“She Spat on Me”
Original Air Date: September 4, 2007
Tom R, TwoCents Staff Writer
I’m a day late and way past my bedtime, so we’re cutting to the chase this time. Best acting Ted Danson has done in ages.
After an incident with another parent at a basketball game (see title), Frobisher becomes more and more concerned about his image. He tells Fiske to find him a ghost writer to tell the good stories in his life. Fiske disagrees, but cannot convince him. When they find the writer, he is more concerned with the more sensational aspects of Frobisher’s business tactics. This all leads to the week’s shining moment as Frobisher shows up unannounced on the writer’s doorstep with a box full of trophies and commendations from his school years. Watching Danson let the character unravel is nothing short of amazing. On Cheers, he had the luxury of multiple seasons to show Sam Malone’s depth, but here he pulls a broad range in about ten minutes.
Meanwhile, Fiske is losing sleep and having some incredibly vivid nightmares. Greg Malina is pursued by Hewes and Associates to testify, although he is nearly killed to prevent it. A relationship between him and Fiske is revealed, and he tells Ellen that the case is bigger than the broker they have been looking for.
Patty drives an emotional wedge between Ellen and David over dinner with her and her husband, encouraging Ellen to find a man who can handle an ambitious woman. Meanwhile, David is drawn closer to the girl from the hospital, whose mental balance is seriously called into question.
The police find no evidence of foul play at Patty’s apartment. Widening their pool of suspects, they meet the girl from the hospital, who could play a key role in what happened.
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