The Best Episodes of Damages

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2018

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

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

star 8.39
181 votes
Writers: Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler
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Failure is Lonely

#2 - Failure is Lonely

Season 4 - Episode 10

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 8.11
150 votes
Directors: Glenn Kessler
Writers: Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman
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Trust Me

#3 - Trust Me

Season 2 - Episode 13

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

star 8.07
155 votes
Writers: Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler
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There's No 'We' Anymore

#4 - There's No 'We' Anymore

Season 1 - Episode 12

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

star 8.07
176 votes
Writers: Daniel Zelman, Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler
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I Hate These People

#5 - I Hate These People

Season 1 - Episode 11

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 8.04
189 votes
Directors: Ed Bianchi
Writers: Adam Stein
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But You Don't Do That Anymore

#6 - But You Don't Do That Anymore

Season 5 - Episode 10

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

star 8.03
155 votes
Directors: Glenn Kessler
Writers: Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman
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The Next One's Gonna Go In Your Throat

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

Season 3 - Episode 13

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 8.03
144 votes
Writers: Daniel Zelman, Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler
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Sort of Like a Family

#8 - Sort of Like a Family

Season 1 - Episode 10

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

star 7.96
180 votes
Writers: Jeremy Doner, Mark Fish
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Get Me A Lawyer

#9 - Get Me A Lawyer

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 7.92
323 votes
Directors: Allen Coulter
Writers: Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman
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I Like Your Chair

#10 - I Like Your Chair

Season 5 - Episode 9

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

star 7.90
143 votes
Directors: Steve Shill
Writers: Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman
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Blame the Victim

#11 - Blame the Victim

Season 1 - Episode 8

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 7.89
188 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Davey Holmes, Willie Reale
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Jesus, Mary And Joe Cocker

#12 - Jesus, Mary And Joe Cocker

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 7.87
240 votes
Directors: Greg Yaitanes
Writers: Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman
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Next One's On Me, Blondie

#13 - Next One's On Me, Blondie

Season 4 - Episode 4

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 7.87
146 votes
Writers: Joe Weisberg
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I'm Afraid of What I'll Find

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

Season 5 - Episode 8

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

star 7.87
152 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Hans Tobeason
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You Were His Little Monkey

#15 - You Were His Little Monkey

Season 3 - Episode 12

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 7.87
155 votes
Writers: Glenn Kessler
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The War Will Go On Forever

#16 - The War Will Go On Forever

Season 4 - Episode 8

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 7.87
147 votes
Directors: Nick Gomez
Writers: Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman
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You Want to End This Once and For All?

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

Season 5 - Episode 1

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

star 7.86
175 votes
Directors: Matthew Penn
Writers: Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman
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Have You Met the Eel Yet?

#18 - Have You Met the Eel Yet?

Season 5 - Episode 2

A hacker claims to have pertinent information about the leak at Princefield; Patty’s former colleague offers her services to Ellen.

star 7.85
164 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Hans Tobeason
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I'd Prefer My Old Office

#19 - I'd Prefer My Old Office

Season 4 - Episode 3

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

star 7.84
157 votes
Directors: Nick Gomez
Writers: Jason Wilborn
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Failure Is Failure

#20 - Failure Is Failure

Season 5 - Episode 3

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

star 7.83
159 votes
Writers: Arthur Phillips
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Do You Regret What We Did?

#21 - Do You Regret What We Did?

Season 1 - Episode 9

Patty Hewes and Arthur Frobisher continue to struggle for dominance as the deposition nears.

star 7.83
190 votes
Directors: Thomas Carter
Writers: Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler
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A Regular Earl Anthony

#22 - A Regular Earl Anthony

Season 1 - Episode 5

Tom Shayes considers his options as Patty continues to strain to keep her clients happy. Arthur tells Ray that he needs to put more pressure on Patty to make the case go away.

star 7.80
197 votes
Writers: Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman, Mark Fish
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I Love You, Mommy

#23 - I Love You, Mommy

Season 5 - Episode 4

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

star 7.79
154 votes
Directors: Marcos Siega
Writers: Jason Wilborn
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London, Of Course

#24 - London, Of Course

Season 2 - Episode 11

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

star 7.78
151 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman
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We Are Not Animals

#25 - We Are Not Animals

Season 1 - Episode 7

Tom and Ellen think that Patty is trying to control them so they decide to make an alliance and keep information from her. Patty must keep Gregory Malina secure until his deposition because her case will fall apart without it.

star 7.75
189 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Aaron Zelman
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