• Publication date: September 13, 2012

Damages - Season 3

It’s the biggest Ponzi scheme in the history of Wall Street and the US government is determined to get to the bottom of it. Who is better suited to find the truth than the good people of Hewes & Associates?

Centered on the intriguing world of movers and shakers, Damages portrays how power and influence shifts in the legal arena. It is an exceptional legal-drama in the sense that it focuses more outside the courtroom on the lives and interactions between the characters. As well as peeking behind-the-scenes at how these characters maneuver for leverage, and how they position themselves to better manipulate others and the situation in general.

At the center of the storm and the story is Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) who, in a male-dominated world, heads her own law firm of Hewes & Associates. Also pivotal is the relationship between her and her newly-graduated protégée Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), who is impressed by Patty to the point of idolizing her, and so dances the fine line of what is ethical, or even legal, to please her mentor- until she ends up crossing that line...

The dynamics of power-play, both between these two dominant women, and between them and the rest of the people involved in the case- to prove that they can swing blows with the biggest players in this courtroom game- set the pace and enrich the drama with a sense of ultra-realism which explains much of the inner-workings within the corridors and rooms of a legal arena where anything is possible if you can find the right law or statute, where money can buy you freedom, and where the line between what's right and wrong often gets so blurry that it may as well not exist.

 

In Season 3 of Damages:

Every season of Damages is dedicated to one, long-standing, intricate court case. The season starts a year after season two’s finale, with Patty and Ellen still racing the legal corridors as ruthlessly as ever. This season of the intriguing American legal drama sees Louis Tobin, patriarch of the wealthy Tobin family involved in the largest Ponzi scheme in Wall Street history.

Patty and Tom are assigned as trustees by the US government to track down the money and try to unveil any evidence that members of the Tobin family had prior knowledge of any details about the scheme.

Although Ellen has already left the office and is now working at the District Attorney’s office, she often finds herself influenced by Patty’s style of getting things done.

As the season unfolds, it becomes clear that Tom himself had already invested with the Tobin family’s business and has lost a huge amount of money. Totally compromised by his position, Tom keeps his investment a secret from Patty, yet also finds it really hard to keep his personal feelings aside when dealing with the case. Where did the investors' money end up? And how is Louis' son Joe involved in hiding the money? What tragedies will occur in the Tobin family and the lives of those involved with them because of all of this stolen money? And most importantly, will Patty be able to return those billions back to the US government?

 

Starring:

  • Glenn Close as Patty Hewes
  • Rose Byrne as Ellen Parsons
  • Tate Donovan as Tom Shayes
  • Campbell Scott as Joe Tobin
  • Zachary Booth as Michael Hewes
  • Ted Danson as Arthur Frobisher
  • Martin Short as Leonard Winstone

Created by: Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman