Two years after he kills serial killer Red John, ex CBI consultant Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) is living a new isolated and calm existence. But, it is interrupted when he gets a surprising offer from the FBI Agent Dennis Abbott (Rockmond Dunbar) to come back to the U.S. and work with them.
My Blue Heaven was like a breath of fresh air. Like Jane, I greatly enjoy natural beauty and we got to see plenty of it here. Not only was it a refreshingly light and humorous episode, but it was also a beautifully directed, acted, edited and (most importantly) written episode. 9/10
Detailed AKA Humungous Review
My Blue Heaven takes place two years after the events of episode Red John in which Patrick Jane finally takes revenge for his family’s death. For the first time since the show started, an episode does not contain any reference to the show’s (now deceased) main antagonist (i.e. the color red or any variations of it).
Teresa Lisbon’s Fate
The episode opens up to show viewers Teresa Lisbon giving a presentation on what being a policeman means to a classroom full of elementary students. Despite the children calling her “Chief” the simple fact that she is in a uniform represents her demoted status: she is no longer an agent.
-While this may be true I would still have loved to find out how Lisbon not only managed escaping being imprisoned for aiding and abetting a wanted man, but managed to go back to working in law enforcement. My guess is, the fact that Jane was never caught (and therefore never charged) might have helped.
After Lisbon returns to her office, she is informed that an Agent Abbott wants to see her. The FBI agent greets her, tells her she has a nice place then proceeds to ask her if she had heard from Jane. She says she hadn’t and that she doesn’t really want to. Abbott then expresses surprise since they were “so close”. Lisbon says it was a long time ago.
-A few details here. Just before Abbott enters Lisbon seems to gaze at a bouquet of flowers in the corner of her office (I think they were orchids?) with a slight smile. I immediately thought that they might have been a delivery from a certain missing consultant.
The second detail is the shell she has decorating her desk. Like Abbott (who asked if he may see it) I immediately concluded that it was from Jane.
We also find out that while Lisbon hasn’t heard from Cho “in ages” she is still in touch with Grace and Wayne. In fact she has dinner with them the very next day.
The scene after said dinner takes place is interesting. Wayne tells Lisbon about how his and Grace’s company is doing well. And when Graces excuses herself to talk to the babysitter he explains “new mother, you know how it is” to Lisbon, letting viewers know that he and Grace have a baby now. I also like how Wayne isn’t as worried, reminding viewers that this is his second baby so he has more experience (and therefore less to worry about than Grace.
Then there’s Lisbon reassuring Wayne and Rigsby that she’s enjoying her new life, despite missing the CBI “at first”. It’s quiet now, which she likes. I personally got the feeling that she was putting on a show for the couple. But after they leave, and you see Lisbon happily reading Jane’s letter (one of many which she keeps in a box) you get the feeling that, as sad as the moment may seem, she genuinely is content just knowing Jane is okay.
Patrick Jane’s Blue Heaven
Turns out Abbot was right in his tacit assumption that the shell came from Jane. The next scene takes us to a beach with Jane (sans suit and avec beard!) is taking a walk. He enters his apartment and we hear via voice over the contents of a letter he’s writing to Lisbon.
While the initial contents (Jane describing dolphins in the ocean) is quite general conversation, the rest of the letter, which viewers are shown a glimpse of later is much more intimate. Jane apologizes for leaving Lisbon on the beach “that evening”- I assume the day he lured the RJ suspects to his house in episode Fire and Brimstone. And he also mentions that Lisbon not being here is the only thing that makes this new chapter in his life “strange and sad”. He ends it saying that he misses Lisbon and signs it “You know who”.
Also in the same montage, we get to see in Jane’s apartment that he’s trying to learn Spanish (he has an English-Spanish dictionary) and another book called “Daily Zen”. The fact that Jane tells Lisbon that he has his “daily routines” hints that he’s gotten used to his new found existence.
From what we can tell, an early morning swim/walk on the beach, followed by writing a letter to Lisbon while drinking tea before breakfast in a beach restaurant is one of them.
Jane then takes a walk to the post office where he asks about the price of stamps. We found out that they are “cheaper than yesterday but still more expensive than last week”.
-This tells us that Jane sends Lisbon letters on a regular basis.
Jane then asks he woman at the counter if anyone asked for him. They reply no and after Jane leaves the women comment that he’s a “sad man” which they base on the fact that he’s always asking if someone is looking for him. Also, that he’s a very nice man but that his Spanish is terrible.
-Jane’s daily question here is no doubt to find out if the FBI have discovered his whereabouts.
Jane’s New Friend
While eating breakfast, Jane spots a woman reading an English book. He quickly strikes up a conversation and despite saying he’ll leave her to her book manages to get himself invited to sit at her table.
-This scene was both sad and sweet. Probably only those who have had the experience of living abroad where there first language isn’t spoken can emphasize with Jane’s delight here at being able to finally speak English and have someone understand him.
The woman introduces herself as Kim (Emily Swallow) and we find out she is on vacation pondering on whether to accept a new job offer.
-I was all over this line. The instant Kim mention a job I just knew she was here to check out Jane. As the end of the episode later proves, my inkling was right. But I must say, Kim played her role so perfectly she had me doubting myself for a while. In hindsight, however, you see all the small hints she left and how she (and Abbott) played Jane like a fish.
-She was so cool, reading in English in front of him, having him approach her first.
-After she has him hooked she asks if he knows a good place for dinner, fishing for a date.
-She makes him perfect tea (the woman has done her research!)
-She gives him her number just in case he ever comes back to the US.
-She meets him one last time at the beach restaurant to give him her book to read leaving Jane to ponder his fate alongside the lonely old man who has been living there alone for longer than Jane has been.
Evil Genius Abbott
You can’t help but admire FBI Agent Abbott, since he was the one who undoubtedly had Kim approach Jane to prep him for Abbott’s offer. She’s a brunette (who looks strikingly like Lisbon from behind!). He must have chosen her to remind Jane of the woman he left behind. Abbott He does so more obviously when flat out tells Jane he was able to trace him through the letters he sent Lisbon via his carnie friends. “Smart, but not smart enough”.
Then there was Abbott agreeing so readily to Jane’s “terms” scribbled on a napkin in his haste to seal the deal on returning back to the United States to work for the FBI. I love Abbott’s smile and reply of “we can work with that” to Jane. And I didn’t believe it for a second. Poor Jane was so desperate that he bought the man’s act. No doubt he was feeling mightily proud (and superior) after he used Abbott to catch (and punish) a drug dealer who had both killed a dog Jane like and assaulted Jane. But you can tell from Jane’s giddy expression that he couldn’t wait to get back to the US (and Lisbon) and that might have been what affected him from reading Abbott accurately. That, or Jane might just be rusty.
One thing I found interesting: Abbott contends that he doesn’t need to agree to Jane’s terms and gave Jane his own as soon as they were in FBI headquarters. But one thing Abbott did do was oblige Jane and have Lisbon be ready to greet him as soon as they arrived. He didn’t need to do that, but the fact that he did makes me think: a) Abbott is not as adverse to having Lisbon work with Jane as he pretends he is. Or, b) Abbott knows that as soon as Jane finds out he’s been tricked into coming back to US soil (where he can get arrested) his stubborn streak will have him refuse to sign the contract with the FBI. So Abbott is probably counting on Lisbon to talk some sense into Jane and agree to Abbott’s offer.
Jane arrives at FBI Austin HQ to find Cho waiting for him. He says he’s not surprised Cho did well to get into the FBI but expresses some dismay at Cho’s less than warm welcome. Cho says he is happy to see Jane, but he doesn’t think he’ll be able to fit into the FBI. After Jane enters the room where he is meeting Lisbon and Abbott, we get to see Cho smile.
-Now I took this to mean one of two things (or both, maybe): Cho, as he stated, is happy to see Jane he’s just never been big on showing emotions. Also, Cho knows Jane is about to be cornered and was amused.
Once Jane sees Lisbon, it seems like he can barely keep his eyes off of her. The phrase “a sight for sore eyes comes to mind”. He gives her a big hug telling her he’s missed her (a sentiment she reciprocates). And once she sits down asking him what’s going on he tells her gleefully “You’ll see. It’s going to be great.”
Jane’s delighted expression both at being reunited with Lisbon and at the prospect of surprising her with their going back to work together was equally sweet and amusing. It just makes Abbott’s subsequent busting of his bubble funnier.
Also amusing, Lisbon’s contention “I have a job, I can’t just leave it because you suddenly decided to come back!” And Jane shushing her in front of Abbott, telling her “we’ll talk later” . It was nice to see them argue again like an old married couple.
Icings on the Cake
The scene where Kim is preparing Jane tea in his apartment was heavily reminiscent of The Crimson Hat (where Lorelie was preparing Jane tea after their evening together). You can just see Jane thinking he was having a déjà vu. It was so funny seeing him try to recall if they slept together, finally mentioning that he was drunk last night, and his relief when she reminds him that he was beat up.
Jane took off his wedding ring! I don’t attach any special significance to the fact that Jane took it off to go out with Kim, rather I think he was just trying to get used to not having it on. And going on a date for the first time after he avenged his wife seems like as a good time as any. Also, just to keep shippers from blowing a gasket: Jane’s had several surrogates for Lisbon before in plenty of first time moments: Erica (first kiss), Lorelie (first you-know-what), and now Kim (first date sans ring).
Cho is as hard to read as ever. I’d love to find out just how much (if at all) he helped the FBI find Jane; how else would Kim have known exactly how picky Jane likes his tea?
Loved seeing Matt Gossen as part of the cast. Here’s to having CBI Karl and Ron back at some point too J.
Simon Baker was astounding in this episode, pulling double duty as director and actor. The opening scenes were especially well done, capturing Jane’s new home from multiple vantage point (including above). His depiction of Jane as well was riveting: the sad loner, the playful detective (loved the kick he gave the perp) and the boyish lover.
Music! Blake Neely’s score is as perfect as ever. The playful new exotic intro theme was a nice and appropriate surprise for Mentalist 2.0.
The editing was perfect. Loved all the transitions between the scenes.
Really enjoyed the performances by both Rockmond Dunbar and Emily Swallow.
“Kim!” Jane, when he sees his fellow vacationer at FBI.
“Who’s Kim?!” Lisbon, to Jane. No comment 😉
“That is a napkin.” Abbott’s dressing down of Jane’s “terms”.
The winner The reunion, for obvious reasons. Also, it was nice to see someone (Abbott) play Jane for a change. Also, Tunney and Baker’s facial expressions in that scene so expressive. These two have always had awesome chemistry on screen and their acting was just superb. As was
First runner up: Jane’s first scene: such a beautifully shot scene. Also, it has to be said: very few things are as romantic as letters. And having one read in Simon Baker’s soft throaty voice is something I’m sure turned millions of fans into mush.
Second funner up: Jane setting up the drug dealer to be caught by Abbott. You can just tell that he had fun especially showing off to Abbott.
Wayne and Grace’s fate was quite realistic and easy to comprehend: they are no longer in law enforcement but own a private business which utilizes their expertise. However, we find out from Abbott that Lisbon’s been working as a chief for around a year and a half. I would have loved to find out how she was able to get that job and escape jail time so quickly. The same goes for Cho’s status at the FBI. Perhaps Abbott cut Cho a deal; he gets hired as long as he gives them information to help them find Jane (how else did they find Jane’s carnie friends). But still, the lack of explanation is annoying.
The set for Jane’s paradise home was a bit too “clean” if that makes sense. It didn’t really look like a lived in village despite all the Spanish speaking children.
This is me being crazy, but what the heck did Wayne mean by telling Lisbon “you know how it is” about Grace being a new mother? It made me want to physically raid Lisbon’s apartment just to see if she has a new baby of her own hidden somewhere XD. I blame the lyrics of the song “My Blue Heaven”
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