Collect “Damages” during a marathon of Glenn Close goodness

So, you’re watching Damages, right? Right? Well, if the drama has
somehow slipped your radar and you fear jumping in now might render you hopelessly,
helplessly lost, you’re in luck. On Monday (otherwise known as Labor Day for
us U.S. Americans), FX will run the first five episodes of the season season
from 3-8 p.m.

The marathon is the perfect opportunity to get caught up on all the twisty,
turny treachery in the world of high-stakes litigation at Hewes & Associates.
I’ve been riveted since the first episode, and not just by the exquisite cut
of Glenn Close’s power suits (though, gosh, they are awfully
nice).

Sure, some of the twists and turns have been, shall we say, a little unusual.
(A hand grenade, really?) But overall it’s the show’s timeless central question
that keeps me coming back week after week. That question being, simply, “Who
can you trust?” Can you trust the manipulative, calculating and fearsome Patty
Hewes (played by the magnificent, cunning and fierce Glenn) whose will to win
seemingly knows no bounds?

Can you trust the ambitious young lawyer Ellen Parsons (played by Rose
Byrne
, who is no slouch in the impeccably-tailored department herself)
who starts out fresh-faced and ends up blood-soaked?

Can you trust the disgraced CEO Arthur Frobisher (played by a white-haired
Sam Malone Ted Danson) who swears his stock sell-off
was legit while his now-unemployed workers go on food stamps?

Can you trust Patty’s right-hand man Tom Shayes (played by Tate Donovan
— loved him in Space Camp), whose lap-dog loyalty makes you wonder
just how much abuse he can take?

Sadly, something I know you can’t trust are those online listings showing L
Word
alum Sarah Shahi as a guest star. FX publicists said
that despite being listed in the credits on IMBD, TV Guide and TV.com, Sarah
is “not slated to appear.” Though even without Sarah, trust me, there is plenty
of eye- and (more importantly) mind-candy to go around.

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