Thank you for your comments. I like the show's direction now. Those who don't like the show have been the most vocal in the comments here -- but the episode is still rated above as high as the reviewer rated it, so it isn't a majority ruling the comments, just some strong feelings about it. I hope those who want the show off the air now are wrong. I do think the ratings drop of recent seasons had to do with too much over-the-top Red John and that they analyzed it and are trying to get the ratings back by ending the story line (and yes I know there was a bit of increase from the decline as they wrapped up the RJ storyline, but I attribute that as some former fans returning just to see who RJ turned out to be). The first couple of seasons were the best, were when I loved the show (for the character and portrayal and the fun of it, not for RJ) and I'm hopeful the current direction will recapture that (and maybe recapture the viewers they had then, too).
Thank you. As soon as you mentioned he was married, I remembered that (how she was going to tell his wife about what he was eating, I think)!
I've liked how they've done this before -- Jane and Lisbon as cop-partners. In some ways it is like Lisbon can accept being a sidekick on the team, but she's covered up wrong-doing both for Jane and her previous partner (Bosco) -- and that entitles her to a little more consideration than either of her partners have sometimes remembered to show her. Didn't she also have a sexual relationship with Bosco when they were partners?
Sure agree on the long arcs that ruin multi-episodes of so many shows anymore!!
I've noticed that the children are getting more plotlines. not just passing one-liners. I like that!
Even if they had escaped Abbott, the Vietnamese would have killed the drug dealer -- so Jane would have eliminated him (maybe like he set up that one serial killer to be killed by Red John seasons ago).
Or what if the fire was an attempt on Red's life & Liz, the child of a relation, was injured ... and Red was told to stay away by his own family (or chose to stay away to protect them)?
It's also possible, since many who don't have their own children are especially devoted to their siblings' children, that he could be an uncle and possibly the woman's picture he took was a sister he was once close to??
One thing that seemed important is that Jane was using his own name. He wasn't on the run, he was "retired," and just keeping track of if anyone looked for him (and then went and visited Abbott). I get that he wasn't advertizing his location (like sending letters through his friends), but I think that was him just not rubbing the FBI's nose in where he was so he wouldn't have to deal with any efforts to extradite him.
As one of those who recorded all the Red John episodes, but never even bothered to watch them, waiting for RJ to finally die, I was very happy with this episode and the direction. I think Jane was, and realized he was, becoming like that guy at the bar in a lethargic daze. I think he was off his game and was fooled by the bookreading FBI agent, but he enjoyed getting the drug dealer with very little effort and at the end, sitting there with his hands behind his head, he was then, right there, back -- and the FBI is about to find out!
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