A murder in Napa county gives CBI consultant Patrick Jane a chance to investigate Sherriff McAllister (Xander Berkely), one of his suspects in the Red John Case. Meanwhile, a change in the CBI’s policy on inter-office relationships intrigues Agent Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) and boyfriend Agent Wayne Rigsby (Owain Yeoman).
A change of scenery is always great and the lovely setting of Wedding in Red set the stage for what turned out to be an equally beautiful episode. Romance is a tricky genre to write and under a less talented writer (and actors) can be trite and juvenile. Needless to say this wasn’t the case here. Daniel Cerone’s fresh dialogue, action, and awesome acting makes season six’s third episode is another winner. 9.5/10.
Detailed AKA Humungous Review (Spoilers Galore)
Other than serving how dysfunctional both the groom’s and the bride’s family’s are, and (perhaps) how incompatible they seemed, the case served little purpose than to advance Rigsby and Van Pelt’s relationship, as well as give Jane (and us viewers) insight onto Sheriff McAllister.
Grace/Wayne Romance: The setup
The episode starts with a very domestic scene; Grace playing with Ben, Wayne’s son. We learn that she spends most nights at his place since it’s easier for him when he has his son. We also learn that the CBI no longer has rules on inter- office relationships; a fact Grace informs Wayne after he tells her “I could still make an honest woman out of you yet”. Grace’s “You could” had more meaning that just the fact that their relationship was no longer professionally taboo. There was a wistfulness in her voice that served as foreshadowing.
Wayne senses Grace’s tone and later discusses the matter with Cho who helpfully reminds viewers that Wayne is a marrying-type man: he proposed to the mother of his child. Wayne states that he did it because he felt his son deserved to grow up with married parents. But with Grace he feels unsure due to past complications in their relationship. He asks for advice which Cho declines to give.
Later, after Jane wrecks the relationship between the victim’s niece and her fiancée, he assigns Van Pelt the task of mending the break so that he can find the culprit. This inadvertently gives Wayne the assurance he needs from Grace as he watches her give advice to Stacy (Ericca Piccininni ):
“I had someone. Staying together would have ended my career so I let him go. It ended badly so I shut down inside. Closed doors to feel safer. Problem is, with every passing year you close more doors until eventually you wonder if anyone will get through. “
This was a great, accurate, and sincere recap of Wayne and Grace’s relationship. But the best part is the regret we (and Wayne) hear in her voice when she talks about letting him go. Then there is her admission that she still has her wedding dress (from when she was engaged to Craig):
“It reminds me of who I was, naive, maybe a little foolish, but full of hope. If I destroy that dress I will forget what hope feels like.”
Beautifully poignant writing acted out to perfection by Righetti. And having Rigsby look in through the interrogation window (unbeknownst to Grace, I’m sure) served as just the right impetus for what would occur later.
The case again gives the couple a chance to come together, this time in the form of Lisbon asking Rigsby to provide a distraction during the wedding party to allow the suspect time to escape. Rigsby leaps at the opportunity and uses the act to propose to Grace in what was one of my favorite scenes in the episode.
First, he asks Lisbon how he looks.
-Aw! Wayne wants older sis Lisbon’s encouragement.
When a confused Lisbon tells him he looks fine he downs a glass of wine (or is it punch?) before he takes the mike from the DJ and says his piece.
-Now Yeoman and Righetti nailed the scene, but what I also loved was Lisbon’s reaction through all this. She represents the viewers. At first she was confused. Then horrified as she looked between the two as the speech went on; but as Rigsby finishes talking about the bad patches and goes on to talk about how they found each other, you can just tell she’s about to cry. Like Grace, she knows this is real, this isn’t just an act. And she looked so happy for them.
As was I, I must admit. I was never a fan of the romance, but the two have just grown so much that they grew on me and my old cynical heart just melted. Here’s to Righetti and Yeoman for turning me around. And for Cerone for the mature dialogue that allowed them to win me over.
Jane and McAllister’s reunion was quite amusing. First he balks at the CBI’s presence saying he could handle the case, but then he takes the opportunity to good-naturedly spar with Jane, both trying to get a read on the victim based on his clothes.
-I loved the continuity here; the scene recalled the friendly game of rock/paper/scissors Jane and the Sheriff had the first episode he was introduced. Then there was this:
McAllister: “His scent, do you detect oregano about it?”
Jane (sniffs): “That’s a leap”.
I swear I laughed out loud here :D.
Later, after repeatedly telling Lisbon he needs to be alone with McAllister to get a read on whether he is RJ, Jane’s opportunity unexpectedly arrives when the Sheriff surprises him near a cliff. When Jane comments on how silently the man’s approach was he explains: “Old habit, I’ve been a hunter all my life.” And when Jane asks what he hunts, he replies, “Anything with a face, game’s game, right?”
The conversation continues as follows:
McAllister: “You hunt?”
Jane: “No I’m too squeamish.”
Thank you, Cerone. Love this continuity on how Jane doesn’t handle blood and gore well. But more than that, it was an opportunity for Jane to say the following…
“I couldn’t handle all the skinning and gutting.”
…and gauge the Sheriff’s reaction to the bloody verbs describing Red John’s crimes. But McAllister doesn’t seem to skip a beat : “Sure if you clean and quarter a kill, it takes a certain stomach for that.”.
When Jane adds that it also takes “a certain blood-lust”, McAllister responds “There’s a grain a truth in that”.
All in all, it was an ambiguous but nonetheless appropriately creepy scene which probably left viewers with a bad feeling towards the man…the better to counter it when he saves Jane’s life later.
McAllister had raised a red flag for both Lisbon and Jane’s suspicions when it seemed like he had a fear of heights (just like RJ, according to his statement to Sophie Miller). But later, he climbs on top of the church roof to shoot the perpetrator saving Jane’s life, proving that he’s perfectly fine with heights.
Jane is (again) surprised by his sudden presence, which the man explains by saying he felt compelled to keep an eye on Jane because it felt like he had an agenda for working the case. Jane responds that he sometimes gives off mixed signals.
Here, it seemed that Jane was obviously grateful for the man and perhaps was rethinking him as a suspect. But when McAllister starts at the presence of pigeons on the roof, saying that he hates them, it seems like Jane is reminded that RJ’s declaration to Sophie Miller on being afraid of heights, could have been a lie to mask another phobia. Of birds, perhaps?
This is obviously going to be a major theme this season. We had ducks at the beginning of this, episode. Also, for three episodes in a row, we’ve seen and heard pigeons. The first time was at Brett Partridge’s crime scene; second was when Jane and Lisbon were discussing Sophie Miller’s death (in a park? With a suspicious woman nearby). Finally, in this episode, they were perched on the roof of the church Jane and the perp where on.
A cursory search on what they could symbolize led me to this interesting webpage. Not sure which (if any) of the symbolism is applicable to this show but it’s an interesting read nonetheless. Curious to see what readers might think..
“As long as there are no rank issues.” Grace, to Wayne, on the new inter-office dating polity. Rats. So Lisbon can’t date Jane cause she’s his boss. Good thing they’re practically already married.
“Do you wanna date Lisbon?” Grace, to Wayne. I interpret Wayne’s subsequent shudder as a reaction to him imagining dating his older sister (which is what is the canon relationship between Rigsbon, in my book).
“That’s very astute Lisbon. Well obsevered.”-I think Lisbon, like myself, was skeptical at first of Jane’s comment and suspected he was patronizing her. But after examining his face was reassured that it was an honest to god compliment. Better yet was the shy smile she tried to hide afterwards.
“Love is in the air, Lisbon.” –Yes it is Jane.
“Rigsby, you’re with me.” –Take charge Cho is hot Cho.
“Where did this inebriated smooth take place?” This was such a Jane thing to say.
“You knock her up too?” Cho, to Rigsby when he mentions considering marrying Grace.
“It would be like killing a lama. Why would you?” Bride’s father, explaining how no one could have had a motive to kill the victim to Jane.
“They spit.” Jane, in response to the above.
“I’d like the putty to spackle those emotional wounds that’s why I’m calling you.” Jane, to Grace on fixing the ruined wedding.
“I swear, I can marry you off in a minute.” (Ron passes by) “Don’t tempt me.” Jane, to Lisbon, on how he is legally ordained. Hilarious. For the record, Lisbon can do a lot worse than hot CBI Ron. Unless, of course, he turns out to be RJ.
“Whoa, that sounds messy. And beautiful.” Jane, in response to the “And the twain shall become one flesh,” verse.
“By the power vested in me by a mail order ministry.” Jane, marrying the happy couple.
“I’d love to Charlie, but without wings…” Jane, to perp Charlie , when he demands he climb on top of the roof.
“Did you not see me on the roof?” Jane, to Lisbon’s statement that he missed the action.
Icings on the Cake
I remember a time when Jane would barely graze Lisbon’s back when he sees her out of a room. Now he not only helps her in her jack, but fluffs her hair out of it too? I went through the of the previous reviews several times but I couldn’t find a great point someone made on the intimacy hair touching represents or I would have quoted it here 😦 Whoever it was, please repost the comment in this review.
All the regulars were off the charts amazing but this one was Righetti and Yeoman’s show with special performances by Kang, Tunney and Baker.
Writer, Daniel Cerone. Director Randall Zisk, Composer Blake Neely.
Lisbon’s dialogue concerning McAllister got a bit repetitive.
No best scenes here since I loved the entire episode. But I have to say the ending was absolutely beautiful. Wayne and Grace’s wedding was so sudden and unexpected. But also in character and I loved that. We’ve seen how quickly Rigsby proposed out of obligation to Sarah, so it makes perfect sense to me that he’d propose to Grace out of love which never for in six years. Like Grace said, it’s been a long time coming.
Then, there was the fact that Jane was nowhere to be found, only to see him peaking through the door where the ceremony took place. It was like the pure happiness on the couple’s faces was more than what he can handle seeing directly. It was such a great bittersweet decision on the part of the writer. As was this line:
“Love freely given has no beginning nor no end. You rings represent the love you have for each other.”
Jane’s ring is a huge part of his character. I wonder if he’ll always wear it, even after avenging his wife’s, death, because it represents her love for him.
Then there was Cho, telling Grace and Van Pelt that their ride to the hotel is ready. As they left the building, a group of soldiers fired blanks completing the celebration as Wayne and Grace were driven off in a horse drawn carriage.
At first, I thought that the gesture would surely have been Jane’s doing. But then I remembered that Cho was the one who had questioned the civil war re-enactment buff with Rigsby. Jane didn’t know about him and so probably didn’t organize the event. And just to assure me further, was the smile on Cho’s face as he escorted Grace into the carriage, and saw her and Rigsby ride off.
Cho’s been hearing Wayne whine about Grace for six years. We’ve seen him plenty of times be annoyed with the affair. But seeing how happy he is here shows that, through it all, Cho always cared about the couple and is glad they finally got their act together. Seriously, he looked like a proud happy bridesmaid/best man at the end. I think I actually saw a tear in his eye. Or maybe those were just mine….
Of course, all this sweetness can’t last. There has to be a reason for this decision on Heller’s part to have the couple married now. Dare I hope for a happily ever after? Or is it just the calm before the storm?
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