In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight

Format Drama
Picture Format
Running Time 40–45 minutes
Created by David Maples
Starring See below
Narrated By
Opening Theme Jeff Beal
Country of origin United States
Language English
Original channel USA Network
Original run 1 June 2008
Finale 4 May 2012
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 61
(As of present)
List of episodes See below
IMDB profile In Plain Sight summary In Plain Sight
related shows Law & Order: Criminal Intent
In Plain Sight is a USA Network cable TV series drama which revolves around Mary Shannon, a sexy yet formidable U.S. Marshal whose job is to ensure the safety of people in the Federal Witness Relocation Program as they attempt to start new lives in the Southwest. Helping on the job is Mary's fellow marshal, Marshall Mann, who isn't a lot of help, however, when it comes to Mary's high-maintenance mother, Jinx, and sister, Brandi.

The series premiered on June 1, 2008 and concluded on May 4, 2012 after running five successful seasons.

Cast and Characters

Image Actor Character Seasons
Mary McCormack Deputy U.S. Marshal
Mary Shannon
Seasons 1-5
Frederick Weller Deputy U.S. Marshal
Marshall Mann
Seasons 1-5
Nichole Hiltz Brandi Shannon Seasons 1-4 (Recurring Season 5)
Lesley Ann Warren Jinx Shannon Seasons 1-2 (Recurring Seasons 3-5)
Paul Ben-Victor Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Stan McQueen
Seasons 2-5 (Recurring Season 1)
Cristián de la Fuente Raphael Ramirez Season 2 (Recurring Seasons 1,3,5)
Todd Williams Detective
Robert Dershowitz
Seasons 1-2
Rachel Boston Detective
Abigail Chaffee
Season 5 (Recurring Season 4)


Airdate: June 15, 2008
Episode Summary: When a celebrity gossip columnist is murdered, Deputy Marshall Mary Shannon's investigation into suspect Frank Chess leads her to Logan and Wheeler in New York.


Season 1

Image Episode Sypnosis Original Airdate
IPS0101 1.01 (#1)
U.S. Marshal Mary Shannon of the Witness Protection Program tries to solve the murder of a mobster's son who was under her watch. Meanwhile, she must deal with her dysfunctional family on her birthday. June 1, 2008
IPS0102 1.02 (#2)
Hoosier Daddy
Mary must protect a drug dealer's young son, who has been adopted by another WITSEC family, after the dad sues for custody upon his release from prison. June 8, 2008
IPS0103 1.03 (#3)
Never the Bride
Mary poses as a bridesmaid to protect a diamond smuggler who planned a high-profile wedding while in the program. June 15, 2008
IPS0104 1.04 (#4)
Trojan Horst
Marshall and Mary are stranded in the desert with a prisoner after hit men sabotage their vehicle, wounding Marshall in the process. June 22, 2008
IPS0105 1.05 (#5)
Who Shot Jay Arnstein?
An art dealer under Mary's watch is shot, and the suspects include his mistress and his wife, who supposedly is unaware of the other woman. June 29, 2008
IPS0106 1.06 (#6)
High Priced Spread
Brothers in the program run into trouble when one of them, a college basketball star, develops a dangerous gambling habit. July 6, 2008
IPS0107 1.07 (#7)
Iris Doesn't Live Here Anymore
An arrogant doctor and his family must move after his daughter witnesses a gang shooting, and the stress of adjusting to living in the program threatens to tear the once close-knit clan apart. July 13, 2008
IPS0108 1.08 (#8)
Don of the Dead
Mary loses a witness in a car accident and investigates if the event was related to his former life. July 20, 2008
IPS0109 1.09 (#9)
Good Cop, Dead Cop
A one-night stand with a witness comes back to haunt Mary when he's accused of murder. July 27, 2008
IPS0110 1.10 (#10)
To Serge with Love
Mary's witness Natasha tries to settle in to her new life but hits a roadblock when she learns her boyfriend is also in the program. August 3, 2008
IPS0111 1.11 (#11)
Stan by Me
Mary and Brandi's boyfriend Chuck are abducted in separate incidents, leading the Feds to believe there is a connection between the cases. August 10, 2008
IPS0112 1.12 (#12)
A Fine Meth
Mary fears for her job after Brandi's involvement with drug trafficking is revealed. Meanwhile, Stan and Marshall take on a special assignment. August 17, 2008

Season 2

Image Episode Sypnosis Original Airdate
IPS0201 2.01 (#13)
Gilted Lily
A witness's death pulls Mary out of administrative leave. While working on the case, she also must cope with her post-traumatic stress disorder. April 19, 2009
IPS0202 2.02 (#14)
In My Humboldt Opinion
Mary tries to secure the testimony of a drug mastermind who controls his severe anxiety by getting high. April 26, 2009
IPS0203 2.03 (#15)
A Stand-Up Triple
A witness has trouble handling her three wild kids, so Mary steps in to help. May 3, 2009
IPS0204 2.04 (#16)
Rubble with a Cause
A witness is injured and trapped in a building collapse, leaving him vulnerable to a sniper waiting nearby. May 10, 2009
IPS0205 2.05 (#17)
Aguna Matatala
An Orthodox Jewish witness realizes he's being followed by a strange man. The witness's wife, meanwhile, refuses to enter the witness-protection program. May 17, 2009
IPS0206 2.06 (#18)
One Night Stan
Stan is implicated in the murder of his first witness after his badge is found with the witness's bones. As Mary and Marshall investigate, they learn about a 20-year-old love triangle. May 31, 2009
IPS0207 2.07 (#19)
Duplicate Bridge
After the engineer of a collapsed bridge is targeted by the families of those who died in the accident, he enters WITSEC and tries to prove he's not responsible for the collapse. June 7, 2009
IPS0208 2.08 (#20)
A Frond in Need
Mary and Marshall suspect that a new witness may be involved in a string of murders and the stabbing of Mary's friend. June 14, 2009
IPS0209 2.09 (#21)
Who's Bugging Mary?
Brandi is charged with murder and drug trafficking by Agt. O'Connor, leaving Mary to try to uncover the reasons behind his vendetta against her sister. June 21, 2009
IPS0210 2.10 (#22)
Miles to Go
Mary searches for the missing son of a witness who won't testify unless he's able to visit his child. June 28, 2009
IPS0211 2.11 (#23)
A witness's teen daughter becomes involved in a reckless romance. Elsewhere, Raphael's mother visits and begins planning an engagement party without Mary's consent. July 12, 2009
IPS0212 2.12 (#24)
Training Video
Mary shares her expertise with a film crew making a training video for U.S. Marshals. Elsewhere, Marshall makes arrangements for an elderly mobster in WITSEC to go to his son's funeral. July 19, 2009
IPS0213 2.13 (#25)
Let's Get It Ahn
A counterfeiter witness is implicated in a murder. Mary and Marshall become suspicious of the clues, which seem fake, and wonder if there's a deeper conspiracy at hand. July 26, 2009
IPS0214 2.14 (#26)
Once a Ponzi Time
A Wall Street investor hides out in WITSEC after revealing his boss's fraud. To gain protection, he gives up his fortune, which proves inconvenient when a ransom from his past needs to be paid. August 2, 2009
IPS0215 2.15 (#27)
Don't Cry for Me Albuquerque
A Latina political activist hides in WITSEC with help from the U.S. government, but the arrangement soon sours when she moves to her new home. August 9, 2009

Season 3

Image Episode Sypnosis Original Airdate
IPS0301 3.01 (#28)
Father Goes West
Mary and Marshall look for Mary's would-be killer. Meanwhile, a Boston thief hopes to straighten out his life for the sake of his son. March 31, 2010
IPS0302 3.02 (#29)
When Mary Met Marshall
The first witnesses Mary and Marshall handled together are put in danger by a break-in. Meanwhile, flashbacks reveal how Mary came to join WITSEC. April 7, 2010
IPS0303 3.03 (#30)
Coma Chameleon
A BATF agent whom Mary has been protecting awakens from a three-year coma. His long-awaited testimony could put a weapons trafficker behind bars. April 14, 2010
IPS0304 3.04 (#31)
Whistle Stop
Mary and Marshall try to persuade an FBI informant to join WITSEC, but the man remains reluctant. Elsewhere, Stan tries to wrangle an ex-boxer witness suffering from dementia. April 21, 2010
IPS0305 3.05 (#32)
Fish or Cut Betta
Mary's new witness, a former hit man with a penchant for explosives, falls in love. Mary has high hopes for the romance, but her optimism quickly turns to concern after the man is dumped. April 28, 2010
IPS0306 3.06 (#33)
No Clemency for Old Men
Mary helps a parolee and former bank robber stay on the straight and narrow and acclimate to life outside prison. Meanwhile, Marshall pitches in to help Mary with a witness. May 5, 2010
IPS0307 3.07 (#34)
Love's Faber Lost
Agent Faber pairs Mary with a new witness who was involved in a mortgage-fraud scheme for a gang. May 12, 2010
IPS0308 3.08 (#35)
Son of Mann
Marshall deals with feelings of inadequacy when working with his dad, who visits Albuquerque to round up fugitives with outstanding warrants. May 19, 2010
IPS0309 3.09 (#36)
Death Becomes Her
A woman wants to escape from her family, who are heavily involved in organized crime, but a secret from her past puts her eligibility for witness protection in jeopardy. June 2, 2010
IPS0310 3.10 (#37)
Her Days Are Numbered
A witness with Asperger's refuses to testify against her friend, frustrating Mary. Elsewhere, Marshall and Stan try to prevent the deportation of a key witness. June 9, 2010
IPS0311 3.11 (#38)
The Born Identity
Mary helps her latest witness, a homeless man who's struggling with the program, find his birth parents. But the search could cause more problems than she anticipated. June 16, 2010
IPS0312 3.12 (#39)
WITSEC Stepmother
Mary keeps an eye on a teen witness whose separated parents are too distracted by their own issues to pay attention to their daughter. June 23, 2010
IPS0313 3.13 (#40)
A Priest Walks Into a Bar
Mary must protect a priest who witnessed the murder of a stripper, but she soon learns that the priest is obsessed with saving another woman from a similar fate. Meanwhile FBI agent Mike Faber returns. June 30, 2010

Season 4

Image Episode Sypnosis Original Airdate
IPS0401 4.01 (#41)
The Art of the Steal
Mary seeks help from a witness to help clear Brandi of grand theft auto charges. May 1, 2011
IPS0402 4.02 (#42)
Crazy Like a Witness
Mary helps a paranoid whistle-blower connect with his son. May 8, 2011
IPS0403 4.03 (#43)
Love in the Time of Colorado
A witness's romantic entanglements with a suspect fluster Mary, who acts as a go-between for the pair. May 15, 2011
IPS0404 4.04 (#44)
Meet the Shannons
Mary counsels a teenage pageant queen who discovers she has been unknowingly living under witness protection. May 22, 2011
IPS0405 4.05 (#45 )
Second Crime Around
Mary reluctantly teams up with a remorseless con artist to go after an even bigger criminal. June 5, 2011
IPS0406 4.06 (#46)
Something A-Mish
Mary protects an Amish witness who must contend with culture shock and people who mean her harm. June 12, 2011
IPS0407 4.07 (#47)
I'm a Liver Not a Fighter
Mary helps a terminally ill man reconnect with his estranged children. June 19, 2011
IPS0408 4.08 (#48)
Kumar vs. Kumar
Mary counsels a divorcing couple in WITSEC in order to keep their family safe. To help her cause, Mary must learn about Hindu tradition in hopes of guiding the pair to work things out. June 26, 2011
IPS0409 4.09 (#49)
The Rolling Stones
A man is forced to enter WITSEC because of his twin brother's actions. Mary must protect them both from outside enemies and from each other. July 10, 2011
IPS0410 4.10 (#50)
Girls, Interrupted
Marshall and Stan contend with a rock-star witness and her controlling mother while Mary is away on a WITSEC-mandated road trip. July 17, 2011
IPS0411 4.11 (#51)
Mary protects a deeply remorseful Army veteran and clashes with his military lawyer. July 24, 2011
IPS0412 4.12 (#52)
A Womb with a View
Mary protects a courtesan from a gangster, who's the father of her unborn child. While Mary gets a crash course in childbirth, she must also decide if she can trust the woman. July 31, 2011
IPS0413 4.13 (#53)
Something Borrowed, Something Blew Up
Mary's work interferes with Brandi's wedding when Mary is forced to look after her least favorite witnesses. August 7, 2011

Season 5

Image Episode Sypnosis Original Airdate
IPS0501 5.01 (#54)
The Anti-Social Network
Mary returns from maternity leave and encounters a new dynamic at the office. Elsewhere, Mary is assigned to protect a witness who could destroy a powerful secret society. March 16, 2012
IPS0502 5.02 (#55)
Four Marshalls and a Baby
Mary scrambles to find child care while working on a case in which a hoarder witnessed a violent murder. March 23, 2012
IPS0503 5.03 (#56)
Reservations, I've Got a Few
Mary and Marshall turn to a Native American detective to help them track down a witness who's hiding on an Indian reservation. March 30, 2012
IPS0504 5.04 (#57)
The Merry Wives of WITSEC
Mary looks after a bigamist, who's hiding from his former employer and his two wives. April 6, 2012
IPS0505 5.05 (#58)
Drag Me to Hell
Mary helps a drag queen stay out of trouble, while Marshall takes part in an undercover sting. April 13, 2012
IPS0506 5.06 (#59)
The Medal of Mary
Mary's fugitive father surfaces, putting Jinx and Brandi in danger and leaving Mary to wonder whom she can trust. April 20, 2012
IPS0507 5.07 (#60)
Sacrificial Lam
The FBI keeps an eye on Mary after her father goes on the lam seeking vengeance. Mary tries to lose the agents tailing her in order to track her father down herself. April 27, 2012
IPS0508 5.08 (#61)
All's Well That Ends
Mary feels torn between a witness and her family, who gather for an unexpected reunion. Elsewhere, big changes occur at the WITSEC office. May 4, 2012
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