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TV Today: The Damages Marathon

The FX drama Damages wraps up its first season on Tuesday, and after the most recent episode finally brought all of the show's timelines together, I'm curious to see how the season ends. I still don't think I know who's good and who's evil, and that's been a hallmark of Damages since the start: It always keeps me guessing.

If you've missed out on the series but want to give it a shot, FX is showing a marathon today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (check your local listings to verify the times in your area). The series really is worth watching from start to finish because of its many twists and turns, but if you can only fit some of the 12 episodes into your schedule (or onto your TiVo), here are the ones I'd recommend:

  • Episode 1 ("Pilot") — This episode does a stellar job of setting up the dynamic of the series, introducing all the major characters and pitting ruthless attorney Patty Hewes against possibly evil billionaire Arthur Frobisher.
  • Episode 2 ("Jesus, Mary and Joe Cocker") — Almost as tense as the pilot, this episode made me wonder if Frobisher might be as dark as (or even darker than) Patty.
  • Episode 9 ("Do You Regret What We Did?") — This one really brings together all the pieces of the mystery so far. If you haven't seen all the episodes before it, it will be a little confusing, but it will also get you up to speed for things to come.
  • Episode 11 ("I Hate These People") — This episode contains one major event that shows just how far Patty will go in her quest to take down Frobisher.

Damages fans, are there other episodes you'd say newbies shouldn't miss?

Photo courtesy of FX

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