The Mentalist Red Lacquer Nail Polish Review


Synopsis

CBI Consultant Patrick Jane (Baker) and Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon (Tunney) catch the case at a mansion where the remains of a well-known elderly heiress have been found, burnt to ashes. Once inside, Jane meets up with Cho (Kang) who is impassively listening to forensic investigator Brett Partridge’s (Jack Plotnick) disturbing theories of spontaneous combustion.

Concise Verdict

After ‘Red in Tooth and Claw’, writer Eoghan Mahony provided us with another breather: a classic episode, centered on the investigation, with a nice twist in the end, and not to forget some very subtle hints that things might be about to speed up on the RJ front. Not the most remarkable step in Jane’s path, but a rather nice one nonetheless. 8.5/10

Detailed AKA Humungous Review (spoilers galore)

VIS#1: Jane and Lisbon arrive to the Vogelsong Mansion

While writers seem to make a habit not to show the most important conversations between our leading duo on screen, we sometimes get an unexpected but meaningful tidbit, like in the very beginning of this episode when Lisbon and Jane share impressions about the impressive but creepy Vogelsong Mansion:
Lisbon: “How can one person live in a house this big?”

Jane: “Let me see, maybe being very rich.”
L.: “That’s not what I mean.”
J.: “Ah, you mean morally. Well, we’ve been called in, so it’s likely that whoever lived here had to pay the price at the end.”
L.: “There’s something off here. That place gives me the creeps.”
J.: “Normally I intend to mock your superstition, but in this case I’m inclined to agree. ”

There are some very intriguing things in such a short dialog; first, It’s interesting that Lisbon is spooked by the mansion, since making comments about crime scenes is usually Jane’s forte… But more on this later.
Then, the moral aspect of wealth: Jane implies that prosperity is linked to gaining money over other people and that there is a price to pay. That reminds us of Jane’s former life, affording a beautiful house in Malibu by preying on his marks’ grief and being punished by losing his family.

Second point, since Lisbon’s “superstition” has never been particularly insistent in the show, this word may be referring to her faith which Jane usually mocks. That theme was prominent in the previous seasons, with frequent allusions to redemption, and particularly in ‘The Crimson Hat’ (Lorelei claiming her faith in RJ and asking Jane about right or wrong, Jane meeting Lisbon in a church), so that single word maintains a link with the Lorelei arc.

VIS#2: Bret Partridge and his spooky theory

Leaving Lisbon with the guard who found the body, Jane enters the living room. Continuing the themes of superstition and of the frightening atmosphere of the mansion, he finds Brett Partridge exposing his take on the victim’s death to Cho: for him, it’s obvious that the woman has spontaneously combusted. Partridge apparently still resents Jane for his past hostility, since he’s ignoring him and keeps talking with Cho, exposing his theory in gory detail. Jane listens but he’s fed up when Bret gleefully explore more and more disgusting aspects. He reveals that it is a murder: he’s been observing the place instead of sprouting ghastly small talk… And, to Brett’s dismay, he utters as a parting shot that the guy is a ghoul, like he did in the pilot.

Partridge is a fan favourite suspect and his presence in this episode has two motives: 1) to give viewers another opportunity to suspect him and examine his possible involvement, like they did with Bertram in ‘Red in Tooth And Claw’, and 2) to remind that RJ is still looming in the background, since previously the character showed up for two RJ copycats’ crimes, respectively in the pilot and in season 3 finale.

Indeed, his name was written in Jane’s list in ‘Black Cherry’: he met the consultant after his family’s murder and Jane has considered the possibility that he was RJ. He matches RJ’s description by Rosalind and is the right age. He is attention-seeking, in needs of a public to tell his theories; he likes to think he’s the smartest of the room, like Bertram (sadly, he isn’t) and is distressed and angry when he’s proven wrong…

Still, the guy isn’t charismatic enough, doesn’t admire Jane (he seems to feel belittled by him) and hasn’t showed any hint to be particularly manipulative. Thus, it looks like the main purpose here is to prove how unlikely a suspect Partridge is: he gives the impression to be more a gore geek than a serious scientist and he only attracts Jane’s scorn; he’s more interested in admiring passively another person’s creep show than to create his own. Like Bertram, he doesn’t seem to be brilliant enough to compare with Jane, and they’re both pretty childish, if we are to believe his lack of respect, his outburst and his crestfallen expression when the consultant told him off. Unless it’s all an act of course…

VIS#3: Grace’s postcard and Wayne’s feelings

Upon reading the postcard Van Pelt has addressed “to the bullpen” from L.A., Rigsby is saddened to realise that the redhead hasn’t sent any personal message to him. Continuing the conversation they had in the previous episode, Cho simply states that she has moved on and that he should do so too: « you’re losing your mind. How long has it been since you had a relationship with a woman?” Intent on proving to his friend that he’s ready to forget about his ex-girlfriend and to “find a woman”, Rigbsy then starts consulting an online dating site.

But, in spite of expressing his enthusiasm for this opportunity to find a new love interest, he seems rather unsure of himself. Later, when Cho keeps chastening him for his hesitation, the poor lovesick agent realises that he was so preoccupied that he missed a warrant on his desk. And, at the end, he finds himself with half a dozen women showing up at the office because he has stood them up. Therefore, it seems that his half-heartfelt attempt at moving on has backfired on more ways than one: first, he can’t get himself to show up at a date; then every woman he contacted via the dating online site was a redhead. He still is smitten with his co-worker and is unable to bring himself to give up on her. Those two always get in a repetitive situation: since they broke up, every time one of them is trying to reignite the flame, the other has begun to move on, hence Grace getting jealous when Wayne started dating again; him telling her his love when she was engaged; her trying to get closer when things were getting serious with Sarah… there is definitely a pattern here. Still, it may be a little simplistic to say that we are just getting another serving of drama: there is some progress. Rigsby’s reluctance here to go on with his dating project is somewhat new, since before he had no qualms in going out with women when Grace wasn’t interested in him ( in ‘Bloodsport’, then with Dr. Montague or even with Sarah). Those times, he seemed to simply sweep his feelings under the carpet and forget about them with a nice woman… He never really mourned his love for Grace, whereas now there are bits of introspection from him, as showed by his remark about his Mom reading about the “tragic heiress”’ story when he was a kid as a way to feel better while living with his Dad. Rigsby appears to be at a point when he begins reflecting about his life, he is able to evoke his childhood and his parents’ relation with some perspective and without anger. That’s probably why he seems more ready to come to terms with his feelings… even though he’s longing for someone who isn’t here for him, neither physically nor emotionally if we are to believe the postcard.

VIS #4 and 5: Elise Vogelsong is alive – the ending

When they arrest Mrs Vogelsong’s nephew, in whose gallery they found incriminating evidence, Jane thinks something is off. Following his instinct, he finally discovers that their “victim” is alive and has actually murdered someone else to fake her death. The episode ends up with Jane gloating in front of Lisbon before going to study the RJ case in his attic.

The idea that the victim faked their death because they feel threatened by their family was used in ‘Ruby Slippers’ with a pretty different perspective. At the time, Archie Bloom burned a corpse like Elise did, but it was because he aspired to a liberating new life. There was a symbolic in the act to pretend to kill himself that lacked in here: in this episode, Elise committed a genuine murder which she called an “unfortunate necessity” and probably planned to kill her accomplice afterwards too. Also, while Archie let every one of his tormentor be considered responsible, he refused to incriminate a particular suspect, what Mrs Vogelsong coldly did. She is “a liar and a cheat”, who planned to vanish with her fortune, whereas Archie was a victim who decided to change his life. Moreover, ‘Ruby Slippers’ took place before ‘The Crimson Hat’ where Rigsby and Lisbon faked their death too: are we to understand that a similar situation or at least another crazy scheme concerning Jane’s obsession is to be expected soon?

Another interesting point is the reference to the mystery novels in Elise’s home that tipped Jane off about a possible machination. Jane mentions them first in front of Partridge: “this is murder, which is ironic considering Mrs Vogelsong’s appreciation of murder mysteries”. Among the novels he noticed, there are some of Rex Stout’s books, notably “Full House”, a compilation of three novels: in one of them, “To Be A Villain”, Arnold Zeck makes his first appearance as Nero Wolfe’s very own nemesis. The man is the head of a criminal organization, like Sherlock Holmes’ Moriarty and like Jane’s RJ.

Elise Vogelsong’s maneuvers are thus inspired by the circumvallated story lines of detective stories indeed, but they seem to allude to Jane’s usual methods too: manipulation, blackmail, faking deaths have been part of his cunning schemes; Elise is also a “cruel, vindictive woman, she would do anything just to get her way”, just like Jane at his very worse. She used her accomplice’s affection for her to get her to help her, like Jane is known to sometimes manipulate the people around him. Elise may come across then as a terrible impersonation of the darkest part in Jane. The one everyone but RJ hope would not surface again soon…

But let’s get a closer look at those mystery novels:

– there seems to be another reference within this reference, since the whole storyline used in ‘Red Lacquer Nail Polish’ is inspired by one of Sherlock Holmes’ short stories, ‘The Adventure of The Norwood Builder.” Both share a similar structure: a cold person who fakes their death to frame somebody; they do it by setting fire to the corpse (a bunch of clothes and a couple of rabbits back then, but the idea was modernized here with a corpse reduced to ashes with no identifiable DNA) before planting a very incriminating proof against their pretended murderer (a bloody thumb-mark or a medal); they did it for revenge, Elise because she despised her nephew who tried to control her (and also for the money, of course), while her male counterpart was planning to get at an ex-girlfriend’s son. Both had an accomplice, and planned to vanish after drawing their money. And, in both cases, the resolution is identical: Holmes/Jane makes good use of smoke to make them believe there is a fire, so the bad guy gets out of his hiding place.

– Additionally, ‘The Norwood Builder’ is part of the compilation ‘The Return Of Sherlock Holmes’, and is set just after the short story ‘The Adventure of The Empty House’ (cf. Rex Stout’s “Full House” on Elise’s table): in “The Empty House”, Conan Doyle put an end to his hiatus by resurrecting his character. It’s a rather clever way to emphasize Jane’s return to a kind of normalcy after his escapade at Vegas… and to refer once again to Lorelei. The woman is alluded to by Elise Vogelsong’s character, since both share an unusually tragic past and have decided to embrace a criminal career. More subtly, Elise’s German family name reminds of Lorelei’s name, and the latter origin as a Rhine mermaid (getting out of the water naked in ‘Red Sails in The Sunset’) is alluded to with the boat Elise was planning to use to escape. Also, the name of that boat, ‘Songbird’ is a kind of transposition of Vogelsong , “Vogel” meaning “bird” in German: Jane told his criminal lover at the end of the previous season that he’d make her sing like a bird. Is that song-bird a way to let us understand that Lorelei is about to tell Jane what he wants to hear?

– Still, there is an intriguing difference with the model provided by Sherlock Holmes: at the end of the short story, Holmes let to Lestrade the benefice of having uncovered the truth: “instead of being ruined, my good sir, you will find that your reputation has been enormously enhanced. Just make a few alterations in that report which you were writing and they will understand how hard it is to throw dust in the eyes of Inspector Lestrade”. The variation with Jane and Lisbon is pretty significant. While Jane made it clear that he wanted her to work with him (dragging her back to the mansion, honing her skills, trying to convince her to get on the suspicious boat twice), he seems to be resorting to a sort of friendly rivalry to get Lisbon to trust more her instincts, which is probably why he’s taunting Lisbon at the end. When he stares at her after the former suspects get in the elevator after telling that they forgive her at Jane’s insistence, she says: “What? We followed the evidence”; he corrects: “you. You followed the evidence”. And when Lisbon accuses him of guessing instead of doing real police work, he retorts: “you should try it sometime”, before retreating to his RJ files in the attic. That conversation could be his way to get at Lisbon for implying he was childish earlier, but, coupled with the fact that Lisbon introduced Jane as her “associate” to Cayce, it might indicate a new slight nuance in their work relation. We can indeed see the progression if we compare with an earlier episode featuring another creepy/ haunted house (‘Red Scare’). In that one, Jane shared his theory with the team and stole wine they drank together: he enjoyed being the one to discover the various secrets of the house and was not above gloating a bit about it with his colleagues, while now he asks her specifically to accompany him on the field and tries to train her. On the other hand, Lisbon wanting her consultant to be truthful with her is an old theme, since she did try to control him in the first seasons, but now it looks like there might be an emotional component too, as she defines him as her “associate”. So in her perspective they act like a more team, almost share the same mind: his victory should be their victory. It seems that they both treat the other as an equal they trust, but in a very distinct way: Lisbon assumes they are sharing, while Jane tries to make her make her very efficient without him.

Honorable Mentions: As always, Blake Neely’s work was remarkable, his eerie music set a good part of the creepy atmosphere at the mansion. Also, the Tunney-Baker dynamic was perfect and Owen Yeoman was delightfully awkward.

Icings on the Cake

– We almost got a smile from Cho, yeah! The guy really likes teasing his friend…

-Also, Elise Vogelsong’s character was very interesting: her story was told by Brett, then was in the newspapers Rigsby was holding (“wealthy couple killed in Marrakesh plane crash”, “a widow in six months” and the medal at the end), and, to add more depth, both men linked the “tragic heiress” with their own childhood memories. Besides, the possibility that she gave everything away to start a new life with the money she stole was made quite credible. She was a pretty fleshed out character.

Best Lines

– “You know, if you hadn’t mentioned the congealed human fat on the light bulbs, I may have considered to stick around to find out, but bah!… You’re a ghoul.” Jane to Partridge.

– “I was just about to learn how to drive her wild in five easy steps.” Jane after posing the magazine he’s been reading in Dr Reinhardt’s waiting room. LOL

– “Ok, fine, but not jumping out and yelling boo at me or anything.” Lisbon to Jane when he insists they have to go back to the creepy mansion.

– “Excuse me, but what do you take me for?” Jane to Lisbon, in response to the above.

– “I’m not going to answer that since I’m a nice person.” Lisbon, to the above. Jane’s expression at her words is priceless.

Pet Peeves

I understand that following Partridge’s logic, the body’s bad condition must have accelerated the combustion, but is it credible that nothing else has burned with the poor woman, not even a portion of the carpet? Besides, how long would it take to burn a human body to ashes with a single match with anything else to accelerate or to aliment the fire? Logically, the guard should have arrived when there was still some flesh, bones or whatever to help identifying the corpse…

Conclusion

Lisbon is creeped out. Again. The usually fearless agent has showed quite a bit of vulnerability recently, during the Volker case and the events in ‘The Red Barn’, then the fainting. All those details maintain an atmosphere of worry and the fact that it’s centered on Lisbon might suggest that she’s indeed concerned about something else, like Jane and his deductions on RJ. At least, that’s a plausible guess, since we still don’t have much insight on her thoughts…

Image by Chizuruchibi. Copyright Reviewbrain, March, 2013. Not to be used without permission.

Image by Chizuruchibi. Copyright Reviewbrain, March, 2013. Not to be used without permission.

This more openly admitted weakness may be a part of the more assumed feminine vibe they seem to try to cast upon her character, even though the fainting in the previous episode was more telling. And I don’t know if either thing was intended to be interpreted this way, but Jane’s remark about the article about sex he was reading may be also be a part of the more sexualized vibe they’re apparently trying to give him. Again, I don’t know if it was on purpose, but those two characters’ growing aspects seem to be synchronized, both in this episode and in the previous one.

Besides, in parallel to her reactions, there has been a string of horrible murders in those episodes: in ‘Little Red Corvette’ there was a rotting corpse and Volker planned to murder a child, thus adding emotional awfulness to visual horror; it announced the skeletons of RJ’s first victims in ‘The Red Barn’. In the previous episode, we had some bugs devouring a body. And in this one, Jane and Lisbon are about to investigate the murder of a victim reduced to ashes and whose death would be later labelled as an “unfortunate necessity”. Those instances show murder in its most abject and horrifying form, and are in dire contrast with some of Jane’s past decisions which deemed some killings such as Panzer’s and Carter’s as “justifiable”. There is definitely a shift in morality and that might indicate something for the future. We may expect some more violence and, hopefully, Jane questioning his choices concerning his obsession, since the final words of the episode are about Red John.

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49 responses to “The Mentalist Red Lacquer Nail Polish Review

  • Rose UK

    Wowsers – you’re very observant with the detective novels and their application to the matter at hand!😉

    I might be going off topic here (perhaps this post would be better placed in your Cultural References thread), but your review made me focus on the “fire” imagery that occasionally crops up in episodes, and which other posters have talked about in relation to the Blake poems…
    :
    Sorry if this has already been talked about a lot/is obvious to people (I’m new to both the poem and learning about all the symbolism!!!), but I was interested to read on the net that Blake symbolises the Creator as a blacksmith – which of course leads back to our favourite alias “tagliaferro”!

    I’d be interested to know what you think about the recurrent idea of fire/burning (“with its simultaneous connotations of creation, purification, and destruction” – thanks, Sparks Notes!!) in relation to Jane and his journey.

    And more relevantly to this episode: I like your ideas about foreshadowing, things to come, the links between Songbird & Lorelei…🙂

    And finally, while we’re on German names – how about Volker? Apparently it means ‘people’s guard’ or ‘defender’!

  • All-I-need

    Yet another wonderful review, Violet! You’re doing a great job here!

    The episode was less funny than I hoped it would be but still a nice breather – especially compared to the promos of the next one.

    I absolutely loved how Jane literally smoked out the killer. I thought it was hilarious how he managed to “accidentally” throw that poor woman into the water and then just “happened” to drop the smoke-thingy (what exactly is that thing called in English?) into the boat.

    Tiny correction: “Vögel” is actually the plural, “birds”. Vogel would be “bird” – and yes, I know the difference in writing is tiny.

    @ Rose UK: I am German but I’ve never heard that “Volker” means people’s guard or defender. Of course that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. In Germany, Volker is a quite common male first name. Also: great thinking on the blacksmith – Tagliaferro thing. I don’t think I’ve read that before. Very interesting!

    Now, some things about the episode:

    “How to make her wild … in five easy steps.” I think I almost died from laughter there. As if JANE would need to learn how to do that. The guy is a mentalist, for god’s sake, if anyone knows how to manipulate the female body and mind, it’s him (and he knows it, too, seeing as he bet in season 1 that he could seduce any woman he wanted). Still, I think it’s funny that he bothered to read that article – brushing up on his skills, possibly? Of course, it could also be another hint at Lorelei’s impending return – if Jane makes anyone wild, it’s her. (and Lisbon, of course, but that’s just the shipper in me talking) Also, the last time Jane riled Lorelei up (made her wild) she gave him valuable information about Red John. The same thing might happen again.

    Also, Rigsby and Cho were brilliant. I loved the continuity (to channel Reviewbrain) provided by Cho picking up the conversation where they left off the last time and Rigsby’s eagerness to prove just how “over” Van Pelt he really is. Which appears to be: not at all. Way to go, Rigs!

    I can’t wait for the next episode, though it might just kill me – the promos were EVIL.

  • canddee2012

    Thank you Violet. I have been following these reviews for several months and I am in awe of the depth of analyzation you and Review-brain are able to share with us. I always want to rewatch the episode after reading these insights. I have the feeling that you folks must be professional writers.

    Regarding the episodes….do you think there is a possibility that because Patrick has been gently trying to prepare Lisbon for a time when he is not there anymore, the writers are gently preparing us fans with the possibility of Patrick’s demise in a series ending finale? I have been searching my brain, trying to imagine how they could end the show in keeping with its
    Likening to Captain Ahab/the Whale and Sherlock Holmes/Moriarty. I wonder if that decision has been made yet. It reminds me of my childhood when my brother asked for a push as he rode his bike. It was great at first, but then he started to pedal and I was running as fast I could, afraid to let go because I would fall and bloody up my knees and yet could run no faster. The Creator, Mr. Heller, must be (or has been) scratching his brain to pick the right ending, staying true to his vision/inspiration while at the same time honoring the fans. He is a brilliant writer. Simon Baker is
    a brilliant actor. Whatever happens will be ok for me.

    Thanks again. Now to re-watch Sunday’s episode again.

  • bloomingviolet2013

    Thanks for your kind words, Rose!🙂 It’s a very interesting perspective you analysed here. So, it’s very sketchy but here is what I can say:

    Fire is a very recurrent theme and appear in various significant forms during the show.

    1) It’s often associated with revenge : there are a string of murders committed by setting fire to an enemy or by killing them him in an explosion

    – S1 : Flame Red, the killer burned his victims to avenge a friend
    – S3: Ball Of Fire: a personal revenge from a young woman Jane lied to catch her father (the title may be a reference to the abruptness of her terrible revenge, or to the electric cattle prod she used to torture Jane)
    – S1: Bloodshot (the explosion which killed the poor man in front of Jane and rendered him blind)

    Those episodes took place before Jane actually tried to kill Carter instead of RJ and reflect his own obsession. Indeed, in very one of them, several years had passed between the offense and the revenge itself: “revenge is a dish best served cold”. So we also have a kind of balance between a “cold” revenge and an heated MO by fire (and furthermore the very first of those eps features another elemental opposition between fire and cold/water, since the detail that made Jane guess the killer’s retarded persona was an act was that he was reading the revenge-themed “Moby Dick”). That kind of balance between two opposed things, each completing the other, is noticeable in Blake’s poetry (“fearful symmetry”, the lamb/ the tiger, both made by God and achieving a balance between good and wrong).
    Moreover, the fire is associated with Jane’s obsession in some more moments: first, Jane had been coldly planning for years to cut his enemy open (cold revenge and a blade, associated with cold too: that illustrated the coldness in his vindictive heart and reminded of the way RJ murdered his family), but he ultimately choose to “fire” Carter, and was again carrying a gun with him in the limo meeting at the end of last season. Also, in ‘The Crimson Hat’, we can see the same discreet symmetry with Jane throwing a glass full of burning whisky to a mark (glass/fire): cf. in S2 ‘Throwing Fire’, he remembers his youth with his father; this part of his life was the start of his old life as a conman, who had been told by his father not to have any morals, and this is what ultimately caused his family’s death…
    I guess that is the destructive aspect of fire.

    2) We can notice that fire has been used thrice to fake deaths. That aspect seem to have replaced the destructive one after Jane started rethinking his revenge after killing Carter: it’s a “second life” aspect, a rebirth, like the Phoenix does.

    – S4 ‘The Redshirt’: the team used the victim killed in an explosion to pretend a football star was murdered. The guy got a new perspective and changed his life.
    – Archie Bloom in ‘Ruby Slippers’: he got a new, better life after burning a corpse.
    – In ‘Red Lacquer Nail Polish’ the theme is almost inversed: Elise killed to get a new life but in the end she just lose the old one (her fame as the “tragic heiress”, her family, her fortune, her accomplice’s affection, her social status) .

    This second theme may be called the “purification” part, but it is also closely related to the aspect you put forward with “the Creator as a blacksmith”: fire is both a way to purify the old life (in ‘The Redshirt’) and to simply create a new one (Archie). A little like in the Prometheus myth, where the Titan stole the fire to give the humans he just created a fuller life (like in the two first examples), although there had also been some pretty bad consequences for himself and or them (like there were for Elise Vogelsong). Which leads us to…

    3) … RJ (Tagliaferro) is also a blacksmith as you pointed out. He forges a new life for his followers: Lorelei for instance. His minions had a blind faith in him, he is their god since there is no afterlife nor good or wrong. But that new life he has given them can also be taken by him. That’s why Todd was executed by fire too, both as a punishment and revenge.
    This MO was what Todd used with one of his last victim (the cop burnt in his car) and there was at the time another meaningful opposition with the “moon” in the title, who is usually seen as the cold counterpart of the sun. And the sun, with his redish color, is often associated with RJ, hence the name of various episodes referring to moments of the day in correlation with the serial killer (‘Red Sky in The Morning’, ‘Red Sky at Night’, ‘Red Sails in the Sunset’).
    Sun/ fire seem to be a signature of sorts for RJ, since it refers to Black’s poem in which the tiger is associated with fire because of his color and the destruction he revels in. So we can see how RJ is both the destructive tiger, and the god above his followers who doesn’t hesitate to make them burn in a living hell.
    Besides, the balance can be also detected with his minion Lorelei, the siren, associated with water and who will certainly play a part in his demise.

  • estatica

    Wow, I’m completely blown away by Violet’s review. I missed all the book references, so I am thankful that they were explained in such detail here.

    I felt that, contrary to the last episode, Jane and Lisbon were on the verge of a big argument. While in 5×14, Jane worked seamlessly with the team, helped Lisbon helping Grace, etc., in this one both Jane and Lisbon seemed pretty tense, always antagonizing each other:

    1 – When Jane is wistfully contemplating on how sailing is a civilized way to travel, Lisbon retorts with a “Are you kidding? Stuck on that thing in the middle of the ocean? It’s like being in a prison cell with a chance of drowning.” Jane looks annoyed here. His idea of freedom is her idea of prison. Later on, on their second visit to the marina, he suggests they get on board (and if they would have, they’d flush out the murderer), but Lisbon refuses to go along without a warrant, to which Jane replies “Rules are so tiresome and boring!”

    2 – Jane at first tries to share with Lisbon his ideas about the case, but she brushes him off and accuses him of being contrary and childish. In the past, whenever this happened, he would usually look amused or even act childish just to see her eye roll. Now he looks a bit offended, and I would guess a bit hurt. My interpretation for this is that, in the past episodes, he’s been acting mature and supportive (specially in the Volker case) but she still treats him as a badly behaved kid.

    3 – In response to Lisbon’s reactions, Jane goes on to solve the case on his own and *gasps* he doesn’t even call the team to help on the arrest. He brings the extra CBI folks (undercover Ron is awesome). At this point, I felt there was definitely trouble in paradise, which proved accurate in their last exchange.

    4 – Jane mocks Lisbon’s hard work and acts condescending. “You can thank me by forgiving my colleague agent Lisbon…” Also, while he is usually embarrassed when hugging people he helps, here he clearly enjoys it as a way of gloating and possibly to cause a bit of jealousy as well. At this point, I was on Lisbon’s side. How dare he? If it weren’t for her and the team, he’d never collect the information he needed to solve the case. Punch him, Lisbon! That’s what I would do.

    I guess this episode was used to build up a bit of tension between these two so it can all blow out more effectively in the future. Sunday can’t come soon enough!😀

  • rita

    Great review Violet, and interesting reading, I always love to read your literary references.

    I have to say that this was not my favourite episode of the season….perhaps I have been spoiled by some REALLY good ones.

    I thought the non verbal acting skills of both Simon Baker and Robin tunney were turned up right to maximum in this one though….the expression on Bakers face when he pouted at being interrupted in his perusal of the article on ‘How to drive her wild in 5 easy steps’….priceless.

    Some funny bits in it, Cho and Rigsby were great together as usual, I felt very sad for Rigsby when he felt slighted by Van Pel not addreswsing the post card directly to him.

    On the whole, for me this felt like the calm before the storm, but having read your review, I will go back and rewatch looking for the things that you highlighted.

  • zee

    Hello Violet,

    It is highly insightful of you to make alliterations of “fire” used throughout the series! Consider me amazed!

    Although Lissie Calhoun’s disappearance gave the ending away for me, overall, I find that the secondary stories leave’s one plenty to talk about.

    For one, we have the “ghoulish” Brett Patridge and Cho’s incessant encouragement towards Rigsby’s love life. Speaking of which, I think Jane is reading those 5 Steps To Drive Her Wild, might just be meant for Rigsby’s lost mojo, but then again, who really knows😉

    Only one bother though, does CBI handle small fry cases like “stood-up dates” thinking that the guy might be a con man, when he actually did not and cannot steal anything if he doesn’t even turn up? I feel that comic relief scene could be done better if they want to show Rigsby pining anything less of Van Pelt look-a-likes.

    Thanks Violet and Reviewbrain!

  • SteveK2013

    My two cents: Just right before Jane helped Lorelei escape prison (who told him he already met and shooks hands with RJ), he shook hands with Bob Kirkland…in this episode we saw two suspects, Brett Partridge and CBI Ron, appear in one episode. Does this mean we should anticipate more info about RJ? I think the new info is probably about his job. Does RJ work for a law enforcement agency?

  • bloomingviolet2013

    Ooops, thank you so much for pointing out that mistake, All-I-Need. I studied German like a lifetime ago and I guess my skills are pretty rusty. Should have checked it before writing the review, sorry…😛

    Love your interpretation of Jane driving Lorelei wild! Very clever! If I’m not mistaken, there were indeed five steps:
    1) he let her seduce him and think she had convinced him
    2) he tried to trick her (Lisbon’s head) – she was beginning to be disappointed in him
    3) he contributed to her arrest – she had to be a little mad, since she felt the net to spill the beans to Lisbon about them being lovers
    4) he got her out of jail –she was starting to get really irritated with him, she was expecting RJ
    5) he lied to her about framing her for his “kidnapping” –she lose it and beat him up.
    It will be interesting to see what will the sixth step be, now that they came to a kind of truce and that she decided to listen to him and to investigate on her own what RJ did to her sister…

    And about his abilities to seduce any woman, don’t forget that he lost that bet. Even what he was turned in a womanizer, he couldn’t score either with Lisbon nor Grace, lol!😉

    Thanks again for your great comment!

  • bloomingviolet2013

    Thanks, Rita! Glad you liked it!🙂

    Those were my thoughts exactly when I first watched it: a rather good episode, with funny moments but we must have been spoiled; it’s harder to appreciate that kind of episode now that we’re more used to thrilling/complex storylines. That’s what enlightens the different path we’re getting recently, since in the earlier seasons, those simpler but well-done episodes were more common. Now, we’re used to roller coasters!😉 Still, what’s interesting is that the simplicity is often just an appearance, there are some intriguing little things when you dig deeper…

  • Rose UK

    @ All-I-Need: I also bow to your superior knowledge of Deutsch (this is what happens when you Google stuff).😉

    @ Violet: Haha, love that you delineated the 5 steps!

  • Rose UK

    That’s fascinating reading, Violet; thank you again for your time and thoughts (things I’d never have come up with!!). I hadn’t considered any of the other opposites you mention, such as coldness or water or the sun to the moon, so I’ll definitely be bearing all those symmetries in mind as I watch the episodes. 🙂 It’s interesting that Jane himself says you have to be “cold” in order to exact your revenge.

    Like others, I wondered whether Jane was the Tyger – i.e. RJ’s creation… Several people have commented on the fact that RJ is trying to groom Jane to become like him, and we do see various instances of this as Jane strays closer to the ‘dark side’. Maybe RJ will live to regret the beast he unleashes! Or maybe you could even say that *Jane* is the Creator, having somehow unwittingly moulded RJ into much more than a ‘simple’ serial killer by engaging with him in the game and encouraging him to grow ever more elaborate. I’m pretty sure another poster elsewhere talked about him “unleashing” RJ onto Panzer in Red Blinking Light, for example!

    And I also wonder where Lisbon fits into all this?! I can see the Lorelei/water connection, but Lisbon always seems so “earth” to me. So grounded. Can she put out the fire? Interesting to ponder.🙂

  • anomalycommenter

    Honestly, how do you do this Violet?! Seems everyone’s mind here is blown away by your literary mastery. I’m completely speechless!

    I never thought that anyone could elaborate so much about this seemingly mundane episode. For example what you said about the birds; indeed there are numerous references to birds: The stuffed birds inside glass enclosures under two paintings (of what kind are they?), bird shaped book stands, all kinds of bird shaped articles on display, Partridge as a family of birds, Vogelsong the family name, Songbird the sailboat, and a photo of a mechanical bird (the warplane), you can even hear the sound of some bird in the background when Jane and Lisbon enter the house!

    Well, after reading your review there seems to be some points that may need some further investigation, yet I’m not educated enough to follow them properly:

    Knowing only the name of the episode, “Red Lacquer Nail Polish”, I was expecting to see another murder by Red John with a finishing touch of painting the victim’s toe nails in their own blood. And know I’m totally perplexed as to how relevant is the name of the episode? Does it mean applying the accelerant to the body of the victim or something else that I missed?

    As is well known by now, “A Brace of Partridge” is a painting by William Blake; does anybody know the name and painter of the paintings in Vogelsong’s house? Do you think that they may be relevant to the story as might be suggested by the presence of Brett Partridge and the stuffed birds below them?

    Why did the same hypothetical scotch brand appear again?

    And now seems the time to read “The Adventure of The Norwood Builder”.🙂

  • C Hill

    thanks for the excellent work on the novels, violet. i had trouble getting a good shot of all of the titles and no time to research them. well done indeed.

    i think we can take jane’s reaction to lisbon in this episode to be more of a frustrated teacher — all of this work to make you (lisbon) less of a “by the book” investigator and now this???🙂

    to go back to a couple of key episodes, season 5 has been a game of chess. this epi was good, not my favorite (though season 5 has set a high standard IMHO), but now all of the pieces are just about in place…

  • III Frogs

    I noticed this disturbance in Jane and Lisbon’s relationship, too. It was quite pronounced and didn’t let up in any instance except when Jane put down the magazine in the doctor’s office saying he was about to learn how to drive her crazy in five easy steps. It was the only time he really smiled, amused in the episode. Made me laugh, too! I think it was a little tidbit for the Jisbon shippers out there.

  • P

    I never viewed Brett Partridge as a serious Red John candidate. I just never saw anything remotely suspicious about him. I’ve seen slightly ghoulish forensic types on lots of crime shows. It is almost a stereotype at this point. I don’t think there is anything unusual in that. What I do find unusual is Jane’s obvious hostility towards him. Frankly, I find it very unprofessional. Jane himself is often very disrespectful at crime scenes and with victim’s families. I never heard Partridge say anything so terrible that it would warrant Jane’s overreaction.

  • P

    Agree that the RIgsby scene was not very good. I find it very hard to believe that Rigsby would stand up one woman, let alone a room full. I could see him canceling, but not repeatedly arranging dates and just not showing up. That was a very out of character scene. Sloppy writing on many levels.

  • bloomingviolet2013

    Indeed, I didn’t realize there were so many birds! Thanks for pointing that out! The stuffed birds and marine paintings in the mansion were probably what hinted to Jane that she loved the Songbird boat too much to let it behind. As for the paintings themselves, I can’t recognize any in particular, but it’s intriguing that there were some meaningful in the house, then others representing landscapes too (but not marines) in the nephew’s gallery… I guess the latter were meant for giving a sophisticated vibe to the family (“impressionist” paintings even though they seemed more like luminous landscape than the real 19th Century impressionist technique, at least from where they were filmed), along with the other references to France: Monaco (where Dr Reinhart had worked beforehand) and Jane’s “Bon voyage!” when Elise was arrested.

    Speaking of paintings, thanks for pointing out “A Brace of Partridges”: it seems that various names may have a hidden meaning when they belong to people who might be part to RJ net in one way of another: Partridge, Lorelei, Bertram… Interesting.

    ‘Red Lacquer Nail Polish’ refers to the elegant Elise Vogelsong: her lacquered nails are visible when she verses the drug powder in the glass and when she lights up a match in the flashback where we see her killing her victim. And, you’re right, it’s also probably an allusion to RJ painting Angela’s toes nails in her own blood (and that poor girl’s in ‘Red John’s Footsteps’) since the color red is linking to a particularly atrocious murder even if there is no blood here.

    About the scotch brand (Ehrich Scotch), yes it’s fictional, but inventing fake brands is pretty common in TV shows, since showing real ones is advertising. Numerous TV shows keep using the same fake brands in every occurrence for the sake of coherence in their universe.

    (I don’t really know what to say to your very kind words, Anomaly, thanks a lot!🙂 )

  • bloomingviolet2013

    I assumed that it was Rigsby who gave details about himself to his prospective dates: his name, probably that he was a single father and what his job was. He’s naïve enough to give away precise details like that and, if he said that he was a CBI agent and if women started reporting him for not showing up and realized it was repetitive, it was credible that they decided to show up together where they knew he worked. It seems contrived, but it is still kind of coherent, and anyway the main purpose was obviously to show comically that that they were all redheads and that Rigsby stood his dates up more than once; in that case it could have been interpreted differently: he wasn’t interested but the woman was too pushy for him to refuse the date, so he chose the cowardly solution not to show up.

    P wrote: “I find it very hard to believe that Rigsby would stand up one woman, let alone a room full.”

    It was hinted before that the issue of dating again was driving him to distraction (forgetting the warrant), so I don’t think he stood them up on purpose: he may have simply forgotten about them, since he was not really interested. Those women were substitutes, he might have “subconsciously” forgotten about them when it was becoming too real and when he would be painfully aware that they were not Van Pelt.

    I admit the question didn’t bother me too much, but you’re right P and Zee, it could have been handled better. There should have been more explanations for his behavior…

  • bloomingviolet2013

    To be frank, neither did I. The guy doesn’t seem to have the charisma to carry RJ’s vision. He seems too insignificant and Jane’s disgust with him is too strong… and it doesn’t look like he likes Jane either, whereas RJ does. Besides, in the pilot, he was gushing about a copycat crime scene. Now, we can be mistaken: he may be hidding his true colors and that would explain Lorelei’s commentary that it was weird they didn’t get along immediately, since the two men really don’t get along. But I admit I would be a bit disappointed if Partridge ended up being RJ after all.

  • Mosquitoinuk

    Wonderful dscussion! In fact, perhaps I am a bit slow but Jane said to Lorelei that Red John made her a victim so he could save her (Red Sails in the Sunset). Lorelei tells Jane that Red John is offering Jane his friendship ( season 4 finale). Perhaps Patrick Jane would be Red John most prized conquest…if he manages to bring Jane to the dark side. RJ knows what Jane is capable of…or so he thinks. Just like Lisbon said to Jane (Panama Red) “you only think you know everything about me”. This applies to RJ about Jane as well. This actualy gives me a bit of hope with respect to Jane’s arc in fact and I think Lisbon’s role as the one that provides Jane with a moral compass (which will be determinant in the end, I believe) is one of the reasons why RJ wants to get rid of her (the other one being that Jane loves Lisbon of course…stay still my shipper heart!). A bit ominous for Lisbon all this…I think she is more critical to Jane’s arc than we have been lead to believe and whilst Patrick is the intellectual foe, Lisbon is the true moral enemy…wonderful comments from Violet and Rose by the way!

  • mosquitoinuk

    Just to say that I remembered a poem by Rilke where birds (Vogel) appear:

    You, Beloved, who are all
    the gardens I have ever gazed at,
    longing. An open window
    in a country house-, and you almost
    stepped out, pensive, to meet me.
    Streets that I chanced upon,—
    you had just walked down them and vanished.
    And sometimes, in a shop, the mirrors
    were still dizzy with your presence and, startled,
    gave back my too-sudden image. Who knows?
    perhaps the same bird echoed through both of us
    yesterday, separate, in the evening…
    -You Who Never Arrived-

    I’m pretty sure Violet is right and this songbird business is linked with Lorelei but this poem is quite famous and it does strangely resonate with Jane & Lisbon. For all the shippers out there.

  • ortforshort

    So what you’re saying is that this episode was for the birds

  • C Hill

    #$#(!@!! — other than that i await patiently🙂

  • bloomingviolet2013

    You’re right, it was hinted that disturbances were starting to put a strain on their complicity again. Particularly in the scenes with the boat: it may have been a metaphor of something deeper, her reluctance to follow him aboard once because it was unsafe and the other time because it was against the rules could be representing her renewed wariness towards his plans, often very unsafe and against the rules… And it was certainly foreshadowing indeed.

    By the way, congratulations to our talented Chizuruchibi on a work well done: that artwork rocks!😀

  • bloomingviolet2013

    Maybe… Or that Jane’s eagle eye way of solving the case made Lisbon eat crow. Too bad for her she had chickened out when he asked her to go aboard.

  • anomalycommenter

    Thank you Violet very much, for answering my questions so nicely! And in response to ‘ortforshort’ I have to say that – aside from birds being the link between the age of dinosaurs and our time – matter of fact is Violet’s review was so comprehensive that I was struggling to find anything to contribute. So I might have attempted to read too much into everything!

    But then again, IMHO, one of the main attractions of this series is the very subtle clues that are left here and there such that might not be spotted till much later (well, even the writers might have been distracted by the side story this time to leave such a “Pet Peeve” on the carpet!), the other is definitely the rich human interactions of such a rare quality for a TV show, for an example of the former consider the very fine point that ‘OldMan’ mentioned in a comment under ‘The Red Barn’ review which had such an impact on me that I had a hard time sleeping that night! As someone somewhere said, “Yes, this show is that good!”

    Well, I continued the search and found an intriguing answer hidden inside a long cryptic prose (http://www.whoisredjohn.com/See-a-theory-Red-John/1577#):
    “Blake painted a picture A brace of partridge, which is similar to the scene of the murder (remember that RJ is a showman) of the two men on the farm, shot and killed with edged weapons and tied with wire”

    How about that for an answer, ortforshort? The resemblance is stunning!😉

    (LOL at both of your comments, and certainly humor is the third element!)🙂

  • III Frogs

    Great analysis of Lisbon’s role in the Red John arc. I think it won’t be long until he tries to eliminate her. I think if he succeeded, it would make Jane suicidal. Of course he would try to take Red John out with himself. But it’s hard to imagine Jane having any reason in his mind to look out for himself without his revenge quest and without his desire to see Lisbon safe. And I don’t think he wants to be without her, even in what he would see as an end to his pain in oblivious death. But that may be shipper-me🙂

  • III Frogs

    Got a shiver on that one.🙂

  • ortforshort

    I see that all of the Blake fans have flocked to this site. Birds of a feather. Meanwhile, I’m wondering if the writers aren’t wondering “Where did these folks get all of these bird brained ideas, we never thought of that stuff?”

  • bloomingviolet2013

    Maybe. That’s a danger when a lot of things are left for interpretation: you risk having the viewers overreact to some aspects and completely miss others. That’s part of the game.
    Now, even if I’m not a huge fan of Blake myself (too dark for me, sorry), I can see the point of analysing a reference when it is *explicitly stated and with insistence*: except from some pretty vague indications that he preaches amorality, those direct quotes from Blake are the only consistent insight we get on RJ’s personal tastes and spirituality. No wonder people are reading and analyzing his poems.
    I really don’t want to sound harsh, but your comment isn’t very constructive. For me, I would be more interested in knowing what you think about this ep or about the general arc they are displaying. Don’t you have a personal take on what happened/ is happening, Ortforshort?

  • bloomingviolet2013

    Still, now that I think about it, there are some things that bother me a little about that painting. First, if that name is an indication about RJ’s identity, “Partridge” would represent at the same time the victims (the guys killed and bound in the cellar) and the potential killer responsible for their demise (Brett). Moreover, the fact that Partridge may then be an alias RJ had chosen after the murders would mean that he was already a Blake fan at the time (not impossible, but nothing indicates that either).
    Second point: it would mean the writers (Heller) had already the idea of using Blake references to characterize RJ since the pilot. I don’t know, but I’m not really sure about that point: it seems to me that various details were still to be fixed back then (Charlotte’s age for example, since the bike is too small for a girl her age, according to some. Or even Angela and Charlotte’s names) In the season 1 finale, there was a hint that RJ had minions with Hardy, but the man defined himself as a friend of RJ, since his father was already friends with him. It’s a personal aspect that hasn’t been showed with any other accomplice so far (Lorelei was watched and recruited, we can guess others were too). So I don’t know if they really had planned so completely RJ character back then.
    Thus, I think that the reference to Blake’s painting is very intriguing and that it may be relevant, but I wonder if it isn’t yet another red earring…

  • windsparrow

    Excellent review, as always, violet. And I love Chizuru-chibi’s artwork. Lisbon’s a Chicago girl; I’m a Cleveland girl. I don’t mind boats on a lake, but the idea of the ocean kinda scares me. And I wonder if Lisbon’s Great Lakes region upbringing’s distrust of even bigger bodies of water have been compounded by Jane’s drowning last season.

    “Is that song-bird a way to let us understand that Lorelei is about to tell Jane what he wants to hear?”

    I wish, I wish, I wish…. I loved your deconstruction of these names, very enlightening.

  • reviewbrain

    I think the point Ortforshort was trying to make is that too much is being read into here. He’s probably right. But then, that’s what makes the discussion fun. We get to find (invent?) all these intricacies and then compare them with whatever will turn out to be true. What I want to do is send a mentalist to the writers and see if any of our more far-fetched conclusions were made subconsciously. That might be fun🙂

  • anomalycommenter

    I totally agree with you Violet and ReviewBrain. I myself am not a fan of Partridge as RJ and do not have any familiarity with English literature or Blake for that matter outside of the context of this show. I believe that many characters have the potential to turn out to be RJ and that is intentional on Heller’s part. I simply stated here, what I was thinking would be of interest to the fans, and very probably have read too much into it. But I assure you that I had no intention of offending anybody or causing any bitterness, if it does not look so please take into account my English illiteracy. The dinosaurs I mentioned was in reference to the last episode and the question I asked ortforshort was just a friendly gesture, even though deciphering the exact meaning he wanted to express was a real challenge for me. I must say that I really enjoyed the discussion ortforshort, Violet, and estatica had in the last episode’s review comments and I’m looking forward to read such nice discussions in the future, also really appreciate the time and effort you put into this fantastic blog.

  • mosquitoinuk

    I think you are right. It was also shown in “There will Be Blood” (I don’t want to discuss much here because we’ll have a new topic for that soon…) that Bertram and Kirkland are keeping tabs on her and Bertram tried to probe her by explicitly saying that Jane and Lorelei had a relationship and implying that there still was a mutual attraction between them. Lisbon is usually good at keeping tabs on her feelings but here Bertram just *knew* he had touched a sore spot, which was part of the goal. I heart Lisbon, I really do.

    Lisbon managed to just keep it, but *just*, so there is still an element of ambivalence. In fact, Bertram was *us* asking Lisbon the questions that we’ve been asking ourselves and her reaction was for Betram (and us) to see (and interpret). But the bottom line is that they are not only watching Jane they are *watching her* and I think it is pretty clear that they are going for her. We’ve had lots of indications this season that Lisbon is becoming a main target as she has been approached already several times (including by Haffner). Is all of this “probing”? is all this trying to get her away from Jane and to lessen her influence? Without Lisbon shielding him, Jane is definitely vulnerable from a legal point of view but also, she offers the moral support (and moral compass) that he desperately needs (so he doesn’t loose himself entirely and still retains part of his humanity and sanity).

  • mosquitoinuk

    it looks like that the bird wasn’t ready to sing…

  • mosquitoinuk

    Sorry, sorry, sorry, I just realised that people reading this might not have seen the “There Will Be Blood” episode and I would like to kindly ask Reviewbrain to delete my previous comment (see parent message to this reply..). Done without thinking and got carried away!

  • bloomingviolet2013

    Good point: these two last seasons were so packed with thrilling moments that I almost forgot the drowning in ‘Fugue in Red’… Poor Lisbon might have been afraid he would have fell in the water if they had set foot on the boat, lol…

    (“I wish, I wish, I wish….”
    * Nodding and sighing…*)

  • bloomingviolet2013

    The writers are always preparing us for upcoming dramatic events: for example, Reviewbrain explained some time ago that Dr Steiner committing suicide while Jane was keeping him company was a way to desensitize us viewers in prevision for the moral impact of Jane provoking Panzer’s death later. Still, it’s always hard to say how far they would go: for instance, in spite of all the risks they have taken so far and of the many times Jane has endangered their jobs, no one in the Serious Crime Unit has been killed or fired permanently. In five seasons, after every traumatic event, they are still investigating their cases as usual and everyone accept Jane back every time. So far, the writers haven’t really threatened the little family the five of them form even though Jane has been trying to distance himself many times (after Kristina’s kidnapping; retreating in his attic continuously; going to Vegas…), so I can’t really guess what they mean with this insistence Jane is showing in grooming Lisbon: he certainly thinks him leaving the team permanently (killing RJ and running away, going to jail, or even dying) is a possibility, but he has been proven wrong more than once when it comes to RJ.

    About Captain Ahab and Sherlock Holmes, don’t forget that both have a pretty different outcome: Ahab lost his life in pursuing his obsession, but Holmes didn’t. Conan Doyle wanted to get rid of his character and he killed him off, but he resurrected him due to fan pressure. So Holmes did effectively kill his nemesis and managed to resume his normal life afterwards. Both endings are possible. But, even though references are interesting and may be indicative of what will happen, remember that the choices in the show are always pretty different. For instance, Holmes killed Moriarty in self defense and vanished while making Watson believe he was dead. In the show, this hiatus corresponds to Jane taking off for Vegas (vanishing, like Holmes was visiting mysterious countries) while Lisbon was worrying about him. Still, Jane hasn’t killed RJ before or even during or after that period, contrary to his literary model. So you can see that the writers have been simply using a similar structure and playing with it: they didn’t go all the way.

    (Thank you very, very much for your support, Canddee!🙂 )

  • thebeatboy

    Hi !!! =)I love this show !!! Have I mentioned that before?? lol Another Great review!! Thank you very much for writing it. I would also like to give my compliments to Chibi on the great art work.

    : D : D

  • anomalycommenter

    Thanks Violet. I have nothing to defend the theory against your analysis. Never mind the paintings (or birds), the real master here is Chizuruchibi. And thank you Reviewbrain!🙂

  • anomalycommenter

    I second that!🙂
    (You’re talking about the next episode, aren’t you?)

  • canddee2012

    You are welcome Violet and thank you for your insight . You know, in life we always want more even though there is only so much to give. I previously stated that which ever ending came along, It was ok with me. I really do wish for the positive ending…redemption and all plus acknowledgement of Patrick’s feelings for Lisbon. Your explanation does push my thoughts more to the positive.😉

  • Tringo

    Its like a christmas present every time I find a new review- thank you Violet! You make so many good points I need to re-watch the episode one more time😉
    Honesty I wonder if the writers of the show would be scared if they saw all these long-fetched theories of who Red John is. Maybe the’ll get so scared to disappoint the fans the’ll never reveal him.

  • canddee2012

    I have watched the newest episode twice and will do it again while waiting for my Christmas present. Can hardly wait! I do wonder if the writers do read some of the theories. Perhaps. 🙂

  • Arco

    I am kind of stuck on the point that no one noticed that the Mariette Hartley (whose grandfather was a well-known psychologist!) character was really crazy enough to murder someone–she lives 72 years without anyone noticing that the woman needs to be locked up–& not in her house? Then she waits until her sunset years to steal the money? Why not make off with the money earlier when she still would have had many years to enjoy it–& her nephew, at that point, would have been too young to notice what was going on so she would have gotten away with it more easily?

    Was a bit disappointed that the house itself was set up to be a character–then that aspect was dropped from the plot.

    Violet, points for finding some substance out of this largely insubstantial episode. And as always, Chizuruchibi’s artwork really captures a salient point of the episode. It is amusing; it is also perceptive, showing the vastly divergent viewpoints of Jane & Lisbon about the sea.

  • C Hill

    was interested they picked mariette given her polaroid ad campaign with james garner…nice touch.

  • Lou Ann

    “Regarding the episodes….do you think there is a possibility that because Patrick has been gently trying to prepare Lisbon for a time when he is not there anymore, the writers are gently preparing us fans with the possibility of Patrick’s demise in a series ending finale?”

    As usual, I am jumping in a bit late. From the pilot I have thought that its final scene – Jane reclining below the smiley face – has indicated his final demise, like his life is a sacrifice on an altar.

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