated in open court when Daniel Purcell recanted his testimony, Patty decides she is going to go after Walter Kendrick and UNR. The first step is to stop a merger UNR is ... See full summary »


Tate Donovan


Todd A. Kessler (creator), Glenn Kessler (creator) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Patty Hewes
Rose Byrne ... Ellen Parsons
Tate Donovan ... Tom Shayes
Anastasia Griffith ... Katie Connor (credit only)
Marcia Gay Harden ... Claire Maddox (credit only)
Timothy Olyphant ... Wes Krulik
William Hurt ... Daniel Purcell
Michael Nouri ... Phil Grey
John Doman ... Walter Kendrick
Clarke Peters ... Dave Pell
Ty Burrell ... Douglas Schiff
Paige Turco ... Christine Purcell
Tom Aldredge ... Uncle Pete
Mario Van Peebles ... Agent Randall Harrison
Glenn Kessler ... Agent L.J. Werner


Having been humiliated in open court when Daniel Purcell recanted his testimony, Patty decides she is going to go after Walter Kendrick and UNR. The first step is to stop a merger UNR is contemplating. Patty has a good case to put to Federal officials but she is outmaneuvered. Ellen weighs accepting a dinner invitation at Patty's apartment; this would be her first time there since the attempt on her life. Her FBI handlers want her to go and wear a wire. When Ellen later tells them she is being followed, they tell her the sting may be over. Uncle Pete believes that Ellen is the biggest threat against Patty suggests that she something about it. He also gets her more information about the infant mortality case. We learn the identity of Ellen's attacker. Daniel Purcell puts his house up for sale and in flashbacks, the identity of his wife's killer is revealed. Written by garykmcd

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4 February 2009 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The first of 5 episodes of this series directed by Tate Donovan (who plays Tom Shaynes). See more »


Dave: [to Walter Kendrick] "I agree, it wasn't funny"
[regarding the jokes told at Walter's club initiation roast]
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Nocturne No 1 Opus 27
Written by Frédéric Chopin (as Fredric Chopin)
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Best episode of the season

Mark Fish really did a wonderful job moving the plot forward, he also co-wrote one of the best episodes of the first season "Sort of Like a Family". I really love how the trio started the season, but what I most love about them is that they're really bright to know when to bring someone else in to shake things up. The episode delivers that thrill of uncertainty and fear with just looks and silence between Glenn Close and Rose Byrne that we hadn't seen yet since the last episodes of the first season and the it puts Patty on the verge of impotence that is delicious to watch. Such great work, Fish. Tate Donovan did an excellent job directing his first episode of the show, the pace couldn't be more right.

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