A good season finale should have a cliffhanger — and boy did we get one from tonight’s “In Plain Sight.” The “officer down” clip has been running in the previews, but we find out who was the one who got shot: Mary. As if she hasn’t been through enough on the job.
Two weeks ago, Francesca Garcia was the head of a labor movement, encouraging workers in her South American country to strike. Until two security officers sent by El Presidente come to kill her — but they’re sidelined by another crew from the CIA. Mr. Day, the lead agent/station chief, tells Francesca that the only way there will be labor reform is if there’s regime change — which is where their interests intersect.
Enter the WITSEC inspectors of Albuquerque. Francesca is relocated, and Stan agrees to put Mary on her protection detail, which at first doesn’t seem like a bad gig, since the CIA puts her up in a giant McMansion (Pool, spa, library, office, chef’s kitchen, 500 TV channels and enough hard drive space on the video system to stream 3,000 movies to any TV in the house. Take that, Comcast.). But it’s not sitting well with Francesca, and not just because she can’t get Mary to loosen up and have a drink — though surely partially because the next-door neighbor asked if she’s available to clean on Tuesdays. In the interim, Mary learns a little bit about how Francesca got started as the leader of the laborers’ cause in her country, starting with organizing a boycott of the bakery where she worked.
The next day Francesca moves across town — to a neighborhood best (and incredibly understatedly) described as “dicey” — where drug dealers live across the street and Mary and Marshall smell trouble at every turn. Mary warns that she needs to get out of there, but Francesca refuses to budge and says Mr. Day approved the move. “These are my people,” Francesca says. “I don’t belong in the other place.” And she accuses Mary and Marshall of overreacting to people with brown skin, saying that they’ve never known anything else and American drug laws discriminate against poor people. Or, you know, maybe they could just see criminal activity and think there might be problems.
But plucky Francesca the revolutionary will not be deterred, and Mary, after trying to get ABQ PD to send a squad car to patrol in hopes that it might quiet down the atmosphere in the neighborhood, takes her to a restaurant to get her off the scene. But nothing simmers down when they get back, even with Mary calling Bobby D and all but begging for a patrol car. Carlos, one of the guys from the street who Francesca earlier suggested should stop by with his buddies, comes banging on the door in a menacing way — and Mary, of course, doesn’t react well. Ignore him and he’ll go away, Francesca counsels, but Mario’s not going anywhere, and Bobby D’s presence outside ratchets things up. Mary sees Mario’s hand go behind his back and assumes he’s reaching for a gun. As she and Bobby D react — Mary gets a shot off — she takes a bullet to the abdomen.
An extremely emotional Marshall meets her at the hospital, and loses it when telling Stan that Mary wasn’t breathing when he saw her. This should not have happened, Marshall insists, and Stan agrees it was a stupid move to let Mary take the assignment. They console each other about Mary’s “air of invincibility” when Brandi, Jinx, and Raph come in. Mr. Day arrives with Francesca, and proceeds to read Stan the riot act about how his inspector screwed the pooch — prompting Stan to throw the guy against the wall and threaten him. Go Stan! He’s a pencil neck.
Turns out that Mary lost a lot of blood and was in full cardiac arrest when she came in. They schocked her heart back to something of a regular sinus rhythm and clamped off all the bleeding they could. They need to get her blood volume back up and stabilize her heart before they can go back into surgery, and she’s on a ventilator. It’s too soon to know whether she’ll suffer brain damage. And Marshall, while being incredibly sympathetic with Raph and doing some really lovely bonding, goes into protective mode and vows to get the guy who shot Mary.
Back on the investigation, Bobby D — clearly lying — says the other shooter fired first. but Francesca contends that Mary shot first and that Mary brought this on herself. Marshall all but offers Mario’s gang member friend a deal to go into witness protectio — or at least a beach in Hawaii — if he tells him who shot Mary. But the guy’s not budging. The next day, Francesca leaves — she’s being moved to a different location so her picture doesn’t turn up in the paper and ruin everything. “By everything you mean the carefully constructed PR campaign, depicting you as the self-sacrificing martyr?” Marshall retorts.”That’s why you moved to that neighborhood, isn’t it? God forbid your biographer write that while your loyal followers were dying fighting for your cause, you were hiding out in an American mansion.”
In the end, the police pick up Mario, but he wasn’t the shooter. We leave with Mary in her hospital bed on a ventilator, listening to the beeps of her monitor. But, thank goodness, without the long, flatline beep.
What did you think? Do you think they’ll ever figure out who shot Mary? Or that this storyline will continue beyond just one episode? Do you think Marshall and Raph’s shared love and concern for Mary defuses the tension? And do you think Mary made too big a deal out of Raph doing the Spanish-language ad for Peter’s car lot?
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