The Mentalist Review: The Irreplaceable Teresa Lisbon

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By the end of The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 18, I was left wondering what the show would be like without Teresa Lisbon.

It was a frightening thought. I could only imagine how Patrick Jane might feel.

Money Burning

First, let's get the murder of the week out of the way. When they figured out that Madison Pryce was an escort, it was one of the few things that made sense. There were only so many reasons why a young woman would be hanging out at a boring, stuffy, men's club, especially since she wasn't interested in the men, just their money. 

Unfortunately, thanks to the special"fishing cabin," I don't know if I'll ever hear the term and think of one in the same way again.

Each member of the club appeared more arrogant than the last. I especially liked when Cho honed in on Russell's ability to evade a question. Not many people can get an evasion past Patrick Jane but Russell did. Cho was quick to realize what a talented liar the man must be to have accomplished that feat. 

I also appreciated Wiley's response to Cho's request in this The Mentalist quote

People only talk to me like this when it's doing something shady for Jane.


I got the feeling that Wiley's job was filled with rather boring tech work until Patrick Jane came along. Jane makes his job a lot more fun. 

Of course, he wasn't the only one smiling. I think Abbott also enjoys Jane's plans, as long as they continue to work and even Lisbon appeared to enjoy her time on stage helping Jane with his con. 

It didn't go unnoticed that Jane referred to her as the irreplaceable, Special Agent Teresa Lisbon.

At the beginning of the hour, when Lisbon and Jane were entering the office, Jane couldn't take his eyes off of her and he looked unsure. It's not often that Patrick Jane appears anything less than confident. 

He cares for Lisbon and he wants her to be happy. He wants her to be with a man who deserves her but the reality of watching her get close to another man may be more than Jane anticipated. 

If witnessing Teresa date another man is disconcerting for Jane, I can only imagine how he'll feel when he finds out she's considering moving to D.C.

Teresa told Marcus that…

You are a terrible liar. I like that in a man.


She's never been comfortable with Patrick's ability to lie so readily. She's also never quite sure where she stands with him and he's disappeared from her life more than once without a word. So a man who is open, honest and wants her with him certainly has its appeal.

The offer to move to impractical and foolish. Marcus and Teresa haven't been dating long and she'll have to find a job in D.C. On the other hand, this scenario is also impulsive and romantic. 

Which will Teresa choose and how will Patrick react when he finds out she's considering leaving Austin? Leaving him? 

What do you think, TV Fanatics, should Teresa make the leap of faith and move to D.C. with Marcus Pike?

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