In Plain Sight: Gilted Lily (season premiere)
by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 20th 2009 12:04PM
(S02E01) After the harrowing conclusion from last season, Mary Shannon was back and after 30 hours of sleep, she actually seemed ready to return to work. However, as Marshall soon found out, looks can be deceiving. Mary and Jinx and Brandi were still together and coping, but the effects of one of them nearly being raped, killing a man, concealing drugs, having their home turned inside out and suffering the indignity of the FBI invading every corner of your life took a toll. They thought they had come out the other side unscathed, but as the episode unfolded, damage was evident.
For Mary, getting back on a case, even as Marshall's sidekick, was a welcomed relief from administrative leave. Her denial of post-traumatic stress disorder was typical for her. In fact, she was suffering, but it manifested itself as a happy, chipper and congenial Mary. Stan, Marshall and Bobby D. were baffled by this alternate universe Agent Shannon, but for viewers wise to the ways of TV, it was clear that something was amiss.
Mary's breakdown was triggered by the kind of thing that she would normally let roll off her back, but it was the straw that broke the camel's back. Her hyperventilating, unending walking it off, crying jag was like a dam breaking. Marshall, in his Zen like mode, tried to make her visualize the experience as a river flowing. Mary didn't heed Marshall's advice; she only heard the word peach which is nothing like river, but then that explains a lot between the two partners. Mary McCormack and Frederick Weller were excellent in this sequence.
What ultimately proved therapeutic for Mary was working the case. It was a good one, involving a family that had been in Witness Protection for 17 years, a mother's suicide that turned out to lead to a weird case of gold coins that were stolen by a biker gang. As the one surviving -- and reformed -- member of the gang put it, there was some serious bad ju-ju to those gold pieces, even if a single one was worth $45,000. It turned out that it wasn't voodoo that made the coins evil, but poison. When two of the three grown kids were nearly killed by the poison, Mary and Marshall sprinted to save the innocent children who were playing hide and seek, oblivious to the danger.
Getting back to work was the therapy Mary needed, but Brandi had to confront the corpse of her dead boyfriend to get some resolution. It wasn't a tearful goodbye for Brandi; she wanted to let the SOB know that she would have killed him herself if she had had the chance. And Jinx was obsessed with finding Mary and Brandi's dad for the same reason, or so she claimed.
Other points of interest
-- Is Eleanor Prince a new regular character? I can see Mary despising an office manager managing their office, can't you?
-- Gilmore Girl's Liza Weil played Angela, the responsible daughter who was the first to be sickened by the coins. It was nice to see her on this -- also on CSI last week -- but I miss Paris Geller.
-- How funny was it to see that Bobby and Marshall on bros now? Mary wondered if Marshall was now a black man. "Honorary," explained Bobby.
-- While I liked the balance in the show between family and work, something they strived for all last season, I would love to know what really happened to the meth from last season and if Raph is ever coming back.