Note: I wanted to give my lovely, lovely partner Violet a break but as I’m swamped I could only churn out this mini-review from memory. Warning: unedited! Thank god for all you fantastic readers, I’ve no doubt you’ll let me know if anything is *too* off base 😉
When a young actress falls to her death in Sacramento, CBI Agent Teresa Lisbon (Tunney) calls in her consultant Patrick Jane (Baker). Unhappy with being dragged from the hospital where he is waiting for Lennon(Christopher Cousins) a vital witness in the Red John case, to wake up from his coma, Jane charms a nurse to call him as soon as Lennon wakes up, hoping to question him before Homeland security’s Agent Kirkland (Kevin Corrigan).
Star power doesn’t make an episode. But when coupled with the humor of writer Erica Green Swafford and poignancy of Eoghan Mahoney scripts, it’s a sure recipe for a winner. Well played. Hope no legs were broken in this one.
Detailed (not so humungous) Review
Some points to ponder…
“You’re creeping around Lennon getting into Kirkland’s business. Of course I’m glum.”
-Loaded statement right there. I like the continuity of Lisbon’s trust for Kirkland. Might this subtext be the reason for Jane’s later statement?
When Jane tells her he needs to talk to Lennon, Lisbon replies that he needs to follow the rules for a while, adding: “If you must break the rules break them on your own time.”
Jane then replies: “When am I not on my own time?”
-Ouch. Ouch, ouch, ouch. The reason the little jab hurts is it’s kinda actually true. Jane is a consultant. I don’t know if he gets paid by the case or by the hour but freelancers aren’t usually subject to the same stringent rules as regular employees. Also, somehow the way Baker read the line also felt like a veiled threat: stop bugging me or I’ll quit. Not that he’d ever do so, of course…
The fact that Rigsby didn’t hug Van Pelt when she returned to work after her trip is a real tip off on his (back in full force ) crush; he’s trying to hide it (not so successfully) by keeping a professional distance. Heck, even Lisbon hugged her! Which , by the way, was lovely continuity to how close they have become.
Kirkland is RJ?
When Lennon wakes up from his coma, the first question Kirkland asks him is:
“You recognize me? You ever seen me before?”
Lennon replies: “No.”
Does this mean that, while Lennon worked for RJ, he never had actual contact with him? If that’s the case then why did Lorelie have to shoot him? I’m inclined to think that she thought that she was protecting Jane; by going after RJ herself.
But then why would Kirkland need to ask Lennon if he recognizes him? Was he worried that Lorelie might have revealed RJ’s identity to Lennon before she shot him? Maybe, as she was interrogating him to find out if RJ did in fact order her sister’s death?
Kirkland then tells him that he’s doing him a favor by killing him “I just hope that if I am ever in your shoes I have a friend close enough to do the same for me.”
-I doubt (RJ?) is being serious here, but if he is Jane might want to reconsider killing him when he catches him. Having him rot in jail would probably be an infinitely worse punishment.
When Jane shows up, Lennon is already dying and he looks at Kirkland suspiciously. I wonder if this doubt is new or if was always there? Could that be the reason behind his (biting?) tone after Lisbon told him to leave Kirkland to his job? Or, if he just resented Lisbon’s friendship with Kirkland (i.e. tone when he said “you’re new best friend” in Red Sails in the Sunset”) and the suspicion is new, how will it affect his friendship with Lisbon?
I think Kirkland is to Lisbon as Lorelie was to Jane. But with one major difference. While Lorelie was a known criminal that Lisbon resented Jane’s interaction with for so many justifiable reasons, Jane doesn’t have more than his gut when it comes to any suspicion he might have of Kirkland. Jane didn’t believe Lisbon’s suspicions that Lorelie was playing him. She turned out to be right. Would Lisbon believe Jane if he warns her about Kirkland? We saw her reaction when she defended the FBI in this year’s premiere. She told Jane she wanted to believe in something without always being suspicious. Does that desire still exist? Does she have another reason to want to believe Kirkland? An attraction to him maybe?
I remember one commenter (who are you?!) stated that maybe RJ wants to get back at Jane for turning Lorelie by getting close to Lisbon. If Kirkland is in fact RJ, then you were really on to something!
Can’t wait to read your comments! In the meantime, here’s the rest of the review:
Icings on the Cake
Ron got a line! Ron got a line!!!
Donna Murphy. Beautiful, beautiful, talented Donna Murphy.
Co-written episode. A combo of fantastic writers.
La Roche! This was my reaction when I saw him/figured out Jane would ask for his help: HEEE!!!!!!!!
“That’s my arm you have two of your own.” –Jane, to security/homeland security guy kicking him out of the hostpital.
“I don’t know how anyone lives there.” Grace, to Rigsby on LA. Bet the actors got a kick out of that line.
“I know you’re only talking to me to get information out of me but its been nice. You make me smile.”-Aww!
“She would if you told her the truth.” –Jane, on Lisbon. Nice continuity; shows Jane knows Lisbon enough to know that she more likely to understand/support him if he shares information with her. Took him long enough to figure out…
“What is it that every foster child is looking for?” –Jane. So sad but true. Kids want their parents.
“Trust me you’ll have fun. Was there ever a more suspicious phrase?” LaRoche, to Jane.
“J.J. You have to live a little. You spend your days chasing paper clip fees. When do you ever get the chance to nail a killer.” –Jane, to LaRoche.
“Would an accent help?” LaRoche, to Jane, practicing his role.
“Excuse me, your coat is playing the 5th symphony.” –LaRoche to perp.
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