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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

Thanks Ani, I have enjoyed your analyses too. So detailed and insightful! I think if the writers check out this site they would get some truly great ideas for S7. Yes, I am way more than I write and I expect you are too. Let's hope S7 lives up to our expectations for the kind of closure a great series like TM deserves. Maybe so good it pushes the show into different directions and more seasons. Best of luck on your book. Been there, done that too, and know what it takes.

Anitraward1

Rationalgal, I enjoyed your analysis, you are the shit. You hung in there and went toe to toe with me. You made me think about a lot of things I would have never considered. Thanks for the challenge! I get the feeling you are way more then your write. I will be for ever greatful for having the opportunity to analyze such deep subjects with you! I will remember you always. I am in the process of writing a book and you have reshaped my outlook on certain matters. Always be who you are and were meant to be. I know I appreciate you! I will be back from time to time to see how things are going. ROCK ON RATIONALGAL! ROCK ON!

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@ anitraward1

After an epic, marathon discussion about The Mentalist I just want to jump in to tell you and rationalgal2 how nice it was to see you complimenting each other on your analyses and the challenges you put out there. It's nice to watch an conversation like that progress and you're a great example on how to keep it going and to remain kind and focused. Cheers!

Anitraward1

Rationalgal, I discovered what we discovered without knowing we discovered it until now. We discovered methodology. The serial portion of the series was using a certain methodology to maintain the longevity of the Red John arc. Six years is a long time to stretch an arc. What I discovered was that they incerted totally random mysterious statements and scenes to push the story arc. They had nothing to do with the arcs but they caused intrigue and continued the interest by the viewership. This is probably something we were not supposed to discover as viewers. I get why they would do something like this but it underestimates the intelligence of the viewer and leaves them with their panties on the floor. I give them credit for the try but here we are, waiting for them to clean it up. Trying to play into the viewership while still trying to play us didn't work out so well. The ratings game is a fickle mistress, you will get F**ked before you f**k her. Now they have to go backwards to bring the story forward. Every time they put the pen to the paper we, we will know what they are doing. We know what mistakes they made and we know what they will try and do to correct it. They are now in a position to show their genius, or not. To have estimated and tangled with the intelligence of your audience to a point of a dual and lose, is tantamount to failure. They have to deliver or die!

Anitraward1

Jane never did crack the list, the FBI does not know who is on the list. That is why the deal was made in the fist place. Who's name do you think is on the list, Alexia Schultz, that's who. That's why it was eluded to in the last episode.

Rationalgal2

If the writers plan to take TM off in an entirely new direction, and they got rid of all the Red John-related people to clear the decks and focus on FBI centered stuff, which significant characters are left from the CBI phase who can be part of the FBI story line? I can think of only one - Alexa. Are there others?

Rationalgal2

This site is messing with us again. I lost my avatar, re-signed in and got it back, lost my comment but I had copied it so I did a paste and it came back, but I see the comment from Ani I was responding to is missing. Ani was quoting Jane's remark about Bosco and his team. Where did it go?

Rationalgal2

This scenario assumes the writers think the Blake Ass'n needs closure, but probably not, since it was supposedly shut down when McCallister was killed. That ended the Red John part of the TM story as far as the writers (though not the viewers) were concerned. Ending that included getting rid of all the characters connected to it so TM could be a "new" show. That probably included ignoring as irrelevant the high level FBI friend of RJ. The one thing that cannot be dismissed is how Jane gets out of his five-year indentured servitude when his freedom depends on him revealing a list of names he does not have. That is a future certainty while everything else can be ignored as in the past. The question is, what is going on in the FBI that they are willing to wait five years for a list of names they certainly would need now? Do they really need it or are they using it to hold on to Jane for other reasons? Following this story line could produce a TM show that really is new. If so, there is no way we can guess what that might be. (Not that we aren't very willing to try.)

Rationalgal2

Damn! Lost my avatar again!

Rationalgal2

This scenario assumes the writers think the Blake Ass'n needs closure, but probably not, since it was supposedly shut down when McCallister was killed. That ended the Red John part of the TM story as far as the writers (though not the viewers) were concerned. Ending that included getting rid of all the characters connected to it so TM could be a "new" show. That probably included ignoring as irrelevant the high level FBI friend of RJ. The one thing that cannot be dismissed is how Jane gets out of his five-year indentured servitude when his freedom depends on him revealing a list of names he does not have. That is a future certainty while everything else can be ignored as in the past. The question is, what is going on in the FBI that they are willing to wait five years for a list of names they certainly would need now? Do they really need it or are they using it to hold on to Jane for other reasons? Following this story line could produce a TM show that really is new. If so, there is no way we can guess what that might be. (Not that we aren't very willing to try.)

Anitraward1

I'm not saying that the whole story is creditable but they do have these connections in there. O'Laughlin seemed creditable enough to be Van Pelt's fiancee until he wasn't and the same goes for Le Roache being Jane's friend. Ardiles and Le Roache are finished story arcs, they were dirty, connected to the Blake Association and then exterminated for what they knew. Now let's look at the spaciousness of Bosco and his team. Jane's quote, " I could have bribed or blackmailed them but I didn't".