History Series / InPlainSight

7th Sep '16 1:06:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* AmericanLawEnforcement
26th Jul '16 4:12:37 PM res20stupid
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* LawfulStupid: Played with - Marshal tells his superiors that informing a mob boss whose mistress who turned witness is now carrying his baby is a ''really'' bad idea since it could lead to the mobster going after his former lover to potentially kill her or the baby. Unfortunately, they cite a real-life case where the government did this before and got sued over it; the mobster won.

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* LawfulStupid: Played with - Marshal tells his superiors that informing a mob boss whose mistress who turned witness is now carrying his baby is a ''really'' bad idea since it could lead to the mobster going after his former lover to potentially kill her or the baby. Unfortunately, they cite a real-life case where the government did this before and got sued over it; the mobster won. They don't want to tell him but it could cause them a whole lot of trouble later down the line.
26th Jul '16 4:12:03 PM res20stupid
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* LawfulStupid: Played with - Marshal tells his superiors that informing a mob boss whose mistress who turned witness is now carrying his baby is a ''really'' bad idea since it could lead to the mobster going after his former lover to potentially kill her or the baby. Unfortunately, they cite a real-life case where the government did this before and got sued over it; the mobster won.
24th Nov '15 9:26:26 PM MikeW
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* DeceptiveLegacy: Stunningly subverted when Jinx tells Mary her father walked out on her years before and never came in contact. In response, Mary shows Jinx all the letters her father has sent her over the year and bitterly asks "How many did he send you?"

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* DeceptiveLegacy: Stunningly subverted when Jinx tells Mary her father walked out on her years before and never came in contact. contact and she made up the stories of the man loving Mary to make her feel better. In response, Mary shows Jinx all the letters her father has sent her over the year years and bitterly asks "How many did he send you?"
24th Nov '15 9:18:01 PM MikeW
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* DeceptiveLegacy: Stunningly subverted when Jinx tells Mary her father walked out on her years before and never came in contact. In response, Mary shows Jinx all the letters her father has sent her over the year and bitterly asks "How many did he send you?"
18th Feb '15 11:21:37 AM Antigone3
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* PregnancyScare: [[spoiler:Mary]] hopes that her pregnancy will turn out to be this, even after the positive test. The doctor then gently reminds her that she'd have to be seriously ill to get a false positive.
12th Jul '14 2:48:41 PM morenohijazo
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* ActorAllusion
** A retroactive example - when Bobby D is PutOnABus in season 3, it's explained that he's on a task force in Chicago. Todd Williams subsequently took a role on ''Series/TheChicagoCode''.
** Inverted: In 2x03, "A Stand-Up Triple," the very non-maternal Mary asks Stan and Marshall to shoot her in the head if she ever has three kids. Two years later, the actress was pregnant with her third child.



* TheAllegedBoss: Stan thinks he's in charge. He really does. He's slowly graduating from Type 3 and 4.



* TheDanza: Mary Shannon, played by Mary [=McCormack=]. Incidentally, the alias the character uses is "Mary Shepherd".
** And in season 3, Allison Janney plays new [=WitSec=] director Allison Pearson, and Raph's aunt Rita Molena is played by Rita Moreno.
3rd Jul '14 9:07:50 PM Angeldeb82
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* ClearMyName: Pops up in 2x07, "Duplicate Bridge", when the witness, Norman, goes off the reservation to get his boss to confess.[[spoiler:And subverted. Norman forces his ex-boss to confess that he built a collapsed bridge with substandard steel, instead of the steel Norman originally specified, but says it shouldn't have caused the collapse. Norman then reveals that it was ''his'' incorrect calculations, the ones he realized he'd been making his entire career as an architect, ''combined'' with the substandard steel, that caused the collapse. And the other 25 bridges he built will eventually collapse on their own.]]

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* ClearMyName: Pops up in 2x07, "Duplicate Bridge", when the witness, Norman, goes off the reservation to get his boss to confess. [[spoiler:And subverted. Norman forces his ex-boss to confess that he built a collapsed bridge with substandard steel, instead of the steel Norman originally specified, but says it shouldn't have caused the collapse. Norman then reveals that it was ''his'' incorrect calculations, the ones he realized he'd been making his entire career as an architect, ''combined'' with the substandard steel, that caused the collapse. And the other 25 bridges he built will eventually collapse on their own.]]



* CrossOver: Mary is introduced in an episode of ''LawAndOrderCriminalIntent''.

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* CrossOver: Mary is introduced in an episode of ''LawAndOrderCriminalIntent''.''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent''.



* HostageSituation: Several, the last in season one [[spoiler:played realistically; Mary converses with the kidnappers, bides her time, and even tries to convince one that she's on their side. ''[[ShownTheirWork Like real-world law enforcement officers are trained to do]]''.]]

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* HostageSituation: Several, the last in season one [[spoiler:played realistically; Mary converses with the kidnappers, bides her time, and even tries to convince one that she's on their side. ''[[ShownTheirWork Like real-world law enforcement officers are trained to do]]''.]]do]]'']].



* IncrediblyLamePun[=/=]IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Most of the episode titles.



* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Several of Mary [=McCormack=]'s ''TheWestWing'' costars have paid the show a visit, most notably Joshua Malina (who played [=McCormack=]'s boyfriend on the earlier show) in a recurring role. Allison Janney, Richard Schiff and as of the season 4 previews Bradley Whitford have also put in appearances. And the music is by W.G. Snuffy Walden himself.

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* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Several of Mary [=McCormack=]'s ''TheWestWing'' ''Series/TheWestWing'' costars have paid the show a visit, most notably Joshua Malina (who played [=McCormack=]'s boyfriend on the earlier show) in a recurring role. Allison Janney, Richard Schiff and as of the season 4 previews Bradley Whitford have also put in appearances. And the music is by W.G. Snuffy Walden himself.



* JustForPun[=/=]IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Most of the episode titles.



* OutrunTheFireball: In [[spoiler:3x05, "Fish or Cut Betta," this is subverted when Mary and the woman she just pulled away from the bomb are hurled across the hood of a car by the blast, right after they get out of the building's door.]]

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* OutrunTheFireball: In [[spoiler:3x05, [[spoiler:In 3x05, "Fish or Cut Betta," this is subverted when Mary and the woman she just pulled away from the bomb are hurled across the hood of a car by the blast, right after they get out of the building's door.]]



* PetTheDog: Spanky [[spoiler:confesses to murder, as long as his infant son is spared the screwed-up life that he had.]]

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* PetTheDog: Spanky [[spoiler:confesses to murder, as long as his infant son is spared the screwed-up life that he had.]]had]].



* PlayingWithATrope: Very subtle about it. If the narration was a little different, this show would look a lot like ''BurnNotice''.

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* PlayingWithATrope: Very subtle about it. If the narration was a little different, this show would look a lot like ''BurnNotice''.''Series/BurnNotice''.



* TheRainman: Judy Wagrowski from "Her Days Are Numbered"(3x10), a math savant with Asperger's. One of her coworkers even jokingly refers to her as "Rain Man". She hits all the key tropes: HatesBeingTouched, DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm, GoodWithNumbers, BrutalHonesty, CannotTellALie, PhotographicMemory, and when Mary is doing one of her CharacterFilibuster[=s=], Judy points out, "That's called monologuing, what you just did. I do it all the time."
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[spoiler: Mary's pregnancy. Mary [=McCormack=] is pregnant with her third child]]
* SadisticChoice : Played straight, horribly. [[spoiler: The hostages are Mary and Brandi's boyfriend. The baddie is a drug dealer, and offers Brandi the choice of who's gonna die. When she points out that she ''has'' the drugs he wants, he barks "wrong answer!" and kills the boyfriend.]]

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* TheRainman: Judy Wagrowski from "Her Days Are Numbered"(3x10), a math savant with Asperger's. One of her coworkers even jokingly refers to her as "Rain Man". She hits all the key tropes: HatesBeingTouched, DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm, SarcasmBlind, GoodWithNumbers, BrutalHonesty, CannotTellALie, PhotographicMemory, and when Mary is doing one of her CharacterFilibuster[=s=], Judy points out, "That's called monologuing, what you just did. I do it all the time."
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[spoiler: Mary's pregnancy. Mary [=McCormack=] is pregnant with her third child]]
child.]]
* SadisticChoice : SadisticChoice: Played straight, horribly. [[spoiler: The hostages are Mary and Brandi's boyfriend. The baddie is a drug dealer, and offers Brandi the choice of who's gonna die. When she points out that she ''has'' the drugs he wants, he barks "wrong answer!" and kills the boyfriend.]]



* ShoutOut: a character mentions Glee in the same episode as the actress who plays a recurring character (Finn's mum) on that show.

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* ShoutOut: a A character mentions Glee ''Series/{{Glee}}'' in the same episode as the actress who plays a recurring character (Finn's mum) on that show.
8th Jun '14 10:24:32 AM karstovich2
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When off-duty, Mary is stuck dealing with her mother Jinx and sister Brandi, both of whom are shacking up at her house. Neither of them work, both have criminal records (and in Brandi's case, a criminal boyfriend pimping her out to sell drugs), and one wonders how Mary came to be such a law-abider with these influences. Her father committed crimes and left the family long ago, leaving Mary to be their "hall monitor." Mom and sister resent the hell out of Mary for this. There's also Mary's off-and-on fuckbuddy/boyfriend Raphael, who has more feelings for her than she does for him. Brandi rags on him constantly, yet is desperate to get into his pants.

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When off-duty, Mary is stuck dealing with her mother Jinx and sister Brandi, both of whom are shacking up at her house. Neither of them work, both have criminal records (and in Brandi's case, a criminal boyfriend pimping her out to sell drugs), and one wonders how Mary came to be such a law-abider with these influences. Her father committed crimes and left the family long ago, leaving Mary to be their "hall monitor." Mom and sister resent the hell out of Mary for this. There's also Mary's off-and-on fuckbuddy/boyfriend fuckbuddy/boyfriend, a [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Minor Leaguer]] named Raphael, who has more feelings for her than she does for him. Brandi rags on him constantly, yet is desperate to get into his pants.
26th Oct '13 11:43:51 AM morenohijazo
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* MetallicarSyndrome: Lampshaded after Mary's car is destroyed and she gets a muscle car as a temporary replacement. She wants to keep it permanently but her boss tells her that working for Witness Protection she cannot drive a car that people will notice and remember.
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