Agent Teresa Lisbon (Tunney) arrives at South Beach Marina, San Francisco where Agent Grace Van Pelt (Righetti) tells her that U.S. Coast guards found a body in the water. The victim is John Flynn, the CEO of a matchmaking service called Symphony. At CBI Jane meets the victim’s widow Erica (Morena Baccarin) and immediately zeros in on her as her husband’s killer. The rest of the episode is spent with him trying to prove that fact despite Erica’s perfect alibi; she was with a client at the time of the murder. As part of his investigation, Jane makes repeated visits to Symphony and even pretends that he’s looking for a match. Meanwhile, Lisbon and her team follow other leads one of which results in Rigsby also going undercover as a man looking for his potential soul mate.
‘Every Rose has its Thorn’ is highly enjoyable with superior performances from all actors involved. It contains both obvious and subtle continuity as well as character interaction. Parallels between the players were cunningly drawn to reveal personalities; contrast was also used to achieve the same as well as provide extra drama. And all this was done naturally in a very unforced manner thanks to the episode’s genius premise: having the victim and suspect work in a matchmaking service. Finally knowing who Jane suspects right off the bat and seeing him spend the rest of the episode in a mental cat and mouse game was fun. Truly well played: 10/10
Detailed AKA Humongous Analysis (spoilers galore)
This was a very clever, revealing, and reassuring episode; crucial considering the major and emotional ending of the one prior to it. Not only does ‘Every Rose has its Thorn’ show how Steiner’s suicide at the end of “The Red Mile” was likely an important plot device (it wasn’t angst for the sake of angst), it went as far as to shed light on Jane’s actions in “Blood for Blood” (another episode I had major issues with) and his character in general.
Jane has wanted Lisbon’s trust for a long time now (Season one ‘Carnelian Inc’.). He’s also been making increasing efforts to get closer to her and to help her when he can (Season two’s ‘Red Badge’, ‘Red Mile’, ‘Aangavite Baa’, and ‘Blood Money’ among many others). This season, he seems to upped his efforts to include invading both her personal and emotional space (‘Bloodhounds’ and ‘Red Gold’), pressuring Lisbon into cutting him ever more slack while flaunting his autonomy and asserting the fact that she and he are equals (‘Red Alert’),and finally manipulating her into breaking the law (‘Blood for Blood’). All of which point to the fact that Jane is trying to change Lisbon, to get her to be more like him. But the motivation behind the attempt has not been clarified.
Obviously, it will benefit Jane if Lisbon (whose told him before that she intends on catching Red John alive and will arrest Jane if he tries to kill him) changes her stance. But the possibility of less sinister intentions has also been explored in past reviews. This episode offers more support for that theory.
It is also important to know that while the episode was very Jane-centric it also focuses on Lisbon by association and her issues.
1st Very Important Scene (VIS): The opener- Jane and Lisbon at the Marina
– Patrick is basking in the sunlight when Lisbon comes up to him and asks him if he has anything to add before they leave.
“Yeah, the sun and the sea, isn’t wonderful?” he answers, looking at Lisbon expectantly.
Lisbon clarifies that she meant about the victim. Jane respond’s resignedly: “Rich guy, CEO, probably killed over money, way of the world.”
Jane’s demeanor here suggests a lasting affect from Steiner’s suicide, one which surprisingly might actually be positive: Jane almost seems to have a new-found regard for life. While his “way of the world” comment makes him sound more ‘world weary’ than ever, there is no bitterness in him; it’s like he’s reconciled with that fact. He actually looks at peace and his statements to Lisbon seem like he’s trying to share that feeling with her.
She however, is being her usual un-indulging all-business self which probably means that she has no clue what went down between Steiner and Jane. I like to think she’d be nicer to him if she did. On the other hand, I guess it’s possible that Lisbon knows what happened, but that she’s upset over it and is therefore refusing to go along with Jane’s philosophizing.
But I don’t think so.
– When Lisbon is skeptic that Jane has nothing of importance to add about the victim, his answer is once more off topic:
“Did you know in seven years each cell is completely replaced in your body? That means you are literally a different person from when we first met.”
Okay, first of all, VIEWERS REJOICE! WE HAVE A TIMELINE!
Ahem. What I mean is Jane’s above statement finally answers a question I know most viewers have probably been wondering since the pilot: how long have Jane and Lisbon known/worked together. Answer: 7 years. His family was killed eight years ago so that means Jane started working for the CBI about a year after his family’s death. This also means that the ‘police’ Jane had been helping regarding Red John’s case before his family was killed were probably the local police and that the case was later handed over to the CBI.
So much information in a single statement. But that’s not even the best part of the dialogue.
Jane’s statement that Lisbon is now a completely different person to when they first met has a lot of significance. Firstly, if Lisbon’s a completely different person, then so is Jane. We’ve been given some hints (his looking more vulnerable than ever and his acceptance of Byron’s Saint Sebastian Medallion-‘Bloodstream’). It’s a very intriguing (and hopeful) thought.
Jane’s contention that Lisbon is different also fits his pattern of making statements regarding aspects of Lisbon’s personality which he doesn’t agree with : “You’re a cop, you have to say that, you don’t really believe it”- ‘Red sky in the Night’, among others. For anyone else this would be mere wishful thinking. For Jane, it’s more evidence that he’s attempting to invade Lisbon’s conscience to change it. This desire on his part has become more obvious in recent episodes: (‘Red Moon’ ‘Red Alert’, ‘Blood for Blood’). There is of course the obvious conclusion why he want that.
But there is also another theory:
In the ‘Blood for Blood’ review I stated (in relation to Jane manipulating Lisbon into letting Trina get away with killing her father):
…maybe the delight on Jane’s face was due to a less sinister reason… pure. That maybe the prize he feels he won is Lisbon’s understanding; that her letting Trina go somehow brought them closer together; and that all the tension that had build up since their revenge argument in the episode “Red Moon” was lifted off his shoulders.
The problem is that this assumption seems like pure conjecture. It is understandable that a certain amount of mystery will always prevail with regards to Patrick Jane’s intentions. However, I think viewers deserve some clarity third season into the series.
It is safe to say that this episode provides the clarity desired though perhaps not explicitly so (This will be discussed in more depth in VIS #7).
-Lisbon agrees to Jane’s contention that she’s different, “Sadder, but wiser.”
The ‘wiser’ goes without saying but, despite the grief Jane causes Lisbon, it’s doubtful that she really is sadder. She was just joking around. Or, she’s reacting on some level to Jane’s attempts at changing her by being sarcastic; rejecting the insinuation that she’s changed (for the better as is implied in the subtext) since meeting Jane; because of Jane.
Watching their interaction here recalls a similar scene in where Jane tried to have a conversation with Lisbon but got a sarcastic remark in reply. In ‘Throwing Fire’ (Season two) Jane guesses that the reason Cho joined a gang was his way of expressing anger at how his parents crushed his dream to play baseball. Cho denies this and after he leaves Jane and Lisbon have the following exchange:
Jane: “Eh, parents. It’s funny isn’t it. The big regrets in life people keep to themselves.”
Lisbon: “I don’t know, I tell people about you.”
Jane: “Nice one. Zinger, high and tight.”
Something about that scene never sat right with me. I think it was how monotone Jane’s appreciation for Lisbon’s comeback was. Later in the episode Jane starts remembering his relationship with his father. This implies that perhaps Jane had actually wanted to have an honest conversation with Lisbon about his regrets. It’s a feasible misunderstanding, especially since Jane is prone to prod Lisbon for information.
The same could be true here as well. Jane doesn’t really react to Lisbon’s statement that she’s sadder but wiser since meeting him. But his body language is very telling: the fingers of one hand tap anxiously against the other before he quickly changes the subject back to the case. Jane points out that the victim is “very wet”, that that must mean something then walks away.
The victim is wet because he was in the water. So why’d Jane point out such an obvious fact? He could be preoccupied with thinking about Steiner’s death. It could also be that he wanted to give himself an out; like he’s given up trying to have a meaningful conversation with Lisbon when a.) all she wants is to talk about is the case, and b.) when she finally does respond to what he’s saying, her answer is sarcastic and she’s not taking him seriously. Or, since Jane is a closeted insecure person (Season 3 ‘Bloodhounds’, ‘Red Alert’), he might have been a little miffed at Lisbon’s remark that she’s sadder since meeting him. While Jane usually appreciates Lisbon’s dry humor that does not seem to be the case here.
Jane’s continuous and increasingly stronger attempts at getting closer to Lisbon makes this probable. His repeated tries to help her and/or get her to open up to him about her problems usually don’t work. It’s very ironic how Jane, poker-faced mentalist Jane, is the more emotionally available person in the Jane/Lisbon dynamic.
To her credit, Lisbon looks confused at Jane’s reaction. Tunney’s face is so expressive it’s almost like Lisbon is thinking: “we know why the victim is wet, he was in the water. Why is Jane being so weird?”
Lisbon’s cluelessness here further supports the fact that she doesn’t know that Jane was present during Steiner’s suicide. But more than that, it’s more evidence that she’s a very detached person who sometimes can’t see/understand things going on around her (Grace/Wayne’s relationship, Season 2, why Laroche and Cho were upset with her Season 3 ‘Bloodstream’).
Also, if it is true that Jane is upset at his inability to communicate effectively with Lisbon, at her unwillingness to talk to him about anything other than work, then it is also continuity to the fact that Lisbon has no idea how much she means to Jane (and others). That she honestly doesn’t realize that they are trying to get closer to her; that her words and actions can affect people. This could count for her at times seeming to not take their feelings into consideration in her interaction with them. That she doesn’t believe she has the ability to hurt them.
Of course, control also plays a major role here. While Lisbon is fiercely protective of her team, she is even more protective of her privacy and upholds the decree that “we don’t talk about our personal lives in this unit, it’s not useful and it’s unprofessional” (Season 1, ‘Red Tide’). She has also turned down drinks with the team (‘Bloodstream‘). To be fair, her stance is very understandable considering her background: her mother died, and her father lost himself in an alcoholic stupor and abused her and her brothers before finally committing suicide (Season 1 ‘Red Tide’, Season 2 ‘Red Badge’). It is no wonder she doubts people’s regard for her; her own father couldn’t care enough about her to stay alive for her sake.
This could also be why she has never displayed anything other than familial concern for Jane; why she’s only ever interacted with him on a superficial level; not going further than an (almost cursory at times) “are you ok?” Her reticence is probably due to a desire for control (of her emotions) not a lack of emotion. She was insanely worried about Jane was he was recently kidnapped in “Ball of Fire”, but when Jane asks her about her big smile (after he’s rescued) she brushes off her relief. She starts, “Of course, I’m glad your back” then goes to cite the fact that they solved a case without Jane as being the main reason for her happiness. She does not want Jane (and others) to know how much they effect her. Probably because she doubts she can affect on them.
Lisbon can only be commended for her cool personality as it is probably what allowed her to move on from her troubled upbringing; to be able to live what is probably as satisfying and productive life as she ever imagined for herself. The fact that she stops herself from getting emotionally involved with people is also most likely the main reason she is able to put up with Jane and his antics.
But while that aspect of her personality may have served her well in the past, it is now getting in the way of any real friendship she and Jane might have.
To a man of Jane’s talents and abilities it must be a huge blow that after 7 years of working with her, he’s still no closer to breaching Lisbon’s emotional walls. In fact, this might be the reason Jane isn’t sharing more information with her. He’s insecure when it comes to her feelings towards him. ( VIS #7 makes this scenario seems especially likely so it will be discussed in more detail there.)
For now there is enough information to establish that Jane has been making repetitive (mostly failed) attempts to get closer to Lisbon; and that she is either: a.) completely unaware of those attempts, or b.) is suspicious of the intention behind those attempts and is therefore purposely thwarting them, or c.) has a general fear of letting people in and not even Jane can help her overcome that.
Or looking at it from a different perspective, Jane’s presence in her life could have actually worsened Lisbon’s tendency to emotionally distance herself (especially since learning of his goal for revenge- Season one ‘Red Flame’, and since he told her he didn’t care if he lived or died provided Red John was caught-Season one ‘Red John’s Footstep’s). It’s almost a chicken-egg scenario; which came first?
VIS #2 Jane and Erica’s first meeting at CBI
– In the office, Jane observes the victim’s widow Erica Flynn (Morena Baccarin) with Agent Cho (Tim Kang) who actually smiles at her. Jane is intrigued and talks to Erica. When she asks him what he’s discovered about her, Jane points out her warmth and ability to get people to trust her and open up to her “enough to charm the stoic agent Cho which is no small feat”. He then asks if she uses her talent to help people or manipulate them. Erica answers that she uses it for both as she’s a matchmaker and needs to do so to help people find true love. When Jane scoffs she asks him if he finds the idea of true love silly. Jane immediately answers “No” (that he doesn’t think it is). Erica responds “that explains it”; that she now understands the “utter sadness” she sees in Jane.
This scene reminded me of Hardly Loquacious’s comment regarding this season’s pattern of strangers being able to pick up on Jane’s profound sadness and pain. This phenomenon has not been present in the previous seasons and (among other factors) could be indicative that Jane may be thinking of moving on and/or imagining a life after revenge (‘Jolly Red Elf’, ‘Red Alert’). (Again, VIS #7 deals explicitly with this idea so it will be discussed in more detail there).
What is different in this episode is that while other people are usually able to sense Jane’s pain out of empathy (fellow bereaved people), Erica here is able to read him because she’s just as good a mentalist as he is. Likewise, Jane is immediately able to figure out Erica’s true (cold) nature most likely because it takes one to know one. Although it is becoming increasingly apparent that Jane is nowhere near as heartless as he thinks he is, especially when compared to Erica (more on this in VIS #6)
VIS#3 Jane and Lisbon in the CBI kitchen.
– Jane is trying to convince Lisbon that Erica (Morena Baccarin) killed her husband. She tells him that while spouse’s are usually the perps Erica has an alibi: she was with a client at the time of the murder. While discussing the possibility of other suspects Jane states how the fact that the victim gave half a million dollars to charity out of the blue is a sign of a guilty conscience. He goes on to cite that only Wall Street executives, crooked politicians, and troubled celebrities give that sort of money “all in the name of clearing their conscience.”
Jane is obviously drawing from his own experience here as he himself has given away lots of money to charity (‘Red Handed’) no doubt to help ease his own guilty conscience. Again, it takes one to know one.
VIS #4 Rigsby’s interview with Sarah Harridan (Jillian Bach)
Rigsby is interviewing Erica’s alibi, the client she was with at the time of the murder. She states that they were together the whole time and that Erica never left. She also gives Rigsby a DVD of the interview stating that Symphony gives their clients a copy. But more than establishing Erica’s alibi (and building suspense that Jane might actually be wrong) this scene introduces the adorably guileless Sarah as a potential romantic interest to Rigsby. A litigator, Sarah is obviously smitten with Rigsby. She is quick to assure him that she is not “a social leper” and asks him to not show her DVD to too many people because “it’s kind of embarrassing and they haven’t edited out my silly faces and dumb comments yet” only to add nervously “Oh my God, okay you can watch it, I mean for investigative purposes obviously” before immediately clarifying “not that if you wanted to watch it for other reason’s you couldn’t.” Rigsby thankfully puts her out of her misery at that point and ends the meeting. She thanks him and before she leaves: “Um, alright, I, I have, I have a question. I will just…are you in a relationship?” she asks, hopefully. Rigsby somewhat bashfully answers that he isn’t and she responds that that’s “Good to know” before firmly shaking his hand. Rigsby smiles to himself after she leaves.
One word: Adorable. This whole scene was adorable.
VIS #4 Jane and Erica at Symphony
Jane arrives at symphony to observe Erica whom he suspects. She asks him if he has anymore questions for her, he says no. When he doesn’t explain his presence she surmises that he wants her to help him find a match. Jane states that’s not why he’s here to which she answers that it’s nothing to be ashamed of; that she’s helped plenty of people in his situation. Jane states that he’s not in a situation, that “there’s no situation”. Erica insists that she knows what he’s feeling, that she’s been there. “Yeah, I don’t think you have” Jane tells here.
Erica answers with the following speech:
“You were in a relationship once, you were in love but it ended badly and you were deeply hurt as a result. You shut yourself off from the world and you avoid meeting new people because you don’t ever want to feel that loss again. But now you’re ready to move on with your life. I can see it in you. You can find happiness again even true love but you have to be willing to let me help you.”
Jane’s reply? “That was spooky. It’s like you read my mind.”
I love Jane.
It may (hopefully) be perfectly true that Jane is in fact ready to move on, but the only reason he shared that information with Erica is because he wants an in to find out how Erica could have faked her alibi.
Erica takes Jane to where she conducts her client interviews, taping them on DVD to show to potential soul mates. When Erica asks him what kind of woman he’s looking for, Jane answer’s “Rich quiet blondes. No snoring, that is a deal breaker.” However, he doesn’t waste the opportunity the interview gives him to vent a little (as he does in the AA group in ‘Jolly Red Elf’). When she asks him what he wants from his life he first cheerfully answers a pet dragon, then turns serious and states that he wants his life to be free from his past.
Erica takes this opportunity to attempt to seduce Jane. She tells him that there’s a spark between the two of them, and that she’s telling him this to show him that he is capable of moving on. Jane calls out Erica on trying to manipulate him. She replies that she’s only pointing out his feelings towards her. Fed up with the charade Jane tells her he doesn’t feel anything towards her because he knows she killed her husband. She then accuses him of wanting a reason to push her away, that his accusation is a response to feeling guilty over his wife’s death. Jane admits to pushing people away and to feeling guilty but restates his firm belief that Erica killed her husband.
VIS#5 Rigsby at the Singles Mixer
– One of the possible suspects is a woman called Naomi who targets rich single men, sleeps with them, then blackmails them with a video of their night together. The team has no definite ID for her other than the fact that she’s blonde and has tattoo of a rose on her hip. Lisbon instructs Rigsby to go undercover to a singles mixer which Naomi is expected to attend.
Now aside from the obvious comic factor of having single, self-conscious Rigsby go undercover as a rich bachelor this scene also served to highlight the difference in character between Jane and Rigsby (i.e. normal men). When Naomi invites Rigsby up to her hotel room Rigsby is able to ID her as the suspect by her tattoo almost immediately (she takes off her dress and tries to seduce him). But despite the fact that she’s a suspect Rigsby is unable to stop himself from making out with the her until Lisbon and Grace enter the room.
Wayne’s weakness here is in stark contrast to Jane’s ability to resist Erica’s efforts to seduce him; especially given that all evidence supports Erica’s innocence. It’s continuity that Jane is very ‘mind over matter’. It also shows that he takes lovemaking very seriously; another man may have given in to Erica’s advances just for the pleasure of it; not caring whether she was a killer or not.
I’m not saying that this makes Jane less (or more) of a man than Rigsby, just that the difference was nice to see. It was obviously intentionally done especially considering how, later Rigsby calls Sarah to ask her out for a date and a scene is spared to show the would-be couple happily heading out for their date. The fact that Rigsby might finally be able to move on from Van Pelt makes Jane’s persistent mourning for his wife more even more tragic by comparison.
VIS # 6 Jane and Erica Final Scene
Jane is finally able to prove Erica’s guilt after conning her into admitting that she doesn’t care about her accomplice and receptionist Peter (Jonathan Baron). The hurt young man admits to conducting Erica’s interview with her client via tape recorder to give her an alibi. Jane’s glee at being able to catch Erica is undeniable, as is his disgust with her that she murdered her husband “in cold blood”. Also obvious? His dread when she tells him that it’s not over, that a jury still has to believe Peter’s testimony against her and that “not everyone’s as smart as you.”
While Jane and Erica are very similar in terms of mental cunning, I like to think that his disdain and tension here shows that he is not as cold as he thinks he is.
The next scene further shows that.
VIS #7 Lisbon watching Jane’s interview video
Lisbon enters the attic to look for Jane. He’s not there but she finds her laptop which Jane had borrowed earlier while investigating Erica’s alibi- Jane needed it to compare the background noise of his interview with Sarah’s on Lisbon’s computer. As Lisbon retrieves her laptop she sees Jane’s face on the monitor of his computer and turns on the video. Jane is heard to say the following in a halting voice:
“I, I’m looking for someone who uh, someone I can trust. Someone strong someone at peace with themselves. Someone better than me. Someone who knows the worst side of me and still loves me.”
Erica is then heard to say: “Sounds like an amazing woman” to which Jane answers: “she was”.
In accordance to the compare and contrast method used throughout the episode I think this scene was done to show the difference between Lisbon and Angela. But first, here’s a brief translation of what I think Jane’s words, his definition of someone he can trust, actually mean:
Someone strong = someone who can handle/put up/ not be intimidated by him.
Someone at peace with themselves= someone confident/secure enough to believe Jane when he is actually being honest; to believe his heartfelt attempts at intimacy and being nice.
Someone better than me= someone he can depend on to guide him when he goes astray which Jane probably knows he is perfectly capable of doing.
Someone who knows the worst part of me and still loves me= someone who loves him unconditionally; whom Jane can believe truly has his best interests at heart and in mind when they give him advice.
I hate to break it to fans of the Lisbon/Jane paring (myself included) but unfortunately, at this point, at least, Lisbon is not that person. She’s got her share of issues which (as far as we can tell) has kept her from forming any kind of meaningful relationship in her life. She’s also either unaware or perfectly content to deny whatever chance comes along for any real interaction between Jane and herself. She also hasn’t been strong enough to resist Jane’s manipulation into getting her to break the law. Which in itself is a paradox because while Jane wants her to go along with him, what he actually needs is someone to guide him. I’m not sure Lisbon can or even wants to be that person.
And yet, perhaps Jane thinks she can be.
In my Blood for Blood review, I stated:
Speaking of religion, to me, (and I suspect to Jane, on some level) Lisbon represents Jane’s salvation. I’m guessing that Jane thinks if he can get Lisbon, perfect pure Lisbon to agree with him, then that makes him a good person; makes him feel better about himself. In that sense, she’s like his moral yardstick; his conscience. Because, I suspect that deep down Jane does respect her, her opinion does count, even when he acts like it doesn’t. Jane my not believe in the afterlife, but he does believe in Lisbon.
Let’s just hope that Lisbon believes in herself enough to be able to continue keeping Jane out of trouble.
It’s really ironic. All season viewers have been shown how Jane seems to have the upper hand in the Jane/Lisbon dynamic, shown how he’s managed to manipulate and change Lisbon. But it now seems that his mere efforts to do so are proof that Lisbon is in fact the one in control.
After all, she hardly seems overly concerned with changing Jane. To him, that must translate into her simply not caring as much about him; that she isn’t as emotionally invested as he is.
I guess it also could be that Lisbon doesn’t think she can change Jane, so why try. And yet, Lisbon is the one who once stated that people can change, and Jane is the one who insisted that instincts never do (Season 2 ‘Rose-colored glasses’). Still, he is desperately trying to do just that.
So for the last time, why? (other than the fact that he’s getting ever closer to catching Red John and needs Lisbon’s support to achieve his revenge; because really where’s the fun in that conclusion)…
I posit the reason Jane wants to change Lisbon is the same reason he won’t open up to her.
In the Red Queen Review I had lamented Jane telling Hightower that he’s better off alone after she expresses her opinion that he should at least tell Lisbon what’s going on:
I… thought that given Jane’s recent efforts to let Lisbon let go of her hang ups with the law (Red Alert’, ‘Blood for Blood’), and his recent invasion of her personal space (the couch in ‘Bloodhounds’, the flirting in ‘Red Gold’) that he might be gearing towards opening up to her more, sharing some of his findings with her.
I also stated…
When Hightower tells Jane that no one is better off alone and kisses him on the cheek, Jane’s expression is a mixture of sorrow, regret, and wistfulness. Almost like he actually wishes he could tell Lisbon; that he wants to tell Lisbon, but that something is holding him back; something other than his fear for her safety…
looking at it from a more general perspective: what if Jane is not intentionally being secretive? What if it’s just a habit?
…if we go with the theory that the reason Jane isn’t sharing information with Lisbon because he’s just not used to doing so, then the positive explanations/ conclusions regarding Jane’s behavior from the previous episodes might still be true: Jane does want Lisbon to change a bit, he has been trying (either consciously or subconsciously) to bring her views a bit closer to his; to bring her to that place where she could understand him better. He does want to share things with her.
He just can’t.
Perhaps the reason Jane lies to Lisbon/won’t open up to her, is that he fears she won’t like/respect him anymore if he does. This theory seems true especially when we consider Jane’s dark side which he won’t allow anyone to see (‘Red Moon‘).Personally, this is my favorite theory because it takes into account so many aspects of Jane’s personality, namely his insecurity, and his secretive nature. Yes, maybe Jane fears she’ll get in his way, yes, he probably also fears some for her safety, but I think what he fears the most is her reaction; how the knowledge he shares with her will affect their partnership and friendship.
‘Every Rose has its Thorn’ makes the last conclusion the most likely one at this point:
Jane wants Lisbon to be a different person not because he doesn’t respect her as she is, but because he doesn’t believe, as she is now, she can accept him for who he is. And yes, it is unfair of him to expect Lisbon to change but maybe Jane doesn’t think he can change (even if he wants to).
And because Jane does think Lisbon is better than him, he might think she may be able to accommodate him better than he can accommodate her; to make the friendship work.
But all this is probably on a very subconscious level. Jane’s tone here when he states that his wife was an amazing woman suggests that he doesn’t think he’ll ever find love again. And who can blame him?
In a previous review I stated:
…genius is a very lonely place. I suspect the only reason his wife ever got close to him was because they (probably) grew up together. He didn’t need to open up to her; she already knew all there was to know.
I think Jane believes he is an acquired taste; he probably doubts he is easy to love and that is why eight years after his wife’s death he is still mourning her.
He’s probably right. He is a very unique personality. He can be perfectly pleasant when he wants to be but then he doesn’t always bother with that. I doubt many people can put up with the real him. The fact that seven years after they’ve met, Jane still hasn’t made a lot of progress with Lisbon can only enforce that idea further in his brain. He has been getting increasingly familiar and comfortable with her but she on the other hand is as wary of him as ever. Again, this is understandable considering his telling her that he wants to commit vengeance and how her job compels her to stop him. But Jane may perceive this as getting punished for being honest with Lisbon. I’m starting to think it really is no wonder that he’s not sharing more information with her.
Because while her actions this season show that (perhaps despite herself) she is starting to trust Jane, her words are as unyielding as ever: “whenever something involves you I have reason to doubt” (‘Red Queen’)
Perhaps this, more than anything, is the part of Lisbon that Jane truly wishes would change: the fact that she takes everything which relates to him with a grain of salt. After knowing each other so long, Lisbon does not trust his intentions, or actions and that gets in the way whenever he tries to open up to her. Trust is a two way street. He’s been much more forthcoming than Lisbon who stated explicitly that she doesn’t trust him. Not only that, perhaps Lisbon doesn’t want Jane to open up to her; perhaps she is also afraid that she won’t like him anymore once she gets to know him.
Jane being the sensitive person that he is probably senses this. The same way he knows that sharing too much of himself with Lisbon too soon is dangerous. He might lose her. He took a huge chance when he brought Lisbon along with him to Trina deGorge’s house; a decision I thought could have been made as a test of how far Jane could take Lisbon’s trust.
And while she went along with his plan and let Trina escape, he had cut it very close; Lisbon only changed her mind at the last minute and I doubt was happy with him afterwards.
In conclusion: Jane wants to get closer to Lisbon but fears the backlash. Jane doesn’t think Lisbon is ready to know him, maybe doesn’t think she even wants to, as evidenced by how she never pushes him for information, just lets him know that she doesn’t believe him. So he figures, why put her in a situation she’s not ready for, which will only end with her hating him.
Ugh. These two…move over Romeo and Juliet. Jane and Lisbon are the new definition of star-crossed. I’m starting to doubt their ability to have an honest friendship let alone a romantic relationship.
But, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I never, ever expected that Lisbon would be given such valuable information about Jane, be purview to what he needs. She now has leverage; is in a position where she knows what it takes to be in a relationship with Patrick Jane, should she desire one (which to be fair, there has been no indication on her part of that whatsoever). I do however, hope this new-found knowledge will at least serve to show Lisbon that Jane can be honest when it comes to emotions; that he is not as thick-skinned as he appears. Maybe now Lisbon won’t be as quick with her snappy comebacks. While I enjoy them (and her) they are getting in the way of real interaction.
On a deeper level, she might even realize that she can (positively) affect those (Jane) around her. Hopefully the knowledge will empower her enough to allow their friendship to move forward a bit; have the intimacy which Jane clearly desires. She might even ponder the idea that killing Red John could simply be a reason for Jane to live and that, given a better incentive, it may not be as important a goal to him (optimism is free ; p).
The fact that this knowledge comes just a few weeks before the finale is certainly foreshadowing to something huge that’s going to happen. A confrontation of sorts which will either bring these two closer together or threaten to break them apart.
At this point the result isn’t what’s important, rather, the fact that now Lisbon knows how truly vulnerable and insecure Jane is. She can make an informed decision on how close (or how far) she wants the friendship to be. The ball is in her court, and I can’t wait to see the decision she makes.
Whatever it is, Lisbon will be loved because she’s just as damaged and blameless as Jane is, if not more.
The winner: VIS #7 Lisbon watching Jane’s interview video because we get honest Jane and enlightened Lisbon.
1st runner up: I’m going to be lazy and say all Simon Baker’s scenes with Morena Baccarin. They were marvelous together depicting two equally cunning people trying to outsmart one another. Adding the addition complexity of seduction into the mix and there is no way you cannot be impressed by how Jane was able to withstand Erica’s advances, or by how she was able to keep up her act in the face of his unyielding belief that she is a murderess.
2nd runner up: team scene in the bullpen
Rigsby walks into the office after going home and putting on a nice suit as instructed by Lisbon to go undercover in search of Naomi. He’s a bit nervous about going undercover and asks both Grace and Cho what they think. Grace assures him that he looks great but Cho states “I’m not answering that question.” After Rigsby pleads Cho gives a blunt, “you look alright.” Risby is still nervous, saying that if he doesn’t look rich Naomi won’t go for him. Grace tells him that she will and that Wayne just needs to be himself. Cho states “that’s a terrible idea.” Rigsby then wonders if he should do an accent to better his chances of attracting the suspect. Van Pelt doesn’t think he needs one but he tries for British: “Hello, Rigsby, Wayne Risbgy from Sussex. Cheerio.” Cho looks up from whatever he’s doing to share a look with Grace, both shocked at how terrible Rigsby’s accent is. Wayne asks Cho how it was, he replies: “Yeah don’t do the accent.” Wayne glances at Grace who shakes her head no.
This was such a hilarious scene, made even funnier by the fact that Owain Yeoman is actually British. But more than that, such team scenes have become a novelty and it’s a treat to get such a nice one. Cho dreadfully blunt, Grace trying to soften the blows. Is it me or has Van Pelt become a nicer person since she and Rigsby broke up? I like to think that his niceness rubbed off a bit on her when they were together as she wasn’t always a very warm person. Or maybe Craig O’Lauglin helped her with that. As if.
-Simon Baker: need I explain more?
-Owain Yeoman: fabulously funny. He was almost giving off a Chandler-like vibe here; awkwardly lovable.
– Morena Baccarin as the black widow Erica. Her scenes with Jane (before she knew he suspected her) were a fascinating character study. Seeing her seemingly warm demeanor through Jane’s experienced eyes was fun. She was excellent in her portrayal of Erica and held her own against Simon Baker till the end.
Jillian Bach as Rigsby’s new romantic interest Sarah Harridan. I love this woman. She is cute and adorable and she and Rigsby go really well together.
Icing’s on the Cake
It’s the little touches that really make an episode fabulous. Touches like Cho mentioning Erica signed a pre-nup before the marriage. And a dog repeatedly interrupting Grace’s interview with a suspect before she finally shuts him up. And Lisbon calling Rigsby “Wayne” because their sibling-like relationship tickles me. Tiny things like that can make even the most boring scenes come to life. This whole episode was fabulously engaging.
“It’s not that I’m some social leaper or anything I mean I can meet people, I meet people all the time.” –Sarah to Rigsby.
“I didn’t’ kill John if that’s what you’re thinking. Oh my God that’s what you’re thinking!” the victim’s ex-wife Kim Cartright (Kim Johnston Ulrich) to Grace.
“I think she wants another bit off the old Cliff bar.” Henry Cliff (Brad Greenquist) to Cho and Rigsby about Naomi. The look between the two agents at his comment was hilarious.
“Because she doesn’t think I’m smart enough to catch her.” –Jane to Lisbon on why he’s obsessed with Erica.
“Oh, Oh that’s a good reason. Healthy. Professional.” Lisbon to Jane, in answer to the above.
“Nope. Not at all, not one little tiny bit.” Jane to Erica, on changing her mind about her killing her husband.
-“And here I thought you hated talking to widows.” Lisbon to Jane.
Does he? I specifically remember Jane talking with a widow in season one. But she was also a killer too…
– Later on in the episode Rigsby starts asking Cho what he thinks of dating services to which the latter answers that he never used one and that Rigsby should. Rigsby asks if it’s because Cho is “cool” and he’s not. Cho answers “anything to stop you dating your coworkers.”
Okay, first of all Cho shouldn’t be too judgmental; Rigsby’s the one who gave him Elise’s phone number. And speaking of which whatever happened to Elise? We got a lot of mention of her in season 2, was that just used to set-up episode Blood in Blood out? Continuity on Elise please!
Update (April 20th): Some stories have been written in relation to this episode (tags). These are two great ones:
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