Blood and Sand Review


Synopsis

A girl’s body, Talia Suarez, washes up on San Felix Island’s shore, off the coast of California. Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) and her team are called in as there is evidence of attack on the victim. Consultant Patrick Jane (Baker) figures out that Talia was killed on the island, and did not drift from the mainland as the island’s inhabitants believe. Meanwhile, Agent Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) starts showing signs of post traumatic stress due to shooting her criminal fiancée.

Concise Verdict

Mentalist writers are really going all out this season. They’re making every bit of dialogue count, infusing it with back story and adding details to make the crime solving process more believable. Blood and Sand is another strong addition. Writer Eoghan Mahoney gives us a gorgeous setting, loads of character interaction, introspection, and a highly interesting case. I’d send him flowers if I had his address. The superb acting, exquisite direction, and dreamy music also contribute to make this episode another perfect 10/10.

Detailed AKA Humungous Review (spoilers galore)

It is normal for a procedural show to have very little time within a single episode to spare on “normal” dialogue and character interaction. That is not the case in Blood and Sand so I organized this review to handle the generous helping of character plots. Instead of important scenes, I’ve split the discussion according to the main themes dealing with the following characters: Teresa Lisbon, Grace Van Pelt, and Patrick Jane.

Lisbon’s Character Growth

Lisbon accompanies Jane to look for the piece of wood he threw in the ocean when they first came to the crime scene. Usually, Jane prefers going on his own the better to surprise Lisbon with the results of his efforts; it’s his MO which stems at least partly from his need to show off. But that no longer seems the case. Even the simple act of having Lisbon search along with him supports the theme of increased understanding and teamwork between them (as shown in every episode so far this season). Further indication of this is how Lisbon told Jane “Good idea” when he first threw the tree limb without asking him why he did it. More and more viewers are getting signs that Lisbon just gets Jane these days, and doesn’t need to ask for explanations behind his actions.

Jane finds a translucent stone on the beach (I’m guessing a piece of quartz) and gives it to Lisbon. She says “Nice” before adding, “Not what we’re looking for.” Jane tells her she could make a necklace out of it. Lisbon agrees, albeit somewhat skeptically, that she could. Jane tells her that she should and that she “should have some kind of restful hobby”.

First of all, Lisbon*gasp* does not *GASP* throw the stone away as I thought she would (at least not on screen). She holds it in her hand for a bit, then in the next shot her hand is empty. If she was going to get rid of the stone I’d think she would have done so immediately, so I’m thinking she probably put it in her pocket. Second Lisbon does not mock Jane for his sentimental suggestion that she make a necklace out of the quartz. She doesn’t even react defensively to Jane’s statement that she could use a restful hobby Lisbon is always on the defense whenever Jane tries to help her or reach out to her in any way. Who is this woman?!

Don’t get me wrong, I love it!

Much as I adore Lisbon’s fierce personality and snappy comebacks, last season I wished she’d understand the affect her detachment has on her team (‘Bloodstream’). I also hoped she’d recognize that sometimes, Jane’s seemingly careless personal statements are in fact tentative attempts to connect emotionally with her (‘Every Rose has It’s Thorn’). I also wished that once in a while she’d respond to those attempts as it is clear Jane’s in desperate need for her to do so.

Can it be true? Have my prayers been answered?!

It seems like it. When Jane finds the piece of wood proving his theory that the girl was killed on the island, he tells Lisbon “I told you!” She doesn’t respond with an eye roll or even a sarcastic “whatever” she indulges him with a “Yes you did,” like a mother congratulating a needy child on a job well done.

First Jane is growing up, now Lisbon is becoming more emotionally available, now this is what I call exciting!! 😀 Character growth how I love thee!

Now this change is not limited to Jane, nor is it new. I mentioned this before but Lisbon seems to have a soft-spot for Rigsby in particular (Red Gold). Their interaction is very sibling-like. He’s the only team member (aside from Jane) who risks teasing her and is at times even protective of her (‘Flame Red’, ‘Russet Potatoes’, ‘Red Menace’, ‘Red Gold’). I always thought Lisbon put up with it (as much as Lisbon could, anyway) because he possibly reminds her of her younger brothers. She was especially affectionate, almost motherly with him in ‘Like a Red-Headed Stepchild’ when he came clean to her about his father being involved in the case (one of my favorite scenes ever).

But more recently this affection has been extending to the other members of the team as well. Readers may recall Lisbon in the ‘Strawberries and Cream’ calling Cho by his first name and asking him to trust her. And in this season’s premiere she told Grace as a friend to talk to the department shrink and not let what happened to her (killing her fiancée in self-defense) eat away at her.

Alternatively, the one person Lisbon never gets close to is Jane. So it was nice to see her letting him in along with the others. She even drank his tea last episode. That is not to say that Lisbon has lost her strong personality, especially when it comes to Jane. He remains the one person she has yet to refer to by his first name, a fact I (perhaps hypocritically) actually love for now. And while she trusts him more than she did, it’s not enough to always follow his lead. When Lisbon and Jane question Jed Stack and his men, she recognizes Whit (Zack Ward) as being suspicious and tells Jed that she’d like to interview him.  Jane interrupts telling her there’s no need, that he’s already interviewed Stack’s employees and that “We should leave”.

Both Lisbon and viewers know Jane enough by now to realize when he’s in the process of hatching a plan. But Lisbon still has her own way of doing things. She ignores Jane and demands to know where the workers were, staying Jane mid stride and making him double back slightly. I don’t know if this is Lisbon’s way of affirming her position as boss or if her professionalism is driving her need to cover the basics here. Either way, it’s nice to see that she’s still her own woman. The moment is also indicative and continuity to the fact that Lisbon still doesn’t trust Jane %100 (as she stated in ‘Scarlet Ribbons’). That’s in keeping with her guarded character and is therefore very gratifying to see.

In a related matter, it has come to my attention that a lot of fans are confused over Lisbon not being angrier with Jane over his shooting Timothy Carter. I feel that the writers have more than laid enough ground for this to be likely and realistic (read Red AlertBlood for Blood’, ‘Every Rose Has it’s Thorn’, and ‘Redacted’ Reviews for details). But I realize that a lot of the stigma is out of fear for Lisbon’s strength of character. IMHO Lisbon has come to realize that you can’t hold people to your own standards; or like Grace put so succinctly in season one, “sometimes you have to go along to get along”. Also, in the Season three premiere Lisbon told Jane “We’re a family”. Ideally, family members should accept each other, vices and all. Jane shooting Timothy Carter may have crossed the line, or it may have not. He has always told Lisbon what his intentions were. He even straight up told the jury what his intentions were at his trial: he shot Carter because he wanted revenge for his family. And he was acquitted by the justice system which Lisbon believes in.

None of this makes what Jane did right, as I am sure even he knows by now, but perhaps it helped ease the forgiveness process. Let’s not forgot that Jane told Lisbon Carter had a gun, implying that he shot him out of self defense. That and the fact that Lisbon believes Red John is dead, makes her think everything that happened  afterwards, her getting shot, her getting suspended, was worth it. Most probably, when Red John shows up again will be when the poop hits the fan. I doubt it’ll be pretty, but I know it’s going to be riveting.

So what do you think?

Grace’s Post Traumatic Stress

Grace’s waning emotional well-being was established early this season via her concerned coworkers; mostly ex-boyfriend Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman).  In Little Red Book, he questions whether it’s a good idea for her to get her Godfather, a minister, to sign the necessary forms for her to get back to work (instead of the department shrink as protocol). In ‘Pretty Red Balloon’ he worries about her after she shot a dangerous suspect. Then in ‘Ring Around the Rosie’ he seemed disturbed that she used the story of killing her fiancée to get a Henry Tibb’s wife to cooperate with their investigation. Finally, he stops her from almost shooting Tibb’s in her zeal during the investigation.

In this episode Grace loses her temper with the victim’s social worker and knocks over her coffee cup when she and Rigsby get up to leave Social Services . Outside she vents about the worker’s careless attitude. Rigsby tries to calm her down and when she doesn’t tells her that he should drive as she’s too upset. A struggle over the car keys ensues until Wayne, realizing his and Grace’s proximity, relents his position, both physical, and within the argument.

For her part Grace seemed intrigued (pleased even) by her and Rigsby’s little moment. It is clear that she doesn’t realize that Rigsby is just looking out for her as a friend; but she finds out soon enough.

Grace loses her temper again when she and Cho go to bring in suspect Dennis Kagen (Dwain Murphy). Despite Cho telling her he’ll take lead, she grabs at Dennis who reacts by hitting her. Enraged, she punches him in the back even after she cuffs him. Later at CBI Kagen insists on having a lawyer present. The public defender’s office sends Sara Harrigan (Jillian Bach).

Viewers will recall Sarah and Rigsby met when he questioned her during a case involving the owner of a matchmaking service (Every Rose has its Thorn). At the time she bashfully asked Rigsby if he was seeing anyone, he replied no, and later took the hint and asked her out.

I am so happy to see her again. In the ‘Like a Red-Headed Stepchild” review I expressed concern in the comments that Rigsby telling Grace he was still in love with her constituted as a vow to of celibacy, or something. I felt that it wasn’t fair to have him pine for her while she lives happily ever after (or was supposed to anyway). Guest reviewer Violet pointed out that, on the contrary, Rigsby expressing himself opened the door for him to finally be able to move on from loving Grace.

Thankfully, it looks like Violet was right. It looks like Rigsby and Sarah have been dating for a while now. It also seems like he’s told her about his previous relationship with Grace; as made obvious by the recognition on Sarah’s face and her moment of awkwardness when Van Pelt introduces herself. Speaking of which, at that point Grace doesn’t even know Wayne and Sarah are dating, but is nevertheless not her usual friendly self when she greets Sarah. Her “Do we know each other” was very reserved, almost to the point of being rude which might have added to Sarah’s discomfort.

Rigsby, hearing Sarah’s voice quickly intervenes and offers to take her to her client. His abruptness has Grace pondering what’s up with them, to which Cho helpfully explains that Wayne and Sarah are obviously dating, to which Van Pelt get’s a partly bemused, partly derisive look on her face.

Her day doesn’t get much better. Lisbon tells her that not only did she have to release Dennis due to Grace’s excessive force with him, but that she also got a complaint from Social Services about the coffee Grace spilled on the social worker. Grace denies having done anything wrong and is heavily defensive, almost abrasive, even as Lisbon explains that their unit is under a lot of scrutiny and that it is vital they make a good impression on the new boss. Lisbon then asks her kindly,  “As your friend, should I be worried about you?”

This is the second and perhaps the last time Lisbon will reach out for Grace, since, apparently Grace is in complete denial that anything is wrong with her. Lisbon then puts on her boss’s hat: “Any more of this and we will have a serious problem.”

It seems that “more of this” will be happening sooner rather than later, if Grace’s  heated and vindictive interrogation of the killer at the end of the episode is any indication. But more on that later.

After Rigsby and Grace get a confession out of Whit, Rigsby starts talking to explain his behavior at the office with Sarah. Grace interrupts to say flatly “Oh yeah, congratulations, she seems nice.” Rigsby goes on to tell Grace that he doesn’t want things to be awkward between them, she tells him that she’s the least of his problems, hinting quite meanly that Sarah is a problem. When Rigsby asks her to explain, Grace states that Sarah is a public defender adding “Good luck, but be careful”.

Grace looks like she’s picked up some techniques from Jane, but is not necessarily using that knowledge for good. Her comments about Rigsby’s girlfriend were to deflect from the fact that she may have a problem with him seeing other people.  It’s a bit underhanded considering he is being so nice about the issue and is taking her feelings into consideration. On the other hand, Grace is clearly in a highly fragile emotional state. Her mood swings and temper are a clear sign of post traumatic stress. In episode Little Red Book I stated that I respected Grace’s decision to talk to her Godfather priest about what happened with her fiancée. Now I’m starting to think that she just got him to sign off on her papers, that she didn’t discuss the issue at all, and that Rigsby at the time sensed she’d do that hence his asking her if she thought it was a good idea.

It’s really sad to see what Grace is going through. However, it seems that emotional trauma and the effort one must make to overcome it is going to be a running theme this season, and not just for Grace. More on this in the conclusion..

Jane’s New Found Tranquility

In seasons one and two, Jane had a peaceful aura about him (to balance his darkness) that all but disappeared after Kristina Frye was kidnapped by Red John. Last season saw a more intense, impatient, and preoccupied Jane. This season, Jane still seems preoccupied, but also more at peace; as if a weight had been lifted off his shoulders despite his insistence that Red John is still at large. As a result, a lot of the fun, positive aspects of his personality are starting to shine through once more. His dedication to his job (which had been almost non-existent for most of season three) is already back (see Ring Around the Rosie). In this episode, we get his love of nature. So much has happened since Jane’s attack of Stendhal syndrome (Red Gold) so it was really nice to see him once again positively delighted by his surroundings. He repeatedly comments on the beauty of the island, is enchanted by having a butterfly rest on his hand, and finds and gives Lisbon a pretty stone. I missed this Jane so much. I’m so happy and relieved to have him back:

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Jane’s quiet, introspective non-revenge based discussions with people are something else I sorely missed. In this episode he visits islander Lydia Bibb (Debra Mooney) at her tea house. She brings him his favorite beverage and cake while Jane asks her about Jed Stack (Steve Rankin). She tells Jane the man seems nice enough. Then she sits down and admits to Jane that she felt guilty after he told them about the victim being killed on the island. Lydia states that she threw a flower in the ocean for the girl, explaining that it’s an old island custom to “send a message to your people who have passed over.” She adds that although Talia Suarez isn’t “her people” it might still work. Jane not unkindly tells her “It can’t hurt.” Lydia says that while Jane must think she’s “a foolish old woman” the gesture nevertheless made her feel better, like she helped give that girl peace.

At the time of the conversation I admired Jane for not making fun of the nice old woman. I was undecided as to whether his newly peaceful mindset was responsible for his tolerance and restraint , or if Lydia just got lucky that their conversation was interrupted by a phone call.

I was flabbergasted, astounded, and gutted when, at the end of the episode, Jane himself puts a flower in the ocean. This small tiny act shows that not only did Jane respect the sentiment behind Lydia’s gesture, he himself is either starting to believe in such things or wants to. Jane who a little over three years ago stated that there is no afterlife is now going through the motions of attempting to communicate with his wife and daughter.

No words. I am speechless, I am tearing up as I write this review. I am overwhelmed by look of utter hope on Jane’s face, during this scene and the phenomenal music that didn’t just tug on my heartstrings, it practically ripped them apart.

Thanks. Thanks a lot, Mentalist people. Even proving my theory right that Jane may in fact be starting to believe in something holy does not excuse you turning me into a blubbering mess, an inarticulate lump of sucky poetry, disastrous imagery and drama-ism. I can’t even make sense anymore and it’s all your fault.

*sigh*

It’s a good think I love this show so much and that I don’t have much common sense else I’d take whatever is left of my poor fried muse and run for dear life.

Best Scenes

The winner: You have to ask? See the paragraph above where I ramble on how the episode’s final scene…you get the picture. Just one thing to add. As I was writing this review, I had an image of Simon Baker’s face watching the flower Jane set in the ocean float away on my monitor. My kid bro passed by my computer, saw the image, and said the following: “You know the phrase a picture is worth a thousand words? His face is worth an entire review.”

Pretty accurate, don’t you think?

1st runner up: Jane and Lisbon on the beach.  See Lisbon’s part of the analysis to refresh your memory on why.

2nd runner up:Whit’s Confession

One of the Mentalist’s strong points is the excellent casting and ability to create profound characters viewers will react to; not just recurring characters, but those in the stand alone episodes as well. One I always found very intriguing was the cook in ‘Red Herring’. A passionate woman, she didn’t mind having the flesh off her fingers cut as she helped her chef create his vision, but his betrayal in taking away her dream of opening her own restaurant made her kill him. I doubt I’ll ever forget her eerily unrepentant demeanor.

In this episode we get an equally profound character/ killer in Whit, played with perfect intensity by  Zack Ward.

Rigsby, sensing Whit’s guilt and shame plays ‘good cop’ feigning sympathy for the man in an effort to get him to confess. Wayne begins the stable hand’s morbid tale of living life with predatory sexual urges; ones he attempted to control by moving to San Felix Island and working on a ranch devoid of women. Grace, whose mental state has her only too happy to play ‘bad cop’ conveys what most viewers will undoubtedly feel: outrage at the mere idea of Whit’s claim that he is not to blame for his actions. She tells him that he gets no pity, neither in this life nor the next.

Righetti, Yeoman, and guest star Zack Ward were all outstanding in this scene.  Ward manages to make Whit sympathetic, like he really did his best to stop from hurting anyone. His anguished scream “you think I want to be like this!” was very convincing. As to Grace, seeing the caring, usually compassionate woman be so cold towards a man who seems genuinely afflicted was jarring. It’s one of Righetti’s strongest scenes on this show, and she’s had several (usually with Simon Baker’s character). Yeoman is just as good, Rigsby acts as a buffer, a reprieve from Grace’s disgust, offering Whit a friendly ear to confess. He was so good, I’m wondering if, perhaps on some level, Rigsby truly does sympathize with Whit; that perhaps Rigsby knows what it’s like to have violent urges…

Hmm. That could very well be the case. Jane stated once that Rigsby has a brutal streak, and we saw it in action in episode Russet Potatoes.

This makes Rigsby’s later statement to Grace “We sure had him fooled” all the more intriguing…perhaps Grace isn’t the only one who wasn’t pretending during that interrogation. Or it could be that Rigsby was trying to ease Grace’s obvious tension; paving the way for his attempt to talk to her about his new girlfriend, I’m not entirely sure. Anyway, the confession was a powerful, powerful scene.

Icing (s) on the cake:

-The exchange between Cho and Lisbon: Cho’s position as Lisbon’s second in command seems to be reinforced lately. He’s been more autonomous, sending Rigsby and Van Pelt to jobs he knows Lisbon needs, been running the team from the office while Lisbon is otherwise occupied, etc. I don’t know if this is intentional or not (i.e. if ground is being set up to give him a relevant storyline), but I like it anyway. I also like Kang’s tone when Cho asks Lisbon “Where are you going?” partly demanding, partly curious. I know I’m going to get flamed for this but it’s almost like he doesn’t want her to leave.

For the record readers can blame All-I-Need for this theory. She’s the one who commented that Cho was looking at Lisbon with puppy-dog eyes when she was chastising the team for going behind Haffner’s back to save her job (Little Red Book). I think Lisbon’s team is starting to appreciate her more and worrying about her more after she got shot, hence Cho’s demanding to know where she’s headed. That’s not too far-fetched is it?

Unless…what if the team is starting to resent the amount of trust Lisbon has for Jane, especially since it got them into so much trouble? What if Cho’s “right” was ironic?

Hmm.

-Sarah Harrigan

I really liked Sarah last season and I think I still do. It was very interesting to see that while she respected Rigsby’s desire to keep their relationship hidden from Grace (most likely to spare both their feelings) she had no problem ousting him to Lisbon. I like what it says about her character; she refuses to be kept like some sort of dirty secret, and she knows enough about Rigsby and Lisbon’s relationship (I suspect he talks about his boss) to know that there’s no need to keep Lisbon from knowing about them.

I also like her “I try” when Lisbon tells her “You’re meaner than you look.”  It hints at a strong personality. Now, it remains to be seen if this strong personality will be a good fit for Rigsby, he seemed a bit disturbed when he agreed with Lisbon’s statement that Sarah is meaner than she looks. Personally, I respect her for owning up to it. Plus, she’s really cute and its hilarious that she’s about half of Rigsby’s size.

-Simplicity of Jane’s explanation to the islanders: I appreciated the use of a blackboard with a drawing of the island to ease Jane’s explanation on how unlikely it is that the victim’s body came from the mainland. It was all very logical.

-The islanders: I don’t know if it’s the beautiful setting or the detailed writing or the convincing guest actors, but the island community felt very real. Alex Hyde-White as fussy Peter, Steve Rankin as grouchy rancher Stack, Debra Mooney as the sweet Lydia Johnathon Shmock as “Butterfly Man” and Wade Williams as Fisherman Jack were rounded enough to not be stereotypical. The community set up was so well done it was like being transported into an Agatha Christie novel.

-Extras: Lisbon sends Jane some muscle via my favorite extra’s, CBI officers Ron and Karl, played respectively by the highly telegenic John Troy Donovan and Karl Sonnenberg. I love these guys 🙂

Honorable mentions

Styling: Whoever is dressing/styling Robin Tunney. Her tuxedo style jacket looked very much like Jane’s suit jackets; very stylish. She had me drooling for most of the episode, mostly over her silky white blouse. So feminine and pretty *_*. The side swept bangs are also lovely. It seems like Lisbon’s getting a softer style to match her softening personality. I wonder if this was a coincidence or if it was an intentional decision by the stylist. And if it was intentional could that be the reason for Righetti’s ever thinning eyebrows; to match her new-found character’s edginess? They are quite severe and make her look older.

Director John Polson: It’s rare to have the opener end on a character other than Jane, but to have this one end on both Jane and Lisbon further contributes to the feeling of solidarity they’re experiencing this season. And yes, the crime scene is very, very beautiful, and director John Polson really makes the most of it, giving plenty of bird’s eye views of the island, shots of the beach, as well as the docks.

Music: Very stirring musical score by Blake Neely. It invoked just the right amount of sadness, apprehension, bitter-sweetness,  nostalgia, and hope. The score for the final scenes (Whit’s confession, Jane’s end scene) was especially moving.

Best Lines

“I’m just poking at you. It’s often instructive”- Jane to Jed Stack

“Mass Vanishment.”-Jane to Lisbon on the missing community.

“That’s not even a word.” Lisbon to Jane, in response to above.

“I can picture them gathered together in a dimly lit room plotting their mysterious island purpose.”-Jane on the missing islanders.

“Point of order, Chair, I have the floor.” Peter to Lydia. I kept laughing every time this guy complained.

“You’re meaner than you look.” Lisbon to Sarah.

“Yeah, you are.” Rigsby to his girlfriend, agreeing with Lisbon.

“I try.”-Sarah, in response to the above.

“As your friend should I be concerned?”-Lisbon to Grace. Caring Lisbon is sweet.

“Well as your boss any more of this and we’ve got a serious problem.”- Hard ball Lisbon is awesome!

Pet Peeve

The note Jane finds in Talia’s diary stated “San Felix Fish”. I thought the name referred to Le Fleur’s fishery as I suspect was the intention. Having Cho then figure out Fish was the name of the man Talia suspected killed her dad shows how smart he is. But it seemed too unlikely that the killer’s name was Fish, yet he has nothing to do with the fishery. On the other hand the link was explained very nicely later on that I can’t really call it a pet peeve. I’m just picking; the episode was way too good I guess I just have to find fault somewhere 😛

Another non-pet peeve is how Jane had CBI collect the islander’s coffee cups to analyze them for DNA. I say this is a non-pet peeve because both he obviously knows he can’t use that DNA to ID the killer, he just pretended it’ll be used to have the suspect identify himself by running. And it worked beautifully. Later, when Jane figures out that while Gardner killed Talia’s father, Whit is the one who killed and raped Talia, it was necessary to get Whit’s confession as any lawyer would argue his DNA was acquired without his permission. And that’s one of the things that makes Grace and Wayne’s scene, getting Whit’s confession, so important.

Conclusion

The mentalist is a show which explores some of the darker aspects of the human psyche. There’s the intrigue of how Red John was able to recruit so many people to his evil cause, how he brainwashed Kristina into thinking she was dead, etc. We have also been given many examples of criminally ill perps including the killer couple in ‘Red Hair, Silver tape’, the other criminal couple in ‘Scarlet Ribbons’, and Red John’s’ posse (Rebecca, Todd Johnson, Craig O’Laughlin), among others.

Psychological themes abound in Season four as well. In Little Red Book the victim was an amoral personality (quite similar to Jane). In episode Ring Around the Rosie, Jane tried to stop a psychopath from putting himself in a position of going to jail for attempted murder. He didn’t succeed.

In this episode we have another mentally disturbed perp. But I think Whit is one of the few (if not only) killer we came across to show actual attempts to quell his darker side. The fact that his crime was one of opportunity, not planned, was very cleverly set up by Mahoney in several scenes early on in the episode. First by Whit’s employer Stack when he said that he employees no women, and second, by Whit’s co-worker who said that Whit was furious over having to go to the mainland to get his broken arm set. This was done to ingrain the fact that Whit, aware of his uncontrollable impulses, never wanted to leave the island, never wanted to encounter any woman he might hurt.

I don’t know if these issues are being raised as a set up for a future plot line, but it seems very likely.Last season Jane identified with many bereaved husbands. This year the emotional turmoil seems to stem from the killers themselves, and is almost coinciding with the main characters as well. We have Jane possibly healing after getting shooting Red John out of his system (granted, it wasn’t actually Red John, but the affect is undeniable). Conversely, we have Grace (who it has been hinted has her own dark past hidden) unraveling before our eyes.

I wonder what role the new boss Luther “Master’s degree in psychology” Wainwright will play within this theme. His bookishness but lack of experience seems to have struck out (or in, depending on your perspective) so far with Jane. I wonder if he’ll be able to do any good, or if he’ll be like an amateur with a gun; a bad combination.

Some issues raised, and I hope will continue being explored include: what people have to do to survive, where the line between victim stops and that of perpetrator begins, as well as how close the serious crimes unit has become and how far these people will go to help each other.

I love this show.

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25 responses to “Blood and Sand Review

  • wn

    I enjoyed your review immensely. I particularly enjoyed your reference to the various psychological themes that seem to be playing out this year. It is the psychological aspects that I particularly like about this show. It will be fun rewatching the episodes after the season is done, to see the foreshadowing, which I’m sure exists. By the way, I really like the artwork. I think it captures the feeling of the scene perfectly.

  • windsparrow

    “In a related matter, it has come to my attention that a lot of fans are confused over Lisbon not being angrier with Jane over his shooting Timothy Carter. I feel that the writers have more than laid enough ground for this to be likely and realistic (read Red Alert ‘Blood for Blood’, ‘Every Rose Has it’s Thorn’, and ‘Redacted’ Reviews for details). But I realize that a lot of the stigma is out of fear for Lisbon’s strength of character.”

    I’m thoroughly enjoying Lisbon’s character development. Last year, with Jane testing and pushing Lisbon in situations such as “Blood for Blood” I was worried that if/when Jane killed Red John, and if Lisbon ended up covering for him, that it would either be because she had allowed herself to develop a nastily co-dependent relationship with Jane or a symptom of the show-runners not bothering with character development for a female character whose only purpose is to act as part of the scenery and framework displaying the titular male character to his best advantage. I’m quite satisfied with Lisbon not being up in arms with Jane over shooting Tim Carter – I have reasons which I will get to in a moment. I am also quite satisfied with the level of character development that Lisbon is showing. She is allowing herself to make deeper emotional connections with the people around her, the people she cares about. This not only means she is less dependent on the wispy emotional intimacy she had with Jane (that whole work spouse thing) so that her own internal balance is better, but also that the connection between herself and Jane is better balanced, easier, healthier, happier.

    Now, as for why I have no problem with Lisbon having no problem with Jane killing someone – allow me to once again recycle comments I made elsewhere. I think what she said in Red Moon about being in control of the situation – ready to stop him or if need be arrest him – is the key. As it turns out, she had precious little control of the situation. Now, as much as she does love being in control, what does she do when confronted with things she can’t control? She seems fairly practical about those times – do what you can, pray a lot, just deal with it in general.

    Jane shooting Tim Carter – she could not have stopped that. And he did get arrested, so it isn’t like she has to use her knowledge of Jane to hunt for him so he could be brought to justice. Arrested, tried, and acquitted (however wrongly) – every responsibility that Lisbon might have to the law has been fulfilled. Even her investigating – finding out all the facts, uncovering all the evidence, no matter where it leads is part of her responsibility to the law she serves and the justice it is meant to stand for. People in tough jobs, where burnout can be a problem, are often taught that the sanest attitude to have is “I am responsible for the methods I use to do the job, I am not responsible for the results.”

    In this situation, it is different from whatever it was Bosco did that she helped cover-up. Whatever it was that Bosco did – there was no arrest, no trial – no satisfaction of the law. With Jane, the law and Lisbon’s professional side have been satisfied. The next question is, how does she handle a friend who has done something wrong, and who has satisfied the legal system? Can she still bear to have contact with him? If she does, will it change how she feels about her friend? Maybe because time has mellowed her, or because Jane was never on any kind of pedestal in her mind, or because she did not have to cover up for him, or because her feelings for Jane are even deeper than what she felt for Bosco – she does not feel the need to push Jane away.

    When (or just possibly if) it becomes obvious that Jane is right about Red John still being out there, Lisbon may become upset with the notion that Jane killed the wrong man. But I do not think it will be a crushing level of upset. I think it will all fold back into the above, even if he shot the wrong man, Jane still satisfied the law in his trial. She will once again feel the obligation to not only continue hunting Red John, but also preventing Jane from doing unlawful violence in the process (with the added pressure of knowing it will be a hell of a lot harder for him to sell a jury on “it’s ok for me to kill Red John, because he needed killin'”)

    ‘“As your friend should I be concerned?”-Lisbon to Grace. Caring Lisbon is sweet.
    “Well as your boss any more of this and we’ve got a serious problem.”- Hard ball Lisbon is awesome!”
    These quotes really show how Lisbon’s character has achieved an immensely better emotional balance. It’s tough even for the most self-aware, well-balanced person to walk the tightrope between being an effective leader, and an effective friend. In my mind, while she was off-work undertaking intense physical therapy, she also had at least a handful of sessions of emotional therapy. And hey, wouldn’t it be ironic if she actually did spend time talking with a spiritual advisor, some priest or nun perhaps – while Van Pelt so obviously just had her godfather sign off on her paperwork?

    “I was flabbergasted, astounded, and gutted when, at the end of the episode, Jane himself puts a flower in the ocean. This small tiny act shows that not only did Jane respect the sentiment behind Lydia’s gesture, he himself is either starting to believe in such things or wants to. Jane who a little over three years ago stated that there is no afterlife is now going through the motions of attempting to communicate with his wife and daughter.”

    I found that gesture very moving. But I am not entirely certain it reflects any changes in Jane’s fundamental belief system. But whether Patrick Jane remains an atheist or starts going to Mass every morning with Lisbon, this is the first sign of honest grief that we have seen out of him (I’m sorry, I won’t count his little visit to the cemetery with his brother-in-law, that felt like something he was doing for Danny, not himself). He is starting to get ready to get beyond the trauma that has defined his life for so long.

  • Jenny Ison

    Excellent review! I enjoyed reading it almost as much as I enjoyed watching Blood and Sand. I agree with your rating of 10/10, as everything in this episode was top notch.

    First, let me say that I am extremely fond of the drawing of Jane and the butterflies. This was a favorite scene of mine. I just adored seeing Jane looking so intently at the monarch butterfly. He had that curious look on his face like a little boy would have the first time he inspected this brand new creature. There is a sweet innocence in Patrick. I really think he tries to take in everything around him….his surroundings, nature, science, the arts….you get the idea. I think he took so much for granted and didn’t appreciate the little things in his life when he was a “psychic” that he just doesn’t pass up those little fascinating moments now. We didnt see as much of this side of Jane in Season 3, but it is back in full force this season…and I love it!

    The Rock…This gift of the rock and sincere wish for Lisbon to enjoy life (his suggestion for a restful hobby) was the sweetest thing ever!!!! I soooooooooo hope to see that rock again, on a necklace perhaps!!! I believe the rock to be quartz as well, perhaps crystal quartz or milky quartz.

    VanPelt…Oh my, is the troublemaker in VP ever coming out! She needs help in the worst way. While I like that she’s not as gullible and naive as she was before O’Laughlin, I don’t like all the anger that is spilling out of her. She’s not making very good decisions right now. This could ruin her if she doesn’t get a handle on things.

    I really want to know more about VanPelt’s family…lots of “spiritual” people within her background i.e. Yolanda, her psychic cousin and now her Godfather pastor.

    The Key Squabble…I can’t help but wonder if more happened during the squabble over the keys between VP and Rigs than just getting a little to close. When Rigsby stopped trying to get the keys from VP, he smiled a very fake smile. To me, at that moment, he realized that it’s not his job in life to take care of VP and that he must move on with his life…almost like he was thinking, “What am I doing? I know better than this. I need to move on. I can’t help her.”

    There is more than meets the eye with VanPelt. I just wish I knew what it is that I can’t put my finger on about her. Don’t get me wrong…I like VanPelt, but the more troubled she becomes, the more something just isn’t right.

    Reviewbrain, I love how you brought out that Whit was sorry for his tormented ways and personality; that he was even trying to avoid his trigger for violence. This is very different than most of the other purpetrators in the show. Could this be a theme that is carried over to Red John? Timothy Carter did say that he, (pretending to be Red John) wanted to stop with all the blood and begin helping people. If, and I repeat if, RJ is tormented with who he is and what he has done, is he, at this time, trying to stop the killing, the plotting and the tormenting of Jane? If this scenerio plays out, then RJ would only be put in a position that he could not resist and we will see a bloody, crying smiley again. Only this time, it would not be a planned killing, and hopefully, full of mistakes for Jane to find. Now, do I believe this little theory with regard to RJ…not really, but it is fun to play out scenerios with this awesome show!

    Now, for possibly the best scene in The Mentalist thus far…the magnificent Jane ocean/flower scene. It absolutely leaves me breathless and my heart cannot be still even at the thought of this scene. Patrick Jane, the die hard athiest, seeks healing for his guilt through the possibility in an afterlife. He never said a word; he just tossed his flower in the ocean and looked longingly at it, floating in the sea. That look, oh that look, tore my heart in pieces. I wanted to hug Jane so badly! If I could have jumped into my television to comfort and console Jane I surely would have. This scene was truly monumental! If Jane can accept that his Angela and Charlotte are somewhere, then my hope is that this will lead him to forgiveness…forgiveness from Angela and Charlotte, forgiveness from God, and ultimately, forgiveness from himself…true healing. I wish there were more ways for me to show how pleased I am with this scene, but alas, I am not the writers that some of you are. It’s simply the best, bar none.

    Again, lovely review, reviewbrain, and wonderful art, Chizuru-chibi. I thoroughly enjoyed it all!

    Cheers!

    Jenny

  • reviewbrain

    Thank you so much for your comment Windsparrow. You explained the logical sense behind Lisbon’s position comprehensively and more clearly than I was able to. I agree with everything you said. I too am extremely happy with her growth and am very proud of her. As to Jane: I doubt he’ll be going to church any time soon, in fact I doubt anything outwardly will change about him. But I think his acknowledgment that some people find relief in spirituality makes him wish he could do the same, even if he doesn’t. That simple desire to feel better, to heal as you put it, and its culmination in placing the flower in the ocean was what had me so affected. And you’re definitely right, Jane’s visit to the cemetery did *nothing* for his grief. If anything, it seemed to make him feel worse.

    Thanks again for all the psychological insight 🙂

  • Mary_N (@RobinTunneyBlog)

    Hi there!

    Nice touch the drawing, it’s so lovely! Jane and animals seem to have a special relationship… dogs, horses, now a butterfly, they love him 😉

    The crime scene of this episode was wonderful, such a beautiful place!

    About what you said regarding Lisbon’s behaviour, I also agree with windsparrow, plus I’d add that Lisbon as you also said has become really close to her CBI family, and I think that the “mama bear” that’s inside her eventually came out.
    I think it’s a sort of instinct to protect the people that she feels close. With Jane in particular. She could decide to be angry with him, but then? The result would have been him closing to others again. She probably thinks that’s better keep an eye on him, especially since she’s the only one who knows that Jane thinks RJ is still alive.
    I can imagine her being worried that Jane still believes that he shot the wrong man, and I’m sure she feels her responsability to watch over him. (I wonder if at some point, the team will also be updated about RJ).

    Regarding VP, I loved how Lisbon approached her as a boss but also as a friend. It’s difficult for her, I’m sure as a friend she can totally understand VP’s problems, but she’s also her boss and she is responsible for her team’s actions… I wish Grace could open up to her, she really needs to cry and scream and express her anger and pain.
    That scene was great, great acting!
    The only thing I didn’t like about VP in this episode was her attitude with Rigs at the end. Her ‘good luck’ about his relationship with Sarah was “mean”. I can understand her situation, but Rigs has never been that way with her, neither when she was all flirting around him with Craig, neither when she did show him her ‘bling-bling’. Rigs doesen’t deserve that, he has always treated her like a lady.

    Well, about the final scene. I loved it. I think it’s the best final scene of the whole Show so far. It was perfect… the sea, the sound of the waves against the rocks, the little white flower, that music… I couldn’t hold back tears.
    Blake Neely is a genious, he makes the perfect music for every scene.
    Even if it was a bittersweet, sad scene, it felt also peaceful. Unless the other moments regarding Angela and Charlotte, this one felt peaceful. I really hope this means something’s changing in Jane… one can always hope 🙂

    One last lil note about the J/L scene at the beach, with Jane giving her that stone. Maybe it’s my brain working too much, and I see things that don’t exsist lol but if you look at the scene, right before Jane finds the stone, he has his hands in his pockets, and it looks like he took something from a pocket, a second before picking the stone. It occured to me that he might have found that stone before, found it nice and kept it for Lisbon, but in front of her he made it like he casually found it in that very moment.
    Ok, call me crazy, no problem lol xD
    Anyway, it was a lovely scene, Lisbon’s face when Jane talked (again!) about tea was hilarious, as it was funny seeing her trying to run on the beach right after, sweet 🙂

  • Anne

    I loved this episode. The scenery of the island was so amazing I found myself wishing I lived there (strange considering I live in an exceptionally beautiful place already).

    I am very intrigued by Grace´s behaviour, she is doing a lot of evolving as a character right now. Her anger and frustration with everything is so obvious (I don´t blame her at all) and she is finding it hard to channel her feelings. She is not doing it in the right way but I think that the way she´ll work her feelings out will lead to huge character developement for her and make an excellent storyline.

    Rigsby with Sarah is adorable (she is a nice character) but it´s obvious that Rigsby still cares a LOT about Grace and I don´t think he´ll ever stop worrying about her and trying his best to assist her. And my fangirl heart is still hoping that one day Grace and Rigsby will get together again (they really are well suited for each other!). I am looking forward to seeing how Rigsby, Lisbon and the rest of the team will cope with Grace´s behaviour.

    And I understand Grace pouring coffee over the social worker´s telephone. The social worker made me feel so angry and pissed (kudos to the actress!) with her crazy opinions and mean behavior. I would have loved to show her a piece of my mind.

  • All-I-need

    First of all: this picture is SO cute! It made me smile all through school and the way home until I got look at it again. Thanks for sharing! Meh, this is sooo cute…♥ Also, I love the not-so-subtle hint at “Lord of the flies” (especially considering that they were on an ISLAND in this episode).

    I love your review, as always, and I agree with everything in it – again: as always.

    Some thoughts I wanted to share:

    Lisbon`s apparent lack of anger. I figure Lisbon thinks that if she gets all angry with Jane, that still won`t change that he killed a man. What it WILL change is his new-found honesty with her and it`s far easier to keep an eye on him when he`s telling her about his plans. Duh. She probably figures that if Red John is really still out there, keeping close to Jane will help guarantee that Jane will not get another shot (pun intended!) at killing his nemesis and also help reduce the ever-present paperwork, the result of his schemes. That`s a win-win-situation for everyone.

    Now, to the most important part of this episode. The flower. OH GOD!
    The second Lydia Bibb mentioned throwing a flower into the ocean to send a message to loved ones, I thought: “Oh, PLEASE have Jane throw a flower into the ocean at the end of the episode, PLEASE!”. Those writers – sometimes I notice their subtle hints. Why would Lydia say this at all if it isn`t going to be mentioned later?

    But when they actually showed him throwing the flower in…I admit I cried, too. That was just beautiful. And that look on his face… So far I`ve been unable to decyper all the emotions on it. There was hope, definitely, and sadness (but not nearly as much as when he was at the cemetery (after Danny already left) or in the finale when Carter talked about his family or when Kristina mentioned them).

    What is way more important though: I can`t put my finger on the WHY, but this whole scene felt a lot like “Goodbye” to me.

    Of course, I doubt that Jane is actually ready to move on, he´s still got a lot of ground to cover, a lot of grieving to do and a lot of anger to work through…but I think this was a very definite start.

    On the topic of VanPelt:
    Post-traumatic stress. Well, it was pretty obvious that she`d not come out of all of this in one piece, right? And god, I loved her scenes in this episode, though her behavior is becoming increasingly disturbing. There was absolutely no reason for her to use THAT tone with both Lisbon and Rigsby, who are only concerned for her. I wonder if maybe talking to Jane could/might actually help her? Or maybe Cho? I`m sure his bluntness might come in handy in such a case.

    It is also obvious that she really only got the papers signed and didn`t talke about it at all. She obviously feels that talking won`t help her. We`ll see about that.

    I loved how Lisbon went all motherly on her! Maybe, now that the whole team has been endangered and then ripped apart and put back together, Lisbon decided to open up to them more, to let them in, because she finally realized just how easily she could lose any of them and how much they actually mean to her. That feelings is mutual, es evidenced by Cho`s inquiry on where she`s going. Btw, his “of course” didn`t sound so much angry because she`s still so close to Jane, but rather like “yeah, right, why did I even bother asking? I really should know better by now”. And he should.

    Oh, and all the Jane/Lisbon moments in this episode were just great. I loved that she didn`t even have to ask what he was doing but caught on right away. She really GETS him now. And the quartz…that was just so …cute? She didn`t even argue at all *gasp*. Also, I laughed when she asked Jane if he needed any help walking on the rocky shore and then almost tripped herself. (or was it Jane asking and her declining? Anyways, she then almost tripped. Haha! She´s such a city girl!).

    Also, did anyone else notice how she (AGAIN!) simply went along when he asked her to go for a cup of tea with him? I`m sure that tea house also had coffee to offer – still she agreed to go get tea. This is really intriguing…

    Thanks for another great review, as always!

  • windsparrow

    “Btw, his “of course” didn`t sound so much angry because she`s still so close to Jane, but rather like “yeah, right, why did I even bother asking? I really should know better by now”. And he should.”

    All-I-Need, once in a while, not often mind you – possibly not even as often as once each season – while there is some form of interaction between Lisbon and Jane, Cho gets a non-expression on his face that I choose to interpret as “Oh, for god’s sake, get a room already”.

    Nope, I’m not biased for the ‘ship at all.

  • reviewbrain

    Thank you 🙂 As to foreshadowing, I just had a disturbing thought. Maybe garnering sympathy for all these perps is to prepare viewers for sometho g horrible Jane will do this season. I hope not. Now I’m scared XD

  • reviewbrain

    Love your comment about Rigsby. I think you’re right that he felt what he was doing wasnt beneficial to his moving on.
    About Van Pelt, also agree. I felt sometho h wrong with get ever since she said she had a sister who committed suicide, only to deny it later. Under all her smiles there is something, maybe even sinister.
    About Whit, I couldn’t ignore all the signs we’d gotten and the actor did a fantastic job with him. But now I’m starting to fear the writers are “mentalizing” us, preparing us for something horrible one of the main cast (most likely Jane) is going to do *_*

  • reviewbrain

    About Grace, it’s kind of ironic isn’t it? She and Jane seem to have almost switched personalities. I too look forward to her character developing, hopefully she still retains her charm and doesn’t become too jaded.

  • windsparrow

    What if Van Pelt doesn’t get the help she needs soon enough and cracks?

    What if it’s Red John they are trying to warm us up to, what if he/she/it is more sick than cold evil?

    What if LaRoche’s secret (that might be sad/tragic rather than criminal) is that someone – family member or friend – he loved/loves is mentally disturbed, and turns out to be connected to Red John? Especially if the person went missing or fell through the cracks in the system, and he had no way to know?

  • All-I-need

    Agreed! *laughs*

    However, I think it is hilarious (and amazing) that you can actually SEE a difference between Cho`s “non-expression” as you call it, and his USUAL expression…! I`m actually having trouble with that. God, I love Cho. Not as much as Jane, but still…

  • reviewbrain

    Okay, All-I-Need, *this* is something I’m ashamed to have missed 😉 I agree with you both, the “Right” is obviously due to Cho being annoyed with himself that he even needed to ask Lisbon where she’s going. As to the ‘get a room’, no comment, but thanks windsparrow for giving me an excuse to want to go through the entire show again. As if I needed one :p

  • All-I-need

    He already killed someone, what could he possibly do that´s MORE horrible? Kill someone in a really really gruesome way? Not likely with the way he`s behaving nowadays…not to mention the fact that Lisbon stays closer to him now, to give him less opportunities to slip away and “do something stupid”.

  • reviewbrain

    Very intriguing possibilities. I think Righetti would do very well with such a storyline. Your Red John possibility reminded me of Brando’s character in ‘Apocolypse Now’; very interesting. As to LaRoche, I’d love any excuse to have him back, specially if we get to know what’s in that Tupperware. Sadly it seems that the show has officially bid him adieu; the actor is on a new show now.

    All I want, whatever new plotline is developed, is for Jane to be able to retain his newfound peace.
    I’d hate for it all to be built up only to have an event occur which makes him regress. That would completely depress me..

  • reviewbrain

    I’m so going to re-watch the scene now! And I may agree with you on this being the best ending ever 🙂

  • windsparrow

    “However, I think it is hilarious (and amazing) that you can actually SEE a difference between Cho`s “non-expression” as you call it, and his USUAL expression…! I`m actually having trouble with that. God, I love Cho. Not as much as Jane, but still…”

    I may be projecting a bit, interpreting Cho’s various non-expressions. Tim Kang is right up there with Christopher Judge (Teal’c of Stargate: SG1) for mad skillz at portraying very stoic-faced men who can show a wealth of emotion within those stoic expressions. Of course, I tend to approach analyzing their characters by assuming they do, in fact, feel some things very strongly even if they seldom put those feelings on display.

  • violet

    Do I need to say it was a great review? Like always, you make it more than worth reading: I’m beginning to wonder if I read you because of the show or if I hurry to watch it because it gives me the occasion to enjoy another of your analysis and the discussions that come with it! Anyway, on with the comments:

    Grace will certainly “ crack” as Windsparrow said and sooner than later. At the very beginning of the season, she tacitly admitted that she wasn’t as fine as she wanted to appear, since she told Lisbon that she couldn’t stay at home. But the violence of her reactions is definitely increasing at an alarming speed, whereas that denial is ever deeper: she shot the children abuser in ‘Pretty Red Balloon’ without being affected at all (compare with her subtle regretful expression when she shot the cop in s2 ‘Blood for Blood’), but by gently mocking Rigsby’s worries, she acknowledged those worries and the reality behind them (that she killed once more but she knew it was justified so she was fine with it).
    Later, she didn’t hesitate to use her own story to make Tibbs’ wife relate to her and was ready to kill the man when she thought he was about to become violent: she seems more detached from her story, trying to keep it at arms length, but she also identified Tibbs with Craig as both were dangerous psychopaths, potentially threatening for their wife/fiancée (or so she thought about Tibbs). I can’t help but think that she took her gun out of reflex because Tibbs seemingly on the verge of killing his wife subconsciously reminded her of the tragic scene with O’Laughlin…
    Here, it’s far worse: while her previous apparent detachment and coldness were useful for the investigation, her upsetting the social worker and hitting the suspect are gratuitous. And she doesn’t acknowledge that there may be a problem. Moreover, as you pointed out, on a personal level, she was unnecessarily mean with Rigsby: her reaction here is a far cry from the talk they had when he was the first to date someone else, when she told him she was bothered by it but would get over, because she wanted them to stay friends…
    In fact, she begins to act like Jane, upsetting people she doesn’t like and returning ten times worse every aggression he meets (for example faking to put a dead rat in someone’s pocket just because he touched him…). Like him, she refuses to grieve someone that she loved and lost – the sweet and perfect man she believed Craig was- and she’s becoming centered on her personal brand of justice. Like Jane’s grief is laced with guilt, Grace is eaten at by rage against her fiancé’s true nature, but also by unwanted grief and culpability, for letting Craig fool her but certainly for killing him too. I think the real problem is that she doesn’t want to acknowledge that her anger and resentment are far more ambivalent than she care to admit: she accepts she was manipulated and had to kill him (she can joke with that), she doesn’t accept that she regrets having to do it, that things have changed in her life and that it won’t ever be the same (her reaction about Rigsby no longer being available hints that she wanted to stay in a status quo, she struggle to admit her relationship with him may not change back anymore to what it was, that the option may no longer exist, like it is with Craig). Now, my guess is that, just like Jane was bent on revenge, she may focus her anger and her violence on a case that may hit too close to home.

    Loved you analysis of Lisbon’s character growth! Indeed it was amazing to watch her accepting his gift and his prodding at her personal life without the smallest snappy retort! 🙂 Moreover, Jane’s comments on Lisbon’s potentially hidden feminine side always make me smile: his mental representation of an ideal Lisbon contrasts so much with the actual woman it’s endearing. When you connect the dots, for him, Lisbon should cut her hair like Peter Pan, wear pink dresses like a romantic bridesmaid and a princess and, now, make jewels out of pretty stones… There is in that portrait a childlike and carefree side that reminds once again of Jane himself: it’s been stated for the controversial “Blood for Blood” that he probably wanted to shape Lisbon to be more like him; that seems to be the case even now, in the sweetest form…

    Now, about the big revelation at the end : Jane beginning to accept that there could be an afterlife. I confess it was a shocker for me, I was utterly convinced he won’t ever stop to see the world thought a conman’s eyes, distrusting every attempt at spirituality, ever looking for the trick behind every belief. Here, the show proved that it probably isn’t the case anymore, just as you said in your previous review. He wanted to make a connection with his wife and daughter, to give them some peace: even if he thought he may have done it just because “it can’t hurt”, that doesn’t change the fact that him wanting to believe is the beginning of an actual belief. As you say with Windsparrow in the comments above, there is no need for something more than getting a little relief: indeed Jane is more at peace now and it leads him to try and move on at last. By accepting that they may be somewhere else, he express that he is beginning to let them go; they don’t exist only in his memory anymore. It’s like he doesn’t need to carry his grief with him to remember them. Yes, it was a very powerful and beautiful scene.

    The discussion about Cho’s expressive non-expressions and their possible meaning made me laugh out loud! 🙂
    Sorry for my ramblings! In my defense, it’s already pretty late and my mind is quite foggy… Just hope all that make some sense…

  • Jenny Ison

    Ooh reviewbrain, I hadn’t considered this. It is very possible that the writers are mentalizing us with these type of villains. If Jane were to do something of the magnitude you are speaking, how far would the team go to back him up? Lots to consider here.

  • Jenny Ison

    I just rewatched the beach scene and I think Mary N could be right! Jane’s hand was in his pocket just before he bent over to “pick up the rock.” I believe he had this all along for Lisbon and planned to give it to her as they walked on the beach looking for the driftwood. However, the questions still remains: What did Lisbon do with the quartz? I hope we see it again!

    Please…..let us see it again!!!

  • windsparrow

    “Moreover, as you pointed out, on a personal level, she was unnecessarily mean with Rigsby: her reaction here is a far cry from the talk they had when he was the first to date someone else, when she told him she was bothered by it but would get over, because she wanted them to stay friends…”

    I got a weird vibe from her when she was keeping the car keys away from Rigbsy – that she was getting a thrill or satisfaction out of making him get physical with her. She seemed to have a slight grin on her face even before he disengaged from her. I thought the main reason he did disengage was because he saw that, too, and did not want to inflame any other ideas she might have about getting physical.

    In Grace’s shoes, I might be wondering about trying to get back together with the guy who just begged off going to my wedding on the grounds that he was still in love with me – even if it did entail defying propriety. Grace might well be thinking “screw the rules – after all, what good has it done me to follow them?” And Rigsby has shown several times that he is still quite aware of Van Pelt, and is concerned for her. Why not try to re-ignite the spark? But now that any urges she would have to do that have to be squelched because he is dating someone, it will only add to her resentment and imbalance.

  • Chibi (@Chizuruchibi)

    Okay, first of all, sooo many thoughts! To be honest this episode wasn’t my favorite, but after reading this I may be regarding this episode as a better one than it was in my head xD

    Hmm.

    While I do see your point in the explanation of why Lisbon isn’t angry with Jane, the ease of everything is still the thing that annoys me the most about this season. Other than a few comments here and there by the team during 4×02 and Lisbon’s almost getting fired, I feel like there’s no consequences for Jane (Jane/team relationship wise) shooting Timothy Carter.

    While I know he usually gets away with most things in the show, I do think this is a lot more than just pissing off powerful people, and it bothers me that it’s sort of been swiped under the rug for now.

    I really, really hope you’re right and the poop’s gonna hit the fan when RJ appears. It might not be pretty but I feel it’s really necessary.

    Lisbon’s styling HAS been great so far! I just hoped it would continue… based on promo photos, at least for a scene or possibly more, Lisbon’s got this awful shirt that before further promo pics/promos were out, I was deeply hoping it was a hospital gown or something. Awwwful.

    I really liked Sarah, and I really hadn’t seen her confirming her date with Rigsby in front of Lisbon as intentional (I thought it was more her being clueless in that regard, after all, she did come off as naive in her previous episode xD), but come to think of it, you might be right; she is tougher than she looks (or in Lisbon’s words, meaner :P).

    Oh, Van Pelt.. I like your analysis of her, and as I’ve read around, she seems to be one of the only ones who does act like the finale happened, in a way. Maybe not quite since Jane’s got a bit of piece of mind as you very well say in the ending scene of this episode, but the others don’t seem too affected in an obvious way like Van Pelt is. All that aside, she’s started to really, really bug me. I do get if she doesn’t want therapy (after what happened to Lisbon in Red Badge, even more skepticism would be in order towards shrinks) but if she’s refusing any kind of help, she’s gotta hold it together better. Her denial of a problem while still making a fuss sort of reminds me of a spoiled child.

    I did notice the eyebrows change on her! I thought it was me being paranoid and seeing things xD.

  • Julie

    Sorry to be so late. First beautiful location and a lovely episode. Love your drawing it is sooo cute. I can’t really add anything except my feelings about the final scene. My first reaction was not that favourable. Unlike all the other heart touching moments I felt that there had not been enough groundwork made to make me believe that he was beginning to believe in an afterlife. Then Lyn42 on another site talked about how Jane does like to spend alone moments and I feel now it was a physical way of connecting with them in his own head. I believe in an afterlife, I don’t believe that my parents are in the grave where their bodies are buried but going there seems to make it easier to connect with them. Jane loves nature and I think this was one of his moments when he took time out to connect with his wife and daughter but, unlike me, not in a ‘they are out there’ sense, but in a ‘they are within me’ sense.

  • reviewbrain

    For the record, I don’t think at this point that Jane believes in the afterlife (i said may be starting to, or may want to), rather, I think he’s starting to realize the possible benefits such a belief may have. Your comment, that he wants to connect with his family is exactly where I see him right now. He’d stated once that he pretends to talk to his wife, but here I think it has to do with a more spiritual connection rather than a fake one. It’s really hard to explain but I think you did it very well 🙂

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