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In Plain Sight

Season 3 Episode 2

When Mary Met Marshall

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Apr 07, 2010 on USA
out of 10
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Episode Summary

A break-in threatens the security of the first witnesses that Mary and Marshall protected together. Flashbacks throughout the episode show how they first met.

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    Okay, I know what they were going for here: Mary was even more of a wise anchor before she met Marshall, he changed her ways and she went from being an inspector to someone who truly makes a difference.

    The execution in carrying out that idea was flawed though.

    Too many flashback scenes and the couple breaking up from the struggles of WITSEC and not knowing each other's true selves should have been saved for another episode. That is too strong a storyline to waste on an episode that was about how your characters met 7 years ago.

    This episode received a lot of hype. Mostly unwarranted in my opinion.moreless
  • This episode was excellent, and hilarious i loved it. ***contains some spoilers***

    like i said this episode was excellent and hilarious i enjoyed every pary of it. we got to see how mary and marshall first meet and mary marshall were hilarious as heck escpecially mary she was funny. this season of in plain sight in really good so far but this is only the second episode of the season thoughwhen allison pearson came to the witsec office mary didnt like her instantly and i also thought it was funny when mary was talking behind allisons back to marshall and allison just looks at mary through the glass walls and she just kept staring at her and mary kept staring back at her that was hilarious and in this episode there were alot of jokes and i mean alot and i enjoyed that very much. o and i wonder whats going on with brandi because shes going back to new jersey and shes acting all strange. mhhhhhhh but otherwise this was a excellent episode that kept me laughing you should watch it!!moreless
  • 2003: Happy Marshall Marshall meets not-so-happy Marshall Mary, Fugitive Recoverer, forced to help Marshall protect 2 lovey-dovey witnesses. Modern-day: As predicted by Mary, the witnesses aren't as happy, but she's wrong about both relationships lasting!moreless

    Love seeing that Mary, on a Fugitive Recovery team, is as biting and sarcastic when she meets Marshall Marshall as she is today! They didn't think it would work out, but they were both wrong...and probably can't imagine where their lives would be had they not started working together. I also really enjoy/look forward to Allison Janney's guest arc as Stan et al's new boss, who has no experience as a marshall--something Mary has no problem pointing out. I'm sure there's always a time when we wish we could mutter how "incompetent!" our bosses are! On the other hand, Mary's little sis needs to stop keeping secrets. With a big sister who's literally a pro at secrets, she's not likely to get away with it all for too much longer! What will happen when the truth comes out?

    As always, I enjoy Mary and Marshall's exchanges. After a diatribe by Mary on the liars she's grown up with, lives with, and works with, Marshall asks her if she got it all out. She says that she thinks so, then thanks him..."De nada," he replies. That he knows her so well...I love their chemistry! I think it might change if the writers were to put them together as a couple, however. Anyone else? Thoughts?moreless
  • We get to see how Mary and Marshall first met on an assignment back in 2003. They jump back and forth dealing with this first assignment and a related situation with the same couple today. We meet a new character from the Marshall's Service.moreless

    Solid second episode of this third season. Usually stories don't work for me with jumps in plot from one time period to another, but in this case they handled it perfectly. The only half point they lost is for the new Marshall's Service person played by Allison Janney that we can do without. Obviously we lost Eleanor and they feel they need a protagonist in the office for Mary to spar with.

    We learn about a couple forced into the WITSEC program because they witnessed the man's Mother and Father murdered by a professional assassin. Of course the man is still looking for them to this day seven years later. Mary was the brash field officer looking to bring down bad guys and Marshall was the understanding WITSEC officer who handled moving people around and protecting them. We get to see how Mary transforms into a similar person through a number of experiences.

    The new person who is introduced seems to be involved in finance for the Marshall's Service and of course Mary crosses swords with her right away and wins. All it gets her is more time with the women face to face. It should be excruciating!!!

    A very good episode overall and an enjoyable visit with the cast that makes up In Plain Sight on USA Network. As they always say, "Characters Welcome"! Thanks for reading...moreless
Jeannine Kaspar

Jeannine Kaspar


Guest Star

Todd Giebenhain

Todd Giebenhain


Guest Star

Ron Reeve

Ron Reeve

Neal Doer

Guest Star

Joshua Malina

Joshua Malina

Peter Alpert

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (in a flashback)
      Marshall: I do actually wonder what's wrong with you, but I don't actually want to know.
      Mary: That is the first smart thing you've said.
      Marshall: Uh... thank you?

    • (in a flashback)
      Mary: You know, for a Marshal, you're kind of a puss. Did you sign up for the service just 'cause of the name thing, 'cause I'm not sure that's the best way to choose a career.
      Marshall: Family tradition. I'm fifth generation.
      Mary: Oh, man. A family of Marshals. Must have been an awkward conversation when you told them you were gay, huh?
      Marshall: I'm not... taking the bait. What line of work is your family in?
      Mary: Alcoholism and bank robbery.
      Marshall: You must be quite the disappointment.
      Mary: Mutual.

    • Mary: Carson Miller, last spotted in Bolivia. Baltimore FBI thinks he's still the boss, running things from down there. Wow, gone seven years, ruling by pure fear from another hemisphere. I'd love to have power like that some day.
      Marshall: But wouldn't you rather that power came from love, not from fear?
      Mary: I don't even understand the question.

    • Marshall: (to Mary) Every once in a while, I forget how the happiness of others angers you.

    • (in a flashback)
      Marshall: (Introduces himself) Inspector Marshall Mann.
      Mary: You can just say Inspector.
      Marshall: Pardon?
      Mary: Well, I know you're a Marshal; we're all Marshals.
      Marshall: No, that's my name.
      Mary: What is?
      Marshall: Marshall.
      Mary: Inspector Marshal Marshall Mann.
      Marshall: It's, uh--
      Mary: Yeah, okay, I'm sure there's a great story there, but we're a little busy.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Když Mary potkala Marshalla (When Mary Met Marshall)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      - Canada: June 14, 2010 on Global
      - Czech Republic: September 17, 2011 on Prima LOVE
      - Finland: December 5, 2011 on MTV3
      - Slovakia: December 19, 2011 on JOJ Plus

    • Special Guest Star Allison Janney worked with series star Mary McCormack and recurring guest Joshua Malina on The West Wing.


    • In a flashback scene when Mary is confronting Henry about the elusive assassin (Carson Miller) trying to kill him, Henry says, You talk about this guy like he's Keyser Söze. The allusion is to the seemingly non-existent Turkish crime boss in the 1995 movie The Usual Suspects, starring Kevin Spacey.

    • Mary: I've seen the movie: smiley faces, matching outfits, doing song and dance numbers as you flee the Nazis.


      Mary: Do what you do. Stay with her; sing Edelweiss.

      When talking to Marshall about his family, Mary makes references that they are like the Von Trapp family from the 1965 movie The Sound of Music.

    • The episode title comes from a play on words of the 1989 Rob Reiner movie When Harry Met Sally.