CBI consultant Jane (Baker) visits a cobbler in North Sacramento to get his shoes resoled. While he waits a bank nearby gets robbed and the assistant manager gets shot in process. FBI Agent Mancini (Ivan Sergei) once again butts heads with Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon (Tunney) when he claims jurisdiction of the case, getting Director Gale Bertram (Michael Gaston) involved.
Like the other episodes this season, Not One Red Cent sports a distinct classic Mentalist vibe, via mentalist tricks Jane uses to impress and bemuse his younger colleagues; namely Grace. Music, direction, and casting were also very good and served this episode. 8/10
I think I’m burned out cause I couldn’t really think of much to say about this one. It was a nice one shot episode, but didn’t really have a lot to add in terms of overall characterization (besides plenty of continuity, which is always welcome). Could it be the writers decided to cut me some slack? Obviously, cause that’s their highest priority when they come up with their scripts. There was, however, one issue that demands immediate attention…
Mancini tells Lisbon that he suspects she doesn’t like him. She calls him out on his childishness then adds, incredulously, that he shouldn’t be surprised since he lost Loralie Martins, there most important witness in the Red John case. The FBI agent insists that it wasn’t his fault then states that when “people” (subtext here screamed “women”) pretend they don’t like him, “it’s usually because they do.” Lisbon flat out tells him that she doesn’t, but is nonetheless intrigued when he invites her to a law enforcement poker game. Lisbon agrees and when she later meets him at the bar where the game is held, he introduces her to some very prominent people. Amongst the players is Director Bertram who is surprised that Lisbon is into gambling. Lisbon confidently replies “it’s not gambling if you know you’ll win.”
I adored this scene. Mostly for its possibilities.
-I so hope that Jane has no idea Lisbon is a good poker player. After all, in episode, Red-Handed, Lisbon didn’t say a single word as Jane explained how he keeps winning to the rest of the team, she even got up and left in the middle of it. At the time I assumed it was because she’d hear it all before. But what if it’s because she’s already so good at poker? That would be awesome.
Fun trivia, Ms. Tunney is in fact an excellent poker player and even participated in some tournaments. Don’t ask me for the source, I read this a long time ago.
-Now for some reason every time Mancini calls Lisbon “Teresa” I feel like punching him in the nose. Maybe it’s my suspicion that he might have been brought on as some sort of a romantic interest for Lisbon. If that’s true, I so hope he doesn’t turn out to be a genuine cop and not an RJ mole, as is hinted by the fact that he knows she plays poker. Has he been spying on her or is it a well known hobby of hers? Bertram didn’t know…too high up on the food chain? Seriously, really hope Mancini isn’t an RJ spy. Cause, well, been there, done that with Craig O Laughlin.
Conversely, if he is a legit cop, I’d love to see how a relationship with Lisbon might pan out. Ivan Sergei is a great actor and I’d love to see how (if?) he and Jane would deal with him dating Lisbon.
For now, the most pressing question seems to me…
For the record, I added that last answer on a whim :p
“Oh, I like it when you get all authoritarian on me.“- Jane, to Lisbon.
“Yes, that time of the year I have to get my shoes resoled.”- Love the continuity on Jane’s god awful shoes.
“We’re very sorry for your loss.” Lisbon, to victim’s grandmother in the funeral after Jane states he had been in on the robbery.
“You really want me to tell you, you’re going to ruin the surprise.” Jane, to Lisbon.
“I don’t like surprises.”-Lisbon, in reply to the above.
“You know the type. They date down so that they have all the power in the relationship.” -I wonder if Jane was hinting here that Lisbon is a power dater. I doubt it though.
“High class crowd. I wish you would’ve warned me.”- Lisbon to Mancini. I love the implication here that Lisbon would’ve dressed up if she’d known beforehand. It’s not hard to believe consider how she cleaned up for a fundraiser in season two. Happy, happy memory…
“It’s not gambling if you know you’re gonna win.” -Lisbon is awesome. That is all.
“These shoes are actually quite comfortable. They’re growing on me.”-Jane, on his new shoes.
“Not on me.” Lisbon, in reply to the above. Looks like viewer’s aren’t the only ones who’ve gotten used to Jane’s shoes..
Team women really scored this time around…
Tunney was in top form in this episode. Her drawl, her facial expressions, gestures; she stole every single scene she was in.
Righetti was once again charming as feisty Grace still not knowing better than to bet against Jane. Loved how her sweet smile to Jane at the end contrasted completely with what could only have been an obscene note.
Guest star Katie Walder was very convincing as Nancy, the victim’s fiancée and killer.
I’m beyond delighted with Righetti and Tunney’s styling. Hair, makeup and outfits are naturally gorgeous, flattering, yet character appropriate. Kudos to whomever is in charge. I’d never have guessed Rightetti was pregnant if I hadn’t already known it.
Icings on the Cake
CBI Karl is back! Seeing him is always a treat.
It’s nice to see Jane so focused on his work. Ties into the fact that maybe catching bad guys is really why he’s at CBI.
Really like Jane’s description of the perp as a power-dater, and how he found her out.
Considering how much Jane loves his godawful brown shoes, I would have thought he’d be more annoyed or broken up over the fact that he can’t wear them till the cobbler gets over the trauma of almost getting shot. It was weird seeing that Lisbon cared more about it than he did. Although, considering how ugly his temp shoes were, I can’t really blame her. Maybe Jane has an ugly shoes fetish?
I immediately pegged the victim as having been in on the bank robbery and was therefore surprised it took Jane a bit long to figure it out too.
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