When she is actually being deposed she goes off about sex and drugs to Ray Fiske (Zeljko Ivanek). That was just plain silly. It was explained to her that the goal was to make her likable to the jury. Her going off on her sexual and drug escapades does not make her likable. There is a difference between telling the truth about what happened, which is what she was supposed to do, and flaunting her problems, which is what she did.
Thank God Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) doesn't need her for the trial, because she would now be a worthless witness. There are only two possible reasons Patty did not bite her head off at the end of the deposition: 1) the writer's didn't realize the mistake they made in having her rant as she did, and 2) Patty didn't need her anyway and didn't care, and the writers failed to realize that to be true to Patty's character she would've bitten Katie's head off anyway in order to keep up appearances.
And, speaking of Patty, she's just plain mean. There is absolutely no reason that she could not have still recommended Tom's kid for the music school. She could absolutely have said to her contact "he doesn't work for me any more, we had some professional differences, but Tom is a great person and his daughter cares more for music…" yada, yada, yada. Her meanness is meant to be excused by the troubles she is having with her son, but it is not. The way she is treated by others indicates that her attitude goes back way farther than the length of her son's problems. It's a foolish excuse to be pawned off onto the viewer.
I should say that I think Damages to be a perfectly fun legal thriller. I watch on a weekly basis not because I'm obligated but because it is fun enough, it's just not spectacular. I think that with some changes here and there it really could be outstanding, and I hope that by the end of the season they achieve that level, but it isn't there yet. Maybe next week.