Mentalist My Bloody Valentine Review


Synopsis

CBI Agent Grace Van Pelt (Righetti) arrives at work where her boss Teresa Lisbon (Tunney) tells her an FBI Agent called Wexler had been trying to get in touch with her. The FBI had been keeping Grace’s necklace as evidence during their investigation into the death of FBI Agent Craig O’Laughlin (Eric Winter). Now that they have filed their report, they have returned it. Van Pelt’s first instinct is that she wants nothing to do with the reminder of her traitorous, murderous fiancée. But her decision is delayed when she and Agent Cho (Kang) are sent on a case.

The eldest son and heir of big time mobster Gabriel Prochetto (Joaquim de Almeida) was shot dead at a party he and his younger brother were throwing at their family’s vacation home in El Oro State Forest, California. The last person with him when he was killed was prostitute Janpen (Kristy Wu). While taking her in for questioning, Van Pelt is waylaid by a man shooting at her. Van Pelt crashes, leaving her and Janpen stranded in the woods with no cell phone signal.

Concise Verdict

Viewers have seen Van Pelt struggle to overcome the trauma the events of Strawberries and Cream left on her. With My Bloody Valentine, it seems that she is finally able to achieve some sort of closure. The sensitivity of the writing and the excellent direction makes this a special episode, as do some lovely character moments, poignant acting, and the star power of Joaquim de Almeida: 8.5/10.

Detailed AKA Humungous Review  (spoilers galore)

One of my major peeves with this show is the as of yet untapped huge potential for interaction between Jane and the rest of the members of the Serious Crimes Unit. Yes there have been a lot of nice moments, but very few actual conversations.  For example, the only memory I have of Jane/Cho talking is in episodes ‘Shooting Fire’ (on parents) and in ‘Blood In, Blood Out’ (when Jane helps Cho find his friend’s killer). As to Rigsby, he’s got plenty of moments with Jane which are nicely distributed throughout the entire show, but these are used mostly for comic relief.

Even Lisbon has only started engaging in Jane’s attempts at meaningful conversation this season due to their recent closeness. But Grace, bless her, had always been the only gifted (or plagued, depending on your view) with equal amounts of passion and strength to to ever have honest to God discussions with Jane relating topics they don’t see eye to eye to. This is a quality I have always respected in her character played gracefully by Amanda Righetti which kept her from falling into the background like so many other secondary lead females.  Yet even Grace/Jane moments have practically ceased to exist. The restaurant scene in the pilot, the Séance argument in ‘Seeing Red’, the relationship advice in ‘Bloodshot’ had all taken place in season one (while Cho’s scenes with Jane were limited to Season two). Jane did help Grace out a bit in ‘Where in the World is Carmine O’Brian’ but that episode was so busy with multiple events and the scene was so brief it barely registered on my radar.

Hopefully we’ll get more Jane/team scenes as the show progresses. The stage has certainly been set for them. All the characters have their own personal arcs this season, providing a wonderful opportunity for Jane’s nosiness and/or help. In this episode, for the first time in a long time, Grace and Jane have a frank discussion. And for the first time, it ends amicably.

Best Scenes

The winner: Grace asks Jane for advice

After having Craig’s ghost haunt her, then save her life, Grace approaches Jane and gently asks him if he talks to his wife. He concurs that he does, sometimes.

-In episode Scarlett Fever Jane encourages the victim’s son to talk to his dead mothering, saying that it helps to pretend she’ll here him and that he talks to his wife all the time. Here, he uses the word sometimes. I wonder if Jane had exaggerated to the boy to make him feel better, normal about talking to his mom. Or he really did talk all the time to his wife, whereas now, it’s only sometimes, indicating he’s slowly not needing to do so as much. Or perhaps he simply doesn’t want to reveal to Grace how much he does talk to his wife, hence the ambiguous sometimes.

Grace then asks Jane if he ever sees his wife, to which he responds never. Grace then asks Jane if he’d think he was crazy if he ever saw his wife. Jane hems and haws before realizing what Grace is saying, that Craig came to see her. He then asks her what Craig wanted.

Grace: “I don’t know. This will sound really weird. But he kinda saved my life.”

Jane: “Figuratively speaking, I hope.”

-I adored Jane’s benignly concerned tone here.

Jane, seeing the necklace in Grace’s hands realizes she is conflicted: “Now you can’t decide what to do with the necklace he gave you because it reminds you of your past.” He tells her she can either forget it (her past) or learn to live with it.

-Seriously, Jane’s statement couldn’t have been a greater reference to his wedding band, to his past, if the director had zoomed in on his ring just then; so powerful was the allusion.

Grace asks Jane what he thinks she should do. He states that that should be her decision before bidding her good night. Grace first throws the necklaceinto the garbage. But then she fishes it out and hangs it on a plant on her desk.

-I love the message here. Hopefully Grace keeping the necklace means she won’t let what happened embitter her. Whether she really meant anything at all to Craig or not, she wants to believe that he did love her, even if not more than Red John.

As to Jane, I found it telling that he didn’t make fun of Grace (as he is wont to do regarding her spirituality) nor did he interfere with her decision (another rarity as Jane can be pretty pushy). Instead, he listened kindly and told Grace that she has to be the one to decide what she wants. Another thing I found telling is him not bothering to venture a “reasonable” explanation for Grace’s vision.

Considering Jane’s skepticism towards the spiritual, I wonder what respective reason Jane will conjure up for Grace seeing Craig. While Craig (i.e. Grace’s subconscious)  mentioned that Grace was hallucinating him possibly out of dehydration, Jane had no way of knowing that. It’s really strange that Jane let the matter go so easily when in the past he was always happy to argue with Grace.

I wonder if the reason is due to a past conversation these two had…

In episode ‘Seeing Red’ Jane makes fun of Grace for worrying over a séance they were faking, to which she tells him:

“What if your family is looking down on you, hoping to talk to you but they can’t, because you won’t believe?”

At the time Jane seemed quietly stricken by the thought: “Well that would be very sad.”

Might Jane have remembered their past conversation, and think that the reason Grace saw Craig is because she believes, she was able to? Or is his point of view more skeptic, like the self fulfilling prophecy; Grace wanted to see Craig so her mind fulfilled that need.

As much as I’m unsure of Jane’s perception here, I am equally unsure of the conclusion we as viewers are supposed to arrive at either.  Was Craig really a ghost or a figment of an emotionally and physically drained Grace’s imagination? Is it indicative of a mental/physical condition as has been used often by other shows to indicate the person is suffering from a health issue (God I hope not; been there, seen that).

I don’t know. But sometimes ambiguity is nice. It’s leaves viewers to come to their own conclusion and respects whatever they believe, or want to believe happened.

As to Jane, Grace’s strong beliefs have always annoyed him and are a cause of heated discussion between them. But he’s usually more than happy to argue with Grace over it. That is not the case here.

As to Jane telling Grace she needs to make her own decision, I can only imagine it is due to the fact that he doesn’t think he’s in the best position to give Grace advice on this particular matter. Wearing his wedding ring over eight years after his wife died, he isn’t able to let go of his past. And while he might deem it as right for him I doubt he’d wish this purgatory on anyone else.

1st runner up: Jane comforts Lisbon

Jane reassuring Lisbon that there is nothing she can do for Grace was such a profoundly sweet moment. For once, he is the one keeping her on track as to the investigation; pointing out that solving the case would be the best think she could do to help Grace.

2nd runner up: Grace’s first heart to heart with Craig

Leaning against a tree in the woods, Grace first states that she’s not talking to Craig, that he’s just a figment of her imagination. But then she asks him “Did you love me?” Craig states that of course he did, but that he had to make a choice between her and Red John. “We all have to make hard choices Grace, it doesn’t make me evil.”

Grace responds with a hint of a smile “It kinda does.”

-Craig’s statement here continues this season’s trend of making perps appear sympathetic (Ring Around the Rosie, Blood and Sand). I stated before that this could be the writers’ way of “mentalizing” us, so that we don’t hate Jane in the event of him doing something terrible (i.e. Blinking Red Light, Always Bet on Red). But there might be an even more important reason for Craig’s conversation with Grace here.

Grace says she was too stupid to see that Craig was evil. He states she did, that she knew there was something little dangerous under the nice guy stuff. That she even liked it. Then he states: “You can’t open your eyes a little bit Grace. You gotta open them all the way if you want to see the truth of things.”

Grace wonders what Craig is talking about. “Why are you doing this to me?”

Craig: “How should I know. I’m just a figment of your imagination.”

-I know! I know! But first let me just say that I love the quietness of this scene, the wind in the background, and the matter of fact tone of the conversation between these two.

As to why Craig showed up, I think there is a more long term reason than him simply humanizing him, or even saving Grace’s life in this episode; him warning her against JanPen. Read below to find out more. It’ll be the line with all the caps…

VIS: Grace and Craig talk, part two.

When Grace loses JanPen, Craig tells her that not everything is her fault. Grace goes on to blame herself for letting Craig kill two cops and shooting Lisbon.

Grace: “I was too late. I should have seen it sooner, I should have done something.”

Craig: “How? You were in love with me, don’t you remember?”

OH MY GOD!!!

Craig’s statement here had me nearly hyperventilating the second time I saw the episode.

Why? Because of the many possibilities it presents!

Could this be the writers’ way of explaining why Lisbon is doing nothing to stop Jane, because she is in love with him and therefore can’t see that she needs to? Or is it foreshadowing? Could Craig’s statement that Grace should open her eyes all the way be a hint that she will be the one to figure out Jane’s indiscretions? That she’ll be the one to give Lisbon the wake-up call she needs?

It might be possible seeing that Grace was the one who opened up RJ’s video. She might the style is similar to RJ’s. I certainly hope so. That would be so cool.

Help me out guys. Am I onto something or going crazy over nothing here?

Note: Speaking of the RJ video that Grace saw in Always Bet on Red, Commenter T has a very unique theory I thought I’d share here:

“I thought Darcy set the whole thing up with the video of herself to get Jane to confess Red John was still alive and she’s already onto Jane.”

Interesting, right? Might be Grace uncovers this about Darcy as opposed to something regarding her team mates. I wouldn’t mind being wrong if the truth were that good.

Honorable Mentions

Eric Winter and Amanda Righetti. Craig may have hated Grace, might have only pretended he loved her to get close to CBI for RJ, but it makes sense that Grace would rather believe whatever they had was real. And it may very well be true that Craig did love her, just not enough. Righetti and Winter conveyed the regard that existed between these two very well, showing Winter in the light that Grace saw him in: a handsome “good” bad boy. They had great chemistry in this episode, maybe even more so than when he was alive, and I was glad for the closure we got here.  Perhaps their greatest feat is being the focus of the A plot and hitting a home run with it. With such talents as on this show, that is not easy to pull off.

Icings on the Cake

-Jane distracting the Mexican drug dealer with a card game as he questions him. I was so happy he didn’t resort to hypnotism, or worse, have Lisbon allow him to use hypnotism.

-Rigsby is going to be a daddy! Seriously, how cool is that? I did not see it coming and hope to God the writers see this plot line through. I really like Sarah and Jillian Bach, the actress playing her. Sarah is blunt, but not cruel. She’s also cute, strong, and very mature. Seeing how wonderful and understanding she was when Van Pelt was missing really underlines how much of better fit she is for Rigsby; figuratively, of course, not literally😉 Much as I love Van Pelt she was always a bit detached and impatient with Wayne. They were a cute couple, but Sarah is more obviously enamored with Wayne than Grace ever was and he needs that, awkward, self conscious man that he is.

Religious themes:  For a self-proclaimed non-believer, Jane sure does use a lot of religious references: You’re a saint.” “It’s like an angel an angel crying on your tongue.”, and in previous episodes, Cain and Abel. I find his knowledge interesting. It makes me think that his anti-spirituality happened post his family’s death.

Best Lines

“Beautiful out here. although they could use a little more sign-age.” –not just funny, this quote sets the stage for Grace getting lost.

“She speaks English, she’s just a little shy.”-Jane, on Janpen

“Ah, the fresh air, my first mob hit. I’m thrilled.” Jane to Cho.

“I hope not. If I’m lost, I want a search and rescue team that knows the landscape and can cover the ground fast.” -Luther Wayneright in reply to Cho’s statement that they’d look for him if he was lost. What little we’ve seen of Luther so far had me ambivalent to his character. It’s nice to get more insight into his character here: he is logical and assertive.

“This is who they send to find my boy’s killer. A girl and a guy in a vest.”-Prochetto Sr. about Jane and Lisbon. I love how vain Jane is. He’s equally funny when he’s pleased on getting complimented on his sense of style as he is when peeved at having it disparaged. Here, Jane looks down at his vest, as if wondering what’s wrong with it. And it’s nice to have Lisbon’s youthful appearance in canon. So true.

“Maybe just a little true.” -Jane, in reply to Porchetto’s wife, saying that it’s not true she wants her husband dead.

“Like a big murderous baby.”-Jane, in reply to Porchetto when he asked if the trick he taught him will help him sleep.

“Oh, you’re very good grasshopper.”-Jane to Lisbon.

“You’re gonna get a Mexican drug dealer to talk?”-Jane to Lisbon

“I’ll think of something.”-What Lisbon does is have Jane talk to the man. Love.

“You can swindle people before you behead them or whatever it is you do to them.”-Jane after teaching drug dealer Ozario (Luis Moncada) a card trick.

“I never beheaded nobody. Slit a few throats, maybe.”- Moncada’s reading of this line was fabulous. So serious it was funny.

“Okay, so you won’t be headings.” -Jane, in response to the above.

“Why did I think I could stay awake?” Grace’s self-reproach here lessens amount of incredulity viewers might have on an Agent being so careless. Not much, mind you, but the effort is appreciated.

“Great. Lost in the woods with a crazy cop.” –JanPen on Grace.

“Hey I got it worst. I’m lost in the woods with a grumpy hooker.” Grace’s sense of humor here is awesome.

“How long have you two been carrying on this affair? Your protectiveness of Iris is more than legal. And she keeps touching your elbow. Hard to misinterpret.”-Jane? If we are to follow this logic, then you and Lisbon have been carrying out a secret affair since episode Red Tide. Before all the J/L shippers go crazy with excitement, don’t forget that Jane is very touchy feely with everyone…

“Crap!” Jane ‘swearing’ just sounds so wrong it’s funny.

“The silent intimidation act is quite effective. I’ll admit I’m intimidated.” Jane to the Prochetto family’s enforcer.

“It wasn’t personal. Come on. I kinda liked you.” –JanPen to Grace.

Pet Peeves

-Grace, Grace, I’m not a cop but even I know better than to fall asleep and leave a suspect at large. I can forgive this though as it was a necessary plot device (same thing with the car crash). The one below, however, is inexcusable..

-I wish Jane’s Mentalist abilities were put to better use in this episode. Mainly, instead of getting the mobster drunk and risking, oh I don’t know KILLING AN OLD MAN (his wife mentioned alcohol has a bad interaction with his meds), Jane could have hypnotized him so that he’d look passed out then used the ball to stop his pulse

Note: It’s a sad day when I’m advocating for Jane to hypnotize someone, not to mention hypocritical when I was so glad he didn’t in an earlier scene. What can I say, when it comes to choosing between Jane hypnotizing a man and POSSIBLY KILLING HIM I choose the lesser of two evils.

Better yet, Jane simply could have told Prochetto to play dead (and explained the ball trick) with the promise of finding out who killed his son. This would have been easy to pull off and very believable considering the rapport Jane had already established with Prochetto Sr. It would also have made a lot more sense than RISK KILLING THE MAN. And yes, I know that Jane’s sense of justice means he couldn’t care less about getting an evil mobster killed, but Jane would care if it ruined his plan. Jane needed the man alive to threaten the killer into revealing himself and Grace’s location. By getting Prochetto drunk, Jane took a terrible and unnecessary risk which would have rendered his plan usellss. On the other hand, Prochetto is bound to find out who killed his son sooner or later. It wouldn’t have mattered if Jane uses that knowledge as leverage to earn Prochetto’s cooperation. And by the time he tells Prochetto of the killer (s) identity, they’d be behind bars and relatively safe away from Prochettos murderous rage. So yeah, not so pet, pet peeve and the main reason this episode didn’t get a higher grade.

 Conclusion

Craig’s statement that he loved Grace but that Red John mattered more to him gave me a depressing thought that this might be exactly how Jane feels about Lisbon…and they’re not even romantically involved.

Let’s face it. If Jane really believes that when people die, then they cease to exist, to feel, listen or hear then it shouldn’t matter to his family whether Jane catches Red John or not. He’s doing this purely for himself, as Lisbon once stated, to ease his wounded pride. But by doing so, he’s making Red John the most important thing in his life; more than his freedom, friendships, or even sanity.

Or, here’s another possibility: Jane does believe in an afterlife, he just pretends he doesn’t out of fear of what that might mean for him, and so feels that he needs to repent for getting his family killed. And the only way he knows how is to kill the person who killed them.

Either way, the end result is the same; Jane is making Red John the most important entity in his life. Until Jane realizes this, even if he catches/kills Red John, then RJ will always be the winner in their game.

And even more extreme interpretation could be that, Jane, by devoting so much time and energy to Red John, is being as loyal a servant to RJ as any of his other followers.  That in a weird and twisted way, Jane might as well be worshipping RJ…

I believe that when RJ disappeared, Jane went through a breather, a time where he felt safe in knowing that RJ thought the game was over. Leaving him free to take the time to decide whether he wants to forget revenge and move on with his life, or if he wants to continue (secretively) hunting RJ. Perhaps this is why Jane was so desperate to keep the truth from resurfacing; because RJ might then be compelled to restart his career.

RJ, as much as he is obsessed with Jane, might allow him to continue with this reprieve. Or, delighted that he and Jane are now in cahoots, Jane revealing that he knows RJ is still alive and using him, the serial killer might want to take their bond to a higher level, whatever that might entail.

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37 responses to “Mentalist My Bloody Valentine Review

  • windsparrow

    “-Jane distracting the Mexican drug dealer with a card game as he questions him. I was so happy he didn’t resort to hypnotism, or worse, have Lisbon allow him to use hypnotism.”

    I am so glad you did not see that as hypnotism. I’ve already been in a discussion about that – and a couple of people seemed very unhappy that Lisbon just stood by and let him do that, that it was evidence of how Jane is dragging her down with him. I saw it as distraction, taking a round-about route before getting to the more direct questioning and putting the guy at ease enough to actually let his guard down and answer. And frankly in this case, I would not have minded at all if Lisbon had instructed Jane to hypnotize the guy – they were not trying to get him to confess or to really give up one of his drug gang colleagues – just to verify or reliably deny his gang’s involvement. So his testimony here does not have to be admissible in court. They were trying to get a clue to the whereabouts of Van Pelt by figuring out who might have wanted to get in her way.

  • All-I-need

    First of all: the fanart is really amazing, as always, and pretty funny, too! Poor Grace …

    Now, to the episode:
    You already mentioned everything I`d have said, too, so I hardly have anything to add.

    I`d like to point out just how enduring Sarah is, though. She let Rigsby get away with abruptly ending their conversations and all but brushing her off because he was too worried about Grace. And then, when they were having this rather awkward scene in the interrogation room, followed by an even more awkward ride in the elevator, she just drops that bomb on him – the woman is amazing! Good god, I would have LOVED to see Rigsby`s immediate reaction to the news. Haha!

    Their conversation was hilarious. “How was your day?” – “Good. I`m pregnant.” Thanks for being so kind and gentle about giving THOSE news …^^

    Also: DADDY Rigsby? HAHA! I can`t wait to see how Jane will react to that. In fact, that might be really interesting. Rigsby is in the process of getting everything Jane lost. I wonder if our favorite Mentalist will end up being jealous (even if it`s just a little, irrational bit)? At least we know who will be babysitting all the time …

    The conversation between Grace and Jane at the end was awesome, I missed their interactions, too, and I`m so happy about this scene! Also, the continuity of Jane still talking to his wife …

    However, I don`t think he believes that Grace saw Craig because she wanted to – if that was the case, he probably couldn`t take a step without seeing his wife and daughter. I`m sure he wants to see them badly. Maybe we`ll someday learn (or at least get a hint of) his personal theory on why Grace saw Craig.
    As to why he didn`t argue with her about it: it just didn`t seem like the right moment to get into an argument about their believes. This conversation was all about what Grace should do now and on how she`s coping with everything Craig did.

    I also didn`t mind Jane getting the mobster drunk – but that´s probably because I love drunken Jane so much and I was giggling so hard about him drinking that I really didn`t much care for the mobster. I see how getting him drunk is wrong and possibly could have been dangerous, but I don´t believe he was actually in any danger. Doctors always advise against mixing medication and alcohol and no one ever listens. I think you´d have to seriously overdo it to be in any real danger, though that probably also depends on the kind of medication you take and your overall condition. Since I`m such an optimist, I`ll simply believe that Jane weighted his options and then decided on the one the mobster was most likely to go along with. I`m sure he`d have done things differently if he thought it would work better. He probably didn´t think the mobster was a good-enough actor to pull off looking believeably unconscious. If Jane had told him it would help luring out his son`s killer, he might have given himself away trying to figure out who did it.

    And now I will shut up😉
    Thank you once again for another great blog entry.

  • Anne

    Great review. I am excited about seeing Wayne become a dad, it´ll be brilliant to watch him get used to parenthood and that means more Sarah! I still want him back with Grace though😉

    I come from a culture which is very big on ghosts and all things supernatural and was therefore not bothered one bit by Grace seeing Craig or talking to him. In my country, talking to the dead/close connection to the supernatural/ is a normal thing so I was intrigued by Grace seeing Craig. I don´t think the writers will go down the “insanity” route. Because not only would that risk losing Grace, it´s a poor plot and difficult to handle and it´s actually normal for PTSD patients to imagine they see their loved one´s/people that have passed on and even talk to them. There´s nothing insane about that. Not to mention the cultural thing I mentioned before (has me thinking whether one of the writers possibly comes from/has experienced my country´s culture).

    And the whole Jane vs. Lisbon love debate reminds me eerily much of Criminal minds debate of Morgan vs. Garcia except it´s more subtle on the Mentalist and while not as funny as on CM, it´s so sweet and wonderful to watch.

    And I deifnitely believe Jane talks to his wife/child all the time. Heck, I regularly talk to my passed away relatives in my mind.

  • reviewbrain

    Welcome to the blog🙂
    I wasn’t *bothered* by Grace seeing Craig as a ghost but the reason I emphasized so much on it is (based strictly on my experience) unless a television show is categorized as science fiction then any mention of ghosts is usually viewed as being “superstitious” as opposed to being a real possibility. I was so fascinated that in this episode the matter was dealt with very little bias. Even the show’s skeptic Jane didn’t put Grace down or call her naive as he is wont to regarding these matters. I really respect that and wish more shows would be as fair as Mentalist was here simply because I know different cultures have different belief systems, as you pointed out.
    You know, I think Jane still talks to his family too. And more and more I’m starting to believe that he does believe, or at least hope, that they hear him; it’s not just pretend, regardless of what he says.
    Thank you for your delightful comment. Now I’m curious which culture you’re from🙂

  • Julie

    Great review Brainyreviewer, don’t really have anything to add. I always love Jane/Grace interactions, love the way he nearly always calls her Grace, it comes out so sweet. What was it he said on 18-5-4 about Grace and heart? My favourite bit was the funny move thing he did when they were moving the boss to the couch, that was funny! Wonder if it was an adlib. Jane is such a know it all that he probably knew he could get him drunk, thought Lisbon didn’t seem to bothered about what he had done either. plus this memorizing phonebooks…..what that man has in his head. Oh oh oh great pic as well, love this new addition to the review.

  • Fiona

    Hijacking your comment Julie but I loved that weird little “jazz hands” thing Jane did just before the scene cut to the hospital too😀 It’s the little moments of humour like that which give the show it’s unique edge.

    I too am on board with the Rigsby/Sarah baby situation. For one, it should hopefully lead to some nice Jane/Rigsby scenes as Jane is the only member of the team that has been through parenthood. Throw in Rigsby’s own issues with his father and it has potential. For now I feel Rigsby/Van Pelt is done and I’m glad the writers are doing something different and not just repeating the same stuff between the two. I’ve always felt they got them together far too quickly.

    And how are we already halfway through season 4?! Madness!

  • windsparrow

    I knew there was more I wanted to say, but completely forgot in my earlier comment.

    “As much as I’m unsure of Jane’s perception here, I am equally unsure of the conclusion we as viewers are supposed to arrive at either. Was Craig really a ghost or a figment of an emotionally and physically drained Grace’s imagination?’

    I think Grace did not approach him for an intellectual discussion, and Jane knew that. She approached him for emotional reassurance and a bit of guidance on processing grief from someone who has experienced more than the usual amount of grief. Jane answered her in that vein, gently. In so many ways it did not matter to the heart of what she was asking whether or not Craig’s appearance was the visual and auditory manifestation of a spiritual presence or some part of Grace’s own mind and sense of self-preservation using a completely understandable altered state of consciousness given her physical distress (shock, possible head injury, dehydration, exhaustion) and using it as an opportunity to work through some of her emotional distress. Either way, she now has to decide what the experience means to her.

    It’s a bit like waking up from a bad dream. Whether or not you believe dreams are possible messages from The Other Side or are simply our brain’s pattern-recognition programing trying to make sense of wacky electro-chemical processes going on in the synapses during REM sleep, if you have a really bad dream, you may wake up feeling panicked or creeped out. And if you have a friend nearby who completely disagrees with your opinion on the origins of dreams – will that friend put you down for having feelings and disagreeing, or will the friend try to be understanding and reassuring about how you feel?

  • hardly_loquacious

    Hello. So I’m back. I may catch up on your reviews. I got ridiculously behind on several things this year. But anyway, I have thoughts.

    I think I need to start with the caveat that I really did not like this episode. Mostly because I find myself really not liking Van Pelt lately and sick of her romantic entanglements. I’m tired of the Rigsby/Van Pelt nonsense. I’m tired of her boyfriends trying to kill Jane. I like the character when she’s not being defined by her love life, but that hasn’t happened in a while. I am biased against this episode, possibly unfairly, but just FYI.

    I appreciate that they are trying to deal with Van Pelt’s issues following O’Laughlin’s death, but when he showed up and started talking to her, I admit, I rolled my eyes. The whole plot line was just so over the top. And I was not a big fan. I felt like I understood what they were trying to do, but I found it generic and blah. Maybe if I’d been invested in O’Loughlin when he was alive, but he was always a bit obnoxious, and a foil for Rigsby, so I had zero interest in seeing him again.

    I did like the scene at the end with Jane and Van Pelt. I agree that that scene was good. The Jane/Van Pelt dynamic has always been interesting, just because of their dichotomous views. And I agree that there needs to be more scenes with Jane actually interacting in a meaningful way with his colleagues. I like Van Pelt when she’s challenging Jane. That is fun.

    That said, I absolutely do not want to see Van Pelt as the one who gets Lisbon to open her eyes and see the problems with what Jane is doing. I’m sorry, but I will hate that, if that’s how it goes. For one, I don’t think Lisbon is in love with Jane, so the parallel’s not quite right. For another, I kind of hate how Lisbon’s lack of reaction to the S3 finale is being handled, so if Van Pelt is the way they chose to deal with it, I imagine I won’t like it at all. Particularly given my current opinion of Van Pelt, and the fact that Lisbon is my favourite. But I don’t think this is where they’re heading, mainly because the writers rarely adequately develop anyone who isn’t Jane. (I’m kind of pessemistic this season.)

    And as I said, anything that hints at Rigsby/Van Pelt tends to irritate me. And much of her love life does.

    Which brings me to, Rigsby as a father. See, when I saw that, I groaned. Why? Because yes, I agree, it would be adorable if Rigsby got to be a father. But I am kind of assuming that the whole Sarah being pregnant thing is yet another way of having Rigsby and Van Pelt throw longing looks at each other, and him yearning in her direction, while poor Sarah gets shafted. That I do not want to see. Then I figured they were going to have Sarah miscarry, and then have Van Pelt ‘comfort’ Rigsby, and I hated that possibility even more. I would love to be proven wrong, and Rigsby goes off and is happy with Sarah painting a nursery. That would be charming. But it wasn’t my first thought where that plotline was concerned. And given that this show tends to like having people be uber-angsty and uber-screwed up all the time, I will be shocked if they go that route. Pleased, as I said, but still shocked.

    As far as Jane getting the mobser drunk, I filed that under “Jane’s insane schemes that aren’t so much realistic.” A bunch of Jane’s schemes just don’t seem to be meant to be taken seriously. I agree, in the real world what Jane did was dangerous and kind of terrible, but this show tends to like to skim over details like that and sometimes I go along with it, particularly if the case isn’t the focus of the episode, which it wasn’t in this ep. To be honest, the fact that Jane almost killed the old man didn’t even register with me. Stuff like that’s happened too many times on this show.

    On the other hand, I agree that Jane is basically exactly like O’Loughlin when it comes to Lisbon. She matters, but Red John matters more. It’s the intriguing conflict between them, always has been. And it’s why I love them so much.

    Reading this over, I realized it’s kind of really negative. Perhaps I should have started commenting on another episode, because yeah… Sorry about that. But I really, really didn’t like this one.

  • zee

    Hello Reviewbrain,

    The open ended question of “Did-or-didn’t-VanPelt-saw-O’laughlin” for the whole episode got me on the fence. Although the plot’s a little cliche, the ending wasn’t. Van Plet’s decision defines the character further, considering there might be a past trauma that she hides. (probable suicide of her sister…but this supposed past tragedy has yet to be proven)

    To me, she has shown more resillience towards her present tragedy, keeping the necklace as a guiding reminder.

    I have a theory along the lines of that necklace though….

    The plot so far shows that at least two more people in the team has stronger reason to capture Red John (if, a big if, Jane ever comes clean about Red John). Each of them already has a “token” of reminder.

    1) Jane – His wedding ring

    2) Lisbon – the bottle of Vodka in her drawer (assuming she still keeps it in memory of Bosco, i don’t think it’s foreshadowing that she will turn into an alcoholic, as many suggested)

    3) Van Pelt – Necklace

    I think the storyline is gonna get Rigsby and Cho to have stronger reasons too. Now with baby on the way for Rigsby….another tragedy, perhaps? That would be sorry cliche though…

  • reviewbrain

    An ominous pattern indeed, Zee. Please don’t be upset with me but I hope to God you are wrong. Not just ecause it might be cliche, but also because it would be so tragic and way too heavy for me in an already (at times) difficult to watch season.

  • reviewbrain

    Welcome back🙂

    While all the negative possibilities of the Rigsby-baby occurred to me as well, I’m going to try to remain optimistic.
    Don’t worry too much about not liking the episode, it’s a matter of personal preference. I’ve had my own pessimistic moments this season *cough* Blinking Red light *cough*.

    Hope the next episode works out better for you.

  • violet

    That was quite an interesting review!🙂 Oddly, I liked it far better than the actual episode that I found a little plain…
    I’ll only comment on a few points, since it was pretty complete and the major questions have already been dealt with by you or in the comments.

    First, that Craig may have been a ghost reminded me that it was never demonstrated that Kristina was a fake psychic.They tend to leave doors open, maybe because their main character is a belief breaker, he likes to destroy and take apart every faith/superstition/illusion BUT he does it so smoothly and still has such an uncanny charm that he’s almost a magician. Part of his appeal comes from that ambiguity, so they like to play with it. Like Lisbon, we are all “looking for a little magic” and things like this (or Jane accepting a religious medal, depositing a flower on the waves,…) provide a certain amount of hope without compromising too much the rationality and the rather declared skepticism of the show.
    Now, about the writers being “fair” about it, I think they wanted above all to protect the image we have of Van Pelt. Despite trying to stay rational, the normal Grace, the girl before the mess with O’Laughlin, would want deeply to believe her fiancé was coming back to ask for forgiveness by saving her. Had the door not been left open in her mind, it would have meant that that sweet girl was gone forever. Now, we know that she’s willing to let go of her anger and that she will recover. She won’t stay as damaged as Jane, she won’t turn bitter not distrustful, just wiser. That possibility left unanswered has the same meaning that her keeping the necklace, which she kept as a reminder (=she’s no longer bitter) but without wearing it unlike Jane (=she won’t let her past guide her).
    And I totally agree with Windsparrow: I believe Jane didn’t mock her because he understood that it was not really important either way. What mattered was that it helped her, may it be because her mind created what she needed or not.
    (And there have been signs that Craig didn’t *really* love her: ripping the necklace off her neck, not saving her when she was about to be shoot at…)

    Second point, like Hardly Loquacious I’m a bit unsatisfied with the hypothesis that O’Laughlin statement about Grace blinded by love could apply to Lisbon. For once, Grace never had any reason to question Craig’s intentions. That’s hardly the case with Lisbon and Jane… But the main reason is that I’m not completely convinced either that Lisbon is in love with Jane (yet). There is certainly something, but, for now, I think it’s more that she cares very deeply for him than that she loves him romantically. She might be close, but for me she isn’t completely there yet. There is something absolute in her: when she’s bent on protecting someone, she goes all the way. So, even if she disagrees with Jane, she’ll stay by his side, she’ll help him in his schemes against RJ, since he showed that he trusted her. I guess that failing him would be a betrayal, now that he’s given her what is the closest to complete trust he ever showed since the very beginning.
    And I must say I also had almost the same reaction than Hardly Loquacious about Sarah’s pregnancy: that will only stir trouble, since Rigsby is still soft on Van Pelt (that was hinted in the way he totally prioritized her and in the hug interrupted by Sarah). More drama to expect!😉

    About Jane endangering Prochetto Sr, well, I confess my insight was pretty darker than yours, RB. I think that Jane was coldly pragmatic: the man had told him that he only had a few weeks to live. Jane was betting that the alcohol wouldn’t kill him (he needed him for his plan), but even if it did, it was worth the risk since he was about to die either way…

  • hardly_loquacious

    Well, now I’m curious about what you thought of Blinking Red Light… May have to go read that review. We might think more similarly on that one, because I remember having a couple of issues with it.

    Okay, well, I would love it if Rigsby becoming a father was the thing that allowed him to focus on Sarah and be happy with his own little family instead of pining after VP. I would embrace that if it happened. Seriously, I’d be cheering, but I’m not as optimistic as you are.

  • Julie

    I’m just writing this because for some reason I am not getting the follow up comments and they are too good to miss. I agree on the worries with the pregnancy, it is such a dangerous area for cliches.

  • rhostog

    I’ve only recently discovered this site, and I’m really enjoying the excellent reviews and comments.

    If it’s OK for me to add my thoughts – it seems to me that Lisbon doesn’t have many options to deal with what Jane’s been doing regarding Red John. She seems very isolated. What else could she do: go to her boss? He’s like 12 years old and hasn’t shown much sign that he can add any value, or given her any reason to trust him. She felt very uncomfortable about not telling the team, but she seemed persuaded by Jane’s argument that if they don’t know, they don’t need to lie. Who else could she involve – when RJ has infiltrated the CBI and the FBI, who could she trust? What would you do in her situation?

  • reviewbrain

    Welcome to the blog🙂
    Your observation as to how isolated Lisbon is is very correct. Jane now has her to rely on, but who does she have? No one. As to what I’d do, I’d consult the one person who knows both of them equally well, who is far enough from law enforcement that he wouldn’t be obligated to reveal the web of lies they’ve spun, and who has enough wisdom and knowledge and care to be able to do right by both Jane and Lisbon: I’d talk to Minelli. Lisbon’s beloved ex-boss

  • Mary_N (@RobinTunneyBlog)

    Hello everyone!

    Well, I have not so much to say about this episode, simply because I didn’t enjoy it that much.
    The whole ghost/hallucination thing made me really roll my eyes… I was almost expecting Whoopi Goldberg to jump out from the next bush to channel Craig… I always hated O’Something with all my heart and soul, and have to watch him for 42 minutes was painful xD
    I just hope VP got the closure she needed, and that I don’t have to hear Craig’s name anymore.
    I also didn’t like that there wasn’t a single moment between Lisbon and VP. They are the girls of the CBI, they should talk more, interact more, share more.
    I liked the final scene with Jane, it made sense her asking his advice, and Jane behaved quite good I have to say. But how awesome would have been a moment between Lisbon and VP? After all, Lisbon lost a man she loved too because of RJ, she’s a woman, so why not?
    I can’t understand why the writers seem to keep them apart most of the time. This bugs me a lot.

    “Craig’s statement that he loved Grace but that Red John mattered more to him gave me a depressing thought that this might be exactly how Jane feels about Lisbon…and they’re not even romantically involved.”

    This. I don’t think Lisbon is madly in love with Jane. I think what she feels is a mixture of crush/mama bear sense of protection. At this point she will just stay by his side no matter what. It is too late to go back. I just hope she won’t become completely blind, and will still be able to face Jane when needed.
    But if there’s a reason I love Lisbon’s character is because when she decides to invest in someone, there’s no limit to what she would do.

    “the end result is the same; Jane is making Red John the most important entity in his life. Until Jane realizes this, even if he catches/kills Red John, then RJ will always be the winner in their game.”

    Exactly. Even if Jane will eventually kill RJ or RJ will be arrested (my hope), if he doesen’t find someone/something more important than RJ, RJ will still be there to haunt him.
    I still hope his CBI family one day will be that “something”…

    Regarding Rigsby being a daddy… I just say I hope this won’t be something like: “OMG Sarah is pregnant, how I’m going to do that know, I still love Grace!”. Please, writers, no!
    Sarah is awesome, she loves Wayne in a way VP never did, and she deserves to be happy.
    Involving a baby is tricky, really tricky. I just say I’m all for Rigsby and Sarah. I hope Rigs will just take his responsibilities and stay by Sarah’s side. It must have been awful for her see the hug between Rigs and VP, especially since she was trying the whole time to talk to him.
    On a more light note, I think Lisbon should be the first one to know about the baby. I think her old couch might have something to do with it…😉

    Great drawing, and review, as always!🙂

  • reviewbrain

    Mary, I think the reason the writers are keeping them apart is to show that Lisbon, even though she had gotten better at listening to her employees, still needs to have a wall between them, seeing as she’s their boss.

    And I totally think the baby was conceived on Lisbon’s couch too🙂

  • SamMarquez (@SamJMarquez)

    Oh God, I really hope the baby was not conceived on Lisbon’s couch. Rigsby is too conservative for that, isn’t he? Much as I enjoyed Sara in 3×19, I find her annoying now. That being said, this a TV show thus inevitably VanPelt and Rigsby will end up together. The writers were so adamant about these two since the pilot. Which is why I hope this a false pregnancy because I will hate Sarah to be a single mother despite how I feel about her. I really wish the writers pursue more of Cho’s love life than the others. He is less dramatic and he takes news more calmly than the others will.

    I agree with HardlyLoquacious and Mary, Lisbon is not in love with Jane as many say. She like Mary pointed out is very protective of Jane and some way I believe she sees him as a brother. An older brother whom she admires. I am not dooming their possible romantic relationship, I just believe that this is the relationship between these two right now. Which why I think she is keeping quiet about Red John, she doesn’t want her big brother to get in trouble because he would not trust her with his future schemes. I think Lisbon is going to get a wake up call, possibly in the episode Bruno Heller is directing. I predict Lisbon is going learn the hard way that trying to be included in Jane’s plays she will end up hurting her, her team and/or Jane. And the rest of season will be dealing with aftermath of the wake up call. Let’s face it we all are waiting for that big fight where Lisbon confronts Jane about S3 finale and 4×07.

    As usual great review, RB! And I love the illustrations. Chibi, I loved the cartoon for the 4×11 review, ADORABLE!

  • ortforshort

    I had the same reaction to the ghost thing. I also never cared for O’Loughlin and figured that Grace had gone so far with him was just because she was rebounding so hard from Rigsby. The loved him so much I saw him as a ghost thing just didn’t wash. As far as Rigsby is concerned, he always ends up as the schlmiel. It’s his lot in life on the show. Just as Van Pelt is starting to move forward from the weirdness that was O’Loughlin, the little creature Rigsby rebounded with gets pregnant. Every man’s nightmare! Now he’ll be stuck working with the woman he loves and having to come home to someone else.

  • ortforshort

    I think Jane’s making it pretty clear that he doesn’t care what happens to the bad guys. If they die, they die. He’s already killed one this season and directly caused another one’s death. He’s starting to get used to it and knows he can get away with almost anything at the end of the day. He’s also made it pretty clear that he doesn’t have any belief in society’s rules. He uses them when he needs them, breaks them when they don’t conform to his needs. He goes by what he feels is right and wrong. It’s a big part of his charm. It’s also a big reason why Grace goes and asks him stuff. She’s totally bound by society’s rules and needs a reality check, not someone to regurgitate society’s view – she knows that already

  • ortforshort

    I didn’t see a category for what I thought was Jane’s reaction to Grace’s Ghost Story. He knows she’s heavy into traditional religious thinking. And he’s seen firsthand what the powers of suggestion can do. He told her he hasn’t seen his wife and he hasn’t because he doesn’t roll that way. In a nutshell, Jane wasn’t surprised at all because of her belief system and his knowledge of how the human mind can be manipulated. His advice to her was essentially to slice thru everything she’s been taught to think and think for herself on this one.

  • rhostog

    I’m not convinced that Grace thought Craig was a ghost – from what she said to him and he said to her, I thought she seemed to realise that it was her imagination under stress. He didn’t tell her anything she couldn’t work out for herself, and she recognised that. I think this is why she talked to Jane about it – she knows he doesn’t believe in ghosts, so when she asked him if he talked to his wife, she meant in the sense of talking to her in his head. And Craig’s legacy to her is that she’s more suspicious – he’s like that little warning voice in her head saying: look behind you, trust your instincts for danger, you always knew there was something dangerous about me and you were right – his betrayal has left her more cautious, on her guard, so she’ll turn round in time to avoid danger.
    But I also do like how the writers leave it ambiguous: it’s up to us to interpret what happened, and no real right or wrong conclusion!

  • thetruthabouttobi

    RED JOHN is… LUTHER WAINWRIGHT!!!

  • reviewbrain

    I must disagree that Jane took a necessary risk with Prochetto. True, the man was dying and Jane probably couldn’t care less if he ended up being the one who killed him *except* for the fact that Jane needed him alive to be able to Use him to help determine Van Pelt’s location. There are times when Jane is just being careless, but I must say this felt like a mistake on the writer’s part. I don’t go around looking for those, I’m not vindictive and I take no pleasure whatsoever ever in other peoples’ faults. But as I reviewer it wouldn’t be fair to not mention where I perceive one has been made; not all episodes are perfect and these mistakes are often the difference between a ten and a lower rating.

    As to grace suspecting O’Laughlin, Violet there is no way the writers could have shown us every moment between these two, but there is one in particular that sent fans screaming at her in suspicion of Craig: Episode Blood for Blood, the scene where he tells her “theyre your co-workers, they are not your fiends.”

    We can only assume that she saw others.

    Now, personally, I don’t think Lisbon is in love with Jane. What I do think is that the writers may be using Craig’s questioning of Grace: “why now, why are you seeing me now.” as possible foreshadowing. I could totally be off base but the possibility intrigues me, even I it’s just the writers messing with us.

  • reviewbrain

    Welcome to the blog🙂
    Not sure what society has to say about keeping your killer dead fiancées gift. Nor am I sure that Jane gave her a reality check. That might have been what he had done in the past but it’s not what he did here, which is why I was utterly fascinated by this interaction. For once Jane refrains from voicing his own opinion and simply lends a listening ear.

  • reviewbrain

    Again, I don’t see how Jane did that. In fact if anything, I think Jane is telling her to not count on his own advice perhaps because he knows it would be completely different than anything she would do. He knows only she can make this decision, whether it is based on his preconceptions or his doesn’t matter. I found his behavior here to be very admirable especially considering how hardline he usual is with Grave on such matter. Here, he was being very reticent, marvelously so. It really endeared him to me that he didn’t take advantage of her vulnerable state to ply her with his own belief (or lack therof) system.

    Truly admirable.

  • reviewbrain

    Welcome to the blog. I like the ambiguity too. It keeps the show respectful of people’s beliefs. I for one don’t believe in ghosts but I know people who do. It’s only smart to not want to limit or insult your viewers😉

  • violet

    Yes, I agree with you, that « I’m your only friend » was screaming trouble (RJ’s minions’ leitmotiv, bordering on brainwashing). I despised the guy since that line, but it didn’t seem to affect Grace at the time. And she chose not to follow his advice only after she was safe from Laroche’s veiled blackmail, only to walk away hand in hand with her fiancé. That scene ticked us off, but she stayed confident enough on her relationship to accept his proposal just after that. What’s more, for all we know, Rigsby never told her about his suspicions that the guy didn’t try to save her. He too only saw the tip of the iceberg concerning Craig’s dangerous side, since he told Cho that he though Craig was frozen by fear. Thus, those two scenes have been interpreted respectively by Rigsby as an unprofessional moment of panic or, at worst, as a hint that her fiancé loved her less than he pretended, and by Grace as an overprotective love so unconditional it made Craig insensitive to others (you just need me, you’re safe till I’m by your side) or just a quiet pragmatism (they are just colleagues, not real friends like me who truly care about you). For those hidden scenes where suspicion might have arose, well, they may explain that Grace somewhat knew something was amiss, but I got the impression that O’Laughlin was talking more of an indefinite feeling from her, an instinctive knowledge that there was indeed something more to him.

    About that moment foreshadowing the route Lisbon may be taking, I guess after all that you may be right. Lisbon is older and wiser, but she still let someone as instable as Jane get ever deeper in her affections so there are indeed similarities. I guess that could evolve in the same type of parallel we can see in retrospective after the arc with Bosco for example (Jane in jail foreshadowing his trial; the RJ case slipping off their hands just like it does slowly now with Darcy; Jane “corrupting” the team then, making Lisbon his accomplice now; they being seen as “too close” already, while now it’s even more perceptible; and so on…). I admit that’s a plausible possibility, so I won’t argue anymore even though the comparison seems to come a bit early. I don’t want to have to tell you some day in a not so distant future “wow, you were right! I didn’t saw it coming!”, it already happened often enough! Lol! 🙂

    Now, about Proschetto, Jane knew the old man wouldn’t die right away: he wasn’t really having a heart attack. Still, he could have suffered of after effects because of the alcohol interfering with the medication and his illness, that’s why I say Jane didn’t care. He just needed him to be alive some minutes to reveal the real murder and make him confess where Van Pelt was, he didn’t need the old mobster in good shape after that… So not so much a mistake from the writers than laziness for using the too easy explanation of Jane’s great timing.

    (sorry for any mistakes! It’s pretty late ad I’m sleepy!)

  • ortforshort

    Agreed. I thought he handled it well. He wasn’t going to start an argument with her, he just wanted to help.

  • reviewbrain

    i.e. rigsby/ Jane moments & dady issues: Exactly🙂

  • kamimimi

    This episode feels like a ‘filler’. Like other episodes since the first season, the only difference its the almost insignificant character growth. They do a amazing episode first then a lame one. It really pisses me off.
    For the pregnancy I think Bruno wouldn’t make such a cliche, maybe she is faking because she freaked out about the Van Pelt/Rigsby relationship through the episode or she is not pregnant at all and she doesn’t know (This happen). I know its very unnusual and sound stupid, but could be a huge plot device for development of Van Pelt and Rigsby relationship if write right.
    As for the big “Ghost or Not?” I think it maybe was a way to redeem Van Pelt for the audience, to show how damaged and blind she is/was in the final of S3 and this season. I dont think the writters overthought about the whole appearance, they just wanted to make a monologue and dont do a monologue at the same time.
    Jane’s actions towards the mob guy was a ‘pet peeve’ I think. Just the writters wanting a funny scene with a drunk Jane. Or could be another clue for Jane going to the dark side.

  • Sören Höglund

    “Religious themes: For a self-proclaimed non-believer, Jane sure does use a lot of religious references: “You’re a saint.” “It’s like an angel an angel crying on your tongue.”, and in previous episodes, Cain and Abel. I find his knowledge interesting. It makes me think that his anti-spirituality happened post his family’s death.”

    I can’t agree with this at all. Jane has spent most of his life conning the credulous by pretending to be in touch with higher powers. It’s only natural he’d wind up extremely skeptical of supernatural claims well before his family’s death, knowing how easy they were to fake. Being well versed in religious traditions would’ve been an asset in his work though, lending the cons an air of authenticity.

    Also, religious imagery does tend towards the dramatic, and we all know how much Jane loves drama.

    Also, hi.

  • reviewbrain

    I’m not sure ghosts constitue as “higher beings”, unless if you mean metaphorically..

    So many people assume Jane was anti-religious from an early age. I say while the evidence certainly doesn’t support him being religious, the opposite isn’t necessarily true either. Coupled with the fact that Danny, Jane’s brother in law described Angela as being clean and pure, my pet theory is that Jane might have found religion through her, then lost it when he lost her.

    But like I said, this is just my pet theory. I fully admit there’s no evidence to support it. On the other hand there’s none to refute it😉

    Hi back! Welcome to the blog🙂

  • windsparrow

    I’m going to agree with Soren Hoglund on this. “You’re a saint” is such a common idiom that it is pretty much the best way to say, “you just did me a really big favor, more than I expected,” or “wow, you are being really nice (or showing some other virtue) about this even though I know I don’t deserve it.” At least sometimes it is used to flatter people so they are more likely to do even more. It can also be used sarcastically in the same way as “thanks a lot”. Jane COULD find a different way to express the same sentiments, but he would risk sounding a bit like Sheldon on “Big Bang Theory”. The other reference to angels is also an exaggeration of an idiom (tasty food or drink being “heavenly” or “divine”).

    As for Cain and Abel – well, it is one of the best-known stories of the Bible. And if Jane had instead referenced Feanor and Fingolfin I am fairly sure that less than one percent of this show’s audience would get that one. So what other literary allusion could he have made that would communicate the same thing?

    So I think these examples offer no evidence on Jane’s view of spirituality, one way or another.

  • Jaymie

    Don’t know if anyone said this – but I think Jane was about to refute Grace’s seeing Craig without realizing she had seen Craig, but he caught himself. Which is HUGE GROWTH for him as a person. I think he’s learning to let people have their views if it gives them peace or talks to them, instead of just arguing with them. And I like it. He knew Grace wanted to believe she saw Craig – but not so much so that she believed it was entirely real (didn’t literally save her life), but he chose to let that be an experience she got to keep. He respects Grace now, which I’m glad for.

  • Fiina

    I’m rewatching all The Mentalist seasons (my third round, on DVD) and only found this blog recently. I have never been so emotionally involved with any other tv series in my life and thanks to amazingly deep reviews like this, the show keeps on occupying my thoughts even more than it did when it was originally aired. On the first round I missed so many important details as I was concentrating on following the story line and reading the subtitles (English is not my native language, obviously). So thank you Reviewbrain and all the others who have shared their thoughts here.

    Reviewbrain wrote:
    “Jane, seeing the necklace in Grace’s hands realizes she is conflicted: “Now you can’t decide what to do with the necklace he gave you because it reminds you of your past.” He tells her she can either forget it (her past) or learn to live with it.
    -Seriously, Jane’s statement couldn’t have been a greater reference to his wedding band, to his past, if the director had zoomed in on his ring just then; so powerful was the allusion.”

    I want to share one tiny observation regarding this moment: The camera did not zoom on Jane’s ring BUT while Jane is saying those words we can see Jane’s eyes briefly glance on his left hand which to me was a clear indication of him referring to his own wedding ring.

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