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Published:July 1st, 2009 08:49 EST

In Plain Sight S1 DVD Review

By Garrett Godwin

Welcome to Witness Protection.  Now, get lost

The USA series In Plain Sight chronicles the professional and personal lives of Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack), a U.S. Marshal sworn to protect those under the Federal Witness Protection Program.  Whether they`re guilty such as mobsters or innocent such as people at the wrong place at the wrong time, they have with one thing in common: there are people who want to keep them from testifying -- by any means necessary.

Mary is tough when she needs to be with her job, yet tender when it comes to her witnesses and helping them adjust to their new lives.  Her partner is Marshall (yes, Marshall) (Fred Weller), who balances Mary out, and their boss is Stan (Paul Ben-Victor).  While Mary excels at her job, her personal life is another story.  Her sister Brandi (Nichole Hiltz) has a boyfriend who deals drugs, her mother Jinx (Lesley Ann Warren) is an alcoholic, and both women live with Mary.  Her on/off boyfriend, minor-league player Raph (Cristian de la Funte), wonders how someone so hot could be so cold.  Still, Mary maintains her sanity by making sure her witnesses are hidden from danger ... In Plain Sight.

Season one continues all 13 episodes with deleted scenes, as Mary`s cases involves helping her first witnesses involved in gambling, and getting involved with an ex-cop who`s in the program and must clear his name in the process when he`s the suspect of a cop killing.  The emotionally intense two-part finale finds Mary`s professional and personal life colliding, as Mary must choose between doing her job -- or protecting her family.

There has been mixed reactions over the supporting cast, but rave reviews over McCormack as a complex, compelling, complicated, sexy, and strong character in the likes of modern female heroines such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit`s Olivia Benson.

In Plain Sight`s in view for season one -- right now on DVD.