In Plain Sight Review: Phantom Pain

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Oh, how I'm going to miss this show. That's the feeling that hit me the moment I saw Mary Shannon in the premiere episode of the final season of In Plain Sight.

"The Anti-Social Network" picked up six months after Mary's impromptu delivery at Brandi's almost wedding and we've got a lot of catching up to do.

First off, Mary kept her baby and I couldn't be happier. Mary's so protective of everyone in her life that I could never imagine her handing off her newborn to someone else to raise. I'm certainly not against adoption but it never seemed like a plausible option given Mary's overprotective nature. I believe her 33 text messages checking on Jinx and the baby would attest to that.

Mary and Baby

My biggest disappointment was that we didn't get to see baby Norah make her first appearance into the world. I was looking forward to watching Marshall rush Mary to the hospital and what emotions would play out between these two partners. Unfortunately, all we got were some very brief flashbacks. After the suspense of last season's finale, I found that very unsatisfying.

On the up side, Mary's back at work and the banter between her and Marshall hasn't skipped a beat. But to find out that Marshall's been holding out on the office gossip? That's so unfair and it made me wonder how much contact these two have had over the last six months. 

Of course Marshall's still with girlfriend Abigail. Will that be the case by the end of the season? We'll have to wait and see.

Jinx really stepped up as both mother and grandmother but I was dismayed to hear that Brandi has continued her downward spiral and, worse, she's doing it off camera in Miami with half brother Scott. With Jinx running to the rescue, perhaps she'll drag the wayward Shannon sister back home. Everything looked so hopeful for Brandi last season. Was it all just too good to be true?

The case of the long reaching hand of the Winston Regents was fun not just because it fed into Marshall's history of conspiracy theories, but because Mary was the one to break the case. That the federal prosecutor on the case was also a former regent was a twist I didn't see coming.

Marshall's accident blindsided both me and him. If he weren't talking on his cell phone he might have seen that truck coming. He was lucky to have survived the accident and even luckier they didn't just shoot him.

The saddest part was that Ivan's mom openly admitted that her research was more important than her son. Then she seemed shocked that he wanted to go live his own life without her. It was interesting to have Mary watch this woman as she struggled with even leaving her child for the day.

Obviously, Mary's going to grapple with being a single mom and a kick ass US Marshall and I'm looking forward to watching that play out. But more than that I'm hoping that Mary and Marshall have some serious conversations before the series end about what they mean to one another and if their relationship should remain as partners and friends or if it could become more than that. 

I'm definitely holding my breath to see how this final season plays out because once it's gone, I know I'll miss it terribly. I'm already feeling the phantom pain.


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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


I am very upset that this show is ending. It is defintely one of my favs. I was confused since Jinx is leaving the next day, who is mary going to get to watch Norah. I am very disappointe din Jinx, Mary needs her now, Brandi is just a pain in the butt.


love, love, love this show! I was really looking forward to seeing the emotions between Marshall and Mary as he took her to the hospital and she deliverd. Hopefully they will show more flashbacks. I'm curious too, if "Nora" is actually Mary's daughter in real life. I was wondering that the whole time last night. :) I am so sad that this is the last season and only 8 shows at that! I so don't want to see the show end. :(


Disappointed this is the last season of this show........
Was also disappointed, as the reviewer stated, that we didn't get to see Marshall rushing Mary to the hospital and then the birth........ Not surprised to see Brandi continuing on a downward spiral......I don't belive Jinx should be the one to the rescue......... We all know Mary McCormack gave birth in real life, anyone know if that is her real baby on the show????????


I have been watching old IPS on demand this past week in anticipation of these last eight episodes this season. Good to see Mary, Norah and all the gang. Knowing Mary's need to protect, this was a good story line. I think that Norah will end up doing the same for her somewhere along the road too. I am really sad this will end so soon. I wish that we could change that somehow! Until then I will continue to watch, and re-watch these episodes and savor each and every delight they offer to us each week.


loved the episode last night! Hope they show more flashbacks of Norah's delivery later in the season (:


This was a good show last night. I love this show and really missed it. I wish this was not the final season! I hope that Mary & Marshall end up together in a relationship. That would be a perfect ending! I am so proud to say that this show was filmed where I live, Albuquerque, New Mexico and will truly miss it!


Oops, "too often", not "to often". Sorry for the typo.....


I have to say I am disappointed Mary didn't place Nora for adoption. Her rough personality may be caring and protective, but that is often the reason people place their children, and the truth is, in real life women do not turn into different people just because they give birth. I worked the field of adoption and I've seen it to often, so I would have liked to see a more generous mother who cared more for her baby than for herself. I love this show and will really miss it! Why don't they ever ask the viewers if they are ready to see it end? :(

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In Plain Sight Season 5 Episode 1 Quotes

I would be bursting with pride if I weren't bracing myself with skepticism.


Unfair and inconvenient as it may be, you're a target.