Tim Stack
June 10, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Where we left off Litigator Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) had her son’s pregnant girlfriend arrested in an attempt to break them up. Son Michael (Zachary Booth) responded by hitting her with his car. In a flashback, the audience also learned that 30 years ago Patty forced a miscarriage in law school so she’d be free to accept a job.

What happens next ”I have an almost-3-year-old granddaughter and I have not seen my son for three years,” says Close of the show’s new season. (Damages makes the leap from FX to DirecTV on July 13.) On the work front, Ellen (Rose Byrne) brings Patty a wrongful-death suit against a military-security firm and its CEO (John Goodman). ”I don’t think they totally trust each other,” says Close of the women, ”but they kind of need each other — or at least Ellen needs Patty for this case.”

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