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TV Tonight: "Damages"

TV Tonight: "Damages"

When I wrote about the series premiere of "Damages" last week, I said it would be tough to find the moral compass of Patty Hewes, the ruthless, shameless main character played compellingly by Glenn Close. Now, after viewing the second episode in the series, I'm not sure I could find the moral compass of any of the series regulars — and that's exactly what makes "Damages" so much fun to watch.

Like the premiere, the second episode, which airs tonight on FX, is fraught with a sense of impeding doom. Who knew a pigeon on a windowsill, or a birthday celebration, or a description of a meal at a restaurant could feel so downright creepy? This episode finds Ellen Parsons, the young associate played by Rose Byrne, ready to bring forward her boyfriend's sister as a witness in Hewes' case against Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson). Hewes has already shown how far she'll go to win; in this episode, we see the true extent — or at least I hope it's the extent — of Frobisher's desire not to be exposed.

Even plucky, innocent Ellen starts to crack a little here; she's got to know she's making a deal with the devil, and yet she continues to accept what Hewes gives her. The second hour of "Damages" delivers fully on the promises of the first — and finishes with yet another terrifying cliffhanger that will bring me back next week for more.

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