Damages: Season 1, Episode 3

And My Paralyzing Fear of Death (2 Aug. 2007)

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Patty receives a mysterious threat at her office in the form of a live grenade that could destroy her case against Arthur Frobisher, who continues to be informed of Patty's movements. ... See full summary »


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Patty receives a mysterious threat at her office in the form of a live grenade that could destroy her case against Arthur Frobisher, who continues to be informed of Patty's movements. Meanwhile, Ellen continues to struggles with the demands of her new job at Hewes and Associates which take up hers and David's time which leads him to having a meeting of minds with the daughter of a patient at the hospital where he works. Flashing forward to six weeks: Ellen tries to tell the pompous and skeptical police that someone tried to murder her in Patty Hewes' apartment the same time someone murdered David. Written by Anonymous

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In Katie's deposition, she is questioned about her whereabouts in the early hours of Saturday June 19, 2002. June 19, 2002 was on a Wednesday. See more »


Dr. Bernard Herschenfeld: [to Phil and Patty, in Dr. Herschenfeld's office] Well, having spoken to Michael, I have to say, as a therapist and educator, my immediate concern is a recent dream of his, regarding his mortality.
Michael Hewes: And my paralyzing fear of death.
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The one with the grenade
17 November 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Three episodes in, and Damages remains solid, albeit with a few signs that there are still improvements to be made with the long-running subplots and time-shifts.

One such subplot is Patty's strained relationship with her son Michael (Zachary Booth), who faces the possibility of being expelled from school, which causes a great deal of concern for the cunning lawyer and her husband, Phil Grey (Michael Nouri). Another problem is the hand grenade someone sent to her office, possibly as a means to disrupt her work on the Frobisher case. Meanwhile, Ellen has to deal with the difficulties of balancing office hours with her private life, Katie hasn't been completely honest about the man she met in Florida, one Gregory Malina (Peter Facinelli) and Tom, officially fired but in reality still on Patty's payroll, is offered a new job. In the "future", Ellen insists she did not kill David, despite all the evidence suggesting the opposite.

The plot starts to thicken, which is good. Unfortunately, the transition from "later" to "now" (or whatever you want to call it) still feels a little forced and not very organic, and the aforementioned storyline about Patty's son doesn't have enough dramatic backbone. On the plus side, Facinelli's presence hints at new, interesting developments, and the episode's depiction of the frustrations related to the workplace, while not exactly The Office, is handled with an eye for realism that sits well with the Grisham-like intrigue.

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