In Plain Sight, "Provo-Cation": not so quiet on the western front

Quick Take: In Plain Sight, "Provo-Cation"
"Provo puts the JAG in jagoff." - Mary Shannon

In Plain Sight

Review: In Plain Sight, "Provo-Cation"
(S0411) So this is pretty interesting. A soldier witnesses a crime and when he speaks up, he has to go into witness protection because he's being threatened by other soldiers. If this isn't a hot button issue, I don't know what is. I can't think of anything much more sickening than a person risking their life to protect someone else's freedoms and then having to hide away because of another soldier's cowardice and treason. I sincerely hope this episode isn't based on actual events.

Joel Gretsch is a conundrum. In the past years, he's played an FBI agent, an alien-fighting priest, and now an army officer and he does it all while looking like Mark Valley. I enjoy his work but I thought he seemed a little too perfect an enemy for Mary (Mary McCormack). It certainly didn't help that he was so indelicate. Has he never spoken to a civilian before? Mary even pointed out how freaked out Sue (Daniella Alonso) was and he still found it impossible to be gentle.

To say John's (Jake McLaughlin) wig out was scary is like saying Mary is a little controlling. His obvious PTSD added an interesting level of weirdness to this episode. He clearly is going to need serious help. Will he be able to get it in Albuquerque?

This episode simply got weirder by the minute. When it came out that John actually shot his buddy, I couldn't help but wonder if he was ever going to catch a break.

While I thought the episode ended with a little too much drama for my tastes, I have to admit that it was pretty realistic, even gut-wrenchingly so. It was also nice to see Mary warming up to a guy who could actually keep up with her.

By the way, that last scene with Mary and Marshall (Frederick Weller) is what makes this show great.

By The King of TV, Paul Goebel

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On: Monday, July 25, 2011
Danielle said:

Correction: John didn't shot his friend, he said he killed him in the sense that the friends death was his fault.  He even says he gave him the wrong hand signal and it caused his friend to get up and run prematurely, then he was shot (not by John, by the enemy). 


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