As Season 2 opens, Patty is setting up a charity foundation when a desperate man (William Hurt) she knows seeks her aid in a corporate-malfeasance case. She's also offered a class-action suit involving child malnutrition by Ellen, who's secretly out to take her down, aided by two government agents (Mario Van Peebles, Glenn Kessler). Executive: Brett Cullen. Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa have cameos as themselves.
Patty decides to take Purcell's case, even though he refuses to tell her everything about it. She also wriggles out of the child-malnutrition suit, leaving Tom in charge of it and frustrating Ellen (not to mention agents Harrison and Werner). In a flash-forward, Ellen has a liaison with Wes Krulick (Timothy Olyphant). Claire Maddox: Marcia Gay Harden. Purcell: William Hurt. Wayne: Brett Cullen.
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.
As Patty and Frobisher team up to bring Kendrick down, Ellen gives the FBI a new lead that could bring Patty down. And Patty provides Ellen with a lead that could tie Frobisher to David's murder. Uncle Pete: Tom Aldredge.
While Uncle Pete remains in a coma, Patty begins to unravel the UNR energy scheme and an associate of Kendrick's has lunch with Patty's husband (Michael Nouri). Meanwhile, Frobisher's past comes back to haunt him. Rick Messer: David Costabile.