Tonight's the season three finale of the FX legal drama Damages, and thusly I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the characters of Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) and Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) as two of the best-written, feminist characters on TV today.
Feminist! Feminist, I say! Downright feminist.
If you're not familiar with the premise of the show, allow me: Patty Hewes is a stop-at-nothing litigator who sues the pants off big business and will absolutely, positively get the truth out of any lying individual (even if they're lying for good reasons) if it means winning a case by being really, really evilly awful. Ellen Parsons is a fresh-outta-law school lawyer who was hired by Hewes in the first season and alternately acts as her partner and nemesis. The chronology of the show is disordered and highlighted through generally neat but non-obtrusive visual effects denoting a shifted timeline..