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In the present, Ellen's in a doctors office. The doctor tells Ellen shes not surprised Ellens been feeling exhausted. Blood tests show that Ellens anemic and her immune system is severely depleted. The doctor tells Ellen she needs to rest. At Hewes & Associates, Patty and Bill Herndon meet with Rutger Simon, whos secretly agreed to be a witness for Patty. Herndon reiterates that Ellen wont go after Torben and Herreshoff because they could damage her case. But Patty tells Rutger she wants to go after them once the McClaren trial is over. Rutger is shaken to hear this, but reluctantly agrees to help her. That night, Kate comes to Pattys apartment. Patty surprises Kate by telling her shed like to see their father Lyle and asking if hes still coherent enough to have a conversation. Patty asks what Lyle was like as a father to Kate and Kate says he wasnt a walk in the park for her, either. In Ellens office the next day, an Assistant US Attorney tells Ellen McClaren has a choice: either reveal who provided him with the US military leaks or go to jail. Later, Ellen meets with Chris Sanchez and Tony, the man who helped Chris obtain the information for McClarenTruth. They explain the situation to Tony and ask him if hes willing to admit what he did and save McClaren. Tony refuses. Sitting in a car late at night, Rutger thinks back on the origins of the deal with Torben and Herreshoff. Back in Rome one year ago, Rutger approached Bennett Herreshoff with a plan to get rid of Channing McClaren. Rutger asks for personal information he can be use to embarrass and undermine Naomi. In another flashback, we see that Herreshoff arranged it so Naomis correspondence with him would be removed from the incriminating data so Herreshoffs relationship with her wouldnt become public. Then we see Rutger in the carriage house posting Naomis personal information on McClarenTruth. Later, Naomi accuses Rutger of colluding with Herreshoff and threatens to bring them down if they dont set her up for life. Back in Ellens office, Patty drops by to deliver an updated witness list, the one that now includes Rutger Simon. The next day, Ellen warns Helmut Torben that Rutger has turned on them. Though Torben still denies wrongdoing, Ellen says his denial doesnt matter if Rutger is prepared to tell the truth in court. Torben and Rutger head to Herreshoffs to talk strategy. While waiting for Herreshoff to appear, Rutger reflects on another part of the deals history. When he told Torben the amount Naomi wanted to keep quiet, Torben agreed to pay it. Rutger persuaded Torben that Naomis impulse to talk would never be squelched by money alone. Torben understands Rutgers implying the best solution is to kill Naomi. We then flash to Naomis apartment and see her killer on her terrace, followed by her murder. Rutger snaps to as Herreshoff arrives. He explains to Torben and Herreshoff that things will get better once he testifies against McClaren and the trial is behind them. Torben and Herreshoff point out that Patty has long decried Wall Street and will probably pursue them. Rutger brushes off their concern, saying all Patty cares about is her personal war with Ellen. After Rutger leaves, Herreshoff looks at Torben and shakes his head. That night, Rutger walks down the street talking on the phone. As he books a flight to Dublin, we notice a figure on the street watching him. The first day of trial arrives. Patty and Ellen are in the courtroom, ready to argue the McClaren case before a jury. Just as shes about to make her opening statement, Patty gets a call. Rutger Simon is missing and theres no way to locate him. Reluctantly, Patty withdraws her case, unable to proceed without Rutgers testimony. Outside the courtroom, the press whips into frenzy with the news of Ellens victory.That night, Kate asks Ellen if she knows why Rutger refused to testify. Ellen lies, saying she has no idea. At the carriage house, Gitta calls Rutger a coward for abandoning them, adding that hell be easy to replace. McClaren disagrees, saying it will be very difficult to replace him. Gitta tells McClaren hes a hero, but he insists there will be other lawsuits, more persecution. Gitta takes their bags to the car, which is waiting to take them to the airport. Ellen tracks down Chris in New Jersey. After Ellen turned over Chris Army colleague to the US Attorney in order to spare McClaren, Chris moved out of Ellens apartment. Infuriated that his colleague is in jail for action Chris asked him to take, Chris blasts Ellen for betraying him. When Ellen says the case was more important and argues that Chris will understand some day, it enrages him further. Scully meets with Patty in the dog park. Scully mentions he was close to Uncle Pete and feels like he knows Patty since hed done work for her in the past. Then he shows Patty the bloody business card Ellen gave to the police, explaining it led them right to him. When he says the D.A.s office has offered him immunity in return for testifying that she paid him to kill Ellen, Patty asks how much it would cost to prevent him from doing that. Later in Ellens office, we see Scully taped his conversation with Patty. Ellen plays it for Michael and asks if he will allow her to use it at his custody trial. Michael says its fine. Patty visits Lyle in his nursing home room. She tells him shes been thinking about forgiveness. Lyle asks if shes made a decision on the land he wants to leave to Michael. Patty answers that as soon as he dies she plans to sell it to the lowest bidder. Lyle says shes tough because he was hard on her; that he made her what she is. Patty retorts that she became the woman she is despite him. Then she opens both barrels, saying, I want you to remember this moment forever. This feeling of helplessness. Of weakness. Of me looking you in the eyes and telling you how much I hate you. Theres no forgiveness for you. No mercy. Only death. That night at her apartment, Patty finally introduces Michael to Catherine. With a conciliatory tone, she offers him a 50-50 custody deal. But Michael wants full custody and claims Ellens evidence can get it for him. Patty replies that Ellen has only lies and slander. Michael says they should just let the judge decide. The next morning, Ellen walks to her office in advance of the custody hearing and leaves a message for Michael, telling him to meet at her office and theyll head over together. Then she goes missing. Hours pass. Scully and Cooper wait in Ellens office. Scully suspects Patty of foul play. Cooper calls Detectives Williams and Ortiz to alert them that Ellens missing. They take Patty into custody for questioning and we see snippets of Det. Ortiz questioning her. Still in Ellens office, Scully suggests they check the roof. Once there, Cooper and Scully see Ellens body lying on the sidewalk below. From the sidewalk, we see Scullys head peering over the edge of the building, as we have in flash-forwards throughout the season. Then we flash back to earlier this morning. As Ellen walks to work, becoming dizzier and dizzier, we see and hear more flashes of her conversation with her doctor. The doctor says she doesnt like the dizziness and irregular bleeding Ellen has experienced. As she hands Ellen a piece of paper, the doctor says, I dont want you to lose this baby, and we see the doctor hands Ellen a sonogram! Flashing back to the street, Ellen loses her balance and falls, smacking her head on the sidewalk and knocking herself unconscious. Cooper calls an ambulance while Scully heads back to Ellens office, where he finds Michael. Scully says since Ellens dying in the alley he has no incentive to testify since no one can put him at the scene of Ellens attempted murder. Michael claims that he saw Scully and Uncle Pete that night. When he left Pattys apartment he saw the two men talking by a car, then Uncle Pete led Scully into the building. Michael threatens to turn in Scully if he doesnt testify at the custody hearing. Meanwhile, down on the sidewalk, Cooper tends to Ellen. He sees the ultrasound that spilled from her purse when she fell, then calls to Ellen and gently shakes her. Her eyes open and Cooper helps her sit up. In the observation room, Det. Ortiz takes a call. Her expression turns dark and she walks into the observation room where she tells Patty something. We dont hear what she says but Pattys face registers profound shock. Cutting back to Ellens office after Michael threatened to turn in Scully, we see Scully pull a gun on Michael. He fires twice, shooting Michael in the chest. Blood splatters against the wall behind Ellens desk as Michael slumps into her chair. Grief consumes Patty in the interrogation room. Tears roll down her cheeks as the enormity of Michaels death washes over her. Days later, Patty stands at the end of her beach house dock. Ellen approaches, saying shes sorry for Pattys loss. Patty blames her for Michaels death, arguing that if she hadnt enlisted Scully in the custody case Michael would still be alive. Ellen says Scully wouldnt have been involved if Patty hadnt hired him to kill her years ago. Patty tries to protest her innocence, but Ellen says she has the DNA evidence and bank records, proving Patty paid Scully. Patty accepts this, saying they both have blood on their hands. Patty goes on to say the McClaren case on its face meant nothing to hershe just wanted to see how far Ellen was willing to go. Confused, Ellen asks what Patty means. Patty says she told Ellen that Rutger had switched sides to be a witness for Patty to see what Ellens reaction would be. Cutting back to Ellens conversation with Torben, we see Ellen tell him that he and Herreshoff will be in deep trouble if Rutger testifies. She punctuates this warning by saying, The time to act is now. Am I making myself clear? Torben understands. Back on the dock, Patty says Rutgers dead and Ellen didnt lift a finger to stop it. Patty congratulates Ellen for taking any measures necessary to win. Ellen stares at the water. She cant say anything because Pattys right. Youre finally in the game, Ellen, Patty says. I look forward to going up against you again some day. A few years later, Patty enters a Manhattan pharmacy. A 5-year-old girl blocks Pattys path to the counter, accidentally knocking an item from a display. A womans voice calls, Honey, come stand by Mommy. Pattys gaze follows the voice until it lands onEllen. The women make eye contact for a moment then Ellen turns to pay the cashier. Outside, Patty gets into her limousine and tells her driver to take her home. A few seconds later, theres a knock on the window. Patty rolls it downits Ellen. Ellen says, I wanted to finally thank you. Im really grateful. For everything. Patty tells Ellen shes welcome. Then Ellen introduces her daughter. Patty looks at the girl for a long time, then locks eyes again with Ellen. The driver asks Patty if everythings okay, disturbing Pattys daydream. We see the limousine window is closed and realize Ellen never knocked on the window. Patty imagined it. Ive changed my mind. Take me to the office. Ellen and her daughter leave the pharmacy. As they walk down the street the girl asks if Ellen knew that woman, I used to. Before you were born. When I was a lawyer. Ellen then says, Should we go find Daddy? Hes at the VA today, meaning that she got back together with Chris. Patty stares straight ahead for an unusually long time as her driver takes her to the office.

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