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Damages Episode: "She Spat at Me"

Season 1, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: Eager to learn Gregory's secrets before it's too late, Patty pursues him---cautiously; an emboldened Frobisher tries to salvage his legacy with an unconventional strategy; and Lila reappears in David's life, further testing his relationship with Ellen.
Original Air Date: Sep 4, 2007
Guest Cast Josh Pais: George Berber Casey Siemaszko: Det. Dan Williams Madison Arnold: Vincent DiMeo
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Season 1, Episode 6
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Length: 45:14
Aired: 9/4/2007
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"She Spat at Me" Season 1, Episode 6

Dare I say, we've hit a bit of a slow patch here with Damages. Still a superb show, do not get me wrong, but I find that when it's not dazzling you with misdirection and shocking reveals... it shows hints of ordinariness. Take Ellen's confab with Greg at the postcard rack. It totally felt like two actors reading a script, barely a genuine line of dialogue to be found. Didn't she say something like, "We can only trust in ourselves"? Who says that? And Ellen going all "hardcore," hair pulled back and talking tough? I didn't come within a country mile of buying that. "Don't they teach you [lying] in law school?" Ooh, you're so edgy, honey. Ted Danson, on the other hand, is owning this show as of late. Frobisher is so desperate to be somebody he is not, he can barely tell if he is coming or going, and is shooting himself in the foot along the way. The instant he crashed the ghost writer's quiet night with the girlfriend, you knew it was ending badly. Maybe not as badly as it did, but... That scene was the second instance in the episode, by the way, where I exhibited an eerie sense of psychic ability. I thought, "This wigging out on the author is sure the stuff of Page Six," and then plop - some faux New York Post lands on Patty's desk. My first psychic moment came during the dinner at Patty's, I typed here into my Blackberry that David was being monosyllabic like some Cro-Magnon. And then Ellen likens his behavior to a caveman! I'm good. And boy was he being an asshat. Yeah, I get it, Patty was mean to your sis. Move on. She was doing her job. Here is where we ask each other, "What is the deal with Lila?!" a) She purposely made David "lose" his keys, b) her grandfather isn't dead at all, and C) that final scene in the doorway of Ellen and David's apartment? Is she a total plant or just a Fatal Attraction-esque obsessive? Nice try there, honey, with the ol' "Can you take a look at gramps' medical machines" line. If I had a nickel for every time... Oh, and in her flash-forward we see she is claiming that she and David were running around for months behind Ellen's back. We don't know that to be a lie... yet. Ray is in a bad way. In another example of this show keeping us wondering who to root for, Ray, we learn, is having trouble sleeping. And now, thanks to his icky dreams, so are we. Ewwww! I wonder what he is hiding.... Just two bullets, but they're good ones: " Patty re: David: "He's lovely." Yeah right! " "Next time you call me, make sure it's for good news!" I sensed shades of Sam Malone with that cry-baby whining. Last but not least, the homage to The Sting, where Mysterious Goon loads a gun, trails Greg, pulls said gun as a woman approaches Greg, but then guns down the gal - who, we then learn, was an assassin herself! Nearly shot-for-shot from The Sting. And it turns out the goon was not a FoF (Friend of Frobisher) but on Patty's payroll. Now that was a good twist. show less
Dare I say, we've hit a bit of a slow patch here with Damages. Still a superb show, do not get me wrong, but I find that when it's not dazzling you with misdirection and shocking reveals... it shows hints of ordinariness. Take Ellen's confab with Greg at the postcard rack. It totally felt like two actors reading a script, barely a genuine line of dialogue to be found. Didn't she say something like, "We can only trust in ourselves"? Who says that? And Ellen going all "hardcore," hair pulled back and talking tough? I didn't come within a country mile of buying that. "Don't they teach you [lying] in law school?" Ooh, you're so edgy, honey.Ted Danson, on the other hand, is owning this show as of late. Frobisher is so desperate to be somebody he is not, he can barely tell if he is coming or going, and is shooting himself in the foot along the way. The instant he crashed the ghost writer's quiet night with the girlfriend, you knew it was ending badly. Maybe not as badly as it did, but...... read more

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