I love the insightful thoughts from Mary Shannon at the beginning and end of each episode of IN PLAIN SIGHT. I was always looking for them but couldn’t find them all in one place. So I decided to create a “database” by typing them up as I watch and putting them all in this post. I hope others benefit from it too!
SEASON 2 Mary Shannon Quotes
Episode 201 “Gifted Lilly”
My addled brain tries to connect the dots, wondering how it is we’ve come to this place. Cold, stark blue-light lodging, indifferent to hope, desire, love, lacking all but the most basic amenities. … Perhaps this stainless steel and formaldehyde rest stop stands as a post-mortem reminder … a kind of finger-wagging, refrigerated warning hung for all to see. … For those inclined to feed the bears, beat the light, traverse thin ice, run with scissors, get rich quick: Here but for the grace of God goes you.
Episode 202 “In My Humboldt Opinion”
I wonder how it could be, all of us quaking cowards, hiding under covers one day, storming beaches the next, shrinking violets impossibly frail. Our best days spent unquestioning, hurtling into hailstorms, the rest just spent. Opposite extremes, half definitions of the same thing, an inexplicable paradox perhaps best left in a bowl full of kibble to be lapped up by Schrödinger’s cat.
It’s been said neurotics build castles in the sky, psychotics live in them and psychiatrists collect the rent. I wonder who they call for home repair?
Episode 203 “A Stand-Up Triple”
I’ve gazed into the eyes of contract killers, listening to them explain they were only trying to feed their kids. Con artists who insist that it’s the mark’s fault for being so stupid. And Dylan fans in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, defend their love of “Down in the groove”. Yes, it’s a rare person who admits they’re a heartless, greedy bastard possessing absolutely no musical taste.
One of the most difficult moments in anyone’s life is when the fog of childhood lifts and we see for the first time our parents as people.
Episode 204 “Rubble With A Cause”
I yearn for blind devotion; unthinking, unwavering. A cause, a thing, a principle worthy of absolute loyalty. The truth self medicating, a love unabating, something, anything to which relinquish all personal responsibility. Semper fi. Till death do us part. In nomine patris. Let’s go Mets. To the true believers, the lucky few, of thee I sing.
Episode 205 “Aguna Matatala”
Episode 206 “One Night Stan”
I once dated a man who taught quantum physics. I learned two things that night. The first being, if you ask a quantum physicist to explain how gravity works—not what it is, not how it behaves, but how it works—he will first talk himself in circles, then wind up crying, and finally, sometime between entree and dessert, call you a bitch and leave.
The second revelation came as I sat at the bar in morose solitude, pondering the cantilevered relationship between bartenders’ gut and lower extremities, and this is important, so pay attention: before the big bang, before time itself, before matter, energy, velocity, there existed a single immeasurable state called yearning. This is the special force that on the day before days obliterated nothing into everything. It is the unseen strings tying planets to stars. It is the maddening want we feel from from first breath to last light.
Episode 207 “Duplicate Bridge”
People talk too much. People think too much. We’re all village idiots, enamored with our shadows, oblivious to the setting sun.
Episode 208 “A Frond In Need”
Episode 209 “Who’s Bugging Mary?”
Episode 210 “Miles to Go”
Episode 211 “Jailbait”
Episode 212 “Training Video”
Episode 213 “Let’s Get it Ahn”
Episode 214 “Once a Ponzi Time”
Episode 215 “Don’t Cry for Me Albuquerque”
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