Some random thoughts about this episode, in no particular order:
Jane and Lisbon were out of character. They should have been all over Ardiles’ murder, and should have been in close contact with Rigsby/VanPelt. Also, I don’t believe that Lisbon wouldn’t have gone with Jane when he asked, or that he would have given up so fast. It was an awkwardly written plot device to set up Jane leaving Fischer in the next scene.
I don’t like when a plot is initiated by something so mind-bogglingly stupid that no sane person would have done it. As someone else pointed out(Americ, maybe?), what did that lady think would happen when she went to bring back a fugitive alone and unarmed?
On the same lines, how many dark warehouses are there in SanFrancisco, because Rigsby needs one for next week. At the rate he’s going, people are going to think that Rigsby is the killer. Two warehouses, two dead people. I love J.J. and Rigsby, but really-you’ve got a warrant. Get some backup!
The scene with Lisbon, Abbott and Fischer(and the power ranger) was very funny, and the only scene I really enjoyed.
Where the heck is Lisbon's present?
The writers seem to be dividing the season into episodes to address different audience factions. There was the Red John arc for the who is Red John fans, and they were livid at the way that ended. There are the Jane/Lisbon fans, who are beyond unhappy now. Finally, there are fans that just enjoy a good procedural, but so many stories this season have had such huge holes, I don’t think they’re happy either. Is Heller deliberately trying to offend every fan of this show? Trying to get out of your contract by driving the show into cancellation, Bruno?
When I find myself thinking about what the writer was thinking while I’m watching TV instead of being caught up in the story, there is a problem. When the best thing I have to say is, “Well, at least it’s a new episode” there is a problem.
Comment modified at March 10, 2014 19:26
Michael, your vocabulary and grammar both need improvement. Show some manners. Look at some other posts to learn how to disagree respectfully.
You could be right, Just Passing-I hope so! I'll continue to watch new episodes, but I'm done spending my money purchasing episodes from Amazon until I see how this plays out. I know I'm not in charge of The Mentalist, but I am in charge of my own wallet and my own time. I like you optimism, though! You give me hope.
I'm sure Mr. Pascal is a fine actor, and I wish him the best; however, if this plot takes away from Jane and Lisbon's relationship, I will stop watching the show.
Sharon and Mike,
The Mentalist has NOT been cancelled! To paraphrase one of my favorite movies, "It's not dead yet!"
These photos give me hope that this will be a fun episode as Jane continues to yank the FBI's chain. It would be cool if the whole CBI team gets together, but since there are no pictures of that, they may just consult by phone or computer. Sharon, I feel your frustration about the show's flexible start times. I set my DVR to record two and a half hours, at least. That has worked for me this year. Mike, the show has not been cancelled, despite CBS's apparent efforts to sabotage the ratings. Theresa is eating with Ardiles, and it's extremely unlikely this is her 'boyfriend', as he insulted her leadership abilities a few years ago. They must be meeting about this conspiracy. I don't want to wish away my last week of vacation, but come on, Sunday!
I was very worried about how this episode would work, but I really enjoyed it! It may help that I didn't notice the similarities to other shows(I don't watch them), so I was able to just watch the character development and enjoy the ride. I saw a light go on in Jane's eyes when he talked to the bar owner burying his dog. That is when Jane got his mojo back, I think. You could see the wheels turning in his head. I could almost see him think: I miss Lisbon, I want to go back, I need to make a deal with the FBI, and I am going to do all of that and take out a drug cartel. I loved how he used Abbott to get the dog killing drug dealer, and I agree with those who have said that Jane clearly has a plan to deal with the FBI. From the time he called Abbott to set up the drug dealer to the closing credits, Jane just looked like he was having fun. I hope we get a lot more happy Jane, especially with Lisbon!
Oh, rationalgal, I hope not! You have a good point about controlling our expectations, though. The fans who watched the shows to try to figure out who Red John was are furious at the lack of explanation of so many clues. Jane may not care how Red John got the list, but I do! As much as I love this show, that was lazy writing and very disrespectful to long-time viewers. The Rigspelt shippers had their dream match just in time for them to leave the show. I hope Heller isn't an equal opportunity offender, just waiting to laugh at all of the Jane/Lisbon fans.
Maybe I can give you all some words of comfort. I had two children after the age of 40; indeed, I was 44 when my youngest was born. And yes, most of her friends think I am her grandmother, but I deal. I have less energy than younger moms, but perhaps a bit more wisdom. Well, at least a bit of perspective! I'm sure Lisbon and Jane would be great parents.
Do we need to be a Nielson family to count for ratings? Also, does CBS monitor how many people view the show on their website? I don't usually do that because of the commercials, but if it helps, I will! One more thing-can we get Mentalist On Demand and does that help ratings even if we're not a Nielson family? I want to do my part! Oh, Oh, and I bought it the episode on Amazon-does that help?
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