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Review: 'Damages' - 'The Dog is Happier Without Her'

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 1st 2010 11:00PM
Michael Nouri as Phil Grey on FX's 'Damages.'
(S03E02) "Yeah, sure. That's Tommy. He's a good egg. I helped him, he helped me." - The Homeless Man

The questions kept flying tonight on 'Damages' as details from last week's stunning revelation continued to unfold -- in six months time, Tom Shayes is a dead man and now we have a better idea as to why. The only problem with that? There are still eleven episodes left, and assuming this season plays out like the first two, we're gonna have to wait until the last possible second for answers. Fortunately for us, there's plenty of other plots playing out as well.

One of the biggest questions lingering at the end of season two was when Ellen visited her late fiancé David's grave -- she told him she thought she had met someone. At the time, there was the possibility that she was still referring to Wes (Timothy Olyphant) but now it seems as though she may have been referring to Tom. Following the news of his murder, Ellen went to see Tom's widow Deb and Ellen asked her who knew about Tom and her?

Obviously, there are many ways to interpret that. She could have just been referring to how Ellen was working both sides to aid Tom in his vendetta (since he lost his family's money to Louis Tobin via a feeder fund). Or it seems more likely that the stress in Tom's life led to the affair. Remember though -- it's been almost a year since season two. So were they having an affair then as well, it cooled off, and recent events ignited it again? It's probably a safe bet that Ellen isn't the killer but the revelation that Tom was stabbed and drowned coupled with the quiet image of Ellen staring at the water certainly suggests that she might have been there when he perished. Don't forget -- the homeless man had her Chanel purse. Somewhere, at some point in that six month time-line, there's a connection.

Back to the present tense story, one of the biggest themes in 'The Dog is Happier Without Her' was who knows what. Three names jump right out:
  • Phil Grey - During the divorce proceedings, he made it clear that he thought there was something fishy surrounding Ray Fiske's death. Obviously we know there was, but it makes you wonder. What else does Phil know about Patty's past and can any of it hurt her in her quest to find the Tobin's money?
  • Danielle Marchetti - This is an easy one. As Louis Tobin's mistress, she probably knows more than she realizes as he likely saw her as a temporary fling and perhaps wasn't as guarded with his pillow talk. Why else would Tobin want her out of the country?
  • Leonard Winstone - More than anyone else, this guy has guilty written all over his face. As the Tobin's trusted legal adviser for years, he probably knows everything. The question is how deeply was he involved? His agenda may be more about saving himself vs. saving his client.

Of course, the revelation that Louis hid money for his family wasn't too surprising (it wouldn't have been very interesting if Patty had nothing to look for) but it does raise some bigger questions. How much is there? How liquid is it? Who's watching over it right now? Is part of the mystery that it's not hidden as well as Louis led Joe to believe? Meaning could Tim have found it and thus set in motion the events that got him killed? That may be the case and knowing that Danielle Marchetti is now either dead or at least in a coma (so much for Joe Tobin staying sober), next week's episode title might be the first clue. "Flight's at 11:08" -- where was she going to at Louis' request?

[Watch clips of 'Damages' at SlashControl.]

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Can anyone help? Did Ellen ever open the present from her fiance? I don't recall seeing that. If she did, which episode was it? I have season 2 dvd. Thanks,

February 08 2010 at 8:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Remember, the homeless guy also said that Ellen and Tom "had a thing."

February 04 2010 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with RT -- nothing (sexual) going on between Tom and Ellen.

The scene between them on the street at night, though -- after Ellen had done him the favor -- seemed odd. Was the implication that Ellen knew he was involved with Tobin without him telling her? It just seemed disjointed to me.

And what's the chance that Ellen invested in the fund? After all, "everyone in New York wanted in." Her ex probably had a pretty good life insurance policy.

Who played Phil's girlfriend? She's gorgeous.

February 03 2010 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Sir Yuck-Yuck

Phil's gal pal Danielle is played by Mädchen Amick she played the double R diner waitress Shelly on Twin Peaks

February 09 2010 at 8:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great episode,
Nah, I don't believe Tom and Ellen are having an affair. I think Ellen's comment to Deb was more about the Tobin case and legal shadings these two got involved in. Ellen is a friend of Tom's and she's helping him find his lost finances. As we all know this is Damages and dialogue on this show can be vague and misleading. As we march forward more will be revealed...
Also loved the dog's acting, better than most actors on TV. LOL

February 02 2010 at 1:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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