The BEST Episodes of Damages

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 23, 2019

Network: FX

Set in New York's world of high stakes litigation, Damages follows the lives of Patty Hewes (Glenn Close), the nation's most revered and most reviled litigator, and her bright, ambitious protege Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) as they become embroiled in a class action lawsuit targeting Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson), one of the country's wealthiest CEOs. As Patty battles Frobisher and his attorney, Ellen learns what it takes to win at all costs -- and that lives, not just fortunes, are at stake.

Because I Know Patty

#1 - Because I Know Patty

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 23, 2007

The first season ends with Ellen talking Patty into defending her in exchange for the Gregory Malina videotape.

star 8.23
858 votes
Directors: Todd A. Kessler
Writers: Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler
Failure is Lonely

#2 - Failure is Lonely

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 14, 2011

Ellen is furious with Patty for violating their agreement about the High Star case. And tempers come to a head between Erickson and Boorman—with Chris' life hanging in the balance.

star 8.10
799 votes
Directors: Glenn Kessler
Writers: Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler
Trust Me

#3 - Trust Me

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 1, 2009

Patty goes to extremes to win her case against UNR, as Ellen's season long quest for revenge builds to an explosive conclusion.

star 7.93
864 votes
Directors: Todd A. Kessler
Writers: Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler
The Next One's Gonna Go In Your Throat

#4 - The Next One's Gonna Go In Your Throat

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 19, 2010

Ellen and Tom take matters into their own hands in an attempt to win the Tobin case; Patty Hewes is haunted by the price of her success.

star 7.92
798 votes
Directors: Todd A. Kessler
Writers: Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler
But You Don't Do That Anymore

#5 - But You Don't Do That Anymore

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 12, 2012

Patty and Ellen face off against each other in court, and the shocking results alter their lives forever.

star 7.85
692 votes
Directors: Glenn Kessler
Writers: Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler
I Hate These People

#6 - I Hate These People

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 9, 2007

Patty offers Ellen her job back, however, Ellen declines but volunteers to keep helping Patty with the Frobisher case. Lila is back, and bringing more havoc into David and Ellen's lives. Patty uses the newly acquired evidence to blackmail Ray, and offers him an ultimatum.

star 7.85
951 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Adam Stein
Get Me A Lawyer

#7 - Get Me A Lawyer

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 24, 2007

Attorney Patty Hewes hires a new associate, Ellen Parsons, to help her as she tries to ruin Arthur Frobisher. Hewes represents a group of employees that are suing Frobisher after he sold his company, leaving the employees devastated. Ellen is unaware that her best friend, Katie Connor, is working for Frobisher.

star 7.82
1,510 votes
Directors: Allen Coulter
Writers: Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler
I Like Your Chair

#8 - I Like Your Chair

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 5, 2012

McClaren's latest leak thrusts Ellen into the spotlight. Tensions between McClaren and Rutger Simon come to a head.

star 7.82
680 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler
Jesus, Mary And Joe Cocker

#9 - Jesus, Mary And Joe Cocker

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 31, 2007

Ellen convinces Katie to testify against Arthur Frobisher, which has him considering drastic measures. Patty begins to question if Katie is giving honest and accurate testimony.

star 7.81
1,344 votes
Directors: Greg Yaitanes
Writers: Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler
I'd Prefer My Old Office

#10 - I'd Prefer My Old Office

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 27, 2011

Ellen learns that Chris used to hunt down terror suspects; Patty rejects Erickson's settlement suggestion for the High Star case.

star 7.80
808 votes
Directors: Nick Gomez
Writers: Jason Wilborn
Failure Is Failure

#11 - Failure Is Failure

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 25, 2012

Ellen detects inconsistencies in McClaren’s story. Later, Ellen’s mother requests her help.

star 7.80
865 votes
Writers: Arthur Phillips
There's No 'We' Anymore

#12 - There's No 'We' Anymore

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 16, 2007

Patty finally posts bail for Ellen as Frobisher learns about a tape made by Gregory Malina that could ruin him.

star 7.78
856 votes
Writers: Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler
Sort of Like a Family

#13 - Sort of Like a Family

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 2, 2007

Ellen tries to get herself back into the mix as Patty and Frobisher fight it out at the deposition.

star 7.75
968 votes
Writers: Jeremy Doner, Mark Fish
I Love You, Mommy

#14 - I Love You, Mommy

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 1, 2012

Patty and Ellen seek the source of the Princefield leak, while Patty takes on Ellen through the press.

star 7.71
804 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Jason Wilborn
Next One's On Me, Blondie

#15 - Next One's On Me, Blondie

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 3, 2011

Ellen meets the son of Chris' Afghan contact; Erickson decides to torture Chris for information about the possibility of an intelligence breach; Patty discovers that High Star extracts terror suspects for the CIA.

star 7.65
798 votes
Writers: Joe Weisberg
You Want to End This Once and For All?

#16 - You Want to End This Once and For All?

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 11, 2012

A whistle-blower case puts Patty and Ellen against each other.

star 7.64
885 votes
Directors: Matthew Penn
Writers: Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler
You Were His Little Monkey

#17 - You Were His Little Monkey

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 12, 2010

Patty and Ellen set out to tear the Tobin family apart. When Tom Shayes' job and marriage unravel, he strikes up a deadly alliance.

star 7.64
1,031 votes
Writers: Glenn Kessler
London, Of Course

#18 - London, Of Course

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 18, 2009

Claire risks everything to oust CEO Walter Kendrick; Ellen discovers a secret about Patty's personal life.

star 7.63
915 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler
All That Crap About Your Family

#19 - All That Crap About Your Family

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 5, 2010

Patty's star witness is arrested, forcing her to strike an unusual deal with the D.A.'s office. Frobisher reveals a little too much about his past.

star 7.62
1,055 votes
Directors: Matthew Penn
Writers: Daniel Zelman
They Had to Tweeze That Out of My Kidney

#20 - They Had to Tweeze That Out of My Kidney

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 25, 2009

As she copes with mounting pressure, Patty begins to unravel Walter Kendrick's energy scheme. Meanwhile, Arthur Frobisher's past will come back to haunt him.

star 7.62
976 votes
Writers: Aaron Zelman
Hey! Mr. Pibb!

#21 - Hey! Mr. Pibb!

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 28, 2009

Patty works to clear Daniel in his wife's murder; Ellen and Tom go to West Virginia to gather vital information in the case against Ultima National Resources.

star 7.61
1,042 votes
Writers: Aaron Zelman
There's Only One Way to Try a Case

#22 - There's Only One Way to Try a Case

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 13, 2011

Ellen investigates Howard Erickson's company despite warnings from her boss and from Patty; Patty takes on a big pharmaceutical firm; Erickson goes after defense contracts for his company.

star 7.60
932 votes
Directors: Todd A. Kessler
Writers: Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler
Blame the Victim

#23 - Blame the Victim

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 18, 2007

Ellen gets some bad news from her parents. Arthur Frobisher and his team do everything they can to keep things going their way while a witness remains missing.

star 7.58
920 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Davey Holmes, Willie Reale
I'm Afraid of What I'll Find

#24 - I'm Afraid of What I'll Find

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 29, 2012

Ellen begins to uncover the truth about her attacker. Chris Sanchez approaches McClaren with information.

star 7.58
718 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Hans Tobeason
The War Will Go On Forever

#25 - The War Will Go On Forever

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 31, 2011

While reporter Dean Gullickson (Griffin Dunne) heads to Afghanistan, Erickson orders his staff there to deal with Sanchez once and for all. He also confronts Boorman. Meanwhile, the judge in the High Star case allows Ellen to depose Erickson. "Just remember that we're in the middle of a game," Patty tells her. "We don't have to win it now. We just want to keep playing."

star 7.57
797 votes
Directors: Nick Gomez
Writers: Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler