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The Mentalist Round Table: "Forest Green"

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It didn't take much for Patrick Jane to take down a murderer at a gentleman's social club - but he may need more than magic tricks to get Lisbon to stay.

Below, TV Fanatics Robin Harry and Christine Orlando are joined by The Mentalist fan "Feint" to share their thoughts on Marcus Pike and whether they think Lisbon will make the jump to D.C. after The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 18...

The Mentalist Round Table

Should Teresa make the move to D.C. with Marcus Pike?

Robin:  Every logical bone in my body screams no. For one, she just met him. Sweeping romantic gestures aside, that would just be a little nuts, and Teresa Lisbon is too grounded for that. Two, she just left another job to work for the FBI in Texas with Jane. Uprooting again would be a bit much.

Feint: I don't quite see why she shouldn't. Moving's not that much of a problem. She'd probably get to keep her job in the FBI and she could still talk to Jane via letters, Facebook or whatever. Obviously the show(or just the fans) wants Lisbon to love Jane and they should end up together, so this is a great way to make that all happen. So unexpected!

Christine: I can see why she'd consider it. It feels like she hasn't had a romantic relationship in a while and she likes Marcus a lot, but it's quite the leap. It's not very Lisbon-like but perhaps she's looking to shake things up. This could be just the thing.

Do you think Patrick will try to stop Teresa if she does consider leaving Austin.

Robin: I don't think he will. Patrick cares about Teresa's happiness, so if he thought for a second that she would be happy and content in D.C. with Pike, he would let her go.

Feint: I don't believe he would. Teresa didn't stop him from killing Red John, she didn't stop him from leaving the country after committing the murder. Patrick wants Teresa to be happy so I think he will let her go so she can attempt to be happy. Relationships in The Mentalist never go wrong. Never.

Christine: I hope he does but it would be a bit out of character for him. I'm really not sure what would push Jane over the edge and make him not only want a romantic relationship with Teresa but also act on those feelings. I just hope something gets him to that point, and quick.

What do you think of Marcus Pike? 

Robin: I really like him. He's smart, open and straightforward, and I think Lisbon needs that. For her, Pike's a refreshing change from Jane, whose very nature leads him to be cryptic, secretive and misinformative. 

Feint: I don't quite like Marcus, to be honest. He really reminds me of Craig O'laughlin from The Mentalist Season 3 although I don't believe he's involved in anything too serious. Maybe it's to do with him dating Lisbon. That's not really something we want to see, so I feel I have the right to be just a tiny bit disgusted.

Christine: I think he's generally a good guy and that Teresa appreciates his honest approach and that he's very open about how much he likes her. He just seems a bit bland to me. I feel as though eventually, Lisbon would end up being bored. 

Money Burning
Is this Patrick Jane's way of proving that he has money to burn on The Mentalist? "Forest Green" is the 18th episode of the show's sixth season.

Who was the most arrogant of the club members, guest, or employees?

Robin: All of the above. They all had pretty awful personalities. 

Feint:  Oh, they were all so arrogant. It's difficult to pick just one name but I suppose the dude blackmailing the hook...escort's murderer was pretty bad. 

Christine: My favorite was Russell. I especially liked that Cho called him out on being such a talented liar that he managed to evade answering even Patrick Jane's questions. 

What was your favorite scene?

Robin:  I really enjoyed Patrick's magic tricks. It's been a while since we've gotten to see Jane do those kinds of tricks, and he and Lisbon were seriously hamming it up during the show. That was a lot of fun. How on earth did he set that dollar bill on fire?!?

Feint:  I have to admit it wasn't a great episode and few scenes were memorable at all. The ones I liked were Jane telling the cellphone guy(I can't remember the names, oh man!) he got away with murder and, of course, Jane's magic tricks when convincing Mr. Whatshisface he should totally let him entertain the club members. I'd pick the first one just because I felt it could be foreshadowing and they're actually bringing back the Red John case. 

Christine: For me, it was right in the beginning when Lisbon gets to work and Jane almost looks uncomfortable. He wants to know what's going on between her and Pike, he wants her to be happy but he almost looked nervous about asking. That's not like Patrick Jane. He is almost always confident and I liked the contrast to what we normally see.

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

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Why does Lisbon seem so angry with Jane all the time? There's been no romantic relationship between them, so actually she's free to date whoever she wants with conviction. I think she's coming across as harsh and unpleasant. Maybe Pike should keep her!

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I thought this was a good episode. However, I just finished reading an article online that the Mentalist will more than likely not be renewed by CBS because of ratings decline. It said the first 3 years had great numbers but started to decline after that. I certainly agree that I enjoyed the 1st 3 years better than 4-6. I believe all the RJ junk just killed the ratings and Jane's character turned to the dark and troubled side. The writers quit adding humor in each episode to lighten it up a little and it just went downhill. I still love Jane, Lisbon and Cho and hope it will make it for season 7. If they separate Jane and Lisbon it will definitely not make it. Put money on it.

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@ Carol

I liked the darker edge to the stories. Its not like it was every week, there were still lots of lighter episodes. I will be sad if this show goes so soon after the reboot.

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@ Just+Passing

I agree. If I wanted to see just light fluff all the time, I would watch one of the many inane sitcoms. Pathos gives depth.

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@ Carol

I agree if they separate Jane and Lisbon the show won't last. I don't agree that the show lost humor in seasons 4-6. I think one of the main reasons the ratings went down is because CBS moved it to Sunday nights at 10 which made it get moved back many times due to sports. I hope there is a season 7 and more too.

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@ C+P

I agree with C+P, I didn't find the episodes of later seasons any less humorous. In fact just looking at the Pilot episode, it didn't exactly have me in stitches. They've maintained about the same level of humor in all the seasons. I think some people's memories are a bit clouded because of the very serious series of Red John episodes to finish season five and to start season six. In all the previous five seasons they never had more than a couple of Red John episodes in a row. They were usually spaced out between the more common stand-alone episodes.

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I really wish it tips jane over the edge an we see a completely different reaction. Out of the ordinary. An he flights for her. Wishful thinking

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Oh one other thing I am not so sure that the Russell guy was such a good liar that he fooled Jane. I didn't think the scene played out that way. But if Jane did miss it I think it is because the thought of losing Lisbon to Pike has him off his game a little.

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Do I think Lisbon should move to D C with Pike? Absolutely not. She has not known him long enough. Plus in this episode he said he was divorced. Is there any baggage from that divorce that Lisbon should know about? Are there any children from that marriage? So he comes across as honest. She hasn't known him long enough to know how truly honest he is. I totally get that honesty is important but I don't get hopping in bed with someone so quickly. And moving with a guy she barely knows does not seem like Lisbon.
Do I think Jane will try to stop her? I think he will try to encourage her to stay in Austin. In regards to Feint's statements. Lisbon couldn't stop him from leaving after he killed Red John. She was in FBI custody. Jane put her first on his list of demands so rearranging her life is something he feels he can do unless their heart to heart on the plane changed his mind about that. He risked ending up in jail the rest of his life or on death row by coming back to be with her. I think he would gently try to keep her in Austin.
What do I think of Marcus Pike? I think compared to Jane he is boring. I don't see any chemistry between him and Lisbon. I don't think we and Lisbon know enough about him. Except he is pressuring her into coming with him by saying he won't take the promotion unless she comes with him. That is not fair to her in my opinion.
I hope Jane and Lisbon end up as a couple and I really really hope CBS renews The Mentalist. I want a season 7 and many more.

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Great episode. I loved Jane and Lisbon do their magic act. It was fun. I can't see Pike and Lisbon. They only just met. I think there is something off about him. Jane is suffering because they are together. He really wants to do something to show Lisbon that he loves her. He is just not sure what to do. Please renew the Mentalist.

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