In Plain Sight

Season 2 Episode 3

A Stand-Up Triple

Aired Friday 10:00 PM May 03, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

A mother of three entering the program turns Mary into a babysitter when she can't handle the trio.

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  • Wheres the 11 out of 10 score.

    This one has to be one of my favourite episodes yet.

    Alot of change in characters are shown here.

    Jinx aka Marys Mother, finally accepts the very very obvious fact that she has quite a bad drinking problem, she finally "clicks" when they show footage of her drunk and being arrested by a police officer during a drink driving charge.

    Also the story was about a mother and 3 kids being put into the program. The mother doesnt look after her kids but instead goes out partying and what not. This leaves, Tripp the eldest, who is in high school to look after the kids most the time.

    Mary feels very strongly in this case and sees herself in Tripps shoes, she tries to convince him to get himself and siblings away from his Mother by putting them up for adoption.

    Well done to the writers for making eps even better so far this season.

    So good so far, keep it up, 10/10.moreless
  • A mother with three children enters Witsec, but she refuses to follow the rules. Her family situation resonates with Mary.

    I liked this episode a lot. The mother in question seems to always be looking for Mr. Right in all the wrong ways, and dragging her family along for the ride. Despite the fact that one of them was killed in the other room, putting the whole of her young family in danger, she remained unfazed and unwilling to change her ways. Mary connected with her older son, who was taking up the parenting slack for her, when he should have been in school. Mary convinces him that they needed to be taken away from the mother and placed in better homes. But in the end, the son refused to go through with it because he said his situation was different from Mary's because he had her. I thought that was section of the story was nicely resolves. I especially enjoyed the use of Rafe lately. He's not just a bit of pretty, he really does try to take care of Mary. I really liked that Jinx owned up to her drinking problems. And I'm curious to see if they'll go anywhere with Brandy and the AA guy.moreless
  • Mary, Brandi, and Jinx do some major owning up

    This episode was fascinating and wonderful. Mary is working with a family that has so many elements in common with her own life - that at first she doesn't even see it. She identifies with the teenage son of the alcoholic yet charismatic mom who has left the burden of taking care of the family on his poor young shoulders. Mary tries to convince him to get out of it - go into foster care - live his own life. BUt in the end she has to settle for having given him some extra strength and support to keep on doing what he is doing. Brandi goes to Jinx's court mandated AA meeting impersonating Jinx - how twisted is that? It's wonderful to see her tell Jinx's life story and in the process finally realize that jinx is an alcoholic and that Mary is really a hero in their lives that she should appreciate more. Jinx OMG Jinx sees a film of her drunken self during her drunken arrest and wow she just realizes that she needs help. hmmm. wonder how long that will last!moreless
  • Mary must deal with a dysfunctional family much like she was brought up in where the children are forced to grow up faster than they should. She finally realizes that the oldest son is raising the two younger siblings. Jinx faces the court.moreless

    A lot like looking in the mirror at her own childhood. She missed it at first but Tripp was obviously skipping school to take care of the younger children. Sometimes you just don't want to see the bad side of people, but the mother obviously has her own agenda when it comes to how she is going to make things right for her family.

    Jinx is dealing with her own problems. She has to go to AA and she guilt's Brandi into going to the program for her. What happens was somewhat unbelievable but those meetings can be life changing. Brandi got what she deserved from the man who ran the program, but I think it made her realize how sick her mother really is.

    After seeing the video of her behavior Jinx finally sees what she had become and does the right thing. We'll see how this works out long term.

    Raph to the rescue again. He needs to take better care of his body. He's a paid athlete and breaking a bone like that in your hand would put him on the Disabled List for at least a month maybe more. It was very brave for him to charge into the house and attack the drunk belligerent attacker.

    The statement from Tripp at the end about how he was different than Mary because he has her (Mary) was very touching. Through all of Mary's bluster and bravado she is a very good person and people seem to see it in her character.

    Another great episode in a very good second season of In Plain Sight. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Mary must protect a family with a mother who refuses to follow Witsec rules.

    Man, how good can this show get? This season is even rivaling Burn Notice's second offering, and is even staking a claim for the best show on USA Network. This was one of the funnier episodes of the series but also had a great action sequence and a good emotional payoff. The story was well-crafted an the guest actors all did a fine job complementing Mary Shannon.

    If there is anybody on who has still yet to discover this show I would recommend they start watching it immediately as they are really missing out on one of TV's best hidden gems.moreless
Cynthia Watros

Cynthia Watros

Maureen Stewart

Guest Star

Jesse James

Jesse James

Tripp Stewart/Tripp Sullivan

Guest Star

Joshua Malina

Joshua Malina

Peter Albert

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Trivia: When Tripp tells Mary that his mother got a new cell phone when she was in Vegas, Mary is glad to know this because she hadn't been able to get a hold of her. Then, she picks up the house phone and without asking Tripp for the new number, dials and gets in touch with his mother. Later, Tripp's mother seems surprised to be told that Mary knew she had gotten a new phone, after Mary had called her on it already!

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Closing voice-over)
      Mary: One of the most difficult moments in anyone's life is when the fog of childhood lifts and we see for the first time our parents as people.

    • (Mary tries to convince Tripp to put himself and his two siblings up for adoption to get away from their mother)
      Tripp: I'm not you; I'm different, this is different.
      Mary: Really? How so? Name one way this is different, that your situation is different from mine.
      Tripp: It's different because I have you.

    • Mary Shannon: (Opening voice-over) I've gazed into the eyes of contract killers, listening to them explain they were only trying to feed their kids, con artists who insist it's the mark's fault for being so stupid, and Dylan fans who, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, defend their love of 'Down in the Groove'. Yes, it's the rare individual who admits they're a heartless, greedy bastard possessing absolutely no musical taste.

  • NOTES (2)


    • "Sounds like he can't decide whether to tune in or drop out. Maybe he's turning on."

      "Turn on, tune in, drop out" is a counterculture phrase coined by Timothy Leary in the 1960's.