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.
This one is all on Jane. He cannot bear to lose Lisbon but if he interferes with how she does her job he will because Lisbon will never restrict how she does her job to keep Jane from worrying. Lisbon has given and given and given all her life and this is one line she won't cross. That was evident in that foosball game. It let jane know she was in charge of her life. That was the storyline purpose of that scene. Besides, Jane wants someone who will take care of him, so he will do whatever it takes to handle his fears and let Lisbon be Lisbon. For her part, Lisbon will help him deal with that emotionally. Notice how she handled that airplane meltdown when they were in that interrogation room. She knew how stressed he was and what an effort it took to get his feelings out. So she eased Jane into their old familiar bantering mode where she knew he would be comfortable. She's as much of a mentalist where Jane is concerned as Jane is with everyone else - except Lisbon. He really can't read her very well. As he said, she's messy inside. But it will work out because they love each other. I have never seen actors portray such deep love so subtly and with almost no physical interaction. It's just a lot of very little things that add up to an amazing performance. They both deserve an award.
Not totally serious here, but now I'm thinking about that episode title referencing gold and loss and wondering if we will finally see how Jane gets rid of his wedding ring. (I assume Lisbon told her brothers off-screen about Jane's history so I can stop thinking they were really clueless not to ask.) The wedding ring is gold and the writers have kept it on Jane this long for some reason. They need some real drama for end-of-series excitement. The show also promised us a "shocker" in the early promo for S7 so here's a shocker: Three times someone has tried to cut off Jane's finger and failed. Maybe this time the bad guy will succeed and there goes the finger, ring and all. If it happens because Jane is trying to save Lisbon they might have a serious discussion about how they will work together before both end up getting killed.
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