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Jane (Baker) and Lisbon (Tunney) watch a video showing RJ’s girlfriend Lorelei Martins (Emmanuelle Chriqui) torturing a woman to death. While she’s worrying about Jane’s involvement with the criminal, Lisbon is told by Director Bertram (Michael Gaston) that Bob Kirkland (Kevin Corrigan) from Homeland Security wants to collaborate on the case.
Wow, what a thrilling episode. Action and suspense were present while various characters were explored in a new and interesting perspective. Almost a perfect match if it were not for a slight deception: there was no new revelation from Lorelei.
Detailed AKA Humungous Review (spoilers galore)
Lisbon and Jane: the long awaited confrontation
At long last, Lisbon decided to call Jane on his lies and his erratic behavior when Lorelei is involved. AND she did so by showing a bit of her feelings…
VIS#1: Lisbon asks Jane to tell her if Lorelei makes contact
First, knowing her consultant as she does, Lisbon decides to take the matter in her own hands and confronts him by playing cards on the table. She outright tells him that she knows what part he played in his pretended kidnapping in ‘Red Sails in The Sunset’: “I know that you broke her out of prison and you know I know.” Jane tries to play if down by distracting her with a mild attempt at humor: “And you know I know you know.” He clearly is not comfortable with the topic; he accepts to acknowledge his responsibility and her concern but doesn’t want to discuss it; still, Lisbon is nothing if not determinate to make her point: “This is not funny. If they find out, you could be charged as an accomplice to murder”… and she adds and protecting him makes her an accomplice to murder as well. During that part of the conversation, Lisbon’s position is the same than she usually takes: she tries to abide by the law, but before anything else, she wants to protect Jane, even if that means breaking the rules. Nothing she hasn’t done before.
Still, one may wonder two little things: for one, Jane has told her what RJ’s girl revealed him, so why hasn’t she ever asked Jane about what happened between them when they were on the lam? The most obvious explanation is that she didn’t want to know… And the possible reasons for that are quite intriguing: was she determined not to be more involved, or was she too upset to want to ask about potentially intimate details? Later Bertram tacitly assumed Jane and Lorelei spent few days together as lovers, hence has the same thing occurred to Lisbon? Second point, what happened to the threat she made at the end of ‘Red Sails in The Sunset’? She told him she would arrest him herself if she found out he had something to do with her breaking out of prison. It seems that Lisbon hasn’t been willing to go to such extremes after all…
This talk was basically the same they had when Darcy was sniffling around after Panzer’s death: Jane is a suspect and he needs to be very careful, but Lisbon is eager to cover up for him. Nevertheless, Jane breaks the pattern by unexpectedly defending Lorelei, telling that she must have a reason and that the woman she tortured and killed had probably something to do with her sister’s murder. He’s implying that Lorelei’s acts were justifiable to some extend –never mind the fact that his hardened face when he watched the video indicated that he was shocked… And he then drops a bomb by adding: “she wouldn’t have done it otherwise, I trust her”… Lisbon is speechless, her face shows consternation and incredulity at Jane’s revelation that he trusts a woman who works for his family’s murderer, who asked for her head, kidnapped Wainwright and was about to cut his fingers out in the middle of the desert… She tries to rationalize calmly:
Lisbon: “Jane, I am your partner, not her. You need to be honest with me.”
Jane: “I know.”
Lisbon: “if she contacts you, if you find anything out about her, if you have any insight into the case…”
Jane: “I would tell you.”
Two things here: she felt the need to put forward the bond between them to make him promise, and she compared their partnership with Lorelei’s relationship with Jane. He never used the term “partner” to describe the other woman, yet the fact that Lisbon did shows that she feels threatened by her on a personal level.
VIS#2: Lisbon demands the truth from Jane
Of course, Jane doesn’t keep his promise and he follows a lead that predictably ended up in a private meeting with Lorelei at 1309 Orchid Lane in Davis. The street name is interesting: it enlightens an arc since orchids already made an appearence in Devil’s Cherry. The Blue Orchid was a blue diamond: the hallucinating victim killed himself he was searching for it in his own guts after his killer told him it was here. Besides a butterfly on an orchid was in Jane’s hallucination too just after he drank the belladonna. Back then, it was implied that the butterfly was a symbol of hope for Jane, thus it seems that orchids are now the element indicating the danger of his obsession. Indeed, in that episode Charlotte was coming from a flowery garden and told him to give up RJ and to get a new life… In the previous episode, ‘Red Lacquer Nail Polish’, there was another more subtle allusion with the Nero Wolfe murder mysteries as Wolfe is well-known for his passion for orchids. The books were in the room where a woman burned alive a friend in order to fake her own death. Therefore, both examples are tied to an almost gratuitous violence, as is the house in Orchid Lane: Lorelei’s victim and her associate used to bring women from the shelter to torture and kill them here. And that’s also a symbol of the danger Jane may get in if he keeps following the path dictated by his obsession. He may very well end up in a bloodbath like Lorelei did.
Lisbon is aware that Jane has been keeping things from her. She then follows him here after Lorelei is gone and confronts her wayward consultant in a rather loaded scene.
Lisbon has displayed various feelings concerning Jane’s relationship with Lorelei before, such as:
– shock upon realizing to what extents he had gone when Lorelei revealed they had been lovers;
– hurt that he didn’t told her that tidbit, neither that he had faked his six months long breakdown: it felt as a betrayal for her;
– distrust when she listened on him interrogating the woman;
– anger, snapping at him after he kissed their prisoner;
– concern that he might have feelings for her since she was “almost” the first woman he slept with since Angela’s death.
All those were dictated by friendship. When the question of him possibly loving her was raised, she stubbornly drove them to safer, more professional waters. But here, their talk betrays some of those “Never-To-Be-Mentioned-Again” deeper feelings.
Indeed, those emotions expressed earlier appear again; in the VIS#1, she showed shock and concern. She’s asked him to let her know if he learnt anything, but here she comes after him. That is the same pattern we got in ‘The Crimson Ticket’, where she asked him to keep her informed before bugging the interrogation room: she feels distrust. Anger and betrayal come along with hurt in the following dialog before getting a step further… After Lisbon catches him red handed lying to her, Jane plays it down as something inconsequent (“I tell you about thirty percent of what I do, that doesn’t mean I’m lying”). Lisbon warns him in pretty the same way she usually does when it comes to RJ pulling one on him: “you’re putting your trust in the mistress of a serial killer. She’s playing you.”
Jane plays dumb: “ Playing me? How ?”
L.: “You’re blind, you’re involved with her, it’s clouding your judgement.”
J.: There is no involvement. I feel nothing for her”
L.: “And now you’re really lying.”
We can see how things have progressively been sliding from a dressing down to something more personal. She doesn’t talk anymore as a friend, she has taken on accusing him (he’s gone from passively being blind to actively lying in the course of a few words); that betrays that his actions have stirred up something deeper. Hence the pause after those words, since she can’t meet his eyes and she has almost tears in her owns. She’s embarrassed both because she’s showing weakness and feelings that are not professional since she’s on the verge of crying. She takes refuges then in a definitive ultimatum: “And I’m gonna make this very simple: I will not be part of this anymore and neither will you if you want to remain in the team”. She tries to regain her professional façade, making their disagreement a work matter, but the mask is crackling, since she’s basically asking him to choose between her and the other woman. There is a subtle subtext in there, almost as if Loreli was the “mistress” while she assumes more explicitly than usual the role of his official partner/ work spouse.
Again, Jane tries to deflect the situation with an attempt at humor mixed with provocation: “you don’t mean that. Someone has been playing a little too much poker.” It’s a battle of wills, but it’s Jane who finally gives in: “I confess. I… I may have some feelings but if I crossed any lines it is not because I like her. I would do anything I can to get to Red John but you already knew that since the start.”
The discussion is centred on the notion of “partners”, with a deeper meaning that just two people working in team: it involves trust, like in the scene where Jane let Lisbon enter his locked attic and explained to her what he was doing with his list. Lisbon has added another layer –sharing- to the notion by labelling Jane her “associate” in the previous episode. Now, Lorelei is threatening their bond by making trust between them impossible: hence Lisbon’s reaction, she is afraid to lose her trust in Jane and as a consequence to lose him too. And her emotional turmoil at realizing there were feelings involved (those that Jane feels for her rival and certainly those she tries to hide too) hints that she cares about him as deeply as he cares about her. It’s a form of jealousy behind the very real concern for his safety.
On the other hand, Jane’s reactions in that scene are no less interesting: his “thirty percent” comment indicates in insight how his mind works: it is not a lie if he didn’t outright tell something that is false. Lying by omission doesn’t count. That explains his behaviour back in ‘The Crimson Hat’ when he was very at ease to meet her by surprise in the church: he just hadn’t told her the whole truth, thus he didn’t lie to her. And he said he was sorry only when he realized the harm his scheme had made both to people and to his bond with Lisbon… In those two important scenes, he admitted first that he trusted Lorelei, then that he had feelings for her. Both are two aspects of his relation with Lisbon too. He has progressively won her trust after many years of playing tricks on her and he has admitted feelings for her a few episodes ago. Still, he told her “love you” while here he just reluctantly admitted to liking Lorelei, meaning that there is a difference between the two situations.
Last, Jane’s reference to playing poker, a reminder of a friendly moment between them, is meaningful too: it was already in ‘Red in Tooth And Claw’ a metaphor for the game he’s been playing with RJ, but now it also shows that he has dragged her into this very dangerous game of truth, lies and bluff. And it serves as continuity with the meeting with Bertram the morning after, where the theme is further developed. Lisbon is at a crossroad and she too has to choose if she wants to keep working with him or not.
VIS#3: Lisbon tells him to stay behind
After her meeting with Bertram, Lisbon realize her fears that Jane might become a suspect are already a reality as her director implied Jane was still Lorelei’s lover. She decides to keep protecting him. Things are still strained between them but they seem to have achieved a truce. Nevertheless, it is visible that Jane wasn’t very sure of her reaction before the meeting: she told him she didn’t know what she would tell Bertram and his immobility at the end of the scene at Orchid Lane confirmed his insecurity. After the meeting, he takes a moment to study her face before thanking her for protecting his secret.
But Saint Teresa is decided to save her sinner of a friend. She tells him very firmly he needs to stay in the bullpen while the team split in order to catch Lorelei in the act of attacking Julia’s accomplice: “If things go wrong, you need to be far away, you’re in too deep… Jane, I’m asking you, please, stay here.” The idea is to prove that he has to have nothing to do anymore with Lorelei or her crimes: if he isn’t even there, he can’t be accused of complicity. And staying in the bullpen put him under the protection of the law as it would give him a solid alibi. Jane understands and after another moment of studying her, he obeys her. Until he decides to occupy himself by reading the shelter employees’ files and discovers who was Julia’s associate.
Lorelei and Jane: trust and distrust
VIS#4: Jane goes to Lorelei for the second time
His discovery leads to the second very loaded scene in the episode: Jane calls Rigbsy to warn him that the person he’s been watching is Lorelei’s target and hears that his colleague is in trouble. Indeed, she has crashed his car when she arrived in the same way Jane crashed his after he let her go away in ‘Red Sails in The Sunset’, effectively closing the circle. Jane then calls Lisbon to let her know where he is heading to. Here he meets his siren already torturing Jason Lenin and helps her by convincing the man to confess. We can see there the many intentions are tangling themselves in his actions.
1) His priority is to gain her trust by giving her a hand to get to the truth behind her sister’s murder: he needs to prove himself to her as a valuable and trustworthy partner. So he uses the method that worked with Lisbon: he proves to be useful with his insight and his power of persuasion; he shows her that he has more understanding of the situation than her -he knew how the man kidnapped and killed fragile women with his accomplice’s help.
2) There were also more honorable goals, for instance Lorelei’s violence bothered him when he watched the video at the very beginning; he knew what Lorelei was capable of. So, it’s pretty certain that we wanted to keep things safer by interrogating the man himself. He is preventing Lorelei from killing yet another person. In his own way, he is trying to save her from falling even deeper in the downright spiral she is getting herself into…
3) … because, as he admitted, he has feelings for her. When they met in his motel room in ‘The Crimson Hat’, he told her she was right to feel a connection with him; he said that to lure her in and because RJ was a connection between them indeed, but, as Reviewbrain pointed out at the time, there may have been some truth in it as well. Both are quite alike after all: Jane was a conman while Lorelei is a liar and he’s been shown to be attracted to that kind of woman (Erica for instance). He might have seen himself in her. Moreover Lorelei didn’t really embrace a criminal career freely: she was pushed in RJ’s web by a despair born from carefully created circumstances. She was taught to not listen to her conscience, like Jane had been: he didn’t chose to be a conman either, he was taught by his father; as a teen he seems quite reticent to deceive people. And his obsession now is born from the same kind of despair she felt after having her family killed. She was very close to the person he is deep down and that similarity, added to the physical intimacy they shared, may clarify how he could have felt something for her… and how she could also feel something for him, as it seems (she told him “did you miss me” at Orchid Lane before kissing him on the cheek): they are two people sharing the same scars and understanding each other because of it.
4) Yet, Jane also tried to protect the bond he shares with his friends. He did try to stay behind as Lisbon asked him. What tipped him off about the identity of Lorelei’s target was a detail he didn’t mention to Lisbon, but it was because he probably didn’t though about it at the time (the fishing line was quite meaningless when he found it). But, when he realized what it meant, his reflex was to call Rigsby to warn him to be careful: if Lorelei hadn’t attacked Wayne at that moment, he would have probably arrested her on the spot. Then when Rigsby didn’t answer anymore, Jane called Lisbon to tell her everything and he checked on his friend first thing when he arrived, showing therefore that he was genuinely worried.
So it seemed that Jane tried to preserve Lisbon’s trust as well as Lorelei’s and ironically this was probably what has cost him his potential partnership with the latter since she heard him calling Rigsby over the phone when the agent was unconscious. She then understood his help wasn’t disinterested and that he was playing a double game… Thus, after he got the truth out of their man, she kissed Jane goodbye and shot the minion who was lying on the floor: she wanted to keep RJ to herself and she knew that Jane was planning to double cross her to get his own revenge at the end. She didn’t reveal anything and was able to get away from him after having injured the other witness seriously enough to force Jane to stay behind: he had to save the only other lead he had.
In the end, Jane hence made his choice like Lisbon had asked him: he was about to betray Lorelei after telling Lisbon the truth (even if he kept his agenda about RJ all along). His actions in that scene are pretty ambivalent, but, between the two gun-wielding tough women and the two paths that where offered to him, he still chose the lawful and trustful partnership. That gives us some insight in his mindset concerning revenge: despite what he says, he isn’t ready to do anything to achieve his grand plan. Proof is that he could have had a hand in RJ’s demise right away if he had followed Lorelei instead of trying to save his relation with Lisbon and if he hadn’t cared for his coworker. A colder man would have figured out that, once he got the truth from Lorelei, he wouldn’t need Lisbon or her team anymore…
VIS#5: Death and the Maiden – Lorelei’s eulogy
Two weeks later, Jane is still waiting for his witness to regain consciousness and Homeland Security has taken the case over, effectively cutting him off from any leads. Lisbon comes to his attics to inform him that Lorelei met a very expected death by RJ’s hand. The woman tried to kill her former mentor and, as Jane warned her, he saw her coming and decided to strike first.
It’s interesting to consider how in the end and even on the warpath, Lorelei managed to regain some of her morality. When she first met Jane, in the very beginning of ‘The Crimson Hat’, they had a talk about right and wrong and at the end of that episode, she was nodding to RJ’s speech explaining that there weren’t good or bad actions. Yet, she didn’t want to fire when children were in the middle and she showed hesitation before shooting the guard who was trying to stop her when she was planned to kidnap Jason Lenin. Same with what she said in the bathroom when she was on the lam with Jane: since her heart had been shattered by her sister’s death and that RJ has taught her to distance herself, she believed that nothing could hurt her anymore. Yet, she felt anger and betrayal against her former leader and against Jane’s mind games. When she met up with Jane again in this episode, she accused him of not being as tough as he thought, because he was ticked off by her violent behavior, but she had overestimated her own toughness as well: she wasn’t able to kill Red John; nevertheless, by escaping his influence she was able to regain a little part of her humanity.
Besides, Jason Lenin’s name already announced her fate somehow: his Russian namesake has initiated the Communism – associated with the color red-, and is responsible for the “Red Terror” , while this Lenin has provoked another kind of red terror too starting with the many murders he committed, those Lorelei was responsible for and, ultimately, ending with her death. The poor woman was doomed from the start. Also, his MO in murdering those women involved fishing line and he fancies himself a fisherman: no wonder both he and the siren had a encounter with fatal consequences. Last, her body was displayed in a peculiar fashion, sending a message to Jane: she was placed in a warehouse full of fair material (horses from a carousel were visible), reminding of Jane’s carnie past. She was naked under a sheet and a big bloody smiley was painted above her, an allusion to the one night she and Jane shared, symbolically placed under RJ’s sign as a mean to express that he controlled everything from their meeting to her death.
Jane’s reaction to her murder is as ambiguous as their last meeting was. At the crime scene, he approaches Lorelei’s corpse and mutters that he is sorry, then he says “she had it coming” to Lisbon while leaving the place. This apparent coldness and the fact that he was waiting in the attic before take we back to the night Panzer was killed. He was responsible for Panzer’s death and he is also at least partially responsible for Lorelei’s since he used her and made her want to seek revenge. But both situations are at the same time very different: he’s sorry for her demise, it’s a consequence he hadn’t wished for. That makes this moment almost an echo of his reaction when he heard from Lisbon, in his attic too, that the father of Panzer’s first victim committed suicide: he was genuinely sorry for the man, although he immediately though of a way to use his death to his advantage.
That scene seems to end the brief and more bitter than sweet story between Jane and his siren, in a way that the dismembered carousel at the crime scene symbolizes perfectly: they kissed, had sex and fell apart to both ends of the moral spectrum, then three other kisses made them grow closer again, one in the interrogation room in ‘The Crimson Ticket’, another out of gratitude at the end of ‘Red Sails in The Sunset’, and the last as a goodbye kiss meant to distract him when she was about to betray him. They were going back and forth. And there was a pattern in the things they did to the other : 1/ she lied to him when she seduced him, 2/ she asked him to destroy the person he was closest to, 3/ she almost hurt him (cutting his fingers off) while 4/ telling him she was sorry… and 1/ he lied to her (getting her out of jail while faking his kidnapping), 2/ he destroyed the bond with the person she was closest to (revealing that RJ killed her sister), 3/ he hurt her (provoking her death) then 4/ he told her he was sorry… The circle is truly closed, like with a carousel.
Similarly, the colder comment he made that “she had it coming” may be a show Lisbon that he’s still on the game, that he really didn’t care about Lorelei that much and that he resented her a bit. Or, horrible as it sounds, that he may have been a bit relieved since her death means that RJ is still alive for him to hunt… That may explain Lisbon’s shocked expression at his words. But another explanation is possible. Lorelei was a sort of inversed reflection of Lisbon. That was hinted numerous times before and in this episode the vague physical resemblance between them was enlightened again by their clothes: Lisbon was wearing a black jacket with shinny sleeves, reminding a bit of Lorelei’s black leather attire; meanwhile, Lorelei’s white shirt and dark pants when she was waiting for Jane at the Orchid Lane house was a transposition of the strict and businesslike clothes Lisbon usually wears. Both received Jane’s trust and feelings since they represented two choices he could make: on one hand a bloody path involving lies, distrust and betrayal with at the end a probable death, or in the other hand a real partnership, relying on someone who was here to help him and symbolized by Lisbon, the one still alive at the end of the episode. So, the “she had it coming” comment may indicate a slight change in Jane’s perception: at the end of ‘Red Queen’, when Hightower urged him to tell Lisbon what he had discovered about the mole at the CBI, he answered “I’m better off alone”. Since then, he made other decisions and began progressively confiding in her more and more. He chose to open up to her in order to have someone protecting him when he’s in danger: that is a decision Lorelei refused to make. Jane warned her: “you’re foolish to do this on your own, let me help you”, but she wouldn’t listen. At least, Jane had learnt enough of his past mistakes to have listened when Lisbon pleaded to let her help him.
Bertram and Kirkland team up
In two meaningful scenes both Kirkland and Bertram were placed under a new light while talking to Lisbon. First, Lisbon realised Kirkland is no more a potential ally like he was when Lorelei “kidnapped” Jane, she is more aware than never that he’s dissimulating something. Indeed his reasons for being interested in the case are very vague (« her arrest is a priority for Homeland ») and consequently suspicious… and Lisbon isn’t even aware that he had an informant in the CBI long before Lorelei even entered the picture: she doesn’t know that he asked Alexa to keep in touch with Minelli at the end of ‘Red Dawn’, when Jane entered the CBI as a consultant ten years prior. For us viewers, it’s obvious who he’s really interested in is Jane, that’s why he’s mostly avoiding him…
Moreover, in that scene, there is a power play since Kirkland chose to go to her superior whereas before he requested a direct collaboration from her. That detail reminds a bit of the alliance between Darcy and Wainwright: at the time, Jane was a suspect too, yet now that part is more a excuse used by both men to keep a close watch on the events. Indeed, the second meeting is even more intriguing: when asked by her boss what progress they’ve been doing, Lisbon deliberately stays very vague herself. Still, her trouble and uneasiness with the whole situation made her lies pretty obvious: ironically, her previous remark to Bob about his “trick” (« I have to learn that trick… How you speak without saying anything”) is what is sorely missing here. She says a lot about her concern, worry and plain nervousness without actually talking much.
Then, Bertram speaks about Jane under the guise of asking if he has any insight, blurting « when it comes to Lorelei Martins, I don’t think Jane can be trusted.” It’s true, of course, given Jane’s not so hidden agenda and it echoes Lisbon’s own thoughts on the matter. But Bertram goes farther in his insinuations, trying to plant an idea in Lisbon’s mind (or at least to make it surface if it already took place in the shadows of her mind). He tries to gauge her reactions: “But he admitted a sexual relationship with her. Then Martins kidnaps him and they spend days alone together. Don’t you wonder what went on between them?… If… if there’s something going on, you… you can talk to me.” Now, we can wonder what that little theory of Jane still having sexual relationships with Lorelei comes from. Even more since we viewers know he didn’t even though he could have indeed tried something with her, as Lorelei was being a bit promiscuous in bathing naked in the sea and changing while the bathroom door was open although she didn’t come outright on to him. But Bertram doesn’t know any details in what happened after Lorelei broke out from jail: Jane pretended to have been kidnapped and had injuries to “prove” it. Bertram could then infer that he was his accomplice alright, either because he knows how Jane’s mind works or because he had some insight information (from the FBI for instance) about Lorelei being in under custody in a federal prison without many possibilities to get out on her own. Still, either way, why didn’t Bertram interrogate or warn Jane about his guesses if those were a real concern of his? The best explanation is that those hypotheses have no real importance for him: although his goal in doing so stays unclear, he pretty obviously tries to stir up deep negative emotions in Lisbon, such as insecurity and jealousy. Plus, in telling her she can talk to him, he places himself in a role of confident, not that she would pour her heart to her boss, but he casts a positive light on himself and lets her know she can complain to him about Jane if things were to get ugly – a thing he did his best to provoke. What he probably doesn’t know is that Jane and Lisbon already discussed the matter and that Jane tried to get clean on his lies, his plan to use Lorelei and his feelings for her: thus Lisbon has already evacuated part of the anger she feels and she doesn’t take the bait.
His willingness to gauge her reactions is made even more obvious by the fact that Bob Kirkland has been hiding and listening to their conversation all along. After she leaves, he gets out of his hiding spot to analyse what she let on:
Bertram: “What do you think?”
Kirkland: “You work with her, you’d know better.”
B. : “Clearly, she knows more than she’s saying… But good detectives always keep their cards close.”
K.: “Who can we trust?”
B. : (chuckles) “You don’t trust anyone.”
This talk between the two high ups is enlightening: both men seem to have more than a simple collaboration like Darcy and Luther had. They know each other well enough to do something as degrading as hiding to trick one of Bertram’s employee and to talk about it afterwards. They even half-joke about the other’s inability to trust anyone. They may or may not be friends, but they are more than casual acquaintances and the secrecy they’ve been surrounding this fact with casts a pretty dark light on their partnership. Even more since Kirkland forcefully took the case from them at the end of the episode: his men dragged Jane from Jason’s gurney. He made sure Jane was nowhere close to him in case the man regained cousciousness and told something, like Todd did at the hospital before dying. His brutality is even more intriguing that, except from Jane’s interest in the man he just saved, he had no way of knowing yet why exactly Lorelei attacked Jason or that he had been working for RJ.
Given how involved Kirkland is on everything touching not only Lorelei but also the RJ case, one can wonder indeed if Bertram isn’t Bob’s new informant in the CBI: in ‘Red Dawn’, he used Alexa Schultz to make contact with Minelli to keep an eye on the investigation and on Jane. After Minelli retired, there was at least two FBI agents probably working for Alexa in rather close contact with the team: Craig, who mentioned his boss was a woman, and Darcy. It’s not implausible that both were passing information to her too. But there is also a possibility that Bertram, who took his charge when Hightower inherited Minelli’s position, worked with the mysterious Bob too… Either way, the interest both men manifested for Lisbon is interesting, since the spotlight seems to be on her this season: before, only Styles was trying to gauge her relation with Jane and her take on his actions, but now it seems that everyone is bent on testing her, either because they work for RJ, like Lorelei or (/and?) for Visualize like Haffner. That doesn’t bode very well for the two new plotters Gale and Bob’s intentions…
Besides, it’s interesting that the poker metaphor keeps sneaking in here too: Bertram compares Lisbon to a card player and he bluffed and analysed her reactions to the hand himself played. That means that he places himself as her adversary/ enemy. He tried to use the rather harmless persona of a sore loser he showed in ‘Red in Tooth And Claw’ and the complicity he tried to create with her to lure her in a sense of security. It’s a complicated game they’ve been all playing in this episode, with rather curious imbrications of teams: Jane partnered up with Lisbon vs him with Lorelei, both of those partnerships opposed to Bertram and Bob… Indeed, the question about who is to be trusted is a valid one, in more ways than one…
Honorable Mentions: Tunney and Baker were both excellent, expressing so much without words that they almost rendered dialogs superfluous. Also director Anton Cropper managed some nice really scenes which were both fast paced and explicative (when each team member team interrogated simultaneously the shelter employees, or when Lisbon ordered them to split to watch their houses).
Icing on the cake: in this episode packed with action, writers Ken Woodruff and David Appelbaum managed to sneak in a mention of Wayne’s resurfacing feelings for Van Pelt. Nice continuity and an amusing touch.
– Why didn’t Bob Kirkland put Jane under surveillance if he though he was a possible accomplice of Lorelei? And why weren’t there any consequences for Jane after they found him at the scene of Lorelei’s last crime? Ok, he has saved the victim until the paramedics got there and called the team for help, but his behavior was suspicious before. And is that even credible that defiant Jane hasn’t ever found strange that Kirkland was always basically avoiding him?
– How come Lorelei knew so little about her sister’s death? She didn’t know about the “Roy” part, assuming the cops were dumb enough to keep that detail a secret instead of asking her relatives about him… but she also hadn’t had her doubts about the shelter? That means that, either she didn’t know the sister she was very close to was abused by her boyfriend, or said sister never mentioned that she was seeking help. And, of course, Lorelei seemed to have never been interrogated during the investigation, since she didn’t mention the abusing boyfriend or the shelter to the cops. Neither did she have the idea to go there to ask questions on her own. I may be picky, but they made pretty clear Lorelei wasn’t your average grieving family member. Miranda’s parents seemed to have nothing against her when she reunited with her, thus they had no reason to withhold information and Lorelei has proved she’s the kind of person who tends to take the matter in her own hands. That part of her past should have been explained better…