Once upon a time, a bedraggled Patrick Jane came to CBI to inquire after the Red John case, interested to find where the police are in capturing his wife and daughter’s murderer. Special Agent Teresa Lisbon is reluctant to share information with him, but the choice is taken out of her hands when unforeseeable events and her boss Virgil Minelli compel Jane to ride along with her on her new case. It sounds like the start of a beautiful love story. Do they live happily ever after? Who knows, but this episode is how it all began…
Finally, finally we have the truth of how Jane came to work for the CBI in canon. It’s about time and was well worth the wait. The appropriately titled episode Red Dawn reveals so much about the characters, and confirms much, much more. Allusions to past episodes, putting many events in context and verifying what had previously been only educated guesses at best had me in tears with gratitude, among other things. I blame Heller. He created these characters that we’ve come to love so much, that we sympathize with, and can’t help but…sigh. Just read the review. The episode was perfect 10/10.
Detailed AKA Humongous Review (spoilers galore)
VIS # 1 Patrick Jane meets Teresa Lisbon
Jane steps off the elevator into the CBI floor, and wanders aimlessly before Rigsby (Yeoman) asks if he can help him. The next scene has Rigsby telling Lisbon that Patrick Jane, whose wife and daughter were killed a year ago by Red John wants to talk to her. Lisbon is surprised, and mentions that the Sacramento PD had lost track of him six months ago.
-Viewers may recall that in episode Red Brick and Ivy, Jane confided to Lisbon that he had been a mental institution. The fact that Jane’s been off the radar for six months in this episode immediately had me assuming that he’d just left the hospital and Sophie Miller’s care. Because he loves us, writer Tom S. has FBI Head Alexa Shulz confirm this in a later scene which will be discussed in further detail later. Clarification, how I love thee.
Before Lisbon can talk to Jane, her team gets a call out to a crime scene. She sends Rigsby to Cho and says she’ll catch up, leaving her third detective Steve Hannigan (Gar Basaraba) behind.
-Based on what we later find out about Hannigan, his temper, I think Lisbon at the time intentionally asked him to stay so that she can keep an eye on him; much like she keeps Jane with her most of the time. CONTINUITY, PEOPLE!
Lisbon introduces herself to Jane. He shakes her hands and tells her a Detective Elliot told him she was now in charge of the Red John investigation. Lisbon confirms that they took over the case from SAC PD in May but dodges Jane’s question on what’s happening with the case, asking him to come back later as a new case has come in. When Jane asks if he can wait Lisbon cites policy doesn’t allow visitors to wait in the office. Relentless, Jane asks if he can come back in three hours. Lisbon says its fine and asks Steve Hannigan to help Mr. Jane find his out of the office. While waiting for the elevator Jane asks Hannigan if he works on the RJ case and how many suspects there are. The man tells him it’s none of his business. Jane tells him that RJ killed his wife and daughter. The brusque officer tells Jane that he’s sorry for his loss but that they don’t discuss cases with relatives. Jane says he understands and lets the matter go. At Jane’s silence, officer Hannigan gives him some unwelcome advice: “No offense, but I’ve seen a hundred guys like you. You wanna find the son of a bitch and kill him, right? Yeah, well, what happens, it’ll drive you crazy. My advice you move away, far away, far away somewhere. Forget it, start another family. I know that’s tough, but it’s the best way.”
– Jane’s expression says it all. He looks at the guy as if he can’t believe the words coming from the man’s mouth, or the fact that his simple query warranted them. It’s not that the advice is bad, it’s just the way that it was said, as if Jane’s family was easily replaceable. It felt cruel; even if that hadn’t been Hannigan’s intention. Jane must have really been depressed to let the guy get away with such unfeeling statements. Or did he?
Jane tells Hannigan: “What went wrong with you?” When the latter asks Jane what he means he responds “Well clearly you’re older and more experienced than Agent Lisbon. You must have done something pretty bad for them to promote a women twenty years your junior over you.” Jane continues to say, it’s a temperament issue, as well as character, adding “That’s why they gave you to Lisbon because she was new and no one else would work with you.”
-Jane’s cold reading of Hannigan seemed to me like, more than an intentional attempt to rile the man up, it stemmed from honest curiousness to know how Hannigan became such a callous person. To borrow JustMe’s words, that it came from his “his inherent naivete”.
Hannigan punches Jane, much to Lisbon’s dismay. She reams him then proceeds to take Jane inside to get ice for his nose.
–Seeing Lisbon hover and mother Jane was more than enough to set the stage for what viewers know would be coming, Jane coming to work at the CBI, him acting like a spoiled brat and her tendency to defend him J
VIS # 2 Minnelli Saddles Lisbon with Jane
LIsbon’s boss Virgil Minelli (Gregory Iztin is back!!) is concerned that Jane might sue the CBI and the bad press that would cause. Apparently, Hannigan has priors for violence. Lisbon tells her boss Minelli that Jane said it was his fault he got punched and that he has no intention of suing the CBI. Lisbon adds “We got to find a way to make this right without being too harsh on Hannigan. He’s a good guy he’s just a little too old school.”
-Lisbon’s take on Hannigan, her patience with a man who seems more than a little insufferable, shows exactly why she is able to put up with Jane. She only sees the good in people. Just when I thought I couldn’t love her any more. ..
Minelli tells Lisbon, that they have to find a way to make Jane happy, so that he doesn’t change his mind about not wanting to sue. With that spirit, Minelli and Lisbon sit down to share what they have on the Red John case: Lisbon and her team have done over a hundred interviews, they’re also reanalyzing all the physical evidence gathered by SAC PD, sharing that responsibility with the FBI, as well as pursuing many different leads.
-Lisbon’s statement that they’ve enlisted the help of the FBI goes a long way in explain her defense of the organization in episode The Crimson Ticket and why she’d rather not believe that RJ has a mole there: the CBI cooperates with the FBI.
Jane asks who the leads are, and how many suspects the team has. Lisbon says that they can’t share that information, adding that the process is slow and complicated. Minelli interjects to tell Jane that after Lisbon comes back from her new case, she be “very happy” to show Jane the case files and explain the case to him. Jane here looks at Lisbon who quickly forces a “sure, why not” smile on her face. Jane asks if the scene is out of the country. At his question Virgil understands that Jane would rather ride along instead. He says it’s even better as Lisbon can answer Jane’s questions along the way.
-I really like the set-up here. I think what I like most about it is the fact that the circumstances all happened to work for Jane. Hannigan didn’t have to rile Jane up; Jane didn’t seem to have an ulterior motive when he cold-read Jane. One can hardly blame him for going along with the CBI; he finally found an in to finding out about his wife and daughter’s case, he didn’t want to wait to talk to Lisbon about it so he rode along with her. It all seemed like a pure case of happenstance, fate, rather than a clever manipulation on Jane’s part.
VIS # 3 Lisbon and Company arrive at the Crime Scene
Cho instantly asks Lisbon, what Jane is doing here. She says it’s a long story and Jane asks him to pretend he’s not here. Cho says okay, and proceeds to ignore him.
-Cho rocks. That is all.
Jane walks towards the body, his breathing becoming increasingly shallow. He asks Hannigan, “what do we do now.” The man tells him that after the CSI people have done their jobs, “We get close.”
-I said Hannigan is insufferable, and while it may have been unfair to refer to him in that way earlier, it definitely isn’t here. The brutish detective gestures to Jane to come to the body, obviously enjoying his discomfort and seeks to increase it, telling him “This guy’s pretty clean, pretty fresh. Sometimes we get to them there are so many maggots it looks like a stew pot is boiling…” etc, etc, more gory details.
Jane excuses himself, just about ready to puke but tells Lisbon to “find the lady”. Hannigan surmises that Jane really is a psychic, to which Patrick states “There’s no such thing as psychics” then goes on to explain that the victim’s car, clothes and scent indicate he was a player that had been on a date.
-Again, Jane’s insight here didn’t seem like it was part of a grander scheme to show the CBI how useful he can be, rather it felt very much like an offhand remark someone who’s used to make observations about people couldn’t help but make.
VIS # 4 Jane, Lisbon, and the Judge
Lisbon doesn’t want Jane to accompany her when she questions the victim’s family and asks him to wait outside. Jane agrees, adding that he wouldn’t want to intrude. But Jane becomes privy to the interview with the judge when he meets Lisbon outside, and asks her if she minds talking there so as not to upset his wife.
– I really appreciated how nicely this scene was set up. Lisbon’s request of Jane is very in character for what she would have been like nine years ago; based on the Lisbon we met in the pilot whom, even after she and Jane had been working together about four years (in the pilot), was still very resistant to his methods and worked almost completely by the book. Jane’s behavior here is also in character for Jane. He’d just met Lisbon, so it makes sense that he wouldn’t want to push his luck with her, especially knowing that she hadn’t wanted him to accompany her in the first place. Early season Jane was also more respectful of Lisbon’s wishes. Then there’s the judge, an older man (with a presumably just as old wife). It makes sense that he wouldn’t want to upset his spouse as people’s health and emotions tend to get more sensitive with age. Truly very nice set up for the scene. I love when the writers are careful with the characters so that we don’t have to suspend belief simply for the plot’s sake.
Judge Dillinger tells Lisbon that he put a lot of crazy men away, and any one of them could have killed his son. Lisbon asks why they wouldn’t go after the judge himself, to which he replies, “You want to hurt a man. You don’t kill him. You kill his family.”
-Ouch. If Lisbon was a twitter user she would have had an #thatawkwardmoment to tweet, considering Jane was sitting right next to her.
It only gets more awkward when Jane, after saying the victim was an alcoholic explains his guess to the judge: that he made the assumption based on Judge Dillinger’s disappointment in his son. The judge then replies, “With regard to my son, it’s myself I’m disappointed in. He’s my failure. Do you have a child, Mr. Jane?” Jane answers no, to which the judge tells him “Well, then you wouldn’t understand.”
-I think it’s safe to say that Jane understands all too well, he just didn’t feel like sharing. This was a very sad scene.
VIS #5 Jane Cold-Reads Lisbon
When Cho tells Lisbon that the victim had in fact been on a date and that they were bringing the woman in for questioning, she informs Jane he was right, adding, “good call”. Jane explains it was a cold reading, and when Lisbon asks what that is, Jane tells her : “You for instance. You cared for a dysfunctional parent, father, probably, that’s why you put up with Hannigan.” Lisbon denies that she does, but Jane continues: “His unhappiness reminds you of your father’s unhappiness.”
PEOPLE REJOICE! Five years into the series, we finally have the reason Lisbon puts up with Jane in canon(more discussion in the conclusion): he reminds her of her father. But wait, there’s more!
Lisbon tells Jane that they’re done for the day and asks if she can drop him off somewhere. Jane reminds her that she was supposed to show him the RJ case files. Lisbon tells him “I truly sympathize” but that “Nothing good will come from chasing this man. It’s the kind of obsession that destroys people.” She gently adds, “Go someplace else. Try to get on with your life.”
-Given what we know of Lisbon, that her dad turned alcoholic after her mom died and eventually took his own life, then she’s probably speaking from her own experience. This is supported by how in episode Red Badge, she advised a grieving widower and father to get some help, citing her own father “He killed himself. Damn near killed me and my brothers too.” So perhaps the obsession Lisbon is citing here to Jane is not with Red John, but the inability to overcome grief, seeing as how her father’s grief destroyed him, and almost the rest of her family as well. Like the above point, this will be also be discussed in more detail in the conclusion.
Lisbon’s heartfelt advice seems to only hurt Jane further, as he tells her that it’s exactly what Hannigan said. Lisbon then tells him to come to the office in the morning but to clean himself up first, adding “You’re a mess.”
-I think Lisbon here felt bad that she couldn’t do more to help Jane than offer him the same advice Hannigan did, hence her telling Jane to stop by at the office the next day. But as becomes apparent later, she didn’t just do it to fulfill her promise of having Jane look at the RJ files…
VIS #6: Jane returns to CBI/Solves the Case
Jane shows up at CBI the next day, in what looks like a fresh suit. Both Cho and Rigsby are surprised to see him and with his explanation that Lisbon said he could come by to see the Red John files. Lisbon is surprised as well as she tells Cho “I didn’t think he’d show up.” She asks Jane to her office (cubicle really). Jane figures she was hoping he wouldn’t come over, to which Lisbon states she doesn’t think him looking at the files is a good idea. Jane points out that Minelli said he could, before adding that while she’s right, he should start a new life, he can’t. Lisbon tells him to wait in her office till the files are brought up from storage as there are a lot of them. When Jane says he doesn’t mind waiting in the bullpen she tells him he’s a distraction, adding: “No offense, but you have a bit of a homeless vibe about you.” Jane points out that he cleaned up, like she told him too, to which Lisbon states that it’s a process.
-This was such a cute scene. I loved Jane’s tone here, almost like a kid wanting kudos from his mom on his improved hygiene. But Lisbon’s reply seems like she’s unimpressed; her statement “It’s a process,” seems like she’s telling Jane he has to keep up the good work before she gives him an attaboy. The whole scene was just very subtly sweet, especially Jane’s smile after Lisbon leaves.
Later Lisbon has Jane accompany her as she’s questioning a possible suspect.
-Lisbon telling Jane to come with her here, when only the day before she wanted to get rid of him supports that she’s had a change of attitude regarding Jane. I think, the moment she told Jane to come to CBI, but to clean up first, Lisbon made a decision to do whatever she can to help deter Jane from his self-destructive obsession. How?
The RJ files start arriving. Jane is about to dive straight into the first box when Lisbon interrupts his zeal to asks for his help before he starts looking at the files. She tells him that she’s gathered all the suspects in the room, that one of them is lying and possibly even the actual killer. She asks Jane to go in and see if he can spot the liar. At Jane’s surprise, Lisbon tells him that he seems to have a gift. Distressed, Jane tells her “I told you, I’m not a psychic, I’m a charlatan. You hear me? I’m a fraud.”
-Aw, Jane ;_;
Lisbon is quick to reassure Jane: “I believe you, but whatever it is, it’s a gift. I figure, why not use it?” adding, “I’m kind of at a standstill here.”
-How awesome is this?! Lisbon manipulated Jane into helping her out on the case!
Jane rises to the occasion and solves the case.
VIS # 7: Jane Gets Hired at the CBI
The next day, (or what I assume to be the next day) Jane shows up at CBI wearing a badge.
-Jane is almost walking with a swagger here, as opposed to his vulnerable self at the beginning of the episode. He looks extremely pleased with himself and more comfortable in his own skin. Solving a case obviously has him feeling much better about himself, as I’m sure is what Lisbon had in mind when she asked for his help.
Rigsby is astonished that Minelli hired him, but Lisbon explains “He exposed a corrupt cop, dethroned a judge. Those are all major points for us. As far as Minnelli is concerned, he’s a hero. Rigsby asks if Hannigan knows about this. Lisbon replies that he does and is transferring to another unit because he doesn’t want to work with Jane. Cho wonders if Lisbon knows who’ll replace Hannigan, she replies that she doesn’t but that there’s a new class of trainees and they might get one of them, pointing at some files. Cho and Rigsby start going through them. Rigsby holds up Van Pelts file: “I like this one” to which Cho tells him: “She’s cute, and out of your league.”
-I’m not sure how long it takes to train to be a CBI agent, but I’m guessing the three years between this episode and the pilot would have been too long. But I don’t really care. It was an awesome moment and a change to get Grace into the episode. Also, it might serve as foreshadowing. We know Rigsby and Sarah have broken up, we’ve seen Van Pelt write Rigsby name in a mentalist game with Jane in which he tells her it wouldn’t have been hard to guess that name. She also brought him coffee in an earlier episode this season. Are these hints that Rigspelt will once more grace the CBI walls? (see what I did there? *dodges tomatoes*).
Lisbon heads over to Jane and they have the following conversation:
Lisbon: “One last time. Are you sure you want to do this?”
Lisbon: “Okay, I tried.”
Jane: “You did.”
-Lisbon’s is talking about handing Jane the files. What I loved about this scene is the way he looks at her. He gazes at her a bit in gratitude, obviously touched by Lisbon’s efforts to keep him away from his obsession. Lisbon looks away, perhaps embarrassed by Jane’s gaze, but her obvious discomfort does not stop Jane from thanking her, and giving her a hug.
Lisbon takes Jane into a storage room where all the RJ files were kept for him.
VIS # 8: FBI Director Alexa Shultz and Virgil Minelli
Meanwhile, Virgil Minelli gets a call from FBI Director Alexa Shulz. She reminds him that they met at a conference and asks if it’s true that he hired Patrick Jane as a consultant. Minelli remarks, “I didn’t know you followed our hiring that closely.” Shulz tells Minelli that Jane is connected with a case they’re interested in, the killer Red John. She proceeds to ask Minelli for a favor, to keep her updated on the case so that she’ll be able to tell her “boss” something when he asks her what’s going on with it. Minelli asks why he’d do that. Alexa replies that it’s good to have a friend in the FBI. Virgil then agrees, saying that he’s a great believer in inter-agency cooperation. Alexa then tells wishes him luck, after giving him a head’s up that Jane had been in an insane asylum. She hangs up, looks at the man sitting across from her in a limo and tells him “done”. The man then replies “thank you”.
-Did I say that Writer Tom S. loves us? Forget that, he hates us! My conspiracy radar broke at this scene. What can it mean?!! Of course, it showed us why RJ’s been ahead of Jane every stop of the way. He has a friend in the FBI, and the FBI been in on the case through the cooperation of its directors, which was established in this phone call between Alexa and Virgil.
But are we supposed to think the guy with Alexa is RJ? It seems too obvious. Also, doesn’t he seems a bit too young to be RJ? Maybe another of his lackeys?
Two other (conspiracy) theories presented themselves to me:
In episode Red John’s Friends (Season two), the words “Red John is man” were written in blood at the crime scene of Jared Renfrew (Todd Stashwick), one of RJ’s friends who was killed by RJ to make sure he wouldn’t talk. There was a theory amongst fans that Renfrew wrote the words in his own blood, and had actually wanted to write “Red John is many” but died before he could complete the word. This theory is supported by the fact that Red John’s network has so many people in it: Jared Renfrew, Sheriff Hardy (Michael Mosley) and his father Orvil Tanner (S1, Red John’s Footsteps), CBI secretary Rebecca (Shauna Bloom) who killed Sam Bosco in episode His Red Right Hand, Todd Johnson, Craig O Laughlin, Gupta, Timothy Carter (whom Jane shot) Carter’s wife, and finally Lorelie.
I’m now wondering if it’s not true that Red John is many. What if Timothy Carter had in fact killed Jane’s family and that’s how he knew what they smelled like? Jane only concluded that RJ was still alive because the gun Carter had at the crime scene was taken away. What if he’s wrong, he’d gotten his RJ, but the gun was taken away by another RJ. This might also explain why Rosalind Harker didn’t identify Timothy Carter as RJ; the one who visited her was a different man RJ.
I’m not saying I believe this theory, it’s just one of the many that occurred to me that didn’t seem too crazy to share…
The other theory, that I absolutely refuse to believe and never wanted to mention but my sick, sick mind (aka cynic) refused to leave me alone till I did is that beloved Virgil Minelli might be RJ. That him letting Jane tag along with Lisbon in this episode is because he knew she’d be vulnerable to his sadness and want Jane to get hired at CBI, which would in turn allow him to keep a close eye on Jane.
I’ve now succeeded in giving myself new nightmare material. Please help assuage my crazy concerns. Or don’t, if they make sense to you…
Tunney and Baker were phenomenal. After working together for five years it must have been hard acting out their characters at the beginning, hardly knowing each other. But they pulled it off beautifully. I loved how they both reverted to their season one personalities; Lisbon reacting mostly with expressions rather than with words, especially to her boss’s demands (i.e. episode Ladies in Red). Jane on the hand is meeker and more vulnerable than we’ve ever seen him (though Red Brick and Ivy comes pretty close).
Director Chris Long. I love how we were able to see Jane and Lisbon from through the window blinds from the room where all the suspects were being held. That was a very interesting shot.
Writer Tom Szentgyorgyi. If you’ve read the review till here and can’t figure out why, then I can’t help you.
Gregory Itzin was fantastic as he ever was.
Wardrobe/hair and makeup. The team looks close enough to what they did in Season 1, except for Rigsby’s goatee which is totally in character for his younger self.
“Policy.” –Jane repeating Lisbon’s reason why he can’t stay. Hence begins Jane’s lifelong annoyance with policy and procedure.
“Teresa Lisbon. That’s a nice name.” Yes it is, if only Jane can pronounce the same every time XD Kidding aside, it was a great end line to the teaser.
“He’s supposed to behave like a professional law enforcer at all times.” Lisbon, on Hannigan. -Love the continuity on what Lisbon expects of her agents.
“Cop with a history attacks a murder victims grieving spouse. Excellent.” I heart Minelli. And Gregory Itzin. I really missed his sarcasm.
“You’re simply casting aspersions?” Poor judge. Be thankful he didn’t do more.
“No offense, but you have a bit of a homeless vibe about you.” Lisbon, to Jane.
“I cleaned up, like you told me too.” -Jane, to Lisbon in reply to the above. Love Jane’s tone here.
-This is Patrick Jane. He’s a consultant with the CBI. Before we start the interviews, he’s gonna…well, we’ll see what he’s gonna do. Lisbon, not knowing quite what to expect.
“There’s no such thing as psychics, or mediums, or at least I’ve never met one.” -Jane’s statement here is downright open minded compared with his later statements.
“You’re a cop, so you think the rules don’t apply to you.” –Jane, to the perp. I wish I could grab present Jane, show him of what past Jane said and say: “How are you any different!” Maybe that’s the point.
“Well, I’ll be damned. That’s your man Agent Lisbon. That’s your man.” Love Jane’s tone, and smile here. You can tell that he got a small rush from solving the case.
Icings on the Cake
-Tunney’s facial expressions when Minelli told her to take Jane along.
-The picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger, past governor of California hanging in the CBI hallway really made me smile.
-Rigsby telling Jane to take the desk at the very end of the room.
-CBI Karl in interrogation was awesome!
-Cho and Rigsby were great in this episode. They didn’t have many lines, but they did a fantastic job with the material they had. Cho, boring holes into Jane’s face until he was told he could forget he’s there; something he’s only too happy to do. Rigsby was also very amusing. From his confusion at Jane’s presence, to closing his eyes along with the suspects when Jane did his thing, trying to suss out the perp.
-Jane’s trick at the end was awesome. I’m going to take a guess and say that he cold read the perp’s dreams and switched the hanged man’s card with the one he felt was the killer. But I don’t care that it wasn’t explained. I enjoy the mystery.
-Love Lisbon’s “office”, which is more of a cubicle at this point.
-Lisbon coming into work to find Jane sleeping on the leather couch in the bullpen. Voila! Jane’s homeless vibe instantly disappears as he makes his bed on his beloved couch.
The timeline:Jane was hired at CBI a year after his family was killed. His family has been dead, so he’s been working at CBI for nine years. This fits into when Jane told Lisbon (two seasons ago) that he’s known her for seven years. Hence, when the pilot took place, five years ago, Jane had been working at CBI for about four years.
I love when all the facts line up. And I’m sure most people were able to figure this out in a second but for my math deficient brain I spent enough time figuring out that I thought I’d share my efforts here.
The peeve? Why was the note at the beginning of the eposde: Several years ago, and not simply “Nine years ago? “
Worse. In episode Redline, Wayne tells Grace he’s coming into his fifth year at CBI, a reason he’d stated as why he didn’t want to be transferred. If Wanye, at season two had been working at CBI for Five years, this means, Wayne, at season five, has worked for CBI for eight years. Meaning, shouldn’t have been at CBI in this episode. Aw, crap. I’m just going to assume that Wayne told Grace he’s just finished his fifth year CBI, and that he was hired a very short time before Jane was. This might explain why Wayne wasn’t so sure who Jane was. If, as Lisbon stated, her team had interviewed hundreds of witnesses, and the case has been a top priority as Minelli said, then he should have been absolutely sure who Jane was, as opposed to his uncertainty when he asked Lisbon about him. Heh, that actually makes sense 🙂
Some more points with regards to what have quickly become recurrent themes for this season…
Why Jane works at CBI
In episode Redline WalterMashburn told Jane, sizing him up, “You lost your wife and kid to a serial killer, your fault you think, and now you’re on this hopeless quest for redemption, battling evil and injustice, right?” to which Jane had replied “Close enough.”
I recently stated that I thought that might have been why Jane originally came to CBI but got distracted by revenge. This episode’s shows us that it was actually the other way around. Jane came to CBI, hoping to get information to seek his revenge but Lisbon hired him hoping to distract him from it. This would explain Jane’s “Close enough,” to Mashburn. But it still doesn’t explain why he’s working for the CBI. The fact is, Jane didn’t need to work at the CBI to see the files. Minelli had already agreed to let him see them. Now we have it in canon that Jane works at CBI because it keeps him busy, but it seems that Lorelie wasn’t off the mark either when she stated her theory on why Jane works there: to be close to Teresa Lisbon.
Obviously, Jane wasn’t in love with Lisbon when he started at CBI. However, he is there because she offered him a job. I think Lisbon had already decided she would try and get Jane hired at CBI the moment she told him to come to her workplace, after he cleaned up. He’d already made a good call when he told them to find the victim’s girlfriend, so she might have wanted to see if his help can solve the case. I believe she did this hoping to give him a job, and hence, a purpose to live besides seeking revenge for his wife and family. And I think that Jane, after Lisbon asked him to work for CBI, recognized her intent, that she had asked him to consult on the case to pave the way for him to get hired, was touched, and had felt good enough after solving the last case that he decided to indulge Lisbon’s request.
Part of the reason I like this theory (and loved this episode) is that Jane couldn’t have known before-hand that Lisbon had a weak spot for damaged men and therefore couldn’t have used that to get himself hired. I really miss not having to doubt everything Jane does. Another thing I loved about this episode was how far it went to explain Lisbon. I’ve always said that Jane seems more attached to her than vice-versa, and while his behavior might at times be interpreted as coming from a romantic place, I was always insistent that she never displayed more than familial concern. It’s nice to be able to back this up with some evidence. Lisbon wasn’t in love with Jane any more than she was in love with Hannigan. She put up with both men because they are sad and remind her of her father. Jane, on the other hand…the glance that he gives Lisbon at the end of the pilot now has a whole new possibility for me. He may have started to move on from his wife, as early as god only knows. But as far as Lisbon’s always been concerned, he’s still mourning his wife (Robin Tunney said as much in several interviews: Lisbon doesn’t see him as boyfriend material ).
“Steven tells Lisbon “I gotta tell you, I could not work for a beautiful woman like you. It’s way too distracting. You dating anyone honey?” And that officially makes it the third time in almost so many episodes this question is asked after the “I’m not your girlfriend” Lisbon shouted at Jane. There was also Charlotte’s inquiry. Foreshadowing, someone?
I don’t know but now that Lisbon knows Jane’s slept with Lorelie, maybe he won’t seem as off-limits as he once was? There’s also the small fact that, I don’t know, JANE TOLD LISBON HE LOVES HER! But since they’re both pretending that didn’t happening I wouldn’t hold my breath. Onto the next theme…
I wrote in the review for episode Blood Feud:
We’ve seen Lisbon having Jane and her teammates’ backs because she considers them family. And we had Rigsby lying to provide an alibi for his abusive dad in episode Blood Sport. Then there’s Jane. I found his use of the word “escape” very interesting. His family has been dead about a decade and he still hasn’t been able to sever the bond he had with them. This conversation gives more support that the theme of family bonds, and what they cost, will be a major theme.
The victim in this episode couldn’t escape from his family any more than Rigsby could his dad. But there’s the family that we choose as opposed to the one we’re born with. The CBI is a family by choice. They look out for each other because they want to, not because they have to. La Roche tells Lisbon that her biggest flaw is protecting her team. I say, so far, the choices she’s had to make were arguably easy: Mother Teresa will always protect her children from outside influences. But until this point, she’d never had to protect them from each other; from Jane. Lisbon’s replies to LaRoche, denying Jane’s manipulation make it seem to me that she might not have known Jane was going to call Rigsby. One could argue it wouldn’t matter to her if he did, so ingrained is her instinct to defend him. But what about now, after LaRoche raised the possible emotional harm Jane’s interference might have on Rigsby?
Maybe you are misreading the whole foreshadowing and this season is not so much about the CBI family being torn apart but rather about it growing closer together? Looking at the facts we’ve got: single Rigsby(…..spoiler…spoiler) Jane who already admitted he loves Lisbon, and Lisbon who is slowly coming to realize how much Jane actually means to her, and Cho and Rigsby considering to invite Jane on a guys night out and Jane fostering his friendship with Grace last episode with their little game …
Maybe the season is about them sticking even closer together, withstanding all outside influences and forces (aka. FBI, Red John, criminals, etc.) because they are more like a family than many actual families ever manage to be (as evidenced by the fact that none of the team members actually seems to come from a steady family environment).
I certainly hope so. But this episode only reinforced my theory when Lisbon told Jane that his obsession is the kind that destroys people. Might this be foreshadowing that Jane’s obsession will threaten to destroy the CBI family?
On the Devil’s Cherry post, P commented:
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.
I’d just like to add that the same way Jane is obsessed with the death of his family and Red John, it seems that Lisbon has an obsession of her own…
In the season one finale, Jane berates Lisbon for saving his life, and allowing Red John to escape. He states that his death would have been worth getting Red John. Lisbon tells him that “people” care about him , that he’s being selfish and childish and that she wants him to stop. To which Jane replies: “Some people you just can’t save”.
This episode puts that line beautifully in context, and is further evidence that Jane knows exactly why Lisbon hired him. His thank you at the end of this episode wasn’t just because she brought him the Red John files, but because he realizes she hired him as a way to try to save him from his obsession by helping help him start his life again.
Saint Teresa, indeed. I’d say she’s in desperate need of a shrink except this world truly needs people like her. Why a shrink? Because just as Jane can’t move on from his family’s death, Lisbon is still being tortured from not being able to save her dad. Just like Jane wants to right the wrong of his family’s death by killing Red John, Lisbon wants to right the wrong of her dad’s suicide by saving Jane. It’s a sad, sad cycle, one that I doubt either of them will be able to break out of easily.
Crap. Now I’m crying again.
Lisbon’s obsession to keep Jane safe is as much of a threat to her as Jane’s obsession with RJ. We’ve had several people point out that it’s her biggest flaw. But now that we know her motivations, I doubt Lisbon will ever stop helping Jane. Between him being a cocky jerk, and a suicidal broken man, she’d choose jerk every day; as she should. But if she’s not going to change, then Jane will just have to start taking her martyr complex into consideration, look out for her more. I don’t doubt one bit that he loves her. Not one bit. And I know he appreciates all that she’s ever done for him tries to return the favor in his own twisted way (trying to get her to relax, annoying people who annoy her, etc.). There’s also the fact that some people are givers and some people are takers in this world. And these people can co-exist perfectly together because their personalities complement each other. But every once in a while, events happen which challenge the status quo. And I’m starting to realize that, whatever Jane says, when push comes to shove Jane he will always make the right choice (i.e. like when he shot Hardy). But I still wouldn’t mind seeing him take Lisbon or the others into consideration when he makes less obvious (i.e. harder) choices. Nor would I mind him having to face the fact that caring for someone doesn’t necessarily mean making choices for them, because, seriously, it’s about time someone pointed that out to him.
There’s one more theme that occurred to me as I was watching this episode.
This theme doesn’t really occur in this episode, but it nonetheless occurred to me as I was writing it.
P, in a comment to the Devil’s Cherry Review, said:
It was great when he (Jane) 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.
In episode Not One Red Cent, the perp was a power dater who killed her fiancée because he was going to leave her after all she did for him. This is such a huge contrast to Lisbon whom we now know is at least partly to thank for Jane living a semi-normal, semi-sane existence. We’ve also seen him in a straightjacket in Devil’s Cherry, and we’ve had a hallucinated Lisbon say, about Jane, “He’s having another episode.” I found it interesting that Jane still has residual fears regarding Lisbon what her reaction might be if he were to have a nervous breakdown (Scarlett Ribbons). This is especially so considering Lisbon’s “Let me help you” when Jane had his (fake?) breakdown last season.
Food For Thought
I’d like to point out the dreams Jane attributed to the suspects in this episode, since I felt they all might apply to Jane, one way or another:
-You dream of being trapped, caged like an animal, and you dream of a terrible violent escape. You picked the devil. (i.e. Revenge)
-You dreamt that your daughter was falling into a very dark place, and you couldn’t stop her. You called out that you loved her but she couldn’t hear you. And that’s why you chose the lovers. (i.e. Charlotte)
-You dreamt of death, and you chose death. (Suicide? Or another reference to revenge.)
-You can’t shake the idea that you’ll never find true love. And you picked the fool. (Jane probably thought he’ll never find love again, after his wife’s death).
-You have a lot of scary dreams, but you can’t remember them. However, you’re a cop. (takes one to know one jane. Just sayin. So you think the rules don’t apply to you. And you chose the magician.
– You constantly dream of all the people you hurt coming back to seek revenge. And guess what. They dream the same thing. You chose, the hanged man. (R.J. hurt Jane, as revenge for his cold reading. Similarly, Jane wants to kill R.J. for revenge).
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