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In Plain Sight

Season 2 Episode 5

Aguna Matatala

Aired Friday 10:00 PM May 17, 2009 on USA
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Episode Summary

An Orthodox Jewish witness, whose wife refused to enter WITSEC, soon finds himself being followed by a mysterious man.

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  • Not the typical someone is after a witness episode.

    The best yet of the season. In general, this season has brought with it much greater depth to each of the characters and complexities in the relationships amongst them. In particular, Joshua Malina's character has not only added a much needed dimension to Brandi's character, but he brings a kind of peace and compassion to each scene he plays. There is also a great moment between him and Jinx.

    Also, Richard Schiff did an excellent job guest starring in this episode--playing a Rabbi who not only finds a way to get to Mary's client, but who finds a way to get to Mary as well. Overall, this show keeps getting better and better this season.moreless
  • A Jewish man goes into witsec, but his wife refuses to go with him. A mysterious man is search for him.

    Mary's witness in this case was a Jewish young man who'd done something stupid and gotten himself in trouble. The episode opens with him being arrested in front of family and friends. His wife, who he'd been trying to have a child with, couldn't forgive him and refused to go into witsec with him. Turns out the reason the mysterious figure is searching for the young man is so the wife can have a divorce, but there's a complication. Or two. By the end of the episode, there is the expected hope of the couple coming back together in some form. Meanwhile, Jinx is home from rehab and we find that the AA guy invites Brandy to the gov's ball. Turns out he's really prince charming, he even has helpful words for Jinx. Jinx is really trying, and so is Brandy. The case, while very emotional, bothered me for some reason. I think it was more to do with the preist than the couple. I could swallow that he was patient and thus good at what he did, and knew that he could fix the young couple. But him hinting to Mary about her father seemed . . . I don't know . . . off? Out of left field? I don't know. The home front developments with Brandy and Jinx are all working for me. I really like what they're doing with that storyline and am curious to see what happens next.moreless
  • Another good episode.

    What do you get when you combine the Governor's Ball, a disruptive witness and some Family Guy quality Jewish humor? The latest episode of In Plain Sight. This episode was sweet and emotional, but it also had the show's signature witty dialogue to cope with as well. They managed to poke fun at some of the "outdated" traditional aspects of Orthodox Judaism in a way that produced good TV, not anything offensive like on the aforementioned Family Guy program.

    I have wondered how long this show could go without any particular stories being repeated, but so far In Plain Sight has managed to maintain originality on a week to week basis.moreless
  • tear jerker

    This episode really focused on Mary's personal life. Fittingly, the witness of the week plot was all about family life and, the person that comes looking for the witness is actually a rabbi that is very talented at finding people. At the end of the episode, he seems to know that Mary's dad is lost and not in so many words offers to go find'm for her. that was interesting! I totally hope that they do find her dad - so much has built up around that one, very slowly, and it would be a lot of fun to see what type of character would emerge as that guy. Jinx much to my surprise has managed to stay sober for a day or two following rehab, and, Brandi has snagged herself a very rich prince charming who can double as Jinx's AA counsellor. I liked the way it all came together in the end. I think this was a fabulous episode. Things are looking up for Mary's family - it's nice to see things can change for the better - even if it turns out to be just a temporary reprieve.moreless
  • Not the best episode but worth watching.

    I couldn't wait to watch this episode because Richard Schiff was guest starring. He is such a great character actor and he did an amazing job as the Rabbi in this episode. Mary McCormack was wonderful to watch, as always, but in my opinion this episode fell flat. I don't really know what went wrong but I agree with the previous post that the two subplots (Brandi's date and Jinx returning home) became too much. My favorite moments were the interactions between the Rabbi and Mary and the scene in the hospital between Mary and Marshall. Marshall tells Mary that maybe she should talk to the Rabbi about Jinx's alcoholism and Mary replies "you're my Rabbi". I also love how they left open the possibility of the Rabbi returning to look for Mary's father.

    I am embarrassed to admit but the little walk and talk at the end with Mary and the Rabbi made me tear up, I don't know if it was an intentional nod to The West Wing but it felt like it. I miss TWW and having two actors (Schiff and Joshua Malina) from the show guest star was great.moreless
Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Samuel Garfinkel

Guest Star

Jeremy Glazer

Jeremy Glazer

Avi Rosenzweig/Andy Roth

Guest Star

Sarah Drew

Sarah Drew

Rachel Rosenzweig

Guest Star

Holly Maples

Holly Maples

Eleanor Prince

Recurring Role

Joshua Malina

Joshua Malina

Peter Albert

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • While it's true that wearing a Yarmaka would make the witness stand out, and therefore interfere with his security, there are alternatives. Observant Jewish men are required to keep their heads covered, but it doesn't matter with what. He could have satisfied his religious obligation by wearing a baseball cap or any other hat and could blend in.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Jinx: Monkey, monkey, a multimillionaire is taking you to a high-society affair!
      Mary: And it's all happening here in Barbie's dream house!

    • Marshal Mann: Andy, Witness Protection is a little like 'Where's Waldo?'. Waldo is difficult to find because he blends in with the scenery.
      Mary: Which is why Waldo doesn't wear a yarmaka.
      Andy: This Waldo is Jewish?
      Marshal Mann: Hard to say.

    • Jinx: I owe you a bottle of tequila, I had to dump it out.
      Mary: (Mary says jokingly) Okay, now that pisses me off.

    • Rabbi: Families are like puzzles, they fit together in a certain way, and when one of the pieces are missing it throws everything off.
      Mary: Okay, is there a point in there somewhere?
      Rabbi: The point? The point is I find people Mary, all kinds of people, no matter how long they have been gone, I find them. So just in case...
      (The Rabbi hands Mary a business card of some sort)

  • NOTES (2)