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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 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.

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.

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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