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The Mentalist Review: It's About Time

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Lisbon was leaving Austin in a week and the only one who didn't know about it was Patrick Jane on The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 22.

Packing to Go
Lisbon must be packing to move to Washington D.C. with Marcus Pike. Is she really happy about making the move?
 

As a matter of fact, not only hadn't Lisbon told him, Jane was in complete denial, as evidenced by this The Mentalist quote

Oh LIsbon's not leaving. She likes to talk like she might but I don't think she's going anywhere.

Jane

He had convinced himself that she wouldn't go, which is probably why he put so little effort into stopping her. At least the realization that he was about to lose her prompted the quickest case closure in history. 

The moment the letter showed up, I wondered if it was all a ploy from Jane, yet I couldn't be certain. But I knew it was the right combination of smart, sneaky and convoluted that it could be a plan of Patrick Jane's. 

Jane appeared completely delighted by both their walk on the beach and Teresa's joy at cracking the code. His code. He'd obviously put a lot of thought into this plan, right down to wardrobe, as he'd picked three different dresses for Teresa to choose from for dinner.

It might be our last case together so how can anything be too nice.

Jane

All of that happiness and anticipation came crashing down when Lisbon found out that Jane had booked their suite days prior to the arrival of that letter.

She felt used and heartbroken and I couldn't blame her when she railed against Jane's lies and manipulations.

You don't give a damn about what I want or need. I am just a convenience for you. You use me. It's all about you.

Lisbon

Because that's always been her fear, that Jane doesn't care about her as much as she cares about him. When they were chasing Red John, she suspected she was simply a means to an end.

Now, Jane hides his feelings so well that she's convinced herself that her presence makes his life easier, more comfortable and that's why he doesn't want her to leave. 

When Jane finally left her door, it looked as though he was rushing in to his room not to have a breakdown in the hallway. 

As Lisbon got into the taxi, she called Pike to accept his proposal of marriage. I thought it was apt. He gave her one of the least romantic proposals possible when he said "What the hell. Will you marry me?" at the office. Answering him over the phone seemed equally unsentimental.

Despite an agreement to get married, I don't believe we've heard either one of them mention the word love.

In the middle of all of this. my love for Agent Abbott continued to grow. First, he approached Jane back in Austin.

You're acting cool about stuff I know you can't be cool with.

Abbott

Then, there was his sympathetic look when Lisbon threw the drink in Jane's face. He's Jane's boss. Jane lied to him and cost the agency money in a bogus investigation but Abbott simply looked somewhere between amused and sorry for Jane. Anger didn't play into it at all, and that was before an actual killer was arrested. 

Even better was when he realized that Cho had no idea why Lisbon got so angry. It was as though Abbott couldn't imagine how such a smart investigator could be so blind to what was right in front of him. 

I also found it amusing when Cho said that Jane and Lisbon were like brother and sister. I'll admit that that is how I felt the first couple of seasons, but by The Mentalist season 4, I could see their potential as a couple and it's only grown from there.

Some will say that Jane's frantic run to the airport and jump over the fence was out of character - but don't we all act in ways we normally wouldn't when we are desperate and in love? Patrick knew that this was his very last chance to say what he felt and he'd finally found the courage to do it. 

The idea of letting anyone close to me is terrifying for obvious reasons but the truth Teresa is that I can't imagine waking up knowing that I won't see you. The truth is I love you.

Jane

Even if he lost her to Pike, at least he knew he'd gotten the words out, and that was something. 

When the sun came up the next morning, Patrick was still being held by the TSA but little did he know how much brighter his day was about to become. He almost couldn't believe it when Teresa walked in and wanted to confirm that he'd meant what he said because she felt the same way. She loved him too. 

As Jane leaned over the table to kiss her, the TSA agent yelled, "Quit that!" and I thought, not a chance. These two are just getting started. The Mentalist Season 7 can't get  here fast enough. 

Your turn, TV Fanatics. What did you think of The Mentalist season finale?

 

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Rationalgal2

Well! That definitely is outrageous! This would beat Breaking Bad for a descent into evil for Jane. In another context (HBO? PBS?) it is thinkable, but the teasers say fans will love this wrapup. They for sure wouldn't love this! Of course it could be a penultimate "shocker" that turns out to be only a nightmare flashback for Jane as he resolves his self hatred and guilt with a shock to his own dark psyche. Who knows? OTOH I can't see a standard "into the sunset" ending. TM has been too creative for that. In an interview Robin indicated anything like a standard marriage would not be their style, so I take that to mean if there is one it will be something off-the-wall. I'm kind of expecting a lot of episodes that allow Simon to play different parts because he likes that so much. In the process of solving crimes, he's been a sleazebag (when he lost his memory), a good ol' boy Texan, a swishy art thief, a Shakespearean actor (sort of), a cop on the take, a smooth radio host, - well, more that I can't think of right now. So maybe the writers can work in a way for him to be really evil and kill Lisbon (but not really). He hasn't done REALLY evil as a crime solving ploy yet. We'll see. S7 is something to look forward to. Meanwhile, the S6 DVDs are being delivered so I will be rewatching them. But NOT looking for clues. We've found out that there are no clues in TM and never were, contrary to our expectations. . . Because the writers actually did not know where they were going with the plot due to cancelation anxiety.

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I'm a bit hyped up, but can I get one outrageous prediction off my chest? Don't get too upset for I may still be wrong (or only allegorically right), and second, I admit I'm having a moment of "I need to be able to prove I said it then", so please forgive me. And please don't delete this post... ;) *clears throat, puts on best Madame Zoltan face* I predict Jane will kill Lisbon. (have to work on my face or get a flashlight to hold under my chin. *giggles*) Outrageous enough? Good! :P
Probably in the 150th ep, but that I could be wrong about. I may also be wrong about that, but I'd call the last ep "Somewhere over the Rainbow".

Rationalgal2

I've been watching TM from the beginning so I have the whole plot in mind when S7 starts. I noticed in S1 that there were 2 criminal minded manipulative women - one who murdered her husband and one a phony psychiatrist to changed identities to suit the scam du jour. In both cases it was obvious that Jane was pleasantly intrigued and even physically attracted to them. We saw that later with Kristina, Erica and Lorelei and even the woman in White Lines. However, we did not see this in the episode where Simons wife played the criminal. That seemed more an off-hand reflection on their own real life relationship. Interesting. So I'm wondering how Jane's different attraction responses will work out in a series wrapup that is all PJ and TL. The physical pull related to Jane's almost DNA driven love for the theatrical bred in him in his carnival days vs the very deep true love he has for Lisbon that pulls on a different more aspirational part of him. Simon is just the actor to work this scenario over with award-worthy acting.

Rationalgal2

Washgurl this is very good news. Thank you. It gives us something to look forward to. There is a lot of material to work with re the PJ and TL backgrounds and how they are working together as a couple. I read somewhere that Simon really likes doing romantic comedies so maybe this will allow him to have a lot of fun with the genre. They will have to wind up the matter of Jane's indentured servitude but that should be easy enough with all the manipulative skills Jane has. And now probably with Lisbon helping him instead of worrying about following rules. Can't wait!

Washgurl36

Darn, tried to post before signing in. Anyway just read that CBS has ordered 13 more episodes and they will return 1/15. Bruno Heller has said this windup to the finale will be all about PJ and TL and I don't mean peanut butter and tuna and lettuce sandwiches. He says it will please fans in a big way. Also Simon Baker to direct episode 7. Forgive me if this is all old news and I am just catching up. Wouldn't it be lovely if they were brought a little earlier? Not complaining, just daydreaming. PS.....CBS also says this will be their last year. Kinda figured that, eh?

Rationalgal2

A strange thing in the paper today. In the TV section showing the Nielsen ratings for the week of Sept. 1, The Mentalist was listed as #20. I watch the schedule closely to see if there will be a rerun but there was nothing for that week and there hasn't been for a long time. Are reruns being shown only in some areas? Anyone see a rerun lately? If TM is on the top 20 list even if shown sparsely, that is encouraging.

Rationalgal2

YES! A monomyth! Of course! Jane is not - very definitely not - a typical hero but he has been on a perilous journey seeking some kind of redemption. In his case, it's to be relieved of the regrets, pain and sorrow of his past. It takes a re-watching of all the episodes to see and appreciate the depth of this series as it plays out, knowing what the end will be (so far - the writers may have a surprise or two for us). We have only seen one end of Jane's journey - the achievement of his revenge goal. S7 should give us the coming-home part and show the direction Jane's life will take from now on. We may have seen a hint in how he helped that memory-impaired veteran in Red, White and Blue. A good way to make up for how he had once used his skills to exploit people. And I do hope the writers fix the cobbled up Red John ending. They did that in a hurry lest the show be canceled out from under them, which is understandable. But now they have S7 and the opportunity to bring some credibility to that part of the story. Let's hope so.

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Passing the time by transcribing and analyzing all episodes from the very beginning, plus some off-focus viewing. They've put so much depth and stuff into it, it's amazing. Can't see the bottom yet, and I've dived pretty deep into the material...
Re season 7: A classic monomyth story comes with a big advantage: the encore is built in by design. ;-)

Rationalgal2

Yes, this is certainly the doldrums. No news, no spoiler alerts. However, the DVDs for S6 will be out the end of September. Good chance to review the entire series so we are primed to analyze whatever they do with S7. We were promised a shocker at one time. It probably wouldn't be my idea of a perfect shocker though. I plan to start watching the DVDs binge fashion, one disk at a time every day I have the time. Knowing how it all turned out up to now should make for interesting speculations about what S7 might be like. I suppose we could guess what the shocker (if any) would be. And of course we would all be wrong.

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Gee, I guess we are dying on the vine. End of the year seems like a long time. Have heard no new news. I am guessing they are in production. My only hope is that an advertising will be forthcoming some time so The Mentalist is not forgotten.

The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 22 Quotes

You're acting cool about stuff I know you can't be cool with.

Abbott

Oh LIsbon's not leaving. She likes to talk like she might but I don't think she's going anywhere.

Jane
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