In Plain Sight Review: Loose Ends

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"The Medal of Mary" may the best In Plain Sight installment of the series. Did I say that about last week's episode?  Possibly, but that's because this entire final season has been phenomenal.

So when Mary slapped the cuffs on dear old dad and dragged him down to the FBI, you'd figure that would score her some points or at least earn a little respect. Well, no so fast. Agent O'Connor still had it out for her. 

That guy's just as distrustful of the world as Mary, only he's more of a weasel about it. I couldn't believe it when he made cracks about her daughter. I was surprised Mary didn't punch him for it. I know I wanted to see her do it.

Was Scott really dead? I suppose we won't know for certain until they find a body but it sounded pretty real. If it's true that may just send Brandi right over the edge.

I loved that Mary knew that her father was headed to kill Sully because it was what she would do if he'd gone after Norah. Yup. No doubt she'd hunt the bastard down and kill him.

Mary & Her Fugitive Father, James

Speaking of bastards, that's the only word I could come up with to describe manipulative James Wiley Shannon. I know he said he left to protect his family, only to what? Go off and start another family and repeat the process all over again. 

And when he left Mary he left a seven year old child to take care of her alcoholic mother and baby sister. Even now, she could never be certain if her father's seemingly heartfelt words were the truth or just another con. It's no wonder Mary feels responsible for the world but is completely distrustful of it when neither of her parents could ever be counted on. 

One small complaint…would James really have that prescription under his real name? He's a known fugitive. You'd figure he'd use an alias for things like that.

Finally we get to Marshall, the man Mary called in the wee hours of the morning to say she'd just arrested her father. The man who got out of bed at 4am to make sure she was OK. 

Marshall's father was right. When you're leaving the bed of one woman to run to another at 4am, that's something to think about. 

Marshall's the one person who was able to tell Mary the truth she needed to hear. She shouldn't allow the damage her father inflicted on her be passed down to Norah. Her mistrust of the world will mess up that child. In one of the many great In Plain Sight quotes, Marshall told Mary…

 Don't let Norah lose her father just because once upon a time you lost yours. | permalink

I was proud of Marshall for saying it and happy that Mary seemed to listen.

So is Abigail truly the girl for Marshall or just the girl he thinks he should be with? Was it a sign that the wedding ring didn't fit? 

With only two episodes left I'm already lamenting the end of this amazing show. Thankfully next week will once again give us another entertaining hour of In Plain Sight.


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I LOVE this show and will be so sad when it comes to an end. I very much want Marshall & Mary to end up together. They are so building to it. Although I wish it would have happened earlier, I will be satisfied with the show ending with them together.


I, too, will be sorry to see the series end for a number of reasons, which include the good writing and great acting. I live in Albuquerque where the series was shot. The pilot was partially shot at a house on the next block and the advance team to explain everything to our community was great. Also, cast members, including Mary when she was still pregnant, played a ballegame in our little stadium for charity. Albuquerque will miss them and after their final shoot, they had kind things to say about people hired here to help them. I am a fan of Mary and Marshall and was not a fan of the promiscuous sex Mary had 2 weeks ago. I will feel sad if Mary and Marshall don't get together as a couple.


Sad this show is coming to an end.........


I disagree with anyone who mentions Mary and Marshall don't belong together. They have a closeness more than just coworkers. He knows everything about her and when he found out she was going to have a baby he started to make a comment about him being with the baby and loving. But he never finished the sentence and Mary ane most tv viewers did not pick it up. I know both have different interests but many marriages have different interests and still survive. I hope they get together. And good luck bringing up your Three children.


I love the thought of Mary & Marshall together. But, I don't want them to rush it with the last 2 episodes. I think he should realize that Abigail isn't the one for him, especially because of his feeling for Mary. I also think that Abigail is just too "cutesy" for him. Marshall should end it with Abigail and the writers should leave us with the "thought" that Mary and Marshall will one day get it together and get together. I love this show so much. I hate that it's ending. There's not a lot of shows that I consider to be quality both with acting and writing.


I don't really care what they do with the Mary/Marshall relationship of will they or won't they because we have already seen so much growth between them. I for one think it's the fact that Mary is opening up to any partner that is the important moment for her (and this show) that may mean she can move beyond the damage her father's leaving has caused to all her relationships.
I will really miss this show when it's gone. It has definitely been appointment TV for me. I don't think there's any character on television right now that's as complicated or interesting as Mary Shannon. I want to thank the writers, producers and actors for sharing this journey with us because it sure has been one interesting ride. I can honestly say it's the only show I've ever made a point of finding in the schedule (and sometimes it was hard to find) because there was something about it that just kept drawing me back.


I also am not a fan of Mary/Marshall forever. I think he needs someone like Abigail, and hope that they don't mess with that. I did enjoy this episode and felt it was one of the best ones. I can't believe there are only two left. I may not agree on how it looks they are going to end it, but I will miss this show greatly. I have truly enjoyed the writing and acting on this show.


I'm with @sandee on the Mary-Marshall pairing -- it just doesn't fit. I'm going to trust in the writers' good sense on this one and assume that while Marshall might break things off on Abigail because she's not The One, Marshall will be more than a good friend to Mary.


I'm not a fan of pairing Mary and Marshall. I like him with Abigal. This was also one of my most favorite episodes.


good episode I want Marshall and Mary together. sadly we only have 2 more episodes left. I hope Mary and Marshall get together and rise baby Nora together

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