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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

It seems something about Red John will have to come up in S7 because they have to deal with the end of Jane's indentured servitude and the list of names he is holding as leverage but are just made up.

Rationalgal2

Glad you found a way to get back on this site, Washgurl! I hope our other chat friends find their way here OK. I kind of think CBS is holding TM to see which of its new shows flops so it can put TM in to save the ratings. Some shows last only a few episodes - maybe 3 or so - before they get pulled. Let's hope whatever flops, flops early so TM can start this fall in time for the end of year ratings sweeps. It it does well it could be slotted for the full season. Also, like Ani, I'm hoping S7 will give us a face-saving revisit to the RJ phase so we get a credible ending. I'm very much in favor of an ending where RJ is never actually revealed but just disappears out of Jane's life. He WAS mainly a symbol of Death, which is never defeated but can be accepted for what it is. Jane could thus learn to accept that life is what it is (which seems to be his philosophy anyway) and learn that we can't always have what we want (as he said to Erica).

Anitraward1
@ rationalgal2

You know with Jane, that means everybody else but him.

Washgurl36

Well.....I tried the new sort and the reply seems to work too. The one thing that was
different was that I used my computer instead of IPad. Hope it works there. I tried and tried to change the sort on with the IPad. Couldn't do it. Maybe this will be what is needed for me to get around. Hope so. So......they start filming July 30 or Aug 1? Read it somewhere on a Mentalist page.
Gee that's a long time till the first of the year. Maybe some program will flop and
Mentalist can come to the rescue!

Anitraward1

I always thought that the way they were going there would be a major dialogue between the two and then a knockdown drag out fight. It would only take one episode. I can see Red John or the string puller slithering out of the shadows asking Jane why he thought it would be so easy? And what made him think this was ever going to be over? No ties, no draws, no wins. Just me and you until I get tied of the game. Everyone but you thinks I'm dead and no one will believe otherwise. You will never know when I might turn up.

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Washgurl36
@ anitraward1

Trying the reply. They could do that at the end, right. It would be macabre but
what the heck. Could Patrick live with that? Hopefully by the end of the series he could. Of course he would have to tell Lisbon, right?

Anitraward1
@ Washgurl36

Well? No to protect her from the psychological factor and yes because I would want them to be able to handle it as a couple. So.... basically, I don't know! What do you think?

Rationalgal2

As I watch the previous seasons I see any number of situations that could be the takeoff point for story arcs, but nothing ever came of them. I suspect the writers did this so they would have various situation to pick up from if the series kept getting renewed. What bothers me is that they didn't use any of them to give us a credible RJ takedown. I still have hopes for this being taken care of in S7. BTW, if we do a Sort by Newest for the comments we can keep up with any new developments. Otherwise they will get buried way way down the page and we won't know they are there. We aren't getting that option to have comments emailed to us so we don't know if there were any unless we look. So Sort by Newest is important.

Anitraward1

You're right about Red Dawn, that was a lot of info and she really does look very suspect. Rationalgal, we had a conversation awhile back about the Kirkland twins switching places with each other and now it looks like it occurred without Bob Kirkland knowing it. If they don't follow up then we will know that it was just used to make for a interesting stand alone episode. This will also prove your point, that they accidentally created storylines by adding the mystery element to stand alone episodes as plot devices.

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Rationalgal2

OK, now I tried the "Sort by" function. It was on Sort by Best and I changed it to Sort by Newest. We'll see if that helps whatever we are doing. Like Ani, I have been watching past episodes to see how they might relate to the finale. They have an added level of interest when we know the ending. We see the characters differently and interpret the dialogue differently. One thing I noticed was Jane's emphasis in S5 that Red John had a friend high up in the FBI. So why wasn't that person ID'd after the RJ takedown. The FBI had 2 years to do it and apparently didn't try or was unsuccessful. That would seem to be a very important loose end to deal with in S7. I watched Red Dawn again and was struck by how much it told us about the plot that was never developed. Especially the end where we suddenly saw Alexia talking with Minelli and telling him how useful it would be to have an important contact in the FBI. Then we saw Kirkland, with Alexia telling him "Done." The only credible conclusion to make from that was the Alexia was the high-up FBI friend of RJ and she was talking to RJ right there, reporting to him. Was the show telling us Bob Kirkland wasRJ? Not really, because we later learned of Bob's twin brother Michael. So if that was RJ, it would have to have been Michael using his brother's HLS ID to set up a watch on Jane. Why was all this very credible stuff not used, with M. Kirkland showing up as RJ in the chapel? We would have had great credible closure on RJ. Of course, we could still have that if S7 reveals that McCallister was just another T. Carter. We can only hope.

Anitraward1
@ rationalgal2

It's going be be very interesting to see how they conclude the series. I'm more then convinced that some of the things we saw were written in from the very beginning. I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of the interviews we saw were a lot of misdirection. And that they never wanted the viewers to figure things out to quickly. I always got the feeling while listening to Heller especially, that he always did a lot of double talking. It appears that I was right to some extent. if he was doing that you know the rest of the cast was doing the samething. Basically they were talking and not saying much. Which is fine because they shouldn't, it would mess up the viewing pleasure.

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Washgurl36

Trying again. Any typing error and attempts to correct results in the character not appearing in the field. Anyone else having that problem? I've had to give up and leave the site quite a few times. Hope someone can fix. Guess I may have to find another site :(.

Anitraward1

I was watching season two, I can't remember which episode, the one where they took down the ADA for being a murderer. Lisbon said, I know someday I'm going to lose my job because of you. Jane said, I'm always going to be here to protect you and then Lisbon said I don't need your protection. They said some other stuff and I got to thinking that this was in the second season of the series and it actually did occur. What I found is of you listen to the dialogue very carefully, it does tie up some loose ends. Also and very briefly, Jane does verbalize his inner feelings. It may only be a line or two but he does do it. He does it like someone making an off the cuff remark, so you don't really pay close attention to it. I put my DVD's on for background noise when I'm doing other things and instead of being entertained, I really can hear the dialogue. Some of the things the series did was verbal and not visual. So while we thought it should have been acted out, it was actually a verbal conclusion. A couple of times I literally stopped and said did I hear what I just heard and I'd then go back and watch it play out. It plays out differently in the brain when you are distracted by the visual portion of the scene. So if they conclude something verbally with a line or two, we talking about maybe a couple of seconds. Which is something that could easily be missed. Also things that have been said to Jane when someone has cold read him that he agrees with. I really believe that they knew Jane and Lisbon would get together in the end from the very beginning. While they weren't slobbering all over each other like Rigspelt, there were subtle indicators. Like Jane dancing for Lisbon trying to cheer her up. Now a guy will not put himself out there for a woman like that unless he really cares for her. So while he was pushing her away he was also drawing her in at the sometime. A woman always knows when a guy likes her like that. Some of the dialogue they had was more then just close friends or work buddies talking. In the first season, second episode there was a statement about soul mates and then Jane puts his hand on Lisbon's shoulder. These very briefly subtle things have been there from the beginning. And because they are so brief you don't think anything of it. I saw something in watching a episode that makes me think Jane and Lisbon will be married. If it happens, I'll show you where I saw it. If they don't, I'll chalk it up to wishful thinking!

Washgurl36

Site is still weird. Any news about when Simon Baker and family will be returning to USA?