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


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

, 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

alum Sarah Shahi as a guest star. FX publicists said

that despite being listed in the credits on IMBD, TV Guide and, 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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