The Mentalist Devil’s Cherry Review


Note: This review was co-written by the fabulous Violet. Thank you so much for your invaluable help. She wrote the entire review, I just added my own bits and pieces to it. Basically, everything smart, she wrote. Everything else was me. I indicated our names where necessary to lessen confusion.

Synopsis

Patrick Jane (Baker) meets Cho (Kang), Rigsby (Yeoman) and Lisbon (Tunney) are at a crime scene where a diamond cutter has been eviscerated. As usual, Jane snoops around and makes himself a cup of tea in the victim’s kitchen. Unbeknown to him, this tea has been laced with belladonna, leading our poor consultant to hallucinate things, the weirdest of them being meeting his late daughter Charlotte (Dove Cameron) as a lively adolescent.

Concise Verdict

After the shocking events of the season premiere, ‘Devil’s Cherry’ was another intense piece of introspection from writer Daniel Cerone. It’s rather rare that we get to know what kind of thoughts occupy Jane’s mind: with him actions speak rather louder than words and even so, almost every one of those actions is shadowed by more than a good serving of ambiguity. So it’s a really nice surprise to get a glimpse into his head. The very good writing and superb acting don’t hurt either 10/10.

Detailed AKA Humungous Review (Spoilers Galore)

VIS #1: the setting/ falling down the rabbit hole

Violet: There is a carefully set progression that leads to Jane meeting Charlotte. Indeed, the episode begins with an explanation of Jane’s emotional state: Cho and Rigsby notice that he seems off since Lorelei’s disappearance, because he spent six months away and has nothing to show for it. Some serious questions ought to be floating in Jane’s mind along the lines of “was it all worth it?” We can then understand since the very first minutes that he may be on the verge of questioning his choices. Moreover, the gutted corpse and the blood splattered on the wall may have reminded Jane of his daughter’s and his wife’s bodies, since he mentioned him finding them later to prove that the real Charlotte is truly dead.

Reviewbrain: I’d agree %100, except some blog commenters (ahem, HW) had me thinking that Jane being “off” here could also be an indicator that Jane’s preoccupied because of something else, rather than just questioning his obsession. Like maybe the fact that he’s got Lorelie stashed somewhere? In which case he’d possibly have more of an incentive to question his actions.

Violet: Jane’s hallucinations give a decidedly “Wonderland” vibe: the falling down the rabbit hole (represented by Jane losing consciousness and falling on the floor), the rabbit, the tea opening a door into fantasy (like the bottle labeled “drink me” for Alice), the Hungarian couple showing him the way… Even though Jane/Alice ends up realizing he’s the only sane person in a bizarre alternate reality, the fact that everything seems normal to him until he discovers the identity of the strange girl shows better than anything how eccentric and childlike his vision of the world already is. What’s more, most details seem a subconscious transcription of what he really thinks, shaped in a Wonderland-like appearance. Chasing the rabbit for instance can mean that he realized he’s always on a quest for something (RJ, redemption, peace, himself, etc…). Same with the garden where he finds the girl: it is the croquet ground in the book. At the same time, it’s an image of paradise; meaning that, albeit he’s an atheist, he still believes that his dead daughter is in peace… And Charlotte likes to tease and disappear on him like the Cheshire Cat but she’s above all a good and charming impersonation of the Queen of Hearts: she reigns over Jane’s heart, she’s the dearest to him. Hence the tender memories about what he used to tell her when he tucked her in bed and when he taught her how to swim.

Reviewbrain: This is why I needed you. All the comparison’s you made to the book never would have occurred to me. I’d just like to add that, in this scene when Lisbon shows up, in similar fashion to any other antagonist, Jane immediately asks her to take care of the “suspect”. Jane has always been the blonde in distress on this show, but what’s interesting to me in this scenario is he wanted Lisbon to rescue him from himself, Charlotte was a figment of his imagination, even if he didn’t know it at the time. Also intriguing was Lisbon’s  reaction (in Jane’s mind): “He’s having another episode.” This builds up on the season four premiere which questioned Jane’s mental state. At the time, the possibility that Lisbon is worried about Jane’s sanity seemed to really irk him, despite her denying that she was. So this is a nice piece of continuity.

VIS #2 Van Pelt Questions Julian

Julian tells Van Pelt that Victor had been teaching him how to open a window. When Grace asks him what it is, Julian tells her: “Before making the first cut, Victor would spend weeks getting to know a rare gem. You have to polish a window in the cloudy surface of the stone so you can peer into its heart.” When Grace tells him it sounds romantic, he replies: “It is. A careless cut can shatter your treasure.”

Reviewbrain: I’m going all out here and saying that we’ve gotten hints since the pilot that Jane treasures Lisbon. For whatever purpose, and at any level of consciousness, Jane’s been spending years polishing a window to her surface, trying to get to know her.

Then there’s Lorelie. If the theory that Jane’s the one who helped her escape is true then, judging by how brainwashed Red John has her, Jane might need weeks to open her up.

VIS #3: Jane and Charlotte at the Hospital

Violet: Symbols and hidden meanings can also be found when Jane keeps hallucinating at the hospital after having been tended to. Interestingly, Jane pictures himself as a patient in a psychiatric ward: he wears a straitjacket representing how impotent and overwhelmed he feels in front of his hallucination. He even jokes about not being “crazy” about Charlotte being lippy, like a loving and understanding dad talking to his adolescent daughter although he knows she isn’t real. At the same time, Jane imagining himself as crazy has some ground in reality too: he did spend some time under Dr Sophie Miller’s care, he’s been called a psychopath by Luther and he just faked a six months breakdown. There is a strong possibility that Jane sees himself as on edge and potentially dangerous to himself and to the others, that could very well be a non acknowledged latent fear.

Reviewbrain: Very true and interesting. This fear also ties into Jane pulling away from Lisbon in the season three premiere when he told her that people near him get hurt. Could this fear have been invoked again after Lorelie requested “Teresa Lisbon’s dead body” on behalf of Red John? I also want to add that Jane in the straightjacket represents even more than just his powerlessness against his hallucination. It also hints at his current frame of mind. If it’s true that Lorelie is loose in the wind, spirited away by RJ, then it could represent Jane’s feelings of helplessness against his adversary who seems to always be one step ahead of him. If in fact, it was Jane who helped Lorelie escape, then he’s facing something even greater than Red John…his own obsession and inability to do anything about it.

Violet: That would cast a dark shadow over the heart-to-heart Jane has with himself under the guise of Charlotte’s ghost. Jane’s obsession with RJ, which seems to really disturb Charlotte, is the cause for Jane wasting his life and his family wouldn’t want that. The temptation to move on has been evoked since Carter told him he shouldn’t waste his “precious life” and has since then emerged in more obvious fashions. In ‘Fugue in Red’ for instance, he tried to escape from his tragedy; it seems that each time he can, he takes the opportunity to run from himself and his iron grip on his thoughts and feelings. Here he attempts to convince himself to leave his obsession behind him. There is therefore some progress given that he knows that the true root of his problem is his obsessive behavior and his unwillingness to move on from said tragedy, more than the tragedy itself. Charlotte ends the talk by asking what is left of his life, if someone truly knows him now, since he hides behind façades and lies. He answers that there is someone who knows him: Lisbon. He then regains consciousness with Lisbon’s name on his lips and that’s the cue for his boss to come near him. It’s the third episode in a row where Jane’s feelings towards his team leader are addressed.

Reviewbrain: Yes it is, and I’m going to be extremely insufferable here: TOLD YA SO! Ahem. I apologize, I just had to let it out of my system. I’m talking specifically here about how way back in season three we had a series of episodes (which started with Red Alert, Red Queen, Blood for Blood, Every Rose has it’s Thorn, Redacted) which all seemed to be about Jane wanting to get closer to Lisbon. The writers were laying the groundwork for Jane to open up more to her. Then there’s the fact that while we practically have Jane’s feeling in canon now, we can only guess at Lisbon’s. I’ve always said she’s more of a mystery than Jane. She’s stated, emphatically, that “we’re a family” and since she considers Jane a family she’ll do everything for him. That doesn’t necessarily mean she’s in love with him (though she probably is a little). Jane, on the other hand is now obviously harboring romantic inclinations towards her.

Violet: Basically, the scene –and the whole episode- is playing with possibilities: Charlotte is an adolescent, she represents what could have happened if tragedy hadn’t struck.

Reviewbrain: Not just the tragedy. Charlotte also indirectly questions what could have been between Jane and Lisbon if he weren’t so RJ obsessed. Like in Fugue in Red, Jane once more questions if he and Lisbon ever got together. Back then, he’d lost his memory when he’d asked Lisbon if they were sleeping together. Here, his mind, via Charlotte tells him: “She’s kinda cute. Have you guys ever..?” Now Jane knows he and Lisbon are just friends but having his hallucinated daughter ask the question shows that he recognizes the potential at a romantic relationship has always been there, as hinted at with the deliberate choice of “Have you” as opposed to future tensed language, like “Do you” or “Would you”, as a couple of examples. But back to Charlotte…

Violet: On one hand he feels a deep regret for this lost opportunity of seeing her growing up. Indeed, in his vision, she’s almost a young woman and he already doesn’t know her that well (her different hairstyle is mentioned to that effect). But, on the other hand, if in his mind she has kept on growing up that’s because she has moved on, unlike him who has seemingly been frozen in his quest since ten years. Nevertheless, since “Charlotte” is really his subconscious speaking, that means that part of him has already begun to move on without admitting it to himself…

Reviewbrain: God I hope so. I thought it had started with episode Blood and Sand (arguably my favourite episodes last season) and I still firmly believe that, had Jane not needed RJ to get rid of Panzer, then the fact that RJ was still alive would have remained hidden and Jane would have probably let the matter be and moved on. Unless of course, the opportunity came to catch RJ. But he wasn’t actively seeking it at that point. Not that we saw, anyway. It could be why there’s another butterfly in this episode, something I will therefore always see as a symbol of Jane’s quest for revenge ending, and a new one beginning.

A more depressing alternative is that Jane’s hallucination, Charlotte asking him if anyone knows him, telling him to move on, could hint that Jane is once again carrying out a clandestine operation without Lisbon’s knowledge (see Redacted). It might mean that he really has hidden Lorelie to interrogate her as he wishes and is subconsciously warning himself against that. I truly hope this isn’t the case.

But it that’s true, then Jane dodging Charlotte’s reference to her mother has some intriguing implications. Jane’s wife, Charlotte’s mother, was completely absent from this episode. But there were two references to her. The first is when Charlotte berates Jane for his obsession with Red John, adding “Mom would not be happy,” Jane responds “My relationship with your mother, it’s my business,” before adding, “show some respect.” Charlotte tells him to “show yourself some respect” since she’s just a figment of his imagination.

It’s interesting that Jane wants to avoid thinking about Angela here. We have it in canon that Jane speaks to his late wife. One can only hope she gives him some much needed advice in their pretend conversations. But Jane here not wanting to talk about his “relationship” with the Mrs. could mean that there’s trouble in paradise (literally, if that’s where Angela is and she’s watching Jane plot yet another hopeless scheme). It could also be that Jane feels awkward talking to her because he’s decided he’s ready to move on from her memory. Or he might be feeling guilt and/or shame that the first woman he slept with after her his beloved was her killer’s colleague.

Most likely, writers don’t want to give too much away and Jane’s feelings towards his wife will be dealt with in another episode. Maybe in another heart to heart with Lisbon (as in Cackle-Bladder Blood)? But where’s the fun in acknowledging that? For now, let’s just say there are reasons keeping Jane from discussing his wife even with himself…

VIS #4: The Ambulance Scene

Violet: After awakening at the hospital, a still high Jane tries to give Lisbon the slip by taking his car. It’s in fact an ambulance and Charlotte points it out… That scene is the most endearing and funny of the whole episode. There is a hilarious contrast between Jane trying to prove his competence to a scolding Lisbon with impassioned tirades about drugs not being his choice for solving a case or about great minds using them, and the fact that he’s obviously still less than lucid (he’s sitting in an ambulance!).

The three of them display a great complicity: Jane and Lisbon banter as usual; Jane and Charlotte act truly as a father and a daughter trying to sneak out together; and, still weirder, even Lisbon and Charlotte seem to get along, even though the former can’t see the latter. Before, when Jane hallucinated the meeting of the two women, Lisbon seemed delighted and shook the girl’s hand, while now, Charlotte laughs at Lisbon’s witty comments and Jane accuses her to team up with his boss against him. In Jane’s vision, both feel sympathy for the other. That’s revealing: Jane sees Lisbon as family, his feelings/ budding love for her aren’t laced with guilt at the moment. He even asks her to call him Patrick in front of his dead daughter. Is that me, or the three of them almost seem like an odd and improbable recomposed family?

VIS #5: Jane (not) telling goodbye

After Jane has successfully uses his subconscious to solve the case, “Charlotte” argues again with her father about his choices. This time, she questions his motives in working with the CBI. He gives her the usual reasons: “to catch Red John”, the same explanation he gave to the team in S2 ‘Redemption’. He adds then “it’s all for you. And your mom.” Charlotte then tells him that they don’t care about RJ, they are dead.

Reviewbrain: PEOPLE! Our man has actually called himself out on his own crap. Albeit, through Charlotte BUT IT STILL COUNTS! Jane seems to understand on some level anyway, that if he truly doesn’t believe in an afterlife, then there’s no point in doing anything for them. And if they are in heaven, then they certainly don’t need anything from him.  This entails that Jane is doing this for himself. Which Lisbon actually stated in Season One’s finale “You’re doing this for your wounded pride.” It had been during a ruse, but Jane’s shocked expression proved that that particular statement certainly hadn’t been in the script. But here’s another idea: I wonder if it’s not true that Jane’s original motive of joining the CBI was what Mashburn once said: he’s seeking redemption by using his powers for good. But he was strayed off that path by his obsession.

Violet: In the last episode, Lorelei asked him the same question and he answered that he had nothing else to do (also his reason for coming back in ‘Redemption’) while she explained it by him being a little bit in love with Lisbon. It’s interesting that his good old arguments couldn’t suffice now to convince his own subconscious. Jane seems distressed enough and prefers to avoid the subject all together by focusing on the case. That is later reinforced by his inability to let Charlotte go: he asks her if she will come back and calls after her “wait” in a pathetic attempt to make her stay when he realizes the drug effects are wearing off.

Reviewbrain: I think Jane not wanting to let Charlotte was also symbolic of how he can’t let go of his obsession with Red John.

Violet: This reaction is quite different than Van Pelt’s in ‘My Bloody Valentine’ last season when she met her dead fiancé, « a figment of [her] imagination » too. At the time, Craig helped her to deal with her anger and her repressed emotions. The meeting gave her peace and allowed her to sort out her feelings for him and what she thought he felt for her. Alternatively, Jane here is happy to have his imaginary daughter back and he isn’t ready to lose her again. He’s still grieving. Grief is an important theme in ‘Devil’s Cherry’: hence the butterfly referencing the one in ‘Blood and Sand’, where he begun to accept the death of his family by throwing a flower in the ocean. But, while Grace took his advice (what to make of it is “up to you”), and chose to move on, he isn’t ready for that yet. He does choose to open a new door in his life although, another of those “doors better left unopened”, like he stated in ‘Fugue in Red’. But, unlike back then when it was a memory door to tragedy, this time it is a door leading him back to the good things in his family life, affectionate memories, which he had kept at bay ever since.

Still, his unwillingness to face the many truths asserted by Charlotte and his inability to tell her goodbye may become a threat to his sanity, as he may want to live solely for the illusion of a happy past, in another kind of withdrawal and another self imposed prison. That’s one of the possible meanings of the ambiguous last scene, depending on what Jane is drinking.

Reviewbrain: Unfortunately, I tend to see it in the latter, negative light. I’m pretty sure Jane was drinking belladonna, based on his rapid, desperate seeming sips. I just hope this is an experiment to see if he can conjure her up again and doesn’t become an addiction. One of the reasons I want the RJ plot to be over, is I love this guy too much to see him in pain.

Icings on the cake

Charlotte (and her actress Dove Cameron) was a delight: she shared various traits with her father (a blond, humorous, teasing conman who likes to play with people and borders on mysterious), while retaining her own personality and rebellious strike. She’s also a witty young girl without illusions, spirited, hiding her affection under sarcasm. A curious and rather adorable combination.

It was quite heart warming that Cho and Rigsby cared enough about their consultant to plan a guy’s night out. They have forgiven him and want to make him less lonely and cheer him up. Too bad things didn’t end up that way.

I also really appreciated that the show keeps on referencing literature and not just to adorn a story: like with Shakespeare and Blake, the reference to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ take a new meaning here and become a valuable part of the show storytelling.

Rigsby all over the victim’s high profile client list, wanting to call “Mr. Clooney,” as in George Clooney, then his disappointment when Cho got to answer the call. Awesome.

Honorable Mentions:

Blake Neely’s alternatively sad/eerie music was again truly enjoyable and added a new dimension to Jane’s struggling with reality.Then the ending, god, the ending. Break my heart, why dontcha.

Baker out did himself in here: he managed to make Jane even more endearing than usual. Heartbreaking moments where his voice cracks under the emotion of losing his daughter again alternate seamlessly with the funniest of mad teas parties ever.

Ms. Robin Tunney. She has such an array of hilarious faces that I’m sure her fans went crazy with delight when she and Jane were pretending to be hallucinations. Also, like Julie pointed out in the previous episodes review, her and Baker’s interactions are in top form. Her reaction shots are really are a delight to watch.

Lee Garlington is a very talented actress and I appreciated her being given such great material to work with. Her characters confession and glee at how she was able to have the victim gut himself was truly creepy.

Dove Cameron was also refreshing and very credible as Jane’s late daughter.

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Best Lines

“You are safe, you are loved. And you are wise.” Jane’s words to his daughter.

“No, Charlotte’s dead.”- Baker’s reading of this line gutted me

“Rabbit Stew. Yummy. We need to fatten you up.” –That rabbit in the pot was adorable.

“She writes children’s books.”-love the reference to Alice in Wonderland. Very helpful to dummies like myself.

Pet Peeves

Given that Jane hallucinated the bunny chase while lying on the kitchen floor, how did he know the neighborhood well enough that he could picture it so accurately? We didn’t see him snooping around when he arrived.

Conclusion

For the record, Jane comes right out and says “Red John, Red John, I am so over Red John.” Regardless of the fact that it was his hallucinated daughter speaking, we have him acknowledging how tired he is of this quest. But considering the roundabout manner which his subconscious allowed himself too, he’s still a long way from truly letting go.

Finally, I would like to elaborate on foreshadowing that Jane (and viewers) are in for some hard times. First, we Jane standing close to a pool of blood, and the tech telling him to “be careful”. Then there’s the maid telling Jane she knew “something bad is coming” because she saw black ants coming. Jane replies that in some South American culture “If black ants enter your house, then someone in your family might die.”

WARNING! WARNING! POSSIBLE CBI CHARACTER DEATH THIS SEASON!

Now we know that there was no maid (Jane hallucinated her) hence, there are no black ants. So it would appear that Jane’s mind is trying to warn him. Ants are small creatures that silently infiltrate our homes. Could this be foreshadowing that more of RJ’s people will get close to CBI? More FBI agents will infiltrate Jane’s workplace; his surrogate home? Or maybe it’s not that specific and writers are just preparing us that something bad is happening to Jane. Conversely, Jane once again in his god-forsaken attic, drinking belladonna could mean that the foreshadowing was just for this episode. But I wouldn’t count on it. Keep your eyes and ears open this season, people!
Once, again, thank you much Violet for your help! I never could have finished this without you!

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71 responses to “The Mentalist Devil’s Cherry Review

  • Julie

    Great review I don’t have time to post right now but want to get notifications of others posts. Well done girls especially violet. Hope we get a drawing because there was certainly plenty of material.

  • violet

    Wow! I’m impressed, you took my crappy (IMHO) review and your comments made something of it I really enjoyed! Thanks for that, Reviewbrain! 🙂
    I loved the metaphor about the gem. I completely missed that! I thinks it’s referring to Lisbon too, because Jane’s recent betrayals have already begun to threaten their bond, and given her anger in the last episode, it is plausible that if Jane keeps going too far he may shatter her trust, even if she cares for him.
    Also, you’re absolutely right: the maid was also a hallucination (I didn’t realize the implications). “If black ants enter your house, then someone in your family might die.” Yeah. Indeed, Jane’s mind is warning him. Couldn’t he fear about Lisbon’s safety, since this ep was fairly Lisbon centric? I mean, he knows that there is at least one mole near the team and he is lucid enough to realize his feelings for Lisbon are becoming his worst kept secret. Of course, the team may be in danger too (they’re his new family indeed), but every time a mole stroke, it was directed against Lisbon (Hardy, Craig, Gupta, more indirectly Todd killing cops if we follow the interpretation you did back then and even Rebecca killing her dear Bosco). It would be normal to guess she might be targeted one day, even more given that Lorelei warned him in the finale that RJ would be angry if he rejected his friendship. The need to identify the dangerous new mole must be even more pressing for Jane.
    Thanks again for your hard work! 😉

  • P

    This was a fantastic episode. It somehow managed to be both funny and heartbreaking. When this show is good, it is really, really good. The two of you certainly captured all of the highlights, and I completely agree with all the Wonderland comparisons. Liked your comments about the straitjacket symbolism – It hadn’t occurred to me, but all of your interpretations makes sense. I also wondered about Angela not being in his hallucinations. I took that as a sign that he was close to being ready to move on to a new relationship, but maybe that was just me being optimistic.

    I just have a few other random comments. At the beginning, when Jane enters the crime scene he says to himself “same as it ever was, more bodies more death”. This took my thoughts in a couple of directions. First, it reminded me of when Lorelei had asked him why he was at the CBI- “what good are you doing. you’re holding back the tide with a broom.” I wondered if he felt a sense of futility with his job (and also wondered if perhaps Lorelei’s attempted manipulation is getting to him on some level, especially dangerous if he does, in fact, have her hidden somewhere). I came back to that when Charlotte later said “this is so dull, why do you even work with the CBI?” But then I thought that maybe he was really questioning the state of his life in general, the decisions he has made, and wondering how he let himself get to this point. That can be taken a few different ways.

    One thing that confused me a bit. In the Cho & Rigsby scene you mentioned, Rigsby said Jane has been acting a bit off “since the feds took Lorelei”. I thought that was odd phrasing and that he would have said “since Lorelei disappeared”. Rigsby could have just meant he has been acting strangely since the feds got the court order to take her and that behavior continued with her later disappearance, but it made me wonder.

    It was great when he admitted that Lisbon really knew him. He answered immediately that someone did know the real him, but seemed to hesitate before saying who. Like perhaps he knew it but didn’t want to think through the implications. Or maybe I’m reading way too much into a pause. It reminded me of the episode when he made the dating video. One of the things he said he wanted was someone who knew the worst parts of him and still accepted him. At the time, he was talking about his wife, but it applies to Lisbon now as well.

    This episode made me sad because although Jane knows he has to let his family and his Red John obsession go, he isn’t ready to do it yet (thus, drinking the tea at the end). In addition, I now finally believe that he has romantic feelings towards Lisbon (I know lots of people already believed this, but I always thought things were ambiguous enough to indicate either romantic feelings or just close friendship). I think he is aware of it subconsciously, but is in denial. Both times Charlotte made Lisbon comments (when she asked if she had a boyfriend and when she said “she’s cute, have you guys ever?) he immediately responded by telling her to “be quiet”. I think he doesn’t want to face his feelings yet, probably because he can’t let go yet of his family and RJ.

  • Sid

    I’m pretty sure it was belladonna

    Note the bag and the thing he uses to put it in. We’ve never seen that from Jane before. It was showing how badly he wants to ‘see’ his daughter again.

    Jane gave Lisbon the slip in the classic Jane style. Pretending to need help and using it to slip away. As soon as I heard him ask for water I knew what was going on.

  • Sid

    Also I was surprised at how stupid Jane was with the tea. He often makes himself tea of course and ‘a fig for the evidence’, but how can he just take something containing who knows what? Reckless.

    I liked how Jane got Lisbon to play along when they faked having been drugged.

    Finally, the culprit’s repeated surprised tones of “you tricked me!” were interesting.

  • Sid

    Ok two more things

    1) Jane and Lisbon were pretending to be drugged not hallucinations. Maybe we mean the same thing?

    2) Jane did see the area when he arrived at the crime scene. At a glance he saw the steps and the door. He recalled those accurately. The changes were the rabbit (hallucinated from something in the kitchen), the couple (hallucinated from 2 figurines), what was behind the door (he imagined the whole place with Charlotte when it was really just a pool) and the workshop. He recalled accurately what he had actually seen and invented the rest.

  • violet

    He wasn’t stupid. Rigsby said it : he « seems off » since his six months long scheme didn’t give any result (until now). So Jane did what he always does when things go awry: he doesn’t care about himself (not shaving, rumpled clothes, and so on). Here, it’s obvious he doesn’t care about what he’s drinking, he wanted tea and anything approaching was good enough.

    And yes, it was probably belladonna. Pretty sure he got it from the killer’s kitchen too. He was the one making the tea for the three of them after all.

  • violet

    1) Jane and Lisbon were pretending to be hallucinations. The woman was to believe she had been drugged, so she thought she was hallucinating their strange behaviour. In that logic, if they were drugged too, Lisbon and Jane should be getting their own hallucinations that the woman couldn’t be able to see. For example Jane could be imagining Lisbon playing cards with Charlotte and Lisbon could be seeing Jane in a clown suit, that wouldn’t stop her from seeing them chatting in that odd German-like gibberish.

    2) Yes, he scanned the area. But the door to the pool was further: he did need to climb the stairs and pass a gate before getting here. He couldn’t possibly see that far in a single glance.

  • Sol

    I loved this review as much as I loved the episode! I was aware of a lot of the things you said, but I haven’t got that deep into the Alice references, thanks for pointing that. Also, when i first heard the ants reference I thought that would be important for the episode (don’t know why!) but at the end nothing happened about it; and now that you mention it, I think it could still mean something for the story to come :S
    I always thought that it was more obvious Lisbon’s feelings for Jane than viceversa, but now it seems it’s the opposite and apparently he has covered it very well, and this brings me to ep. 3×09 (Red Moon) when he tells Todd Johnson that, in order to succeed in his revenge, not let anyone to look inside his heart.
    Anyway, I’m looking forward to forthcoming reviews as much as the next episodes! 😉

  • All-I-need

    So, first of all: I loved this episode. Absolutely adored it. Up to now, “Something`s Rotten in Redmund” was my favorite, but “Devil`s Cherry” knocked it right off the throne. It is now my all-time favorite Mentalist episode, testamented by the fact that I watched it TWICE in one day.

    I also still laugh every time I see an ambulance (saw three today, so I was in a very good mood). That was an incredibly hilarious scene. “You really shouldn`t drive … especially not an ambulance.” The look on Jane`s face was priceless!

    I`m surprised no one mentioned that when Jane woke up in hospital, he called Lisbon “bella donna”. Beautiful woman. Yet another proof of his feelings for her – and I do so adore that!

    All the references to Alice in Wonderland were simply amazing and very cleverly done. I absolutely loved it. By the way, do you think Jane is the insane Hare or the Mad Hatter?

    I completely agree with Reviewbrain that all the references to literature in this show are awesome. In Germany, we don`t really read the “classics” in school, so though I know the names and rough summary of most of them, I rarely actually read them. Now this damn tv show is responsible for me taking an interest in classic literature … Alice in Wonderland, Shakespeare, Blake, Wizard of Oz and even Moby Dick (back in season one) … I can´t wait to see which story will be next.

    Now, I also picked a few parts out of your review to comment on them:

    “But, on the other hand, if in his mind she has kept on growing up that’s because she has moved on, unlike him who has seemingly been frozen in his quest since ten years. Nevertheless, since “Charlotte” is really his subconscious speaking, that means that part of him has already begun to move on without admitting it to himself…”
    I just love you for saying that! And I completely agree, too.

    “I wonder if it’s not true that Jane’s original motive of joining the CBI was what Mashburn once said: he’s seeking redemption by using his powers for good. But he was strayed off that path by his obsession.”
    I`ve been thinking the same thing! And there is even another argument to support this theory: Bosco once said to Jane that Angela pleaded with him to stop his work as a psychic. Maybe what she actually wanted him to do was to use his abilities to do something good – e.g. help the police catch killers, which is something he is undeniably good at.

    Now, I`ve only got three things left to address:

    1. The butterfly. And THIS is exactly why I love your reviews! I never would have made the connection, but you are absolutely right. Every episode that somehow alludes to Jane moving on features butterflies. Thank you so much for pointing that out!

    2. Lorelei`s disappearance. Neither Rigsby nor Cho seem overly concerned with what happened to her, though they did mention Jane was “off” since the Feds took her. I`d like to think they did not mean that scene where she was dragged into the elevator but rather the end of last week`s episode – further underlining my theory that the FBI is deliberately hiding Lorelei from the CBI. I don´t think (read: I desperately hope) that Jane has nothing to do with her disappearance, especially since I doubt he could get her out of the FBI`s hands once they got her. Even Jane has his limits.

    3. The end of the episode, of course.
    Now, my initial reaction was: “Don`t be an idiot… oh no no no, YOU ARE AN IDIOT! … stop this … you are KILLING yourself!” which of course did not faze Jane at all. Should have known that.
    But then two things occured to me:
    1. If Jane was having hallucinations again, shouldn`t we see any indication of that right away? For example a quick glimpse at Charlotte or whatever else his mind chooses to conjure for him this time?
    2. If Jane actually drank the belladonna, he will end up in hospital with severe poisoning all over again. And that`s provided someone (Lisbon) finds him in time. I don`t think he would be crazy/suicidal enough to risk that, especially since he definitely doesn`t want her to find his dead body.

    Therefore: though I first thought he was drinking Belladonna again, I am now pretty sure that the writers were messing with us (AGAIN!) and he was drinking his usual tea (except with loose leaves, which again speaks for it actually being Belladonna) and he was sipping hastily because he desperately wished it was the real thing. I would like to think that by now Jane knows how unhealthy his obsession is (especially since the whole episode was centered around it) and how slim the chances are of him having the same hallucination (Charlotte) twice.

    Oh, and: I loved Dove Cameron in this episode! She was brilliant. This was exactly how I would have imagined Charlotte to be and she did such a great job of it! Also, I almost died with envy at the sight of her gorgeous hair.

    Thanks so much to the two of you, Reviewbrain and Violet, for yet another brilliant review! You guys rock!

  • violet

    Thanks P. 🙂
    Indeed, Rigsby and Cho phrased it a bit strangely. I wonder what that means too: do they believe the feds have hidden Lorelei to keep Jane from interrogating her? Or do they maybe refer to the mole in the other team (meaning they have come to believe Jane’s theory)? I wonder…

    And you’re right, he did hesitate before telling Lisbon’s name. In fact, the most probable thing is that he was answering to Charlotte, but he might have begun to regain consciousness before actually answering, so he could have just been calling Lisbon (less probable, but still). There must always be a shadow of ambiguity around the man, he almost never gives a straight answer: every time he might be lying, or eluding the question…
    Loved your description of his feelings, by the way!

  • All-I-need

    Just wanted to quickly point out that that gibberish was definitely nothing like German. I am German and it sounded more like Chinese to me …

  • violet

    Of course it wasn’t German, lol! 🙂 Some “words” sounded a little bit like it but it was all. Just couldn’t pinpoint it more precisely, sorry if I offended you, All-I-Need… (By the way, in spite of their other qualities, they aren’t very good with languages in this show. Jane’s spanish accent was not the best and the first time I heard him say “et voilà “I was like O_o… So yeah their vaguely approaching Germannish/Chinesish gibberish was rather ok for me I guess…)

  • violet

    Thanks! 🙂
    in a few words:
    -Mad Hatter, definitely. He even wears a suit!
    – good eye with the “bella donna”! He even is paying her a compliment, this tea was “strong” indeed!
    – I hope you’re right about the FBI and Lorelei. I don’t like the idea of Jane hiding her either, although it’s still plausible enough… But he wouldn’t have been so depressed in this ep if he had something to do with it, would he?
    – I really think it was belladonna. we didn’t always see his hallucinations: in the ambulance for instance, Charlotte kept appearing and disappearing, depending of Jane’s or Lisbon’s point of view. Who said we saw what he was seeing in the attic? We could have just been seeing what was really happening, not his vision… And Jane has always this knack for doing the most dangerous things when he’s at his worst. But it would be great if you were right! 🙂

  • Sid

    I thought it was Swedish.

    And the evidence that they were pretending to be drugged was when she asked them which tea.

  • reviewbrain

    Actually, stupid sounds right to me :p but then, Jane’s never been overly concerned with himself. He’s always been reckless. Except when the danger is obvious. Then he runs away. Far, far away…

  • reviewbrain

    Thanks for your comment! And just to clarify, Violet is the one who pointed out all the literary references. She’s much better at catching those than I am 😉

  • Sid

    We didn’t see any hallucinations but there are two possible explanations:

    1)We see the episodes from different perspectives. The episodes don’t usually show what’s in Jane’s mind. It happened to be the case for a lot of this episode, but they could have merely been showing the scene from a ‘neutral’ perspective, and allowing us to draw our own conclusion. The clear conclusion to draw, IMO, is that he was drinking belladonna. Note that we have never seen Jane use that kind of delivery system for tea before (other than when he first drugs himself, of course), nor have we seen Jane taking things from strange paper bags and putting them in his tea.

    2)That it takes a few moments to take effect, and the episode cut away before Jane got the desired effects.

  • Hallie

    I loved it when he called her Bella Donna. The way he said it was so sweet and a bit playful and shy, you’d have to have a heart of stone to refuse that request. Meanwhile the little weasel was distracting her. So very Jane. 😉 I loved that his sub-conscious acknowledged his latent, and more and more bubbling to the surface, feelings for her. And I think the ending was left ambiguous purposely. I think that if they so choose, later on they can pick it back up, or just let it be, according to their whims/needs. I sort of hope they don’t though, because they already did something too similar with Cho.

  • rita

    Great review Violet & Reviewbrain.

    I LOVED this episode, (Iam on my fifth viewing…..but whose counting??)

    I thought that Dove Cameron was wonderful as Charlotte…just enough Patrick in her to see whose daughter she was.

    As to why Angela wasn’t there…I have a theory….In an episode with Sam Bosco ( I think it was Season 2 premiere) Bosco states that Angela wanted him to qwuit the Psychic game, and he didn’t because he was having too much fun…….it all went horribly wrong and he blames himself for what happened….maybe he can’t face her even in his subconscious???

    Thank you for pointing out the Alice in Wonderland ‘quotes’….I know the story but it has been a long time since I read it…I may remedy that very soon.

  • hardly_loquacious

    Okay, well first of all, I love the observation that this episode gives us a rare glimpse into Jane’s mind. I hadn’t actually thought about it like that, but it’s so true.

    I did love all the Alice in Wonderland references, although I admit, I didn’t imbue them with as much significance as you guys did, although it is interesting. I’m not entirely sure that “opening a window” refers to either woman in Jane’s life. If it’s anything (and I’m not sure it is), I’d say the window that opens is Jane himself. He confronts a few things about himself in this episode. Although, I didn’t really read too much into that line.

    I really like the idea of Jane in a straightjacket representing that he feels restrained by his own mind/obsession. I loved that whole scene a lot. Really, the whole Jane/Charlotte/Lisbon dynamic is fabulous.

    I’m not entirely sure I buy that Jane has stolen Lorelei away. I agree that it’s certainly possible; Jane has done worse things to try and catch RJ. Maybe part of it is that I’d really like it not to be true. I like the mole in the FBI having something to do with it possibility better.

    As for why Jane avoids talking about Angela, can I vote for a little bit of all of the above? Because they all make sense to me. I doubt it’s any one reason. It’s probably more complicated. Jane’s a complicated guy.

    I love the admission that Jane’s considered moving on from RJ. THat made my day. So glad even he’s sick of RJ. I know I am.

    And I loved Robin Tunney’s facial expressions in this. She was unbelievably fabulous. Her expressions from when Jane collapses until when he wakes up were pretty much perfect. Also, I love that when Jane’s seeing hallucinations, and he’s in slightly less control, he becomes a bit softer, and more subtly affectionate. It’s sweet. I love that he was by turns hillarious and heartbreaking. And SB and RT played off each other just fabulously in this episode.

    “Teresa, you can call me Patrick,” (or whatever the exact line is) is probably my favourite line of the episode.

    I really liked the ep. The hallucination of Charlotte Jane was a really interesting device.

    That said, the episode is marred a bit for me by the last scene strong implication that Jane is drinking belladonna (which I called about midway through). I really don’t want to do a drug addiction plotline. I will hate it. It will be annoying. Jane is already so screwed up this season, we don’t need another complicating factor. I agree that there’s no confirmation that it is definitely belladonna (I hope it isn’t, but am not holding my breath), but it was shot in such a way as to at least heavily imply it. I just wish they hadn’t gone there. I’m still hoping that they won’t. Maybe it will never be mentioned again…

  • hardly_loquacious

    I also think that belladonna in lower doses probably doesn’t cause you to need to have your stomach pumped. Cho recognizes it from his times in narcotics after all. I doubt that every time anyone takes it they have to go to the hospital and get their stomach pumped. I’m not saying it’s safe or even good for you, but if you knew the right dose, it probably wouldn’t be fatal. The dose in this episode was intended to be fatal though, so that’s why I figure Jane had to go to the hospital the first time. However, if he’s making the tea himself, he would theoretically be able to control the dose.

    I still think he’s a moron, and I don’t like the plotline though.

  • hardly_loquacious

    I definitely noticed that Jane called Lisbon “bella donna” the very first time I watched this ep. Although, hard to say how much of that was the act he was putting on to escape and how much was genuine. I choose to believe it was genuine. After all, he has remarked on her attractiveness before…

    And I don’t think Jane took a fatal dose of belladonna this time. After all, he made the tea this time, and the intent wouldn’t be to kill.

  • Cece

    Wonderful review, ladies! Let me apologize in advance because this comment is long and all over the place.

    Firstly, bunny rabbits are adorable! Yay bunnies!

    I love, love, loved this episode. Jane admitting to himself, even if only in the back recesses of his mind, that his quest for vengeance and being miserable does nothing to honor his family was such a relief to see. His (subconscious) weariness of the Red John hunt and desire to move on with his life was heartbreaking. I think y’all are right that the Bradley Whitford shooting was Red John taking the opportunity to disappear/giving Jane the chance to move on, but Jane threw it away in Blinking Red Light. Jane restarted their ‘game’ in Red John’s eyes. At this point, I don’t think Red John will allow Jane to quit even if Jane wanted to. Jane is effectively trapped and that is very sad.

    We were definitely meant to think Jane was drinking the belladonna tea at the end, which I find very irritating. I realize the point is supposed to be ‘Oh, how sad that Jane is so desperate to have his daughter again’ but just drinking tea from *used* belladonna leaves left Jane passed out seizing on the floor and needing his stomach pumped. Surely drinking tea with fresh leaves, even if he used fewer, would cause just as severe a reaction? So if he was supposed to be drinking the belladonna tea and there is no further reference to it (I’ll be very pleasantly surprised if there is) then that is lazy writing, IMHO.

    May I suggest a third option for the ‘open a window’ metaphor? “A careless cut can shatter your treasure.” This was referring to Charlotte/Jane’s family, I think. Jane the cocky fake psychic’s trash talking a serial killer was definitely a careless cut and boy was his treasure shattered.

    **But here’s another idea: I wonder if it’s not true that Jane’s original motive of joining the CBI was what Mashburn once said: he’s seeking redemption by using his powers for good. But he was strayed off that path by his obsession.**

    Interesting. His wife wanted him to quit being a fake psychic. Consulting with the police is probably the most respectable use of Jane’s unique skill set there is. Maybe it’s something his wife encouraged with the hope he would switch to it full time. Maybe he does it at least in part because it’s what Angela wanted him to do.

    ITA the acting this episode was amazing all-around. Dove Cameron as Charlotte was a delight. Simon Baker was devastating. Robin Tunney’s incredulous expressions as Jane walked her through his hallucinations were hilarious. Bizarro!Cho in Jane’s hallucination was creepily perfect. Lee Garlington’s confession was so sick and disturbing I kind of wish it could have been featured in another episode where it may have been more prominent.

    “Red John, Red John, I am so sick of Red John.” Charlotte said it, not me.

    “Can you get me some water? Please, bella donna?” (!!!) Yeah, he was purposefully trying to distract her when he said it, but I can’t imagine a not-tripping Jane calling Lisbon “bella donna”. Also, it cracks me up that Jane’s instinct is always to try to get out of hospitals ASAP no matter what.

    “Smudging fingerprints. Drinking evidence. He’s like a drunk uncle.” Ha! Sad, but true. But really, how can they even be surprised at this point? This is the guy who broke into a suspect’s house and fixed himself a cup of tea. Speaking of which, with as much time as Lisbon spends with Jane, I find it hard to believe she wouldn’t recognize the sound of a kettle whistling.

    “Great park.” Hee. Yes, Jane, if you had had the foresight to park your car in front of the emergency entrance to the hospital it would’ve been a great park.

    “Teresa, you can call me Patrick.” All in the delivery. Tripping!Jane trying to break down one of the little walls they use to distance each other and keep things on a professional footing was sweet.

    “Don’t roll your eyes at me.” *sniffle* Jane’s such a dad here. It’s always poignant when they show how wonderful he is with children on the show, but with his own sassmouthed teenager? I’m a puddle on the floor. Poor man, having to go through life as a father without a child.

  • Sid

    “This is the guy who broke into a suspect’s house and fixed himself a cup of tea.”

    Did he break in this time?

    “Speaking of which, with as much time as Lisbon spends with Jane, I find it hard to believe she wouldn’t recognize the sound of a kettle whistling.”

    Agreed, I also noted that as strange.

  • Hallie

    HL, I love and agree with everything you said here. From, not reading that much into the window thing, to the J/L/C dynamic, the expressions, Jane on drugs and the belladonna at the end. Also about the Jane stashing Lorelei theories. I too think it’s possible but I think it’s FBI mole related as you said.

    Another great review, RB, in case I forgot to mention it above. 🙂

  • julie

    So much has been said that it is impossible to comment on it all so will mainly just add my thoughts. I believe that the look across at the other house was suppose to be enough for Jane to have the hallucination. The mistake was the door, I don’t see how he could have seen that. The the gnomes could have entered his subconscious. But he couldn’t have actually made the trip or he would have ended up very wet.
    I found it interesting that in both episodes this season they have had Jane answer the question as to why he is working for the CBI. Is this something he has begun to question and will it be the force behind an upcoming ep which is as much as I can say because of #spoilers#. He has given two different answers and he has given them both before and I believe both are true. He wasn’t going to admit to his daughter ‘he has nothing else to do’
    The daughters remarks about Lisbon could mean that Lorelei’s statement last week is causing disturbance in the back of his mind – although I’m not sure that the ‘have you done it’ question means that he is thinking about that as that is a big step when he has yet to acknowledge romantic feelings in the first place.
    I also don’t think that everything Charlotte said could be equated with how Jane is feeling but could be things that have been said to him in the past but was allowing him to argue his point. I don’t think he is at the point of being ‘so over Red John’ as he gave up his life for 6 months but could be that he really wants it to be over as shown by the said 6 months. It could also be that having come out of that without anything to show for it could be the reason behind all the questioning but since he gave Charlotte the ‘Red John’ answer as to why he is working for the CBI could show that he still really wants Red John. If we took everything Charlotte said as literally from Jane does that mean that he finds the detective work boring.

    Another symbol of the straight jacket could be a representation of him feeling trapped in his life by Red John as they can only be put on by someone else.

    As I watched the closing scene my thoughts were ‘Poor Jane’, I doubt it will be a continuing story line. I think it was just a one off to show his desperation and once it doesn’t work that will be the end of it. I am not sure how else they could have ended the episode that would have portrayed how he was feeling more graphically and poignantly. Talking with Lisbon wouldn’t have done it.

    Simon’s acting was superb from the gentle smiles that were in juxtaposition with him being in a straight jacket – how quickly he understood and accepted and happy to go along with what was happening to him while in the hallucination. I do love the childlikeness of it all just how I imagine Jane’s mind to be – or at least parts of it.

    The way he delivered ‘My daughter is dead’ perfection, I don’t think it could have been improved on.For those who watch the Guardian I think it ranks up there with ‘and a room for Nick’ in acting perfection. How he was able to portray a look with so many emotions there at one time – pain, confusion, desperation and say the line the way he did was incredible.

    The ‘wait’ was heartbreaking too and I love the way his turning away from Charlotte was done so quickly – it’s there and then it’s gone.

    A definite favourite episode up there with Bloodshot, Fugue in Red, Strawberries in Cream.

    This episode for me puts the ‘does Jane have Lorelei’ question to rest as I don’t think he would be feeling so conflicted at this moment if he did. So this is where I will have the towel ready to wipe egg off my face.

    As I said before a brilliant review. You saw more than I did as usual and it’s nice to have some one do the thinking for me. Thanks to everyone’s comments that also give food for thought. Well now I am beginning to feel hungry…..

  • novellastories

    Thank you for the review, and once again a great discussion!

    Daniel Cerone is just an amazing Writer! First with the episode referring to the Wizard of Oz, and now with this… such a clever use of Alice in Wonderland. And I also did find the case of the week pretty interesting as it was well connected with Jane’s story this time.
    And the killer wow… that woman gave me the chills really! Very well played!

    I agree with who said that the use of “bella donna” from Jane to Lisbon wasn’t such a way to show his attraction to her. He was planning to escape the moment he started to say her name, I’m sure. It’s still Jane we’re talking about, even if an allucinated Jane.
    That doesen’t mean I didn’t find J/L and Charlotte interactions very sweet. I especially loved the natural way in which Jane told Lisbon that he was seeing his daughter, and how Lisbon immediately pointed out that his subconscious probably sent her to him. Such a natural interaction between two people who know each other very well now.
    Also, I don’t think Jane is expressing romantic feelings towards Lisbon so clearly. Between the two, I think it’s Lisbon who’s showing some of that, but more in her reactions and facial expressions than anything else. Scenes like the one in the hospital and “Charlotte’s” comment about Lisbon can be interpreted in different ways, and I think Jane is much more complicated than that, and especially J/L relationship is complicated.
    What I did see, is that their connection is growing every day more solid, despite all the matters, despite Jane being Jane. I think the romance is not really important right now.

    I loved what “Charlotte” said to Jane, and that means that Jane as you pointed out knows that he has no life, and that everything he does basically revolves around RJ. But, despite knowing that, he won’t give up of course, And I think deep down he knows that at this point he’s doing this for himself more than for Angela and Charlotte.
    Talking about Angela, I think she was barely mentioned because Angela is Angela. She’s his wife, his soulmate, the person he loved more than anything else. I think she is still in the very centre of his heart, and talking about her would mean bring to life painful memories. Angela is like (to remain close to the theme of the case in this episode) his most precious gem. And she’s his gem, no one else’s.
    I think too Jane was drinking belladonna in the tea, at the end. His pain was so visible when “Charlotte” left him, that I’m quite sure he wanted to see her once more. But I don’t think he will become an addict. That would distract him too much from his master plan. I know, sad exaplanation, but that’s how I see it.

    Talking a little about the funny moments… Hallucinated Jane can be really cute and funny, his voice and attitude… The tea party was hilarious, and I also noticed Lisbon seemed to be a little attracted by the diamonds in her hand…. 😉
    Charlotte was amazing, seeing the “dad/daugther” interactions was painfully sweet.

    In general, I really loved how Cerone managed to balance the sweet, funny scenes, with the most sad ones.

    And a special mention to Blake Neely. That music at the end… I could listen to it all day long and I would still find myself with tears in my eyes. He’s a genious.

  • All-I-need

    Don`t worry, you didn`t offend me. Just wanted to point out that this was not even close to pretended German 😉 Swedish sounds like a good option, too.

  • All-I-need

    He only drank one cup (or possibly half a cup) of tea in the victim`s house, yet the belladonna almost killed him. Now he`s up in the attic and that tea strainer had the same amount of tea leaves in it as the first one. That would be a fatal dose, which is one of the reasons I doubt it really was belladonna. Maybe he decided on loose tea so he could more easily pretend it was the real thing?

  • All-I-need

    I think Lisbon only pretended not to realize what it was because Jane was breaking protocol at the crime scene – as usually. She simply had to cover for him in front of the neighbor.

  • All-I-need

    I just found a wonderful quote from a book on Goodreads that in my opinion perfectly sums up Jane`s situation. I`ll just post it here and you can make of it whatever you want:

    “A fight is going on inside me,” said an old man to his son. “It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf is good. he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you.”
    The son thought about it for a minute and then asked, “Which wolf will win?”
    The old man replied simply, “The one you feed.”
    ― Wendy Mass, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

    Isn`t that fitting?! It`s like all of Jane`s character traits summed up in one statement …

  • mon

    Great review, I have nothing much to add here, except to say that I really enjoyed the ep, not for the murder case (which was a pretty weak one) but, of course, for being allowed to see inside Jane’s head somewhat. The Jane/Charlotte scenes were played perfectly and were v touching. Certainly, I believe that Jane is now in love with Lisbon, although I agree with P above that he may be still in denial, or a bit afraid of these feelings. However, after this ep he can no longer deny them surely.
    *spoiler*
    We know that there’s gonna be a bit of Lisbon/Mancini chemistry this season so it will be interesting to see how Jane handles that!
    I really hope he’s not hiding Lorelei; I doubt it somehow, as smart as Jane is, breaking a woman out of jail behind the Fed’s backs would be hard to believe. No doubt it won’t be long before she pops back up again.

  • JustMe

    Before I give my scattered thoughts on the episode, I would like to say WELL DONE Reviewbrain and Violet. Loved the bit about butterflies that you caught and all the “Alice in Wonderland” references. I did catch alot of them but you definitely went more in depth than I did. Now I will be looking for butterflies in every episode…LOL

    I do get the feeling that Jane’s feelings for Lisbon are made even more clear. He does think of her in “that way” and I dont’ think that we could extrapolate from the evidence anything else.

    I found that the omission of Jane’s wife from his hallucination could be a symbol that he is moving on and that there is the distinct possibility that Lisbon has taken over the “Life Partner” part of his brain. I also find it telling that the hallucination of his daughter doesn’t seem distraught at all about Lisbon but encouraging. These are some huge leaps for a grieving man to make in his subconscious to realize that he isn’t dishonouring anyone by having feelings for someone else. WOW. Of course he is still slow on admitting them even to himself, but Jane knows they are there.

    I love that he himself, subconsciously, is over Red John. He wants it to stop so he can move on and I think he has someone in mind that he would like to move on with. This is where it gets complex because he knows who he wants but he also knows that Lisbon is in RJ’s cross hairs so he doesn’t dare. Jane is stuck in a holding pattern he can’t get out of even though he wants to.

    I never thought that he had spirited Lorelai away and that is upheld by Rigsby and Cho at the beginning as they said the feds had her. The look on his face at the end of the season premiere was too shocked and upset and even he couldn’t be that good. I am SO HAPPY about that. I don’t believe that Lisbon would ever forgive that and yes she was jealous and no it wasn’t platonic jealousy.

    Overall, one of the best episodes and it was wonderful getting a peek inside Jane’s brain. He is a complex man and he doesn’t have all the answers nor does he have as tight a lid on his emotions as he portrays.

  • JustMe

    Forgot to say click on he follow the posts… Sigh…

  • Bonnie Caledonia

    How Do You Do, Violet, and Hello Again Reviewbrain,
    First of all, very good review on this definite ten star episode.
    I truly enjoyed all the parallels you both drew from “Alice in Wonderland”. I thought it was quite amusing in the end of the episode, when Jane and Lisbon were conning the murderer, that they used a white rabbit.
    As a bit of an observation on JustMe’s comment (third paragraph). I am of the opinion that Lisbon has not really “taken over” the “Life Partner” area of Jane’s brain, but has filled the void that is a result of Angela’s death.
    I also think that the hallucination of Charlotte suggests that he has moved on from his wife’s death, at least somewhat, but not his daughters.
    I’ve heard that the death of a child is, for some people, even more devastating than the loss of a spouse, because they are literally part of you. Maybe the only way for Jane to move on from his daughter’s death is to have another child.
    Thoughts anyone? Because I know I could be very wrong about my last conclusion.
    RB and Violet, just like to say again, great review. Keep up the good work and have a lovely day.
    All the Best,
    Bonnie Caledonia

  • violet

    Thanks for your lovely comment! 🙂
    I think you’re right about Angela. I think too thatJane is closer to accept her death and her absence than Charlotte’s. He has admitted that he sometimes talks to her, and in my opinion this is a sign of admitting that she’s gone, instead of simply avoiding the question, like he used to do about his daughter: he never spoke about her and avoided even acknowledging that he had a child (but I may be wrong, since everyone has a different way of grieving, the same thing can take a different meaning depending on people). Anyway he has indeed started to kiss and sleep with women and started to admit he has feelings for someone who isn’t his wife. He’s progressed since the matchmaking video where he basically described Angela and since his awkward date with Kristina, who he wasn’t even ready to admit he was attracted to…

  • violet

    Thanks, Hardly Loquacious! Really loved your comment! 🙂

    “I’m not entirely sure that “opening a window” refers to either woman in Jane’s life. If it’s anything (and I’m not sure it is), I’d say the window that opens is Jane himself. He confronts a few things about himself in this episode. Although, I didn’t really read too much into that line.”

    Yes, basically, that’s the problem with most of the possible metaphors in this show. Somebody blurts a line, and we are left wondering if that applies to the situation the main characters are actually in, to Jane himself or if they are just giving the show a smart vibe . We had the poetic “riding to the moon bad feeling” in ‘Red Moon’ too for instance. Hard to say if we are in fact reading too much into it, but anyway I really like the idea of the blue diamond referring to Jane’s heart…

    “Also, I love that when Jane’s seeing hallucinations, and he’s in slightly less control, he becomes a bit softer, and more subtly affectionate. It’s sweet.”

    It is. I didn’t see it that way when I watched it, but he’s definitely softer when he lets his guard down. He’s more affectionate indeed. And he talks to bunnies too. He’s really a big softy when he’s not all bent on revenge and on pissing people off… 😉

    I also wouldn’t be surprised if they never mentioned the belladonna anymore. They wouldn’t need to if that’s a one time thing. I too would hate that Jane got another addiction to top it all.

  • zee

    Hello Violet and Reviewbrain,

    The Possums are saying Awesome. Along with the rabbits, butterflies and hallucinated black ants.

    Adding a few thoughts:
    I would like to think that the creepy murderous neighbour was portraying the Queen of Hearts and Mr. Mendelsohn (victim) was the King of Hearts.

    Regarding your Pet Peeve;
    “Given that Jane hallucinated the bunny chase while lying on the kitchen floor, how did he know the neighborhood well enough that he could picture it so accurately? We didn’t see him snooping around when he arrived.

    I loved the ambiguity of this show, maybe Jane has psychic powers, but yet to realise it, as Kristina Frye says. It’s up to us what to make of it, just like “My Bloody Valentine” episode (There are also plausible reasons stated above too!)

    Only Jane can make a badassery out of tea addiction…
    Speaking of which, I think he drank Belladona at the end, but he won’t be able to see Charlotte again. That scene just had Jane’s perspective, alone in the attic, if Charlotte were to appear that scene, it would mean yet another addiction story. Higly probabale that he would prefer to get high on Belladona to see his daughter, than work on CBI cases, or might even give up pursuing Red John.

  • violet

    @ Cece: A lot of great thoughts you gave us here! 🙂

    ““Can you get me some water? Please, bella donna?” (!!!) Yeah, he was purposefully trying to distract her when he said it, but I can’t imagine a not-tripping Jane calling Lisbon “bella donna”. Also, it cracks me up that Jane’s instinct is always to try to get out of hospitals ASAP no matter what.”

    Actually, I can imagine him Jane calling her “bella donna” in his lucid state. Remember he’s the guy who called her “angry princess” and who was putting a diamond tiara on her head. After stating Bosco loved her, back then in season two, he also added “who wouldn’t?”. He just loves so much to get a rise out of her and he knows she doesn’t know what to answer to those sudden compliments.

    ““Smudging fingerprints. Drinking evidence. He’s like a drunk uncle.” Ha! Sad, but true. But really, how can they even be surprised at this point? This is the guy who broke into a suspect’s house and fixed himself a cup of tea. Speaking of which, with as much time as Lisbon spends with Jane, I find it hard to believe she wouldn’t recognize the sound of a kettle whistling.”

    Yes, how can they even be surprised indeed? The guy just stole photos of the victim at the crime scene to set a man up last episode. They ought to know better at this point… And they’re unfair: the kitchen wasn’t even labeled as crime scene before poor Jane smudged everything in it. The guy was useful, he found evidence even before forensics did, they didn’t know the victim was poisoned. Ok, he also drunk said evidence, but he found it first… And All-I-Need is probably right, Lisbon was just pretending she didn’t know Jane was boiling water for his tea.

  • violet

    Thanks, Julie! 🙂

    “The daughters remarks about Lisbon could mean that Lorelei’s statement last week is causing disturbance in the back of his mind – although I’m not sure that the ‘have you done it’ question means that he is thinking about that as that is a big step when he has yet to acknowledge romantic feelings in the first place.
    I also don’t think that everything Charlotte said could be equated with how Jane is feeling but could be things that have been said to him in the past but was allowing him to argue his point. I don’t think he is at the point of being ‘so over Red John’ as he gave up his life for 6 months but could be that he really wants it to be over as shown by the said 6 months. It could also be that having come out of that without anything to show for it could be the reason behind all the questioning but since he gave Charlotte the ‘Red John’ answer as to why he is working for the CBI could show that he still really wants Red John. If we took everything Charlotte said as literally from Jane does that mean that he finds the detective work boring.”

    There are a lot of things here. In a few words:

    – about Lorelei’s statement causing disturbance, yes there may be some of it in here. It’s a big step and he’s taking it slowly. He first blurted out to Lisbon that he “loved her” then denied it. His reaction in ‘Cherry’s Devil” may be his way of assimilating all this. But since Lorelei’s statement was a two edged sword as it might have contained also a veiled threat towards Lisbon, I wonder if that aspect will be addressed in the future.

    – Jane allowing himself to argue his point. Yes. I wonder if the “have you…” part and all the hints Charlotte dropped weren’t Jane also sorting out an answer to Lisbon’s “I’m not your girlfriend, I’m an officer of the law”. Something along the lines of “you’re the closet person I have in my life, I find you cute and attractive. You’re single and the main reason you’re not my girlfriend is that I’m too pigheaded to get a new life and try and seduce you. You not being my girlfriend is not an argument when you scold me.” Or something.

    – yes, he gave six months to his quest, but that doesn’t mean he’s not “over” RJ now. His grand scheme could be interpreted as a desperate attempt to rush things up because he was tired of chasing a shadow. Or it could be that he’s tired of it all now since even that didn’t work. In some ways, he giving Charlotte the RJ answer isn’t an answer at all: to what extent has his thirst RJ’s blood faded with the years? To what extent is he just going through the motions to cover up his fear of starting a new life again and leaving behind the comfort blanket his vengeful widower status has become? Hard to say.

    – Jane *does* find the detective work boring. The standard one at least. He doesn’t remember the name of half the technical stuff they daily use and is always trying to spice things up with eccentric schemes – that may also be the main reason why he likes to piss people off: he wants to keep entertained.

  • violet

    Interesting perspective, Novellastories! 😉

    “Also, I don’t think Jane is expressing romantic feelings towards Lisbon so clearly. Between the two, I think it’s Lisbon who’s showing some of that, but more in her reactions and facial expressions than anything else. Scenes like the one in the hospital and “Charlotte’s” comment about Lisbon can be interpreted in different ways, and I think Jane is much more complicated than that, and especially J/L relationship is complicated.
    What I did see, is that their connection is growing every day more solid, despite all the matters, despite Jane being Jane. I think the romance is not really important right now.”

    Lisbon’s feelings are still mysterious, as Reviewbrain pointed out. The thing is, she doesn’t actually say anything, and all we get about her thoughts on Jane are her facial expressions. You’re right, they are very telling, but since there is no explanation given about her feelings, we can only interpret them and there is always a risk of getting the wrong impression. For example, at the end of ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorns’, her look of interest and curiosity gathered many a reaction from viewers: was she interested because she wanted Jane to move on, as a friend? Was she just curious? Was she interested in a more personal level? Hard to say, even now… That’s probably why people are launching on Jane’s feelings: they are still complicated, but there are definitely shades of a romantic inclination and that’s a *huge* step towards some sort of clarity. Jane is indeed complicated, Lisbon is too and their relationship even more… all in all that makes a lot of complication going on… 😉

    But you’re right: the romance isn’t the most important point. That’s Jane’s beginning to talk himself into moving on.

  • violet

    I love the “taking over the “Life Partner” part of his brain” and what you said about not dishonoring his family’s memory. Really, really love it.
    Actually, I really like your whole comment. Thanks! 🙂

  • violet

    Thanks, Zee! Lol!

    The creepy neighbor as the Queen of Hearts? She definitely has the cruelty and coldness required, no doubt about that. Now, both her and Charlotte can be some aspect of the character (Charlotte with the implication the name can have, the killer with the actual character), like Jane was Alice in his hallucination and the Mad Hatter (or the March Hare) during the tea party, thus making their hostess Alice too. I also wonder who Lisbon and Cho were in his hallucination. Tweedledum and Tweedledee maybe (from Through the Looking-Glass)? XD

    “I loved the ambiguity of this show, maybe Jane has psychic powers, but yet to realise it, as Kristina Frye says.”

    It’s curious that you pointed out that. I missed it when I wrote my part of the review, but there was a butterfly, just like the one Jane saw, draw on the neighbor’s tea cups. He couldn’t see that either, not even with a pet peeve involved and that must deliberate from the writer. So, was it a coincidence and was the butterfly real as Jane told Lisbon? Or was it a hallucination and, then, how come he did saw it? Or are we to believe he linked butterfly, garden and flowers to the flowery style she was harboring in her dress and her mention of the “flower” Blue Orchid?

  • julieann

    Hey Violet thanks for the reply, felt I was rambling a bit there.

  • zee

    Lol’ed at the Tweedle twins references to Cho and Lisbon. I remembered that was the egoistical part of Jane’s hallucinations. Lisbon asked him how he found the place before CBI did…haha, obviously Jane was gloatingly proud of himself being always one step ahead from the CBI!

    Probably, it was because the butterfly was on an orchid plant? Thus, linking to Blue Orchid? See what I meant Violet?…don’t you just love the ambiguity!? 😀

  • violet

    Good eye for detail! It was an orchid indeed, a white one. I was too focused on the butterfly to notice the flower. So, was the butterfly a hallucination or was Jane right and it was real, but the flower wasn’t?
    They sure packed a lot of things in those hallucinations of him… 😉

  • violet

    No, you weren’t. Don’t worry, you made some very good points!

  • Sid

    “But he couldn’t have actually made the trip or he would have ended up very wet.”

    Why, would he have fallen into the pool?

  • Sid

    I will say it sounded nothing like Chinese.

  • julienic73gmailjulie

    it just looked to me that where he walked in the ‘garden’ would have put him in the pool if Jane had actually been there

  • hardly_loquacious

    That is one of the things that I either really enjoy, or it really frustrates me about this show, depending on the context – That everything is so very grey.

    I noticed the sweetness right away, but I think I’m a bit attuned to that sort of thing. I love SB’s softened vocal tone when he talks to Lisbon while hallucinating.

  • hardly_loquacious

    Oh, in my head the belladonna was at least mixed in with looseleaf tea. Sorry, I may have forgotten to mention that little detail. Because I agree, if that strainer had been full of straight belladonna, that was definitely a fatal dose. Either way, I think it’s ambiguous. If I’m in an optimistic mood, I can believe that it’s just looseleaf tea in a suspicious looking bag. Alas, I doubt that was the intention they were going for. But like many things on this show, I think they deliberately did it in such a way that it wasn’t definitive.

  • windsparrow

    Cheers to both of you! Excellent review. Between you, you really captured the subtleties of this episode, which are at their peak. This show excels at subtle touches, making it more than a mere procedural. Too bad the Emmy awards people do not see it that way.

    “Pet Peeves

    “Given that Jane hallucinated the bunny chase while lying on the kitchen floor, how did he know the neighborhood well enough that he could picture it so accurately? We didn’t see him snooping around when he arrived.”

    It did not bother me. It seemed like Jane’s hallucinations showed different interiors for places he could easily have gotten a passing glance at the outsides of – the neighbor’s yard could have been seen through the windows, or as Jane was driving up to the scene.

    “Also, you’re absolutely right: the maid was also a hallucination (I didn’t realize the implications). “If black ants enter your house, then someone in your family might die.” Yeah. Indeed, Jane’s mind is warning him. Couldn’t he fear about Lisbon’s safety, since this ep was fairly Lisbon centric? I mean, he knows that there is at least one mole near the team and he is lucid enough to realize his feelings for Lisbon are becoming his worst kept secret. Of course, the team may be in danger too (they’re his new family indeed), but every time a mole stroke, it was directed against Lisbon (Hardy, Craig, Gupta, more indirectly Todd killing cops if we follow the interpretation you did back then and even Rebecca killing her dear Bosco). It would be normal to guess she might be targeted one day, even more given that Lorelei warned him in the finale that RJ would be angry if he rejected his friendship. The need to identify the dangerous new mole must be even more pressing for Jane.”

    To some extent, Lisbon as a target for RJ’s minions is simply because she is where she is at any given time. Gupta would have put the bomb vest on whichever of the team showed up at the school. O’Laughlin would have had to kill all of them, but chose to start with Lisbon because he could see she had a clue about what he was up to (I cannot make up my mind about whether or not he was able to overheard Jane’s end of the telephone conversation – sometimes I hear far more than I want to of other people’s chat.). But why Hardy had to shoot anyone, I don’t know. If he had had a lick of sense, he would have gotten out of there as quietly as possible while he was being ignored. So yeah, he was gunning for Lisbon, for sure.

  • windsparrow

    While Jane has been shown to be reckless with his own health and sanity, part of me is hoping that he had the sense to go to an herbalist and get a more well- regulated amount of belladonna than what was used in the murder, or at least read up on the stuff. That is what I would do in his shoes. Then again, this is me talking. I’m the one who keeps saying someone should give him some catnip tea….

  • violet

    I was really looking forward to your comment, Windsparrow! Thanks! 🙂

    “To some extent, Lisbon as a target for RJ’s minions is simply because she is where she is at any given time.”

    Indeed, Lisbon is almost every time targeted because she’s at the most dangerous place. With Gupta and Craig, it could have been anyone from the team. And one might even argue that Hardy was gunning for her because she was the closest cop to that girl he was obsessed with (if I’m not mistaken, it’s been a while). Even so, it’s still remarkable that she’s always the only team member threatened. What are the odds for that? Even more when you compare with that psycho in ‘Ball of Fire’ who targeted Lisbon precisely because she wanted to make Jane suffer.
    And Craig, now that I come to think of it: ok, Lisbon was on the phone with Jane. But given that both Hightower and Grace shot him while he shot Lisbon, it would have been more prudent for him to shoot them first, since they were closer. And wouldn’t a mole have killed Hightower first, who posed a threat to him and thus to RJ? Not to mention that both women’s attention was focused on Lisbon, so it would have been a greater surprise if he had suddenly gunned down Hightower; it might have given him some precious seconds more to kill the two agents afterwards…
    Ambiguity, ambiguity… 😉

    Anyway, after Lorelei’s revelations, one may also wonder a bit about Gupta’s intentions: would he have taken the risk to kill Jane when it was obvious he wouldn’t have left Lisbon alone with that bomb? And was his look of rapt interest when Jane said “there’s something I wanted to tell you for a long time now” a sign that the minions were already informed of Jane’s potential feelings and asked to watch for them?

  • windsparrow

    “But given that both Hightower and Grace shot him while he shot Lisbon, it would have been more prudent for him to shoot them first”

    I have seen this ep relatively recently, so it is fresh in my mind. Hightower and Van Pelt were not quite so quick on the draw as that. After Lisbon got shot, O’Laughlin covered the other two. It was not until Lisbon worked up the strength to throw that bowl or vase or whatever it was at him that he was distracted enough they could draw and fire.

    Then again, Lisbon is the one in the most dangerous places because she is who she is – tough cop and Jane’s closest ally. Which validates your point.

    Your thoughts about Gupta and the other minions being instructed to be on the lookout for signs of Jane’s feelings toward Lisbon is a very interesting one. It certainly seems reasonable. After all, RJ does have an interest in Jane moving on with his life – whether the message to do so through Timothy Carter was a genuine one, or Stiles was right about RJ wanting to ensure that Jane is isolated and in pain for the rest of his life unless he gives up and becomes a minion himself.

  • julie

    I watched this episode just yesterday and Lisbon had just gotten off the phone to Jane and was going for her gun so he had to shoot her first.

  • Charlotte

    OMG you’re awesome, absolutely amazing! But did you realize that Jane cheats with the mexican housemaid who gives him an amulet that will help him to find the guilty and when Jane was leaving the house (allucinating), he gives the amulet to Rigsby??? It means a lot to me. Rigsby could be Red John. Do you think that they will choose an Welsh actor for nothing?? ??? what do you think???

  • violet

    You ladies are right about Craig. 🙂 So RJ might have not given instructions to harm Lisbon per se (at least each time the mole seemed to have a plausible logic reason to try to do so), nevertheless they made it clear that he certainly didn’t make her untouchable like Jane…
    Anyway, I still think it’s suspicious that she’s the only one targeted. Why would Lorelei have asked for her head outright otherwise? She could have asked Jane to kill anyone or even the entire team to break all ties with the CBI. RJ team has to have realized a long time ago that Lisbon was special (as a friend/ ally/ anchor to sanity/…): even Gupta seemed to know that.
    Sorry, I realize I have no real argument here, but I can’t help thinking it odd…

  • windsparrow

    “Anyway, I still think it’s suspicious that she’s the only one targeted. Why would Lorelei have asked for her head outright otherwise?”

    The thing is, it was Loralei who asked for Lisbon’s head. Maybe RJ just wanted a head, any head, but like the choice of which of Jane’s fingers to take the pruning shears to, he left the details up to her. If so, then Loralei’s comment to Lisbon – “I’ve heard so much about you” – is likely due to whatever background information RJ gave her on Jane for her mission to bring him into the fold. I can hardly see RJ simply sharing all the information on Jane’s “case” with his minions just for general purposes. Then again, it is quite likely that Red John did indeed specify Lisbon for the slaughter this time.

    At the same time, I do think previous times when her life was directly in danger from RJ minions, it has been because of the circumstance. Any other agent taking those actions at those times would have been the target. Then again, as I pointed out before, Lisbon gets in those situations because she is who she is. She IS Jane’s partner. But just as we are noticing how it keeps happening, I’m sure Red John noticed it too.

    I do wonder how long she has had the “Special to Jane” target on her back. Was it all the way back when Jane shot Hardy to save her life? Before that? Was RJ monitoring Gupta more closely than I imagined, and he got the clue from Jane’s refusal to leave Lisbon’s side while she was in danger?

    How often do places like the CBI headquarters get swept for unauthorized surveillance? How closely has RJ been watching Jane?

  • Charlotte

    Red John speaks: S02E18 Aingavite Baa
    08 min 38 sec
    Hello, Rigsby!!
    Compare to Season Finale Recap: 2.23 “Red Sky in the Morning”.
    Identical voices.

  • violet

    Good reasoning and even better questions.

    “I do wonder how long she has had the “Special to Jane” target on her back. Was it all the way back when Jane shot Hardy to save her life? Before that? Was RJ monitoring Gupta more closely than I imagined, and he got the clue from Jane’s refusal to leave Lisbon’s side while she was in danger?”

    Let’s examine the problem from another perspective: that psycho girl in S3 ‘Ball of Fire’. She wasn’t working for RJ, but she was the only perp who admitted that she planned to kill Lisbon to hurt Jane, long before Gupta’s interference. That gives us some perspective as there are various possibilities; so she may have known since…

    – season 2-3, since she had been watching them. Problem: in the beginning of season three, Jane was still copping with Kristina’s disappearance and was actively trying to distance himself from the team. There were little hints that showed back then that he cared for her, nevertheless it was far more obvious that it was Lisbon who worried about him. Worse, both Jane and Lisbon started dating respectively with Frye and Mashburn (‘Red Hot’ was just the previous episode). They didn’t have anything resembling that ambiguously sweet and very public moment sharing an ice cream at the rooftop café they had last season. So, again, how did she know?

    – season I finale: she knew Jane cared for her because he had shot Hardy. She researched Jane (or kept an eye on him) and knew Lisbon was important since then. We know she was informed about Jane’s goal from Dr Wagner, but did he mention the extent of Jane’s obsession for RJ? Was she able to tell what saving Lisbon really meant?

    – before Hardy: the good doctor could have led her to believe Jane had feelings (friendship/ family) for Lisbon. But, even if he had sensed something, the only time he saw them interact was in the pilot. Was it visible back then?

    – even before the pilot: she probably watched them interact when Jane and the team investigated her father’s case. Meaning that Lisbon might have had that “target” tag on her back all along…

    We can’t know for sure (for now), but that leaves one wondering… even more, that is! 😉
    .

  • violet

    Wow! Chizuru-Chibi’s illustration is great! She’s so very talented! It’s definitely one of my favs! 🙂

  • windsparrow

    You know, it just occurred to me that in the couple of situations where Lisbon was in danger because of a criminal’s supposition that he cared for her, so watching harm come to her would cause him to suffer, he has never used the old “she’s weak and stupid and lame and does not mean anything to me” trick. They could have used that to make Jane’s feelings about Lisbon more obscure. But it is a cheap trick so I am glad they did not go there.

  • Arco

    Thanks to the fabulous Violet & reviewbrain for the reviews/comments. The art work was spot on.

    I was not looking forward to this episode–Jane’s dead daughter shows up–but it was treated in such a way that I really enjoyed it, & I think it makes my list of favorite “Mentalist” episodes. High Jane was hysterical. My one quibble is that so much attention was directed away from the killer & the gruesome murder. We could have spent a bit more time on those aspects but can’t complain too much.

    It was interesting to see “inside” Jane through his projected daughter. He seems to have some desire to move on from Red John, but will he do anything about it? By the way, I don’t think that Jane took Lorelei.

    My definition of mental illness is that someone has an altered perception of reality that does not coincide with what is really going on in the world. Jane still carries lingering issues (in fact, as the saying goes, he has an entire subscription) from his days in the asylum. An example is when Jane goes to jail (the first time–how many times is it now!), & Lisbon visits him there & tries to reason with him that real life has real consequences & the walls around them are real walls, & Jane’s response is that they are walls only in Lisbon’s mind. (I think that Lisbon is the person who anchors Jane to reality.) Somehow, Jane thinks that he can reason himself out of reality, at least that’s my interpretation.

    Blake was known for having visions & inspiring people to expand their consciousness so it’s possible there’s some tie to Red John in that respect because the Alice in Wonderland references are such a similar theme.

    It’s good to show that Jane’s drunk uncle behavior can have consequences. That likely was a lethal dose that neighbor lady had brewed up so it was fortunate that help was at hand. Jane may have been using bella donna at the end, but it probably didn’t work to let him “see” his daughter again. The hallucinatory side effects of bella donna are often unpleasant so he likely would have been deterred from using the drug afterward if he had a bad experience (“an episode”?), which is likely what happened. Remember that the murderer said that she was able to get the jeweler (victim) to use the saw on himself. Obviously, bella donna use can turn out very, very badly.

  • reviewbrain

    Glad you liked the review! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  • chokulit

    Thanks for your reviews. I made sure that I have finished watching an episode before I read you review so that I am able to agree or disagree with your opinions (while I’m reading the review).
    Just wanted to add that I laughed when the trigger for Jane to realize that he was hallucinating is a smiling Cho.
    Great job as always!

  • Miikah

    I’ll point out that it sounded nothing like Swedish. I thought it was supposed to sound like German, even if it was total gibberish. Then again, American shows never get Fenno-Scandinavian accents right, so it’s tough to say.

  • Rose UK

    I’ve re-directed myself here from the review of Behind the Red Curtain, where there was a discussion about flowers used throughout the various series… So perhaps here is the best place to mention that the plant atropa belladonna’s other names include devil’s berries, naughty man’s cherries (!) and death cherries. I hadn’t really understood the title of this episode, but it’s a bit clearer now… 😉 I’ll also quote directly from Wikipedia:

    “The name atropa is thought to be derived from that of the Greek goddess Atropos, one of the three Greek fates or destinies who would determine the course of a man’s life by the weaving of threads that symbolized his birth, the events in his life and finally his death; with Atropos cutting these threads to mark the last of these.”

    I think there is always a temptation to read too much into things (especially as in this case I think that the belladonna was more of a plot device rather than holding a particular thematic meaning, like the orchids for example) but I thought this information was interesting nonetheless. Especially as Jane’s life probably wouldn’t seem too out of place in a good Greek tragedy!

    🙂

  • Rose UK

    This ep has just re-aired here and I have one final (!), very belated point to make re: butterfly sightings… (sorry!) If not already mentioned, there were butterflies on the wall in the murderer’s house (behind her as she sits drinking tea with J & L). They looked like those mounted entomological specimens you get, the preserved ones. If so, it would be an interesting contrast between these dead ones associated with the ep’s gruesome killing, and the symbolic living ones associated with Jane.

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