Damages

Season 1 Episode 3

And My Paralyzing Fear of Death

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Aug 07, 2007 on DirecTV
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Patty receives an anonymous threat at her office while being pressured with the Frobisher case. Ellen continues to struggle with the demands of her job at Hewes and Associates as Tom deals with his new role. Patty's son Michael acts out and spreads a lie in school.moreless

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  • patty and her team struggle to meet a deadline for a brief of the case to the judge. Ellen continues to struggle with balancing her personal life and her career. someone grabs patty's attention.moreless

    8.0
    first of all let me say, i KNEW it was Patty's son that was sending the grenades. however, i didn't figure it out until more than halfway through the episode. what tipped me off was the websites her son was visiting. i think her son is a cocky, manipulating little punk, but perhaps he's right. is it possible he's smarter than his mother? even if that is the case, i can see the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. i couldn't understand why he would tell his mother's dream to everyone except to humiliate her, but then he tried to pass it off as his own. i did find it slightly entertaining though. so we know now that patty isn't immortal. someone actually did get close enough to attack her in the past...she was slashed and almost died apparently. if she did anything to that person like she's been doing to everyone else, she got what was coming to her anyway. i thought it was pretty amusing when Patty opened the box on her desk to find the first grenade, and said "it's going to be a shi*ty week." lol i was like "haha! how does it feel to get a little dose of your own medicine?" you know it's weird, i hate patty because she's a manipulating b*tch who hurts or kills people, or destroys their lives if she can't get what she wants. it puts me in mind of a twelve year old. however, part of me also likes her, and i haven't quite figured out why yet. so, we find out that Katie is still sleeping with Greg (whom patty is starting to think might have more involvement in the case than Katie is letting on.) we also find out that apparently Greg is married. Poor Ellen. she keeps playing Patty's games. you know for sure that Patty sent ellen to the judge purpously on the night of her engagement party just to be vindictive, knowing she'd make ellen late. then she played it off like she really valued ellen's work and wanted this judge to meet her...oooh she's good. what a b*tch lol. anyway i feel sorry for ellen, especially since she's being framed for killing her fiance, but i also find her annoying at times. probably because she is so blind, defenseless and meek. Tom is starting to get on my nerves, as is Arthur's lawyer. Arthur just picks at me because he's so cocky. i mean, he stole everyone's money and acts like they all owe him or something, like he can get away with anything. i hate that. hopefully next week we'll see more about what happened to ellen and her fiance...or should i say late fiance?moreless
Jack Gilpin

Jack Gilpin

Headmaster Lalas

Guest Star

Marc Aden Gray

Marc Aden Gray

Baseball Cap Man

Guest Star

John E. Mack

John E. Mack

Man in Van #3

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Michael Nouri

Michael Nouri

Phil Grey

Recurring Role

Peter Facinelli

Peter Facinelli

Gregory Malina

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Philip Bosco

Philip Bosco

Hollis Nye

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Patty confronted her son about the lies he told in school, Michael replied with, "What's your point?" It's the same answer Patty gave to Ellen when she called out Patty on lying about Ellen needing to meet clients while Katie was in their office (1.02: "Jesus, Mary and Joe Cocker").

    • Episode Title "And My Paralyzing Fear of Death" is spoken by Patty's son, Michael Hewes during a therapy session with his mom and stepdad about what he claims is his recurring dream.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Patty: (to her employees) All of you are members of an extraordinary team, and I value each and every one of you. If you want to quit, just tell me now. But if you call in sick Thursday or Friday, don't bother coming in Monday. Your jobs won't be waiting for you. That grenade was never meant to destroy our office. It was meant to destroy our resolve.

    • Arthur: Does your wife ever just want to reach over there and pinch your cheeks 'cause you're so adorable?
      Ray: No.
      Arthur: You should go outside and get some sun, Ray. You look like crap.

    • Patty: Oh, Tom, could you see if there's anything we can use in this? If not, rewrite it.
      Tom: Who wrote it?
      Patty: Ellen. What's the problem? I thought you wanted some legal work.
      Tom: Do you think rewriting a first-year's draft is what I had in mind?

    • Patty: Taking power away from a man is a dangerous thing. Someone always pays.

    • Michael: When I make you angry or I make you laugh, I do it because of controlling you.
      Patty: So you enjoy manipulating me?
      Michael: No, God, no. It's way too easy. I don't enjoy it. I feel sorry for you. You make me sad.

    • (after reading Michael Hewes' internet history)
      Uncle Pete: What's an M-I-L-F?
      Patty: I have no idea.

    • (after opening a parcel sent to her office)
      Patty: God, it's going to be a shitty week!
      (close-up shot of the box containing a grenade)

    • Patty: And how's your morning?
      Uncle Pete: Every day above ground is a Pyhrric victory.

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