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Non RJ shows just don't get at you the way they once did. Go back and watch those case of the week's from season 2 and 3. They were so riveting, really different types of plots and showing characters in different ways, lots of hostility, controversy and always drama. Now, really for the past 1.5 yrs, non RJ episodes have just been so laid back. Really, to put it frankly; not much happens. These fun little scenes are what drive the show, not Jane's interactions with criminals, CBI drama with Hightower/LaRoche/Minelli, wild cases involving clowns, Jane getting tortured, Mashburn types or Jane getting drunk. Only fans who really invest time in the show can most appreciate them. We either see super serious cases(Rigsby's dad, Volker) or we see the lighthearted laid back style where not much happens. There's no equilibrium and the storylines of the crime of the weeks themselves have dried out. What we're left with when there's no RJ is a nice fun show. But it's not something exceptional and it's not at the caliber of what it was a few years ago. That's unfortunate even though I get excited every week to watch this show.

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I will say this though; watching this episode was a little depressing because this show just gave you the feeling of one that seems to be winding down. When a show starts focusing on different sides of characters like these all at once when they usually haven't done any of it in the past, that often isn't a great sign. And ultimately it speaks to this; the show is just running out of things for its plot. That's why the focus on character interaction amongst CBI and those fun scenes. And most of all, that's why the went back to the well with the Van Pelt-Rigsby connection(which if one of the actors hadn't hinted at coming back later in the season in Nov would have shocked me). There really is no reason for it other than what else does this show have it can go to? Everything is running now based on Jane's charm and aura(which is why we saw him in more of a teaching powerful role tonight), but there's only so much you can ride that for. Non RJ shows just don't get at you the way they once did. Go back and watch those case of the week's from season 2 and 3. They were so riveting, really different types of plots and showing characters in different ways, lots of hostility, controversy and always drama. Now, really for the past 1.5 yrs, non RJ episodes have just been so laid back. Only fans who really invest time in the show can most appreciate them.

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This one the case ended with 7-8 min left. That's unseen before with the Mentalist, they really wanted to focus on some smaller storylines and show character development. That was surprising. I'm also surprised they went back and tried to connect the Lisbon poker storyline from earlier(they actually showed the scenes from that October episode at the beginning). Again, showing Lisbon's character development and a different side of her is good. And seeing that from Betram was also really fun. I'm a little surprised they brought back Bertram as much as he did. Remember he fits the RJ criteria of being someone we saw more than once in the first three seasons. He's not RJ, but he in some way could easily relate to the story line and the fact they've kept him throughout the story arc is something to perhaps watch for as well as how they tried to show something about his personality and make him more than just a CBI gungho by the book leader.

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Well there were some unique scenes to say the least, this episode had a different feel than other ones. Lot more jibing, interactions between the team(Van Pelt-Lisbon, Cho-Rigsby, Jane-Lisbon Bertram-Lisbon Jane-Bertram). All of these were big parts of the story. It just had a different feel with lots of sarcastic lines(Rigsby's "you date pregnant hookers" was the line of the night). The show really tried focusing on character storylines. It's really interesting they decided to pull the Jane turning someone away with the wedding ring and having that women make that line about natural selection. They've done it before, just not sure why now exactly, probably just for fun and coincidence but we'll see. The case itself was about as light as we've ever seen. 1) There was very little about the process of finding the killer, it was much more about the characters and showing the mentality of the school. 2) Almost all episodes the case ends with 2-3 min left with one final scene. This one the case ended with 7-8 min left. That's unseen before with the Mentalist, they really wanted to focus on some smaller storylines and show character development.

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Oh my gosh this episode sounds amazing! I can't wait to read peoples comments about it. We won't get to see this episode for another five weeks yet :(




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