In Plain Sight “All’s Well That Ends” Review

In Plain Sight Alls Well That Ends Season 5 Episode 8 (3)
The title of the final episode of In Plain Sight was “All’s Well That Ends Well.” Indeed, everything did end well for the characters that we’ve watched for five seasons – even if it was not the ending viewers wanted.

The episode picked up with Marshall ditching a meeting with Abigail and their minister to help Mary make funeral arrangements for her father. Not good. After exhibiting patience that would rival Job, Abigail finally demands that Marshall figure out what is going on between him and Mary. Despite five years of will they or won’t they tension, the partners extinguished all hope for a romantic future in less than 60 seconds. Given the reluctance of Mary McCormack and Fred Weller to have their respective characters end up in a more than platonic relationship, it was not a huge shock that Mary “released” Marshall to be with Abigail. In the real world, I’m not sure that something so complex could be dealt with so easily and there was no real acknowledgment of the extent to which Mary shared Marshall’s feelings. Always the protector, I assumed that if Mary had romantic feelings for Marshall she would put them to the side so that he could be happy with Abigail. I actually found it to be a little bittersweet that by releasing Marshall, Mary would no longer be able to call on him outside of work. Obviously they will remain friends but after that rooftop conversation, it is clear that things would never be the same. Mary’s decision to invite the Cougar Town guy to the dinner with her family and colleagues at the end was a good sign that Mary would not be alone but I’m still a little disappointed in how things ended. The resolution of Marshall and Mary felt true to In Plain Sight, but what the hell you’re ending the series for good – shake things up a bit. I did not think we’d actually see Mary and Marshall in a relationship but I was hopeful that Abigail would be sent packing by the end so that we could have been left wit the suggestion of a Mary/Marshall romantic pairing. Oh well.

Another complication to a Mary/Marshall relationship would have been the obvious conflict in interest presented by Marshall’s new job as Mary’s boss. In another quick, tidy bit of closure, Stan was promoted to a position in Washington, DC and his first order of business was to keep the Albuquerque WITSEC office open. Marshall will clearly make a great successor but it seems a little too soon for him to be off the streets. I suppose he and Abigail will add a few kids to their picture-perfect life, so the new position may be better for him as a new dad. This, of course, ignores the fact that Mary jumped right back into action after having a child. Does this mean that Mary will now be partnered with Delia? Delia has come a long way but I’m not sure about her and Mary working together on a permanent basis.

Jinx and a pregnant Brandi returned, both still as crazy and whiny as ever. If there was one benefit to this final season, it was how little we saw the other women in the Shannon family.

If I could change one thing about the finale – other than the Marshall/Mary issue – I would have had a cameo appearance by Dershowitz. In fact, he always had a crush on Mary, I would have brought him back on the show as her potential suitor. Dershowitz was such a central character at the beginning of the series, so it was disappointing to have him disappear into thin air by the start of season 4.

Farewell In Plain Sight, it was a fun ride. What did you think of the finale? Are you going to give Common Law a chance? Sound off below!