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So now we are told that TM is casting for a boyfriend for Lisbon so she can have some kind of social life. That should send Jane into a small panic. When he was obsessed with finding and killing RJ he was OK with Lisbon having a relationship with someone else because he expected to either die or be imprisoned for life and he wanted her to be happy. He even pretty much set up that one night stand she had with Mashburn. Now he has a future to look forward to and certainly has assumed Lisbon would be part of it. So is he going to "get even" by romancing Kim? I hope not. This whole scenario sounds way too soap operaish to me.

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Now heres a thought about the FBI. They may be smarter than we think. We know from previous episodes that they have been watching Jane ever since he first showed up at CBI. That's about 12 years of observation. They know exactly how he operates and they want him to operate that way for them. They need to save face and appear very law-enforcing and professional, so they lure Jane to the U.S. and get tough on him, forcing Jane to manipulate his way into having his own way. The FBI knew he would do this. So Jane comes up with his fake list and the FBI says it's so important they will leave Jane alone for the 5 years of his contract with them and he can reveal the names then. Abbott is not dumb. He and the FBI know the list is fake but by pretending it's legit they get to uphold the law while leaving Jane free to solve their crimes for them in ways the FBI is not allowed to do. it's win-win. When it's time to reveal the names, no one will care and/or they will find a good reason why the list no longer matters. Maybe that will be the series finale. Maybe Jane and Lisbon will ride off into the sunset in their Airstream. Yeah, I know. That's pretty lame.

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I think it was Ani who is worried about not having a mystery for us to try to solve anymore. If so, here's one: Why does Jane want an Airstream trailer? What devious plan does he have in mind for it? Maybe something to do with his and Lisbon's relationship? Let's not get too carried away on this. Remember how the writers gave us clue after clue about Red John, then threw all those scripts away and pulled McCallister out of a grab bag - a guy who fit none of the RJ characteristics we had been given. Oh well, what's done is done and the new Jane is lots of fun, giving us another mystery: We have no way to know what he will do with his life now. Every episode will probably deepen the mystery. But is there a clue in that Airstream? Given what the writers did with RJ, not even they know.

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Just catching up with all the posts. I have to agree 100% with RM's two cents worth. Especially about the exchange between Cho and Kim. Kim should do what is in HER interests and that is to let Jane do whatever he does to solve cases for her. The FBI hired Jane specifically because of his unorthodox methods so they shouldn't complain when he uses them.

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I don't understand the concern expressed here that TM is too female friendly. Well, yes, Jane is cute, but there's nothing about the stories that could be said to appeal mainly to women. They are clever stories about a con artist and his skill at manipulating people, identifying criminals, and generally judging people's behavior to get at the truth of an event. The show seems to me to have appeal across a wide range of ages as well as genders and sexual orientations. No gratuitous sex and/or violence or crude language. No sexism or racism or religious conflicts (the religious Lisbon and the atheist Jane get along well). Who could TM not be for, given that this IS TV, a medium for the masses?

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Just a comment about Jane and the possibility of him being put in prison for 20+ years. What a story that would make! Jane seems to enjoy prisons. In no time I'm sure he would be running the place unofficially. Remember the ep where he visited a prison and saw the array of cell monitors in the guard's office. He was awestruck. "Reality TV at its finest," he said as he reveled in seeing all that body language among the prisoners. He pointed out two prisoners who were about to start a fight, as he could tell from their body language. The guard could not see it at all until the fight actually started. So Jane in prison could be a series all by itself. He'd be great at judging who was fit for parole, who was actually innocent, who was planning a jail break, etc. He'd be too good to keep in prison and too good to let go.

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I loved this show! It was fun watching Jane outsmart everyone. Such a pleasant break from real life, and isn't that what entertainment is for? Of course the plots are ridiculous. Just as all plots on all TV shows are. TM did go too far into ridiculous in how they ended the RJ arc but they may be pressed for time as this is the wrapup season. This is (I would think) where they show us how Jane gets his life back and finds happiness again. Right now he's having fun messing with the FBI. Eventually he will settle into a place in life where he is comfortable - probably helping others via his mentalist skills. He has always been good at helping people. And IMHO everyone he killed thoroughly deserved it and good riddance. As for Jane and Lisbon, there has never been any sign of sexual attraction between them. Yes they love each other but it's a mother-child love. Lisbon has always been a caretaker and Jane, with his childlike ways, has always seemed to need the mother he never knew. In Red Dawn the last scene had him curled up peacefully asleep on the CBI couch with Lisbon watching over him. At the end of this episode, he was cuddling up to those nice warm sox Lisbon gave him. It's possible that this mother-child relationship will grow into something sexual but it's not there yet. Jane (far as we know) has had sex only once in the past 13 years, and he has shown a sexual attraction (but not much) only for women who are murderers, charlatans or devious schemers. We'll see. This final season is where we watch how, whether and to what extent Jane escapes his past (his greatest desire) and what he does with his life after that. In this respect TM is not like any other TV show.

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The Mentalist Review: A Whole New World

Judging from the promo and the TV listing in today's paper, it looks like Jane gets the upper hand over Abbott big time. The FBI is asking Jane for help, apparently NOT arresting him. I think Jane knew Abbott would double cross him so he set something up with the hotel guy (Morales). Should be a fun episode! Don't know how much Lisbon knows of Jane's "great" plan for his new life. She may have reacted in last week's ep according to a script they are playing out. I'm really intrigued that Jane's terms include an Airstream trailer. He has known only carney work all his life. Is he planning something that involves traveling, with Lisbon as his "magician's assisstant"? Can't wait to find out.

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The Mentalist Review: A Whole New World

I don't expect Jane to be so much of a judge/jury/executioner from now on. That was fueled by his vengeful rage over the murder of his family, so his reactions to evil killers was knee-jerk visceral. The rage is gone now so he may be OK with letting the wheels of justice do their slow grinding. OTOH I think anyone who hurts young girls is still going to be in deep trouble with Jane. That nightmare of opening that door is not going away.

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The Mentalist Review: A Whole New World

Great comments everyone, especially for filling in the blanks about Jane's letters. It is clear that Jane recognizes what Lisbon means to him and he feels free to pursue that now that RJ's death has rid him of his emotional straitjacket. Christine gave us Jane's "terms" and his request for an Airstream trailer is intriguing. Could reflect a desire to not be tied down (but then living in a motel serves the same purpose). Is he planning his own version of a traveling carnival but with positive helpful and educational purposes? Looks like TM is going to take us off in some fascinating directions and very different from before. Could be a testing ground for continuing the series but with a new format. But the viewer numbers will never go up as long as TM is relegated to an erratic Sunday night schedule.