I do hope the suggested death is faked. Cho did mention that he faked a death once to help Jane work his plan to catch the bad guy so that may be a hint that they will try this again. I can't bear the thought of Vega getting killed because Wylie would be so heartbroken and he is such a sweet guy. With the only loose ends to tie up being no-brainers - brother Stan's problem (easily handled by Jane) and Jane's servitude (easily handled by Abbott), the only thing left is the mystery of why Jane is so irrationally fearful of emotional loss. It has to be due to something that happened in his childhood that created a lasting trauma he can't really recognize it because he was too young at the time. Why is he so physically timid when attacked and why does he so readily run away from danger and why does he react so negatively to mentions of Child Protection Services and foster care and why is he so fearful of guns (except when he has to use one in exceptional emotionally relevant cases such as saving Lisbon's life and getting revenge on Red John? Why did he automatically mention an aunt's cooking and not his mother's? Is something going on there? He certainly had a mother but he seems to have no memory of her - or is it from too early an age that whatever traumatic thing happened is buried in his subconscious? Why was his father wearing a wedding ring - obviously a remnant of an earlier part of his life he cherished. This from a man who was so harsh and cynical with Jane? Did that woman's death make him that way? What the hell was going on back then? Pete and Samantha would know. The story and the drama surrounding it would certainly make a good series finale and bring the story full circle.
So where is my avatar and how do I get it back? This was one of my favorite episodes. Lots of fun to watch along with underlying drama to keep us tensed up to know what's next. I really loved that Pete and Samantha showed up to be part of the scam. I knew it was Samantha the minute she appeared on screen. They are such a great couple. I hope we will see more of them so we can understand more of Jane's past. I think that past has a lot to do with his intense fear of losing Lisbon. Not just the loss of his family but some childhood trauma that has been hinted at off and on. So we have now settled Abbott's problem. What remains is Lisbon's brother Stan's loan shark problem. I'm wondering if there will be a trip back to Chicago to deal with that and with it a possible opportunity that allows Lisbon to have a law enforcement job she loves and relieves Jane of his fears. Beyond that, there is the matter of Jane's servitude. Are they going to simply ignore that? It seems so. Of course, with Abbott's high position in the FBI there's not doubt he can clean up Jane's "criminal" past in an FBI way just as Jane cleaned up Abbott's "criminal" past in his con artist way. One good turn deserves another and I am sure Abbott is up to that. That leaves Jane's wedding ring, which - finally - got some attention. I'm assuming Jane leaves it on as a connection to the one time in his life when he had a family to love who loved him and he can't let that go until he is able to put another love in its place. And he can't do that until he resolves his fears of losing that new love. If Jane and Lisbon get married, the ceremony might include removing the old ring and putting on a new one. If they really do kill off one of the main characters next week, it will have to be in a way and for a purpose that is essential to bringing the TM story full circle. I hate to think it but the most likely character would be Vega. The others are all too essential to the crime-solving aspects of the show to let any one of them go. And Vega could pull off a sacrificial ending well with her character already being shown as eager to jump into a situation and take chances. We'll see. Doesn't leave much for the 2-hourf finale with not more hanging threads to tie up. Maybe they will do some kind of retrospective on the series. Not only entertaining but good for DVD sales to latecomers to TM.
OK, let's see: 5 episodes left, but that should include the a 2-hour finale on Feb. 18, right? So we actually have 4 Wednesday programs left. In those Jane has to get Stan Lisbon free of that loan shark, and Abbott free of his Rio Bravo past, and himself free of his wedding ring and his indentured servitude and he and Lisbon agreed on how their relationship will work out. There also has to be a carnival episode to bring the story full circle. I sure hope nothing bad happens to Pete and Samantha! So what would a shocker be? Can't be something new - has to be related to the show's storyline. The show has made it clear that Red John will not be mentioned, which leaves out the best source of shocker material. Can't be all a Jane hallucination because that would be way too stupid for a creative show like TM. How about Lisbon deciding she likes psychic play-acting and similar stunts and she and Jane run off to the carnival and put a great act together? Maybe she's got enough years in to collect her pension and doesn't mind giving the law enforcement schtick a rest. Either that or it's back to Jane losing a finger. Can't wait to see what the writers surprise us with. Whatever it is, there will be a happy ending. No way can the show end on a tragic note or even an unsettled and unsatisfying ending (unless a spinoff show is hoped for, but Simon said he is getting a little sick of playing a mentalist). Too much of a letdown and there would go the DVD and syndication sales.
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