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Damages Episode: "Jesus, Mary and Joe Cocker"

Season 1, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Mounting pressures prompt Frobisher to contemplate extreme measures as Ellen delivers her friend Katie as a key witness. But Patty has suspicions about Katie's testimony. Katie: Anastasia Griffith.
Original Air Date: Jul 31, 2007
Guest Cast Donnie Keshawarz: Andrew Vida Sarah Shahi: Jennifer Carillo Kristin Lehman: Susan Keever Adam Rothenberg: Evan Wexler Cole Hauser: Jack Shale
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Season 1, Episode 2
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Length: 47:53
Aired: 7/31/2007
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"Jesus, Mary and Joe Cocker" Season 1, Episode 2

As I previewed in the latest TV Guide Talk podcast, this episode of FX's Damages, though lighter on the jaw-dropping twists, was a welcome second outing in that many of the characters were steered into areas of gray. Almost in a Rashomon (or, for the younger folk, Courage Under Fire) fashion, we are being made privy to conversations and motivations not entirely divulged in the pilot. Take Frobisher. Last week's episode had us believing that he was utterly ruthless, and probably would not hesitate to put out a hit on poor Katie (the lying beyotch). But now we see the crisis of conscience he went through, and more than once, upon learning that his Achilles heel was talking to Patty. A week ago, whodathunk I'd be feeling for the tycoon who, if this case isn't nipped in the bud and soon, will lose his kids and wife. I found myself in Frobisher's head, weighing the pros and cons: sacrifice half my vast fortune and my priceless kids, or pay a huge settlement I probably swindled from my employees to begin with? Why doesn't he just pay the piper? Because then we wouldn't have this delicious series. Katie is starting to piss me off. OK, fine - lie about the one-night stand, and the resulting abortion. Humiliating/traumatic, sure. But why try to pass off Greg as some fly-by-night stranger you never saw again? What is so explosive about his existence that she would take this (second, and sure to lose) gamble with Patty? Stu. Pid. More to the point, I'd like to know just what it is that Katie can prove re: Frobisher. Who remembers seeing these two unknowns together, what, four years ago? Five? Patty sending Ellen on that fool's errand just so she could corner Katie? Saw it coming, but it was still chilling. And then Patty all but throws Katie to the wolves she knows are out there (Hewes being one of them). The crime scene that Ellen ultimately runs from - we don't know who drew this bath of blood, or why - is interesting. The glimpses we get - of the fiancée in the clawfoot tub. Blood everywhere. On the pigeon's feet. Guts-caked Statue of Liberty bookends on the floor. Katie had one in her hand at one time, standing over the dead body. (A red herring, to be sure... right?) Who would want this rather bland beau dead? Another scare tactic? Hmmm. That tennis court tête-à-tête between Frobisher and his goon of 1,000 faces was fraught with tension. All the grisly thoughts going unspecified. "You call a guy...?" And what did the goon say, like, "It's easier than it seems"? Eek. Is Tate Donovan going to fake being fired all season? Anyone else suspect him warming up to Ellen, and starting to crack? How about Ellen and the fiancée (I need to care about or at least learn his name) checking out her new pad? That poor pigeon never knew what was coming. Great start here, two episodes in. I just could use a smidgen more present-day moments, more of the cops investigating mum Ellen and the crime. In time. Watch clips of Damages in our Online Video Guide. show less
As I previewed in the latest TV Guide Talk podcast, this episode of FX's Damages, though lighter on the jaw-dropping twists, was a welcome second outing in that many of the characters were steered into areas of gray. Almost in a Rashomon (or, for the younger folk, Courage Under Fire) fashion, we are being made privy to conversations and motivations not entirely divulged in the pilot.Take Frobisher. Last week's episode had us believing that he was utterly ruthless, and probably would not hesitate to put out a hit on poor Katie (the lying beyotch). But now we see the crisis of conscience he went through, and more than once, upon learning that his Achilles heel was talking to Patty. A week ago, whodathunk I'd be feeling for the tycoon who, if this case isn't nipped in the bud and soon, will lose his kids and wife. I found myself in Frobisher's head, weighing the pros and cons: sacrifice half my vast fortune and my priceless kids, or pay a huge settlement I probably swindled from my emp... read more

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