The stakes are higher this season on In Plain Sight. Partially because it is the final season but also because the characters have so much more to lose.
WITSEC turned into Norah central when Mary's back up childcare needed backup. Luckily the entire office pitched in and everyone, and I mean everyone got a turn.
Couldn't you just picture Stan playing Santa? The big guy dove right in and completed melted over Mary's little rugrat. Marshall got diaper duty and read her Shakespeare. Even ADA Campbell, the woman who had up until this episode come off as a heartless politician gave Mary some sage advice on being a single Mom. It was a nice way to add some dimension to that character.
And in one of a list of entertaining In Plain Sight quotes, when Mary told Delia...
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I didn't think Mary would give the woman a chance but I was wrong on more fronts than just nanny duty.
That Delia could handle a baby wasn't a shock but the way she shut down Christi and her nazi rhetoric was something I hadn't been expecting. Surprisingly the uber-racist wasn't the person to hold a gun on her hours later.
That was Beth. Poor Beth made me wonder how many relocated witnesses simply can't handle the emotional upheaval of leaving everything and everyone they love behind. Beth was still having nightmares about the shooting she witnessed five years prior. She missed her sister and her job. Everything that had grounded her was gone. \She'd begun hoarding and collecting animals. Beth was having a mental breakdown and she's lucky Delia came to her rescue.
Between standing up to Christi and saving Beth, Delia finally earned Mary's respect and I began to appreciate a character that had been nothing but background noise until this episode.
Then Mary was off chasing down Carlos and his alpacas. I really liked Carlos last season and felt a little disappointed that we saw him so briefly this time. Despite his opting out of WITSEC, I hope we get to visit him again.
As usual, Stan was great on so many levels. He stood up to Campbell but still played the political game and he protected his team from the news that there was talk of closing their office. That tidbit made me wonder if that's the way this series will end, with the closure of WITSEC in Albuquerque.
But as tough as Stan can be he still showed his warm gooey center. Cooing over little Norah and finally manning up to ask Leah out, Stan managed to exude confidence and be adorable all at once.
Marshall and Abigail still looked madly in love and I'm torn every time I see this happy couple. Marshall deserves to be happy and Abigail is a good match for him. Plus the dog is just too cute. But I've got my fingers crossed that Mary and Marshall explore where their relationship could go before the series ends.
Speaking of which, the last scene of Mary and Marshall gave me hope. She let him take the bags and joked he could just carry her she was so tired. Mary's learning to let other people in. I can't wait to see where that leads.
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