Note: This review was co-written by the fabulous Violet. Thank you so much for your invaluable help. She wrote the entire review, I just added my own bits and pieces to it. Basically, everything smart, she wrote. Everything else was me. I indicated our names where necessary to lessen confusion.
UPDATE: I had accidentally copied an earlier addition of the review; so people who’ve already read it might notice changes.
When Lisbon (Tunney), Jane (Baker) and Cho (Kang) are called to a warehouse where a two months old corpse has been found, they quickly come to the conclusion that the victim was supposed to testify in a trial against criminal billionaire Tommy Volker (Henry Ian Cusick). Jane’s discovery of a red toy car has them guess the murder has been witnessed by a little boy, Marvin Pettigrew (Emjay Anthony), who has been missing since then.
It’s rather hard to have a definitive opinion on ‘Little Red Corvette’ as many questions are raised yet we get too little answers and, while the overall writing is rather good and enjoyable, a few pet peeves temperate that good impression: at the very best, a lot is left to the viewers to deduce on their own. Nevertheless, this nuanced and intriguing Lisbon version of ‘Blinking Red Light’, where she too has to make a choice between justice and law, certainly marks a step stone.
Reviewbrain: Personally the episode was much better than I had hoped (considering my dark expectations), but it was simultaneously not as good as I expected (especially from the genius of Woodruff). There were a few scenes that left me wanting to bang my head repeatedly against a wall which I’ll get into below. 7.5/10
Detailed AKA Humongous Review (spoilers galore)
VIS # 1 Lisbon and Jane at the crime scene
When the victim’s identity is revealed, Lisbon and Jane explain together that he was a missing witness in Volker’s case. Although it is never clearly stated, it appears that both have been talking about Lisbon’s most sensible case; she knows every detail of the file, but Jane too, as expected since he accepted to help her get Volker. But it seems that Jane has an interesting way of doing so and the following exchange between Jane and Lisbon about Volker’s presence during the murder is quite revealing:
Jane: “But you think he was here.
Lisbon: “He gets off on watching his victims die. I need Volker’s DNA.”
Jane: Just go and ask for it.
Lisbon: You think he’ll give it to me?
Jane: Yes, Volker’s arrogant, he likes to pretend he has nothing to hide.”
First, how does Lisbon actually knows about Volker’s penchant for watching people suffer and die? I think she made an educated guess. She was able to watch and analyze his behavior with her. He came to purposely watch her distress and revel in it right in front of the crime scene where Amanda’s body was being collected, and he did the same thing when he came to her office in ‘Days of Wine and Roses: he could have gloated and taunted her on the phone, but he bothered to came in her den to watch first hand how uneasy and upset she was. She’s certainly clever enough to figure that he really wanted to watch her. Moreover, both Amanda and this victim have been strangulated: in almost every cop show, they precise that this manner to kill implies a sexual aspect (because of the physical proximity and touch): this is common TV knowledge. This method was justified for Amanda, as they tried to pass her death as suicide, while it wasn’t justified here since the body was hidden and left to rot. They could have simply shot him… hence the conclusion: that particularly painful method for murder must have been requested, then Volker must have been here to enjoy the show… This rapid and confident analysis from Lisbon reminds of Jane’s own about tech Brett Partridge in the pilot: he told him he was a “ghoul” who got off on gore, just because Partridge was gleeful on a presumed RJ crime scene.
Second point, how does Jane know that “Volker’s arrogant, that he likes to pretend he has nothing to hide? Those last words were what Volker told Lisbon in the previous episode. Conclusion: Lisbon told Jane about Volker’s visit in her office and that he has threatened/harassed her. Since Lisbon is someone very private and doesn’t like to appear weak, this is pretty interesting as she could have let him on the case without sharing that humiliating tidbit. And that might explain his deception when she refused to let him come with her to confront Volker. Last point, Jane doesn’t tell her what he can deduce or what to do. He systematically asks her what she thinks and helps her to fill the blanks.
Reviewbrain: I really like your analysis as Lisbon’s statement regarding Volker’s sociopathic ritual, which came really out of the blue for me and totally took me out of the episode before it barely began. But even if you are right, I must say I still have two problems with the scene. First, if we are to believe that Lisbon made a leap and deduced that Volker enjoys watching his victim’s get killed, wouldn’t she also be able to figure out the easier question of how to acquire his DNA? That he’s egotistical enough to give it to her? Especially considering how it was only in the previous episode that Volker flat out told Lisbon to just ask him if she wants anything?
It seems like the point of the scene (and the episode, in fact, as Violet later explains) was to establish that Lisbon has benefited a lot from Jane’s expertise; that she is able to make her own deductions, but that she still needs his help. Therefore, it was important to have her make a good call, then have Jane help her along with another one. Which is fine. But her making a smart conclusion, only to have Jane clue her in on an issue she should already know is actually counter-intuitive. It might have been better if their roles had been reversed; Jane calls Volker out on having been on scene; then she elaborates and adds based on what she knows of the man that she’ll just ask him for his DNA. This way, Lisbon’s train of thought would have been much more obvious (to viewers) and the scene might have been more logical instead of having Lisbon turn mentalist (without Jane ever remarking on it!) only to have that prowess be contradicted by having Jane point something out to her which she should already know.
To be fair, I guess it’s safe to assume that Lisbon might have though Volker was lying with his “transparency talk”; but she could have said so. The lack of continuity to her and Volker’s conversation from the previous episode seemed like a waste of that powerful scene.
I also noticed Jane’s annoyance when Lisbon said she didn’t need him to come with her. And I think Violet, you’re right, it is what later spurred his own visit to the man; along with needing to find his lackey, of course. Glad you discussed it more in VIS 4 & 5 below…
VIS # 2 and VIS # 3: Jane gives advice to Lisbon
Jane eagerly asks Lisbon her visit to Volker has gone; she answers him and he adds ‘But?”. Lisbon then explains that she’s convinced that the file contains an important document but has been sealed, so she can’t have access because “that’s the law.” Jane’s answer? “But if you want Volker, you can’t let that stop you.” At Lisbon’s request, he suggests to ask Ardiles and, after she remarks that he’s not going to give her access, adds “Of course not! But he’s a smart lawyer.” You need to get something on him to make him help you”. Lisbon’s voice drops at that and she almost whispers conspiratorially that it’s blackmail, then she lowers her voice even more and asks him how she can get tips on doing that. Jane: “Ask yourself this: who makes it their business to know what no one knows.” Lisbon then goes to Brenda Shettrick from Public Relations and gets her information.
During the whole conversation, once more, Jane gives Lisbon advice, but he doesn’t impose his views: there is a difference between advices asked for and his usual manipulation, even if the results are basically the same (not following the law). He doesn’t tell her what she has to do or how, he just helps her to think.
Reviewbrain: I agree. Jane here is the major reason why I liked this scene too. I also loved seeing Ardiles again; although I wish it would be under better circumstances. In episode Rhapsody in Red, which introduced the ADA; I had felt from their familiarity that they liked and respected each other. Despite his falling out with the team in the episode, Ardiles and the Serious Crimes Unit has subsequently mended their fences (At First Blush). This is why I would have thought he and Lisbon might have been able to just talk where he agrees to give her the files without her needing to blackmail him (as opposed to a complete straight arrow, like Sarah). Instead, we have Lisbon expositing to Jane that Osvaldo won’t help her; and the man proves her right in a later scene. I hope I am wrong and there is another point to the scene (new plot with Ferland case?) other than Lisbon’s character development. Cause otherwise it would have been sad to have their professional relationship once again be strained. Did I mention I like Ardiles?
Violet: Later, Jane finds her working in her office after returning from interrogating Marvin’s mother. A few moments earlier, we had a glimpse of her when Risgby found her hunched over the file Ardiles provided her with, in front of a mug of coffee. During Jane’s visit, we can see that a few things have been added, such as scattered documents and take-out leftovers. Somehow, the whole setting reminds of Jane’s attic: the consultant is the one who usually spends the nightly hours working on his notes on the RJ case and sitting in front of a teapot and a cup. Jane even assumes Lisbon’s customary role as he tacitly tries to convince her to go home (“What about you ? Burning the midnight oil, I see”). In response to his unspoken concern, Lisbon gives him basically the same speech she gave Judge Davis in the previous episode: “Jane, Amanda Shaw was my witness, I gave her my word that I’d protect her and Volker had her killed.”
That starts to sound as a blanket line to explain her motivations without delving on her emotions, like how “He closes cases” was her standard reason to explain why she kept Jane around. That way, she can convey her sense of responsibility while conveniently sweeping under the rug the other emotional implications she’s not prepared to acknowledge let alone voice: her guilt for endangering someone and not being able to save her ; her obsession for being everyone’s savior (indicated by the golden halo the peep hole gave her when she went to see Amanda in ‘If It Bleeds, It Leads’), her self-doubts, her anger (she smacks a vase against a wall later) and maybe her underlying fear of not being able to save Jane, like she failed Amanda. And, once more, Jane’s attitude is oddly quiet, he doesn’t call her on her half-truth, he just takes a sheet of paper, sits down next to her and digs in what is left of her food while helping her get through the file… He’s silently supportive. Here’s the difference with all the attic scenes we got so far, as in those Lisbon tries to get a brooding Jane out of his misery. Here, Lisbon is actively trying to make some progress and he doesn’t try to dissuade her, on the contrary, he helps her and keeps her company.
Reviewbrain: Violet, you mentioned everything I loved about the scene. I personally found Jane’s demeanor wonderfully in character; he is always quietly supportive of Lisbon whenever it is something truly serious (Red Tide; Red Badge).
Alternatively, this is also the scene that had me groan out loud. At this point in the show, I expect more than to just have Lisbon recite the exact same motivation to Jane that she did to Judge Davis in the previous episode, even if it does fit her personality to do so. I am also less than happy with Lisbon blaming herself for Amanda Shaw’s death, to Jane, who we all know feels guilty for his family’s death. The circumstances aren’t the same; but the feelings are. Could this be a relapse of Lisbon being a bit out of touch, emotionally, with the people around her (Throwing Fire, Bloodstream). What is interesting is, as always Jane here knows her enough to not take offense or react at her apparent lack of empathy; he knows she is distracted and has other things to worry about. And, like you said, he’s giving her the space she needs as opposed to confronting her on her need to save people. An interesting thing Windsparrow mentioned in a comment a while back is, while Jane only feels compelled to protect those he cares about, Lisbon feels for all people. Perhaps his understanding of this is another reason for his restrained and compassionate silence here.
But I will always be annoyed at the untapped opportunity for a discussion here. It is a great scene, beautiful even, but it’s such a tame one too, considering how big and important this case is. Time must have been an issue (see Pet Peeves below) but if so then I think I would have preferred Lisbon not say anything at all. Jane, just looking at her hard at work, joining her to help would have been powerful enough. It’s not like regulars needed a reminder why the case is important to Lisbon. Nor was Amanda’s death the only reason Volker needs to be caught. The man has people marked for hits like he’s taking out flies; for crying out loud. But moving on…
Violet: Jane further supports Lisbon later when she tries to get a warrant: during their phone conversation, he insufflates enough confidence that she goes back to Davis’ office and convinces her with a impassioned and pressing speech. As a consequence, we can see that Jane’s been helping her out by:
1) getting her to follow her own ideas to their logical conclusion. He’s not implanted a suggestion in her mind, just answered her questions with other of his own to get her to elaborate her plan of actions. Lisbon has showed an instinct as a manipulator (forcing Bertram to give her free reign on her case in ‘Red Alert’) and her expression when Ardiles left her was pretty revealing: she’s thoughtful then her face relaxes in an almost smile.
2) giving her more self-confidence. Like he did in ‘Blinking Red Light’ when he got her to trust her instincts on a shady suspect.
3) making her better at reasoning and elaborating schemes. She understood on her own that Volker enjoyed watching his victims die and that he must have been present during the murder. And she thought immediately that Volker would be aware of her intentions when she spotted the camera on the reception area of the company she was visiting with Cho: just like in ‘Blinking Red Light’ again, she saw the camera and the idea unraveled in her head…
4) breaking the law: he made her agree that justice isn’t necessarily lawful… so here she does things because, as she told Brenda, it’s “worth it”, a dangerous logic that Jane amply shares… But more on this later.
This episode therefore showed that Jane’s progressive grooming of his partner is getting results; but, oddly, he doesn’t bring out the notion that he wouldn’t always be around as he did before his escape with Lorelei. On the contrary, he’s discreetly supportive and even quite respective instead of patronizing like he usually is.
VIS # 4 and VIS # 5: Jane confronts Volker
But this rather passive way to help her out isn’t the only one Jane uses. Even though their role reversal leaves him with the minor leg work while the unlawful, manipulative aspects are at Lisbon’s charge, he doesn’t take too well to being left behind when she visits Volker alone. Jane engineers his own face to face with Lisbon’s enemy: he goes at a school Volker is visiting and pressures him. He presents himself as Lisbon’s friend and tells him that he took the chance to meet him since he wouldn’t have the occasion to introduce himself after they arrest him… before grabbing his arm when the man starts walking away. Volker’s glance in reaction to his taunting reveals the identity of his second hired killer, thus Jane’s little mind game is justified to some extend, but it still appears as a pretext to assert himself on Lisbon’s side: after all, following Volker for a while would have been enough to spot the second killer… Instead, the meeting gave Jane to occasion to defend Lisbon’s position: there is no use for Volker to keep pressuring her because she is not alone in this, and they will succeed. The personal element (“friend”, not colleague or consultant) is reinforced by the power gesture of touching him rather forcefully: by coming in Volker’s comfort zone, spatially (the school where he’s loved), physically (grabbing his arm) and mentally (affirming that they will arrest him), Jane basically puts the equal amount of pressure on Volker that he’s been putting on Teresa’s by harassing her in her office; he shows that he’s not afraid and that he’s a powerful ally to Lisbon.
Later, Jane’s protectiveness shows again when Volker comes to gloat after he managed to sabotage once more her plans and subtly threatens her in the bullpen. The scene is public: everybody in the open space seems aware of who he is and what has happened –Lisbon asked for back-up to search the company their victim had been working at. Everyone freezes and watches the scene unfold; even Cho is as nonchalant and stoic as ever but stays watchful. Volker’s willingness to humiliate her publicly in front of her men and colleagues is patent and Lisbon reacts the same way she usually did with him, she tells him to leave. While Volker pretends to be transparent and have nothing to hide, Lisbon is the one showing her emotions in spite of her calm façade: contempt, anger and frustration towards injustice but also determination. And Cho shows his solidarity by acquiescing in escorting Volker to the exit. But this power play is changed when Jane decides to intervene by detaining Volker for the second time; it’s again an action of domination: he stays quietly on his couch, but loudly begins cold-reading their suspect, in front of everyone. He states that his gloating is just an act and that he’s afraid because they were closer than he expected. He then adds confidently that he should be afraid. Jane’s attitude is interesting: he’s witty, but not outright provocative or sarcastic even though the man obviously ticks him off. His veiled threats are always in defense of Lisbon: he doesn’t say “me” but “us”, in opposition to what he felt towards Erica, who he though was insulting his intelligence. Here, he is protective of his partner and her authority, but in a respectful manner, he doesn’t go all alpha-male. He leaves the responsibility of the case to Lisbon… Hence her grateful smile after Volker leaves.
As a conclusion, Jane seems to have indicated a more powerful emotional reaction to Lisbon’s situation than he usually lets on: he feels bereft when she lets him at the crime scene to see Volker; he understands her feelings when she’s working alone; he tries to help her by being supportive and protective of her, betraying the concern he stated in ‘Days of Wine and Roses’: she may be on a not “good road to go down. Bad neighborhood” indeed, but he decided not to let her travel alone and make that trip as short as he can…
Reviewbrain: Love this metaphor. I just want to add that perhaps Jane here is supporting Lisbon the way he wants her to support his quest; indeed the way she always has. With understanding and respect. Up to a point anyway…
VIS # 6: Brenda gives information to Volker
This scene was prepared both by the victim’s girlfriend’s snitching to Volker and by Lisbon and Brenda Shettrick’s altercation in ‘Cherry Picked’ where she ordered Lisbon to be easy on a witness because he had connections: we have been warned that the evil billionaire has got eyes and ears everywhere, CBI included, and that Brenda is a pragmatist. Here, it’s revealed she has stricken a deal with powerful and connected Volker. That means that she wasn’t pressured like Davis or threatened like the girlfriend: she has to get some advantage from selling the information on Marvin’s presence during the crime, either financially or otherwise, which makes her betrayal even more inexcusable.
Her double crossing the team may also raise a few nasty implications. First, a fall out may have to be expected when she’ll collect from Lisbon that favor the agent promised in exchange of information on Ardiles; there is a fair chance of Lisbon discovering the truth about Brenda and taking measures. Moreover, one can wonder if Shettrick has only one shady employer: couldn’t she be playing a triple game instead of simply being a double agent for one isolated criminal mastermind? In that case, is there a possibility that Volker is connected to RJ? Or was he working alone, and since everyone has heard of Lisbon’s implication, even at the poker game, has RJ seen an opportunity to take Teresa down in a circumvallated way? One way or another there will certainly be more to learn from Brenda’s betrayal…
From another perspective, it’s pretty interesting that the writers make a visible effort not to rule out any suspects who were implicated in ‘Strawberries and Cream’ as possible moles. Brenda is shown as a calculating and dishonest traitor, while Osvaldo has something to hide, since it’s implied either he’s done something or he let something pass in another case. In previous episodes, we were reminded that LaRoche has a dark secret worth being blackmailed with (‘Blood Feud’), and Bertram’s ambiguous attitude has been discreetly underlined by details such as his picture in the background when Jane shook mysterious Kirkland’s hand…. To some extent, the possibility that one of them was working for RJ at the same time than O’Laughlin makes sense: it would explain why the killer played with the rooms numbers and why Carter was sent in lieu of his master. It may have been a mind game all along if RJ was aware that Jane was setting a trap.
Reviewbrain: Speaking of Kirkland, I wonder what his reaction will be now that Lisbon arrested Volker. We were introduced to him in episode Red Dawn where it seemed that he asked FBI agent Alexa to ask Minelli to keep her appraised of the RJ case; for his behalf it was implied. Then, he shows up in Lisbon’s office telling her that she should leave Volker alone; that it’s being handled; presumably by Homeland Security where he works. I wonder if his words were true or was he, like Brenda, was protecting Volker.
VIS # 7: Volker’s demise
When Volker’s last enforcer bails out on him by refusing to hurt a kid, Volker is forced to take the matter in his own hands and tracks the boy down in a zoo. Lisbon and Jane rush to Marvin’s rescue and Lisbon warns Volker to put his gun down before shooting him in the shoulder. She doesn’t kill him, even though she could have done so without raising suspicions since he was threatening to kill Marvin who was running away, and anyway a shooting isn’t always well aimed (as reminded by Hightower shooting the perp in the leg while she was aiming for his head in ‘Red Gold’). But no, Saint Teresa professionally takes him down by inflicting minimum damage and, after handcuffing him, expresses her anger by punching the man. In spite of her emotional reaction, she doesn’t choose revenge or murder like Jane is prone to do. While he affirmed that he wanted to kill his own nemesis, effectively shooting Carter and choosing the same kind of closure for Rigsby, Lisbon just did her job, she arrested him and made saving the boy her priority. She’s way more mature about her own brand of justice.
Reviewbrain: This was actually very impressive and reassuring to me since I love her character and wouldn’t want her to change too much. Just for that, I need to send Mr. Woodruff a basket of flowers, so terrified was I for dear Teresa. I do wonder what Jane’s reaction will be to her decision; he’s always been derisive of her views…
Honorable Mentions: Tunney was great and she played her character with subtle nuances. Special mention to Henry Ian Cusick for giving life to a chilling but not so unattainable criminal, it was a delicate combination. And it’s a detail but I enjoyed the line writer Ken Woodruff put in Marvin’s mouth when Volker founded him as well as Emjay Anthony’s reading, “I’ve been told my mother is dead”: in a nutshell, we have the lie that convinced Marvin to stay with his kidnappers as well as the boy’s doubts about it and his defiance towards Volker who he seemed to recognize. This little thing is revealing of both the defects of the episode –a thrilling writing that tends swat some details under the carpet- as well as its qualities: a lot of subtext and intensity in a few words.
Reviewbrain: I also really appreciated the fact that the school kids were all wearing blue making it easier for Volker to find Marvin. Baker’s wonderful face was at it’s subtle best as well; he doesn’t have much to say as usual in this episode but his concerned expressions (to Lisbon) and lack of expression (to Volker) spoke loud and clear.
- The DNA sample. I don’t know, but shouldn’t she have a tech with her? Does she have a supply of those sticks in her car? And, more importantly, doesn’t it take a bit more than just sticking the stuff into his mouth for what, two seconds?
- I guess they had Marvin go to school under a false name, but that should have been explained.
- What happens afterwards to the woman who took care of the little boy?
Like Violet mentioned, this was a thriller of an episode so obviously much effort was spent to ensure a proper level of adrenaline is achieved. And while there is certainly no flaw where that’s concerned, I found myself asking (more) questions regarding other aspects…
-Why would Lisbon approach Judge Davies when only in the previous episode the woman refused to give her a warrant? Wouldn’t Lisbon have been more likely to go back to judge Manchester whom she had more luck and empathy with regarding Volker? Most likely it was done to show Lisbon’s character development via her willingness to lie to get Davies to sign the warrant. But her having had a plan B makes it feel like this growth was a bit forced, and I don’t think it needed to be. Couldn’t we have been told that Davies was the only current available judge?
- Volker’s Man, Clyde: Jane, when he and Lisbon interview Done Clyde, says that he doesn’t enjoy his work, rather he turned mercenary because he didn’t have any other options. When Jane then asks him where Marvin is Clyde responds, “If I talk, I’m a dead man.” But his only reason disappears Volker suspects him and says he’s dead. So why didn’t he go back to Lisbon to help her after that instead of committing suicide by bus? I suppose he could have just been walking in a daze of fear and gotten hit. But the scene wasn’t clear enough for me, a pity since Clyde was an interesting character.
The pacing of the episode (although thrilling) could have been distributed a lot better. I think this episode had the most rushed ending in the history of the show. As Jane’s car flew by taking the boy back to his home, I could just imagine someone from the show holding a stopwatch counting the seconds, hoping Jane’s final wistful look would make it on screen in time before the episode had to end. Precious seconds could have have been spared from the beginning of the episode-the opening scene was unnecessarily lengthy. The seconds spared there could have given viewers just a bit more time to catch their breath at the end, and enjoy Jane’s relief. His attachment to the the case was less obviously expressed than Lisbon’s, but his emotional involvement was just as important, especially where Marvin’s life was concerned.
Since the very beginning, with the flashback, we could guess that ‘Little Red Corvette’ is meant to be a pivotal episode. Indeed, the investigation starts with a decayed corpse hidden in an abandoned warehouse, like it did in ‘Red Rover, Red Rover’, which was characterized by Jane’s anger and vigilantism. That hints that the big underlying question in this episode is Lisbon’s own reaction in front of revenge and obsession. Hence the implicit reference to ‘Blinking Red Light’: in both cases; the main character has exhausted in vain every possible legal way…
Reviewbrain: Arguably! Excuse the interruption I just wanted to point out that Jane not believing Darcy was capable of catching Panzer (and that she didn’t take his concern seriously) was what led him to take Panzer’s fate in his own hands. Later events have proved her to be much smarter and more vigilant than Jane gave her credit for. But moving on…
Violet: It is clear that in Lisbon’s case anyway the authorities are recalcitrant to help them (Davis); the bad guy avoided every plan to catch him (Panzer turning tables on Jane/ Volker making every proof disappear with Geotech company). Also, to both men Jane insisted on each criminal’s hidden fears: for Panzer his doubts about being bested either by RJ or by Jane; for Volker his anxiety that Lisbon may be closing on him. And both show an interesting reference to cameras. Still, the outcome is very different in both episodes, since Lisbon’s desperate measures are limited to enlisting Jane’s help: she is above killing the man. That shows the difference between her perspective and Jane’s.
Nevertheless, part of her character’s development is Jane’s growing influence on her and the progress she made under his supervision, especially in regards of the law. They also seem to have mended part of the holes left in their relation by Lorelei. They have come to a mutual understanding, they offer support and take comfort in each other, they are partners: for a while, they didn’t have anymore a consultant/boss relation, or even a child/caretaker one, they are equals. There is progress, as before in the beginning of season four, their affection protected them from the world in a shinny cute bubble: here, they have forged a real working partnership, even though I’m not sure how long it would last. Therefore, this deeper understanding opens new doors: while she can understand better his motivations for catching RJ, she surpasses the darker parts of obsession with her sense of justice. She’s achieved what was dimmed as impossible and arrested her nemesis and that may give some hope for the ending of Jane’s quest…
Reviewbrain: Beautifully stated, Violet. I think, perhaps more than Lisbon, we found out more about Jane’s character in this arc. In the previous episode, he gently asked her to be careful. He sees her becoming more and more obsessed. But he doesn’t judge her, nor call her out on her double standard and how she’s always asking him to be less obsessed. He seems to understand that, just as Lisbon might see it her duty to save him, she sees it as her duty to bring Volker to justice. In this episode, her win, seemed to have been his as well. He doesn’t want her to suffer through guilt the way he does. So this episode might count as another of Jane’s many attempts to “save” Lisbon. It just happened to be one of his most successful- along with the bomb vest in Strawberries and Cream, of course
And I do agree with Violet, it does give hope regarding Jane’s ultimate decision where Red John is concerned.
Violet: But that happy ending is bound to have some repercussions on Lisbon’s career: either she will gain a new credibility by closing such a big case, or, more probably, she will have to confront the fallout of her not so legal actions if Volker or his lawyers decide to call her on them.
Reviewbrain: And because I already spotted a few spoilers floating about twitter, can I just please remind viewers to include a spoiler warning in the comments? Even trailers are considered spoilers to some; I personally try not to watch them as I love to be completely surprised by the episodes. But I have a feeling it’ll be just as eventful as this one was…
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