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The Mentalist Round Table: "Blue Bird"

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It was the what shipper's dreams are made of on The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 22, as Patrick Jane was finally honest about his feelings for Teresa Lisbon.

Of course, that was after all of his lies, schemes and manipulations didn't work.

Below, TV Fanatics Robin Harry and Christine Orlando are joined by The Mentalist fans from Twitter @Nerwen_Aldarion and @SteeleSimz to discuss surprises, disappointments and favorite scenes from The Mentalist season 6 finale.

The Mentalist Round Table

Were you surprised that Lisbon didn't tell Jane she was leaving?

Robin: Yes and no. I was surprised that she let him find out through the grapevine and that really hurt him, but I can understand the avoidance aspect of her actions. 

Nerwen_Aldarion:  No, she dragged her feet telling him about Pike's offer, of course she would do the same here. She also wanted to give him more time to try and get her to stay since it is obvious she really didn't want to go. Of course Jane would miss all of THOSE signals.

SteeleSimz:  No, I wasn't surprised as she stated in the show it was hard. They have such a history together that telling him that she was leaving would have been hard for her. I think keeping it from him was her way of trying to tell herself that she was okay with leaving him. Also I think it is always hard to tell those you are closest with the truth because you don't want to hurt them. 

Christine:  A little. I understand that it's hard but she only had one week left and everyone in the office seemed to know. I suppose she thought that if she put it off long enough he'd find out on his own and that's exactly how it played out. 

Jane really didn't think Lisbon would go to D.C.? Why?

Robin: I think it comes down to a running motif this season - Jane taking for granted that he knows Lisbon. Jane's got blinders on when it comes to Lisbon, and recently he's consistently misread her intentions and underestimated the strength of her will.

Nerwen_Aldarion:  In this regard I think Jane is a little selfish, he simply couldn't fathom that she would leave HIM. Partly because I'm sure he knew she had feelings for him but also because he had been taking her for granted until now. Like she said in the episode "I'm a convenience for you" She'd always been there for him, he just assumed she always would...silly man. He didn't realize that she needs more than just his dazzling smile to keep her.

SteeleSimz:  I don't think he wanted to believe that she would move on without him. He has always done the running away and when he returned she was there for him. In this case he was the one being left and he deep down believe that she wouldn't leave him because she hadn't left him all the other times. I also believe deep down Jane already knew that Lisbon wasn't in love with Pike and that she was just doing this to prove a point to Jane. 

Christine: Denial. Lisbon has always been there for him, whether to help him with Red John or bail him out when things didn't go according to plan. And even if it did take some prodding, she followed him to Austin and the FBI. He really never expected her to leave and I think there was a part of Lisbon that knew it and wanted to prove him wrong. That she wasn't as predictable as he believed. 

Abbott saw romance where Cho saw a brother/sister relationship. Which side did you agree with?

Robin: I think that whole conversation was Heller & Co's way of paying respect to the fans who have been debating both sides of the coin for the past year! I'd say we've seen both over the course of the series. For at least the first 4 seasons, Jane and Lisbon were strictly, wonderfully platonic, and I would have cried bloody murder if they tried to put them together then. However, around The Mentalist Season 5, their relationship subtly started to evolve to get us to this point, and it did so quite naturally.

Nerwen_Aldarion: Abbott of course! I'm SHOCKED Cho saw them that way and have to wonder if it was a bit of tongue in cheek to the anti-shippers in the fandom. They always claimed there was a brother/sister relationship but I have a brother, he has NEVER told me that "emeralds look lovely with your eyes", has NEVER teased about seducing me over dinner, has NEVER suggested that he could read my dirty thoughts and then grinned while I blushed...and that was all in season 1! It was there from the beginning, the flirtation and then eventually the deep abiding love. I think it was planned too, but people will see what they want to see sometimes.

SteeleSimz: I agree with Abbott. I was sort of surprised that Cho didn't know it since he has been around them for so long but it was nice change to show that Cho doesn't always see things. I loved that Abbott ordered wine and then poured Cho a glass after Cho admits that he wasn't sure why this bugged Lisbon more than Jane burying someone alive. 

Christine: I have to say that I didn't see more than a platonic relationship for at least the first three seasons. Around The Mentalist Season 4 things slowly began to change in a very organic way. By the time Red John was killed, I was rooting for these two to become a couple so I'm thrilled we've finally gotten there. 

Packing to Go
Lisbon must be packing to move to Washington D.C. with Marcus Pike. Is she really happy about making the move?

Did you know the letter was Jane's elaborate plan?

Robin: I knew it from the get-go. As soon as they said all transfers were cancelled, I knew Jane was behind it, and was just waiting for that bomb to go off.

Nerwen_Aldarion: Not at first but when Lisbon "solved" the puzzle I realized it was a ruse, no way Jane wouldn't solve it first and then it all came together way too nicely. I shouldn't have been as surprised as I was though, this is Patrick Jane we are talking about.

SteeleSimz: Not at first but about the time Lisbon solved it on the beach I knew it was a plan. Considering Jane acted like he couldn't figure it out and even Lisbon said that if he "Can't figure out she can't figure it out" I knew that he had written the letter in order to get her to work the case. I do think it is brilliant and would have worked completely if Lisbon hadn't asked about the robe. 

Christine: The thought crossed my mind in the beginning but I didn't know until Lisbon solved the clue while walking on the beach. Jane looked so happy with himself that she was having fun and that his plan was working. 

Was Lisbon right to be furious at Jane?

Robin: Absolutely. I understood everything she felt; being used, being taken for granted, being deceived yet again.  He did what we know she hates - made her the subject of a con.

Nerwen_Aldarion: Does a bear sh*t in the woods? The guy faked evidence (AGAIN) and ruined her plans but not with any honesty but rather more tricks. I wish she'd punched him!

SteeleSimz: Oh, yes of course. Once again he used her, lied to her, con her all to benefit himself. She finally told him what I had been waiting for her to tell him. The whole scene of them speaking through the door was perfect, the acting, the emotions, all of it was what needed to be said after so many seasons. 

Christine: Oh yeah. Jane did everything that she hates. He lied to her, patronized her by letting her crack the code, and conned her. Since he didn't share his true feelings, it all made him come off like a selfish jerk who simply didn't want to be inconvenience by her departure. Something would be wrong with Lisbon if she weren't furious. 

Some fans think that Jane's desperate run to the plane was out of character. Do you agree?

Robin: I do agree, but would argue that was the whole point of that scene, and what made it brilliant. While it's certainly not out of character for Jane to take extreme measures to get something done, it WAS out of character for him to do so outside of a con or manipulation.

This was a turning point for his character. It would have meant nothing if the end result came from Jane doing something that Jane normally does.  His mad dash across the tarmac was symbolic of his realization that his ways were what was standing between him and Lisbon. So for the first time in a long time, Jane did something extreme that was driven by honesty and sincerity, by his acknowledgment of his own truth.

Nerwen_Aldarion: Nope. Jane has buried people alive, faked deaths, robbed a casino and faked a melt down to get himself fired...he is a man that goes to extremes. What was more interesting about this is that this action wasn't something he'd "planned" or anything that was a trick or a con, rather desperation and love fueled his motions here which is why it was so much more poignant.

It also meant so much more to Lisbon that way, where his elaborate con job to get her to stay failed, him finally ripping open his heart to let her see the honesty and love she'd been searching for worked. It makes sense to me, lies come easier to Jane than truth, thankfully he saw that it wouldn't be tricks that would get him his girl.

SteeleSimz: Personally I didn't think it was out of character. Jane has done tons of crazy things in the past and when presented with a final chance he took it. I can see why some fans believed it was out of character. I know a lot of them would have wanted him not to move on from his wife but this is TV and a lot of times in shows you want the happy ending. Would this happen in real life? Who knows.  

Christine: The honesty was what was out of character. Jane finally realized he was in love and he was desperate to tell that to Lisbon. Love and desperation can drive anyone to do things that are a little out of character. 

Was there anything that disappointed you about the season finale?

Robin: I can't say that there is, really. I loved every second of it, and thought the understated ending was absolutely perfect. 

Nerwen_Aldarion: Gosh, that it wasn't two hours? That it had to end? That is about it.

SteeleSimz: I don't think anything disappointed me about the finale. I was looking forward to this episode so much more after we got the renewal news and even if we hadn't I would have been happy with the episode. It opened doors for future episode while closing other doors. I think Bruno and company did the best they could with what they knew might or might not happen. They tried to please fans in the end which is nice. Yes, not all fans are happy but a lot are with how this all played out. 

Christine: I would have liked more kissing at the end and maybe a little more conversation once they were being honest about their feelings. Other than that, it was all good. 

What was your favorite scene?

Robin: Everything that happened between Patrick jumping the fence to being hauled off the plane. There was SO MUCH in that scene. There's the stuff I mentioned earlier. I loved that he kept running even after twisting his ankle, stumbling yet continuing through pain just as he was about to do with his emotions. I loved that he immediately realized that telling her he loved her and his honesty was worth it despite how terrifying it was.

I loved that he simply confessed his feelings without asking her to stay, showing that he finally understood how to respect her wishes. Listen, not many shows can take a cliché and pack it so densely with subtle but real character work. Also, Simon Baker - my goodness - he owned the hell out of that scene.

Nerwen_Aldarion:  From the airport to the end. So much raw emotion as Jane chased her then declared his love. I adored it so much, especially how he was all "That feels good to say" in some ways I think he has never been more honest with Lisbon then he has with anyone, even his wife. Before then his life had consisted of elaborate schemes and being the "smartest man in the room."

But here no amount of charm, wit or cheating would get him what he truly needed. He finally grew up and admitted that he has feelings and that all of his talents have failed him here because they weren't what she needed, she needed his honesty and love. Of course I adored the final kiss, he just looked so...blissful once he saw her, at ease because he realized that he'd been rewarded for his actions.

This was the first pure thing we'd ever seen him do on the show for the past 6 years and it was wonderful to watch as Jane FINALLY started to heal from his wounds. It's amazing to see the man who hid in a room with blood on the walls in the pilot become the man who is willing to let himself open up in front of an entire plane of people and move past his insecurities and problems to be with the woman he loved.

SteeleSimz:  I just don't have one favorite scene. I would Jane confess on the plane, it brought tears to my eyes as he admits his love for Lisbon and even though she tells him it is too late he understands but he had to let her know. Then there is the scene is the TSA interrogation room, Lisbon showing up and asking him if he meant it. Then him joking a little before saying he meant every word followed by the kiss was just perfect. Also I personally liked Lisbon throwing water in his face.

Christine: Wow! So hard to choose.  I was originally going to say the fight though the door because of the raw emotion but I think I have to go with the final scene.  I love the slow realization that dawns over Jane as it sinks in that she came back. That she's here and she loves him and this is really happening. It was sweet and wonderfully joyful.  Now I just can't wait for season 7!

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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When Niles and Daphne admitted their love on FRAZIER that show took a nosedive over the cliff. I hope this doesn't happen with TM. Admit the romance, but please keep it subtle. This is a crime show after all so keep the focus there.

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The best part of the finale was THE KISS scene, but not THE KISS itself, in my opinion. LISBON has been working in every way she knew, EXCEPT A DIRECT REQUEST, to get JANE to be honest with her about how he feels. She knows she will NEVER stop the games, tricks and cons that seem to be in him at the DNA level. When he makes the pickle joke, it makes her smile because this is the man she knows and loves. AS LONG AS he follows it up with a firm " I meant every word", the rest is his personality. She is choosing to bet her life that she will have his love in exchange for ALL OF THE BS that is the very complicated PJ. She's not choosing him for status, that was plainly the PIKE option. She's choosing him for love and devotion. And I believe that's what she'll get. Bring on season 7

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So hooking your main character up seem to be the new jumping the shark

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Lisa Shepherdnow
The relationship will work if they keep it warm, fussy and funny. Lisbon and Jane need to stay lisbon and Jane. Where Moonlighting went wrong is they became too serious and demanding they were no longer fun. Castle is a good example of how it should work. I can see lisbon and Jane walking up to a crime scene and having lisbon say to Jane that he left the seat up, Jane saying sorry I was in a hurry, lisbon saying, yeah well I was too and I fell in. Jane reacting with that grin that says kinda funny, but I won't do it again as she walks ahead of him. Could you see Cho's face hearing that conversation? They know each other so well, they already know they baggage. Let's enjoy the new journey with romance and fun. And please no saucy bed scenes, just imply before and after.

Rationalgal2
@ lisa

Lisa, you are absolutely right! It would be totally out of character for Jane and Lisbon to do anything but continue with the charming banter that has defined their relationship since the beginning. No need to show more than a suggestion of their private romance on the job. And absolutely NO saucy bed scenes!!! It is not the TM style for them. I'm sure they will stay in character.

Rationalgal2

Here's one thing I especially liked about the airplane scene. This smooth talking confident Jane was reduced by his fears, self-hatred, desperation and certainty that he had lost Lisbon to almost babbling incoherently as he tried to reach her and then tell her. It was first-rate acting, unlike the smoothly delivered professions of love portrayed in other guy-chasing-the-taxi-carrying-away-the-love-of-his-life stuff. And then the interrogation room scene topped this off with its little bantering dance circling around the truth they were finally admitting as they got to the gentle seal-the-deal kiss. That was so much more affective than the standard (really tiresome) passionate grabbing other shows give us.

Rationalgal2

I'm thinking of all the films and TV shows I've watched over the years and can't think of any with a love scene that was even close to this episode by any standard. It was perfect! It had character development and a background story of depth and meaning to bring to fruition. There was drama, humor, philosophy, suspense, sweetness, sadness, anguish, self-sacrifice, and the deepest kind of love, all brought to life by the most compelling acting I have ever seen. Add to that the spot-on pacing and camera work and editing. Casablanca sucks compared to this. So do Castle and Bones. Were there cliches? Hard to claim that, given that Simon Baker took them in hand and showed how they should be done. He set a new benchmark for this type of story that will be hard to emulate, much less beat. This episode deserves whatever awards there are for film and TV excellence.

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@ rationalgal2

rationalgal2, you are right, this episode deserves whatever awards there are for film and TV excellence. The writing, the visual effects, the acting by Baker and Tunney just made it so real and it will be hard to beat. I hope they all get nominated for every award going!! They have set a new standard of less being more! At the moment it seems to be in to be full on and OTT, but it shows that people will respond to subtleties if they feel the authenticity of the characters and the story. Well done all who contributed to making this wonderful finale happen!

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@ rationalgal2

Yes, yes, yes, excellent statement Rationalgal, excellent!

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OMG! Jisbkn! Finally!

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Excellent season finale.Congrats to the ep and creator of the show for having the guts to allow that scene. Most would fear letting the 2 characters have that aiport scene. Kudos to Simon Baker for the grand acting job. Confessing his fears and love is very hard for any man. He was very convincing lisbon how scared he was to be truthfull with her. A storybook ending to setup the final 13 shows, hopefully to continue the growth they have both achieved. Will the writers and Bruno allow it? We need the scene now where Lisbon must set him straight on future lying to her and teach Jayne TRUST.

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@ tom+neves

I'm not sure I watched the same episode. Excellent finale? Grand acting job?

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I think that Lisbon said "he'll understand" about Pike because that is what Pike said about Jane, when Pike encouraged her to tell Jane that she was leaving...."He'll understand."

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I have not looked at all of the comments, or really very many of them. I decided to quickly look on the internet to see if the last episode of Season 6 was the last episode of the entire series, and in the process, I got here and am writing a comment. Anyway, it isn't so much that the series could not continue into another season, it was more of a case in that the last episode seemed to rap everything up; it just LOOKED like a series-ending episode.

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@ KateShansky

That was because at the time it was written, it wasn't known if they would get renewed, so they wrote it to serve as both a season fianle and a possible series finale.

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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