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The Mentalist Round Table: "Green Thumb"

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Things haven't gone exactly according to plan for Patrick Jane…unless his plan was to spend three months in a Federal detention suite.

Below, TV Fanatic Christine Orlando is joined by The Mentalist fans Entwife, Neha, and Foresti Purge to discuss their thoughts on Agent Kim Fischer and whether or not they'd get a psychic reading from Patrick Jane.

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Were you surprised by the three month time jump with Jane in detention and Lisbon back in Washington state?

Entwife: I have to say I was completely shocked by this! Two years and now three months. And in isolation? Not allowed to get Lisbon's letters? I was more than surprised. I was angry. I thought it was cruel. Abbott and Fischer were trying to make his life as painful as possible in order to get him to accept indentured servitude with the FBI. I thought it was sickening.

Neha:  I was surprised, yes. I was expecting the episode to begin with them fighting Abbott on his 'list'. It does go to show how much he wanted to work with Lisbon though, if he is willing to wait that long and not break out.

Foresti Purge: Nope. It would have been too unrealistic if the FBI changes its mind overnight.

Christine: I wasn't expecting it but it does show that Abbott's no push over. He just didn't know who he was dealing with. Isolation doesn't bother Jane if he can have a comfy place to sit and his tea. 

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What are your thoughts so far on Agent Kim Fischer?

Entwife: I thoroughly dislike her. She is a cold manipulator and has no feeling for Jane except how to turn him into a tool for the FBI, her tool. She is a bully, in my opinion, harsh, and the end seems to perfectly justify the means to her. That FBI scene is full of cold, grim people!

Neha:  Agent Fisher is a good character and I like the chemistry between Jane and her, but I don't know what the point of introducing her as a regular is. Maybe we'll find out later in the season. So far though she's just like a side act for me, like it really wouldn't matter if she wasn't around.

Foresti Purge:  Poor woman. She thought she had Jane under control, when of course all of us know she didn't. I look forward to seeing how she manages Jane from now on, though. Managing Jane isn't impossible; Hightower once had succeeded at forcing Jane to respect her terms. I want to see how Fischer and Abbott deal with him.

Christine: Jane needs a foil and now he has two in Abbott and Fischer. Jane is obviously nothing she expected and he's enjoying toying with her. I also like how Cho put her in her place when he berated a team member for losing Jane. I'm not attached to her yet but it could be entertaining to see how they all interact going forward.

Did you think Jane had really broken Bertram's code?

Entwife: I thought he had for sure. And, I thought Abbott really reacted to Jane telling him he had names of corrupt law enforcement all over the country. It made me think he might be dirty himself. How awful would that be, for them to be working under yet another corrupt boss? Well, I'm sure that plot development is waaaaaay down the road. But interesting.

Neha:  No, I knew there was a fair chance he was bluffing, but you never know with Jane anymore. When he told Lisbon though, it gave me this great feeling I used to get in the earlier seasons when he put up an act like that.

Foresti Purge: I did. This is Jane, after all. Patrick Jane never tells the truth when a lie will do. If he said he hadn't, it can only mean he had.

Christine: I really thought he'd done it. I can only imagine what Abbott's reaction will be when he realizes he's been played but maybe by then Jane will have really cracked the code.

Would you want a psychic reading from Patrick Jane?

Entwife: Sure! It would be fun! I'm sure he would blow my mind! And I'd already know it was a fake psychic reading, so I could just enjoy the fun.

Neha:  Of course I would, even if I don't believe in psychics. It would be so entertaining!

Foresti Purge: Me? Nah. Like Jane, I don't believe in such things.

Christine: I don't believe but I'm fascinated by the con when it's done well and it would be such fun to see how well Jane could pull it off. I'm all in.

Weigh in on Jane's beard. Keep it or shave it?

Entwife: I love the way it looks in the sunlight, so bright and pretty with his hair. The way he is now, it sort of makes him look more scruffy than anything. I'd kind of like him to shave it off and see his pretty smooth skin instead. I think it would make him look younger, and more ruggedly handsome even with the weathering.

Neha:  I would say, keep the beard, loose the wrinkled suit. I mean, haven't we had enough of his hobo look already? I mean, it's hot and all In a "I am trying to figure my life out" kinda way, but I think I miss his vest.

Foresti Purge: Absolutely keep it. He looks rougher like that. You know, more like a free man.

Christine: I usually don't like beards but I'm a fan of this scruffy look on Jane. I keep waiting for Lisbon to reach out and touch it!

What was your favorite scene?

Entwife: The conversation between them on the airplane where Lisbon stood up for herself that she wouldn't allow Jane to take over her life at his whim. Her words about him not being in her life for two years really cut him and she felt bad for it, especially in light of his letters. But letters are not being there. She curbed and cuffed him and he accepted it. It was sad and hurt to watch, but it's the deepening of their relationship that I've been looking for, and I can't wait to see more!

Neha: I am a Lisbon fan, so the airplane scene where she finally tells him how self absorbed he has been, has to be my favorite. I think, that is the only real conversation they have had since his return. There was also that conversation between Cho and Fisher, about Jane. And that Cho scene about the road runner, I love Cho!

Foresti Purge: In hindsight, my favorite scene is when Jane asked $20 from Lisbon. Think: Who needs $20 for a hot dog? That's when I realized he's been planning his escape all along. He needs that much money to buy pen, stamp, envelope, and spray paint. When I rewatched the scene, I was absolutely impressed--this man is a genius!

Christine: As much as I loved Lisbon finally telling him off on the plane, my favorite scene was at the end. Jane just radiated joy when Lisbon told him she'd be taking the job with the FBI and they'd work together. And his reaction to the socks was incredibly sweet. It just had me wishing we didn't have to wait until January 5th to see more. 

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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I wish this show goes on forever.. What happened to Sunday's episodes
Simon is a great actor. the best so far in this kind of episodes.

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I think the only way they can get the fanbase back is if they do a other Red John type storyline

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I've loved this show from day 1, It's been on my must see list each and every week. I really enjoyed that RJ was mostly a back story, and although the question of would he ever get RJ, annoyed me a bit and reminded me of Gilligan's Island in their quest for rescue, the enjoyment I got out of the light nature of the show more than over rode this.
This year I went from anxiously awaiting the next episode, to forcing myself to watch, hoping that the show would turn around. I found the light hearted nature of the show that I loved, was missing, replaced by a tense attempt by the writers, to build suspense and end with a cliff hanger each week. Each week I watched the show, as a chore, hoping that they would realize this and that the show would regain it's former energy, and once again be fun to watch.
I have to say I enjoyed both the final RJ episode, and the island episode, it was nice to see Jane get his justice, and the relaxed nature of the island show was once again great.
I'm also looking forward once again to see where the show will go, and I'm hoping that the writers realize that the show is much better(IMHO), when they keep it light.

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i think ur dragging it out ,,

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Thoroughly enjoyable episode. I'm glad Lisbon told Jane off. I loved Jane's escape and eating the hot dog before surrendering. I love how Jane and Lisbon look at each other. Cho was great telling off that FBI agent (who I don't like) and getting the tech promoted. I love the new direction that the Mentalist is going in.

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@ Bonnie Maynes

I agree. The Mentalist's new direction will keep me watching every week. I love how some show producers are willing to take a departure from a proven track record and reinvent the show.

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Oh.. and rationalgal2, I too am curious about what Jane wants the trailer for. :)

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After the way the writers cobbled up the RJ ending by throwing away every script they had built him on for six seasons, I hesitate to make any projections about where TM is going now. Nothing can be taken to mean anything anymore. However, I do love the show and loved this episode. Jane was so funny. The part where he spray painted his name and arrow to his location was priceless, with all those cops running in with drawn guns, like they were facing a dangerous criminal - a guy eating a hot dog who had just given directions to finding him. One of the funniest scenes I've ever watched. As for the Jisbon stuff, who knows and I no longer care, given that the writers can't be trusted to give clues that actually are clues. Lisbon may end up joining a convent. As for Kim, Jane seems to like her and see something worthwhile in her, but he has always been a pushover for ethically compromised women. It's his carney background - he can relate to them on a deep shared background level. What i want to know is: What does Jane want with an Airstream trailer???

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@ rationalgal2

Totally agree with this comment. I'm learning to watch The Mentalist in a different way now: episodes as self-contained "situation mysteries" (sitmysts?) and scenes as diverting ephemera. Everything calculated for immediate effect and little more. I know that's a cynical take, but I'm earnest when I say that with my expectations properly lowered, it's a genuinely fun show. I had a blast with this last episode.

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great episode...loved it!

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We gave up the Red John arc for a White Collar clone storyline where the new female character is a wooden, ugly harpie, and the new male characters include a dorky albino and a total douchebag who's just another Gale Bertram. Oh, and somehow Jane can teleport between Texas and New York like it's nothing. All so we can satisfy the "shippers" who want to see Jane and Lisbon hook up, despite that not ever having been an important part of the show. If you're still enjoying this show, I'm blaming you for ruining the show.

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@ penguintruth

I think the comparisons to White Collar are overblown. You might as well argue that White Collar ripped off Catch Me If You Can. This is where the show was going to end up, anyway, post-Red John. There was never any indication that Jane was going to renege on his intent to exact vengeance on his nemesis. Either you find a way for Jane to keep solving murders despite his dark deed, or you end the show (or change genres completely).

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@ ays

But there a difference how long has Catch Me If You Can been off the air 50 years and there is a difference

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Great call on why Jane needed the $20! I didn't think of him needing money for his escape plan. I am also not a fan of Fischer just yet. She may be the more manipulative of the two FBI agents. What I'm curious to see is how Lisbon will fit into the new mix.

The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 10 Quotes

If I can't live on my terms I'm in prison anyway. Might as well live in this cozy little detention suite.

Jane

Fischer: We want to help him out.
Lisbon: You want to use him.

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