In Plain Sight: Season 2, Episode 2

In My Humboldt Opinion (26 Apr. 2009)

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Mary tries to cajole a reluctant marijuana grower (and user) to testify against his former partners who are being prosecuted for the murder of a DEA agent six months earlier -- or else he ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sebastian Tyler Rose ...
Soren Royal / Soren Rogan (as Sebastian Rose)
Jason David Young ...
Chad Brummett ...


Mary tries to cajole a reluctant marijuana grower (and user) to testify against his former partners who are being prosecuted for the murder of a DEA agent six months earlier -- or else he and his family will be dropped from the WITSEC program and he'll be prosecuted for the murder. In the meantime, in the continuing fallout from the investigation of Brandi's possible drug possession and Mary's kidnapping, Mary is shadowed by a psychologist who will determine whether Mary can be returned to full status with the Marshal's Office. Written by aldanoli

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This episode features a fast food establishment called "Bob's Burgers". The dialogue implies that its a national (or at least regional) chain, when one person said "I didn't know New Mexico had Bob's Burgers." In reality, there really is a chain of fast food restaurants called "Bob's Burgers" and in fact, that shot was filmed at one of their locations (with the corporate logos and menu boards changed), however, its a purely local chain of restaurant, with all of their locations in Albuquerque, or the surrounding area. So, any other restaurant named "Bob's Burgers" outside of New Mexico is not the same chain as portrayed in the episode. See more »


There is no "Bob's Burgers" on the section of Central Ave (Route 66) as shown in the episode. The in-car sequence is actually filmed on Route 66 as Marshall mentions, however, the exterior shot of the fast food restaurant is actually a re-dressed Bob's Burger location elsewhere in the city. See more »


Mary Shannon: [Jerry has been admitted to the hospital] What the hell happened?
Marshall Mann: Well, according to the cropduster who happened to be flying by at the time, "The dang fool just tumbled ass-over-teakettle out of his cotton-picking, cherry-picker for no good reason." Which isn't a huge surprise, since Jerry reeked of pot when they brought him in.
Mary Shannon: I thought you were going to get rid of his stash.
Marshall Mann: [sarcastically] I did. However, in the limited time afforded me, I wasn't able to get rid of all the pot in Albuquerque.
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Ridiculous and offensive depiction of mental illness
13 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Do they have no advisers who went to college? This episode features a witness who has a serious anxiety disorder that causes him to be fearful of testifying in public court. The expert called in by the team fails to accurately inform the Marshals of the nature of this very real illness. It seems to have been written and performed by people who have not even basic education about mental illness.

The witness uses marijuana to control his anxiety. Pot is a medically approved for controlling anxiety in some State's that have medical marijuana programs.

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Because pot is illegal in the State in which the episode is supposed to take place, the Marshal is faced with the "dilemma" of not being able to allow the witness to testify while under the influence of an illegal medication. The Psychologist fails to prescribe or even suggest one of dozens and dozens of prescription medications that could help the witness manage the testimony. This is absurd. There are so many medications that could have been used to solve the problem, but that would have made unnecessary the contrived "drama" of the "hero", Marshal Mary, saving the situation .

The stupid resolution is that Mary brow beats and lectures the witness over and over until he "gives in" and is "brave enough" to testify without the pot. She gives him repeated talks, harassing him until she prevails! The mentality of people who imagine that this could work is ridiculous. This is deeply insulting to informed people who know that anxiety disorders and other mental illnesses do not respond to nasty threats or appeals to conscience. Bulling someone with an anxiety disorder will produce the exact opposite of the desired result! I pity the family members of people who wrote and approved this script!

The Marshal's relentless, mean spirited and ignorant arguments would exacerbate an anxiety problem. This does a terrible disservice to all viewers who might gather from this kind of propaganda that mental illness is a character issue and that sufferers can just "try harder" and "get over" an illness by force of will. This episode perpetuates ignorance about mental health and stigmatizes mental illness. This is not "smart" TV. This program is intellectually bereft.

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