In Plain Sight Season Finale Review: The Ones You Protect

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Everything blew up on the season finale of In Plain Sight. Whether the explosion was physical or emotional, in "Something Borrowed, Something Blew Up," nothing was safe.

Oh, poor Brandi. She was suffocating, and not just in the dress. The dress was perfect. The wedding was perfect. Problem was that Brandi's not perfect and she knew it. Brandi needed her sister but Mary had bigger issues.

Like getting shot at while eight months pregnant. But let's rewind a bit...

Brandi's Wedding Day
Mark was sleeping on Mary's couch and looking pretty darn cozy. He even took over wedding planning duties. How many guys would be willing to do that? Mary might want to keep her baby daddy around.

I loved Ronnie and didn't it figure that he'd find $20 in a bullet proof vest? He got under everybody's skin, including Marshall's and you don't get to see that too often. Between that and Delia's uber-perkiness, Marshall was delightfully flustered.

Oh, Marshall. It took one crucial moment for his true feelings to show through. Bullets flew and he threw himself on top of Mary. Was anyone else squealing in glee at that moment?

Yes, Mary is Marshall's partner. Yes, she's pregnant. And, yes, Abigail knew in that moment that she came in second, no matter how Marshall tried to justify it. That's a realization she won't soon forget.

The lockdown and firefight in the courthouse had the perfect intensity. That look Marshall gave Mary when he sent her away... he was as serious as I'd ever seen him.  He wasn't about to have eight month pregnant Mary in harms way if he could help it. But did he or anyone else really expect Mary to sneak out the back? Not likely.

Unfortunately, by the time the bullets stopped flying and Mary flew back to stand by Brandi's side, it was too late. Brandi's meltdown was complete. When Jinx reminded her of where she came from, I knew that was the nail in Brandi's proverbial coffin. The self doubt took her under.

And Mary understood. For as often as Mary has believed the worst in her sister, it was nice to see her have her back when she knew no one else would. Their relationship had truly come full circle. 

If they had to leave us with a cliffhanger, I'm thrilled that it was Marshall there with Mary when she went into premature labor. If nothing else, Mary needed someone she could trust. And he was the one Mary called for.

You protect the people you care about the most.  Oh, I can't wait for season five. Next summer can't come fast enough.


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Do y'all think mary and marshell will ever get 2gether


I love the show. I hope Mry keeps
the baby.


I missed the season finale and can't see to find a re-run? Will you be showing it again?


This is one of the shows my husband and I enjoy watching together and we were both so annoyed when Brandi did not marry Peter...please, it was too much. The show had Brandi make all this remarkable progress, ie. with Peter's parents, a job, etc. and then wimp out?! It really aggravated us.


I'm so totally bummed about Brandi and Peter. It honestly didn't even occur to me that she wouldn't marry him for some reason so it was completely out of left field for me. I just hope Peter's not gone from the show. I think he's been great for the Shannon family dynamic and it was nice for Mary to have someone who wasn't completely incompetent in her family. And I have liked Brandi so much better this season, I just hope they don't turn her back into the season 1 Brandi. I don't know, maybe Brandi and Peter can fix things next season. He's been pretty understanding about a lot of things in the past. As far as the lack of new information on Mary's father and half-siblings goes I kind of got the feeling that they ditched a lot of that plot in favor of the pregnancy story. They mentioned their father a few times early in the season and Brandi said she wanted to invite the siblings to the wedding but then once the pregnancy stuff took over they didn't really mention it again. Early in the season I assumed the finale would be a big Shannon family blow out at the wedding but then it all kind of just went away. As for the cliffhanger it's really hard for me to know where I stand since I think I just kind of wish she never got pregnant in the first place. I do think that they could have taken like 5 minutes of weird courthouse shootout cinematography out and given this plot line a better resolution. The way I see it there are 3 different ways this pregnancy could end. 1)Mary give the baby up for adoption 2)Mary Keeps the baby or 3)The baby dies. Any of those would have been something that really would have made me want to come back next season and see what happens next, but now all I have to look forward to is more weird pregnancy drama. In the end though, I'm keeping an open mind and as long as we get a non-angsty and totally snarky Mary for next season I'm sure I'll keep watching. Also, I really really really want Joshua Malina to come back next season.


IPS suffers from poor executive producers decision making and this season finale was true to form. I miss S1&2 IPS. Back when the show was good -exciting, dramatic, and controversial. Before the big money flowed in, prompting the EPs to re-do every set, recast with higher value former West Wing colleagues. When did Brandi covert? If she had, she would have had a nice rabbi to confide in and a traditional Jewish wedding would have made sense. As it is, the wedding-thing was rather out of left field. Besides, how is it that she spent the entire season working on the wedding without a single hitch in her stride toward the altar, only to run away at the last possible moment? Is anyone else constantly reminded that the actor playing Mark was the wedding officiant in the first Hangover? It's a little hard to take the role seriously and it's annoying that at every point the show could be honest about Mary's pregnancy, the writers bail. Why are they trying to force comedy instead of first playing the drama and allowing it to fall into the inherit absurdity for comedic relief. Is Mary going to ditch her baby on Marshall and his new girlfriend like she did her dog? And why the heavy, intermittent southern accent from the new gf? And why does she already know all about their WitSec detail? Do they not keep that secret anymore? I miss Eleanor, the first cop buddy, and think Raf would have been a better choice as baby-daddy. Furthermore, I think it's rather bizarre and silly that the show spent 3 seasons on Mary's family drama only to completely drop the subject when she becomes pregnant. Jinx and Brandi either need real roles or to be dropped from the show entirely. Will had a bigger role than Jinx and they've not mentioned the dad or half-siblings at all.


Having Brandi leave Peter at the altar was disingenuous, based on the way her character had been developed over the last couple of years. It was a cheap trick and really ruined an otherwise very good episode.


To Cathy: I believe the actress, Mary McCormack is due to give birth mid-September.


I love this show, it is my favorite. I only wish it was on all year long. Did Mary have her baby in real life?


Interesting comment by Mark to Brandi about the upcoming (and then canceled) wedding's being her "first" wedding. The earlier comments about there likely being negative fallout between Marshall and Abigail because of his shielding Mary instead of Abigail are logical. However, Marshall and Abigail, despite their living together, are still getting to know one another. Marshall already has a committed and intense relationship with Mary. What is that relationship? Big brother Marshall to little sister Mary. Yes, that's right, tough Mary is the little sister in their relationship. Abigail is smart. I suspect the writers will have Abigail understand that.

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In Plain Sight Season 4 Episode 13 Quotes

He kicked. She? I'm going to go with it.


Mary texted me. I never should have taught her that angry emoticon.