In Plain Sight

Season 2 Episode 1

Gilted Lily

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Apr 19, 2009 on USA
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When a witness turns up dead from an apparent suicide, Mary ditches administrative leave she's supposed to be on after her kidnapping, to work the case, until her own peculiar brand of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder kicks in. The WITSEC office gets a new administrator.

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  • Mary Is Back, and she's happy?

    The pilot was what caught my attention for this stunning series. though I felt the latter of season one didn't quite quench my thirst for suspense or live up to my expectations.

    The excitement for this season was an eye opener, as Mary tried to cope with the trauma she endured last seasons. Mary's sarcastic outbursts weren't as prevalent, but all the other events made up for her character glitches, which proved hilarious on many levels.

    Mary was still traumatized over her kidnapping; it makes sense, Mary is one to be in control of her life, her kidnappers took that power away away from from her and left her vulnerable and drained. Ironically, the only thing able to give Mary the power she needs to survive, is the same job which places her life in jeopardy.

    We welcome a new character Eleanor Prince, played by Holly Maples. It appears that her role is to put disorder into Mary's lifestyle. Everyone else praises Mary, there must be one person placed to play the opposing role. Mary doesn't really budge, even when Eleanor rearranges the desks- sort of like having someone come into your home and telling where your furniture should go. Still, Mary stood her ground, and Eleanor became the temp. boss. Hopefully not for long.

    Mary on the other hand tried to be nice to everyone. She still struggles with her emotions and goes into what I call 'Default Mode' Nice. :)

    Even her 'Nice' approach felt forced. She was still trying to find her Niche which was even more complicated for her to handle. She stood back and let Marshall take the lead, well sort off.

    'Gifted Lily' dealt with a past clientele of Mary's who turns up suspiciously dead. The opening scene gave a brief history of the family sometime before they went into the 'Witness Protection program'. We are introduced to the two girls and one boy at a young age ready for adventure and action, anything that spelt trouble-at least for the girls anyway, tey were the ones to find the poisoned coins where the 'gang' hid it.

    Of course when the coins turned up suspiciously missing, a fight sprawled out among the member causing the family to witness the murder. Surprisingly the show didn't pick up until a few years after the mother was shot and the guy pinned for her assault released from prison. This episode mainly focused on the missing coins and the now grown children which included Gilmore Girls' Liza Weil.

    All the other members of the gang weren't captured, some were said to have been killed and the coins were made to be responsible. Though it's been years and one of the members has been out of jail, but claimed to be changed because he was forgiven. Seemed funny at the time, but it was kind of cool that he sought redemption at least someone did.

    Mary and Marshall worked well together (Let's call them M&M shall we) :)

    When Stan finally took a stand (pun intended), like a boss should and stood up to Mary, I was actually liking him there for a moment, actually living up to his title. His stance flipped a switch in Mary, as she lost it! Tossing her desk aside.

    "I've had it, first you tell me Marshall's in charge, this Bi*** comes into to rearrange my desk and now you're the boss...That's It!"

    It was sweet how Marshall followed her, he's sort of like a brother, a close friend, a shoulder for Mary to cry on. Though he shouldn't have corrected McQueen for playing boss or even hurting Mary's feelings, that's is a boss' job. on the other hand, as a boss he should be sensitive to the trauma Mary went through.

    Non-the-less, the coins were discovered to be the guilty culprits which took Mary's client's life, which even take the children's life as well. It's funny how siblings protect each other, hiding the truth from the Mary and only when there lives were in danger were they willing to give the other up.

    Everyone found their silver lining; Mary with a partiality. Raphael was shown here, and I did miss him. The Mary-Brandi-Raphael triangle wasn't really resolved.

    What's up with Jinx, getting drunk after she got a role, shouldn't she have drank after she played the role.

    Anyway, I loved this one. This season gave a powerful opener. Thumbs up to Mary McCormack and to Liza Weil for a brilliant performance.


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    Four and a half out out Five Stars

    Grade A-

  • solid return episode, happy to have IPS back!

    This was a solid episode. Not absolutely amazing but solid. I missed seeing Raphael tho. Glad to see he is in upcomoing episodes. I'm wondering about that new office assistant Elenaour (Holly Maples). Was it my imagination or did she just exude wave after wave of thinly veneered underneath seething dysfunctional passive agressive rage energy, and is she or is she not holding Mary in her sights as she lays the groundwork for more passive agressive machinations? As if Mary needs more of that in her life! On the other hand, this show is very deft with that kind of subplot, so i kinda think there's more to come. also, they toned down the at-home dysfunctionality a little bit, maybe to make room for this woman to be the season's big toxic. I loved it when Mary took her desk, which Eleanor had unilaterally (intrusively/disrespectfully/passive agressively) moved to a new location and practically threw it back into its original place! Go Mary!moreless
  • It is 48 hours after last season. Mary is on administrative leave from her kidnapping and the shooting. One of her former clients ends up dead and with Marshall and Dershowitz helping Mary must pull herself together to find out what's going on.moreless

    This one was worth the wait. Mary McCormack and Frederick Weller come charging back in the premiere episode of the second season of In Plain Sight. The whole cast is along for the ride especially Todd Williams (Dershowitz) and Paul Ben-Victor (McQueen).

    Mary is acting very sweet and cheerful after awakening from about 30 hours of straight sleep following her kidnapping and the shooting of the perp. Everyone is a little thrown by this as that is totally out of character for Mary!

    One of her former clients named Lily is found dead in her bed of an apparent suicide, but Dershowitz's CI's decide there was possible foul play. We find out through a flash back that there was some very expensive coins hidden away which was part of the reason the family Lily was the mother of was in the Witness Program. She has two girls and a boy who are all adults now. Next thing we know one of the girls gets sick and poisoning is the result. The same toxin that had been in their mother. There is a curse on the coins supposedly but the coins had been coated with this toxin so when they are held it enters the blood stream and poisons you. If you don't get the proper medical care you die. There had been other related deaths just from people handling the coins. But there was no curse. Sort of like the Pharaoh's Tomb curses but in that case the toxin is airborne in the stale air and gets breathed in before the rooms are properly ventilated. They manage to save the other sister as well before she dies of the poison after going to get the coins her sister who was sick told her about. Lily's death is finally found to be a suicide and everyone else will survive. Through all of this Mary sort of seems to regain her sanity and the episode ends with her letting her sister say goodbye to Chuck's body in the morgue telling him she would have killed him herself if she knew what he was really doing. Mary, her mother, and Brandi then walk out of the building together. Nice personal touch wrapping the episode up.

    Mark my words that new Administrative Assistant is going to be trouble! Why do the three of them need an Admin?

    Another great episode of one of televisions best series.

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  • Good way to start the season.

    In Plain Sight is back! More importantly Mary McCormack is back on our TV screens!

    This was a good episode as it showed that the show has not changed. Much like basketball teams that shuffle their lineup during the playoffs, a lot of TV shows change their pacing and character behavior during their second season but In Plain Sight has remained true with what got it to the dance and made it the highest rated new series last year. Mary being Mary, some comedy, a lot of action, and some really emotional elements as well.

    I liked how we finally saw Mary Shannon show some weakness as she dealt with post traumatic stress disorder, realizing that even somebody as tough as her was not immune to it. We got to see a different side of Mary tonight, but we also saw her as strong-willed as ever managing to crack the case and figure out the coins were the answer.

    Good way to start the season let's hope it can continue this way.moreless
  • Great season premiere! Worth waiting for! Makes real the trauma that Mary and everyone around her has recently gone through.

    Great episode! Really shows the toll of what has happened at the end of last season on Mary and all those around her. Also introduces a new character, an office manager. Looks like it could be an interesting character that, one that will probably clash with Mary at least to start with. I really loved the bit with Brandi and Chuck's body, how she told him that if she had known how this would turn out, that she would've killed him herself. To me, it says that not only does she feel guilty for what happened, (maybe especially to her sister?) but that she also realizes that the road she is on isn't a good one, and maybe this will cause her to get her life under control finally. This episode also really shows that as hard as Mary tries to be strong, she too can fall apart, and is just as human as everyone else.

    Glad the show is back! Episode was worth waiting for.moreless
Will Estes

Will Estes

Henry Atkins/Henry Adams

Guest Star

Ellen Hollman

Ellen Hollman

Amy Atkins/Amy Adams

Guest Star

Liza Weil

Liza Weil

Angela Atkins/Angela Adams

Guest Star

Holly Maples

Holly Maples

Eleanor Prince

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Marshall leaves the office with Mary, you can see that he's wearing sneakers. But when he chases her out into the street, he's wearing boots.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Marshall: How did she take it? Mad? Really mad? Fit to be tied furious?
      Stan: Actually she sounded happy.
      Marshall: That can't be good.

    • Marshall: You are in a different kind of mood this morning.
      Mary: Actually, I'm in a really good mood. Which is kind of weird considering where I was 48 hours ago. Then I had a witness off herself and, like that is not bad enough, I've got to play second fiddle to a knucklehead like you.
      Marshall: Thanks for lumping me in with kidnapping, attempted rape and suicide. Can't tell you how much that means.

  • NOTES (2)