Funnily enough, Lisbon did not seem particularly distressed about Jane saying they should think about something else to do "for the rest of our lives." In fact, she was curious enough to calmly ask him what he wanted them to do. When his ideas were so nebulous (he only want to get the seeds planted, I think), she said LE was who she is. It's just the beginning of this conversation and it is a huge decision for both of them, but I thought it bode very well that they could talk about such an important subject without it turning into a contentious issue right then and there. Instead, she rubbed his arm gently before she left and told him she'd be back in the morning to check on him. I just loved the simple, straightforward commitment they both showed to each other, especially under Jane's stated assumption that they would be together for the rest of their lives. Foreshadowing, for sure, but it really made me happy how his words gave her no surprise at all, like it did me lol. They'll find their way, and together. It's a great thing to think about.
I think Jane was just planting seeds. To get Lisbon to start thinking that a life beyond law enforcement, that she would love, is definitely possible. They decide ultimately what "feels right" together. Lisbon is just beginning (702, 703) that the risks aren't only to her own life now. They're to her happiness if something happened to Jane or even if something happened to her and Jane was left without her. She knows he would be destroyed. I think these realizations will begin to make her start to think outside the box, with Jane.
LOL, wouldn't it be fun if Lisbon ran off with Jane to join the "circus" so to speak? Not serious, but what a fun twist!
Really agree whole-heartedly with what you've said here, ESPECIALLY, "Jane seems to have decided that honesty is the best policy with Lisbon and it's carrying over to other aspects of his life. His emotions more often are openly showing on his face, as in the "I'm in so much trouble" expression when Lisbon said she wanted to go to Beirut. . . . I think we're seeing a lot more of "real Jane" in these episodes, even when he's supposed to be playing a role." I've been thinking the same thing since the first episode. They are showing Jane's emotional reactions to things, from that very first scene on the porch where he asks Lisbon if the reason she wants to keep their relationship a secret is because she's embarrassed. We've see a lot more of Lisbon's emotional reactions on her face, too. It's completely fascinating to watch, they nail the scenes and expressions so well. I've also noticed the same about the sense of risk the job poses to them as a couple. "The close calls are getting closer and they are both visibly more frightened after each brush with death. Being in a relationship gives them something to lose." I don't think they quite expected the multiple layers. Not just (1) losing one's own life anymore. But (2) losing the other and being left alone. And (3) dying and leaving the other to grieve. I don't think Lisbon would ever quite recover from the loss of her great love. Jane, I think it would destroy him to lose Lisbon. He'd die in a year, somehow, perhaps even at his own hand. It's awful to contemplate, really.
Love your observations about the end of Ramadan and the end of the couple's uncertainty. Beautiful to think about, really.
I think Morena Baccarin deserves a HUGE shout out for her work in this episode! She was absolutely perfect at reclaiming the character and did not miss a step. She was great.
Thankfully, the choices are not as dichotomous as 0 kisses or heavy sex layer. I think we'll be getting a little, natural physical affection, soon. We already have, a lot, as you mention, touches, looks, holding hands, a hug, really important talk. The relationship development is fantastic, imo. I think it's very normal and natural for viewers to want to see kisses, I really do. Because that's a normal and natural part of being in love. I think we're totally clear that plenty of kissing, hugging and lovemaking is going on as they live together and try to make it grow into something even more lasting as a couple. It's TM/Heller who has simply decided not to withhold these natural things to the viewer. That makes many want them more, and makes it more painful to be denied. Just my opinion.
Enjoyed your review Christine! I thought the dinner date scene was so perfect. I like Lisbon being strong, and yet her voice keeps the conversation calm and makes Jane feel okay to tell her the truth. She has that demeanor with him, I've noticed through the first few episodes, very approachable but getting to the point. I really like that side of her. We've never seen her character that well-developed, but I find I'm liking her all the more. Jane was perfect. He was obviously overwhelmed at the thought of discussing Loralei and not willing to roll over on it just because she wanted to know. She would have to pay a high price. And she wisely decided not to go there. So now both Loralei and Walter are fini. I'm a little sad about Walter, tho. I thought that scene was one of the best in any TM episodes. So many layers, so much accomplished and seeing these new sides of how they are together -- just magnificent, loving every minute. My other favorite scene was Erica falling for the jealousy fight. So perfect, you could just see the eagerness in her face. My biggest hope for this episode was that Jane would include Lisbon in his ruse to get Erica and that she would do the takedown. I totally got my wish! It was sweet.
Thanks for putting your finger on what has been bothering me about the last two missions. For one thing, they're out there doing the grunt work for the CIA. Alone. What? The CIA should be at least backing them up, yet there is not one CIA agent in the field with them. And Lisbon was alone in that prison. They should not be out there alone. One thing I've noticed that may explain why they are doing this, is that it shows how the stresses of the job triple now that they are a couple. It's not just the danger of losing one's own life, but the added burdens of losing the other person and being left alone one's self, and yet again, of leaving the other behind with horrible grief. Lisbon would be completely devastated and scarred. Jane would be destroyed, imo. He wouldn't last a year and I doubt he'd care, might even look for death. I get the idea that neither of them expected this because they'd always had that fear of losing the other. But it's suddenly much more complicated as a real couple. The risk they take is coming to the forefront now and that hand-holding in the car after Jane was near-drowned and Lisbon taken by the same deadly criminal looked like two shell-shocked people attempting to comfort one another. I don't think that shock was all just the danger. It was probably all the ramifications to each of them inside the couple they are, and the sense that it will always be this way with their jobs. Just me, thinking.
There's been a story blurb about a 3-episode arc involving Abbott and some dark secrets in his past that are coming to light because his wife is being considered for a job in DC. Jane somehow helps with that. Could play into the Jane getting his freedom card?
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