Review | Damages

Credit: Eric Liebowitz / © FX / courtesy everett collection

Air Date: Wednesday 7/13

Us Rating: ***

Glenn Close and Rose Byrne continue to scintillate as TV's most fascinating frenemies in this conspiracy drama. At the start of season 4, ambitious litigator Ellen (Byrne) investigates a deadly cover-up at a private military firm and is soon trailed by a murderminded villain. Can her former (and duplicitous) mentor Patty (Close) be trusted to help? Though the plot could use more originality, the ladies' mental chess game captivates. (DirectTV, 10 P.M.)

--JOHN GRIFFITHS