'In Plain Sight': Counterfeiting and sapphic betrayal

There were times during this episode of "In Plain Sight" when I genuinely couldn't figure out what was going on. Not that that's unusual. But one thing seems clear: we're heading for a reveal concerning Mary and Marshall. But more on that in a minute.

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This week's case: Sixteen months ago, things got interesting when Stan turns up with a witness that Mary and Marshall know nothing about. She's Helen Trask, a.k.a. Helen Traylen (Sherilyn Fenn), an expert counterfeiter who turned herself and her North Korean business partner in to the Secret Service when she found him in flagrante with her girlfriend. Here's where I stop for a moment to say it took some work for the makeup folks to make someone as beautiful as Fenn look -- well, not. It's complicated, but essentially there was a counterfeiting ring that Helen was part of and that the CIA was accused of running -- which put WITSEC in the position of hiding a witness from the CIA, North Korea, or the Chinese mob, in whatever configuration. Helen regrets her decision, not wanting to live without Ahn Li (Kelly Hu), the girlfriend she met in prison (who Mary agrees is ridiculously hot), but an eight-figure bounty on her head seals her fate in the program.

In present day, Helen's fingerprints have turned up at a murder scene, and Bobby D asks for Mary's help. Helen seems to have been living pretty quietly, complete with a job at a paint-your-own pottery place, and is shocked to hear of the murder of her friend Carolyn, who recently came out and whose ex-husband is very upset. But Helen's got an alibi for the night of the murder -- she was at a lesbian bar, which prompts a great scene in which Marshall gets to act like a kid ogling candy he can't have when he and Mary go to investigate. Meanwhile, Helen's skipped town, and M&M are starting to smell something funky, as if someone's feeding fake reports into the system. And a trail of bad counterfeit $100 bills leads them to Helen and Ahn Li in a casino.

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