Well folks, ever since it was announced that this would be the final season of In Plain Sight, I have been anticipating this series finale with an equal measure of dread and love: dread because it is the end of a well-written series with lots of witty banter and great chemistry between the leads, Mary McCormack and Frederick Weller; and love because I trusted the writers to provide us with a finale that would befit the series that has given me so much entertainment and angst over the last five years.
The finale opens as every episode has for the last five years: a witness joins WitSec after becoming unwittingly involved at a crime scene. In this case, a young model, Casey Logan (Anna Osceola), while taking a break from a photo shoot, sees a woman shot by a man who turns out to be involved in an international identity theft ring. Casey has been modeling and on her own since she was discovered as a fourteen year old and finds her new life tough to adjust to.
As Abigail (Rachel Boston) continues to prepare for her upcoming nuptials with Marshall (Weller), she finds herself very much on her own. She waits patiently for Marshall for their appointment with the Minister while he is by Mary’s (McCormack) side as she tries to make arrangements for her father’s funeral. In fact, every time Mary calls, Marshall runs to her side. It’s a fact that has not gone unnoticed by anyone – not by Abigail, not even Marshall’s father, but it seems Mary is the only person oblivious to this.
“All’s Well That Ends” is about closure and possible new beginnings. As Mary sits in the park with baby Norah, she is joined by Kenny (Josh Hopkins) and his baby son, (whom we met in “Drag Me To Hell”), and they mock the adults playing hacky-sack together. Could he be the “new Marshall” in Mary’s life or is he just another booty call?
Mary’s mother, Jinx (Lesley Ann Warren), returns from Florida following James Shannon’s death. She is determined to throw a party/wake (or as Mary calls it, a “Fake Wake”) in James’ memory and to give the family closure. As she advises her daughter, if she doesn’t let go of her father, she can never let someone else in. Runaway-bride Brandi (Nichole Hiltz) also returns from Florida with a big surprise of her own.
There’s really not too much more I can say without revealing too many spoilers but I assure you there will be closure on the big questions that have been hanging over us all season (and longer):
- What’s in the suitcase that James dropped down into Mary’s basement in “Sacrificial Lam” when he was being chased by the Feds?
- With the threat of closure looming over them, what’s going to happen to the ABQ WitSec office? Delia (Tangie Ambrose) is convinced they’re all going to be let go – is she right?
- What’s a fitting way for Mary to “let go” of her father?
- Will Abigail get to walk down the aisle with Marshall?
And of course, there’s the big question:
- Will Mary and Marshall admit they love each other?
If you are prone to getting a little emotional, my advice is to keep the Kleenex handy because you are going to need it. This is the best ending to In Plain Sight I could have ever hoped for. I expect some fans may be disappointed but the only disappointment I have is that Mary-Marshall is no more.