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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

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.

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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.

Rationalgal2

Still more about Erica. The "Erica" episodes seemed aimed at illuminating Jane's emotional status re relationships. In the dating video he did he described his ideal woman - his dead wife, but it also described Lisbon. An important statement (as it seemed to me) was his answer to the question about what he most wanted. He said "to escape my past." It looks to me like the plot objective for the S6 finale and the upcoming Erica reprise may be to show that Jane has finally escaped his past. He gets together with Lisbon, shedding his fears and self-hatred, and overcomes his vulnerability to the manipulative Erica by manipulating her right back into prison. Simon wants to show different aspects of Jane's character and having him emotionally freed up and feeling he has escaped his past and rectified as many mistakes as he realistically could should do it. "Blue skies" may start a 3-episode arc for this: "Blue skies smiling at me/ Nothing but blue skies do I see./Never saw the sun shining so bright/Never saw things going so right./ Noticing the days hurrying by/ When you're in love, my how they fly." Maybe Graybar Hotel will introduce a setback for dramatic purposes, but I'd expect Orange Blossom Ice Cream to wrap up Jane's "escape my past" goal. It would be enjoyable to watch. But of course the writers my have something entirely different in mind. Regardless, I think Jane will put Erica back in prison.

Rationalgal2

Well well, my avatar's back. There is no figuring out this system. OK, more about Erica. Obviously she is in Beirut hiding out from getting arrested, so the plot sends Jane and Lisbon there so they can all connect and the writers can tie up that loose end. And Erica wants to help solve whatever the crime of the week is in exchange for freedom!!?? Ha! That's what she did the last time and she used the scam to skip the country. I'm thinking Jane sees this as an opportunity to make up for letting himself get seduced by her. Remember how he got in competition with Erica in their first episode because "She thinks I'm not smart enough to catch her." He is not the type to let something like that go - he has to prevail in the end. I expect he will play Erica like she played him so he can have the satisfaction of sending her off to prison. Checkmate.

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Rationalgal2

Damn! I lost my avatar again!

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I'm commenting on various comments but not as replies because stuff ends up way down the list. It seems to work better to first do a Sort by Newest, see what's being said, and then post from the top. Well, of course they will bring back Erica Flynn. Can't let a murderer go scot free. That's a major loose end. But will she try to seduce Jane again? Of course. That's what she does. However, this time I have major doubts - in fact I think it's impossible - for Jane to fall for that again now that he and Lisbon finally know where they stand with each other. The earlier attractions were just flare-ups of a sublimated yearning for an emotional connection with someone. That is no longer his problem. So maybe Graybar Hotel will refer to a prison and Jane will put Erica there for good. (Or at least 20 years.) Yes, TM hit a bad spot where plot confusion was rampant. I assume it was all part of trying to deal with a possible cancelation and trying to do a finale than might not be a finale. Killing off so many cast members seemed to be a quick way to wrap up the Red John phase, with no time for a plot that allowed a show of distress, as we got with the Bosco killings. I think the writers will do fine with S7. They know they have a half season and what loose ends they feel need tying up. I would have been OK if they just forgot about Erica, as they did with Kristina - or will she show up again!?

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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