If you don’t know by now just how obsessed I am when it comes to my favorite TV shows, well hell, you just haven’t been paying attention. And while I avoid saying things like “they’re my babies” because, well, that would be creepy, I will admit that it does pain me when a favorite show comes to an end. I think it must be like what those NASA/JPL guys feel when one of their robot explorers goes off into that “final frontier,” to be heard from again only in short bursts, delayed further, and further, by time.
Anyway, the latest show heading off into that “great beyond” is the USA Network’s
In Plain Sight. With just a single episode left to go, out of just eight in its fifth and final season, I find myself filled with both anticipation for how it will end and regret that I’ve put off posting about it for so long. I can’t even describe what makes this show so special to me, at least not briefly anyway, because this show really does have it all.
So, even though I’ve worked on this, off and on, for the better part of a week, I’ve decided that it’s best to simply let the show speak for itself – with a few choice “promo” videos and some of those awesome “voiceover” quotes I gathered with the help of the “In Plain Sight” Wikiquote site:
From the “Opening” for each episode:
Mary: [voiceover] ”Since 1970, the Federal Witness Protection Program has relocated thousands of witnesses, some criminal, some not, to neighborhoods all across the country. Every one of those individuals shares a unique attribute, distinguishing them from the rest of the general population; and that is somebody wants them dead.”
From the “Pilot” episode [1-01]:
Mary: [ending voiceover] “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 the special cases, the ones who hide because… because… because they just want someone to care enough to look for them.”
From the “When Mary Met Marshall” episode – [3-02]:
Mary: [voiceover] “There’s a researcher who claims he can tell if a couple is going to break up based on how they talk to each other. An ability I’ve had since I was five, without NIH funding. I just looked up at my parents and thought “nope.” It took a six figure gambling debt, an alcoholic spiral and an FBI manhunt before they finally came to the same conclusion. It can take many forms but the worst are the ones who should have known better. The ones who rushed in, got hitched and now they don’t know how to get out of it. They look like marmots, trapped in a cage.”
Mary: [ending voiceover] “I pride myself on being able to tell when a relationship won’t work, and normally I love being right more than anything. More than Blue Moon beer, Exxon on Main Street, food smothered in mole sauce, but sometimes it’s good to be wrong.”
From the “Son of Mann” episode – [3-08]:
Mary: [voiceover] “‘Father Figure’ is a phrase as potent as ‘Mother Nature’. Say that out loud and the image flow from having a catch on the side of the yard, the screen doors slamming behind the deadbeat dad. For every ‘father knows best’, in Atticus Finch, there’s a Great Santini bouncing a ball at the head of his teenage son. One thing for sure the father figure, in your face or out the door, would make his presence felt. Like it or not.”
Marshall: “Everything matters. Everything you think, feel, but most of all everything you do. It all counts.”
Marshall: “I wish I had had you in high school.”
Mary: “High school me would have eaten high school you alive.”
Mary: [ending voiceover] “For most kids, the scariest thing you can hear is, ‘Wait till your father gets home.’ For some, there’s no fear of that or hope for it. I’m still waiting. Not like a puppy, head tilting at footfalls on the porch or a key in the lock, I go about my days, every so often, aware of his absence. And telling myself that the heart, old adage aside, does not grow fonder. Except it does. It really, really does.”
From the “The Medal of Mary” episode – [5-06]:
Mary: [ending voiceover] “Everything’s mythical when you’re seven-years-old: fathers, mothers, Santa, God, the alleged protective powers of a gold medallion. It’s not that certain things seem larger than life, it’s just life seems larger, but the world keeps spinning and in a tiny thousand surrenders, or sometimes in one fell swoop, what you’d seen as truly miracle you learn is merely myth. The good news, if you can call it that, is that ultimately you find other myths to believe in, and other men as well. You see the myth for what it is: close up and in its bones, smaller and greater and more like you than you care to admit, and it nevertheless leaves you, always, every single time, sitting foolish on the doorstep awaiting its return.”
From the “Sacrificial Lam” episode – [5-07]:
Mary: [ending voiceover] “Everyone always says life isn’t fair. Bad guys get away with the goods and the good die young, but we carry on anyway, because what other choice do we have? In the face of unfair, we carry on, holding on and bracing ourselves and only sometimes forgetting that there’s another storm right around the corner. But life, I find, is often more about the storms than the peace they seek to overwhelm. They lurk, ready, any minute now, to shake things up and take your breath away.”
From the “All’s Well That Ends” series finale – [5-08]:
Mary: [ending voiceover] “Nobody likes letting go. From our earliest moments, from birth until we’re six feet under, our instinct is to grab, grip, cling to a finger, bottle, best friend, to a faded old racing form. Sometimes we hold on for deal life to the very things that keep us from living it, but that comes with an upside. It’s the way we feel when we finally let go. The trick, I guess, is to not find a way around the curveballs life serves up, but to live with them; a halfway happy, uneasy alliance, and to search for new things to cling to, and when you finally find them to hang on just as tight. And around and around we go, holding on until the time comes to say goodbye, and like it or not, ready or not, you have to accept one universal truth: life is messy. Always and for all of us. But a wise man once said, maybe messy is what you need, and I think you might be right.”
BTW, in case you’re wondering where you’ve seen Mary McCormack before (like I did for nearly the entire first season of the series), it might have been in one of my very favorite movies, Deep Impact…
Which, ironically, reminded me so much of another great story I’ve been wanting to post about, the awesome SciFi epic Lucifer’s Hammer.
I want ice water.
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