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In Plain Sight is an American CrimeAndPunishmentSeries television series that premiered on the Creator/USANetwork on June 1, 2008 and part of the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' SharedUniverse. The show features US Marshal [[TwoFirstNames Mary Shannon]] (Creator/MaryMcCormack) and Marshall Mann (Creator/FredWeller) who work with people in [=WitSec=] (WitnessProtection) in UsefulNotes/{{Albuquerque}}. This leads to them sometimes having to uncover crimes, track down killers, work at protecting them, etc., in addition to somewhat nannying their clients. Their boss Stan [=McQueen=] (Creator/PaulBenVictor) likes to stick to official WITSEC doctrine as often as possible but will still stand up for both Marshall and Mary when they hit trouble. In season 4 they're joined by setective Abigail Chaffee (Creator/RachelBoston), Marshall's girlfriend who is extremely outgoing and friendly, much to the annoyance of Mary.

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In Plain Sight is an American CrimeAndPunishmentSeries television series that premiered on the Creator/USANetwork on June 1, 2008 and part of the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' SharedUniverse. The show features US Marshal [[TwoFirstNames Mary Shannon]] (Creator/MaryMcCormack) and Marshall Mann (Creator/FredWeller) who work with people in [=WitSec=] (WitnessProtection) in UsefulNotes/{{Albuquerque}}. This leads to them sometimes having to uncover crimes, track down killers, work at protecting them, etc., in addition to somewhat nannying their clients. Their boss Stan [=McQueen=] (Creator/PaulBenVictor) likes to stick to official WITSEC doctrine as often as possible but will still stand up for both Marshall and Mary when they hit trouble. In season 4 they're joined by setective detective Abigail Chaffee (Creator/RachelBoston), Marshall's girlfriend who is extremely outgoing and friendly, much to the annoyance of Mary.


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A CrimeAndPunishmentSeries (of sorts), this show features U.S. Marshals [[TwoFirstNames Mary Shannon]] and [[AlliterativeName Marshall Mann]] (yes, that makes him [[PunnyName Marshal Marshall]]), who work with people in [=WitSec=] (WitnessProtection). This leads to them sometimes having to uncover crimes, track down killers, work at protecting them, etc., in addition to somewhat nannying their clients.

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, 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.

As of the end of Season 2, Brandi is on again/off again with a self made rich guy and taking classes at the local community college, Raphael is working for Brandi's boyfriend, Raphael and Mary are engaged and Mary has told him what she does. Jinx has gone sober (maybe).

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A In Plain Sight is an American CrimeAndPunishmentSeries (of sorts), this television series that premiered on the Creator/USANetwork on June 1, 2008 and part of the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' SharedUniverse. The show features U.S. Marshals US Marshal [[TwoFirstNames Mary Shannon]] (Creator/MaryMcCormack) and [[AlliterativeName Marshall Mann]] (yes, that makes him [[PunnyName Marshal Marshall]]), Mann (Creator/FredWeller) who work with people in [=WitSec=] (WitnessProtection).(WitnessProtection) in UsefulNotes/{{Albuquerque}}. This leads to them sometimes having to uncover crimes, track down killers, work at protecting them, etc., in addition to somewhat nannying their clients. Their boss Stan [=McQueen=] (Creator/PaulBenVictor) likes to stick to official WITSEC doctrine as often as possible but will still stand up for both Marshall and Mary when they hit trouble. In season 4 they're joined by setective Abigail Chaffee (Creator/RachelBoston), Marshall's girlfriend who is extremely outgoing and friendly, much to the annoyance of Mary.

When off-duty, Mary is stuck dealing with her mother Jinx (Creator/LesleyAnnWarren) and sister Brandi, Brandi (Creator/NicholeHiltz), 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, a [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Minor Leaguer]] named Raphael, Raphael (Creator/CristianDeLaFuente), who has more feelings for her than she does for him. Brandi rags on him constantly, yet is desperate to get into his pants.

As of the end of Season 2, Brandi is on again/off again with a self made self-made rich guy and taking classes at the local community college, Raphael is working for Brandi's boyfriend, Raphael and Mary are engaged and Mary has told him what she does. Jinx has gone sober (maybe).



* ActionGirl: Mary
* AirplaneOfLove
* TheAlcoholic: Jinx

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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Used in an episode where a 17-year-old who had to leave his (serious) high school girlfriend to go into WitnessProtection with his father. His girlfriend starts dating his BestFriend in a matter of months. Things were awkward when he turned 18, opted out, and returned.
* ActionGirl: Mary
* AirplaneOfLove
*
Mary is a trained USMarshal and not a stranger to action.
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TheAlcoholic: Jinx



* TheAllegedCar: Mary's Ford Probe
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Bobby D - it's a long story. [[IKnewIt Not so ambiguously]] as of the season 3 premiere.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Raphael.

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* TheAllegedCar: Mary's Mary drives a beat-up purple Ford Probe
Probe that is an ongoing topic of conversation.
* AlliterativeName: '''M'''arshall '''M'''ann. Which makes him [[PunnyName Marshal Marshall]]. He also does this with his GoToAlias '''M'''arshall '''M'''iller
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Bobby D - it's a long story. [[IKnewIt Not so ambiguously]] as of the Robert "Bobby D" Dershowitz. The name would give it away, except that he's black. The ambiguity is gone in season 3 premiere.
as he had to move to Chicago because there are so many more synagogues than in Albuquerque.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
-->'''Mary''': Actually, I'm in a really good mood, which is kind of weird, considering where I was 48 hours ago. Then I have a witness off herself, and like that's not bad enough, I gotta play second fiddle to a knucklehead like you.\\
'''Marshall''': Thanks for lumping me in with kidnapping, attempted rape, and suicide.
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AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Raphael.Raphael.
* AttemptedRape: In "Stan By Me", Mary is mistakenly kidnapped and held captive for several hours. One of her captors attempts to rape her and - with her being very much an ActionGirl - it doesn't end well for him. She shoots him. Repeatedly. And then escapes.



* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:Ahn Li, AKA CIA Officer Jade Huan.]]

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* BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults: An inversion. Marshall is guarding a witness who's using the bathroom. From inside the stall, the witness starts complaining about Mary. Unbeknownst to him, while he's ranting, Mary has quietly come up to the open bathroom door and heard everything.
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BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:Ahn Li, AKA CIA Officer Jade Huan.]]



* TheBrainlessBeauty: Jinx and Brandi

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Stan is usually a NiceGuy and a good boss, but he can be quite scary when pissed off and used to have a nasty reputation.
-->'''Malone''': So, Stan [=McQueen=]. "Little Jack", I used to call him.\\
'''Marshall''': Why is that?\\
'''Malone''': Because he's like a Jack Russell Terrier. Pound for pound, probably the toughest man I know.\\
'''Mary and Marshall''': Stan?\\
'''Malone''': Well, you know, he plays that shy, quiet thing pretty well, but you don't want to be the guy he's looking at when the switch flips.\\
'''Mary''': I didn't even know he had a switch.
* TheBrainlessBeauty: Jinx and BrandiBrandi are just as good looking as Mary, but have very little common sense.



* {{Catfight}}: In "Good Cop, Dead Cop", Mary and a female detective get into a fight at the detective's partner funeral, the suspect being one of Mary's witnesses and the detective is lived at seeing Mary there. They start throwing punches, but it quickly devolves at them falling into the ground wrestling, while the nearby camera crew rushes to record. The next day their {{Catfight}} is being reported all over town and neither of them [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished got any bruises]].



* ChekhovMIA: Mary's father, James Shannon is a DisappearedDad being on the run for law enforced for robbing a bank. He's often mentioned, nut remains TheGhost for most of the show, only finally making an appearance in the final season, in the episode "Drag Me to Hell" where he suddenly appears at Mary's door. Mary immediately arrests him.



* DaddysGirl: Mary, no matter what her mother says!

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* CuttingCorners: An engineer is put into WitnessProtection after he reveals that a major construction company used subpar building materials when constructing a bridge that later collapsed. This is subverted in the end when [[spoiler: the engineer discovers that he made a crucial mistake when designing the bridge and it would have collapsed no matter what materials were used.]]
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DaddysGirl: Mary, no matter what her mother says!



* DeceptiveLegacy: Stunningly subverted when Jinx tells Mary her father walked out on her years before and never came in 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 years and bitterly asks "How many did he send you?"
* DisappearedDad
* DitchTheBodyguards
* DoggedNiceGuy: Marshall
* DysfunctionalFamily And How! ([[spoiler: Alcoholic Mother, Drug Addict Sister, Bank Robber Father]])

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* DeceptiveLegacy: Stunningly subverted {{Subverted|Trope}} when Jinx tells Mary her father walked out on her years before and never came in contact and she made up that all of the stories of about how he loved her most were lies made up to comfort the man loving Mary to make her feel better. distraught young Mary. In response, Mary shows Jinx all the letters her father has sent her over the years and bitterly asks [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "How many did he send you?"
you?"]]
* DestroyTheEvidence: In the season one finale, Mary hides cocaine from the police and Marshall Service to protect her little sister. The final shot of the episode is of the back of a line-painting machine on a football field, implying that this is how she got rid of the evidence.
* DiesWideOpen: Mary goes to the crime scene and finds one of her victims dead. When she goes to shut his eyes a woman who we can assume is a detective or from forensics says "Hey don't touch that." Mary asks if they can close his eyes and she replies only if she has a needle and thread.
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DisappearedDad
* DitchTheBodyguards
DitchTheBodyguards: Frequent element of the show, where many of the "Client Of The Week" end up ditching Mary or Marshall for one reason or another.
* DueToTheDead: After her father dies and is cremated, Mary spreads his ashes on a horse racing track, since going to a racetrack with him is the earliest memory Mary had of her father.
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DoggedNiceGuy: Marshall
* DysfunctionalFamily And How! ([[spoiler: Alcoholic Mother, Drug Addict Sister, Bank Robber Father]])DysfunctionalFamily: Mary's family is quite messed up, wit an [[AlcoholicParent alcoholic mother]], drug addict sister and bank robber father. Mary's actually the WhiteSheep of the family.
* DysfunctionJunction: During the pilot, Mary narrates how good she is at solving other people's problems but not her own. Her [[ParentalAbandonment father abandoned his family to evade the police when she was a child]], and she's been taking care of her [[AlcoholicParent alcoholic mother]] and [[FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling chronically irresponsible sister]] ever since. During the course of the series, [[spoiler:the sister ends up involved in a drug deal gone bad.]] Even Mary's [[RelationshipRevolvingDoor sorta-boyfriend]] is a minor-league baseball player who can't make it to the big leagues, and he's the most normal character in the immediate family. With the exception of Mary's coworkers, everyone else in the show is messed-up, even the ''witnesses under protection''.



* EndingMemorialService: for Mary's dad.

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* %%* EndingMemorialService: for For Mary's dad.



* FairCop: Bobby D. And Mary. And probably Marshall. Definitely Marshall.

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* FairCop: USMarshal Mary Shannon is [[HeadTurningBeauty very attractive]] and [[DudeMagnet gets a lot of attention from the opposite sex]].
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Bobby D. And Mary. And probably Marshall. D.
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Definitely Marshall.Marshall.
* FakeOutMakeOut: PlayedWith. Mary just wants to smear lipstick on Marshall's face to make them look less suspicious when they confront the diamond smugglers, but he mistakes her intentions and tries to kiss her. When she tells him off, he unapologetically responds, [[ImAManICantHelpIt "I'm a guy. It's what we do."]]
* FakeStatic: In the pilot episode, Mary simulates a bad signal by holding her phone out the window of her moving car and shouting, "What? I'm losing you!"



* FirstPersonSmartass

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* %%* FirstPersonSmartass



* FoodEnd
* GoodCopBadCop
* GoToAlias: Mary Sheppard and Marshall Miller.

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* %%* FoodEnd
* GayBarReveal: While helping Mary clear one of her witnesses of a murder, Marshall visits the victim's favorite bar and talks with TheBartender, who mentions that the victim always stood by his people. After wondering what that means, a confused Marshall looks around and realizes that all the patrons were male and many were holding hands...
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GoodCopBadCop
* GoToAlias: Mary Sheppard "Sheppard" and Marshall Miller."Miller".



* GunsAkimbo
* HiddenInPlainSight: The show's premise, [[spoiler:also what happens to Brandi's meth stash.]]

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->'''Marshall:''' Spending ten months undercover in a women's prison? I can think of worse.\\
'''Mary:''' You do know it's not all {{lingerie|scene}} and [[FanserviceFauxFight pillow fights?]]\\
'''Marshall:''' But it is sometimes, right?
* GunsAkimbo
GunsAkimbo: Both Mary and Marshall pull out their backup weapon in order to drive off some assassins coming after the witness they're protecting. Played realistically: the only time anyone manages to hit anyone during that gunfight is using a single gun, and the two guns are used more for suppressive fire than to actually kill anyone.
* HiddenInPlainSight: HasAType: Mary and Rafe's wife tease him about his type: [[EveryoneLovesBlondes blonde]], with [[BuxomIsBetter boobs]].
* HiddenInPlainSight:
**
The show's premise, [[spoiler:also being about the WitnessProtection Program, the title indicates exactly where the relocated witnesses are concealed.
** This is [[spoiler:
what happens to Brandi's meth stash.]]



* ItRunsInTheFamily: Everyone but Mary has been on the wrong side of the law. Marshall is a fifth-generation marshal.
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Several of Mary [=McCormack=]'s ''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.
* JurisdictionFriction: Tricky because Mary cannot reveal that anyone she's asking about is in [=WitSec=] (though Bobby D can certainly figure that out for himself, and is frequently annoyed by the fact that Mary and Marshal aren't cooperative).
* JustForPun[=/=]IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Most of the episode titles.

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* ItRunsInTheFamily: IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect: One episode had a witness who insisted that a bridge collapse was caused by [[CuttingCorners faulty materials]] rather than his calculations. He goes to the government, testifies in court, and holds the owner of the construction company at gunpoint to ''force'' him to admit that substandard materials were used in the bridge... and it turns out that the materials ''were'' switched without his knowledge, and the collapse really was sparked off by events beyond his control. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, during the course of his rigorous investigation to prove that it was not his fault, and after he gets the culprit to confess, he learned that it was his fault anyway. Though this particular collapse was instigated by the improper construction, he had been using flawed math on every bridge he ever made, and one of them was going to collapse sooner or later, this one just went first because there were additional problems.]] To his credit, he told everybody that part, too, in addition to what the constructor did.
* ImprobablyCoolCar: One episode lampshades this when Mary has to replace her old car which was wrecked in a shootout. Her sister's rich boyfriend owns a car dealership and he hooks up Mary with a great looking vintage muscle car. However, Mary's boss quickly points out that the car is way too noticeable. A US Marshall working for WitnessProtection cannot stand out and Mary is forced to return the car to the dealership.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Episodes are given punny titles often by combining the central element of the episode with a cliche or film or music reference. "A Fine Meth", "Coma Chameleon", "Second Crime Around"...
* ImportantHaircut: In "Kumar vs. Kumar", an Indian housewife gets her long hair cut short as part of looking more "American" in order to blend in while in WitnessProtection. Her very traditional husband objects to these changes in her appearance and personality but they eventually reconcile.
* TheInformant: Many of the people who get into WitnessProtection were informants who are now on the run from their former employers.
* InstantSeduction: In the "Pilot" episode, Mary goes to Raphael's house during a HeatWave so she can talk to him about Brandi. He answers the door {{shirtless|scene}} and their {{UST}} immediately starts up, but Mary is determined to just talk even as Raphael invites Mary her in. [[SexyDiscretionShot Cut to]] Raphael's bedroom as we hear Mary's [[TheImmodestOrgasm loud moan]] as they both [[PostCoitalCollapse collapse in bed]] panting and sweating.
* InstantWebHit: A teenager in {{witness protection}} performs in the school choir and one of the parents makes a video of it and posts it on the Internet. The video goes viral because the girl was an up and coming rockstar before witnessing a murder and she still has many loyal fans wondering what happened to her. Mary has to relocate the girl before the gangsters who want her dead come looking.
* ItRunsInTheFamily:
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Everyone but Mary in Mary's family has been on the wrong side of the law. law, wit her being the sole exception.
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Marshall is a fifth-generation marshal.
USMarshal.
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Several of Mary [=McCormack=]'s Creator/MaryMcCormack's ''Series/TheWestWing'' costars have paid the show a visit, most notably Joshua Malina Creator/JoshuaMalina (who played [=McCormack=]'s boyfriend on the earlier show) in a recurring role. Allison Janney, Richard Schiff Creator/AllisonJanney, Creator/RichardSchiff and as of the in season 4 previews Bradley Whitford have Creator/BradleyWhitford also put in appearances. And the music is by W.G. Snuffy Walden himself.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: An interesting subversion occurs with one of the witness couples. They were a very unhappy but very devout Catholic couple when they see a priest murdered. Because of their faith they cannot get divorced, even though it is quite obvious they hate each other at this point. [[spoiler:To make a long story short, she has found someone else that she likes and they both know this, but she wouldn't dare cheat. He ends up faking his death so that she can move on. She is not his beloved, but she is his wife and he admires her very much, and in order for her to be happy she can't be tied to him. So he fakes his own death and gets [=WitSec=] to help him get relocated again. At the end, the man she really loves is comforting her as he sneaks out the back]].
* JurisdictionFriction: Mary frequently bumps head with homicide detective Bobby D whenever he's assigned to cases involving Mary's witnesses. Tricky because Mary cannot reveal that anyone she's asking about is in [=WitSec=] (though Bobby D can certainly figure that out for himself, and is frequently annoyed by the fact that Mary and Marshal Marshall aren't cooperative).
* JustForPun[=/=]IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Most of the episode titles.
cooperative).



* LastMinuteHookup: Mary and Kenny.
* 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.

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* %%* LastMinuteHookup: Mary and Kenny.
* LawofInverseFertility: [[spoiler:Mary]] gets pregnant after a single SexWithTheEx session with her ex-husband. A case of RealLifeWritesThePlot since the actress was also pregnant at the time.
*
LawfulStupid: Played with PlayedWith - Marshal Marshall 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.



* {{Malaproper}}: Raphael, rarely.

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* LimitedSocialCircle: Taken to an extreme when Marshall and Mary's social circles consist of... Marshall and Mary. Over the years, the rises and falls a little bit. Raph and Bobby D join and leave. Abigail hovers at the edges. Stan joins and seems to stick. Even lampshaded by Brandi, who's frantic that she has no guests to invite to her wedding.
-->'''Brandi:''' Who are you bringing?\\
'''Mary:''' Marshall. I don't know, Stan, maybe?\\
Later:\\
'''Brandi:''' WE'RE LIKE THE FAMILY WITH NO FRIENDS!!
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{{Malaproper}}: Raphael, rarely.



* 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.
* MistakenForCheating: Raphael and Brandi, a lot.
* MsFanservice: Brandi. Mary gets to show off a fair bit too, but Brandi's almost always doing it.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The commercial for the series finale had Marshall telling Mary "I love you", making it appear as though they finally become a couple. [[spoiler:They don't: while Marshall does tell Mary that he loves her, it's as a sibling or best friend.]]

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* MarryThemAll: {{Averted|Trope}}. When a witness is caught out as a bigamist, he seems to want both of his families to merge into one big happy one. The wives and kids do not agree. Everyone agrees that they don't want to see the dad very much, if at all. The end of the episode does show the moms letting the kids play together.
* MellowFellow: Marshall Mann, in strong counterpoint to his high-strung partner Mary Shannon. The only time we ever see him less than confident was the episode featuring his father, who doubted his son was cut out to be a U.S. Marshall.
* 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 WitnessProtection she cannot drive a car that people will notice and remember.
* %%* MistakenForCheating: Raphael and Brandi, a lot.
* MsFanservice: Brandi. MistakenNationality: Marshall, trying to make small talk with a witness, comments that Albuquerque must be a big change from Moscow. The witness responds that she is from Kiev, but Marshall continues to assume that she's Russian, and she has to explain that Kiev is in Ukraine.
* ModestyTowel: Humorously PlayedWith in "In My Humboldt Opinion", where Rafe asks for
Mary a towel from inside his shower. She goes to look for them, she finds them all missing except a washcloth, explaining a towel filled suitcase earlier in the season which was thought to contain drugs. She leaves the washcloth hanging on the handle and [[ShowerOfLove joins him in the shower]] (We only see their SexySilhouette through the glass door.
* MsFanservice:
** Brandi who is wearing {{Stripperiffic}} more often than not.
** {{Downplayed|Trope}} with Mary, who usually wears practical clothing and but still
gets a few {{fanservice}} scenes every couple of episodes, such as in the pilot where there's a [[MaleGaze lingering camera shot]] of her ToplessnessFromTheBack and {{Sideboob}} after she slept with Raph.
* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: Rabbi Garfinkle explains that finding the needle is easy "If you are willing
to show off look at each and every piece of straw." The rabbi has patiently spent years in a fair bit too, but Brandi's almost always doing it.
methodical search and successfully found one of Mary's witnesses. He tells her that WitnessProtection works because "Criminals are lazy. That is why they are criminals. I on the other hand..."
* NeverTrustATrailer: The commercial for the series finale had Marshall telling Mary "I love you", making it appear as though they finally become a couple. the OfficialCouple. [[spoiler:They don't: while Marshall does tell Mary that he loves her, it's [[LikeBrotherAndSister as a sibling sibling]] or best friend.BestFriend.]]
* NoOneSeesTheBoss: The US Marshals transport a man who is the go-between for a mysterious female assassin known as "Lola", who agreed to inform on her after being caught in a sting. It turns out [[spoiler: There is no "Lola", he is the assassin, and he let himself be caught just so he could get at a target in the jail he was being held at, confident his lieutenants would free him from the marshalls.
]]



* NotStayingForBreakfast: Mary more often than not leaves in the middle of the night when she ends up in bed with Raph. In "Rubble with a Cause", he's excited when he finds her still in bed under the ModestyBedsheet and even makes her breakfast. Naturally, Stan calls moments later and she ditches Raph for work.
* ObliviousToLove: One episode has Mary helping a witness who's in love with a suspect in the case he's involved with, something Mary figures out fast. They eventually bring the woman in to get her help with Mary snapping about how this guy is going to all these lengths to help the woman he loves... and is stunned when the woman is actually surprised to realize this.
* OddlySmallOrganization: The Federal Marshal's office has 4 people, of which only two do fieldwork and one is a secretary.
* OnlyFriend: Early on, Marshall and Mary proclaim each other to be this. Ultimately, it seems like their circles have expanded... by [[LimitedSocialCircle: maybe one or two people each]].



* OnlySaneMan: Mary around her relatives. Mary and Marshal around any bureaucrats. Marshal around Mary. Peter around Mary and her family.

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* OnlySaneMan: Mary around her relatives. Mary and Marshal Marshall around any bureaucrats. Marshal Marshall around Mary. Peter around Mary and her family.family.
* OrganTheft: Done slightly more realistically with one witness of the week. It was a doctor removing kidneys from gastric bypass patients, since they are operating in the same area and the patient is likely to write off any problems caused by loss of kidney to complications from surgery.



* ParentalAbandonment: Mary's dad.

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* ParentalAbandonment: Mary's dad.dad abandoned his family to escape law enforcement after he robbed a bank.



* PickUpBabesWithBabes: When Mark has to watch Nora unexpectedly, he takes her to a "steak house" and women at the bar start making eyes at them. Though she is his kid, it's still a blatant use of this trope.



* PlatonicLifePartners: Mary and Marshall are opposite-sex platonic friends and partners at work.



-->'''Mary:''' Is this Manny, Moe, or Jack?
-->'''Witness:''' Who?
-->'''Mary:''' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pep_Boys Pep Boys]], it's a...never mind.

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-->'''Mary:''' Is this Manny, Moe, or Jack?
-->'''Witness:''' Who?
-->'''Mary:'''
Jack?\\
'''Witness:''' Who?\\
'''Mary:'''
[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pep_Boys Pep Boys]], it's a...never mind.



* RaceForYourLove: See AirplaneOfLove. Totally subverted when Mary doesn't catch Raphael thanks to a comedy of errors.
* 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, 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=] was pregnant with her third child.]]

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* PromotionToParent: Mary had to become the "parent" of the house since she was ''10'' when her dad left them and her mother became TheAlcoholic.
* PublicExposure: One episode has Mary barging on an art class to talk to a suspect while a model is posing nude (shot with SceneryCensor and ShouldersUpNudity). Being her naturally rude self, Mary begins EatingTheEyeCandy and makes some awkward cracks at [[BiggerIsBetterInBed his supposedly impressive endowedments]].
-->'''Mary:''' What's he make an hour? Or does he [[GagPenis charge by the foot?]]
* RaceForYourLove: See AirplaneOfLove. Totally subverted {{Subverted|Trope}} when Mary doesn't catch Raphael Mary's drives to the [[AirplaneOfLove airport]] to chase after Rafe but ends up missing him thanks to a comedy of errors.
errors, such as being stuck in traffic, stopped by trains and [[StrippingSnag getting her dress caught in a door.]]
* TheRainman: Judy Wagrowski from "Her Days Are Numbered"(3x10), Numbered" (3x10), a math savant with Asperger's. One of her coworkers even jokingly refers to her as "Rain Man". She was the perfect witness because she couldn't lie, but she was the worst [[WitnessProtection protected witness]] because it was impossible for her to maintain a new identity. She hits all the key tropes: HatesBeingTouched, 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."
" On top of that she still believed her boss was her friend and tried to visit him ''during the trial'', which nearly got her killed.
* RantInducingSlight: Mary gets sent through the [[TraumaCongaLine wringer]], including betrayal, kidnapping, and attempted rape. She [[TheDeterminator keeps it together]]... until she's safe, secure, and her car won't start. Then the sobbing and breakdown ensue.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[spoiler: Mary's pregnancy. Mary [=McCormack=] Creator/MaryMcCormack was pregnant with her third child.]]



* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Marshall.
* ShootOutTheLock: Averted, subverted, lampshaded, and played straight in one episode, all within about a minute. The lead, Mary, and another cop are trapped in a burning building. The second cop wants to shoot the lock, but Mary informs him that it won't work; the shrapnel would just bounce back. She tries to find the key for the door on the huge bunch of janitor's keys she used to get into the building, gets impatient, and shoots the lock. No shrapnel, but the dents damage the lock enough for them to get outside. She's surprised that it actually works.

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* SayingTooMuch: Mary is handling a teenager discovering her mom has been in WitnessProtection for [[MissingMom her entire life]]. Mary meets the woman's husband, who also knows, and they share the story of their first meeting with loads of details on the weather, what each wore, etc. Something seems off to Mary so she asks Marshall how he met his girlfriend and he gives a short, simple answer. They both realize the entire story seemed way too rehearsed and soon find the husband was actually the woman's criminal partner who's been on the run for years. Mary notes the irony that the duo trying to go overboard on details just gave away their secret.
* TheScapegoat: * Happened in one episode where a teenage girl witnessed a gang crime and her entire family had to go into hiding. She was [[TheUnfavorite essentially shunned by her own father]] for having gone to the forbidden part of town in the first place. Come TheReveal, and the parents learn that [[spoiler:she only went there to collect her younger sister, who was in trouble, and that both girls witnessed the crime. The older sister ordered the younger to keep quiet because "that way Daddy will only hate one of us."]]
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SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Marshall.
* SexWithTheEx: Mary and her ex-husband Mark have a no strings attached one night stand in season 4. He's impressed she [[SexGoddess kept him up for six hours, but she tells that was her being tired]].
* ShadyRealEstateAgent: One episode has Mary's latest witness being a con artist who turned on her partners. The story opens with her pulling a scam of cleaning up a house and showing it off to a couple, getting a hefty "down payment" for it. The couple are moving in when the police show up to inform them that the house had been foreclosed on and was never on the market.
*
ShootOutTheLock: Averted, subverted, lampshaded, and played straight {{Zigzagged|Trope}} in one episode, all within about a minute. The lead, episode. Mary, and another cop are trapped in a burning building. The second cop wants to shoot the lock, but Mary informs him that it won't work; the shrapnel would just bounce back. She tries to find the key for the door on the huge bunch of janitor's keys she used to get into the building, gets impatient, and shoots the lock. No shrapnel, but the dents damage the lock enough for them to get outside. She's surprised that it actually works.



* ShowerOfAngst: After her abduction ordeal in "Stan by Me", the next episode opens with Mary in a fetal position while soaking in the bathtub.



* TheSiege

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* %%* TheSiege



* SurroundedByIdiots: Mary's family.
* TheTeaser: Shows how this week's [=WitSec=] client came to join [=WitSec=] - committed/witnessed a crime, made a deal, etc.

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* StartingANewLife: The premise of the show is that the people entering WitnessProtection have to leave their old lives behind and make a new life for themselves under a new identity. Some embrace the opportunity and thrive but others cannot adjust and try to reach back to their old life thus causing serious problems for the {{US Marshal}}s tasked with protecting them.
* SurpriseCarCrash: [[spoiler:Marshal]] got into one of these during their final season. Surprisingly he came out mostly unscathed.
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SurroundedByIdiots: Mary's family.
* TakingTheBullet: Mary's dad James is shot by a business partner after diving in front of Mary, to protect her from being shot and he dies from his wounds.
* TheTeaser: Shows how this week's [=WitSec=] client came to join [=WitSec=] - committed/witnessed a crime, made a deal, etc.



** The second episode of [=S2=] involves a therapist being sent in to evaluate Mary. Mary herself is still suffering from residual PTSD. And that same therapist (Dr. Finkel) comes back in subsequent seasons to help Marshal and several witnesses deal with emotional problems.

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** The second episode of [=S2=] involves a therapist being sent in to evaluate Mary. Mary herself is still suffering from residual PTSD. And that same therapist (Dr. Finkel) comes back in subsequent seasons to help Marshal Marshall and several witnesses deal with emotional problems.



* TrashTheSet: After [[spoiler:the house is torn apart by drug-seeking FBI agents]] in the S1 finale, it spends S2 messed up before it's fixed between the finale and S3 premiere.
* USMarshal: Well, yes.
* WackyMarriageProposal: Most ''heartily'' rejected by Mary, lampshaded with comments later about how Mary hates cutesy proposals.

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* TrashTheSet: After [[spoiler:the house is torn apart by drug-seeking FBI agents]] in the S1 finale, it spends S2 messed up before it's fixed between the finale and S3 Season 3 premiere.
* USMarshal: Well, yes.
TropaholicsAnonymous: AlcoholicParent Jinx has Brandi pretend to be her and attend AA in her place, which is how Brandi ends up meeting her current boyfriend.
* WackyMarriageProposal: TwoferTokenMinority: Bobby D. (the D stands for Dershowitz) from ''Series/InPlainSight'' is black and Jewish.
* VerbalJudo: Delia pulls off one of these brilliantly when a Neo-Nazi potential witness tries to pick a fight with her.
-->'''Delia''': You don't have to sign a thing. You can rant, and spew your hate, take a swing at me for all I care. I'd like that, actually. I'd like to see this entire office pin your cheek to the cold, hard floor and before you can get up from under my shoe, your deal's blown, and you're locked up where no one can protect your sorry ass. ''[steps closer]'' So, please, Ms. Owens, I'm begging you: don't sign.
* WackyMarriageProposal:
** Marshall proposes to Abigail by attaching a ring to her target when they go to the shooting range for their one-year anniversary. But then, Abigail is a police detective and it was her favorite range.
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Most ''heartily'' rejected by Mary, lampshaded with comments later about how Mary hates cutesy proposals.



* WhiteSheep: Mary is a US Marshal despite having a [[spoiler:bigamist]] father with a serious gambling problem who has been a fugitive for decades, a lifelong alcoholic mother (now recovering) and a sister who [[spoiler:trafficked drugs for her boyfriend, in Mary's house]]. Slightly subverted in that Mary is hardly a saint herself, and we are meant to sympathize with Brandi and Jinx despite their largely self-inflicted problems.

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* WhiteSheep: Mary is a US Marshal USMarshal despite having a [[spoiler:bigamist]] father with a [[TheGamblingAddict serious gambling problem problem]] who has been a fugitive for decades, a lifelong [[AlcoholicParent alcoholic mother mother]] (now recovering) and a sister who [[spoiler:trafficked drugs for her boyfriend, in Mary's house]]. Slightly subverted {{subverted|trope}} in that Mary is hardly a saint herself, and we are meant to sympathize with Brandi and Jinx despite their largely self-inflicted problems.



* WitlessProtectionProgram: Zig-zagged, many times the protection's secrecy breaks because of the witnesses being TooDumbToLive (or something else happens, like a recording where one appears becoming a [=YouTube=] sensation), and sometimes because of inner leaks or because the bad guys are ''that'' much of an example of the ImplacableMan.
* WitnessProtection
* YouWatchTooMuchX

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* WitlessProtectionProgram: Zig-zagged, {{Zigzagged|Trope}}, many times the protection's secrecy breaks because of the witnesses being TooDumbToLive (or something else happens, like a recording where one appears becoming a [=YouTube=] sensation), and sometimes because of inner leaks or because the bad guys are ''that'' much of an example of the ImplacableMan.
* WitnessProtection
WitnessProtection: The show is about two USMarshal involved in this program and the various plights of their charges.
%%* YouWatchTooMuchX
* YouWatchTooMuchXWouldntHitAGirl Subverted amusingly by Marshall.
-->'''Mary:''' ''[pleading to be let out of an assignment involving an 8-year-old witness]'' Stan, I suck with kids.\\
'''Marshall:''' So? You suck with grown-ups, too.\\
''[Mary punches Marshall; Marshall punches Mary back]''\\
'''Mary:''' I can't believe you'd hit a girl!\\
'''Marshall:''' You're [[TheLadette no girl]].

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* WitlessProtectionProgram: Zig-zagged, many times the protection's secrecy breaks because of the witnesses being TooDumbToLive (or something else happens, like a recording where one appears becoming a [=YouTube=] sensation), and sometimes because of inner leaks or because the bad guys are ''that'' much of an example of the ImplacableMan.


* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[spoiler: Mary's pregnancy. Mary [=McCormack=] is pregnant with her third child.]]

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[spoiler: Mary's pregnancy. Mary [=McCormack=] is was pregnant with her third child.]]


* 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.]]
** Also forms the basis of 2x09, when [[spoiler: Brandi gets arrested for possession on the suitcase of meth that caused the Shannon family so much trouble, along with a laundry list of trumped-up charges related to the whole thing, not least of all ''Mary's kidnapping''.]]

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* ClearMyName: 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.]]
** Also This also forms the basis of 2x09, when [[spoiler: Brandi gets arrested for possession on the suitcase of meth that caused the Shannon family so much trouble, along with a laundry list of trumped-up charges related to the whole thing, not least of all ''Mary's kidnapping''.]]



* FairCop: Bobby D
** And Mary. And probably Marshall. Definitely Marshall.

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* FairCop: Bobby D
**
D. And Mary. And probably Marshall. Definitely Marshall.



* HideYourPregnancy: Brandi starts wearing a lot more clothes in early season three to disguise Nicole Hiltz's real life pregnancy.
* 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]]'']].



* 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]]'']].



* OnlyAFleshWound: Subverted. Marshall gets shot, and gets back up to help Mary fight off their assailants. Then he collapses. A good portion of the rest of the episode is spent dealing with the wound - which punctured his lung(!) - and he spends a few episodes in a cast.

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* OnlyAFleshWound: OnlyAFleshWound:
**
Subverted. Marshall gets shot, and gets back up to help Mary fight off their assailants. Then he collapses. A good portion of the rest of the episode is spent dealing with the wound - which punctured his lung(!) - and he spends a few episodes in a cast.



* ShownTheirWork: Frequently. At one point, Mary advises a witness to get into a bathroom and into the tub to avoid gunfire. This was actually done by residents of certain parts of LA during the 80s.

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* ShownTheirWork: ShownTheirWork:
**
Frequently. At one point, Mary advises a witness to get into a bathroom and into the tub to avoid gunfire. This was actually done by residents of certain parts of LA during the 80s.



* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted in the season 2 opening episode, where Mary is both on administrative leave and clearly suffering from PTSD symptoms, including skirting the edge of a HeroicBSOD. Marshall is remarkably knowledgeable about it.

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* ThereAreNoTherapists: ThereAreNoTherapists:
**
Averted in the season 2 opening episode, where Mary is both on administrative leave and clearly suffering from PTSD symptoms, including skirting the edge of a HeroicBSOD. Marshall is remarkably knowledgeable about it.



* WhatTheHellHero: In the season 2 finale, [[spoiler:Marshall realizes the reason the witness moved to a dangerous Latin 'hood, nearly getting Mary killed, was because she didn't want her future biographers to find out she stayed in a cushy American mansion while her people launched a revolution.]]
** And it goes the other way, too. [[spoiler:The same witness thinks that Mary wouldn't have gotten shot if her hostile (and in the witness' opionion, biased) behavior hadn't raised tensions to begin with.]]

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* WhatTheHellHero: WhatTheHellHero:
**
In the season 2 finale, [[spoiler:Marshall realizes the reason the witness moved to a dangerous Latin 'hood, nearly getting Mary killed, was because she didn't want her future biographers to find out she stayed in a cushy American mansion while her people launched a revolution.]]
** And it It goes the other way, too. [[spoiler:The same witness thinks that Mary wouldn't have gotten shot if her hostile (and in the witness' opionion, biased) behavior hadn't raised tensions to begin with.]]


* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Marshall. It's later revealed to be his first name; his last is "Mann".
** If by "later revealed," you mean "in the trailers before the show's first season started." It was never a secret.

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Marshall. It's later revealed to be his first name; his last His full name is "Mann".
** If by "later revealed," you mean "in the trailers before the show's first season started." It was never a secret.
Marshall Mann. Making him Marshall Marshall Mann.


->''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.''

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->''Since [[quoteright:300:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/in_plain_sight.jpg]]

->''"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.''
"''


** Played with hilariously in the pilot. When Stan starts to give her orders she doesn't like, GenreSavvy Mary invokes this by holding her phone out the window and yelling that she can't hear him. Equally GenreSavvy Stan knows what she's doing and just calls Marshall. Equally GenreSavvy Marshall pulls the same trick.

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** Played with hilariously in the pilot. When Stan starts to give her orders she doesn't like, GenreSavvy Mary invokes this by holding her phone out the window and yelling that she can't hear him. Equally GenreSavvy Stan knows what she's doing and just calls Marshall. Equally GenreSavvy Marshall pulls the same trick.


* CastingGag: Possibly. Starting with "When Mary Met Marshall", Allison Janney plays a character with similarly lofty connections to her character on TheWestWing.

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* CastingGag: Possibly. Starting with "When Mary Met Marshall", Allison Janney plays a character with similarly lofty connections to her character on TheWestWing.''Series/TheWestWing''.

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* NeverTrustATrailer: The commercial for the series finale had Marshall telling Mary "I love you", making it appear as though they finally become a couple. [[spoiler:They don't: while Marshall does tell Mary that he loves her, it's as a sibling or best friend.]]


* 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.

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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.


* 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?"

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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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