Damages 1.08 Blame the Victim (2007, TV) – 6/10

Damages 1.08 Blame the Victim (2007)

Larry Poplar returns to Frobisher when he loses his current job washing cars and asks for some of the promised remuneration. However, his dealings with Frobisher are suspected and may give Patty fresh ammunition. Ellen’s parents arrive with news of a car accident they are being sued over while, three months later, Ellen recalls her last words with David were in a relationship-ending argument.

6/10

Glad to see Ted Danson back. He really is superb as Arthur Frobisher combining humanity and sincerity with a sinister acceptance of nastiness that he convinces himself he requires but rarely explicitly requests. The identity of Peter Riegert’s shadowy presence is revealed this week and, well, I’m more confused than ever. One hopes that the writers do have a plan as the show is becoming dangerously convoluted. I certainly have the feeling that they are in control given the two slowly converging timelines being portrayed but we’ve seen this kind of spiralling complexity before (with the like of Alias and Smallville) and it usually comes back to bite them. Close’s great scene this week is one where she terrifies not just one man, but his immediate family and all his descendants for the next one hundred years. Not bad.

This Damages episode contains mild swear words and gory and unpleasant scenes.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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