• Publication date: April 1, 2011

Nothing is Sacred Damages: The Justice System's Hidden Injustices

Glenn Close depicts Patty Hewes, a ruthless and no nonsense lawyer with an often ambiguous sense of morality. Hewes mentors Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), a recent law school graduate who has transformed into a competent lawyer in her own right, helping her boss topple inside trader Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson) in season one.

Glenn Close depicts Patty Hewes, a ruthless and no nonsense lawyer with an often ambiguous sense of morality. Hewes mentors Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), a recent law school graduate who has transformed into a competent lawyer in her own right, helping her boss topple inside trader Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson) in season one.

In season two Parsons suspects that Patty was responsible for her attempted murder, and decides to assist the FBI in an ongoing investigation that could destroy Hewes. Ellen also seeks revenge against Frobisher, who she believes orchestrated her fiance's murder. Despite attempts to remain transparent, Ellen's undercover work has unknowingly aroused her boss' suspicion.

Meanwhile the firm chooses to represent scientist Daniel Purcell (William Hurt), a past friend of Patty's who possesses proof that Ultima National Resources, an enormous energy supplier, withheld damning evidence implicating the company in environmental contamination. Hewes is initially reluctant to accept the case, but agrees after Purcell's spouse Christine (Paige Turco) is murdered. As the essence of Purcell's lawsuit unravels Patty discovers that her greatest adversaries are also her closest company.

When news spreads that Ultima's CEO, Walter Kendrick (John Doman) intends to merge his company with another, and subsequently take an unreasonable loss in doing so, Hewes begins to question Kendrick's true intentions. What she eventually uncovers raises more questions than it does answers. Lastly, an affair between Daniel and Kendrick's attorney, Claire Maddox (Marcia Gay Harden) adds yet another layer of complexity to the firm's legal battle.

Damages has wowed audiences and critics alike, spanning three seasons with a fourth and fifth already in the works. It has been compared to celebrated programs such as Deadwood and The Sopranos, earning a Golden Globe Award along with 19 Emmy nominations.

Showing On: MBC4

Year: 2009

Duration: 60 minutes

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Starring:

Glenn Close

Rose Byrne

Tate Donovan

Ted Danson

Anastasia Griffith

Zachary Booth

Michael Nouri

Zeljko Ivanek

Created By:

Todd A. Kessler

Glenn Kessler

Daniel Zelman

Rating: TV-MA