Hi there, it's
Erin Fox here... (insert Troy McClure voice)... You may know me from such blogs as,
Battlestar Galactica, American Idol and
Saturday Night Live. I thought I'd try out a brand new show for a change and maybe less people will rip on me for whatever is irking them that day. I know I'm deluding myself, but just let me hold on to the dream.
So, I know tonight's episode is the third one of the season, but I wanted to post a recap of the pilot for those who may have some catching up to do. I'll be writing up the second and third episodes tomorrow, and much more succinctly than the first one outta the gate. The first one is all about getting you situated with Mary and her crazy sidekicks and cohorts. Let's get started.
Meet Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack): She's tough, smart, funny, sexy and doesn't f--k around. She also packs some serious heat as a U.S. Marshal for the WITSEC program, or Witness Protection for all us non-Marshal speaking folk. She has a sarcastic partner named
Marshall (That's right, his name and rank are the same... Marshal Marshall Mann. It's a cheap joke, but I still laugh at it) who she bosses around... pretty much like everyone else in her life. But Mary has a secret: She cares deeply for everyone in her life, including the criminals that don't deserve her care or protection. As Mary tells us via voice over (luckily, not an annoying device in this show), on any given day she might have to play mother, father, priest, rabbi, marriage counselor, and occasionally homicide detective. Clearly "protecting" her witnesses is only a tiny part of her complicated job, and even more complicated life.
Meet the family: We have crazy mom
Jinx played perfectly over the top by
Lesley Ann Warren who mooches off Mary and doesn't have a job. Then we have crazy as in wild sister
Brandi who shows up acting like a major drama queen, and also happens to be involved in some major drug dealing (judging by the hope chest full of coke that she digs into at the end of the episode).
Meet the others:
Cristián de la Fuente), is Mary's HOT boytoy, who she clearly likes more than that, but is pushing him away for some unknown reason (I'm sure we'll find out soon... daddy issues). She enlists him to pick up crazy Brandi at the bus station, and while making a pit stop at a youth home, Brandi boosts his car. He and Mary have a big fight over the incident, and then a hot/sweaty make up session. He clearly wants more from Mary, but pushes her buttons the wrong way trying to achieve it.
Stan is Mary's boss who has the most obvious and ridiculous crush on her. Shockingly, he's bald like every other "boss" on procedural shows and is used for comic relief (a little too similar to
The Closer for my taste). There's also super-hot homicide detective,
Dershowitz, who thinks he knows what Mary is all about... when will these men learn that they won't "get" Mary until at least Season 4!
The stories: The main story involves Mary protecting a mobster, Frankie, who flipped on one of the last of the big time bosses, Dominic... after whacking one of his main dudes, Petey. Not a smart move for Frankie, because the next day, his son and a girl named Sienna end up dead in the desert. There are a bunch of Native American bikers watching from afar apparently, there's a big bru-ha-ha between land developers Kale Burke (Sienna's Dad) and Edwin Talltrees. Mary visits Mr. Talltrees and his son Kyle who was close to Sienna until their dads' had their falling out. Of course, Talltrees denies any wrongdoing in the land deal or involving the dead kids. He and his son have alibis, so Mary moves on.
Meanwhile, Mary has another witness to deal with named Tasha. Poor Tasha is from the Ukraine and got into trouble in New York City... she's having a hard time adjusting to her new city and gross apartment and bursts into tears. Here is the first time we see the depth of Mary's concern and care for her witnesses. It's pretty moving, and even funny when she asks Tasha if there is anything she needs, and Tasha blankly says, "They promised me new breasts when I can get them?" Mary's look is priceless.
Back at the office, Marshall has discovered a phone call was received by Frankie from Dominic's son Richie. Mary, trying to track down Richie, pretends to be some hootch that Richie picked up and basically has phone sex with him (hilariously) and gets him to say he's in Albuquerque (what a co-in-ceedink! So is Mary and her witness!). After Mary captures and hands Richie off to Marshall, she tracks down Frankie and his wife in a church. Frankie threatens that if Mary doesn't catch Frankie Jr.'s killer, he will exact his own revenge, regardless of the program. Before that happens, Richie finds them, but Frankie's wife shoots him before Mary busts through the door. So, where the hell does that leave us in the murder of Sienna and Frankie Jr.? You guessed it, nowhere.
In the middle of all this action, we have the family drama. It's Mary's birthday, she hates it, and what she hates even more is that her family is planning a surprise party that she knows about. She runs home between badgering witnesses, family members and suspects, and referees juvenile bickering between her mom, boyfriend and sister. Clearly, Mary is the only adult in her own life, which is why she may sometimes act like a petulant child. But in the end, she shows up to her party, and her mother is thrilled she's there, Brandi apologizes for being such a drama queen, and her boyfriend leaves her a note saying that he doesn't accept her definition of "what they are." And, when her sister gives her a necklace with a Native American symbol for "May you always sleep under the tall trees," she has an epiphany over who really killed of Frankie Jr., and Sienna. It wasn't about land at all, it was about Sienna dumping Kyle because he was Indian. He was heartbroken and made her pay along with Jr. with their lives
To celebrate solving the case, Mary passes out on her couch, post party, but then remembers she told Tasha she'd bring her groceries. What a long friggin' day. I'm tired just watching! But she also brings with her some x-rated magazines to pick her new breasts. God bless our government.
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Hi there, it's Erin Fox here... (insert Troy McClure voice)... You may know me from such blogs as, Battlestar Galactica, American Idol and Saturday Night Live. I thought I'd try out a brand new show for a change and maybe less people will rip on me for whatever is irking them that day. I know I'm deluding myself, but just let me hold on to the dream. So, I know tonight's episode is the third one of the season, but I wanted to post a recap of the pilot for those who may have some catching up to do. I'll be writing up the second and third episodes tomorrow, and much more succinctly than the first one outta the gate. The first one is all about getting you situated with Mary and her crazy sidekicks and cohorts. Let's get started.Meet Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack): She's tough, smart, funny, sexy and doesn't f--k around. She also packs some serious heat as a U.S. Marshal for the WITSEC program, or Witness Protection for all us non-Marshal speaking folk. She has a sarcastic partner named ...