In Plain Sight

Season 1 Episode 7

Iris Doesn't Live Here Anymore

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 13, 2008 on USA
8.3
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The closeness of a family is tested when they enter the program after the daughter witnesses a shooting.

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  • A young girl and her boyfriend are shot at by a gang member in a Los Angeles neighborhood. The boy is shot in the hospital while the girl and her family enter the program. Mary and Marshall must help them deal with the loss and changes to their lives.moreless

    9.5
    A great performance in a difficult role by Wendell Pierce as Dr. Warren McBride. His life and that of his family are turned upside down by what he thinks is his headstrong daughter.



    Mary and Marshall using a little tough love and with the help of his family make him remember what is really important in his life. Not his material things or what he has built, but his family.



    You know I had forgot about the travel bag full of drugs from the first episode. I have a feeling that something bad is coming down the road related to that small part of this episode.



    We learn more about some of the Witness Protection Program rules and Mary learns from her latest case not to be so distant as we see in the end with Raphael.



    There was one really funny bit in the episode where Mary complains about the "Stewardess" from the airline they had come in on. Marshall says well maybe "he" wanted to be called a flight attendant. All of this angst because I guess he must have hit on Marshall in front of Mary. Pretty funny!



    Another enjoyable episode.



    Thanks for reading...moreless
  • A great storyline

    9.0
    In this episode of In Plain Sight, the following happens. The person in Witness Protection is a woman named Iris, who saw her boyfriend gunned down. Mary and Marshall go to her house and inform her and her family that due to the gang who killed the boyfriend, they all need to leave the country, now. The family are transported back to the headquarters, where the family flips out, after hearing what will happen when the join the Witness Protection Programme. When the family learn that everything they knew has now gone, they can't seem to accept it. They start their lives with the help of Mary and Marshall. Mary says that in 6 months they will meet up again and if they still aren't happy, then they will review the situation. We soon learn from the younger sister, that Iris went to pick her up when Iris's boyfriend was shot. By the end of the episode, everything is fine with the family and they decide to stay in the programme.moreless
  • Phenomenal, Shocking, Off Character

    9.0
    This episode was phenomenal, even as it pulled at your heartstrings. How a father could so easily dismiss a member of his family simply because she witnessed something was completely abominable. Beastly even. Sheesh, I was angry just watching it, and it wasn't even a true story. I was amazed that the show would go to such a dark place though. It really shows the passion and the creativity of the writing staff. I'd like to see the show continue to wobble between lightheared and shocking. That's exactly what this episode was, shocking. It was excellent because it was a bit off character of the show. A bit like a slap in the face, splendid nonetheless.moreless
  • A very interesting episode...

    9.0
    Iris is a 17 year old girl who just witnessed her boyfriend being shot in a bad neighbourhood. She had to be placed in the Witness Protection for her safety as she would identify the person that shot her boyfriend.



    Her father DR McBride was a well respected man and could not come to terms to what happened and how his life was going to change. It was very difficult for him to understand what is happening to his family and what his actions are doing.



    Mrs McBride was an understanding mother and told her husband not to make her choose between him and his daughters.



    DR McBride hurt his daughters in more than one way as he wanted to be out of the programme and leave Iris behind.



    What he did not know was that Iris was protecting her sister by going to that neighbourhood as her little sister went to visit a friend of hers.



    At the very end we see that DR McBride realised that he needs to be a father first before being a doctor cause as he said Family needs to stick together!moreless
  • When a teenage girl witness the shooting of her boyfriend by a gang member, the family must deal with the ramifications.

    9.3
    In this episode, a girl and her boyfriend are caught in the wrong neighborhood and she becomes a witness to her boyfriend's shooting at the hands of a well known gang member. When her family is informed that because of what she had witnessed, they would have to give up the life that they had worked so hard for and enter into the Witsec program. Most of the episodes I've watched (yes I have missed one or two. And the station that it's aired on here in Canada hasn't been airing the shows in order for some reason) have had the witnesses willing to enter the programs knowing that it was their best chance at survival. With this family the story was different. The father who was a prominent OBGYN was resistant to leave behind the life that he had struggled over. He, in fact blamed his daughter for turning their lives upside down. He resented the fact that the acclaim and success that he had gained was to remain in the past and that there were strict rules that he and his family were required to follow, including not being able to pursue the same career path that he was on. In fact, when Marshall pulled strings in order to obtain him a job in a free clinic he balked, saying that he refused to demean himself by working in such a place rather than simply being appreciative of the fact that he could help others and continue to practice medicine. The father seemed to dwell on the fact that his life had changed and how he wasn't able to do what he wanted to, and that what mattered to him was gone forgetting that he still had his family. I hated him for his smug superiority, his self centeredness and being "one of those guys who demand respect rather than command it" as Marshall said, but at the same time I wondered how I would fare in his situation. I can only imagine how difficult it would be to have to change your entire life and abandon everything you've built in a matter of a few hours.

    Some of my favorite moments in the episode were when Mary and Marshall were arguing over the flight attendant's attentiveness towards Marshall and Mary being urked that said flight attendant flirted without assuming that Marshall and Mary weren't a couple. Second fave was Brandi and Raf were at his therapy session. Next was when Iris didn't back down when she identified the shooter and was rewarded with a chance to visit her injured boyfriend and Mary's narrative as the two young lovers spoke. And last but not least was when, after the father was chastened about his behavior and how he was letting down his family, Mary and Marshall gave them a very special, Very sentimental gift.

    Overall, it was a pretty good episode with an interesting point of view.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: The music played on the piano in the beginning is Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude, not Suite No. 3, as identified by Marshall.

    • WITSEC ID: Iris McBride now Iris Morris
      Control: WC-5079-J
      Status: Pending
      Location: Pending
      Case(s) Pending: United States v. Mendoza Ruiz O.G. Ela

    • When their daughter witnesses a shooting and the family enters the program the father is told he can not enter any profession that has any ties to his prior life preventing him from continuing to practice medicine. In the episode with Jay Arnstein though Jay is able to continue in the field of art.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Mrs. McBride: What's wrong?
      Marshall: What's wrong is I told Warren he has one opportunity to practice medicine at the clinic; period.
      Mrs McBride: I know, but you need to understand that Warren is not inclined to let people tell him what he can and cannot do.
      Marshall: And Warren needs to understand that I could give a rat's ass about his inclinations!

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • On the down low
      When Mary is scrambling to come up with a cover story as to why she is registering the girls for school, she mentions that she is their aunt, having been married to their father's brother. In response to the girls' laughter Mary says that her husband was "on the down low." This is slang for a seemingly straight man who is a closeted homosexual.

    • Four Horsemen

      Raphael: (to Mary while he's looking up to the sky) I don't see the four horsemen.
      He's making reference to The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse that are mentioned in the Bible in chapter six of the Book of Revelation, which predicts that they will ride during the Apocalypse. The four horsemen are traditionally named War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death. However, the Bible actually only names one: Death.

    • The episode's title is a reference to the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, starring Ellen Burstyn and Kris Kristofferson. It was later spun off into the TV sitcom Alice.

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