In Plain Sight

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jun 01, 2008 on USA
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In the first episode, we meet Mary Shannon, a US Marshal for the Witness Protection Program (WITSEC), who tries to figure out what went wrong when a mobster's son is killed under her protection.

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  • US Marshal's busy birthday

    It tries so hard, and fails on soooooo many levels.

    Well. Mary McCormack's got a great body.

    On the other side she's not that pretty, she doesn't act that well and the character ain't that original.

    The rest of the cast doesn't help much either.

    When it comes to the writing the suspense part wasn't much to brag about, the drama part didn't catch at all and it just wasn't as funny as they hoped.

    And it was movie length. Come on. 83 minutes pilot and this is all they can come up with?

    I'll admit I laughed several times, but those laughs can't outweight the feeling of 83 minutes I'll never get back or get rewarded for in the future.

    Sorry In Plain Sight, I'll not check out the 2nd episode.moreless
  • Great start.

    I tried the show even though I was unsure but it's a great show. The partners have a great relationship that plays off eachother. For a pilot it kept me interested and made keep my eyes on it. The lead actress is great she shines as a tough cop and her family dynamic is hilarious. The premise is a bitmore original than most crime shows. The witness protection programme is a new idea different from yet another cop show or CSI show although i love em this one is much more refreshing. Because it's on cabel it's a bit more real too. Great pilot sooo excited to see the next episode.moreless
  • Good start.

    That's something new. We don't see much of US marshals and Federal Witness Protection Program. In the first episode we meet Mary Shannon and her shaky life. She's a tough lady and is really good at her job. Her family is an asylum sometimes, that doesn't help with her work at all.

    Mary is smart, witty and sometimes simply impossible. but she is a fantastic character. Her 'talking dirt' in this episode was hillarious. We also meet her partner Marshall Mann, he's one of the few who can stand Mary and who can be as funny as she is. I liked the pilot a lot. Hope other episodes will be even more entertaining.

    Oh, and by the way, they speak Russian in Ukraine as well. It's a first language for at least half of population.moreless
  • The world of witness protection.

    Watching In Plain Sight I was unsure if I was going to see anything that had not been done before. The hot, but tough, female cop show concept is about as old as the Washington Monument, and being on USA meant we were going to get a bunch of weak humor, not worthy of even being said during a monologue on Craig Fergusson's show.

    Boy was I wrong. In Plain Sight, or IPS, like Doug Heffernan's company on The King of Queens, is light-hearted, but it has the makeup of any great police drama. It's got quirky characters, but pays attention to detail without boring the viewer in the process.

    The lead character Mary Shannon is likable, but because of the fact that she would be so unlikable in real life. She is stubborn, cocky and selfish, but you want to see what her next move is. Her dialogue is natural and her jokes are as witty as those of any other female on television. Mary McCormack truly does a great job with her.

    The rest of the cast is far from perfect, but they all serve their purpose and do not take the spotlight off of Mary, which is their goal.

    In Plain Sight shows promise, and if the writers can maintain the level of creativity they displayed here this could be another hit for the USA Network.moreless
  • Meet Mary Shannon US Marshal for the Witness Protection Program in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A great place to hide people out of the way where they won't be found. We get to meet the principal characters of the show and get a feel for their interactions.moreless

    I decided to pick this first season on DVD after I heard some good things about it. NBC's USA Network has turned out some great shows like Burn Notice and is becoming one of cables networks most watched channels.

    This pilot episode for In Plain Sight is surprising good. A very even cast with Mary McCormack as the outstanding lead character. All of the actors do a superb job and you really get a feel very quickly for the tone of each character. The episode is fast paced and well scripted with some really great dialogue.

    Mary and her partner Marshall (yes... Marshall Marshall Mann) along with Detective Dershowitz of the Albuquerque police must discover the truth in the murder of a girl and a boy in the middle of a new desert construction site. The boy turns out to be one of Mary's clients sons and now the hunt is on for the killer.

    Some nice twists and turns to the plot as we try to figure out with Mary who is responsible for the murders and whether it is related to Mary's client.

    What I really liked about this episode is the way it charges ahead with no weak moments and it is a pilot which usually is an excuse for some tentative moments. The people making this show know what they have and aren't pulling any punches in moving it forward. I believe USA has itself another great show in the league of Monk and Burn Notice. I am glad I found this show.

    Thanks for reading...moreless
David Maples

David Maples

Airport Traffic Cop

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Fredrick Lopez

Fredrick Lopez

Indian Bartender

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Al Sapienza

Al Sapienza

Frankie Santoro Sr.

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Mary Shannon: What about my Probe? Exactly what image was that suppose to transfer, 'cause all I'm getting is paper dress, metal stirrups and legs a-kimbo. Exactly what was the thought process behind that marketing coupe?
      (Mary impersonates a Ford marketing exec) Say Bob, what's a metaphor for an invasive, somewhat humiliating procedure 'cause we really need something to compete with the Chevy Speculum.

    • Raphael: How can someone that burns so hot, be so cold?
      Mary: I don't know. It's a great question. Give me a call if you figure it out.

    • Marshall: Honey, I'm home. Mother Mary and Joseph what's going on here? Where are your panties? You bad bad girl.

    • (after having sex)
      Raphael: Your explanations have a certain je ne sais quoi.
      Mary: Is that what I just did? I mean, I know it was French, I just didn't know they had a name for it.

    • Mary: I just wanna wash the stench of this day off and go to bed.
      Marshall: I know. But, there are about 60 people in there hiding behind furniture just waiting for you to open the door so they can jump up and yell, "Surprise."
      Mary: Yuck!
      Marshall: C'mon, it's your birthday! This isn't about you. Get ready to act surprised!

    • Richie: (referring to her breasts) Are those real?
      Mary: Go Ahead. Take a good long look. Cause it's the last pair you're ever going to see.
      Richie: And why it that, Pussycat?
      Mary: Cause, Richy baby. Me and my friend Pia would double team Dick Cheney if that's what it takes to put you away.

    • Mary: Ma, I know you think Brandi's your precious baby, she's not. She's a virus infecting everyone around her.

    • Jinx: Mary, please, would you do something before the neighbors think we're poor white trash. Oh, obviously not you, Raphael.

    • Brandi: It's an Indian talisman... Or totem? Maybe, I forget which, but um, I got it from this Indian stand after I took off with Chico's car.
      Mary: Raphael.
      Brandi: Right. It's from the Los Lobos tribe.
      Mary: Sweetie, Los Lobos is a band.
      Brandi: A band of Indians?
      Mary: No, just a band.

    • Mary: How long had he and Sienna been going out.
      Nicole: They weren't going out. Sienna was just being nice to him. He was a virgin. So she's gonna... You know.
      Mary: That is nice.

    • Mary: (voiceover) My name is Mary. Today's my birthday. And if I ever run into the son of a bitch that promised me a life of excitement and unlimited opportunity as a U.S. Marshall, I'll shoot off both his kneecaps!

    • Mary: (voiceover) I really wanted to turn around and pop off one of those Columbo questions. You know, the innocuous afterthought that lets the killer know that I know he did it. (in Columbo's voice) "Excuse me, do you always wear white shoes after Labor Day?". Unfortunately, I had no idea if Talltrees had anything to do with the murders. And more importantly, he wasn't wearing shoes.

    • Mary: Save us both a lot of trouble and just write the damn names, before Great White Father back in Washington goes all Little Big Horn on your ass!
      Bartender: You're kidding me right?
      Mary: Was that over the top?
      Bartender: Look, first of all, it was you guys that got your asses kicked at Little Big Horn.
      Mary: Really?
      Bartender: And second of all, today's my first day of work here. And I have really never seen these people before.
      Mary: Sorry, thought you were being difficult.

    • Stan: I just got her a bottle of really expensive perfume.
      Marshall: Mary doesn't wear perfume.
      Stan: Yes, she does.
      Marshall: Na uh.
      Stan: You sure, I mean, she always smells so good.
      Marshall: That's just her.

    • Mary: My sister has a penchant for boosting cars.
      Raphael: A penchant?
      Mary: More like a compulsion.

    • Det. Dershowitz: (to Mary) You're the branch of law enforcement that puts criminals back on the street, right?

    • Mary: (answers phone) Hi, Stan!
      Stan: Hi, Mary! It's Stan.
      Mary: I know it's you, Stan, So I said "Hi, Stan."

    • Tasha: You speak Russian?
      Marshall: A little. I learned it in the 80's when you guys were still Commies.

    • Marshall: Do I get to play bad cop?
      Mary: Like you could!

    • Raphael: Just gimme the damn keys.
      Brandi: You want em? (Throws keys in the pool) Go get them. (Raphael picks her up and carries her to the pool) No, don't touch me. Get your hands off me. Put me down.
      Raphael: (throws her in the pool) You get out when I get the keys.
      Brandi: Up yours!
      Raphael: Classy.

    • Mary: You were supposed to drive her to my house, not intentionally scare the crap outta her.
      Raphael: I had to stop at the youth center. The 'scaring the crap outta her' part was just a bonus!

    • Mary: In the history of the Witness Protection Program no one who has followed the rules has ever been harmed.

    • Mary: (voice-over) We all live in hiding. In one way or another, each of us conceals pieces of ourselves from the rest of the world. Some people hide because their lives depend on it. Others because they don't like being seen. And then there are those special cases, the ones who hide because... because... because they just want someone to care enough to look for them.

    • Mary: Before you hear it from someone else, I smacked an Indian's johnson with a bar of soap today. Just thought you should know.
      Marshall: Haven't we done enough to those people?
      Mary: I'm not proud of myself.

  • NOTES (6)


    • Det. Dershowitz: You operate under the cloak of darkness. Only Boy Wonder knows your true identity.

      Dershowitz is referring to Batman's sidekick Robin, a fictional crime fighting character from DC Comics.

    • Mary: Frankie Nuts got some 'splaining to do.

      Mary is referencing the line Ricky Ricardo often said on the television show I Love Lucy: Lucy, you got some 'splaining to do!

    • Marshall: Yes, Fredo.

      Marshall says this using the voice of Don Vito Corleone from The Godfather (1972).

    • Frankie: Congratulations, you're the Amazing-freakin' Kreskin.

      This is a reference to George Kresge, Jr., a mentalist/thought-reader known as The Amazing Kreskin. He had his own TV show which aired in Canada and the United States in the 70's.