Damages: "The Dog Is Happier Without Her" Review Season 3, Episode 2

I'm really happy that Tom's (Tate Donovan) been given such a substantial story this season. His "decency" began to crumble a bit last season, but he still seemed like a fairly milquetoast character. I'm looking forward to seeing just how desperate he'll ultimately get in his quest to recoup Louis Tobin's hidden fortune seeing as how, now, his own family's finances and future are at stake. Of course, we realize things take a really dark turn since we've now come face to face with Tom's corpse, but I can't wait to see Tom go totally "off the reservation." Just the fact that he winds up having some sort of torrid affair with Ellen (Rose Byrne) along the way totally takes me back to last season when it was left unclear as to whether he actually slept with that "call girl" witness that he paid for. It really seemed like he was going to take advantage of the situation and, you know, have at her. If this is to be the last season of Damages (sigh), it would be great if we could be left with the notion that there are simply no "good" people; only fatally flawed pawns in sick games of power and corruption.

I liked the re-emergence of Michael Nouri's Phil. He and Patty (Glenn Close) have an interesting relationship - being able to go from furious to tender over the course of a few moments. Patty almost holds other people in utter contempt if they get "caught" doing something wicked and wrong; as if they're biggest problem was that they were so stupid as to get found out. As long as everyone around her keeps their secrets to themselves, they seem to be okay in her book. Remember that Patty was more offended over the fact that Phil got sloppy with his affair. As strong as Phil is, he simply will never be able to beat Patty. He even balks when it comes to asking for custody of their dog. Patty, once again, shows her coldness when she tells Phil that she no longer "needs" him - as if he was just filling a chair at the dinner table.

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