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The Mentalist Review: Let the Games Begin

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Jane and the team at the FBI ran quite a game on The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 17 when they tried to save a man on death row.

I found it interesting that Agent Fischer was the only naysayer in this investigation. while everyone else jumped on board right away.

Not that she didn't change her mind when she saw the rest of the team's reaction. but it felt like she didn't want to waste two days of her time to possibly save an innocent man's life. I was a small moment but it was yet another reason why Fischer feels like the weak link on this team.

Teresa's All Smiles
What has Patrick done to put that smile on Lisbon's face? Whatever it was, we hope he does it again.

On the other hand, Abbott continued to surprise me. Considering the confrontational way these two started out back on that island, Abbott has certainly embraced Jane as a member of the team.

He respects his opinion and frequently solicits Patrick's advice. It actually feels as though Jane fits in better here at the FBI than he ever did at the CBI but perhaps that's because his sole focus there was always Red John. 

I loved how Jane immediately pointed out that the woman with the baby carriage was being used as a distraction just before the bomb went off. The man definitely knows the inner workings of the con.

John De Lancie was perfect as Dr. Edward Feinberg, going head to head with Patrick Jane. Both men were expert in observing people and it was fun to see someone call Jane on some of his tactics during their first interview at his home. 

Unfortunately for Edward, he couldn't quite see the pretty, blonde murderer he was sleeping with. He was completely blindsided to find out that his wife of 11 years had killed Sarah in order to be with him.

I figured early on that the clocks at the CBI were rigged in order to play out their con on the couple. Watching each of the agents go in to have a crack at Edward and his attorney was kind of fun too.

The subplot may have been secondary but was no less interesting. Teresa is now dating Agent Marcus Pike and it's making things awkward between her and Jane.

From the moment she walked out of the cab, Teresa had a problem meeting Jane's eye as he asked her about Pike. She was obviously uncomfortable with his questions. 

One of my favorite interactions was between Fischer and Cho as she dug for information on Lisbon's personal life in this The Mentalist quote

Fischer: You ever wonder what Jane thinks about it?
Cho: Never.
Fischer: Really, why not?
Cho: My brain would explode.

Yet one more reason why I wish we saw more of Kimball Cho. 

But it was Jane's reaction to Teresa heading out for a date at the end that really got my attention. He seemed so sad as he told her how beautiful she looked and hoped that Marcus was taking her somewhere nice. A part of him believes that she deserves to be happy, but I think there's another part.

A part of his heart that won't leave him alone that's more than a bit jealous. I just don't think Jane knows how to deal with that yet. Hopefully he figures it out soon.

Your turn TV Fanatics, do you think Patrick Jane is OK with Teresa dating Marcus Pike?

 

Here is your first look at The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 18:

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Rationalgal2

In my continuing belief that the writers put things in the episodes for a reason - including character development and stuff to build a later plot on if they get renewed - I keep wondering about that apparently permanently installed wedding ring on Jane's finger. It's way way past time that he took it off. So here comes more insight (maybe) into Jane's childhood and why he behaves as he does. (Euterpe won't like this, but that's OK. It's all speculation either way.) I remembered from the episode with 15-year-old Jane that his father wore a wedding ring, and no wife in sight or mentioned. (OK, so maybe the actor just forgot to take off his own ring, but that's not as interesting as this.) And here's a guy who is harsh and showing no sentimentality. How to explain this? Speculation: Jane's father loved his wife very much (just as Jane later loved Angela). She died, let's say in childbirth, leaving Jane's father inconsolable and unable to deal with it. He irrationally started blaming Jane (people do this) and developed a harsh attitude toward him. He kept the wedding ring on as the only way to maintain some connection with his wife. Jane knew all this as he grew up and it and it became imbedded in his mind. So when Jane lost Angela he reacted badly as his father had done but in a different way. He became obsessed with killing Red John, kept people who were close to him at an emotional distance, and kept his wedding ring. All a reflection of his childhood "imprinting." So there he is, stuck in the past just as his father was, unable to show the feelings he has for Lisbon (as his father also could not do). Jane has to figure out how his childhood experiences have affected him and overcome the negative effects before he ends up a jerk like his father. Just an idea, probably has no basis in anything, but it does help explain why that wedding ring won't come off.

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Wonder if this is effecting any of the decisions in reality? http://businessofcinema.com/bu...

Rationalgal2
@ Just+Passing

Hmmmm. They did refer to TM as a continuing series. Since it has been running on Warner TV, I would think "continuing" means it has been renewed. Otherwise it would just be reruns. However, it's all rather vague, so we just have to wait and see.

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@ rationalgal2

I may be all wet but I took that to mean TNT carries The Mentalist, ala reruns. Also do you think Warner TV is the supplier as is Comcast, rather than
Warner Bros Entertainment which own The Mentalist? You are right, it is vague.

Rationalgal2
@ washgurl36

Yeah, you're probably right and they might just refer to continuing reruns. I have no idea who owns what. But you'd think that if this was the end there would be promo to get viewers to see how it all turns out, thus helping to squeeze all possible ad revenue out of the show. They do it for others shows that are winding up. Oh well, four more episodes and we'll know.

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Child-like behavior in Jane does not automatically indicate abuse. Children who are denied a childhood very often display childish behavior as adults. A real life example – Mozart was paraded around Europe performing like a trained monkey his entire childhood. He was reported to have been very childish in adulthood. However, there was never any indication he was ever abused by his parents. Jane’s begging and whimpering behavior when threatened by Haibach was just a clever conman experiencing genuine terror when he realized, for the first time, he was in a situation he was NOT going to be able to talk his way out of. I would probably beg like a child too if someone was about to chop off my fingers. The happy memory of LeeLee Barlow doesn’t necessarily mean anything either. I had a very happy, non-abusive childhood, but if you ask me about happy memories, there are a few particular ones that immediately pop into mind. Jane didn’t say it was his “ONLY” happy memory; he said it was “A” happy memory. Jane and Angela may have “escaped” the carnival together, but the only part of that life they apparently escaped was the constant travel. He certainly didn’t change anything else about their lifestyle. He said both of them wanted out of the carnie life, but that only his WIFE “hated the carnie life” and did not like the idea that “You’re either with the show or… you’re a mark, a sucker.” However, he never said HE hated the life. He probably wanted out of the traveling carnival aspect and out from under his father’s influence, but he never stopped loving the con. He continued with the same exact behavior patterns, just based in one location. @Just Passing, that’s probably why he continued with the gag despite his wife’s objections. He was good at it, it was lucrative, and he enjoyed it. He still treats most people as marks. As far as the epaulets are concerned, those two episodes were written by totally different writers with different directors. And we all know how great this show is with continuity (sarcasm), so the only way there would be any connection is if Simon, who directed My Blue Heaven, was the one making it. And I highly doubt it. None of the shirts Jane wore as an adult had epaulets, and very few men wear them, so his decision against them isn’t at all surprising nor proof of a horribly abusive childhood. The only episode where the audience has been given an actual view of Jane’s past was in the flashbacks of “Throwing Fire”. There was never any indication of a violent relationship between Jane and his father, and his father was significantly larger than Jane at 15. If he had wanted to smack Jane around, there was nothing he could have done at that point to stop him. Jane’s dad was upset after the show because he was afraid that Jane could have blown the con by his pushing the performance beyond their normal shtick. But the confident Jane was proud of his accomplishment. Their disagreement at that point could be seen as nothing more than any parent telling their cocky teen to “shape up or ship out”. They were completely in synch on the Ferris wheel brushing up on Jane’s skills, even seemingly affectionate. Jane was grinning and didn’t flinch a bit when his father clasped him around the shoulders. He was even excited about the con his father set up. He didn’t hesitate until he saw the little girl in the wheelchair. I got the impression Jane had absolutely no qualms about separating some rich fool from their money in general. There was just a different line he wasn’t willing to cross, like taking advantage of a dying girl and her desperate grandmother. But even in their disagreement, Jane’s father wasn’t violent. Jane still relented in the end, even taking the money despite his disgust with what they had done. Also, Jane hardly looked malnourished in those flashbacks. So, I doubt he was lacking for sustenance. An anorexic Boy Wonder would not have been an appealing act, I would bet. A smart farmer doesn’t starve his workhorse. Jane's behavior is unconventional, but is what I would expect from someone with an unconventional upbringing. It does not automatically imply abuse, however, other than the form of emotional abuse of exposing a child to and encouraging that child to commit deceptive and possible illegal acts. I am not saying Jane was not abused as a child. I am only saying there has been nothing in the series to date to directly and/or conclusively indicate, let alone prove this hypothesis.

Rationalgal2
@ euterpe

If nothing the writers show means anything, what does this show mean?

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@ euterpe

Thanks for relating these points, personally I have found all of them insightful and interesting.

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New longish interview with Robin Tunney
about where the Mentalist show is heading and the results of Pike arriving. https://tv.yahoo.com/blogs/tv-...

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@ Just Passing

The Mentalist may be the most watched drama globally, but shows like NCIS far out-rank it in the US, which is currently on its eleventh season and still going strong. It performs well in all teen and adult age brackets and with both genders. That type of show is based on characters AND compelling stories. A show based solely on a character will get boring eventually. I would also wager that at least three quarters of the global fanbase are women who enjoy the show as a whole but enjoy most the “hotness” of Mr. Baker. Robin is an intelligent woman and recognizes this herself…hence, the teasing self-deprecation. She is an equally talented actor but knows the majority of the fans are not watching for her. (Her father recognizes that as well.) Sad but true.

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@ euterpe

Yet when Robin was sidelined by the Fischer character, quite a lot of the fanbase were not happy at all. Fischer was just not embraced in the way Lisbon was - just any passing woman slotted in is not good enough (no offence to Emily Swallow who plays the part well), any more than just any chap replacing Simon Baker would not have his success level in this show. But women in roles seem to be viewed as al the same and interchangeable, with the audience to dumb to differentiate between females. It would be interesting to know what percentage of profits come from the USA and how much from the rest of the world. I support you view utterly that you need good plots as well as good character developments and I think TM is improving on that after a somewhat rocky slide RJ death onwards.. I wonder what the figures in general are non-USA? If near identical demographics are in play, or if it attracts different sexes and age groups depending on which country the stats are for? The advertisers in other countries must deem it very sucessful for them or it would not be the most watch show in the world, it would be the most cancelled one, but as far as is known, it is only CBS looking to waver on renewal. I still think Robin would be better not to run herself down, as it does not do her any favours nor favours for any women who act. It feeds the 'womens roles have little value' attitude of primarily male producers and directors. The lack of good characters and role models for girls and women to relate to is a terrible situation - indeed what rubbish role models for boys to grow up viewing as 'normal women' and how they should be viewed or treated by TV and society - when actresses or female roles considered automatically of lesser value than men by the media. Its sad that despite her massive personal success, even Tunneys dad is still running her down and depreciating her, even if supposedly in jest. Not a pleasant or admirable trait in any parent. The homogenized show that appeals to everyone who lives is a big achievement for advertisers, but not so great for culture, intelligence or society and is the death of originality. I like NCIS myself, but I certainly dont want it to be a definition of every program I am permitted to watch by TV companies & advertisers, just as I would not choose to eat porridge for every single meal each day. :-)

Rationalgal2
@ Just Passing

I rather enjoyed the Tunney interview. I didn't think she was running herself down. She seemed pretty realistic re what the show was about. She plays a great character and I think viewers know it. I like that she has always been the assertive one where law enforcement is concerned, able to take down the bad guys as well as any men would. Loved the episodes where Jane called her a poster girl for the NRA because of the guns she owned, plus the one where she chased down a bad guy, leaped on his back to throw him to the ground, landed on top of him and handcuffed him and said, "Oh, that was fun!" Interesting how men and women are portrayed in TM a bit differently from other shows. Jane and Lisbon are somewhat androgynous, without distinctive, stereotypical gender characteristics. Jane runs from danger, Lisbon runs toward it. Jane is somewhat childlike, Lisbon more a take-charge person. Jane always shows respect for women, no matter what, including prostitutes. His sexiness is expressed in an attitude of love and affection, not sexual conquest. Don't see that very often. No wonder so many women love him. As for Lisbon, it's a relief not to see a female lead working in an office with her boobs hanging half (or more) out. She dresses for the job. In one episode where she was in the bathroom washing the blood off her blouse, she was wearing very utilitarian underwear, not the least bit sexy. She has more appeal in her naturalness than someone like Marilyn Monroe, who was presented as all slut and no substance, though she wanted to be a serious actress. Robin is a serious actress, one of the best out there. And she does it all fully clothed.

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Is this a real place? Sneek peek 3 for Forest Green is in a restaurant thats got a very unusual design
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... Anyone know if its a real place and where - or if its just a set? On the sneek peak, Lisbon seems very intent on trying to read a reaction from Jane, she looks worried to me.

Rationalgal2
@ Just+Passing

Well! That sneak peak has Jane telling Lisbon (re Pike) "You deserve to be with a good man." So that looks like evidence that Jane thinks he doesn't deserve a woman like Lisbon even though he loves her. His voice had a tone of saying what he needed to say to reassure Lisbon and wanting her to be happy while hiding his own feelings. That self-hating guilt over his part in the murder of his family just doesn't go away. If he loses Lisbon he feels he had it coming.

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Re a comment further down the page - is Disney known for side lining mothers and putting fathers on pedestals? It seems to me a fairly common practise in film and TV. One of the best things about the writng out of Grace was the escape from the kidnap cellar. So rarely do we see signs of real initiative and fight in a female character in film and TV. As I have said before, what lets down TM quite a bit in my mind is the endless worship of Simon Bakers acting skills (which deserve all the praise), while Tunney acts her socks off to match him and goes fairly unrecognised for it. Ginger Rogers was quoted as saying something like
"I did everything Fred [Astaire] did, but in high heels and backwards".
Its sad there has not been a greater change in attitudes since way back then, with women still seen as lesser no matter how good they are.

Rationalgal2
@ Just Passing

You are absolutely right! I've always noticed how Robin's ability to project complex emotions with subtle facial expressions matches Simon's totally. I've seldom commented on it, I think because it is Jane who carries the story and what he says with his expressions is important. One expression by Robin I never forget is when Jane told her about meeting with his psychiatrist. Robin said he hated psychiatrists and was surprised he would stay in the same room with one. Then Jane said, "It was a locked room". She just said, "Oh." but the look on her face said everything as she realized the pain he had suffered- endless empathy, understanding, desire to protect, love - it was all there.. I think she realized she loved him at that point.

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@ rationalgal2

A bit sad that in the interview link I posted above, Robin proceeds to rubbish herself and say its all about Simon. She does not help herself really does she? Shooting herself in the foot. Its a real shame she seems so unwilling to recognise her contribution to the show fully.

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Fianlly got to see Violets. I though Robin Tunney did a really great job of not being 'Lisbon'. I thought the plot was a load of fun and SB did another great acting turn himself. It feels like 2.0 is coming togeather a lot better now. It was helped along, at least for me, by them being out of that miserably office set most of the time. People say Jane is childlike but increasingly Abbott seems to be going down the same route - easily happy and amused by 'toys' and games. I like Abbott - I suppose he also makes a change from all the bosses Jane was in semi conflict with, but who he has become does not fit at all with the nasty guy from the island. I wonder if he will revert to that or if the role will remain the new persona? In some ways its almost depressing to see how good the Violets episode was, as it creates such a sense of loss about the show maybe not being renewed or picked up. I thought Pike came across well. The actor seems well chosen for the role. That he and Lisbon might date looks convincing. Seeing Jane on his own was sad, did not even seem to get any of the pizza as a consolation. Even in the middle of a crowd though he seems so alone, but to me its been like that for most of the show. Whatever happens with the Lisbon/Pike thing, I hope somehow we get to see Jane at least getting a greater sense of belonging, wherever that is.

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@ Just Passing

The shift in Abbot's personality is puzzling me. Are we to believe that he was seduced by a toy robot? What about the still unknown BA list? Who is Abbot's superior and why were they so intent on getting Jane to work for them? I just find the constant changes in character personalities very unsettling. Even if Lisbon is ready to move on, what happened to her empathy? Suddenly she has the ticking clock syndrome and is no longer the independent and feisty woman we know from the CBI but now is happy to not be in charge and to look forward to defining herself with a man? The old Lisbon would have confronted her problems with Jane more directly. Right now she is definitely willing to lose J's friendship over her behavior so her unwillingness to confront him can't be from fear of losing his friendship. How did Fischer become so docile? Has Jane put the whammy on all of them? I get that people change, but we ought to have a clearer understanding of why and how.

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Puzzling helicopter spoiler lower down this page, relating supposedly to Pike / Lisbon and Jane http://www.enstarz.com/article...

Rationalgal2
@ Just Passing

Hmmm. What I get from the links you posted is that Jane feels he doesn't deserve Lisbon, wants her to be happy, encourages her to continue with Pike and even gets her a helicopter to facilitate her meeting him. Then it looks like Jane realizes he can't function without Lisbon, decides he might as well get what he has coming, quits FBI and goes to face a grand jury indictment. He has always been willing to accept consequences. That could be a cliffhanger to S7 unless it's a series finale. Then it could turn out that Lisbon insists on being with Jane and the grand jury thing fizzles or whatever. But that sounds way to soap opera like. Regardless, these last few episodes promise to be unusually interesting.

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@ rationalgal2

I am with you on where you think the show will go. If they get 7 I presume Lisbon will rethink everything or maybe Pike will run on into 7. I got the impression from Violets that the Art Squad were based in Austin as I think Abbott indicated they are having their office redecorated on another floor of the same building as the CBI team. What if Lisbon says no to Washington, so instead Pike chooses to stay in Austin? There is a lot of scope for emotional interplay if Pike did roll into 7 esp if Jane started dating too. I am not saying I hope for this, just wondering what options the writers might see in order to keep the show running and maintain plots in parallel to the police content. Maybe more time would be spent on the development of other characters or the crush Fischer seems to have on Jane. I am sure they can find some backstories for Fischer as they have hinted that already. If money is rolling in world wide I would think Warners might be keen to go on beyond 7 if they can get the cast or significant members of it to commit, as well as a USA based network. I hope the income from the rest of the world might be enough to keep the show rolling even if there is no US network for it. Ever the optimist! :-)

Rationalgal2

I'm inclined to think Jane's childhood has more importance for understanding his character than we have realized, now that we are discussing it. The thing is, there is a huge amount of story material here and no time to tell it all, so we get hints and portents the writers hope to build on later if the show runs long enough. I have suspected the Airstream is there to give a foundation to moving the story back to Jane's carney roots IF the show is renewed. Then we would learn more about Jane's parents and what Sean Barlow was up to that made Pete see him as totally evil. As it is, we have been given only items that can be built on later, if there is a later. Meanwhile, they do help establish some things about Jane's character. I don't think there would be stray dialogue about a children's protective agency and a foster home if it wasn't to give us a glimpse of Jane's early life. Then there's the food thing, and the physical fear thing, and the childlike behavior thing. All there for a purpose and the only one would be Jane's childhood experiences. And don't forget the happy memory RJ killed, a suggestion that Jane had too few of them. Also don't forget how Jane acted when he first returned to the carnival and he and Pete recognized each other. Jane ran to Pete like a little kid would and jumped into his arms. A suggestion that perhaps Pete and Samantha were a safe haven for the very young Jane. Of course by the time Jane was 15, his father - if he had been physically abusing him - was not doing it any more because Jane's talents had surfaced and he was now a money maker. And we see how Jane's inherent decency was showing in his objection to stealing from that grandmother and her dying granddaughter. And don't forget the epaulets on 15-year-old Jane's shirt and how Jane on the island refused to have a shirt with epaulets. Bad memories? Very likely. Simon Baker is unusually talented at embodying his character. If his reaction to the threat of torture seemed strange, Simon meant it to be what it was and for a reason. It seemed very little-kid-like to me when I watched it. I wondered why Jane didn't sound more adult-like. Really bad memories? Very likely. Far as I can tell, we either see all this stuff as indications of an abused, emotionally deprived childhood or Simon has failed totally as an actor who was picked precisely for his ability to create a character. As for Jane leaving the carnival, he said (to his brother-in-law) he always wanted to but you know hard it is to leave that life. He was accused of taking Angela away from the carney family but Jane said they "escaped" together. They left a life that had been a family thing for 100 years. That had to be a culture shock. And Jane was so happy to have a wife and family he couldn't give up the fake psychic stuff that brought so much material wealth, tho Angela begged him. And then his hubris and arrogance on TV got them killed! And Jane had a mental breakdown that lasted a year. And is still not over. He got revenge but it hasn't been as satisfying as he thought it would be. It didn't bring Angela back. He can't take off his wedding ring because it helps him keep her with him so in that sense she still lives (like the woman with that picture in Violets). And there are still no dates on his wife's and child's tombstones. Jane is now doing a lot of thinking and he'd better stop thinking about himself and more about what his emotional straitjacket has done to Lisbon, and how he has taken her for granted and never once thought of how his behavior affects her. He lost one person who made his life worthwhile because of his self-centeredness. Now it's up to him to decide if he wants to lose another one.

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@ rationalgal2

Thanks for this, a very helpful summery. The short time I have been away I missed the intelligent conversations here. But back to your post - several things in it I had not remembered but it all fits well with a difficult childhood. To me, your summery seems likely and well argued. It crosses my mind as I am typing that maybe the father got jailed at some point for fraud or a con, leading to the childrens home? Though that could be a dead end, it would seem likely the carnival people would have taken Jane in if that was the case, if they were allowed to or could hide him. I dont know why this just came to mind. To me the only thing that generally jars in Janes past is "Angela begged him". Its always bugged me that she was hugely influential in his life, yet she seemed to make no impact at all with this one point, despite it being huge. Disregarding her in this so totally, given his own stance as a teen seems somehow improbable or that there is some piece still missing to explain how someone so important to him and loved by him could have no view valid to him. I have always supported the idea that he wanted to provide well for his family, but how far he went against her will seems oddly extreme. In a way one is left wondering what would have happened to them as a couple had she lived. Would she have wanted their child to have grown up enough to understand who and what her father was? I cant help but wonder at what point his wife would have made him choose between a new lifestyle and her leaving him, from her own discomfort and to shield the daughter. I cant help but think if Angela had lived, that Jane would not have had the happy future he looks back on now, believing it would have existed for him. Unless he accepted Angleas point of view and gave up things in order to retain love, yet I never get the impression giving up while she was alive was actually on his agenda anywhere at all. It seems such a conflict with the teenaged Jane becoming morally uncomfortable. Actually I wonder if giving up things to retain love, carried forward from Angela, could have any play on what is happening with the Lisbon arc now? Sorry I am writing this all off the top of my head as I type so its not a group of very sorted out thoughts, things just drifted into my head as I got down the page :-)

Rationalgal2
@ Just Passing

Re Jane refusing to give up his lucrative psychic scam: I think there was another part of Jane that we saw in Fugue in Red where he was a sleazy huckster. That was part of his past but at odds with the decency of 15-year-old Jane. Why? That young Jane took his share of the loot from stealing from the grandmother and shoved it in his pocket with a look of disgust. I'm wondering if at that point he figured there was no way out for him and he became cynical and decided to just go along with the psychic thing. That led to his huckster behavior. But he still wanted out of the carney world and Angela helped him do that. But years of hucksterism were so ingrained in him that he probably could not think of a different way to earn a living. After all, it went back in his ancestry 100 years. It was all he knew. He probably thought he couldn't step completely out of that world. (He still can't, as we see what a loner he actually is.) The murder of Jane's family woke him up. Cho said that, odd as it sounded, the murder of his family made Jane a better man. Given that his time with his family was the happiest he had known, the loss was tremendous, so much so that he went mad and only recovered somewhat by focusing on revenge to the exclusion of all else. That has not worked out for him, as his emotional ties to Angela and Charlotte are still there and remain strong. Possibly retaining those feelings helps him live with his self-hatred. Jane is a very complex character and we are seeing that in how he is dealing poorly with the possible loss of Lisbon - the only anchor he has had since he lost his family. That has got to be an enormous emotional strain pulling his every which way possible.

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@ rationalgal2

Cho was right. Indeed you are right that he does not appear at this point to be making a good job of dealing with the Lisbon situation. Wonder if he has misjudged that she will panic and run from Pike if he gets serious. Trouble is with Jane, you can never tell what is a cunning advanced plan or what is making use of an immdiate turn of events - until after things are played out. Is he really messing up the Lisbon thing or will it turn out he had a game plan all along and just accepted he had to suffer at this point in time to get the prize later? At the moment it does not look very sorted on his part. I suppose thats the joy of this series, you never really know how genuine what you are looking at is, then some emotional high or low is revealed and one gets deeply moved by whats turned out to be underneath everyones masks.

Rationalgal2

Latest Nielsen ratings FWIW: For the week that Silver Wings aired, TM came in at #19 in the Top 20 list (Castle was last). The Good Wife was #13. The ONLY other Sunday show on the list was 60 Minutes. 60 Minutes was at 6 p.m., TGW at 8 p.m. & TM at 9.m. (all CDT), all running late as usual due to the sports stuff. What this says, if anything, is that TGW and TM are - and have been - CBS's only support for Sunday nights. Without them they have squat. With the sports thing and erratic schedule and late Sunday night, it says a whole lot about these shows' staying power in terms of ratings.

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@ rationalgal2

Well thats really good news. Thanks for the info. I keep hoping all this bickering and holding back on renewal statements is some (somewhat nasty) pre arranged ploy to push ratings and public awareness of the show up. Which makes me hope I am right as the show would go on, but makes me wish I am wrong on a lot of levels as CBS/Warners manipulating the fans and public like that would be more like the standard of behaviour of Janes father!

The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 17 Quotes

Someone just wanted the dead guy dead.

Jane

Fischer: You ever wonder what Jane thinks about it?
Cho: Never.
Fischer: Really, why not?
Cho: My brain would explode.

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