FX' Emmy and Golden Globe award winning Damages is back. In the tale of the tape of successful prosecutions, Hewes & Associates can boast a 2-0 record: Hewes vs Frobisher: KO. Hewes vs Ultima Natural Resources: KO. In season 3 Hewes & Associates take on Louis Tobin. Damages 3rd season is really going all out to spoil it's fans. New principal players are Martin Short as attorney Leonard Winstone. Len Cariou as Louis Tobin, accused of investment fraud in the billions. Lily Tomlin as Marilyn Tobin, wife of Louis. Campbell Scott as Joe Tobin, son of Louis and Marilyn. Cariou's Tobin makes Madoff look amateurish. Whether in private consult with his attorney, dining with his family, or facing the paparazzi, he smoothly alternates utilizing the 'innocent until proven guilty' look with the 'catch me if you can' smirk. Campbell Scott's Joe Tobin has a hidden agenda. On the surface he seems to be as much a victim of his father's misdeeds as the investors, but by turns he has difficulty concealing his true self, and appears very much to be his father's son. Martin Short as Leonard Winstone is positively brilliant. For me, it's a pleasure to see performers who are primarily known as funny in straight roles, and Short does not disappoint. The wit is as sharp as a lathe. The same applies to Lily Tomlin's Marilyn Tobin. Dry as a gin and vermouth martini and equally intoxicating. When Short, Tomlin, Cariou and Glenn Close's Patty Hewes battle, they each give as good as they get.
Holding true to type, Damages' 3rd season has sub-plots. Patty is getting divorced and is involved in a car accident to which there is more than meets the eye. Former Hewes associate attorney Ellen Parsons [Rose Byrne] has left the firm to work in the district attorney's office. Patty's go-to man/fall-guy Tom Shayes [Tate Donovan] has personal reasons for wanting to see Louis Tobin do time he lost a bundle, and if he can't have restitution, he'll at least have justice.
Damages Season 3 airs Monday January 25, 2010 at 10:00pm on FX. Please check your local listings.