Network: USA Network
Episodes: 61 (hour)
TV show dates: June 1, 2008 — May 4, 2012
Series status: Ended
Performers include: Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller, Nichole Hiltz, Paul Ben-Victor, Cristian de la Fuente, Lesley Ann Warren, Todd Williams, Holly Maples, and Joshua Malina.
TV show description:
This drama revolves around a U.S. Marshal, Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack), who works with the Federal Witness Protection Program (WITSEC). She doesn’t respond well to authority and refuses to conform but has a soft spot for the witnesses (who know her as Mary Shepard). She has trust and abandonment issues that in part stem back to her father’s gambling and mother’s alcoholism.
Mary’s partner is Marshall Mann (Fred Weller), the fifth generation of marshals in his family. He sometimes seems to want more from Mary than just friendship. He’s of help on many cases, since he seems to know a little about everything. Although he and Mary take different approaches and don’t always agree, Marshall will usually back down to her. He’s known as Marshal Miller to the witnesses. Their boss is Stan McQueen (Paul Ben-Victor), a man who always backs them up but doesn’t like to bend the rules. He once spent the night with Eleanor (Holly Maples), the recently widowed office manager.
Jinx (Lesley Ann Warren), Mary’s mother, is not your typical mom. She would do anything for her daughters, but is anything but maternal. She sees Mary for the stable person she is and wants to live up to her example as she starts over, trying to recover from her alcoholism and attending AA meetings as ordered by the courts.
Brandi (Nichole Hiltz) is Jinx’ younger daughter and the one that makes foolish choices, like her mom. She was involved with a drug dealer who ended up getting the whole family in trouble. She attended Jinx’ AA meetings for her, pretending to be Jinx, and met Peter (Joshua Malina). She eventually admitted the truth to him and they started dating.
Mary has an on-again off-again relationship with Raphael Ramirez (Cristian de la Fuente), a minor league baseball player. He made it to the majors but was injured. Brandi helped him rehabilitiate and was attracted to him, but he remained faithful to Mary. He retired from baseball and began working as a car salesman for Peter Alpert (Joshua Malina), Brandi’s boyfriend.
Episode 61 — All’s Well That Ends
Jinx and a pregnant Brandi reunite with Mary in Albuquerque so the family can deal with James’ death together. While Jinx focuses on hosting a party, Mary must figure out how best to honor her father and what to do with the suitcase full of money he left in her basement.
At work, Mary must help her witness Casey Lane/Barnett, a former model with a drug habit, figure out what to do with her life. Also, Mary learns that Stan has been promoted to Deputy Director and Marshall has been appointed Chief of the Albuquerque office. While everyone is excited by the news, it means that Stan will have to move to Washington and possibly leave Lia behind.
After Marshall gets in trouble with Abigail over his relationship with Mary, he realizes that he has no choice but to confront Mary about it. When Mary and Marshall do finally talk, the conversation is uncomfortable, but they both acknowledge that while they’re each other’s soul mates, things have to change. And later, at Stan’s farewell dinner, Mary shows her willingness to change by having Kenny join the group.
First aired: May 4, 2012.
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