Oh, the irony….
A few days ago I was re-watching one of my all-time favorite episodes “A Price above Rubies” by Eoghan Mahoney. I was thinking about how Donny Culpepper ( a hardened criminal whom was a suspect at the time) was such a memorable character and wondering if he’ll ever make good on his threat to Jane (to find and hurt him).
Then I read the next episode’s press release and it turns out that Jane had hired him to break into LaRoche’s home.
Jane can be such an idiot.
What’s worse, the only reason we viewers find out about this is because one of the cases Jane is going to be investigating in Redacted involves Culpepper (played by David Warshofsky).
Say it with me: Jane, you’re such an idiot!
First of all this totally puts a dent in my hope that Jane might actually like LaRoche (‘Red Queen‘ and ‘Bloodstream‘ ). Now we’re back to the more likely (though not nearly as fun) reality that Jane just wanted to befriend the man because he suspects him of being RJ’s accomplice and/or is using him to further his own investigation.
But really? Getting a criminal to break into his home? LaRoche can roast him for all I care. Pruitt Taylor Vince would play that marvelously. (By the way, by “roast” I’m speaking figuratively, not literally as per Todd Johnson).
I can’t believe I’m saying this but I so hope Lisbon does not find out about what’s going on. I can’t think of a scenario where she does without things turning very ugly (unless she just enables Jane which is even worse cause she’s too good for that).
*sigh*. And I had been so optimistic after the last episode. I thought that now that Lisbon’s been privy to some of Jane’s innermost thoughts, that she’d be more understanding towards him. But I never meant that should be a reason for her to let him get away with breaking the law. In dealing with Jane (professionally), Lisbon just needs to do what she’s always done; give him enough leeway (within the law) so that they work well together. I can’t blame Lisbon for not being more open with Jane. In fact, for now, I’d rather her not be; he’s seems too desperate to trust explicitly at the moment. What I wanted was for her to recognize Jane’s attempts at an intimacy and indulge him just enough so that he’d gradually open up to her; which he seems to want to.
I honestly think that the reason Jane won’t tell Lisbon his secrets about Red John (other than the obvious danger, fear for her safety, fear she’ll get in his way, etc.) is that he doesn’t trust that she cares about him enough to make a decision on the matter based on his best interests. Even though that’s exactly what she’s doing. I doubt Lisbon really cares if RJ dies, she just doesn’t want Jane to get killed or be arrested; something he thinks he’s immune to somehow. But he probably thinks she’s just being stubborn/ unreasonable and cares about the law more than anything else. I doubt Jane realizes that the most likely reason Lisbon has for wanting to stop his revenge is because she cares about him. But then, Lisbon doesn’t want him to know that because she’s probably afraid that if he did he’ll use the knowledge to manipulate her into doing his bidding.
What a vicious cycle. I don’t envy the writers, and I’m really rooting for them to make the friendship work. But not at the expense of Lisbon’s character. One of the main reason’s fans love her is because she’s so strong and awesome. I hope that never changes. I do realize that there are different types of strength though, and if her enabling Jane is done as a strategic plan (either on her part, or the writers) for her to eventually save Jane from himself, then that’s great. But if it’s just done as a way of showing how Jane can easily manipulate her without a clear explanation on the why (as in Blood for Blood)…well, that would really suck.
I keep telling myself to not read spoilers. They are an evil marketing technique to get ratings. But it’s like saying you’ll never eat fast food again. You know it’s bad for you, but sometimes you just can’t help it….(@tmredblog, this is all your fault for twittering the link).
Here’s the original source for those interested.
Update (April 22): Here’s the promo.
Now that I’ve seen it, it has to be said one more time:
JANE IS SUCH AN IDIOT!!!
Hope whatever he was looking for was worth it. At this point, unless LaRoche is Red John, (or his accomplice), I don’t think anything is.
Speaking of which, new theories have been added to the comments in the “Who is Red John’s Accomplice” for those interested. A couple of suggestions have also been added to the poll so readers can vote again should they wish. Currently, the most likely suspects (as chosen by fans) are : Bertram, O’Laughlin, and a tie between LaRoche and…. Grace!
Also, Lost at Sea by Little Mender is a Mentalist based story proven to lower frustrated fan’s blood pressure 🙂 Thanks, All-i-Need for the recommendation.
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