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Damages: Season 3

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Inspired by recent worldwide economic events, the acclaimed third season of the award-winning legal thriller stars two-time Emmy®-winner Glenn Close as litigator Patty Hewes. Confronting the most challenging case of her illustrious career, Patty and trusted lieutenant Tom Shayes (Tate Donovan) meet their match against the manipulative Tobin family empire, matriarch Marilyn (Lily Tomlin), son Joe (Campbell Scott) and the clan's loyal attorney Leonard Winstone (Martin Short). When former protegee Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) is also pulled into the maelstrom, she discovers she hasn't escaped Patty Hewes after all.


Glenn Close continues her steely reign as Machiavellian lawyer Patty Hewes in the compelling third season of the award-winning legal drama Damages. Here, as in previous seasons, the story arc hinges on a single, high-profile case that leaves everyone in the orbit of Hewes and her protégé/nemesis Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) reeling with physical and emotional war wounds. The case in question for season three is a Ponzi-scheme of Bernie Madoff proportions: Patty is assigned by the government to recover the millions of dollars scammed from investors by Louis Tobin (Len Cariou), the flinty patriarch of a wealthy but highly dysfunctional family. Ellen, now working at the district attorney's office, finds herself again drawn to Patty's side as she works the criminal angle on the Tobin case, while the family's faithful lawyer (Martin Short) attempts to parry their efforts to ferret out the truth. The joys of Damages lie not in courtroom fireworks--in fact, Patty and Co. never set foot in one throughout the season--but in the complexities of the investigation, which uncovers a network of secrets, deceptions, and outright lies on both sides of the case. Things are rarely what they seem in Damages, and that applies to season three as well: over the course of 13 episodes, Tobin's dutiful son (Campbell Scott), well-coiffured wife (Lily Tomlin), and especially Short's lawyer shed layers of identity and loyalty, while Patty and Ellen's relationship continues to deepen and darken as the stories of their own pasts come to the surface. The intricacies of the interweaving plot lines are expertly carried out by the regular cast and its stellar guests; Close, Byrne, Tomlin, Ted Danson, and Short, who is terrific in a rare non-comedic role, all received 2010 Emmy nominations, while Tate Donovan, as Patty's long-suffering majordomo, Tom Shayes, enjoys a meatier and more emotionally driven story arc this season. There's also quality support from Dominic Chianese (The Sopranos' Uncle Junior), Craig Bierko, Tom Noonan, Miriam Shor, Bill Raymond (the Greek on The Wire), and Keith Carradine, and longtime fans will be pleased to see Danson return to his career-redefining role as the morally conflicted Arthur Frobisher. The performances, along with the fine writing and direction (series co-creators Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Todd Kessler all helm an episode, as does Donovan), help to smooth over the season's few wrong notes, which include Shayes's relationship with a seemingly ubiquitous homeless man.

Extras, which are spread across the three-disc set, include two commentary tracks with the Kesslers and Zelman, who are joined by Short on "You Haven't Replaced Me" and Donovan and Byrne on the season finale, "The Next One's Gonna Go in Your Throat." The co-creators/producers are front and center in short introductions to each episode, as well as a featurette on directing the series; a selection of deleted scenes and a blooper reel, dominated by Short and Tomlin, round out the set. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

Episode Introductions
Flight's at 11:08
Deleted Scenes
Commentary on You Haven't Replaced Me with Martin Short, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler and Daniel Zelman
Damages Season 3 Teaser
Commentary on The Next One's Gonna Go in Your Throat with Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler and Daniel Zelman
The Next One’s Gonna Go in Your Throat
Directing Damages
Sometimes You Just Get Damaged
Damages Season 3: A Look Back

Product Details

  • Actors: Glenn Close, Rose Byrne
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 573 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZCY80O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,998 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Steven Carrier on May 2, 2010
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The third season of 'Damages' is a bit of a departure from the pervious two seasons. Where season one was an extremely tight, maniacal thriller, and season two was a knotty, complex, esponiage-esque mystery, season three takes a cue from classic noir sensibilities. Season three is extremely understated and character driven. They are more concerned with digging into the character's psyches than with the actual court case. A standout aspect to the season is Patty's intriguing dream sequences. As for the case, it's almost non-existant, which is the point. The fact that the true center of the case remains a mystery up until the last episode helps enforce the centerless, surreal world of noir. Like any good noir, you never feel safe when watching season three.

My advice is that you need to be patient with this season. It's not as instantly rewarding as the other two, but the ending does pack a punch. I don't want to spell out all the noir connections in this little review because part of the fun is trying to figure them all out. Do some research on what makes something 'noir' and see if you agree with me. What you can expect more of in season three: is stellar acting from the impeccable cast, great dialogue and narrative construction and a very timely court case.

'Damages' is a phenomenal show and I think season three will be very rewarding to long time fans and especially to patient, attentive viewers.

'Damages' season three comes highly recommended.
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The first season of DAMAGES was one of the best seasons of television i'd witnessed in my many years . Just brilliant to my mind . I was less taken with season two but still think it better than the average bear . I felt that season (two) was kinda repetitive and certainly less inspired that that incredibly hard to match first year . There are a pretty fair amount of absurdities in this third season . The show hugs those to its breast though and really delivers on the entertainment value . My wife and i are streaming this season and last night completed episode eight . I'm thrilled to report that Martin Short does a superb job with the first serious role i've ever seen him do . I go all the way back to SCTV with Martin . I feel it's his best work since then . Tom Noonan is brilliant as well . The whole cast is outstanding in another must have season of cliff hangers , thrills , gasps , laughs and great wit . A huge thank you to the various writers . Better than most theatrical films .
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Once again DAMAGES proves why it's one of TV's finest shows. Season 3 is a labyrynthine mix of greed, deception, lies, revelations, secrets---you name it, you got it. Without setting one foot in the courtroom, DAMAGES is legal drama at its best. The scripts and direction are superior, weaving intense personal subplots into the main plot.
And the acting? Brilliant to say the least. Glenn Close brings a complexity to Patty Hewes that transcends the usual villainess persona. Shrewd--manipulative--ambitious--maybe even evil..but few characters on TV are as multidimensional as Patty and no one could portray her any better than Close. Rose Byrne is equally impressive, a Patty Hewes in the making. Byrne and Close work beautifully together. Given a larger role this season, Tate Donovan is mesmerizing as the doomed Tom Shayes. The guest stars this season are outstanding, especially Martin Short in a rare dramatic turn as the Tobins family attorney. And the rest are perfect: Campbell Scott, Ben Shankman, Ted Danson, Craig Bierko, Dominic Ciani, Timothy Olyphant, Madchen Amick, Len Cariou, Zachary Booth and of course Lily Tomlin as the Tobin matriarch. Ensemble acting at its finest.
While MAD MEN gathers most critical accolades, DAMAGES imo is TV's best drama series.
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I loved this series. Glen Close is amazing, you have a hard time deciding if she is a villian or hero.
This series is very engaging and keeps you thinking.
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(This series set new standards for its kind. They raised the bar. So that two-
star rating reflects disappointment re two seasons of five-star winners.

DAMAGE'S Season's One and Two were so sharp, so starkly realistic in depicting the depths and heights of each principal character; plotting, motivations, sudden twists which were spectacular but remarkably believable and came easily from carefully-drawn, personalities and situations.

Not so in Season Three. Here, characterizations are a great deal thinner, their natures not as developed or believable. It's not the as-always great acting of Close & Co, but the writing. Characters seem cartoon-ish, abbreviated, stereotyped.

There seems to be more superfluous characters. Add to that, central characters were given hasty-seeming melodramatic exit scenarios to wrap up their parts. Those extraneous characters were given quick hello's and then contrived reasons for sudden goodbye's.

There won't be any spoilers in this review, because there are just so many of them; shocking denouements which suddenly usher characters out; most seeming rushed and melodramatic; maybe called for by stereotyped characters there only to justify some plot twist.

Overall it seems this season was designed to end the series. I hope it won't be; I pray that if Damages is to go they go out in a blaze of intelligence and far-more sophisticated plotting, acting, dialogue and sophisticated entertainment. Amen
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