Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Review - Damages Season 3 Episode 13 The Next One's Gonna Go In Your Throat

"The Next One's Gonna Go In Your Throat" was probably the series finale and it did it's part, wrapping up the major storylines of the season. There were still a few hanging out there, but the resolutions for the main characters was adequate. If there is a fourth season, there are some existing plots to go with along with a new case. A debriefing period on the Tobin case would have been nice, but there was a limited timeframe.

We see Tom getting stabbed, and he wanders around New York for a while, making a phone call before Joe catches up to him and drowns him in a toilet. Hey Tom, every heard of a hospital? Leonard Winstone makes his escape with the money after turning over the evidence and a lot of blank paper. Joe is caught and Marilyn takes the plunge off the bridge. All in all, it was fairly standard stuff with nothing that unexpected.

If there needed to be more indication that the reemergence of Frobisher was a mistake, Wes enters the episode fairly early and exits, along with Frobisher, less than halfway through the episode, both being led away in handcuffs. We never see Ellen's reaction to this turn of events nor do we get any follow-up.

Patty took a backseat, letting Tom and Ellen do everything else as she remembered the time when she was pregnant herself and how she deliberately went against the doctor's orders and got a still-born baby, so she could advance her career at a large New York law firm. It comes after she gets Jill on statutory rape. The car crash, the event speculated to have been done by Tom, was actually done by Michael. There was again no follow-up which made the situation very incomplete.

So who exactly is Julian Decker? In the flashback 30 years ago, he look identical to the way he looks now. Was he just Patty's past haunting her all along? Everything with Patty this season has been confusing and ambiguous from the dreams to Decker to the horses. Did the finale do enough to reveal the significance?

The episode ends with Patty standing on a pier and Ellen walking away. After contemplating where they are and what they've become, neither of them truly knows what to do next, ending the season and probably series on an uncertain but fitting note.

Score: 8.7/10
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