I'm waiting to see how Jane deals with a future with Lisbon. That scene with Pike showed he had serious concerns. He is in law enforcement only because - first it was a way to track Red John and, second, it is where Lisbon is. He loves using his mentalist skills but hates the physical violence that revolves around. As for Lisbon, she loves law enforcement and the rules that provide some overall stability while Jane hates rules and cares only for justice regardless of the rule bending/breaking shortcuts it takes to achieve that. I'm sure they will work out something that satisfies both of them and I look forward to what that is. In the next episode it appears that Lisbon tries her hand at mentalism and is enjoying it. An opening to how they can meet each other's needs as well as their ow?
The show got a S7 so they could tie up loose ends. They have now put Erica back in prison and let us know Mashburn is ancient history for Lisbon. He was there mainly to show Lisbon had something of a normal life outside the CBI and they might have written him in as a possible Red John. Same with Kristina Frye. There is another loose end, and Jane did have some feelings for her. Will they bring her out of her catatonic state for a psychic related episode that shows how Jane has changed? I hope so. And yes, the show could give us a bit more physical closeness between Jane and Lisbon, but it's OK as-is. They've been running on enforced neutral for 10 years in story time so maybe they need some time to work out of that platonic habit. Or not. I can see why they keep it out of the FBI office for now. Too embarrassing and hard to explain after the sudden break-off with Pike. Besides, Jane doesn't need to get physical. Simon can show with his eyes everything Jane is thinking. I had no problem reading "memories of last night" in some of Jane's expressions as he looked at Lisbon in Blue Skies.
Simon said he wanted a S7 so he could develop his character more. I was happy to see he is doing it. How he related to Erica showed it. He has always been physically attracted to women who are charlatans and/or outright criminals. He didn't think he deserved better so he kept Lisbon at an emotional distance even though his better nature gravitated to her. That was his self-hatred at work, formed by years of having to use his skills to exploit people and solidified when his hubris got his family killed. They had helped him be more of the person he really wanted to be. (Cho said Jane needed some kind of anchor in his life and without that he was just a hustler.) In the earlier Erica episodes we saw that attraction to charlatans at work. Jane's bodily tension - present even in his language - though almost imperceptible, indicated his struggle to not succumb to Erica's seduction. It was a great acting - so subtle yet effective! In Orange Blossom, that attraction is totally gone. Jane is dismayed at having to deal with Erica and afraid it will affect his relationship with Lisbon. On a character development level, Jane has found his anchor again in that relationship. Erica was right in saying she and Jane were compatible but she did not know about that other level of Jane's personality - the one we saw forming in 15-year-old Jane. It overrode the charlatan attraction formed by Jane's life on the carney circuit totally when he was finally able to open up emotionally to Lisbon. I have enjoyed watching these different aspects of Jane's character throughout the series as various episodes have brought them out. I have never seen a TV character so well realized in so many ways. Marvelous writing and acting!
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