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'In Plain Sight' - 'Father Goes West' Recap (Season Premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 1st 2010 1:52AM
in_plain_sight_mary_marshall_usa(S03E01) As originally planned, this season opener of 'In Plain Sight' was supposed to have run last season, but when Mary was shot and left clinging to life, USA Network and all the other brainiacs involved with the show decided to give us a cliffhanger. Not that there was ever really any doubt that Mary would survive, because without Mary in the middle, there's really no show.

Nevertheless, it was refreshing to see the new season kick off with Mary not clinging to life, but instead being the world's worst patient. More on her return to active duty and Marshall's green cashmere scarf and cheese danish theories after the jump.

There were some major elements to deal with post-shooting for both Mary and Marshall. For Mary, the frustration of not remembering her assailant was like an itch she couldn't scratch. As a character who has a memory that's crystal clear about all kinds of details of her life, she couldn't accept the fact that she was too traumatized by the incident to recall the face of the man who pulled the trigger.

Marshall, meanwhile, had his own trauma. His relationship with Mary has always had an underlying, unspoken emotional connection. For him it's love; for her it's also love, but not that kind. Still, the kind of man Marshall Mann is, he wasn't going to rest until he wrestled the name of the shooter from the gang boss who witnessed the scene. Wrestling in Marshall's case meant being an annoyance, and he does it very well. His threat to Lala was, "Three scariest words: See you later."

Mary anticipated that her family didn't care because they weren't there to bring her home from the hospital, but -- of course -- they were home with a cake and a sign. Actually, it was great to see that the house has finally been renovated, this is after the FBI ripped it to shreds last season looking for the drugs that Brandi supposedly had, but didn't because Raph used it to line a baseball field in Florida. Remember?

While the renovation is swell and looks great, the idea of Jinx, Brandi, Raph and Mary all living together under one roof might tilt the world off its axis. And Peter was hanging out there, too. Can you see how this might be an explosive combination? Mary and Jinx nearly ripped each other's heads off after just one day. Of course, that's how they communicate, and by the end of show, Jinx was looking for a job as a ballet teacher.

By the way, there was a case. A Boston truck hijacker who'd turned in all his cronies when his kid's life was threatened. Donnie Wahlberg played the character, Jimmy McCabe, and he brought a good, authentic quality to the role. When he went off the rails and decided to go after TJ for putting his son in the hospital, he threw caution to the wind by breaking into a gun shop and stealing a pistol and bullets. To me, that should have thrown him out of Witness Protection, but Mary and Marshall found a way to rescue him. Not sure I bought that, but it was nice that Jimmy got to break TJ's nose before they arrested him.

Other elements of the Witness Protection case also seemed less stringent. The fact that Jimmy was allowed to get married and his new wife and step-son were unaware that he was in WITSEC seemed odd.

In the end, the more important criminal was caught -- the guy with the Mark Gastineu jersey, #99. Even in her weakened condition, Mary tracked him down and had some choice insults for his chihuahua. Officially, Mary hates that breed.

Other points of interest:


-- How could Mary pour a drink right in front of Jinx like that? Seriously, she's supposedly struggling with sobriety. Peter's in A.A., too. Seems to me Mary might have shown a little sensitivity, but then, that's not Mary, is it?

-- That talk between Brandi and Mary about their dad, the missing dad who walked out when Mary was just seven years old. Hmm ... could the private calls Brandi's getting be coming from him?

-- Peter and Raph are the most patient, wonderful guys in the world. What are they doing with Brandi and Mary?

-- How smart was Stan to get Mary out of the office by sweet-talking her? I expected him to start singing "Hello" like Lionel Richie.

Funny lines:

Mary: "Has anyone ever gotten well from a get well card?"

Marshall to Lala: "You're like a crossword puzzle with b.o."

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lucy

it's a show, folks . . . mary isn't really drinking, they're (they are movie stars, after all) probably not in aa, and you don't get to rob gun shops if you are in witness protection, don't get me wrong . . . i love this show. one of the best they've come out with in years, and the three women, especially, play the parts unbelievably well. also, i came here to see if brandi is pregnant in real life as well, they never showed her below the neck and her face looks 9-1/2 mo. preggers, not to mention she's got some hormonal rash or something . . . is she?

April 15 2010 at 6:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

A witness got married the first season as well. I ep is a little fuzzy in my mind, but I don't remember anyone needed to tell the husband she was in Witsec

April 01 2010 at 10:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
zippy_zip74467

Yes, Mary can drink, but she shouldn't temp others. We have a neighbor who has a bad problem, and he has a sign on his front gate saying 'No Drunks allowed.' people are always trying to get him to drink so they can get him in trouble. It was a good show though.

April 01 2010 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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CParis

Jinx and Brandi are freeloading in Mary's house - they don't have jobs (like Raph) and need to STFU or move out.

April 01 2010 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lala

This was not the originally planned Season Two ender. That episode was written by David Maples and shot last year. This episode was shot when production resumed, and was written by John McNamara, who was not even on board the show when the original finale was shot. Thankfully, we were spared the cheesy flat-line scene and the long, sad, depressing end to the season Maples originally planned; USA made the right choice, and the infamous Ep. 16 will probably never be seen.

I am weary of characters being criticized for drinking in front of alcoholic family, as though one family member in AA immediately consigns the remainder of the family to sobriety. Maintaining their sobriety are Jinx and Peter's problem, not Mary's cross to bear. It's Mary's prerogative to drink, and if Jinx or Peter have an issue with it, their responsibility to get their mouths open and say so.

April 01 2010 at 8:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
reverenddebby

Is Nicole Hiltz pregnant in real life? Thay kept hiding her character behind pillows and tables, etc.

Great season opener. Raph looked stunned when Mary told him she loved him.

April 01 2010 at 6:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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