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In Plain Sight 5 Seasons 2010

Season 3
4.6 out of 5 stars (97) IMDb 7.3/10

Mary McCormack stars as Mary Shannon, a U.S. Marshal working in the highly secretive branch of the witness protection program (WITSEC) who relocates Federal Witnesses - many of them career criminals, and many who are innocents that had the misfortune of witnessing a crime. They all have one thing in common - someone wants them dead. Mary's job is to see that doesn't happen, while at the same time attempting to manage her own dysfunctional family.

Starring:
Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller
Original air date:
June 30, 2010

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1. Father Goes West

A former high line thief from Boston tries to give up crime for the sake of his teenage son, and Mary and Marshall search for the person who nearly killed Mary in the season two cliffhanger. Guest starring Donnie Wahlberg, Sean Marquette, Charlie Haid, Cristian de la Fuente, Joshua Malina and Lesley Ann Warren.

CC TV-14 March 31, 2010 43 minutes
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2. When Mary Met Marshall

A break-in threatens the security of the first witnesses Mary and Marshall handled together, prompting flash backs to the way Mary joined WitSec. Guest starring Allison Janney, Tess Harper, Josh Cooke, Jeannine Kaspar and Joshua Malina.

CC TV-PG April 7, 2010 42 minutes
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3. Coma Chameleon

BATF Agent, Wade Guthrie, is shot during an undercover weapons deal. When he wakes up, Wade learns he has been protected by Witsec's Mary Shannon during his three-year coma. It is only his eye-witness testimony that can put a prolific weapons trafficker behind bars. Guest starring Rita Moreno.

CC TV-PG April 14, 2010 43 minutes
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4. Whistle Stop

Mary and Marshall try to help FBI Agent Mike Faber convince his informant to enter Witsec. Despite their best efforts, the informant refuses their protection and gets himself into a heap of trouble. Meanwhile, Stan has to deal with an ex-boxer/witness suffering from pugilistic dementia. Guest starring Steven Weber.

CC TV-PG April 21, 2010 42 minutes
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5. Fish Or Cut Betta

When Mary's new witness, Dominic, a former sociopathic hit man with a love of explosives, falls in love for the first time, Mary hopes he will finally have a shot at normalcy and redemption. Unfortunately, it all goes pear-shaped when Dominic is bullied by a local crooked politician at the same time his girl breaks his heart. Mary races to stop Dominic from taking out his pain in the form of an explosive device meant for his ex-girlfriend.

CC TV-PG April 28, 2010 43 minutes
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6. No Clemency For Old Men

When a hardened bank robber who's been in prison for decades is finally paroled, it falls to Mary to help him acclimate to life on the outside and keep him from falling back into a life of crime. Meanwhile, when one of Mary's other witnesses becomes the victim of a revenge plot, Marshall steps in to help out -- only to find himself in a predicament when the witness prefers him to Mary.

CC TV-PG May 5, 2010 42 minutes
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7. Love's Faber Lost

Agent Mike Faber returns to Mary's life when he gives her a new witness: Natalie, a key witness and co-conspirator in a nationwide mortgage fraud scheme which was operated by major gangs to raise millions for drugs and weapons.

CC TV-PG May 12, 2010 44 minutes
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8. Son of Mann

Seth Mann, a legendary Marshal whose career spans decades and who also happens to be Marshall's father, comes into Albuquerque to work on Operation Falcon, a nationwide sweep of open warrants.

CC TV-14 May 19, 2010 43 minutes
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9. Death Becomes Her

A woman from an organized crime family experiences a major health scare and witnesses her beloved niece repeating all of her mistakes. After she becomes vocal about her disapproval of her family's life, her cousin threatens her and she decides to take action and turn to the Feds. One problem: she has a secret that puts her status in Witness Protection in jeopardy, so she turns to the one person who can help, her new friend Mary Shannon. Guest starring Lesley Ann Warren, Erika Alexander, Michael Badalucco and Laura San Giacomo as Mia.

CC TV-PG June 2, 2010 43 minutes
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10. Her Days Are Numbered

A witness with Aspergers who has no social filter and can't lie stymies Mary, particularly when the witness refuses to testify against her only friend -- the key conspirator in a numbers case. Marshall and Stan race to figure out why an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent is holding up the visa of a key witness before she is deported. Brandi reveals her plan for the money she made by investing with Scott. Guest starring Aaron Ashmore.

CC TV-PG June 9, 2010 42 minutes
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11. The Born Identity

Mary's newest witness is a homeless man who exposed a pipe bomb plot. As he struggles to conform to the rules of WitSec, Mary agrees to help him search for his birth parents -- which presents unexpected problems when they are found. Meanwhile, Brandi becomes distrustful of Scott who once again needs money.

CC TV-PG June 16, 2010 43 minutes
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12. WitSec Stepmother

Mary plays "stepmother" to a rebellious 16 year-old witness of a jewelry heist whose separated parents are too self-involved to deal with their teenaged daughter's issues. At a family reunion, Marshall suspects that a witness has sold out his brother. Brandi takes care of Scott after he is assaulted under mysterious circumstances. Guest starring Aaron Ashmore.

CC TV-PG June 23, 2010 42 minutes
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13. A Priest Walks Into a Bar

A priest, who witnesses the murder of a stripper, is all too eager to leave the priesthood when he joins WitSec but hesitant to cut off ties with the victim's family. Stan struggles with telling a deceased witness's daughter the truth about her delinquent father. Brandi decides to move in with Peter while Jinx returns and offers Mary motherly advice on dating. Guest starring Joe Spano, Lesley Ann Warren and Joshua Malina.

CC TV-PG June 30, 2010 42 minutes
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I was worried by all the bad reviews that this season was receiving. Thankfully I disagree with most of it. I concur that this season is not as good as the second but it is far from even mediocre. It's actually has some great writing and acting throughout. One flaw is it does have a more procedural feel. Mary's life doesn't have nearly as much focus as before. This doesn't hurt the season too bad, and if this had been the first season that I ever saw I would not miss it, but I have become accustomed to her family drama.

Both Eleanor and Detective Dershowitz were taken off the cast this season. They were great characters that I would have loved to have seen more of, but I guess they needed to save some money. Allison Janney and Steven Weber join the cast though and they bring some great acting to the show. Weber's character acts as a love interest for Mary and it will be interesting to see if he returns next season to advance their relationship.

Mary and Marshall bring the charm and comedy that we expect from the series. There banter back and forth is always entertaining and easily the best part of the series. Though Mary's family drama is scaled down there is a decent amount of Brandi throughout the season as at first she vanishes with $20,000 dollars and then she reappears with a family member tagging along. Mary and Raph take their relationship to the next level as they head towards their wedding. Neither of these story lines are really that impressive but add some more depth to Mary as a protagonist.

The cases themselves are very touching as you see people transform their lives even though they may not want to. The cases and clients are kept varied enough so that the formula doesn't get old.
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Wow. I feel completely different from most of the reviews here that state that the third season for "In Plain Sight" left them disappointed; I felt that it was a natural outgrowth of In Plain Sight: Season Two and just as strong as the first two.

SPOILERS:

Season two opens with Mary (Mary McCormack)recovering from the gang shooting that nearly killed her at the conclusion of season two. She's uncertain where her relationship with Raf(Cristián de la Fuente)is going even though she accepted his proposal and she's frustrated because she can't recall the face of her shooter. Marshal (Frederick Weller)feels guilty because he wasn't there for her like she was for him when he was shot previously. She returns uncertain of how she should feel and wanting to jump right back into her witsec responsibility.

END OF SPOILERS:

The third season continues to be as entertaining filled with the droll humor of the first two seasons.

I particularly liked the episode "When Mary Met Marshall" where we see how the two first met and how Mary was brought into Witsec.

The DVD looks quite nice with a very good looking transfer. Audio sounds quite good as well.

This season has some nice extras (although fans don't buy the show for that reason necessarily) including commentary tracks on "Father Goes West" Commentary with Series Stars Mary McCormack and Frederick Weller and "A Priest Walks Into a Bar" Commentary with Series Stars Mary McCormack and Frederick Weller (so someone must have been reading the reviews complaining about no commentary tracks). We also get deleted scenes, cast interviews and a photo gallery.
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I'm sure there are fans out there who came into this show in Season 3 and loved it. But to those of us who've been watching since the beginning, this entire season was an affront. The character change-ups were confusing and completely unnecessary, the show became more about the witnesses than the main cast of characters, and the show's once fantastic sense of humour was lost somewhere in between.
This WAS the best show on television, now it's a run-of-the-mill procedural, and not even a very good or entertaining one. I can only wistfully imagine how this season would have gone had USA network left well enough alone. Certainly better than this subpar, thrown together mistake.
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I loved the first two seasons of this show. The writing was very clever; humor and arcane anecdotes kept the pace upbeat, and went a long way to offset Mary's ever-sour disposition. But this season the show lost its foundation ... literally. Apparently, there was some sort of uproar around last season's finale which ended with the departure of series creator David Maples' wife Holly (as Eleanor) and co-executive producer Paul Stupin, who was the guiding force of this show. Unfortunately, it looks like the egos who won the battle lost the war...and everything that was great about this show.

Mary's mother Jinx (Lesley Ann Warren) FINALLY starts to get her life together, only to all but disappear from the show. Sister Brandi, (Nichole Hiltz) also on the verge of getting it together, apparently was mostly on leave for a pregnancy, appearing in only a few scenes here and there. So she may be back, but the departure of Raph (Cristián de la Fuente) was not only extremely disappointing, but was drawn out in an excruciating manner for the ENTIRE SEASON. Mary's family provided the back-story for Mary's numerous neuroses. Without the family, none of it makes any sense. And the whole "Marshall loves Mary, but Mary doesn't know" thing got REALLY old. We all love Marshall. We don't want to see him suffer.

The quality of the show was very spotty this season, and the appearance of Allison Janney as a hard-ass bureaucrat sharing a two-shot with a portrait of Barack Obama in the background in one of the opening scenes of the premier was ALMOST enough to turn me off to the entire season right there. I don't watch TV fiction to be reminded of the events of the day. I want it to be free of present day politics so I can enjoy it years from now.
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