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Damages Episode: "I Knew Your Pig"

Season 2, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: As Patty probes the murder of Daniel Purcell's wife, she begins to suspect Purcell (William Hurt) of withholding vital information. Meanwhile, Ellen uncovers a decades-old secret about Patty and Purcell.
Original Air Date: Jan 21, 2009
Guest Cast Matthew Davis: Josh Reston
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Season 2, Episode 3
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Length: 18:56:02
Aired: 1/21/2009
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Damages Episode Recap: "I Know Your Pig" Season 2, Episode 3

This week on FX's Damages, Patty forced Purcell's hand, while Ellen put two and two together. On with the recap!

Sledgehammer alert (in case last week's anvil only grazed you): The "previously on" promo includes the awkward Daniel-Michael meeting.

The action picks up with Purcell and Claire Maddox's clandestine meeting. "Did she find out about us?" Claire asks, referring to Christine. "No," Daniel insists — as he flashes back to a nondescript, heated gala-night argument with his wife. Upon learning that Daniel leaked the reports to Patty, she asks who's responsible for the murder. "Who do you think?" he responds.

Ultima National Resources (UNR) is the big energy supplier who hired Purcell's firm, and they have only lost one of countless lawsuits brought against them. Tom asks Patty if her past with Purcell is relevant to this new case, and she snaps back, "If it was, I would tell you."

The FBI meet with Ellen, saying that since Tom bailed on the payoff to their planted plaintiff, they fear Ellen's cover is blown so they're getting the hell out of Dodge.

Daniel is diabetic — a conspicuous detail that surely will come into play some day. Patty shares that the preliminary autopsy cites Christine's cause of death as strangulation brought about during a struggle, and that there was no sexual assault. There is no evidence left by the killer. Ellen not-at-all-subtly asks if she can sit in on Patty's Q&A with Daniel and the detective, and Patty barks back, "I'm not running a law school." During said sit-down, the detective presses Purcell on the fact that in two break-ins, nothing was ever stolen. Daniel, studying crime-scene pics, notes that Christine's ruby ring is missing. "Listen, a—hole," he says. "You find that ring and you find the killer."

The detective asks Daniel if he ever laid his hands on his wife, and he says no. Wrong answer, bud, because the fuzz have a copy of an old assault report/request for a restraining order. Patty? Not happy.

When Patty notes that Daniel seems to want to get caught, Tom asks why they don't just cut bait. Patty believes Daniel can hand them UNR. Ellen runs a search on "Patty Hewes + Daniel Purcell" and is led to a 10-year-old case in which Purcell testified on behalf of a company called IBC — yet got thoroughly and suspiciously crushed by Patty on cross.

Ellen blows off a meet-up with Katie (poor underused Anastasia Griffith) and her new beau. When Tom pops in, El (stupidly) asks what he knows about that old IBC case. "If there's anything we need to know, Patty will tell us when she's ready," he says (having apparently watched this show before).

Claire meets with Suttry, Daniel's shady boss, and warns him that, for the sake of Mr. Kendrick (the big cheese), they better not have been involved in Christine's murder. "Your insinuations stop here and now," he growls. Later, he tells Kendrick about Maddox's 'tude. Kendrick then advises a goon to step up security at the coal factories. Hmmmmm.

Patty puts Purcell on a polygraph, where the question "Did you kill your wife?" is asked, and often. Patty later claims the results were inconclusive. (I say "claims" because this is Damages after all.)

Down in West Virginia, a young guy named Josh asks a farmer about her dead pig — apparently the latest in a number of livestock deaths. He suggests the water supply is contaminated by the coal mine, but she's scurred of Big Coal.

Ellen meets with Hollis Nye, who was defense counsel for IBC and kinda owes Ellen, having sicced the FBI on her. Nye suggests that Purcell was paid by Patty to throw the case and cave during questioning. "Something was between them," he says. Ellen relays the possible payoff news to the Feds.

Josh, aka He Who Knows Your Pig, leaves a message for Purcell, saying that "things are getting worse" in West Virginny. Later, Josh (who we learn is a reporter) gets a beat-down by some local boys after he sneaks a water sample from near the mine.

Talking to Patty, Daniel says that Christine's death is "excruciatingly real" for him, having lost a wife and the mother to his daughter. Daniel sneers at Patty, "You don't give a s--- about me. You only want the UNR case. You'll then toss me aside." Patty declares them "done" — but are they?

Michael asks Ellen to read his college application essay because 1) it's not like she's busy working for a devil of a boss, but 2) this way she can piece together the paternity twist.... Claire warns Daniel that his bosses will pin the murder on him, and advises him to grab the rugrat and flee the country. Patty, though, tips off the cops, and Daniel is arrested. That forces his hand, and he agrees to tell Patty all if she agrees to represent him.

Still cruisin' for a bruisin', Ellen asks Patty about the old IBC case and what went down with her and Purcell. "There are some men you meet who are the wrong thing for you," an almost melancholy patty starts. "Things start to happen and you can't help yourself." A beat later, Patty asks, "Are you implying that I paid him to throw the case?" Patty then laughs Ellen into the next century.

As Ellen shares with the FBI her theory that Michael is Purcell's son, we get a flashback to Patty handing Daniel an envelope as a "thank you": for throwing the case. Inside, though, is not money, but proof that Michael is his son. "It seemed like the right time to tell you," Patty offers. Purcell isn't buying it, and storms off.

Patty tells Tom that she believes Daniel, that she remembers Christine wearing the ruby ring. "Find the ring, find the killer," she chants. Cut to: some disheveled-looking blonde guy hawking the bauble at a pawn shop.

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This week on FX's Damages, Patty forced Purcell's hand, while Ellen put two and two together. On with the recap!

Sledgehammer alert (in case last week's anvil only grazed you): The "previously on" promo includes the awkward Daniel-Michael meeting.

The action picks up with Purcell and Claire Maddox's clandestine meeting. "Did she find out about us?" Claire asks, referring to Christine. "No," Daniel insists — as he flashes back to a nondescript, heated gala-night argument with his wife. Upon learning that Daniel leaked ... read more

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