In Plain Sight

Season 1 Episode 4

Trojan Horst

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jun 22, 2008 on USA
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Mary and Marshall take on a case involving Horst Vanderhoff, an agent for Lola, who's an assassin for hire. While trying to line up her next job, Horst is busted and agrees to testify against her to become a part of the Witness Protection Program.

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  • Marshall considers leaving; A con-artist is being moved.

    It's always good to see Dave Foley pop up, but this really was not the right role for him. He's too goofy to play a gang's kingpin and although he contributed some hilarious moments to this episode, it probably should have been somebody else.

    I also have to question the decision to have the idea of Marshall leaving so early in the series. We knew he was not going to, but this was only the fourth episode, and that is not enough time to build the relationship between Marshall and Mary so that this meant something.

    This was still a fun episode, outside of the lame ending, but these faults brought my score down just a bit.moreless
  • This episode was fabulous, the character interactions and the plot was just wonderful! I can't wait for next week's episode.

    I absolutely loved this episode! It was exciting and had a few plot twists that I enjoyed completely. So far Horst has been my favorite witness. Not to forget the development with Brandi and Jinx, those two have a lot of potential to add something unique to the show. Also, the interaction between Marshall and Mary was fabulous, there was some very touching scenes and some that just made me laugh till I almost cried. I've watched about 10 times now and I can't wait for the new episode to air on Sunday, this is certainly a series that I hope has more than one season.moreless
  • Mary and Marshall must pick up a witness who is being incarcerated in a prison just north of Albuquerque and South of Santa Fe and take him back to Albuquerque. Marshall is looking at taking another job and Mary is very unhappy with him as well.moreless

    Another great guest starring role this time from David Foley playing Horst the supposed go between for the contract killer Lola. Of course the twist is he is Lola or Lola is he...

    Mary and Marshall are a little distracted by the fact that Marshall is looking at another job and he didn't confide in Mary. They get ambushed and their car becomes incapacitated. An excellent shootout takes place between the Marshall's and two of Horst's shooters. Great action sequence very well done.

    Marshall gets shot and saves Mary's life when her clip runs out. The two show a great deal of bravery in the line of duty showing down the pro-shooters that are after them. The rest of the episode deals with Mary figuring out a way to save Marshall, get them out of the situation, and still capturing the whole gang. Her character shows great instinct and a good understanding of the criminal psychology.

    I want to mention Paul Ben-Victor who plays Stan, Mary's and Marshall's boss. He does an excellent job weighing his obvious feelings for Mary and making sure the job gets done. He handles this part in an amusing enjoyable way. I enjoy his character in each of the episodes so far.

    Another great episode well written and thought out. Cell phones don't work in many of the hilly desert areas. I live in such a area and can actually vouch for that. Even on the main highways there are some gray areas that get no reception. Such is the area of New Mexico they were traveling in.

    Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Another good one

    In this episode of In Plain Sight, the following happens. We see Mary and her partner, Marshall transporting a witness. Their car, brakes down and soon 2 shooters are shooting at the car. Marshall takes a hit, but still manages to keep on shooting. They manage to chase away the shoots and then he collapses. Marshall soon remembers that the couple were the same ones, who were at the gas station, when they stopped to use the rest room. When manage to make it to an abandoned building but soon realise that Lola will have someone else coming after them and soon. Lola is the person who the witness is suppose to testify against. Soon the assassins turn up at the building with more people, to take out the witness. Mary soon discovered that the witness has a GPS tracking device on him. So Mary makes a deal with the bad guys so trades the witness for a car, for her and Marshall to escape. They put a call in to the FBI and have an ambulance waiting for them. Luckily Mary planted a cell phone on the witness and it has a tracker on it and so they manage to get him back and the bad guys who were with him. Mary then heads to the hospital, waiting on word on how Marshall is. Her mother and sister met her there and Mary breaks down in tears.moreless
  • Tricky, Impeccable, Comedic

    First off, how can anyone not like a show that has an episode that has Dave Foley as a guest star. This was such a special episode, and Foley made it so. I relished the storyline and enjoyed the twist at the end. The comedic timing in this show is impeccable. In Plain Sight just keeps getting better and better in my opinion. I have yet to see a lackluster episode of this show. The creaters and the writers certainly know what they're doing ... If you as me ... they have a complete hit on their hands. I loved the way the episode ended, finding out that Dave's character (Horst Vanderhoff) was Lola the whole time. Amazing!!!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • WITSEC ID: Horst Vanderhof Id now pending
      Control: Pending
      Status: Deal Pending
      Location: Incarcerated
      Case(s) Pending: United States v. "Lola" (fugitive)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Mary: (voiceover) Nietzsche was right. "We come into this world alone and we go out of it alone." Perhaps that explains why we spend our time here on earth so infuriatingly dependent on others.

    • Mary: So how come you didn't tell me?
      Marshall: Because I needed to make up my own mind. And that's not always an option with you. You know how you are.
      Mary: I thought you loved this job.
      Marshall: I did. I do.
      Mary: Well, what then? Tell me. Am I the reason you want to go? Because of how I am?
      Marshall: No. It has more to do with how I am.

    • Mary: How are we doing?
      Marshall: Tension, pneumothorax.
      Mary: That's funny, I was just going to say that.
      Marshall: (while opening his shirt) Tube thoracostomy.
      Mary: Marshall, if I'm gonna help you, you need to speak English.

    • Marshall: I must have bumped my head.
      Mary: Yeah, that's what happened. Then you fell on a bullet.
      Marshall: What?
      Mary: Doofus, you got shot.
      Marshall: Oh, crap.

    • Marshall: (to Mary) Respect? When have you ever shown me respect? Or anyone else for that matter?
      Horst: This is fun.
      Mary: Maybe you'd get respect if you ever actually did something to earn it.
      Marshall: And you wonder why I didn't share my future plans with you.
      Mary: No, what I wonder is why I put up with your insipid running commentary for the past three years.

    • Marshall: Okay, obviously you want me to go on a fishing expedition to figure out what the hell's bothering you, but I'm not gonna play that; so when you decide to tell me what's wrong, you just tell me; fair enough? (she ignores him) Fair enough?
      Mary: Don't worry about it. In a couple of months, we won't even be working together.
      Marshall: You read my letter.
      (Mary nods)

    • Marshall: I feel like I'm the keeper of this exotic animal, and I spend my time either protecting you from the world or the world from you; and it's just... it's just a lot of responsibility.
      Mary: I'm sorry, but that's your job, (leans in and kisses Marshall on the cheek) and you cannot quit.
      Marshall: Okay.

    • Marshall: (to Mary) I'll try not to die... for you.

    • Mary: Oh by the way, your fly's been down the whole time.

    • Mary: You shouldn't have shot my friend; I've only got one friend.

    • Marshall: You're my best friend.
      Mary: Jesus, Marshall; you're like my only friend.
      Marshall: I know; and you're like my only friend.

    • Horst: She's been undressing me with her eyes ever since I walked out here.
      Mary: Yeah, 'cause pastey accountant types really get me crazy.

    • Marshall: You're mad aren't you?
      Mary: Not as mad as I would be if I were the one who got shot.
      Marshall: I respect your honesty.

    • Horst: (discussing Mary) She is one of the angriest, most controlling, most toxic women I've ever encountered... and I work for a female assassin!

    • Mary: What? Can't one co-worker treat another co-worker to a complicated coffee beverage?
      Marshall: Not when that person is you; you're not a treater. Not a criticism, just an observation.
      Mary: Fair enough. Give me $3.50.

    • FBI Agent: Hey, don't you want to count it?
      Horst: Why? If it's short your friend lives and you don't.

    • Mary: What do you think?
      Marshall: I think if that was Lola, she knows that this is her only shot at Mr. Personality before he talks to the Feds.
      Mary: So she's comin' back?
      Marshall: Dun, dun, dunn.
      Mary: That's pretty funny for a guy with a sucking chest wound.
      Marshall: I know.

    • Horst: Where is she going?
      Marshall: She's going to kill them. Before they kill us.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Trojský Horst (Trojan Horst)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      - Denmark: July 29, 2008 on Kanal 5
      - Australia: December 30, 2008 on Channel 10
      - Finland: February 1, 2009 on MTV3
      - Czech Republic: January 12, 2010 on Prima


    • The song Mary sings is "Lola" by The Kinks, about a transgender person, in relation to the assassin they're hunting.

    • The episode's title is a play on the phrase "Trojan Horse," a reference to the large wooden horse, filled with soldiers, that the ancient Greeks used to infiltrate the gates of Troy during the Trojan War. Today, the term is most commonly used to describe a computer virus that is disguised as a harmless file in order to break a computer's defenses.