Mentalist Cherry Picked Review


I’ve recently signed on to a new production and will therefore be unable to write reviews as regularly as I have been. Thankfully, Violet has once again generously agreed to help out. I’ll put it in my two cents whenever possible, as in this review, but until further notice, when it comes to The Mentalist, she will be taking the lead. The show and the blog are precious to me and I am absolutely grateful to leave it in hands I trust as much as, if not more, than my own. Violet, I thank you for your continuous and invaluable support and insight.-RB

Synopsis                                                                                                    

Consultant Patrick Jane (Baker) is busy interrogating a prison guard about Lorelei Martins’ disappearance when Lisbon (Tunney) calls him at a crime scene, a security guard has been killed. Jane soon discovers that the case is more complicated than they first thought: a couple in the neighborhood has been kidnapped and a ransom is 3demanded to the husband’s brother, Isaac Goodwin (Neil Hopkins). Jane starts then to tease the truth out of him until he realizes that the kidnapper may have made taken the wrong couple, his brother’s best friends who were house sitting, Gary (Michael Petrone) and Sloan (Anne Dudek) Dietz.

Concise Verdict

‘Cherry Picked’ is a funny and entertaining episode, with an original type of case and Jane in top form. Without being a flat filler episode, it serves more as a stage for more crucial developments. It has the advantage of giving us some answers that we were expecting since the beginning of the season. Nevertheless, it ends on a rather frustrating note, since it opens more questions than it actually resolves and seems to take a step back in the trust department. Still, it’s a great addition to a thus far stellar season. 9/10

Detailed AKA Humungous Review (Spoilers Galore)

Jane

VIS #1: Jane Interviews a Prisoner Guard About Lorelei

The episode begins with a timeline; we’re told Lorelei has been missing for nineteen days, and this rare precision certainly means that the episode marks a milestone. Jane is showing a picture of Lorelei to an officer and asking if she knows her. Indeed, he has deduced that someone must have driven their prisoner out of jail; therefore a cop must be involved. That’s confirmation for distrustful viewers that he had nothing to do with her disappearance and is actively searching for her. The whole scene is packed with meaning: the monotone tone that he uses indicates immediately that it’s not the first time he’s doing such an interrogation; he’s got a notebook with picture of his suspects and meticulously written annotations. He’s doing boring police work, the type he normally leaves to others.  This is actually the first time that we see Jane operate in his personal investigation: even when he was trying to get his hands on La Roche’s list, we did see him take the big steps (talk to Minelli and to Culpepper), but not check the possibilities in a systematic fashion. That fact alone proves his dedication. When compared to how he acted when another woman involved to RJ has vanished, the difference is even more striking: with the Kristina Frye case, he was concerned but passive, he was letting the cops do their job, while here, he’s taking matters in his own hands.

Reviewbrain: I think this is continuity with regards to Jane’s increased lack of trust when it comes to RJ matters. He’s already lost Brenda and Todd so it makes sense he doesn’t want to lose Lorelie the same way.

Another detail later shows how he’s focused in finding Lorelei: in the Goodwin’s house, he enjoys listening to opera until Lisbon complains and make him stop the music. Jane’s partiality for classic has already been stated, but he’s listening to « La donna è mobile » from « Rigoletto » by Verdi is pretty interesting. In this song, the Duke of Mantua states how much women are untrustworthy, deceptive and are “flighty like a feather in the wind” (“La donna è mobile/ Qual piuma al vento”). In the opera, ironically, he’s singing this while the girl he’s waiting for is plotting his death with her accomplice. That’s obviously an allusion to Lorelei and the reference to her as another “donna” makes a perfect counterpoint to Jane calling Lisbon “bella donna” in the other “Cherry” episode.

Moreover, he seems to be investigating officially since the interrogation takes place at the CBI headquarters. He has access to the officer’s personal files and Lisbon is aware of what he’s doing, at least to a point. Does that thus mean that he has finally decided to come clean and tell her everything about his plans? That’s still very dubious…

VIS #2 : Consultant vs Kidnapper, Rounds One and Two

When Jane gets to the crime scene and starts dealing with Isaac Goodwin, it soon becomes very clear that he is being quite confrontational, first with Isaac by playing a phone prank on the man to force him to confess that his brother and sister-in-law have been kidnapped, then with the kidnapper himself. Indeed, when the bad guy calls Isaac, Jane uses the opportunity to reveal that he premeditated to take the Dietz instead of the Goodwin in order to use their guilt. Then, in one of the funniest moments of the episode, he process to negotiate a lower ransom for the hostages in almost the same way he would bargain before buying something. Curt, peremptory and to the point. And he doesn’t stop here. The next call from the kidnapper is even worse: after the guy insults Lisbon, Jane snaps and shouts at him, ordering him to release one of the hostages or the deal is off; he goes to the extent of ending the communication himself. His instinct to defend his friend is touching and the scene is really amusing, still the truth is that it was the worst thing to do as a negotiator, even more since he knew the perpetrator had already killed someone.

The logical explanation is that Jane’s eager to close the case and go back to serious business, the investigation on Lorelei’s whereabouts. He’s not rushing it as much as he was when Culpepper was in custody in season 3, but he tries to speed things up in a cavalier manner and is taking a huge risk with Dietz’ life. If it had been a real kidnapping and not just a way to try and cover Gary Dietz’ murder and fly with the Goodwin’s money, the most probable outcome would have been that one of the hostages would have ended wounded or dead, just to prove that the bad guy was serious about it. Indeed some details tended to indicate that there was a mastermind behind the guy and that it was a close friend to the Goodwin, but it could have been someone else. Or Sloan and her lover could have chosen to execute Gary and keep pretending that she was his prisoner. It was an awful risk to take, even if he was right… He has become more and more reckless with his cases: he goes farther every time in taking risks that he estimates worth of a try. It’s not the first time he knowingly puts someone in danger (Grace in ‘The Red Ponies’ for instance), but there is a definite progression in his carelessness.

Reviewbrain: While I agree with everything you said, I just want to say that I was actually impressed with Jane’s efforts to solve the case here. He didn’t seem as hasty as he was in season two’s premiere Redemption (in which he caused a shoot out in his hurry to solve a case). In fact, when the victim’s brother told Lisbon he wouldn’t let her talk to the kidnappers, because he didn’t want his brother’s blood on their hands, Jane had actually agreed saying: Hard to argue with that. He only got involved after he was positive that one of the victim’s was actually an accomplice. And while that doesn’t excuse his methods…well, it’s not the worst thing he’s ever done :/

VIS # 3: Jane and Lisbon in Front of the Elevator

When Jane gets eventually a promising lead about one of the jail driver on the Lorelei’s case, he omits to mention it to Lisbon. She follows him to the elevator and asks him about it. He deflects her questions and she insists by blocking the doors with her hand. And we have almost a exact repeat of the final scene in ‘Red Rover, Red Rover’: Lisbon tells him “let me help you” and he rejects her offer with a somewhat semi-apologetic “thank you” (for letting go of the doors) – instead of the nicer “you’re sweet” from last season. The whole exchange is completed by a good serving of meaningful glances, this time more along the lines of a warning than a supplication. And, like that time unruly Jane embarks for a dangerous scheme (breaking in the deputy’s house). But, in spite of the similarities, it’s obvious that Jane doesn’t hide anymore the fact that he don’t want to tell her the entire truth: he trusts her enough to keep her in the loop about the general direction he’s taking, but he doesn’t want to share the most important elements. It seems that he still hasn’t learned his lesson…

Reviewbrain: I know this scene annoyed a lot of people but I actually had a positive reaction to it. I felt the “Thank you” much more meaningful, and less patronizing (if not as nice) as the “You’re sweet” in Red Rover, Red Rover. The “you’re sweet” had felt like a clandestine rejection, while the “thank you” here seemed to denote genuine gratitude. We’ve seen Lisbon (finally) hold her own when it comes to Jane’s investigations into Red John. In episode The Crimson Ticket, she’d threatened to put a stop to Jane’s actions by going to Bertram, and only gave in after Jane pleaded with her to not to. Here, her hand stopping the elevator, coupled with her “Let me help you” seemed a quiet assertion of her authority. So I think Jane’s thanks here him expressing gratitude and acknowledgment for the leeway she’s giving him. There might have been another meaning to his thanks. His non-reply to Lisbon’s offer to help him seemed to speak pretty loud: “I don’t want your help because I’ll probably do something which might get you in trouble so can you let me go please.” Jane’s (canon) reason for not including in on his plans is always the same; either protecting her from Red John or from getting her in trouble. I think that, for once, Lisbon got that and decided she was better off having Jane fill her in later. I’m not sure I blame her. And while I don’t think its the best choice it didn’t send me into a fit of rage, either. Considering the fact that Jane was going to break into the officer’s house, I’m very grateful she didn’t go along. Her character wasn’t ruined as a result and I was subsequently saved from going into a fit of rage.

Violet: This moment between them also constitutes another occurrence in a growing string of intriguingly similar scenes. Indeed, there seems to be plenty of more or less decisive moments in front of our CBI elevator recently: Jane interrogating the bank robber in ‘Not One Red Cent’, meeting a vengeful Rigsby in ‘Blood Feud’; Jane’s very first steps in headquarters in ‘Red Dawn’ and being punched in the nose in front of said elevator minutes later… In almost every episode, there seems to be a reminder of the first and more powerful of those examples: the one where Lorelei was taken by the FBI in ‘The Crimson Ticket’, as if the elevator scenes were a symbolical thread running through the beginning of this season and representing Jane’s fixation on the problem caused by Lorelei’s vanishing.

Reviewbrain: Thank you so much for pointing this out. I never would have thought of it but now that you brought it up I can’t help but wonder if might not be an indicator of how easily people can disappear from each others lives. Jane himself had disappeared via the elevator after his (fake) breakdown and went missing for six months. More foreshadowing of someone else leaving?

Lisbon

Jane isn’t the only one in a belligerent mood. It looks like our usually sweet Lisbon has been contaminated too. First, she’s amused by Jane’s funny prank on Isaac, even though it’s rather cruel; she also snaps at Jane twice for listening to very loud opera. Later, when Isaac eventually locks himself up with the phone, she starts banging on the door and threatens to break it down. Isaac is characterized by Jane as « arrogant », « insensitive » and he’s indeed very reluctant and difficult to deal with, but he also comes across as scared to make a bad move and to cause his family’s death (and we discover afterwards that he’s even more afraid because he doesn’t have the money to pay the ransom). How come our usually very empathic Lisbon isn’t more understanding with him? Then it’s Brenda’s turn. The woman from Public Relations warns Lisbon that the case is highly sensitive because Marcus Goodwin has connections in the Pentagon, to what Lisbon answers dryly: “you’ve got your problems, I’ve got mines.” Brenda finally wins when she pressures the agent by threatening to call director Bertram. Both women make up in the end, but where is the Lisbon who accepted to drag along a TV reporter and cameraman in the field for the sake of good publicity?

Reviewbrain: Thanks for bringing this up. This out of character Lisbon, while amusing, felt a bit annoying considering her usual kind and patient way of dealing with members of victim’s families. The scene here was almost a complete role reversal with Lisbon behaving childishly and Jane being the cooler head.

Violent: Many explanations are plausible: she couldn’t afford to lose time if she wanted to save the hostages and she didn’t want to be bothered by trivial things, for one. She may also be suffering from burn-down, as Reviewbrain has been pointing out for some time, have lost her last ounce of trust in authority and thus wouldn’t care anymore about good appearance and the annoying politics inherent to her charge as long as she keeps doing her job well. Or Jane’s influence may have become so overwhelming that she begins to truly act like him, doing things her way without caring about consequence: after all, she went as far as trying to play with Isaac’s emotions, lying about feeling “bad that (he’s) in here”, just like she would if she was dealing with a kid. Jane has taught her well. And that’s a scary thought.

Reviewbrain: The loss of trust in authority was actually first brought up by Windsparrow, just to be clear 😉 As to her impatient reactions, I think it’s more of a case of after being together for so long Lisbon has picked up on some aspects of Jane’s character. And while I agree Lisbon was cajoling Isaac like a mother would a child, I wouldn’t go as far as she was playing with his emotions. She just needed to get him out. And I think, rather than it being anything Jane had taught her, it was something she was used to dealing with considering she’d raised three “nearly feral” brothers, as she’d once said (Red Gold).

The usual suspects

VIS #4: The Ending, aka Jane Faces the Guilty Officer Walter DeMunn (Michael Shamus Wiles)

When the case is closed, Jane breaks again in deputy DeMunn’s house and confronts him about helping get Lorelei out of jail. After resisting a while, DeMunn finally admits that he’s been blackmailed by an “Agent Nemo” from FBI, who knew the deputy had raped an inmate. He agrees to give Jane the address where he took Lorelei. Jane knows his classics and remarks that “Nemo” means “Nobody”. This is actually a double allusion that’s quite interesting. Ulysses in Homer’s “Odyssey’” used the Greek word for nobody as a name to trick the Cyclops Polyphemus who took him and his companions prisoners. Ulysses blinded him and escaped, therefore the monster kept telling that “Nobody” has attacked him. That’s exactly what our unknown agent did here. Also, Jules Verne made a reference to this incident in “20.000 Leagues under the Sea” by naming one of his most important characters Captain Nemo (“nobody” in Latin): he’s a very smart and dark man who chose to exclude himself from society by living with his crew in the submarine Nautilus, sinking ships. So, while Ulysses gave us the storyline, Captain Nemo represents the instigator of an invisible power, the master of a crew that stays unknown to the population, always simmering under the sea like a dangerous force, just like good old RJ.  Nevertheless, both references also indicate the ambiguity of Jane’s new enemy. Indeed, neither Ulysses nor Nemo are really bad guys per se: Ulysses is cunning and Nemo is dark and mysterious, but they aren’t cruel cold-blooded killers like Red John. Does that mean that the mole isn’t behind this, that the genuine FBI chose an intricate and illegal way to keep Lorelei for themselves, without involving RJ?

In addition, DeMunn’s home also points subtly to another character, Bertram: we got a glance of a framed picture of the deputy and Bertram, just like we saw one of La Roche holding his dog when Culpepper broke in his house. Symbolically we’re reminded that Bertram is a plausible suspect, he’s not “out of the picture” yet. Speaking of Bertram, I’ve been wondering recently if his name wasn’t inspired by Agatha Christie’s “At Bertram’s Hotel”. In this novel, Miss (Jane) Marple discovers that a cosy old-fashioned hotel where she likes to stay has been used as a façade for a well organized criminal ring, orchestrated by a well-known and connected lady mastermind. Maybe it hints that Bertram is also orchestrating a law enforcement smokescreen to cover up sinister activities… Or, since there is no actual “Bertram” in the novel, his name only serves for pointing out that there is a façade, without implying that he’s involved… And, just to confuse us a little more, Christie’s lady mastermind (Bess Segdwick) has been played in 2007 in the British TV show “Miss Marple” by no other than… Polly Walker, aka our FBI agent Alexa Schultz. Mentalist recipe for Ambiguity cocktail: stir a bit of every possible suspect together, add a dash of confusion and shake before serving.

Best Scenes

The winner: The ending. A creepy guy, a mysterious blackmailer, a new lead and Jane on top of his game, what more could we ask for?

First runner up: Cho and Rigsby playing the sea lion in the middle of the bullpen. It was both a hilarious and cute scene and probably a sign that the guy doesn’t suffer from PTSD after the events in ‘Blood Feud’. Cho even cracked a smile!

Second Runner up: Every scene with Jane playing negotiator. Outrageous as they were, they were also very funny and the shocked looks on everyone’s face afterwards was priceless.

Best Lines

“Tell me, what are you wearing?” Jane to Isaac on the phone. Cruel but still hilarious.

Reviewbrain: this moment was so classic Jane I didn’t care how cruel it was. I’m a hypocrite like that :p

“You’re selling beer here, not Champagne” Jane again, to the kidnapper who demands too high a price for Marcus’ friends. Talk about negotiation skills…

“Then why do you look worried?” Lisbon, answering to Jane assuring her that the kidnapper would call back. Seeing her reading his impassive expression is always enjoyable. Even more when the man tries to deny it.

“You don’t criticize his performance? Just mine?” Lisbon, to Jane about Rigsby.

“He was good. You? *gestures so-so with his hands*” Aw, Lisbon! I think she tries too hard when she acts in front of Jane (see the “Bite me!” in episode Red Scare) as opposed to her flawless performance in front of Brenda in Season three’s finale Strawberries and Cream.

Icings on the Cake

Even though a overly snappy and insensitive Lisbon is somewhat worrying, it was still nice to see her at last angered with Jane about something… even if that something is him listening to opera too loudly… A Lisbon giving her misbehaving consultant a piece of her mind is always a good thing!

Lisbon (whom we’ve never seen seeking the spotlight before) offering to do interviews with reporters instead of Jane whom wase nowhere to be found, only to get shot down by Brenda was very cute. She looked like a hurt puppy!

Reviewbrain: The case touched on two of this season’s possible continuous themes:

-Gary Dietz (Michael Petrone) was closer to Isaac Goodwin than his own brother, Marcus. When Isaac and his wife Pella went out of town, they asked Gary and Sloan to take care of their dog rather than Isaac. The couple were also willing to fork over all their money to save their friends life. And at the end of episode, the hug they gave him when he returned to them safely shows they don’t just consider him their friend. He’s family. I’d stated in an earlier review that there’s the family you are born with (Rigsby and his father) and the family you choose (Lisbon and her team). I like to think that this is a throwback to this theme.

-Sloan’s character seemed to allude to another of this season’s themes: love.  Specifically, the unconditional (though not necessarily romantic) love Lisbon has for Jane. They have gone through so much together. She has taken so much grief in her professional (and probably personal) life too due to his larger than life personality and general disregard for everything non-RJ related. But we’ve rarely seen her complain. Despite all, she enjoys his company and presence and is unwavering loyal. Contrast this with Sloan who is a complete opposite. As far as we can tell the only thing her poor husband Gary is guilty of is not being rich. When he begs her to spare him, asking what he ever did to her, she responds that he wasted ten years of her life; brought her down with him. I found the contrast too polar to be a coincidence. I think it is either further evidence to indicate how strong Lisbon and Jane’s (and by proximity the team’s) bond is, as All-I-Need suggested, or dark foreshadowing that Lisbon’s patience might also come to an end.

Honorable Mentions

It was quite intriguing to see Anne Dudek as the traitorous Sloan Dietz. I wonder if, given her ambivalent part in “House” some years ago, seeing her as one of the hostages has tipped off some viewers about Sloan…

Blake Neely’s tunes at the end scene was fantastic. Quietly moody during the interrogation, then swelling into Jane’s familiar theme, only more bad-ass with the addition of I think a new instrument (I think) as Jane swaggered out of the house and told the awaiting police “He’s all yours”?

Michael Shamus Wiles was fantastic, offering a multitude of depth to a man we’ve never met before and managing to humanize a man we’re told is a rapist.

The direction by John F. Showalter was quite superb, holding together a pretty complicated story.

Pet Peeves

–  Jane did the right thing by calling the police to arrest the rapist deputy at the end. But won’t that warn whoever took Lorelei that Jane is getting closer? That seemed awfully imprudent for someone as cautious as Jane.

Reviewbrain: I know! I was shocked! And happy! Could it be our man is starting to respect the law? I can almost imagine Lisbon’s reaction:

Lisbon: So I heard you turned in Walter for rape.

Jane: I did. He also told me where he took Lorelie.

Lisbon: Wow. All this without breaking the law. So how’d you get him to confess?

Jane: ….

Lisbon: Jane?

Jane: I broke into his house, snooped until I learned enough to cold read him into confessing.

Lisbon: ……Of course you did. Silly me.

Sorry. I couldn’t help it XD

Conclusion: The primary goal of this episode was certainly to announce grand and dark things to come from Jane. It made me wonder about its title: what is this “Cherry Picked” referring to? One of the meanings of the expression “cherry picking” is to select data in order confirm a particular theory or position, while putting aside any other evidence that might infirm it. So is Jane cherry picking? Selecting evidence that confirms his opinion, while ignoring the other evidence that doesn’t fit with his theory? He actually did just that with the case, he’s taken the risk to put a couple in mortal danger because he didn’t take the situation seriously: he’s been focusing on the indications that one of the hostage may be involved, but neglecting that a man had already been killed. And there were no consequences for him, therefore we can be sure he will do it again. Does that also mean he’s doing the same thing about Lorelei’s disappearance, by focusing on the FBI? Will he endanger someone else because he’ll be underestimating the risks once more? On another hand, the second “cherry” that appears in a title may also allude to the questions that were dropped by Charlotte in ‘Devil’s Cherry’, about his motivations and the infutility of chasing RJ. Here, Jane metaphorically picks the cherry up by choosing his answer to his imaginary daughter’s query: he picks up the game and chooses to continue hunting RJ.

Reviewbrain: I think the title refers to how the victim was chosen to compel the ransom, as well as Jane picking the right man out of the many who transported inmates from the prison. But your theory that the title might refer to information Jane is choosing to believe fits something I thought of the other day upon reading comments to my Red Dawn Review. I had shared my crazy, crazy, theory that Minelli might be Red John. Thankfully most of you (mock glares at Windsparrow) disagreed but another thought then crossed my mind. Red John told Jane he had a friend in the FBI. Jane saw it as a double bluff, not that RJ was lying to mislead him as Lisbon thought. Now RJ probably does have a friend in the FBI but why would he share that with Jane? Jane had said because he would have found out eventually. I agree, but I don’t think that’s why RJ told Jane. Rather, I think RJ shared this information as a mislead; to hide the fact that he has a friend in the CBI. Now both CBI Ron and CBI Karl have been making more regular appearances. Is it really just for the sake of realism (which I appreciate very much) or could it simply be a coincidence? We’ll see.

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16 responses to “Mentalist Cherry Picked Review

  • rita

    Great Review, well done Violet.

    I enjoyed this episode, it wasn’t a big emotional tear jerker, just answered a few questions and posed a lot more!

    I’m glad that Jane didn’t have Lorelei, I was beginning to worry. I wish he would keep Lisbon in the loop a bit more about what is going on in this situation (looking for Lorelei), but I’m wondering if he is trying to keep her out of the way of Lorelei….he MUST have noticed her reaction to the ‘sleepy lover’ comment in last seasons finale, and also the conversation in the car in the premiere about Lorelei being ‘practically the first woman who………’

    The conversation on the phone with the brother at the beginning….’what are you wearing?’ made me laugh out loud….so off the wall!

    I was glad that he had tipped off the police to the drivers other crimes….he has come a long way, I’m not sure that he would have done that earlier. As you say he has rubbed off on Lisbon, altering her attitude to certain things. but equally, she seems to have started to rub off on him.

    Great review, you seem to notice so much more than I do….time to go back and watch again.

  • All-I-need

    Wonderful review as always! I’m sad to hear you won’t have that much time for the reviews but also happy that Violet has once again offered to take over. You two make a great team and are both fully capable of producing those wonderful in-depth reviews I love so much!

    Point in case: That opera song. Never would have guessed it had any meaning other than being opera and confirming once more that Jane loves music. Which he clearly does, he was enjoying the song.

    I absolutely loved the way he was dealing with the kidnapper. The way he snapped when the guy insulted Lisbon (Awwww, Jane playing the knight in shining armour and keeping his promise to always safe her, whether she wants him to or not!) and then yelling at him … the poor kidnapper clearly had no idea how to deal with that and was caught completely off-guard. The last thing you’d expect is for someone to start making demands of their own. I especially enjoyed Jane’s “And don’t bother calling again otherwise.” BWAHAHA, that was mean and reminded me of a bad breakup.

    I think Lisbon has every right to be a bit moody every now and then. That woman may be as close to a saint as it gets, but even Lisbon has days when her temper gets the better of her. Also, she might have been stressed because she was constantly worrying what Jane was doing – and I was SO happy to see he kept her in the loop (mostly).

    Also, I actually screamed “I love you, Jane!” when I realized he had arranged for the cops to arrest DuMonn at the end of the episode. It goes against Jane’s nature to let a man walk free who did any form of violence to a woman. And I am shocked the FBI would do that. I suspect they are the ones behind Lorelei’s disappearance and that RJ actually has nothing to do with that. If he had, DuMonn would have met with a rather unpleasant but inconspicious end by now. Can’t have a lead like that walking around, right? And the FBI already refused to cooperate in the very first episode, so I don’t see why they would not make Lorelei disappear and then pretend they did not know anything about it.

    That scene with Rigsby and Cho in the bullpen was absolutely adoreable and another hint at how close the team is getting – Rigsby making a fool out of himself in the bullpen where everyone can see and hear him (and he is always so hilariously awkward when the spotlight is on him, see Season 4 with Jane’s buddy the magician who called Rigs onto the stage) and Cho actually cracked a smile!!! I can never get over the way Cho suddenly shows an actual expression.

    The elevator scene with Lisbon and Jane also reminded me of Red Rover, Red Rover, and I am glad he kept her more in the loop this time and actually CAME BACK. That’s the important part. And while he did break into a house that is almost normal Jane behaviour, so I am not worrying about it at all. I am glad he did not take Lisbon with him for that and I wonder if maybe she was aware of the fact he called the cops?

    I am already looking forward to the artwork for this episode… maybe Rigsby the sea lion will make an appearance?

    Thanks for yet another wonderful review!

  • windsparrow

    Good thing I’m not like Beetlejuice, or you would have to say my name one more time for me to appear. XD

    Great review. I think I liked the review better than I liked the episode. I also feel like we should come up with a nickname for both of you – Reviewbrain and Violet – or maybe just matching spandex superhero costumes.

    I have one enormous pet peeve with the whole episode: The FBI have been dogging the Serious Crimes Unit since the beginning of the season even when they had no need to be there. But now when there is a case which is legitimately FBI jurisdiction, they are nowhere to be found. Even if trying to maintain the appearance of “no cops” to appease the kidnappers, Lisbon should have brought in her poker buddy (bother, still can’t remember his name without looking it up, Mr. Tall, Dark, and Hot Tempered) on the quiet.

    I liked a bunch of the moments between Jane and Lisbon, particularly Jane being meaner to her about her performance than he was to “the other kids” cuz he likes her.

    The scene with Rigsby catching popcorn in his mouth – that actually bothered me. It looked to me as though Rigsby was being very callous about the case, rather than applying his usual earnest diligence. But as food was involved, who can say for sure if that was just a bit of sloppy characterization, or if it is symbolic of something deeper. Only one way to find out, and that is to keep watching for further developments.

  • C Hill

    fwiw, windsparrow, i believe the fbi is involved in interstate kidnappings, but i’m willing to give artistic license here.

    very nice work on the opera angle, violet.

    i really liked this episode. i thought the last scene was excellent. it also harkened back to jane’s initial interview with DeMunn (demon?) where he practically begged him cooperate. and, unlike some, i was shocked that jane had called the cops on DeMunn.

    lines:

    jane, in response to “we thought you were kidnapped!” – well, not all of us (along with massive, exaggerated eye roll)

    van pelt: “i’ll tell if you steal one” (and wow is she so pregnant in this scene)

    regarding rigsby and the popcorn, first i don’t think it was out of character at all — he has a noted preference to being in the field. second, if it hasn’t been mentioned, check out mr kang’s work on the chappell show–he can so do comedy. i found the cracking a smile scene quite funny.

    as i’ve seen noted, i think, one thing i’m noticing this season is how, well, evil the protagonists are — psychopaths really. i’m sure this is not a coincidence.

    and bertram — i’m kind of kicking that around now but i’m leaning toward misdirection, just a little.

  • windsparrow

    “fwiw, windsparrow, i believe the fbi is involved in interstate kidnappings, but i’m willing to give artistic license here.”

    Yup, you are right, I checked the FBI website. Interstate kidnappings it is.

  • violet

    Thanks for your nice comment, Rita! 🙂 You’re right about Lisbon rubbing off on Jane too: even though he’s becoming darker and more extreme in his ways, some fleeting moments seem to also hint that Lisbon’s influence may have strengthened his moral fibre.
    About Lorelei, Jane’s reasons to keep Lisbon at bay are complex: deniability, to protect her (from the consequences of his acts and from RJ) and he certainly thinks she’s not a good enough liar. And, yes, it’s been hinted that he may also want to protect her feelings: he didn’t want her to listen to his interrogation of Lorelei; given how relatively easily he managed afterwards to convince her to keep him on the case, I don’t think it was only because he was worried she would find his behaviour unprofessional. Indeed, she already knew they had slept together, if she were really by the book about it, she wouldn’t have let him near their prisoner in the first place, like she did with Rigsby in ‘Blood Feud’ (or so I think, at least…). I wonder he’s afraid to let her realize how far he’s willing to go and thus to lose her consideration.

  • violet

    Thanks for the comment! I find it sad too that Reviewbrain won’t be able to write the next reviews, as I honestly very much prefer hers than mines, lol! 🙂
    I really wonder if you’re right and if the genuine FBI is behind Lorelei’s disappearance. I agree that RJ would have normally just killed Demmun after using him; no sense in letting a loose end, even though he didn’t knew much. But, in the other hand, RJ didn’t hurt either the little girl who served as his messenger in ‘Red Rover, Red Rover’… Another point is that RJ enjoys playing with Jane and he certainly knows him well enough to be sure Jane would get the joke about “agent Nemo”. However that alias doesn’t really sound like him, I don’t know why… And there is also the whole ambivalent connotations attached to this Nemo reference. *Sigh* I really don’t know. Any ideas?

  • violet

    LOL! Spandex superhero costumes! Do I get to have a cape too? No, forget it, I want a black mask like Robin! And I’ll leave Batman’s mysterious aura and impressive abs (and the bat ears too) to Reviewbrain… 😉 I can already imagine you spending your nights bent over your sewing machine, Winsparrow! Lol!

    Actually, I don’t know if your pet peeve cannot be explained in some way. Indeed, the FBI should have been called, but by who? Lisbon would never have called them to take over their case (besides she was a little crabby, no doubt her reaction wouldn’t have been a pretty sight if the belligerent FBI team had barged in…). Isaac was all bent on keeping the police out of his business. Bertam? He should have called them, but the case was sensitive, he had his best team on it and this was a golden occasion to get in a few great favours (from the Pentagon no less), at the same time than creating very good publicity. And I don’t think he really likes Alexa that much, so why would he have handed her a potential golden nugget? Of course, this theory only works because Jane managed to solve the case in less than a day: would it have been longer, the FBI absence would have been pretty glaring…

    And didn’t realize that yes, Jane was “meaner” to Lisbon in that sense! Thanks for pointing that out!

  • violet

    Thank you for your trust (and your indulgence), Reviewbrain! 🙂 I hope I won’t disappoint!

    “I felt the “Thank you” much more meaningful, and less patronizing (if not as nice) as the “You’re sweet” in Red Rover, Red Rover. The “you’re sweet” had felt like a clandestine rejection, while the “thank you” here seemed to denote genuine gratitude. […] There might have been another meaning to his thanks. His non-reply to Lisbon’s offer to help him seemed to speak pretty loud: “I don’t want your help because I’ll probably do something which might get you in trouble so can you let me go please.””

    Yes, I agree with you about Jane’s reasons and his “genuine gratitude” towards her. That way, he doesn’t get Lisbon in trouble and her character isn’t spoiled for viewers either: she’s safe and keeps her strength. And I realize it would be naïve to expect him to tell her everything all of a sudden. Nevertheless, while I understand that part, I still found it frustrating that he was so casual about it. I’d characterize his non-reply as something more along the lines of “you know very well that I won’t tell you, so please, don’t bother asking me and let go of those doors.” But it’s a matter of interpretation, it’s hard to have the same take on just a (non-)line…

    Also very interesting conclusion! I have a ponder it a little more, there are definitely some very intriguing ideas…

    And congrats to Chizuru-Chibi! There is no doubt this is exactly how Lisbon was picturing herself acting with Isaac (after maybe making Jane eat that darn remote control too). Of course, she would really picture herself as an action girl. And her petite and nice figure is very accurate! Really cute!

  • violet

    “as i’ve seen noted, i think, one thing i’m noticing this season is how, well, evil the protagonists are — psychopaths really. i’m sure this is not a coincidence.”

    Indeed, the killers are pretty creepy, they have been for some time but you’re right, it’s getting worse this season. Actually, there were a few disturbing ones in S4: the evil coworker in ‘Red Rover, Red Rover’ is the first that comes to mind. Now that I think about it, there seems to be a theme about killers since the beginning of the show, but particularly in last season: a lot of them though their crime was justified for unjustifiable or even petty reasons, for instance the model because her victim thought she was getting too old to wear his dresses in ‘Red is the New Black. A lot of them acted because they were getting impatient since they felt they were wasting their life (over an ex-lover in ‘Always Bet on Red’; doing a job as a cop while they witnessed how bad guys made a lot of money in ‘Pink tops’; working for gangsters who were far less competent than them in ‘My Bloody Valentine’; because they felt that their victim was endangering their business in ‘At first blush’ and in ‘Little Red Book’, etc…). In fact, all those killers felt that something unthinkable was acceptable, like Jane thought that killing Panzer through RJ was justified. And they were getting impatient and recurring to extreme measures like Jane did at the end of the season to get RJ.

    That being said, we might have a new arc this season, since we have indeed a new set of really “evil” and cold perps: the greedy neighbor in ‘Devil’s Cherry’ to the vindictive girlfriend in ‘Not One Red Cent’; then two bad cops (‘The Crimson Ticket’ and Demunn) and two cold blooded murderer who killed unnecessary victims just to set the scene up for another murder (in this episode and in ‘Blood Feud’). Yes, it’ll be interesting to keep an eye on that aspect too.

    Glad you liked the “opera angle”! 😉

  • All-I-need

    Now that you mention it … Jane was meaner to Lisbon about her performance, yes, and it strongly reminded me of Season 4 where Jane pointed out that Lisbon is only meaner to him because she likes him…
    What goes around, comes around, huh?

  • Domenic Pugliano (@FLICKSTER77)

    Hi there! 😀 I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed reading another great review. You both did a Fantastic job.

    I have to say that I was impressed by the way that Jane solved this kidnapping case eventhough his focus was mainly on relocating Lorelei!! I think Jane is amazing and such fun to watch.

    Although I was a little disappointed about how cold and evasive Jane was toward Lisbon. Lisbon does a lot for Jane.

    There may be a couple of reasons why Jane didn’t want to inform Lisbon about his findings. As you also mentioned, jane is probably trying to avoid getting Lisbon in trouble.

    In addition, Lisbon seems to hold the FBI in high regard. They already know that O’Laughlin was a friend of Red John. There fore it is very possible that RJ has another ally in the FBI.

    When you mention the deputy, I am thinking that he was manipulated by an FBI mole who works for Red John.

    I wonder however does Lisbon know about the police officers that were waiting outside?

  • hardly_loquacious

    I agree about the “Thank you.” It was so much less of a dismissal than his “You’re sweet.” This came across more as an, “I acknowledge and appreciate your concern, and your offer of help, but right now it would be better for everyone (but especially you) if you don’t know the details.” Whether you agree with that last part or not (and I can make arguments for both sides), the sentiment is kinda nice.

  • hardly_loquacious

    I have to say, I did find this ep a bit of a filler ep. There was nothing *wrong* with it, but I wasn’t particularly interested in it either. Mostly I couldn’t stop thinking that the rich guy looked a bit like Ben Afleck, and that I really quite enjoy Anne Dudek as an actress.

    I was quite impressed that you found this much to discuss in this ep in your review. It’s very thorough.

    The implication that Lisbon is bad at speaking to the press/shouldn’t speak to the press vaguely annoyed me, if only because, while she might not be the most engaging public speaker, surely she’s a better bet than Jane. After all, who knows what he’ll take it into his head to say on any given day.

    I’m vaguely interested in the Lorelei plotline, and somewhat interested in how the FBI involvement in that is going to affect the Lisbon/Mancini plotline, but I wasn’t super engaged after this episode. I did enjoy the Rigsby and Cho scenes. And annoyed!Lisbon at the start was fun, as was non-traditional negotiator!Jane. I was amused when he rose to her defence.

    I didn’t think her annoyance was out of character though. She’s snapped at people before when she’s thought they were incompetent. And while Lisbon is always polite to the press as part of her job, she’s never been shown to actively like that part. I’m guessing she argued against having those cameras follow her team around, just not in front of the cameras. I thought it was perfectly in character for her not to care about the optics of the kidnapping, instead focussing on the best way of getting the kidnapped people back. And she’s certainly snapped at Jane before when he was obnoxious. Playing music that loudly during a kidnapping is obnoxious, and insensitive. He deserved it. As for the brother, he was portrayed as extremely unsympathetic. Scared about the kidnapping or no, Lisbon still needs to get him to do the things that will help her get the people home. Lisbon has gotten annoyed at family members who’ve gotten in her way of solving the case (at the very least she’s been a bit snarky with them). She wasn’t cruel (not that I remember at least, though my memory of that ep isn’t stellar). And being annoyed because dude locked himself in the bathroom is fair.

    And Chibs, love the art. So very accurate. Some days you know she just wishes she could break down the doors and get stuff done her way.

  • reviewbrain

    Thank you both for this discussion. Having missed a glaring peeve like that would have haunted me :p

  • reviewbrain

    Thanks for that fantastic analysis Violet. And I just wanted to say I adored the opera angle. Your artistic/cultural expertise never ceases to amaze me!

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