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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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 »

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The giant seal behind the judge in the court proceeding in Denver says "State of Colorado," and depicts the Colorado State Seal. The prosecution for the murder of the DEA agent, however, is in federal court, which would not use a state seal. On a separate note, because the agent's murder is depicted as having taken place in Humboldt County, California, whether it is prosecuted in state or federal court, it should have been in a California state or federal court, not in Denver. See more »

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Mary Shannon: Man, oh, man, O'Connor. You FBI guys. I've been on the job for five years. I don't even have a cubicle. You've been in town, what, six minutes? You have a private office? Now how is that fair? By the way, I was just wondering when you think I can expect a crew at my house to fix your mess.
Robert O'Conner: You know, I was just going to call you about that. I'm looking into the first of week of when hell freezes over. Does that work for you? Because if not I can reschedule.
Mary Shannon: No, that's about what I expected. Yeah...
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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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