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Damages Episode: "Get Me a Lawyer"

Season 1, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: In the series opener, take-no-prisoners Manhattan litigator Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) hires law-school grad Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) to work on a civil case against businessman Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson), a corporate buccaneer who sold his company out from under his workers. But it turns out that Ellen has an unwitting tie to Frobisher: Her best friend is a chef who's being bankrolled by him. Shayes: Tate Donovan. Katie: Anastasia Griffith. David: Noah Bean.
Original Air Date: Jul 24, 2007

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Season 1, Episode 1
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Length: 56:13
Aired: 7/24/2007
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Pilot (and What a Pilot It Was!) Season 1, Episode 1

FX's Damages, which premiered on Tuesday, is simply too good a show not to have a "watercooler" blog, so I am stepping up to the plate and authoring one. In exchange, you will give me some leeway if each week's recap doesn't get posted until, say, 8 am the morning after. (Recapping 10 o'clockers is tough for a tired father of 4-year-old twins!) As I said in the title, what a pilot episode, right? This is not a courtroom drama. This is not a legal drama. This is not a procedural. What this is - and Michael Nouri (who plays Glenn Close's hubby) first spun it this way when I saw him at a function last month - is a psychological thriller. And a darn good one. I've already screened Episode 2, so I must be careful here not to cover too much ground. But I love the setup, how up-and-coming legal eagle Ellen is seen fleeing the grisly scene of god-knows-what, and then we proceed to flash forward and back and forward and back, piecing together - throughout the entire first season, mind you - precisely what happened to whom, why and at whose sinister hand. Could Patty Hewes have been better cast? Glenn Close totally rocks this role. A top-tier litigator who merely wants to give Ellen her rightful place on the legal ladder? Ha. What a twist that Ellen's hiring is all part of a plan to get at Katie, the one person who can decimate Frobisher's alibi. Or can she? More on that next week, I assure you. Let's talk about Frobisher. Ted Danson? Awesome in the role, all sleek hair, square jaw and imposing stature. You may think him the devil right now (though perhaps not quite so much after realizing who snuffed the pup), but don't jump to conclusions. Damages promises to keep us guessing, and next week's episode sheds new light on events we think we have been made privy to, but really have not. A few of the reviews I have read have taken issue with Rose Byrne as Ellen, but I think she is fine, sort of a younger, softer Robin Tunney. The look on her face when Patty crashed the wedding?! I suspected that Patty was there to offer the job, but it was nice that they kept us wondering till the last moment of that scene. The supporting cast is excellent as well, though I admit it's weird to hear 24's Zeljko Ivanek doing a Southern drawl as Frobisher's menacing mouthpiece. I never had an opinion on Tate Donovan in the past - I think I was always mad at him for "taking Jennifer Aniston from me" - but he's a good fit as Patty's right-hand man, seriously taking one for the team in the name of winning this massive case. I'm also a fan of veteran actor Philip Bosco, who had me suspicious of his agenda as the law firm biggie who first courted (but lost) Ellen. Loved that he had her sign that "I was warned" confession. Great, great show, up there on my current list with Mad Men, The Closer and TNT's upcoming The Company. Looking forward to more! show less
FX's Damages, which premiered on Tuesday, is simply too good a show not to have a "watercooler" blog, so I am stepping up to the plate and authoring one. In exchange, you will give me some leeway if each week's recap doesn't get posted until, say, 8 am the morning after. (Recapping 10 o'clockers is tough for a tired father of 4-year-old twins!)As I said in the title, what a pilot episode, right?This is not a courtroom drama.This is not a legal drama.This is not a procedural.What this is — and Michael Nouri (who plays Glenn Close's hubby) first spun it this way when I saw him at a function last month — is a psychological thriller. And a darn good one.I've already screened Episode 2, so I must be careful here not to cover too much ground. But I love the setup, how up-and-coming legal eagle Ellen is seen fleeing the grisly scene of god-knows-what, and then we proceed to flash forward and back and forward and back, piecing together — throughout the entire first season, mi... read more

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Premiered: July 24, 2007, on FX
Rating: TV-MA
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Premise: A legal thriller centering on a take-no-prisoners Manhattan litigator who specializes in corporate-malfeasance cases.

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