I am so, so, so looking forward to next episode. It is written by Ms. Erika Green whom I enjoy as she usually gives us light, fun episodes. In episode Bloodstream,Lisbon’s job seems to be in peril which is always interesting and fun (for viewers, not for her of course).
But I think it will be more serious this time considering the circumstances. The IMDB Mentalist page tells me that J.J.
Laroche (Pruitt Taylor Vince) will become the new CBI head and that his first order of business will be to put Cho (Tim Kang) in charge of the Serious Crimes unit.
Seriously, how genius is that? I’m looking forward to lots of character interaction and hopefully a lot of Lisbon love from her team. We know Cho respects her a lot. He was also witness to Lisbon’s recent awesomeness in episode ‘Red Alert‘ so I’m really looking forward to his reaction at the knowledge that he’s going to become her superior.
I would say I’m also look forward to Jane (Baker) helping nurse her wounds (as he tried last time Lisbon’s career was in trouble in
season 2) only he’s been thwarting me at every turn this season. He
cares, he doesn’t. He’s looking out for her, he’s not. “I can’t tell her, that’ll put her at risk”, “I’m better off alone”.
See my dilemma?
Perhaps this is indicative of Jane’s dilemma as well. I certainly doubt
it’s the writers as they certainly seem to know what they’re doing (most of the time *cough* Blood for Blood *cough*.) Perhaps Jane himself is undecided as to whether caring about Lisbon, trusting her, and allowing her to care for him are not the same thing. He does seem to compartmentalize his emotions and everything else in his life. I’m guessing that it’s his own way of dealing with what he feels he has to do versus how he feels. He says he trusts Lisbon, but won’t share information with her. We know he cares about her, but he has no problem manipulating her. And apparently, respecting her means he’s entitled to dish out more crap on her than usual.
Jane, you are a twisted mess. And we love you. Now if the writers can somehow just show us what you think instead of
letting us hear what you say, since with you, the two are rarely one and the same (if ever).
Who knows, maybe he’ll surprise viewers in this next one. I’ve been asking for a gesture that shows he cares about Lisbon and isn’t just prepping her to use in his master plan. Maybe we’ll finally get some.
On a more serious note: the fact that J.J. Laroche is the new head kinda seems like it’s meant to make him seem suspicious again. After all, either his only crime is being good at his job hence the promotion; or he’s R.J.’s operative whose plan was to get Hightower’s job all along the better to observe Jane for Red John. Are the writers teases or what?
The episode will air March 10th.
NEW: You can find a promo of it here.
Poor Lisbon. I can’t even imagine her without her office. Now I watched promo and it gave me an idea. What if Cho becoming the new boss was a move orchestrated by Jane and Laroche? It might sound crazy but watch Jane’s face in the promo. If nothing else, he doesn’t seem surprised by Laroche’s decision. It would also fit in with what we learned in the previous episode that the two men
talk to each other. But why demote Lisbon? I’m not even going there. We’ll find out soon enough. I hope.
Unfortunately, it looks we won’t be getting a glimpse of empathetic Jane; Instead it looks like Jane the Jerk has completely taken over for the rest of the season: “You’re not my boss anymore.”
Ouch. Really, Jane? Talk about hitting where it hurts. I’m running out of excuses for you.
I guess it could be his twisted way of making sure Lisbon’s fine; if she can endure his teasing then she’s not too broken up over being demoted. But If there is one thing you shouldn’t joke about with Lisbon, it’s her job. It’s her life. Jane should know that. Sigh.
If anyone can provide more information regarding the upcoming episodes (a link to an interview or article) that would be really helpful.
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