Thursday, February 12, 2009

'Damages' Rematch ... Sort Of

Watch 'Damages' Second Season on FXBy LillyKat
PTR Senior Staff Writer

Patty v. Frobie.

The rematch.

Front row seats now available.

Can I just say I nearly fell out of my chair watching Damages last night when it was revealed Arthur Frobisher (yes, that would be Frobie - the man Patty buried into oblivion in the first season) was going to be the Plantiff in the mother-of-all class action suits she intends to level against Walter Kendrick and UNR?!?!?!

God, I love this show.

Seriously ... how good is this twist?

Or the fact that Patty seems to be conveniently withholding that little bit of information from out-to-get-Frobie-at-all-costs Ellen?!?!?

Did I say I love this show?

Speaking of dearly beloved Ellen ... my heart ached for her this week. We've been seeing the more vengeful, sinister side to her character in the first episodes. But, we were treated to that softer, more emotional side when she returned back to her and now deceasedfiancé Doc David's boxed up apartment - the memory of finding him murdered in the bath tub still haunting her every move.

And motivation.

How about the present that he ordered BEFORE his death that was taken in by the neighbor and finally given to Ellen last night?

Poor Ellen.

Under that insanely calm interior, there is such pain.

And quiet rage.

A dangerous combo.

It was also nice to see Katie Connor back in the mix - even if it only ended up rubbing salt in Ellen's wound. Not a surprise the guy following her all of last season ends up being ANOTHER evil NYPD cop on the Frobie payroll and/or in cahoots with creepy detective dude from the first season who killed David.

We also got our first extended look at Marcia Gay Harden's Claire Maddox character. All I can say is ... tramp? pimped out hot stuff attorney on the UNR payroll? sleeps with everyone?

I did not see that one coming. It was one thing to know she's having the affair with Daniel Purcell, but this sleeps around thing is curious. And MGH is just so quietly powerful. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it's as if every action is this methodical, deliberate, poised motion on her part. We have yet to see her flustered.

Or what's really beneath the surface.

Hmmm, that sounds like the other high powered attorney on the show ... someone named Patty Hewes, I think.

And yet MGH and Glenn Close are completely different in their portrayals of these two very strong women.

This show has the best cast on television at the moment.

Comic relief: Patty, Tom, Claire and Walter negotiating their settlement of Walter's defamation suit against Patty after she rips him a new one all over the airwaves.

"I defer to my attorney."

I laughed through BOTH those scenes.

Book your seats now, folks. It's getting awfully good.

New episodes of Damages air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX. To catch up on the Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of the show, head on over to the official Damages Web site.

1 comment:

TVFan said...

I have been very mixed about Ellen this season. She is so full of rage and revenge that I've found her to be a little difficult to root for. Plus, I feel that she has allowed working for Patty turn her into the exact person she didn't want to be and she's a person that I'm not very fond of. But, this episode did a nice job of reminding us that Ellen has been through a lot and her revenge comes from a deep place of hurt. I get why she's the way she is now (and it works perfectly for the story), but I like seeing that softer, more vulnerable side again.

The Frobie thing totally shocked me as well! I didn't see it coming at all. It's amazing that I watch this show expecting the unexpected and yet, it still manages to shock my socks off!