CBI consultant Patric Jane (Simon Baker) asks powerful cult leader Brett Stiles (Malcolm McDowell) to help him get serial killer Red John’s associate, Lorelie Martins (Emanuelle Chriqui) out of the FBI prison where she’s being held. After she escapes, Jane picks her up in an attempt to get her to reveal Red John’s identity. Meanwhile Bob Kirkland (Kevin Corrigan) from homeland security informs CBI Special Agent Teresa Lisbon (Tunney) about Lorelie’s escape. He also tells her that if Jane helped Lorelie escaped then he’s in great danger. Jane races against time, trying to gain Lorelie’s trust and glean information from her before Kirkland and Lisbon find them.
Red Sails in the Sunset is a mandatory episode; a bridge between where the show is at now and where it intends to go. Its importance could cannot be overestimated or exaggerated. There were a million directions writer Daniel Cerone could have taken and I’m extremely thankful that the one chosen is character and story appropriate. The solemn tone (and events) throughout the episode makes it kind of a downer, but it is nonetheless thrilling and completely satisfying 9/10
Detailed AKA Humungous Review (spoilers galore)
Jane breaking into the prison was too ridiculous to attempt so I’m glad that wasn’t what ended up happening. Brett Stiles has been established as a powerful enough man to make it happen. But before he does, his and Jane’s conversation was quite interesting.
VIS #1: Jane asks for Brett Stiles’s Help
Jane meets Visualize cult leader Brett Stiles (Malcolm McDowell) at a movie theatre and asks him what he thinks of his request. They then have the following conversation:
Brett: “I don’t think much of it, Patrick, really I don’t.”
Jane: “Meaning you can’t accomplish it?”
Brett: “Any task can be accomplished as long as it’s broken down into manageable pieces.”
Jane: “So you’ll do it.”
-Jane is utterly fascinating. When it comes to things he wants done he only sees matters in black and white. It’s like it never occurred to him that just because a person can do something, doesn’t mean that they will. The fact that Brett owes him (which Brett acknowledges) is probably why he’s so confident here. But then there’s the fact that it’s never occurred to him one might refuse a request of his because they actually care about him…
Brett tells Jane “Let this be my favor to you: let it go. The whole idea. It’s just not worth it.” When Jane expresses surprise that Stile’s is backing away from a challenge, Brett explains that he’s gotten used to Jane’s presence.
-On the other hand, Jane is clever enough to have known Brett was looking out for him. Probably he’s just doesn’t want to deal for the inconvenience of emotions.
Brett tells Jane that if he gets caught he’ll end up in a federal prison. Jane tells Stiles that he just needs to make sure he’s not caught. Stiles bids Jane farewell, telling him it’s been a pleasure, and bids him luck.
-This clues viewers into how hopeless Brett thinks the situation is, and the unlikelihood that Jane will get away with whatever he has planned. I’m glad that Jane’s got one more person giving him good advice, even if he, unfortunately, refuses to take it.
VIS #2: Kirkland tells Lisbon of Lorelie’s Escape
Lisbon is trying to get in touch with Jane when she spots Kirkland waiting for her in her office. Before going inside Lisbon *gasp* fluffs *Gasp* her hair *GASP* before joining him!!!
This makes me happy on oh so many levels.
-Save for the “hot mail-room guy” (Red Badge) and Mashburn (Red Hot) Lisbon has never shown any interest in a man before.
-Lisbon has a new friend! That coffee date must have gone great.
-It gives her breathing space from always worrying about Jane.
-He might genuinely be helping her out with Vokler, which is only a good thing considering how depressed she was over him (If it Bleeds it Leeds)
-I can’t wait to see Jane’s reaction when he finds out.
-I find the possibility of Jane pining over Lisbon, when most fans argued that she’s the one in love with him, absolutely yummy.
Kirkland tells her about Lorelie’s escape then confronts Lisbon over the fact that Jane had been interviewing prison transportation officers. Lisbon admits it but defends Jane saying it doesn’t mean he helped her. She then asks why Lorelie’s escape is a Homeland issue. Kirkland tells her it is complicated before adding that if Jane is with Lorelie then he is in danger.
-I find it interesting that Lisbon never bothered asking Kirkland to explain how Lorelie (and Vokler, as far as we know) are important to his job. I think it’s because she assumes the information is classified and therefore does not want to pressure Bob into revealing it.
Later, thanks to Jane’s setting up of his “crime scene”, Kirkland concludes that Lorelie is the one who kidnapped Jane, not the other way around.
VIS # 3: Jane Gains Lorelie’s Trust
Jane goes to pick up Lorelie, knowing that she’d go along with the escape thinking that RJ was the one who was coming for her.
-Jane rescuing her instead was meant as a way to earn her trust.
He gets a car with a busted radio, and later a motel room with a broken television.
-This is so that Lorelie doesn’t figure out he’d set the situation up as if she’d kidnapped him, but also serves a double purpose of isolating her from the outside world. No distractions ensure they get to spend “quality time” together so he can get to know her.
Jane tells Lorelie to ask him wherever she wants to go. She asks for the ocean. Jane complies and later makes a fire.
-Because what else could be more romantic? But more than that, fires are very captivating. Plus they’re warm which might be while Lorelie, in the middle of the night, decided to join Jane and sleep outside. But the fact that she snuggled up close makes me think she also felt lonely.
When Lorelie tells Jane to stop at a convenience store because she needs to change her look, he tells her that he likes her take charge attitude, that she must have taken care of someone and that she probably has a vain and controlling mother whom she managed to escape. Lorelie tells Jane to drop the act if he really wants to know her.
-I loved Lorelie calling Jane out on his act. It’s nice to see someone doing it. Though he gets plenty of that by the time the episode is over…
VIS # 4: Kirkland and Lisbon question Dana, Lorelie’s mother
Lisbon and Kirkland visit Dana, Lorelie’s mother at her house. Dana says that she knows nothing about her daughter, that they don’t have anything to do with each other. When Lisbon asks if her mother has any insight on how her daughter became the way she was, she tells her: “Lorelie only ever cared about Lorelie. What are you going to do with a kid like that?” At Lisbon’s bemused “You don’t feel at all responsible for her?”, her mother smirks cattily and says “Now there’s a question from a woman without children.”
-SNAP! That had to have hurt Lisbon. Especially if my suspicion that she’d always wanted kids has any grain of truth.
Lisbon rises above the jab, literally, as she gets up to look around the house. While Dana states that she’s satisfied her motherhood duties, citing her wealth and that Lorelie could have been anything, Lisbon figures out, based on the photos in the room, that Lorelie has daddy issues. Her (step?) father is much older than her mother and is away a lot on work.
-I wonder if Lorelie was sexually abused by him, like Rebecca was by a close relative as Jane surmised (His Right Red Hand).
When Dana tells Lisbon that she doesn’t like her tone, Lisbon replies: “Your daughter is the mistress of a psychopathic killer yet you have no information to give us about how or why she got that way. Frankly I don’t’ care if you like my tone.”
-Badass Lisbon rocks. It’s nice to see her play bad cop for a change, since that’s usually Jane’s area of expertise. But as we are shown here, it’s not because Lisbon lack for anything. But someone has to smooth ruffled feathers. In this case, it is Kirkland who thanks Dana for her time when she kicks them out.
Afterwards, Dana visits Lisbon in the office where she admits that Lorelie had a younger sister, Miranda, whom Dana sold for cash when she was a baby. She states that it was after the girls’ father had left her, and that Lorelie held her up.
-This matches Jane’s conclusion that Lorelie was used to talking care of someone, and that she had a vain controlling mother.
Dana then tells Lisbon that Lorelie never forgave her, and that: “That day I lost two daughters. Not one.”
Lisbon’s response is a a deadpan: “Want me to get you a tissue?”
-Awesome. Considering how much Dana screwed up Lorelie, Lisbon seems to have no sympathy for the mother. Rather, based on what we now know, Lorelie and Lisbon have a lot more in common than their both being tiny brunettes.
VIS #5: Jane and Lorelie Bond over Blows
-Lorelie later tells Jane that they’re going to a cabin she and her late sister used to go to. When Jane expresses sorrow for her loss she says: “Don’t be. Her death was a gift. Sort of.” When Jane asks her to explain, Lorelie tells him: “Losing my sister brought me into my full reality. I faced my deepest fear. I have complete awareness. Nothing can hurt me.”
Jane leaves his and Lorelie’s hotel room immediately to call Lisbon and confirm what he already suspects: Red John killed Lorelie’s sister to leave her bereft, in pain and vulnerable to his manipulation. He has Lisbon fax over a photo of her sister’s crime scene where she carved the name of her assailant on the floor: Roy.
-As in Roy Tagliaferro, RJ’s alias.
Meanwhile Lorelie hears on the radio that Jane’s car was left broken into and that the police think he was kidnapped by Lorelie Martins. She proceeds to beat Jane into a pulp as soon as he comes back into their hotel room over his manipulation and lies. She tells Jane that he had her going, that for a moment she almost trusted him. When Jane tells her she should she says “Stop, just stop playing the role.” Jane then tells her that RJ, her friend, was the one who killed her sister and shows her the crime scene photo, adding that RJ made her a victim so that he could rescue her, that he preyed on her pain. Lorelie denies this and at Jane’s insistence tells him: “Just stop. God you’re just like him. Relentless manipulation.” When Jane says he’s nothing like John, Lorelie points out: “How would you know? I know.”
-I must say her words really made me feel vindicated. I’ve always said that Jane and RJ were two sides of the same coin (among many other similarities too numerous to mention here). It was nice to have it in canon. Even better, maybe now that Jane knows it too he can actively start working on lessening those similarities.
Lorelie then adds “I only wonder why the two of you didn’t become life-long friends the moment you shook hands.”
-OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!
PEOPLE!! The suspect list has been narrowed down to people Jane shook hands with!!!
VIS #6: Lorelie and Jane at the Cabin
Lorelie tells Jane to go on inside. He enters the empty cabin and you can practically hear her sister’s ghost in the building. Lorelie tells Jane they used to come here to escape from the world. She then tells Jane that RJ didn’t kill her sister, that he’ll never convince her of that. Jane tells her “I’d kill for a cup of tea right now.” Lorelie offers to make him one.
-For a woman who knows she was being manipulated, Lorelie is awfully nice. I think it’s because she’s probably been spying on Jane for RJ so long that she knows needing tea= feeling distressed. Also, she probably understands Jane’s motivations and is therefore able to forgive him.
Jane tells Lorelie that they can’t stay here, that if the house is registered in Miranda’s, Lorelie’s sistere’s name then it’s only a matter of time before the police arrive. Lorelie expects Jane to run with her but he tells her that he’ll delay them: “Like you said, I’m never going to convince you that Red John killed your sister. You need to go and find out the truth for yourself. And when you do, when you find out the truth, you know where to find me. Just call me.”
-I think Lorelie felt, perhaps for the first time, that Jane was being genuine with her. Her subsequent concern for him felt genuine as well when she offers to beat him up so his kidnapping story is more believable.
Jane declines Lorelie’s offer. She kisses Jane before he tells her that she has to go.
-That kiss at the end seemed genuine gratitude on Lorelies part. Jane on the other hand seemed a bit too eager end it. His hand was on her shoulder, almost pushing her away. It certainly wasn’t pulling her closer. I chalk it up either to his being in a hurry or him feeling uncomfortable and not wanting Lorelie to mistakenly think that he has any romantic feelings towards her. Like he told Lisbon, she’s just a means to the end that is RJ. But I think the time they spent together made him sympathize with her. By pushing her away I think Jane was actually showing her a kindness. She’s no longer just an object to be used. She’s a person.
Jane gets in his car and crashes it. When Lisbon and company show up he tells them that Lorelie ran on foot. He also demands to know “Who’s that guy?” referring to Kirkland before being shushed by Lisbon.
-Love, love LOVE, Jane’s indignant tone in reference to Kirkland. Also adored his extra moaning. I have no doubt whatsoever that he was in pain. But I also don’t doubt he was being extra vocal about it and enjoying Lisbon’s attention. Big baby🙂
VIS #7: Lisbon confronts Jane in the attic
While I loved how Lisbon was concerned about Jane, I was worried that she wouldn’t be able to figure out what Jane did; that the best we’d get was a a replay of the scene in Red Queen where she tells Jane that whenever he’s involved she has cause for doubt. Been there, done that. Then I got worried that Lisbon simply wouldn’t speak of what she knows Jane did (i.e. Always Bet on Red ). Instead, writer Daniel Cerone thankfully shows us that Lisbon’s character has indeed grown. Let’s take it from the top.
Lisbon visits Jane in his attic and sits down with a serious, almost accusatory look on her face.
-This reminds me of when Lisbon told her shrink that cops sit quietly in front of perps, that it makes them nervous and gets them talking. It certainly works on Jane here. He starts talking and the two have the following conversation:
Jane: “You’ll never know.”
Lisbon: “I’ll never know what?”
-Lisbon’s question didn’t sound like it was intended as a diversion. Rather, the tone felt almost confrontational to me. Like she’s daring Jane to read her thoughts. Which Jane does….
Jane: “Whether I engineered the escape and abduction.”
Her demeanor is more assured than I’ve ever seen her when dealing with Jane:
Lisbon: “Trust me. I know.”
Jane’s confidence, on the other hand seemed more feigned than genuine:
Jane: “You don’t know. You’ll just guess.”
-Why yes Jane, but then you’d know something about that wouldn’t you. More than that, Jane’s reaction here is continuity to his ambivalent feelings when it comes to how well Lisbon knows him. We’ve seen him teach her his skills, but he’s quick to express disbelief when she uses them on him (Red Sky at Night, The Crimson Ticket). But Jane’s got more than just Lisbon’s knowledge into his ruses to worry about now:
Jane: “And you didn’t tell your new best friend Kirkland either.”
-I posit that by stating that Lisbon didn’t tell Kirkland, Jane was actually indirectly asking her if she had. He just didn’t want to admit that he wasn’t sure. More than that, the “new best friend” title Jane gave Kirkland seemed to stem from pure (I think it’s safe to say romantic, rather than platonic) jealousy. I’m sorry, but it was too pointed a statement to be anything else. Moving along…
Lisbon: I don’t have any evidence, if I did I’d put you in cuffs myself.
Jane: No you wouldn’t.
Lisbon: Try me.
At her words, Jane chuckles.
Lisbon: “What’s so funny.”
Jane: Nothing. Sorry.
-Jane’s laugh here could be interpreted as mocking: he doesn’t believe Lisbon’s would go through with her words. Or it could have been ironic: after all these years they’re still facing the same dilemma first expressed in season one’s episode Red Flame. I choose to believe that it was actually uncomfortable laughter.
Jane: “All of it is worth it.”
-Because Jane tells Lisbon what Lorelie told him.
At Lisbon’s expression of disbelief/disgust, Jane gestures for her to come close:
Jane: “She told me Red John and I were very much alike. That it’s a wonder we weren’t best friends from the moment we shook hands.”
Jane sharing his little secret with Lisbon is perfectly in character. He takes risks that are only worth it when they bring results. Then he shows off to Lisbon how smart he is.
But while that’s true for normal cases Jane’s rarely ever been open when it concerns RJ. So why did he clue Lisbon in this time? Besides his being generally better at sharing this season I mean (probably to make up for his 6 month long deception).
I think Jane knew Lisbon would be more forgiving if he clued her in. She’d be less doubtful of his intentions if he shared his knowledge.
Then there’s Kirkland. I wonder if his presence didn’t help spur Jane into coming clean. It certainly irked him. If he felt threatened by Kirkland, then that might have caused him to be more open.
The winner: The ending: Lisbon confronts Jane in the attic.
First Runner up: Lisbon and Kirkland question Dana.
Second Runner up: Dana Confesses to Lisbon that she sold her daughter.
What were your favorite scenes?
“Any task can be done as long as it is broken down in manageable pieces.”- Brett Stiles to Jane.
“No one ever accused you of good judgement.”- Lorelie, to Jane.
“I’d like to understand. In case you haven’t noticed, healing is not my strong suit.”-Jane, to Loreli. They say the first step to fixing a problem is acknowledging it exists…
Icings on the Cake
Cho and Rigsby staring into LIsbon’s office, then looking away as soon as she walks into the bullpen. I can just imagine them gossiping about the man in her office.
Blake Neely once again provided glorious music to accompany a fantastic episode.
The car crash was extremely well done. Kudo’s to director Simon Baker and whoever else was in charge.
The writing was remarkably well paced. We have scenes switching back and forth from Jane and Lorelie to Lisbon and Kirkland, each revealing a little more of the puzzle that is Lorelie’s involvement with RJ. There’s also the fact that for the first time we saw the consultant and CBI agent, each without his significant other, with another woman (and man) without the scenes feeling completely off. In fact, they almost felt appropriate at times. Truly well played Mr. Cerone.
Both Baker and Tunney were phenomenal.
Gigi Rice who plays Dana Martins was absolutely perfect. She was equally convincing both when Dana was being defensive and cold, as well as when she was being repentant.
You’d think Jane and Lisbon would have contacted Lorelie’s mother before to get insight into Lorelie’s past. But as far as we know this is the first time They’d met her.
Will we ever know how Lorelie ended up in the FBI prison and what the official position on that is?
The FBI could argue that a genuine mix-up is the cause of Lorelie’s dissapearence. They could deny the fact that she’s in their prison. Except Lorelie was called by her real name. within the prison. It’s just too aggravating to sift through all the possibilites; though Violet came up with a worthy believable scenario in the last episode’s review. But I’d like something in canon.
The scene with the kid at the convenience store was creepy. I think it was meant to be amusing.
Why didn’t RJ rescue Lorelie? Did he know Jane would? Did he want him to? Or was he that assured that she was completely out of Jane’s reach?
Then there’s Jane himself. We’ve gotten lots of continuity with regards to his less than healthy obsession, but it’s been a while since we saw that crazy look in his eye that he was sporting when he told Lisbon that Red John is someone he knows. Seriously, he looked downright scary with that creepy grin on his face. As Baker directed the episode, I’m sure this was intentional. That, along with all the other hints we’ve gotten this season makes me wonder if Jane’s sanity is a left over theme from last year’s season. It was never quite addressed, so that could very well be possible.
Finally, In episode Red Dawn’s comments, I’d stated:
I’ve learned my lesson with writer Tom S.’s first mentalizing of us audience when he had Jane help Steiner kill himself (the Red Line) to pave the way for when Jane shoots Carter. I don’t think I’m being paranoid when I think that this episode is likewise meant, to borrow Arco’s, butter us up when it comes to Jane so we’ll forgive something terrible that he’ll do this season. Likewise, we were shown Lisbon’s motivations so that we are able to sympathize with her and forgive her when she most likely lets Jane get away with whatever he’ll do. Readers, consider yourselves warned. I’ll be holding my guard way, way up. Conversely, it might also be that they’re showing us how close Jane and Lisbon are, the better to break our hearts if a rift finally comes between them. I prefer the latter scenario as it hasn’t been done before. But I’ll need to have tissue boxes at the ready if that happens…
I think this episode walked the careful line between the two scenarios. Yes, Jane did something atrocious again. But Lisbon neither forgave him nor did a huge blow out occur. I’m glad of it, for now, as there’s still plenty of time for drama between the two later in the show, especially considering the fact that Jane immediately pegged Kirkland as a new welcome presence in Lisbon’s life, which, by definition I suspect means Kirkland will be an unwelcome presence in Jane’s life. I can’t for the life of me find nor remember which of the readers mentioned Jane being a “caveman in a suit” (please let me know who you are and for which review you said it and I’ll certainly cite you!), but I had wanted to end the review with that quote stating that we’ll see how true (probably very) that statement is the next time Jane runs into Kirkland around Lisbon. I can’t wait.
Last weeks art was a collaboration of ideas between the wonderful Mary (mistress of affiliate site Robin’s Green Shades) and Chizuruchibi. This week, the wonderful mistress of The Red Blog (another affiliate and your best source for all things Mentalist related) chimed in and helped my wonderful artist come up with the following:
If I were Jane I’d invest in creating this game. Maybe he wouldn’t get bet up as much that way😄.
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