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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

I've been watching the S6 DVDs. It is interesting to see how the Jane-Lisbon relationship was playing out when all the episodes can be watched one after the other. It was clear that Lisbon was hoping for some sign from Jane that he cared about her in more than a superficial way. But Jane could not bring himself to open up like that and was accepting a Lisbon-Pike relationship as better for her. Lisbon was obviously turning to Pike as the best substitute for Jane available to her. The subtlety of the acting by both Simon and Robin in projecting these feelings is impressive. Great to rewatch just for that alone.

Rationalgal2

Great news - judging by this info - that S7 will not only start THIS MONTH but continue into January for what looks like close to a half-season of episodes - maybe more. The show did want to wrap up the series in a satisfactory manner and tie up loose ends. And Simon Baker wanted a chance to develop his character further as one who is free of the angst that underlaid his persona for six seasons. We'll see what the real Patrick Jane is like. Probably more engaged with events and people I would think. Maybe more consistently like how he was in "Red White and Blue." That was a sweet episode. It does look like CBS needs the show to fill in as they drop some new shows and try out others to see which ones are keepers - thus the changes in days and times. So <sigh>
the series will end, which is to be expected, but it's been wonderful to experience such creativity and talent on so many levels. I hope we will hear frequently how his film "Breath" is coming along. I suppose it will be in indie movie with limited distribution but surely also out on DVD and all the other outlets available, given the large TM fan base. I'll bet Simon plays they part of the older surfer. Didn't he have a wife or girlfriend in the book? It would be nice if Simon's wife played that part. The book is pretty much all narration so a lot of rewriting will be necessary to fit the highly visual film format.

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Sooner than expected ;-) Looking forward - still in S4 with my rewatch project, guess I won't make it in time then. Anyhow, I have a free weekend coming up and the least I can do is get my crackpot together then. ;) Gosh, I'm excited! ;)

Rationalgal2

Oh, here's my avatar! I got it back!! I've been watching the full DVD series so the whole story would be fresh in my mind when S7 starts. I'm on S5 so I'll have to speed up to get through S6 and be ready for S7. Very interesting to see how the Red John stuff played out in various ways. All I can say is there is NO WAY McCallister could have been RJ. Everything points to Kirkland - or more likely his twin brother. I do hope S7 clears this up.

Rationalgal2

Here's what I got on this topic from CBS: Patrick Jane will soon return to our lives. CBS has announced that The Mentalist Season 7 - the final season of this long-running hit - will premiere on Sunday, November 30 at 9:30 PM ET and run for five consecutive weeks.

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Correction on Wednesday time.....it says 8:00pm.

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@ Pahometowner

Is TM going to be on for more than 5 episodes? What I read was that there would be a 5-episode series finale beginning Sunday Nov. 30. Where did the Wednesday info beginning in January come from? I do hope there will be more than five episodes.

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@ rationalgal2

I read that in January they will return to Wednesdays at 8:00 on jan 7 until late February and end with a finale of two hours. From Nov 30 to End of Dec will be 9:00EST/9:30PST Sundays; don't know how that shakes out regarding east/west time. I think I counted about 10 episodes. That seems like approx twelve episodes short of a regular season. I'm sure they don't want to be continually preempted by football in the 10:00 slot. The time and start was confirmed by CBS on both Sun and Wed. They seem to be filling on when other shows go on hiatus. Do you suppose Simon Baker is anxious to be done so he can place full attention on his project re the surfing story by the Australian writer?
Whatever he does, I can only hope he doesn't drift behind the camera. I want to be able to take in more of his acting/emoting talents. ........yep, I know, I'm selfish!,

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Oh my, oh my...just read The Mentalist will return November 30 at 9pm until January....then on to Wednesdays....don't remember time...maybe nine. They confirm last season, ending in February with a two hour finale. This by CBS. Although I don't want to see them go, I am so thankful we get to see more episodes before they sail into the sea of cancellations. I'm thinking about 13 episodes, although I could have sworn I read that there would be more. Pahometowner

Rationalgal2

OK I mean Roadrunner. Sorry.

Rationalgal2

Well, Roadmaster, the DVD S6 extras are just the review of what happened plus some unaired scenes, which I haven't looked at yet. The clearest thing I got from it was that we will not hear of Red John again and Lisbon will be key to Jane's full return to whatever is normal for him. That would be simply without the angst because he always was basically a con artist, only now a happy and reasonably ethical crime-fighting one. However, I keep wondering why TM was so eager to get another season - and just half of one at that. I suspect they want to do something they're not telling us about. There is no real need for S7. Loose threads to tie up? Ha! TM is so full of loose threads the writers set up to fit whoever Red John might be that it would take a couple of seasons to deal with them. They left the RJ full-tapestry setup hanging and frayed so why worry about tying up the remnants of the Jane-Abbott lists or Jane's indentured servitude? I'm wondering if S7 is planned as a kind of pilot for a new TM series, possibly based on the partnership exploits of Jane and Lisbon as a crime fighting couple, mostly funny I would think. Maybe on the order of the short-lived "The Good Guys" that featured two cops, one totally off the rails and the other trying to follow the rules. Only ran one season at most but I loved it. It starred Colin Hanks (son of Tom Hanks) and Bradley Whitford (T.Carter of TM). Whitford was the good-old-boy-Texan clown of the pair. Hilarious! Never saw a law enforcement rule he could respect, but always got the bad guy. Somehow.

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That special sounds interesting - I'll have to wait about some two more weeks until I can get the Series 6 DVD set... *sniff* Are there more features on it? (I keep hoping for more outtakes, but small chance...) The Carter-Finale screamed "pinch" or "midpoint climax" so loudly I realized then the series was written aimed to have an ending - and that's what got me really excited. Endings have become so rare, and all this never-ending meaningless stuff is so frustrating. At the end of five it became clear they were closing in on the end. I then thought they'd be finished by the end of six and got totally hyped up, chuckling at the idea of someone having done a very classic four-act-structure monomyth based story and selling it to a network under the premise of a serial. I said if they'd get season 7 it'd be a party season and Szentgyorgyi could be showrunner -doh. :P Only thing I'm no longer so sure about is they're all done. I think there's quite a bunch of those leitmotifs that aren't quiet finished. I'm currently tracking those to see if I can come up with something that makes sense before January. Once you see what the series finales really do - causing PJ to change, put on another layer and adapt, two things became clear: a) RJ is really only a catalyst opposing every thing else that's good and about healing and rebuilding your life after a tragedy - starting with a small spark ("Fight or die") and b) RJ's arc has to be closed at some point, in some manner, before they can finish the series. It can't be the finale, as there's so much more. And the last question turned out to be the Revenger's Tragedy dilemma - in a revenge plot, after having paid the price and gotten his objective, what are the consequences for the revenger - to kill a monster you have to become a monster, and will you be able to undo this or will you have dug your grave as well, because changing back has become impossible? RJ's face never mattered as much as his actions and influence. The question of how to deal with all the guilt and the other question, from Lisbon's smaller character plot, can shattered basic trust be restored, haven't still really been answered. The finale works as a makeshift solution, if worst had come to worse it would have had to suffice, but my guess is they'll deal with those questions as a backbone for what probably won't turn out to be as much "party" as I thought before. ;) And my hunch is that in putting together the leitmotif bits I can make an educated guess what is bound to happen - at least metaphorically... those writers have always been good at putting what I thought would happen onto another plane. Oh, and as an afterthought - I have to correct one thing I said about the four archetypes coming back - The scientist is Silver Wings, not Black Hearts. Makes much more sense this way.

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