The Mentalist The Golden Hammer Review


After a half-naked man rushed into his office and died, Jane (Baker) and his team investigate a possible spy ring he could have been uncovering. Meanwhile, Osvaldo Ardiles (David Norona), the former ADA working with the SCU, contacts Lisbon (Tunney) and informs her that he thinks he might be spied on. As a result, Jane tries to get closer to his partner again.

Concise Verdict

‘The Golden Hammer’ signs definitely one of the most intriguing moments since the renewal of the show, mixing successfully comedy, a zest of emotional exploration from the characters and a thrilling cliffhanger. It also enhances that rules are changing again: the status quo that has been building up for a few episodes –enlightened by the detail that Emily Swallow (who plays Kim), has been promoted to one of the series regular- may only be transitory. Answers are to be revealed and decisions to make. Writer Michael Weiss proved a real talent to handle a worrying suspense by Kirkland in ‘Red Letter Day’ and expertly hinted at the subtleties of the heart with the conclusion of the doomed romance between Cho and Summer in ‘Panama Red’: his ‘Golden Hammer’ is definitely a striking new little number!

Detailed AKA Humongous Review (spoilers galore)

First arc: Jane and Lisbon…

After alternating between dressing-down and socks offering in ‘Green Thumb’, interactions between the two leads were surprisingly sparse in ‘White Lines’… Fortunately, the score is settled now as Lisbon once more rotates between rebuking to Jane and warmer moments.

VIS #1: … inside of the “aquarium”

Indeed, the very beginning of the investigation might hint at some interesting points: firstly, the four of them are gathered for a private briefing for the very first time since working together, at least in a non-life threatening situation. They’re starting to act as a real team and their disposition is pretty telling: on one side, the two more experienced FBI agents, while the two newcomers sit on the other. Jane and Lisbon are sitting together, showing that the slightly awkward atmosphere between them has passed: they seem more at ease with the other. Still, the idea of drugs which was brought up by ‘White Lines’ is again mentioned by the victim dying of an overdose of prescription drugs; moreover, the “crystal meth” might be a direct allusion to Krystal, as Rose pointed out in the comments for this episode…

The reproaches addressed after the sexy blonde had been arrested find an echo in Lisbon’s words when Kim is led outside by a pretty angry big wig. Teresa lets slip that she feels uneasy inside of the glass cubicle they’re in: she feels like everybody is watching her, like in an aquarium. This line has many layers: 1) it introduces the notion of being spied upon, which proves to be central later. 2) It hints that she still thinks she’s proving herself in her new job, plus Kim is pretty curious about her. Overall, her indication is a bit surprising, because her old CBI office was also made of glass panels, admittedly with blinds for privacy… it reminds of Jane’s remark about the FBI being cold: like him, she’s still struggling to adapt to her new life. Thus, in spite of her declared enthusiasm, her reaction to her new environment is still a bit mitigated and it enlightens once again the difference with her former job. No wonders then that she –finally- turns to her former best friend to open up on her impressions.

Even so, Jane is focused on looking at the pair on the other side of the glass wall: he’s reading on their lips, a skill his partner didn’t know about. While it’s hard to state if he’s doing it to prove his value to as an asset to the FBI, to impress Lisbon –like his attitude at the crime scene in the previous episode hinted at-, or if he’s just trying to keep an eye on this still unknown workplace, one fact remains: he’s so concentrated that he doesn’t consider the implications in Lisbon’s admission. He only answers that she should consider it differently and use the glass to observe (like he’s doing) and, when she asks him in wonders if he’s reading on their lips, he snaps: “I would be if I hadn’t to answer your questions”. His attempt at humor doesn’t mask his superiority and his patronizing tone. Of course, she’s offended and gives him his second reality check by calling him “boss”… No doubt this choice of word is telling, as she has been called “boss” by her team even after they’d been suspended and Rigsby keeps slipping after two years: she’s been constantly and good-naturally rectifying that she’s not their boss anymore, but they’ve just been expressing a respect that Jane never showed towards her… He has never acknowledged that he had been working for her. Thus this is the third time Lisbon reproached him his attitude: she complained about his selfish ways in the plane in ‘Green Thumb’, about his lack of communication in ‘White Lines’ (and remarked to Kim that he was always enjoying himself, hinting that he’s not acting out of professionalism). Now, she’s telling him that he’s bossy and keeps ordering her around. In spite of his best efforts, he hasn’t really changed his ways since Barlow accused him of being secretive and controlling… But, like in the previous occurrences, Jane is shocked by her reprimand: “why would you say that?” She develops her idea, explaining that sometimes now it feels like he’s acting like if he has authority on her. It puts emphasis on the change in her perspective since he left and on the obvious fact that she’s no longer willing to put up with his domineering behaviour. He tries to correct her: they’re “equals”, even “partners”… Before, when he told that he was her equal, it was to enlighten that he wasn’t her employee (stating that he wasn’t above nor below, but on the side in ‘Red Alert’): now, he’s trying to make her realize that he values her. The “partner” notion was brought on by her when they grew closer in their quest for RJ and he started his infamous list of suspects: his insistence on the term is therefore another way to allude both to their past closeness and to what they went through… But Lisbon is not willing to trust him on his good words: she only comments that he’d better remember that and he answers “I will remember that, I will”…

Jane’s mind-set towards the case might reflect his mixed feelings after this talk. While he was curious enough to try to decipher what Kim and the other man were saying, when he’s told that he doesn’t have security clearance he colds reads the newcomer and tells him why he’s here in order to prove his skills, then accepts to leave and ends up provoking him. When he exclaims “excuse me?”, Jane replies mockingly “you’re excused”, adding in Lisbon’s direction that he’s a little slow. Given his lack of manners, Lisbon makes a face and Fischer wants to apologize. This makes Jane react: “no, no, hush don’t apologize. Don’t take it out on her, she didn’t do anything.” He wants to work on the case but he’s still smarting from what Lisbon told him. Even though he wants to appear unaffected, he’s taking it out on the first guy who opposes him. His difference in status only further indicates how Jane’s views on equality and partnership are subjective: he may consider Lisbon as his equal because he wants her to be at his side, but the fact is that she’s a regular agent, whose security clearance isn’t questioned unlike his. Of course, this point is as usual discarded when Abbott enters the room and solves the problem “just like that”… Again, Jane’s skills and leverage give him a golden boy status, which doesn’t go unnoticed by the other higher agent (“well, I guess this is all new… Carry on”): the only thing that changed is that for now Lisbon’s job seems no longer subjected to his shenanigans. And she’s happy for him since she smiles while discreetly lowering her head. Kim is relieved and Jane cheerfully hits Abbott on the shoulder while thanking him and teasing him. While they are progressively acting as a team, it doesn’t hide the fact that Jane has power over him…

Later, Jane’s attitude when interrogating the victim’s brother in Houston doesn’t really softens: he keeps poking the man to get the truth out of him. He points out that his family is rich but the late Charles didn’t fit in the banking world, even though his brother Curtis stresses out that he was “talented”. In a way, it might remind a bit of Jane, who didn’t really fit in with his team, his CBI family or his carnie background anymore for that matter: in the latter case, he has taken to work with cops while in the former ones, it’s his talent that sets him apart. Even later, when a colleague talk about him, Charles is said to have been “quiet or loud”, which also fits Jane who alternates secrecy and a taste for being under the spotlight. It puts emphasis on the fact that Jane is pretty alone and isolated from others.
Jane also comments on Curtis’ “very nice suit”. It’s interesting how the recent episodes have been focusing on clothes: socks, shirts and now a suit which reminds that Jane used to wear stylish three pieces suits which garnered him some compliments. All those clothes are charged with symbolism, as they alluded to the relation between Jane and Lisbon or to his past: indeed, both in ‘Green Thumb’ and in ‘White Lines’, there are many allusions to the past, pointing out that there has been a reset. Now, Curtis’ suit puts emphasis on Jane’s new outfit: he’s lost his vest (a representation of the armor which protected him from the world) and wears what seems like one of his old suits with his Venezuelan shirts. As KM remarked some time ago, he’s wearing on him reminders of his past (the suit sans vest), of his present (the shirts he has gotten with Kim before coming back) and hopes for the future (the socks Lisbon gave him)…

And things don’t get better as he keeps poking into the victim’s life: he sniffles the leftover pizza (one might wonder if he would have eaten it if it were fresher, just to piss Kim off as a wink for the hotdog) and acts rather antagonistic with Curtis, stating that « oh, he’s still a suspect » when the man starts exiting the room. He only explains himself with a dismissive « I was talking to my colleagues »… He clearly runs the interrogation. In the last case, Kim tried to keep him under her supervision when she went to interrogate Krystal–with rather poor results. Now, she brought Lisbon with them to the interrogation, but her presence doesn’t have a more calming effect than it did when Jane ran from them in ‘Green Thumb’… Since Kim is surprised and Lisbon arches an eyebrow, he adds “I’ll call you if I need you.” Fischer is flabbergasted as she turns to Lisbon repeating “if you need me?”

It goes without saying that Jane doesn’t tell them about his hunch that the stained newspaper found in the room has been a mean to communicate secret messages; instead he asks for Cho’s help. This shifting in his method is interesting, because he seems to make a point of not working directly with Kim this time, because she has Lisbon’s former role as his boss. He works with Cho and Wylie, like he used to team up with the Rigsby and his stoic friend to pull up a stunt and do the legwork in the first and second season… In a way, by dismissing Kim’s authority and going behind her back like he did for years with Lisbon, Jane indirectly avoids sending a message of superiority to his partner: he treats Kim’s his boss by provoking her. Teresa becomes therefore someone who’s outside of the power play he’s building with Fischer: in a way, she’s his equal by default since they’re both working for Fischer and Jane acts as a member of the team by calling Cho. It ought to be reassuring for Lisbon to feel that Jane’s rebellious streak is directed at someone else and, at the same time, he also gets some distance between him and Lisbon as well, at least for the moment.

Meanwhile, the two female agents keep investigating and discover that the victim may have discovered a security breach in his workplace: someone has been stealing data.

VIS #2: … in Kim’s car…

The more Teresa and Kim spend time together, the more it becomes obvious that they have a lot in common: Fischer displays some control-freak tendencies as she refuses give her gun at the entrance of the secured building and she argues that her phone is protected. Again, it enlightens how Lisbon has come a long way, because, though she used to be like this, she’s more lenient now. As they’re working the case, Lisbon also receives an unexpected call from Osvaldo Ardiles, the former ADA. who used to work with her team. The man knows that she now works for the FBI, but their catching up hints that they’ve not been in contact for a long time: as he comments that his new job involves “more work, more money”, Lisbon retorts that the FBI is only “same money, more work”. Again, her bright-eyed enthusiasm is fading away… But Osvaldo goes right to the point: he has a business issue to discuss with her and wants to take her to dinner. He’s so eager he plans to take a jet all the way from Chicago to meet her in Houston. His zeal sets Teresa’s suspicions aflame: she starts asking what the matter is, then outright enquires if it is really a business meeting or a more personal dinner. The music starting to play when she enters this line of questioning lightens the atmosphere and Osvaldo hurriedly reassures her that it’s strictly business… and one might wonder if his intensity at denying that he’s asking her out could possibly hide a tinge of regret… Either way, the return of his character is interesting in more ways than one: indeed, the lack of information on his fate after Lisbon blackmailed him into helping her get information on Volker made him one of the many loose ends left from the previous season. Now, Lisbon’s warm greetings indicate that he might have done something somehow reprehensible on a case but he wasn’t part of the Blake association… Also, it hints once again that Lisbon is at a point where she’s searching more actively for a male company, as her wandering at the bar in ‘White Lines’ may have suggested, or at the very least thinking about it. Not that she would necessarily be interested in Ardiles, but once she wouldn’t have thought that the request could have had a more romantic purpose (she didn’t seem to realize Haffner’s interest in her until he made it clearer… in a creepy way). Now, she’s more open to this kind of topic.

Later Libon receives a second phone call –or she has called with an excellent timing. This time, it’s Jane whose information on the case is as usual pretty uninformative but cheeky: “I’m on the scent of the murder like a bloodhound”. Yet, the fact that he’s talking to Lisbon and not Kim is pretty significant… When the two women get in the car while Lisbon tries to pry more details out of their consultant, they have a startling shock: the man has been hiding on the rear seat to make a practical joke. Everything is fine to keep the women in his life on their toes… hire a consultant, ladies: if he doesn’t get you out of your job he will scare you out of your skin! Jane tries to push his advantage and impress them by telling that he almost solved the case: he learnt his lesson since his near-death experience with Krystal and, while he still wants to maintain an air of mystery, he chooses to get the others to help him before getting himself in danger… Kim only comments that he seems awfully sure of himself, while Lisbon only confirms “always”: again, she makes sure to enforce that she’s the expert on Jane’s behavior…

And he’s keep trying to reassure Lisbon by getting their old camaraderie on the road: he’s planning a friendly night out: “tonight, I plan on painting Houston red” – an interesting expression as it alludes to RJ indirectly as one episode has been named ‘Paint It Red’. Lisbon assumes it involved Cho –hence confirming that he doesn’t have more romantic prospects – but it turns out but the male agent and Kim have something else to do. And Jane’s scheme to build up camaraderie in the new team is definitely ruined when Lisbon tells that she has a date. Jane’s reaction is laced with surprise and jealousy: “sorry, a date?” No less interesting is how Lisbon is checking his reactions to her phrasing. Like Jane did in ‘White Lines’, it seems like Lisbon is seeking his attention and trying to get a reaction out of him by rubbing in that she’s seeing someone else. Indeed, she knows very well that her appointment with Ardiles isn’t a “date” since she already clarified the situation with him. Like her outing at a bar back then seemed to be a reaction to the date with Krystal, her line here gives the impression that she’s getting her pay back… Somehow, it’s contradicts the impersonal attitude she tried so hard to maintain for years: she used to never talk about men with Jane, she never mentioned her attraction for Mashburn and it was pretty obvious she hadn’t kept Jane updated on her dates with other men (for instance after meeting with Greg again). Yet here she is rather smug to have something other to do than to cater to his plans.


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Nevertheless, the contradiction doesn’t stop here: when she manages to get an annoyed reaction out of him, she gets angry, because she chooses to understand that he’s implying that it’s impossible –and thus that he knows she’s lying- betraying that she’s not very secure about what he thinks about her. She knows she can attract men (she showed no real surprise at the bar and reacted with natural), so she’s insecure around him both professionally (as hinted before) and personally. And Jane understands he won’t catch flies with vinegar and immediately shift gears: he goes for curiosity instead of irritation, asking “in Houston?” He’s angling on a harmless detail, questioning the improbability of her meeting someone in Houston since they’re only there for investigational purposes. Lisbon then accepts to answer his implicit enquiry -“yeah, remember Ardiles”- and Jane jumps on the occasion to snippily undermine the other man’s appeal because he only tells “two words: tasselled loafers”… Kim tries to get them back on track by talking about the case but Jane will have none of it: “I, I’m sorry, you, you said err “date” and then the subject changed”. A grinning Lisbon shifts gears again by correcting her previous assertion: “ok, it’s not exactly a date, it’s a business thing… He’s flying all the way on jet from Chicago”. Jane ironically tells her that it’s “very impressive”, before pointing out that he must have an ulterior motive.

Lisbon’s shifting towards business and her willingness to give unnecessary details hint that she’s conflicted. She’s an honest person, so she wouldn’t let him believe a half-lie for long when it isn’t necessary, but there may be also a divergence between her emotions and her more rational thoughts. Anyway, by gradually changing what they first were saying, both avoided a confrontation, because otherwise they would be at an impasse since both keep refusing to talk about the elephant in the room. Yet, they are both nearing the point when they will really need to talk about some things left unsaid for too long. Their feelings were bought up at the forefront and knowingly pushed back many times before the debacle of McAllister’s murder –by Lorelei, Barlow, in ‘Red Velvet Cupcakes, during the sunset scene. Later, in the letters, emotions have been bubbling under the surface then pushed down by Lisbon when Jane came back into her life. The temptation to talk it out is here, but they both chose the safer solution of avoiding talking about things too directly… But it’s interesting that Lisbon alluded to them by trying to provoke a confrontation (unlike Jane who didn’t talk to her directly about Krystal): she made a half-hearted attempt at wrestling the theme like she did with his controlling issues, before she back-pedalled immediately. It’s definitely still a touchy subject…

Later, Lisbon is seen at a red-themed Japanese restaurant with Osvaldo. It is really a business dinner: he tells her that several times during meetings, his phone has gotten hot. He’s worried someone might be listening on him. Lisbon doesn’t take him too seriously but Ardiles convinces her by insisting: “I need the advice of a detective who I can trust one hundred percent”. Lisbon gives him Van Pelt’s number. Overall the confidential atmosphere reminds of some of the last steps of the investigation on RJ: for instance the last time Lisbon talked to Haffner in a diner and particularly the meeting between Jane and Hightower in a Chinese restaurant decorated with red lights… It hints at a threat and at a conspiracy.

VIS #3: … sitting on a bench…

After the startling revelation that Lisbon could have gone on a date, Jane tries again to get close to her, this time emotionally. Indeed, as they’re sitting in a park waiting for someone to pick up the newspaper with a coded message, Lisbon gives him a debriefing of her dinner with Ardiles: their old partnership expresses itself by a bit of teasing and Jane really treats her as an equal. Still, the setting alludes again to darker times: for their last talk before Jane killed McAllister they were sitting on another bench, feeding pigeons, when Bertram called Jane’s phone…
And Jane, who has been annoyed that Lisbon may be going out, keeps telling that the meeting might have had more personal undertones: “maybe he wanted to have a date with you. Did you consider that?” Lisbon’s answer is a tart: “PLEASE, STOP.” She seems to forget that she was the one who brought up this “date” thing first … And Jane insist that Ardiles always had a crush on her. She doesn’t answer, but takes his wrist to look at his watch (resting on the inside of his wrist): usually it’s the kind of gesture Jane would do. He used to touch her to help her in her jacket and to grab her wrist in order to look at the time or direct her torchlight (in ‘Blood for Blood’ for instance). But Lisbon wasn’t as familiar with him. Especially while talking about another man… Even if she avoids the topic, it looks like she’s encouraging him. Same when he comments that she has to have patience and she replies that she’d “rather have coffee” before asking him if he wants anything and sauntering away… Usually, he was the one who wandered away to get himself a cup of tea. The only time they reversed their roles like this, Jane took an interest on a woman accused of murder while she was buying a sandwich, thus threatening Ardiles’ cut-out case…

All in all, Lisbon’s been sending Jane mixed messages, alternating between familiarity (telling him she missed him; giving him socks; touching his wrist here) and distance (scolding him). Meanwhile, Jane has made sure Ardiles is not a threat and he falls back on his old pattern of poking in her private life. It’s a way to put emphasis on their bond. He’s trying to get the flirting/ best friend angle back, which was probably what kept men at a distance for years. Lisbon may be « peculiar and intense » in addition of having commitment issues but having Jane as her confident gives off an ambiguous impression. Abbott mistook them for a couple. With Bosco, the professional antagonism was laced with an underlying hint of jealousy (asking her if Jane’s case closing abilities is the only reason why she was putting up with him; Jane making her chose between them and commenting that the older agent was in love with her because “who wouldn’t?)”… Jane was even hovering at the door when Ardiles visited in one episode. It explains why Osvaldo never acted on his supposed attraction: he may have been stopped by her relation with Jane… indeed, once, after they tricked him, he stated out of anger that Jane wasn’t the problem, it was her. She was too lenient because of her closeness with the man. Moreover, there is no doubt that one way or another, the two last men who took her out were somehow interested in Jane more than in her: Haffner offered her a job over lunch, while trying to warn her against him. Like Kirkland during their coffee date, he was willing to get information on the consultant (and both ended up being suspects in Jane’s list). And since they were killed off as a result, it doesn’t bode well for Ardiles. Plus, again the ghost of the RJ investigation is visible: their debriefing after meeting Osvaldo reminds of the ones after her moment with the odd Kirkland and Haffner –and she had also accepted giddily the date with the latter over the phone in front of Jane.

While Lisbon is away getting her coffee, Jane spots their suspect and tricks him by snaking his phone into the man’s pocket and accusing him of being a thief. The man understands what he’s done, then laughs and comments “very good”. When Lisbon returns, she asks “what is happening?”, earning a rather enigmatic answer from the consultant: “a whole lot is happening”. Indeed, it is and on many levels: he has captured his prey, but he’s also realized that Lisbon trying to keep her distances threatens to remove the protection provided by their bond: she’s emotionally available now…

Later, the two partners team up again for another stake-out this time in order to catch the person who has been leaving the newspaper on the bench. Jane takes this opportunity to up his game of winning his partner back… Lisbon’s wearing a suspicious big black hat and sunglasses. Her mock spy attire (a nod at the classic spy movies since they’re investigating a spy network) reminds a bit of Audrey Hepburn’s falsely inconspicuous look in some movies, in addition of her youthful elfin features. Hepburn was wearing a stylish large-rimmed black hat and big sunglasses in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’ and Lisbon’s disguise is as discreet as the black lace mask the actress was sporting in a supposedly secret meeting with her partner in ‘How to Steal a Million’. In both movies, her character was at the center of a love story: in the former, she tried to get away the man interested in her out of fear to be emotionally involved; in the latter, the male lead put up a complicated plan (a heist) to help her because he fell in love with her… Now the question is: is Lisbon involved in a similar plotline and, in that case, which one?Anyway, her hat reminds of the film noir fedora worn by Jane in ‘Red Menace’: it’s amusing but it also enlightens her closer status. Lisbon is no longer a team-leader, so she can more easily get involved in this kind of over-the-top schemes without always being the voice of reason.

Jane seems to enjoy their time together as it’s just like their stake-outs of old: “you being skeptical and grumpy, me being confident and cheerful…” When she retorts moodily that he was “only being cheerful to irritate me”, he corrects: “I’m cheerful because I get to sit here with you in this park on this beautiful day”. Lisbon is fortunately dispensed to answer this affectionate statement because the suspect is coming their way…

As the blond secretary who has been divulging secret information and who killed Charles tries to get away, she starts running thought the fountain. Again, the notion of escaping is linked to water, like in the association between ocean and freedom when Jane was hiding from the law in his island, or when he’s jumped in the water to avoid being shot at by Krystal. Besides, the fact that the criminal is the overeager girl who received Kim and Lisbon when they visited the building where Charles had been working into explains in hindsight why Lisbon needed to disguise herself. Thought, Lisbon admits that she’s genuinely surprised by the identity of the killer: “I would have never thought it was her”. Jane’s answer is slightly ironic (“well, you surprise me, you have such good people instincts”) but she doesn’t catch on it and beams at the compliment, asking “really?” Jane teases her: “no, I was kidding”, then he corrects himself after she hit him on the shoulder playfully: “well, I was kidding when I was kidding. You have very good people instincts… it is your people skills that are so so…” Still, he’s careful to end their banter on a positive note, paying her a real compliment (“you look great in that hat”).

Nonetheless, things are definitely not as light-hearted as they seem: when Cho interrogates the girl, she starts explaining that her mom has medical issues and that she is dealing with drugs issues too herself. In a way, she seems like a much colder version of the casino employee who stole money to pay for her mother’s hospital bills in ‘Right Handed’. And it’s very intriguing that drugs keep coming up, both in this episode and in the previous one: before, drugs were a metaphor for Jane’s addiction to revenge. The disturbing connection with his past is further enlightened by the girl’s assessment that she was doing it for fun, because “it’s just a game”. The game was a way to characterize Jane’s interaction with RJ and Jane insisted before killing him that it was “not a game”. Lastly, the blonde’s assumption that she didn’t have a choice and the terrible manner she attacked her victim’s place her on the same level than the many unrepentant and cruel murderers from the end of the previous season.

Second arc: Jane and Cho

Jane has not only been interacting with Lisbon: he’s finally caught up with Cho as well –at least onscreen- and the stoic agent has taken this opportunity to give him his own version of a reality-check. Indeed, after having called him on his behaviour by commenting on his poor communication skills in ‘White Lines’, this episode also provides some more insight in what he’s thinking.

Firstly, he’s shown looking at Jane and his former boss when they’re semi-arguing in the “aquarium” room: he’s as inexpressive as always, yet the fact that he’s gotten a shot in a somewhat private moment hints that he’s observing them and getting to his own conclusions. Then, when Jane calls him for help with the code in the newspaper, he remarks that it could be just some “doodles”: he’s not blindly confident in Jane’s hunches. Or he’s aware that Jane’s going behind Kim’s back and he’s discreetly expressing his reservations… His uncertainties with Jane are again hinted at when the consultant sniffles the newspaper to get some indication of where he’d been found by Charles: when he offers him to do the same, Cho answers “no I’m good”. And Jane is aware that Cho is rather doubtful since when the younger man points out that it could be any bench instead of the one Jane spotted, the blond half-jokes “no need to be snippy just because I was right”.

But Jane keeps being pretty restless: back in the bullpen, Jane concocts another of his barely justifiable plans. Abbott tells him: “you can’t arrest people under false pretends”. Jane immediately counters that they can to which Abbott and Fischer answer a loud “No!”, because it’s illegal. But fear not: Jane guesses he has “to think outside of the box”, which is always a “bad sign” for Lisbon… And him thinking outside of the box involves getting to the brother again: as they wait outside of his office building, Jane notices that the Korean agent is pretty stiff. He tells him to relax; then, after the other states that he is relaxed, Jane adds that he’s“seen radio poles more relaxed”. This poking allows the stoic man to open up in order to let off some steam: he admits that Jane’s actions remind him of Jane’s early days and it makes him nervous…He explains that the blond was “crazy” back then. Jane appears to take it lightly, since he’s assuring that he’s not crazy anymore while tapping his face repeatedly. His best argument here is that these things need “calibrating”, hinting that he’s still getting his bearings in the FBI. By subtly interrogating him and turning tables on the notion of being relaxed, Cho expresses his worries, while at the same time their talk once more alludes to the earlier seasons, as it’s been said many times as well as in the review for ‘White Lines’… And, again, Jane’s scheme plays on an idea that has been used many times earlier (in ‘Cheap Burgundy’ for instance): it consists in whispering an outrageous insult to be hit by the victim’s brother to get a pretext to interrogate him… Curtis deals him a blow on the arm instead of the expected punch on the nose and Jane seriously asks his friend “do you think that will do?” After the agent impassively arrests Curtis, Jane is making a show of whining. He’s not even discreet about his intentions and after Curtis complains that he’s been “grossly insulted by that man” and that the aggression charges are bogus, Kim states calmly: “this is not about you, this is about national security and justice for your brother”. At last, her sense of duty explains why she was so eager to “use” Jane no matter how in ‘Green Thumb’ to Lisbon’s disapprobation (and probably Cho’s too to some extent). Yet Kim as the others are willing to cover up for their wayward consultant, since she claims that they’re “a specialized unit” when an indignant Curtis wonder aloud if that’s really how the FBI operates…

Third arc: Osvaldo discuss the case with Grace and Wayne

Cho isn’t the only former SCU member who gets special attention: as Ardiles follows Lisbon’s advice and contacts Van Pelt and Rigsby, we get a pretty nice insight on their new life. Osvaldo indeed visits them in the domestic setting of their living room. They have a house and they’re no longer wearing suits: that alone shows how much their daily routine has changed and how comfortable they seem to be with it. Plus, as indicated during their post-dinner friendly talk with Teresa in ‘My Blue Heaven’, they now have a baby of their own.
They’re also professional running their own business, which is why they’re reluctant to take the case because what Ardiles asks of them is “just not a service that [they] provide”. As their prospective client leaves, they express their doubts, because “like Lisbon said he seems a little out of it”, yet their comments indicate that they’re aware this might be a big case for their relatively new agency.

VIS #4: Rigsby goes alone into the alley

At the end of the episode, the domestic vibe surrounding the happy family is again perceptible as Grace calls her husband to ask him if he will be home for dinner. Just like in old times, Wayne is gulfing down a taco and they start arguing about food.

This light-hearted atmosphere is echoed by Jane sitting on his couch in his new bullpen, hiding under his cover not to be seen. He’s avoiding Curtis who ought to be still affronted by his insult, while looking at ads for an Airstream trailer. He’s like a kid, hiding not to be seen in a kind of “if I can’t see you, you can’t see me” logic and the fact that he’s been reading with a torchlight under the cover support this impression. When Kim addresses his choice of a new home, he’s enthusiastic and states wistfully that it could change his entire take at solving crimes. Violence is present still, because she playfully hits him for the third time when he accepts to whisper in her ear what he said to Curtis to make him snap. Interestingly, it seems that Fischer has definitely taken up one aspect of Jane’s triple relation with Lisbon: whereas Lisbon used to act as a parent/sibling/potential love interest to him,  it now looks like Kim’s doing the parenting so far and that she witnesses his most childish moments while also taking the brunt of his rebellious streak… which obviously leaves Lisbon with the more enjoyable part of being his partner and the object of some pretty deep but unsaid feelings. Still, there is a darker undertone to this funny moment between Kim and Jane, because even though sheleaves grinning, that may be a way to hint that a major blow is about to be dealt.

Meanwhile, Grace is searching through data on her computer and Rigsby is following a lead. He ends up in a spooky setting: he enters a dark humid back alley and the sounds of water running add to the nerve-racking ambience. Within seconds, Grace finds out something disturbing and calls her husband to warn him that someone has been searching all of “us”. This “us” involves several CBI agents and among them the five SCU team members and their ADA. On the other hand, Rigsby finds Ardiles’ body, tied to a chair and a knife stabbed in the middle of his blood-stained chest…

The first idea that comes to mind is that Ardiles has been watched and targeted either because of an old case (hence getting the ADA who was involved in the trial), or because of the former Blake Association that Jane’s team contributed to dismantle. But this particular theory wouldn’t explain why people outside of the SCU would be targeted… Anyway, this turn of events explains the many phones featured both in the previous episode and in this one (Lisbon getting a call twice and Jane doing a trick with his phone to instigate an arrest): there was a bigger trick with phones in play all along. Same with the foreboding spy theme and the structure of the storyline: the episode opened with a guy running on his last legs to alert his colleagues that he uncovered something big and dangerous to. Unfortunately for Osvaldo, it’s exactly what he has been doing himself from the start…

Plus, the cipher discovered by Jane in the newspaper was pretty indicative too: it was a mixing between three sorts of encoded messages featured in Sherlock Holmes’ stories. In ‘Valley of Fear’, Holmes deciphers a code involving letters chosen from a book –like the newspaper features circled letters. ‘The Red Circle’ provides the medium of the newspaper and the idea of an on-going communication. And in ‘The Dancing Men’ threatening messages were exchanged under the guise of child-like drawings (like Cho only saw ‘doodles’): in the short story, the cipher uses substitution, but it has the particularity of looking very innocuous. People can leave it behind or read it without drawing attention, like the spies did… In those three stories, a criminal organization is behind the case (in the first one, it’s Moriarty’s). Is it meant to hint that the Blake association might be behind Osvaldo’s murder? Anyway, each time Holmes rushed to the person in danger only to realise a murder has already been committed: poor Ardiles was doomed from the start…

Lastly, the ending seemed to play on the viewers’ fears for Wayne: him entering the alley reminded of Lisbon entering the empty house before RJ attacked her. She was alone, in a solitary location; both moments involved tracked phones and Grace tried to contact him like Jane had been leaving her a message to apologize. And of course, both found a man covered in blood. Is that just a thrilling way to play on emotions or does it hint that Ardiles’ death is a consequence of their biggest case ever?

Best Scenes

Second Runner up: the cliffhanger ending… it’s been too long since a zest of thrill and conspiracy theory has been added to the show. I could almost picture Death breathing down Wayne’s neck…

First Runner Up: the second stake-out. Because their banter is always cute and amusing and many viewers were missing this major aspect of their relation.

The Winner: “A date? Really?” At long last we saw a reaction out of the usually mocking and impassive Jane!

Icings on the Cake: there were so many funny moments. Jane whining; hiding under the blanket; snaking his phone on the spy’s pocket… And the cuteness was laced with heart-warming when Grace smiled at her baby. The upcoming episodes will probably get more anguished, so to was nice to get such light-hearted touches…


30 responses to “The Mentalist The Golden Hammer Review

  • Lugenia

    Hi ReviewBrain-

    Thank you again for an excellent post. I have been away from the post for a while, so it feels good to be able to read your reviews again.

    To be honest, I was puzzled by the two statements made by Lisbon and Cho. Jane’s comment about Lisbon’s “asinine” question in the aquarium sounded like Jane being his old self–a little superior but harmless and in line with his personality. That Lisbon complained that he was acting as “boss” seemed an overreaction. If anything, Jane has kept his distance from her since MGT. There has been very little interaction between them, and Jane has worked independently from the team until this episode. So where did the comment come from?

    When Cho complains that Jane is acting like his “crazy” self, I get his reference if he is means Jane’s actions in WL. However, in GH Jane is actually more subdued overall than he has been, and indeed as a response to Cho’s “You are a terrible communicator” comment, in this episode Jane is going out of his way to communication to an extent–in sharing his line of deduction with Cho, and even expressing sincere jealousy and a bit of regret with Lisbon. I found it a telling scene when Jane and Cho are in the diner and Jane explains to Cho about reading spy novels. Seldom before do I recall Jane explaining the source of a hunch in this way. Also intriguing is that for the second or third time we get a reference to the fact that Jane is supposedly good at breaking codes–this recalls Red John and the list of BA names. Cho’s reaction is somewhat inconsistent–on the one hand he questions almost to the point of dismissiveness the consultant’s theory, and then on the other he sort of “accuses” him of being good at breaking code. For Jane–always the smartest man in the room, right?–to admit readily that he has no idea of what the code means suggests his growth to an extent and recalls his words to McAllister that he was “nobody.” He is straightforward with Cho the way he is with Lisbon.

    I tried to associate the title with some of the interactions between characters. The Golden Hammer refers to the tendency to see a situation or problem in a predictable way and thus resort to habits or practices one has always had when a different tactic might work better. Maybe this episode showed a little bit that Jane is not the only one who needs to adjust his perception, that maybe the team that knew him so well needs to also see him differently? IDK. The two scenes puzzled me.

    Also, I saw a parallel between the opening scene and the clearance agent’s overbearing manner with Jane and the brother’s overbearing manner concerning the victim, his brother. Both Jane and Lisbon are feeling their way at the FBI. I appreciate your comment about Lisbon losing a bit of her enthusiasm for the place. Of the two, though, Jane is clearly the outsider and object of some suspicion and distrust outside of the team. I am glad Fisher and Abbot stood up for him as they did, and his expression when Abbot first comes in is telling of his insecurity and unhappiness with his situation. On top of that his closest friend accuses him of being it is no wonder that in true Jane form, he acts out in the next scene in the brother’s apartment.

    The end and the beginning of the episode are framed similarly–Jane receives access that no civilian would, just as the brother at the end receives the highest medal a civilian could. I would argue that his access is merited by his results, much like an honorary doctorate here in the States. A person receives this not because he goes through 15 years of education but because his record of accomplishments is equivalent to and as impactful as an “earned” PhD. So even though Lisbon and Cho are the trained cops, Jane has earned his position among them by his works, whatever you may think about his methods. That both men are at times juvenile and “very clever” also draws a parallel. Interesting that in this case Jane is more closely associated with the victim.

    Also, a scene that disturbed me occurs when Abbot and Jane interrogate the newspaper spy. Abbot draws a screen down to inhibit other agents from seeing into the room, and the nervous spy guy complains that he does not want them to “torture” him. Abbot’s actions in drawing the screen made me nervous for Jane. Is he being supportive of the Consultant to build a trust that he could then exploit in some way that might be illegal? Your thoughts?

    Anyway, that you for the insightful review. Lisbon’s push-pull tactics intrigued here. I think on throne hand her relationship with Jane kept some men away, but at the same time I got the sense over the years that she did date. It’s just that this side of her life was “off limits” to the team. Now that she is no longer their boss, Jane and even Cho will begin to see this side of her. Complicated stuff.

  • Rose UK

    Another great job, Violet! Thanks for all your insights – as usual, you provide plenty of food for thought. 🙂

    I have only watched this episode once, so things are a little hazy in my memory, but I know I liked it better than last time. It felt like the old team was back together (albeit working entirely separately) – although if they kill off either Grace or Rigsby, or both, I will be having words with the writers. And once again, it’s Cho who says it like it is: “You’re acting crazy” (hilariously, delivered precisely as Jane is slapping his own face). I take this to mean that Jane, no longer on a sure footing with Lisbon, having been uprooted yet again, and yet to carve himself a safe and steady little niche (as in the CBI), is basically acting out. Testing the boundaries, establishing his place at the FBI, provoking reactions to be able to see where he stands, etc. (I also think that Lisbon is doing this with Jane through her comments about who’s the “boss”, about her “date”, etc.)

    I thought it was worthy of note that the company was called “Cartesian” – not that I know anything about philosophy, but apparently this term relates to Descartes’ concept of ‘substance dualism’ (i.e. the mind being separate from the body). I’d be interested to know if anyone could expand on that idea!

    This episode also dealt quite interestingly with the idea or theme of paranoia/instinct. The victim might have been acting paranoid (especially working for the Pentagon), but it turns out he was right. So was Ardiles. Jane mentions that Lisbon has good “people instincts”. Grace instinctively knows that Wayne is chomping down on junk food (lol). Perhaps you could say Fischer is a bit paranoid about Jane. There are probably other examples I can’t think of right now. But from there, you can leap into the wider theme of “trust” and “transparency” (hence the aquarium thing). I liked your ideas about that, Violet. 🙂 I would only add that maybe the metaphor – and the clear, non-private, open FBI building – also reflects the idea that Jane and Lisbon can’t really keep their feelings hidden in TM 2:0. There is literally nowhere to hide anymore: no attic for Jane, no office for Lisbon. The word ‘aquarium’ was a not-so-subtle allusion to the phrase “living in a goldfish bowl”. I don’t think either of them are used to having their private emotional worlds exposed.

    Um, what else? I liked all the classic spy stuff, that was fun. As somewhat of a hat connoisseur myself, I thought Lisbon’s “disguise” was beautiful.

    Oh, any ideas about the “Golden Hammer”? Apart from the fact that it was one of the RJ-related symbols from the Tyger poem (blacksmithery and all)… I quickly googled it and discovered that it means “an over-reliance on a familiar tool.” Could this refer to Jane’s default tendency to a) hide his discoveries and b) manipulate a situation/person instead of just *talking* to them straight??

    And finally: @ KM, if you’re reading this, I hope your kid is recovering well. 🙂

  • windsparrow

    Violet, this was a very good review, as always. I really enjoyed the way you drew connections between the current case and old scenes from past seasons.

  • Rose UK

    @ Lugenia: Hm, you’re right – there was definitely an inconsistency on Cho’s part in terms of his attitude towards Jane’s skills/deductions. To date, he’s been pretty happy to go along with him. Could we simply put it down to plot contrivance? Also, I’m sorry if I trod on your toes (i.e. repeated or seemed to ignore any of your thoughts) – I didn’t see your post till after mine went up! Same goes for those of you who posted in the White Lines review – I have only just gone back to read the later comments properly, and I see that many of my points have largely been mentioned. Oopsie. But I guess it just goes to show that your ideas have been clarified/confirmed in this ep!). 😉

    Moving on from Lugenia’s point about inconsistency, I have to admit that when Jane remarked that Ardiles had a crush on Lisbon, my reaction was: “eh??” I had not picked up on anything like that *at all* in earlier seasons, and I wondered if the idea had just been shoehorned in to a) cement the idea of Lisbon’s attractiveness and thus b) foreshadow an upcoming storyline. That or Jane really is starting to worry about admirers!

    I think I need to watch this episode again to remind myself of all the details everyone has brought up!

  • mosquitoinuk

    Thank you very much for this Violet. I’m away at the moment and have only limited internet access but I wanted to comment on the theme of ‘respect’ that you so well presented at the beginning of your post.

    I think that one of the big issues between Jane and Lisbon is respect. Jane has shown a lack of respect for Lisbon on many fronts throughout the series and I am for one, happy that she’s keeping tabs on him. In fact, I would argue that Lisbon was dismissed and treated with disrepect by Jane, Fischer and Abbott before her joining the FBI (so, during the events of MBH and GT) and she’s trying to prove her worth to the FBI by distancing herself from Jane, which also explains that she seems keen to interact with Fischer (being her boss) in order to rectify some issues that arose before she was hired.

    You also very well pointed out that Lisbon has repproached Jane a few things, including his unkind remark in the Aquarium and the whole ‘boss’ comment. My feeling is that, Lisbon has been keeping her emotions in check, but, apart from obvious attraction and affection, there might be some resentment/ hurt towards Jane. It would be only human after evrything that happened and how he left. I do not believe Lisbon to be a saint or blinded by love for him, so, I truly believe there are issues of a different nature that she might need to sort out with him.

    Am I reading too much into Lisbon’s behaviour? What do you think?

  • anomalycommenter

    Thank you @Violet for the great review! 🙂 Well, I liked this episode more than the last few ones. It was a nice mix of all things great about TM. And loved your review, especially your notes about the phone & phone bugging theme and the similarity of the situation to the events in the premier episode of the season. Also those common elements with Holmes’s stories you mentioned.

    @Rose UK: Very intriguing thoughts about “Cartesian”. I don’t know anything about philosophy but the first thing that came to my mind was that there is a possibility that they might have chosen that name for a company active in the field of map making and military GIS systems as a reference to the ‘Cartesian coordinate system’ and that it also rhymes well with ‘Cartography’. (Even if what I’m trying to do might be called ‘thinking’, yet I’m still quite perplexed about the true meaning of ‘existence’! 😉 )

    In response to @Lugenia I must say that after the RJ reveal I’ve nearly lost all my confidence in the applicability of logic in talking about long running themes in TM and have become very skeptical about there being a really consistent story gluing all the episodes together. Maybe that’s too much to expect from TV shows that must be produced despite very uncertain long term prospects, yet I can’t help but to repeat my past mistake again! 🙂

    Kudos to all who long before highlighted the long running theme of hidden surveillance and the sense of being watched, which was reminded to us in this episode first by Lisbon, as Violet and Rose UK mentioned above, complaining about not having any sense of privacy in the office, later by Ardiles confiding in Lisbon about his suspicions, and lastly by the spying lady about her having such a feeling. The main thing that this was probably alluding to in the past was that RJ was having PJ under close watch yet just like what PJ said to Lisbon, the opposite could also be true in this fishing game, and PJ too tried to do the same about RJ’s every move! All this brings us to the topic of the new mysterious killer(s) (One piece of inconsistency noticeable here is that despite what they had displaying on Van Pelt’s monitor, Ardiles was not a CBI agent and as Violet said above worked in the DA office. So why should he change (lose) his former job at the same time as the CBI personnel?) Anyway, it’s like someone has yet another list and just like Bob Kirkland is planning to target anyone on that, including our dear former CBI agents. So the question is who are they and what’s their motive? What did Adriles have in common with the CBI agents? As Violet said above and according to discussions elsewhere, the main suspects seem to be the Blake Association, especially those on Bertram’s list that are not yet revealed. Also it could be that those close to Volker or himself are behind all this and killed Ardiles because of his assistance in Volker’s capture. (Oh and what about the Furland case Lisbon used in blackmailing Ardiles?) Was he lured or brought to that basement and then stabbed or was he also tortured? Either way seems somebody holds a grudge against them. But if all of this was only for revenge why would they bug his phone and listen on him “in meetings” and for “couple months”? So just like Jane told Smith about the tortured body FBI had found in ‘Red Listed’, despite the appearances it might just have been for information (which also matches the spy theme of this episode), or it could have been for both purposes. So what do you think? Could ‘Golden Hammer’ refer to this possible crude method of gaining information (like the hammer in Kirkland’s hand might have referred to)? And what could be the significance of using knife as a weapon? A personal grudge? A method similar to RJ’s?

    About the newspaper spy guy, well, eh, em, …, no, I better sh… up! 🙂

  • KM

    Thank you very much, Violet. This is a wonderful review.

    I only saw the episode once and life did not permit me to give it the attention it deserved. I did walk rise from the sofa more convinced that Jane is lagging behind on that emotional health spectrum than Lisbon. That he is trying for the return to the CBI interactions, likely for comfort and familiarity. I see him as seeking affirmation from both Cho and Lisbon. Both, of which had two years to consider their choices, not that they necessarily regret them, but that they have gained distance and now have hopes for their personal careers that differ from the CBI days. So, I sense a disconnect, and the ever observant Jane wants to bridge it.

    The lip readers in my house, were not convinced that Jane could accurately lip read with the position of the speakers. Hence, Lisbon’s statement didn’t seem out of line to them. But, it’s TV. Perhaps, Lisbon is indeed striving to show the FBI especially Abbot that she is a good cop, that she belongs there as a detective and not because she was Jane’s demand? After all we have been given scenes with both Abbot and Fischer being condescending and/or rude. And, her history with Jane has examples of his being less than respectful of her detective work. Perhaps, Jane’s actions in ‘White Lines’ are weighing on her too?

    I had to chuckle at Jane ballsy diversion about Houston. This is from a man who picked up a woman in Corpus Christi? I’m not sure that he realizes that Lisbon is moving towards a more balanced personal life, she is not all about her career. He may assume that Lisbon will choose him, which I think she would, but having that taken that for granted is not appreciated. Perhaps, this is why her messages are coming off a tad mixed. Not, that she wants to be confusing or hurtful, but because she wants him to see her and consider her. I sometimes think that both Jane and Lisbon are intimidated by their feelings. On one hand they enjoy the idea of the other’s appreciation, even if that means recognizing that they have raised feelings of jealousy in the other. On the other hand, recognizing that they have developed feelings of jealousy for their best friend/partner is disconcerting. Part of them would like to encourage those feelings in the other, and part of them is wondering if it is possible or advisable to push that triangle of attachment further.

    Thank you. Doing better on the second antibiotic. Still a long road to full recovery.

  • Rose UK

    @ Anomaly: Good point about ‘Cartesian’ – that makes much more sense. 😉 I also like your ideas about the possible identity of the new threat; it would be great if the writers managed to bring in something from past seasons. One thing that stood out to me upon second viewing was that when Cho asks Avery Schultz who her client is, she scornfully replies that “He doesn’t exist; he’s a crime syndicate in Russia or someplace”. Much like the Blake Association, say. 😉

    I think that Phoenixx’s comment in the last review about Lisbon possibly struggling with her new status was definitely borne out by the “boss” remark here. Maybe she’s not so much bothered by having to relinquish control in general (i.e. taking orders from Cho or Fischer or whomever), but struggling to adjust to Jane in particular. The “don’t you forget we’re equals” remark seemed to indicate that she’s apprehensive about any shift in their (professional) dynamic. Perhaps she doesn’t mind so much not being his boss, but she definitely doesn’t want to become *his* subordinate because that’s a scary place to be. (Like Mosquito said, she most certainly doesn’t want to be a doormat anymore). This might also be the reason she throws in all those “I know him so well” comments around Fischer – to indicate that she has some measure of control (as well as the possessive aspect).

  • KM

    I thought I would add this to my comment above that is awaiting moderation. When I wrote that I thought that Lisbon’s communication could be coming off mixed because she desired to be considered and seen, I was thinking in terms of Jane’s actions. Patrick Jane is a rather obsessive personality, and while this trait gives him the capacity to be constantly attentive, exceedingly observant and present, it also furthers his self-absorption. Jane walks off, how many times has Lisbon turned to ask a question (now Fischer) to find that he has wondered off. Jane takes the unwavering support of Lisbon (and the team) for granted, he trusts her that she will not let him come to harm, but he doesn’t hesitate to leave leave her (them) to fend for themselves. I think Lisbon may grasp that Jane would do all in his power to protect her, give her deniability, manipulate & blackmail to save her career as a partner friend, but as a woman she is waiting for the shoe to drop, the next shiny thing (or beautiful corrupt manipulative woman), or for him to wake up and walk (drive his Airstream) a way from the FBI. And, Lisbon has already grieved him and worked to rebuild her life before. The idea of doing it again may be so overwhelming that she finds herself sending him mixed messages. Perhaps, she is waiting for him to say (and to show her) the way she matters to him has bound him in such a way that he has no desire to abandon her.


  • bloomingviolet2013

    Firstly, because I’m hopelessly brain-aired when it comes to this kind of things, let me thank Annette for liking this post! I really appreciate! 🙂

    @Lugenia: welcome back! 😀 And thank you for bringing up some very interesting points! 🙂

    “Jane’s comment about Lisbon’s “asinine” question in the aquarium sounded like Jane being his old self–a little superior but harmless and in line with his personality. That Lisbon complained that he was acting as “boss” seemed an overreaction. If anything, Jane has kept his distance from her since MGT. There has been very little interaction between them, and Jane has worked independently from the team until this episode. So where did the comment come from? »

    I think Lisbon’s « asisine » remark stemmed precisely from the distance Jane put between him and his coworkers: she felt he was acting as her boss, because he was working alone. He drew his conclusions, elaborated his plan, worked his suspect and only called them in when he needed them to make an arrest and save him. To put it briefly, he rubbed in that while he was the brain, he only considered them as the badge-wielding brawn. Of course, he didn’t do it with such an intention, but it must have felt that way for them, at least to some extent… And partnership is not that: it’s working as a team, like he used to do a few episodes ago…

    “When Cho complains that Jane is acting like his “crazy” self, I get his reference if he is means Jane’s actions in WL. However, in GH Jane is actually more subdued overall than he has been, and indeed as a response to Cho’s “You are a terrible communicator” comment, in this episode Jane is going out of his way to communication to an extent–in sharing his line of deduction with Cho, and even expressing sincere jealousy and a bit of regret with Lisbon.”

    I’m not sure Jane was that “subdued” in ‘The Golden Hammer’: he was still pretty unpredictable (the talk about illegality) and only opened up about his plan to the guys at first. Still, he refused to share his hunch with Kim and Lisbon until he could once again serve them the solution on a silver plate (hence hiding in their car for surprising them and add to the shock by gloating about his lead). And his effort to communicate with Cho was indeed a nod to his previous remark about his communicating skills, but he probably also wanted to prove to Lisbon that he could act as a team member. He was so open with Cho because he certainly wanted to win in over, which is why Cho may have been so dubious: he had an ulterior motive, like he had in the first seasons, which is what had made him unpredictable… Plus, Jane started being more natural with Lisbon only *after* he heard about the date… drastic changes in attitude and gratuitous provocations coupled with over-the-top schemes and a complete dismissal of the law to solve a case were exactly the reasons why Jane seemed “crazy” before –in addition of his blood-thirsty obsession, of course. 😉

    “I think on throne hand her relationship with Jane kept some men away, but at the same time I got the sense over the years that she did date. It’s just that this side of her life was “off limits” to the team. Now that she is no longer their boss, Jane and even Cho will begin to see this side of her.”

    Yes, she did date, but none of her recent relationships were serious enough to be brought in any story-line, even in her very few private moments onscreen… Jane stated that she was intense and peculiar: between her trust issues, commitment issues, the fact that she was practically married to her job and her control freak tendencies, it’s pretty certain she couldn’t put up with any man for long. After all, that’s why she had broken up with Greg: he wanted something serious and she wasn’t interested in that, and that’s also why Mashburn was dismissed “Dirty Harry” style. And it’s telling that she was able to compartmentalize her relation with Bosco in order to ignore the unrequited feelings bubbling under the surface. All in all, she did not seem to be an adept of long-standing love stories: she tended to favor casual sex or like Jane called it, a zest of « empty glamour »… which didn’t really pose a threat to her growing partnership with Jane, the only male constant in her life. Honestly, it looks like the only real emotional threat Jane met was Bosco, because she loved him (even if it probably was in a non romantic way)… and neither reacted that well to the other’s closeness to Lisbon. And Jane was also not that comfortable with Lisbon teaming up with Kirkland: he asked who that man was and sarcastically called him her friend if I’m not mistaken (and Bob was the only man, who Lisbon was openly attracted to at first recently, giving the hair fluffing detail). Therefore, it’s veiled and discreet, but there’s a hint of possessiveness in Jane towards his best friend.

    I love the idea that Abbott could be building Jane’s trust in order to exploit it. The idea has been alluded to before when Lisbon accused Kim of wanting to use him (‘Green Thumb’) and Abbott would have the very credible ulterior motive of wanting to know more about the list of Blake associates. Keep your friends close and your enemies/adversaries/wayward rebellious consultants closer…

    Last point, your and Rose’s analysis about the title is very interesting. Indeed, it may refer to the tendency of over-rely on habits, even though it’s not always the wiser method (if I understand the expression correctly): could it be an allusion to Jane’s attitude towards his relation with Lisbon? Relying on outdated habits, without realizing that she’s changed her perspectives on her life? Anyway, the theory she brought up is very intriguing…

    Thanks again for your great comment! (I might add one thing or two later, because there are some very interesting ideas!) 😀

    Sorry for the mistakes, it’s pretty late… 😛

  • Lugenia

    Thanks for your responses, everyone. I always come away from this blog with valuable insights and perspectives I had not considered!

  • bloomingviolet2013

    @Windsparrow: thank you very, very much for your very kind words, I really appreciate them! 😀

    @ Rose: thank you *so* much for your insightful comments and for bringing so many good points to the discussion! 🙂

    I really love the way you link the “paranoia/instinct” idea -coupled with “the wider theme of “trust” and “transparency””- not only to the spy aspect of both the episode and the new storyline but also to Jane and Lisbon. Indeed the expression “living in a goldfish bowl” seems spot on: they’re being watched by the mysterious killer, by also by their new coworkers. They are assessing their qualities/flaws and their method but more importantly their bond. Abbott and Fischer have already characterized it as a rather romantic one and Kim’s showed her curiosity towards whether or not they had been involved. There is no way the FBI agents wouldn’t try to pry into it, because it might offer a mean to control Jane; this would be at least a reason for Kim, beside genuine interest, as her questions to Lisbon clearly headed that way in ‘Green Thumb… Plus, they’ve been hiding their true feelings from the other as well: Lisbon never admitted to care for him personally and Jane’s more emotional words, may it be his confession in ‘The Crimson Hat’ or their moment in the sunset, were immediately taken back either verbally or by his actions, like when he drove away without her… It’s about time they talk it out and come to a clearer/ more “transparent” position towards the other.

    Plus, I really don’t know if it’s intended, but the fishbowl and lack of privacy oddly reverse the association between water and freedom that has been developed for some time. And it’s amusing that Lisbon compares herself with a goldfish after Jane commented on almost ending in the marina like a dead duck… What’s with them and aquatic creatures? 😉

    You also wrote: “I have to admit that when Jane remarked that Ardiles had a crush on Lisbon, my reaction was: “eh??” I had not picked up on anything like that *at all* in earlier seasons, and I wondered if the idea had just been shoehorned in to a) cement the idea of Lisbon’s attractiveness and thus b) foreshadow an upcoming storyline. That or Jane really is starting to worry about admirers!”

    I think all three reasons are right, lol! 🙂 But on the other hand, before Haffner began acting creepily with her, he didn’t seem all that interested either, for instance during their lunch together: friendly yes, but not necessarily interested in her that way… and he was certainly meant to be attracted to her nonetheless then. Same with Kirkland to some extent: when they first met, he warned her off the Volker case and asked her out to coffee –not a really openly romantic gesture since Bosco did the same with Jane. It could have been his way to establish a professional contact and pry more information out of her (about Jane, obviously, but it could have been about Volker in her mind). Yet, she probably considered it as an overture, since she fluffed her hair before meeting him again: she saw him as a potential admirer. Same with Dr Steiner: he was admittedly sweet on Teresa, but how did viewers know it? Only because Jane told as much and the man later confirmed it to him. But he never acted really interested around Lisbon… And same with Mancini: the only hints he could be interested were that he called her by her first name and that he invited her to a poker night. Hardly the most romantic of settings… So yes, sparks fly around loveable Teresa, but they seem pretty dimmed, except for Mashburn and Bosco. It could have been that Osvaldo *had* been interested but never expressed it because they were working together –as Haffner only became pushy after leaving the CBI. Or yes, they may also very well have been looking for a man well-known by viewers who could be interested in her and who they could kill off and poor Ardiles fitted the bill. 😉

    Besides, I completely agree about Teresa being more bothered by being placed under Jane’s authority than about her new status as a simple team-member. Really interesting and insightful theory, Rose. Indeed, she has made no comments to Kim or even to Cho, who was her second-in-command. She was only resentful towards Jane. The difference is that before even Jane acted like he had control over the team, she knew she would be the one who ultimately made the decisions on cases. She decided who was arrested and scolded Jane if she deemed necessary… Now her career is no longer in danger like it was when she was responsible for his actions, but she also has no longer any official control over him and he still acts like he can make her do as he wants… Scary place to be indeed. Even more since her two years long thinking time about their relation must have made her realize that she acceded to all his wishes –including those involving revenge and murder- and she was left with only a ruined career, regrets and a bunches of sentimental letters… After having let him have his way with getting her to work with him again, she must be afraid of sending once more the wrong message here…

    Very interesting thoughts, Anomaly and Rose, about the “Cartesian” aspect… I’m not sure of it at all, but I found it amusing that one of the most well-known representations of the GIS (the one with a circle) remind a little bit of a target -at least for the uninitiated like me who really don’t know a thing about it, lol… Anyway, even if it’s a coincidence, it would fit the spy/mysterious murderer on the loose angle. 🙂 Also, if I wanted to elaborate on the potential Descartes’ reference, I’d say the famous quote “Cogito ergo sum” (“I think, therefore I am”) would fit Jane to a tee, if we disregard the deeper meaning and philosophical implications the sentence had in context: Jane’s only exist because of his brilliant mind. His abilities to solve crimes were part of the lifeline that saved him when he first came to the CBI after his breakdown and the same allowed him to get a very advantageous deal with the FBI and have the murder charges dropped. This parallel is nothing more than a coincidence, but it is a rather entertaining one, I think! 😛

  • mosquitoinuk

    @KM I entirely agree with your comment and I wrote a long post on Tumblr that attracted much attention and the wrath of many a fan of PJ because I argued that Jane let Lisbon deal with the consequences of him killing RJ and unveiling the Blake Association conspiracy on her own. In that occasion he also asked her ‘trust me’ before going off, killing RJ and disappearing. Many letters later he came back but for me, his actions were the equivalent of the famous ‘trust fall’ they did in S1, only this time, he didn’t catch her.

    Lots of issues to sort out but I think this is quite important, I don’t know how everybody else feels. She was left there, on her own, to deal with the debris of his actions. The fact he uncovered the Blake Association was a good thing it could be argued, but the way it was done and the motive, were less than exemplary. In fact, he didn’t care about anything at that point but RJ, it was al that mattered.

    Is Lisbon ready to trust him again? Does she trust him now? Is she ready to jeopardize her career again for him? How does she feel after what happened?

    Questions, questions…

  • mosquitoinuk

    Apologies, lots of a rush!

  • Rose UK

    @ Mosquito: Lol, oh dear – I am imagining you as a lone voice piping up in a sea of angry, fist-waving shippers! 😉 But hey, if I was on Tumblr I’d’ve agreed with you. 😉 Perhaps we are looking at it from a more practical, less ‘romantic’ angle. Those left behind had little choice but to face the fall-out – there’s no escaping that fact. There were consequences to everyone; huge changes. However, this doesn’t take into account people’s motivations or feelings or emotions, and perhaps that’s what the Tumblr-ers (?) were responding to.

    @ Mosquito, KM, Violet, and others: I think trust has always been a massive issue between them, and it doesn’t help that both Lisbon and Jane are naturally disinclined to let people in. There’s a lot of ‘one step forward, two steps back’ going on with them, and this season has definitely had the most dancing around to date. However, given what we know of Lisbon, I would not be at all surprised if she was having trouble trusting him (again). It was a *huge* event, after all. Plus she said as much when he ran off in Green Thumb and she didn’t know if he was coming back. He seemed to register the point, but in the subsequent two episodes I’ve seen little to allay her fears on his part. He’s just reverted to the playful/affectionate/complimentary banter of the early days (to regain a missing aspect of their bond, as someone pointed out), but this isn’t going to work in regaining her trust. I’m sure Lisbon likes a compliment like anybody else, but she won’t let herself trust flattering remarks. He needs to just come clean about his feelings – she values openess and directness, after all, even if it might make her feel uncomfortable. We’ve seen very clearly how she is only convinced of something when he drops the mask – and luckily she knows him well enough to know which is the mask and which is the real face (sunset confession). (The obvious response to this is that he ultimately broke her trust here – and a breach of trust is always worse when it comes with sincerity – but as we discussed in length in that review, I personally think she can distinguish between the two).

    I think that by the time the RJ showdown came around, Lisbon may have trusted Jane more than ever before (he was telling her more of the truth; she gave him her gun, etc.), albeit with some reservations, but perhaps the consequences of his actions did away with any progress. Is she back at square one? I don’t think so, but I wouldn’t be surprised. I don’t think they could ever have reached 100% trust while RJ was still in the picture. Now he’s gone and the road should be clear – but the roadblocks caused by the fall-out (not to mention their inherent personality traits) remain. Now that she’s not his boss, I reckon that Lisbon could probably regain those feelings of trust much more quickly (i.e. get back more or less to where she was) – provided that he really does treat her as an equal. As a true partner; a true confidante. He should be able to involve her in all his ideas and schemes, but he won’t – partly for the ‘deniability’ reason (as usual), and partly because he still likes to show off on his own. So he hasn’t really done that so far – and he knows it. Perhaps this would explain why he was so miffed when they bickered about the ‘boss’ remark. He knows she’s anxious about it, and he knows he could do something about it. But, you know, despite all this, I still wonder whether Lisbon would EVER be able to trust Jane completely, and ultimately if she would mind this. Perhaps if she was absolutely certain of his feelings for her, she could accept the rest i.e. not being able to trust him professionally – because he’ll always be a schemer. She knows this about him; she knows when something is in play (as White Lines demonstrated) and at the very least, I personally thinks that she trusts his abilities to sniff out the criminals even if she doesn’t trust his methods.

    Gosh, this isn’t half getting long! Abrupt ending alert!

    @ Violet: Aw, thanks. 🙂 But you’re the one to provide any ideas with actual evidence and expand beautifully on my half-baked ideas (Descartes, for example – brilliant!), so I applaud you loudly!!

    @ KM: Glad to hear things are looking a bit brighter; I wish them well. 🙂

  • KM

    @Mosquito: Thank you for the reply. I don’t do Tumblr, but I would have agreed with you. I do think that their was little choice but to deal with the fall-out, and am, personally, convinced that if push came to shove that Lisbon would have chosen Jane’s running as her second choice. (First choice being the death of RJ legally through resisting arrest. I, personally, became convinced when Heller had RJ change the rules that death was certain, either Jane’s or RJ’s.) I am inclined to think that at some level she was okay with his running off, saw it as a better option than his serving a life sentence of imprisonment or being sentenced to death through CA’s death penalty. While being okay at some level/understanding with his departure does not mean she did not suffer, did not feel abandoned, that she did not feel angry about being left to deal with the fall-out. So, I imagine she does/did at some level feel like her trust was betrayed, but rationally she knows that he did not want for her to suffer because of his choices.

    @ Rose: Your entire comment on trust is wonderfully put. At the present moment I can think of nothing to add. I will say that I don’t consider their situation for building trust has hope. I think there is a foundation to build upon should they be willing to address it. I’d say that they need to sit down and talk, to share what happened to them in those two years, about how they felt through them, and how they feel now. Of course this is Jane and Lisbon, and they live life with notoriously high walls around their hearts. I’d like to see them have this conversation, and also with Cho, Rigsby, and Grace. Not because I want them to feel awful, or give Jane more reasons to armor himself with guilt, but so that they can try and see the entire RJ experience and subsequent fall-out through each other’s eyes. I would hope that it would help them all grow in compassion towards their post-RJ selves and each other. Perhaps, that is some of the purpose behind having them stalked, so that they can be jolted into remembering that relationships and affection forged by “walking through the valley of the shadow of death” are both unique and deeply precious?

    And, thank you re my daughter.

  • KM

    The typos they burn…. Sorry, I do think they have hope to rebuild trust.

  • mosquitoinuk

    @Rose & KM:

    wrote wrote: “@ Mosquito: Lol, oh dear – I am imagining you as a lone voice piping up in a sea of angry, fist-waving shippers! ”

    You bet! LOL there is no point in arguing or to get angry, just to calmly dismantle the counter-arguments and see if we can see the wood for the trees, because I for one, am at loss. Shippers or not, we are all on the same boat I think. Let me explain.

    I *thought* that I was liking this TM 2.0 and I have enjoyed the episodes so far. It was a breather after all the RJ darkness that was so incredibly depressing.

    However…after all the breaks we’ve had, the switch from TM 1.0 to version 2.0 and the structure of the reboot, I must say that I’m not liking PJ that much and that is, because I possibly identify with Lisbon more and I can see how the issues of *respect* and *trust* are still at the top of the “to do” list for PJ. How long do we still have to wait?

    After the period in his blue heaven, I was led to believe that he had done much needed introspection and possibly realised quite a few things. It did seem like that until he went back to working for the FBI and started showing-off again and doing his crazy. I honestly believe that with so few episodes left this season and the uncertainty of S7, the writers and producers should do with much less insinuation and smoke and mirrors and more directness and straightforwardness instead because I think it is easy to feel unsettled as a viewer when so much has happened and then changed in so little time, plus, lack of TV (and plot) continuity (as in, an inordinate number of breaks and hiatuses for many different reasons).

    So, all in all, just to say that I enjoyed TGH and the “back to familiar territory” but the major issues haven’t been addressed and this is tiresome.

    KM mentioned that it would be great if we could witness some discussion with the team about how they felt and how they’ve dealt with the aftermath of RJ and the BA through each others’ eyes. I entirely agree because it would give us much needed information and it could provide context and an emotional backbone to the characters in this new TM 2.0 as well as some closure. Patrick Jane might have had closure (perhaps) but I, as a viewer, haven’t because things were left too much in the air. And I think this isn’t only my case. Coming back to the shippers’ comment at the beginning of my post, for those who watch the show because of the relationship between J&L is equally unsettling and confusing and that’s why I believe there is quite a few of us on the same boat even if we express it in a different way and look at different angles of the show.

    This will be unlikely as they do not want to bring RJ into this TM reboot but I think this is a mistake. But I’m no BH of course!

  • estaticaa

    I was waiting anxiously for a break so I could read this review and the comments and, as always, I was not disappointed. Thank you Violet (& everyone else) for giving me more topics to think about!

    In this particular episode, even though poor Ardiles died and we were left with an exciting cliffhanger, I have to admit the shipper in me won and I found myself more concerned with Jane’s blatant display of jealousy and Lisbon’s mixed signals. Sad, but true.

    About this episode’s title, like Lugenia said, I also assumed it referred to Maslow’s hammer, also known as the law of the instrument. A golden hammer represents our over-reliance on a familiar tool. It’s a metaphor to explain our tendency to see the world in our own biased way, how we treat everything as a nail if all we have is a hammer. We solve problems with what we know, without considering other more effective solutions. Jane is known for thinking outside the box, though – he suggests this to his new team and with favorable results.

    I posted on tumblr how the characters in this episode approach problems:

    – The victim could have acted in a different way to put a stop to the espionage, but his childish curiosity and lack of judgement ultimately cost him his life;

    – The murderer, as she confessed, stated that she had no choice and she had to kill him because she never gives up and that’s who she is.

    – The victim’s brother doesn’t understand the FBI’s way of handling the case and refuses to collaborate.

    – Ardilles asks Lisbon for help because she is the only detective he trusts with his problem. He doesn’t know anyone else. When he talks to Rigsby and Van Pelt, he states that he wants to “nail” whoever is bugging him.

    – We could also mention Jane and Lisbon’s relationship change in this episode and their difficulty to deal with it properly, since they have established a familiar pattern for too long and it’s unfamiliar territory.

    Even though Jane claims they’re just like in the old days, they are both aware that nothing could be further from the truth: In the past, Lisbon wouldn’t have talked about her love life with co-workers, and Jane wouldn’t have been caught so off guard. She definitely nailed him with the date thing, which left him slightly off balance the rest of the episode. She also did this when she hammered the puzzle box in Panama Red back, in season 5, an episode also written by Weiss.

    My feeling is that, ever since Jane got back, Lisbon doesn’t quite know how to interpret Jane’s behavior, including his recent teasing remarks, specially the ones about Ardiles. She never saw a jealous Jane before, so it’s possible that she doesn’t understand his motives. Therefore, it is likely that she is still learning new ways to interact with him.

    – Last, but not least, the guy (or organization) responsible for Ardiles death and all the others before him. It looks like he’s been “nailing” each of his victims in a pretty effective way.

    Phew, this was too long. Sorry!

  • Rose UK

    @ Mosquito & KM: Absolutely agree with both of you. One of my greatest wishes was to see Lisbon, Cho, Rigsby, Grace AND Jane working as a proper team – and I would love to see this at least once before they are broken up for good. (Tangent: Does Jane have it in him to be a team-player? Potentially, but only on occasion. It would be a way of demonstrating respect and gratitude to them all, though.) I think that Grace was always the most open team member, and Cho the bluntest, so maybe between them they could engender some kind of discussion of the sort KM is talking about. 😉 Wishful thinking, I’m sure. But I agree that it would be a mistake to brush RJ entirely under the carpet – not least because it drove the show for five years! People carry the ghosts of traumatic events with them in real life, so why not here? I for one would be pleased to see the writers address the aftermath of RJ in a more tangible, concrete way, by putting the team back together one last time. It would be a great way to lay things to rest once and for all. And then the characters really can start to move on! Too many things left unsaid, otherwise.

    I also understand exactly what you mean with your “blue heaven” comment, Mosquito. It really felt like Jane was experiencing a kind of catharsis through writing, and starting to see things clearly – or at least be honest. But old habits really do die hard, especially when you are put back in almost exactly the same environment. And particularly as he was faced with the reality of Lisbon, rather than the imagining of her. That said, the seeds of his reflection on the island are there – and they’re imperceptibly beginning to sprout. Sort of. I think. I hope. Someone just needs to water him a bit. 😉 With socks and things. 😉

  • bloomingviolet2013

    Firstly, I really want to send a *huge* thank you to Mosquitoinuk, Anomaly and KM for their comments and for taking part in the discussion! 🙂 (I’m planning to discuss each of yours comments individually, but it might take some time, so in the meantime, I wanted to express my appreciation! 😉 )

    Concerning the very interesting points about trust and respect, I fully agree with the analysis you all developped. They indeed have to deal with the touchy subject of RJ’s demise and its consequences and they need to address how they stand in the new situation they find themselves in. For the moment, I’ll only add two side remarks.

    1) About trust: it’s intriguing that this fundamental aspect of their relation which has been addressed since the very start of the series can be split in two aspects, two sides of the same coin. Indeed, Lisbon’s trust has probably been broken at the end of the RJ saga both on a personal level and on a professional one. Her ability to confide in Jane her inmost thoughts must have been shaken by the sunset scene: how not to change her attitude to some extent after knowing he used your emotional state and feelings to trick you (and the “I have a surprise for you part” was pretty cruel)? And professionally-wise, of course, her association with Jane cost her a promising career. And, as you pointed out, Mosquitoinuk, he has left her alone and he let her deal with the consequences of his acts. As KM explained, both results were rationally justifiable: she admitted in S2 that she knew she would ultimately lose her job because of him and his letters proved that in spite of using her he really cares for her deeply; still, that doesn’t mean that her trust hasn’t been crushed on an emotional/less rational level… Therefore both entwined aspects have to be rebuilt now that they’re reunited.

    – On a professional aspect, this is probably why she’s so adamant to assert her independence. She talked about her working relation with him, how he was difficult and exhausting to deal with; she blamed him for making life-changing decisions for her: her cutting remarks are work-related like when she refers to no longer wanting to be his “sidekick” and how he acts as if he’s her “boss”… It’s interesting how she seems to confine their bond in a work context only, without alluding to their friendship or their “being family” past…

    – Indeed the more private aspect only appears between the lines, in the “missed you” admission, after he told her as much first; in bringing up the “date” thing. Still, the matter was never addressed directly, even when she gave him socks as a welcome-back gift/peace-offering. It probably means that she’s been more hurt by the way he left her to get his revenge and afterwards than by the loss of her work status: that she’s shown that she could adapt to by building herself a comfortable if slightly boring nest in Washington.
    The problem is that, while both professional and personal aspects were rather clearly separated before, now there are no such boundaries, because she can’t hide behind her authority status anymore and he is no longer the deceitful man obsessed by revenge. Therefore, while she could have kept some distance on the job by not trusting him one hundred percent back then –though that has gotten more difficult as the years passed by-, she could have allowed herself to progressively open up to him more, as dangerous as it seemed. Now, her remarks are indeed meant to stay confined to work, but they nonetheless impact the emotional level too: he’s hurt when she reproaches him his controlling attitude. Obviously the lines are more blurred and their refusal to address the more private part of their bond only displaces it to the professional side: when she reproached him his insistence to get her a job she didn’t ask for, his hurt expression showed that he considered that she didn’t *enjoy* working with him. She expressed many times her annoyance with him and that didn’t bother him all that much then because he thought she liked him and was deep-down happy to have him around; in the plane, her outburst has made him suspect that she had reconsidered it. Hence his happiness at getting the socks since they meant she was still glad to have him back. Same with the “boss” remark: the fact that that talk was followed by the date and him mentioning how much fun they had in their old stake-outs and how he was happy to be with her hinted that he took her remark to heart too on a more affective level. It thus seems that each time she mentions his attitude on the job, a personal note is discernible, like when Kim asked Lisbon tips for controlling the consultant and she ended asking her if they were ever involved. This may also explain why Lisbon is conflicted: she probably wants to trust him, but part of her doesn’t want to get so “involved” anymore…

    2) Mosquitoinuk wrote “I do not believe Lisbon to be a saint or blinded by love for him, so, I truly believe there are issues of a different nature that she might need to sort out with him.”

    Your very thought-provoking points about respect, her not wanting to be a doormat anymore and the residual hurt she might feel probably stem from the same logic. In a way, it looks like both are still walking slowly on a path aiming to break down the walls each has been keeping around themselves. Before McAllister’s murder, Jane was seeking redemption and the possibility to forgive himself, whereas Lisbon was slowly aimed to get more confidence on her instincts (as a her skills as a detective and in following her sense over the law: she showed that she made a difference between the two concepts as she had covered for Bosco after he killed a man).
    Now that the darker times have (mostly) ended, their respective paths go further towards re-building themselves a more balanced life. On one hand, Jane has to get closer to other people, to crumble the isolation created by his secretive/controlling nature. If he manages to change his ways, he’s hopefully heading towards a relation between “equals”. He has then to lose the residual traits of his conman persona to allow himself more honesty and transparency.
    On the other hand, Lisbon is probably meant to lose to some extent her “saint” persona: she needs to become more “human” by breaking her defensive walls too. This involves expressing more honestly her emotions, both positive and negative, instead of deflecting others’ attempts to reach out to her. She has to stop hiding behind her shield of authority to manage to tell Jane fully how she feels both about him and about how she may resent him. She needs to enter a more openly personal phase instead of retreating behind her old polite and politically correct persona. Her obsession with saving others was trigged by her father’s tragedy: now, she’s proven that she has matured emotionally –as KM commented- meaning that she started taking care of herself too; it’s the only way to allow herself to really let people in.
    Indeed, both have shown that they’ve become more at peace with themselves during the aftermath of RJ’s demise; now they have to learn to be more at peace with others too. Of course, this can only be gained by talking about the situation.

  • KM

    Thank you, Violet, Rose, and Mostquito for engaging with me. I appreciate reading your thoughts.

    With regard to Lisbon I can’t help but think that she is trying to make sure that she does not have all her eggs in one basket. And, I believe I see this in how she is written. I’ve engaged with others who think that she spent those two years pining for Jane, which to me indicates that she did not grow and was living in neutral. But, to me, her engagements with Jane suggest that she has. That she wants more. She wants to be more than a sidekick, more than an FBI agent, she wants to live a life that leaves her feeling fulfilled. I see this as her learning to take care of herself, putting her needs forward in to her conscious thoughts. (I think Cho, Ribsby, and Van Pelt have done/ are doing the same thing.) I know I am basically restating what has been posted earlier, but I am always surprised at how others see the characters, especially Lisbon and Jane. I’m convinced that being happy with ones life make a person more attractive. Having interests outside of ones career and partner (romantic or platonic) makes someone more attractive. That seeing oneself through the eyes of others helps us see better. I think I’m convinced that a Jane and Lisbon who are mostly about being a romantic couple, working for the FBI, is a perplexing, to me, way to view them. But, then I see The Mentalist to be a tale of journeying from hell into life, so for the characters to not create new life and journey forward seems wrong.

    Anyway, I hope you all are well and happy.

    estaticaa and Anomaly: Thank you for wonderful comments. It is great to read you both.


  • Rose UK

    “That seeing oneself through the eyes of others helps us see better.” ~ Interesting you should say that, KM, because it goes right back to the discussion on existentialism we had before the start of the season, and the cryptic “Hell is other people” quote leaked by the writers. Perhaps this year the characters – both new and old – are being used as mirrors for the two protagonists.

    Anybody know when the next episode is airing? I gather that it’s after the Olympics, right?

  • KM

    @ Rose,

    Certainly that can be true, both positively and negatively. The eternal optimist in me always thinks of the positives. We can become wedded to ourselves in such a way that we loose sight of our capacity to be greater than our personal interpretations. Let’s say that Jane is convinced that he is undeserving of someone like Lisbon, and thus he publicly pushes her away and locks his own heart away; then Jane will need the acceptance and the knowledge that the best version of himself is visualized through Lisbon, etc. and welcomed as a work in progress. We all need to know that we are found deserving when we only see our worst, and that someone else can see the better too. So, yes hell and can be other people, but others can also be our salvation and help motivate the resurrection of our spirit.

    Nothing has been officially announced, but Sunday 09-03-2014 (for our international family) and 03/09/2014 for those in my neck of the woods, is the implied return date for The Mentalist.


  • bloomingviolet2013

    @ Estaticaa : I just love how you connected the hammer references. I hadn’t thought of it, but Ardiles was also “nailed” with the knife stabbed in his chest. And great catch with the contrast between “the golden hammer”/thinking outside of the box… Indeed, I think this aspect is mostly focused on the evolving relation between Jane and Lisbon and the pattern of falling back into their old dynamics they keep putting forward. And it’s very interesting that you pointed out that the episode when Lisbon smashed his box with her hammer –when she was still hurting for his had in Lorelei’s escape- was written by Weiss too… Back then the box was a symbol for Jane’s obsession about getting his revenge, as well as the many safes, closed doors and keys. Now, it’s his ability to think “outside of the box” that might lead him somewhere…Plus, the hammer represents both Lisbon’s ability to surprise him, because he doesn’t know her as well as he thinks (still a valid interpretation now that she keeps surprising him with her outbursts and that she’s started to want more than her rather bland old life) and his over-reliance on their bond. In a way, it’s as if the symbols have been reversed, the box/hammer having somehow switched meanings between some kind of independence and confinement in a routine… This inversion between the meanings might suit the inversed new dynamics between the two characters, since before Lisbon was the one more emotionally attached to him, while now it’s Jane who makes efforts to keep her close.
    (Thank you so much: I really enjoyed your very insightful comment!)

    @ KM and Rose: I agree with your interpretation of Lisbon’s character and I must say I truly enjoy the character development she’s finally getting. She had been reproached for years to be too lenient with Jane, because she forgave almost everything he could throw at her and now, at long last, she’s getting some hindsight into her situation, not only because she refuses to be his doormat anymore, but also because she’s started trying to get a reaction out of him (blurting the date thing) instead of fading in the background as moral support. She’s more active and not in a control-freak way like she was at the beginning of the show and that’s a great progress. KM’s remark about the storyline being a “tale of journey from hell to life” is spot on.

    Also it reminds me of the comment someone of the Heller-team made sometime ago (I think it was BH himself) that Jane was the best thing that happened to Lisbon. Back then, I thought it was because he pushed her into opening up and shedding a bit of the control she had over her too clearly defined life. But now, it seems that his impact on her life has gone further (in addition of the up and downs in her career…): she has started to think about her life more deeply than the passing regret she showed in key moments (when Rigsby gushed about his new-born son or when she witnessed Greg’s life without her). She has seemingly started to *want* things for herself too.

    So yes, those two are learning to see themselves through the other’s eyes: Jane has to finally understand that he’s not “undeserving of someone like Lisbon” because there’s more to him than the conman, whereas Lisbon is not a saint leading a goody-two-shoes life. Their presence in each other’s life helps them to go further into letting go of the mask. It’s a theme that has been alluded to for years both by Visualize and RJ’s philosophy: self-realization, by embracing aspects of one’s personality left in the shadows; the only difference being that this progression here is meant to lead both Jane and Lisbon to light and freedom instead of a kind of enslavement.

    And I totally agree with you KM, about secure and fulfilled people being more attractive: being at peace with herself was even a criteria for Jane’s ideal woman. The fact that Lisbon has been looking for happiness one way or another for some time now may explain why she seemed to attract more men in the course of the show. Indeed, since she’s started opening more to Jane before RJ’s demise she seemed more secure and there were more men interested in her (Mancini, Haffner). Before Bosco and Mashburn were attracted to her “damaged intensity” and I’m not sure that veiled fragility is what had Haffner or Mancini interested, because she didn’t give off this impression that much when she truly became Jane’s partner… Instead, it’s the power she exudes that has been put forward by Jane himself when he flirted with her (loving when she gets all authoritarian on him and commenting that she was giving him shivers when she’s been hunting down Volker). It’s been made discreetly and with only some hints but I think the change in her seduction was already starting to build up back then… Plus, her attractiveness is obviously brought to the front now that she’s seeking fulfilment more consciously.

    (I’m sorry my thoughts seem a bit rushed! I’m still catching on! And sorry for the mistakes… 🙂 )

  • Windom Earle

    Great review and discussion in the comments. Interesting read, as always.

    Lugenia wrote: “For Jane–always the smartest man in the room, right?–to admit readily that he has no idea of what the code means suggests his growth to an extent and recalls his words to McAllister that he was “nobody.” He is straightforward with Cho the way he is with Lisbon.”

    This was a key scene for the “new old Patrick” and the connection with the McAllister confrontation is spot-on, I think.
    “New old” because ever since the post-RJ Mentalist started, I’ve read many comments suggesting a lack of character development for Jane; while that’s not totally wrong, there’s still much that has changed.
    The way I see it Jane still *does* act a lot like he did in the good ol’ days but the overall reasoning for his actions has changed. Or maybe I’m just plain wrong/shoehorning in-universe rationalisations for meta-arguments (the shows’ formula can’t change too much).

    Anyway, let me elaborate my thoughts a bit.
    Starting from the beginning, I understood the “nobody”-part in the ‘Red John’ in a different way. Let me say the whole Homerian Odyssey interpretation that seems to be dominant around here actually makes *a lot* of sense to me too, especially with so many other themes and pieces found in the show adding up so seamlessly with it. In fact if the writers’ intention was to have some deeper meaning behind Jane’s answer, the Odyssey parallel is probably the most likely one.
    That said, the first thing that came into my mind was something different: The whole scene seemed like some kind of Socratian epiphany to me; Jane realises “he knows that he knows nothing”. PJ no longer needs to be cleverer than RJ, the lists he was obsessed to, which was mentioned in an earlier comment, are no longer important. Jane was brooding for weeks, maybe months about how RJ’s tricks work but he doesn’t care anymore.
    Finally, standing in front of McAllister, in a real confrontation, PJ could admit to himself that he *did* play RJ’s game for the last couple of years and, realising that, could now stop playing.

    To draw the line from this scene to the “new” Jane who has changed, yet at the same has not:
    Beside the many ironic aspects of the church scene that were already stated in other, more insightful comments than my own on this site, the final confrontation also mirrored the first collision of both men – at least on the surface. Just like in the shows’ very beginning we have Jane humiliating and enraging Red John by talking him down and denying his alleged superiority. Still, a very important detail has changed: Jane doesn’t act that way out of a feeling of his own superiority anymore, he apparently accepts that RJ has bested him in some things and doesn’t even care for RJ’s last secrets (how he got the seven names).
    The ironic thing is that by acknowleding his own flaws, PJ actually becomes the better man of the two (and the only one who really changed).

    Like how you need to be an expert in a certain field to be able to realistically judge your own capabilities in that regard and how people tend to overestimate their prowess on fields they’re bad at, Jane has grown as a man and gained insight to his own fallibility.
    While he now still acts similiar to before, this new found modesty through self-consciousness, revealing itself in how he includes team members more and shows more empathy, is what seperates the “new Jane” from his old self.

    Eh, at least that was my impression from the last few episodes so far. Makes sense in my head but maybe it’s just incoherent rambling. 😉

  • bloomingviolet2013

    @ Anomaly: good questions about the motivations behind Ardiles’ murder… Honestly, it could be anyone out to seek revenge against the team and Ardiles for an old case, like that young woman who abducted Jane back in ‘Ball of Fire’… Still, the idea that it may be someone from the Blake association is very interesting, of course, because it would put the question of Jane’s deal with Abbott to the front, plus it would refer again to the notion of the hunter turned hunted used with Jane and RJ, since Jane is now supposed to give the names on the list of members to his new boss. Same with Volker: he’d definitely make a good villain and his grudge could extent to every person who took part in his demise: still, if I’m not mistaken, there were other people –presumably former CBI agents- in the files Grace came across… why would they be involved?
    About the Furland case, it depends on what it involved. We only know that Ardiles had been doing something reprehensible enough to give Lisbon some leverage… but what could he have done exactly? Something really criminal (tampering with proofs for example) or could he have protected someone like Cho did with Summer and with that kid in the first case Ardiles had appeared? Or could he have committed an embarrassing professional mistake?

    Anyway, it seems indeed that Ardiles was tortured, or at least questioned (why would they have tied him to a chair otherwise?)… So, what questions might he have been asked? The killer may have been after a very precise goal, like Kirkland who had been questioning suspects about RJ before killing them off as you very rightly pointed out… Or Ardiles may have been asked information about the team, if the killer’s ultimate goal was to get to Jane and/or Lisbon, who are now ensconced in Austin and under FBI protection… Or was it that the killer wanted to simply know what Osvaldo had already told to the team?

    Still, whether it was motivated by a probable grudge, in order to gain information, or both, I agree that the way the murder has been staged was meant to remind of McAllister’s MO: it wouldn’t have been necessary to let the knife for viewers to see otherwise! 😉

    @ Windom Earle: thank you for your insightful, deep and thoughts-provoking comment! 🙂
    The analogy with the Odyssey was indeed valid for the “past” show: Jane longing for an idealized family (a wife and one child like Ulysses); the idea of him being on a journey and the many references to the ocean. Jane is also very cunning and clever, like Odysseus “of many turns”. Jane spent more or less a decade hunting down RJ, which matches both the time the Greek traveller spent at the Trojan war and later the years he spent trying to come back home… Plus of course, Ulysses’ problems were caused by an offence to a god: he blinded Poseidon’s son, while Jane slaughtered the megalomaniac RJ in the media.
    Plus, several characters seem in hindsight to be alluding to major figures of the epopee: Circe, the sorceress/temptress who finally gives Odysseus precious advice, might enlighten a bit the role of the dangerous women Jane has gotten close to…Kristina in particular may fit the magical role and is related to the world of the dead -like Circe got her lover to summon the spirit of Tiresias. Erica might have been referencing the witch too, in an eviler way: like Circe used to change men in pigs, she has power over them too –even Lisbon remarked on it. She’s also manipulative but, in the end, she’s helped Jane take a step forward (his first kiss as a widower).
    Same with the half-bird sirens whose singing attract doomed sailors: Lorelei had been “singing like a bird”…
    Now what’s *really* very interesting is that all those similarities take place while Ulysses is still in the “magical” word ruled by fantastic creatures… The beginning of the book (actually half-way through the story), concerning his son Telemachus and the hindsight readers get into how the humans are still waiting for Odysseus’ return, finds an echo when Abbott comes to Lisbon at the very beginning of ‘My Blue Heaven’, the very first glimpse viewers had of Jane’s whereabouts. Indeed, a goddess and a god were sent to help him get back home, therefore Abbott meeting up with Lisbon echoes Athena guiding Telemachus, while Kim going to Jane reminds of Hermes talking with Calypso to convince her to let him go… Jane on his beach actually refers to Ulysses lamenting on Calypso’s island: both are longing for home, even if the atmosphere is nice… The renewal of the show thus starts at the beginning of the book, which underlines that Jane has a new goal: he wants to come back home (like he’s been building up his nest at the FBI) to his wife/family (Lisbon). The raft to escape the island is represented by the napkin where Jane writes down his demands; the obstacles he encounters (a tempest sent by Poseidon) are embodied by Abbott… Meanwhile, Lisbon talking of the past with Rigsby and Van Pelt then rushing to Austin is a distant reminder of Telemachus’ travels in order to gain information from his father’s old friends.
    At the FBI, the island of the Phaeacians, Jane is lead to the “king” by Kim, who then takes the role of Nausicaa. Like Ulysses, he proves his skills by deducing his way through the first case… Still, things are a little blurrier since the FBI also represents the closer he will get to his old “home”, hence the similarities with Ulysses’ arrival to Ithaca: he’s welcomed by Eumaeus/Cho before warmly embracing Telemachus/ Lisbon and informing her of his plan to gain his status back.
    And our Penelope here can only be Lisbon too: she definitely doesn’t recognize her husband at first… just like Lisbon doesn’t understand Jane’s intentions…

    Here is indeed the turning point of this analogy: as you pointed out, Jane characterizing himself as « nobody » both refers to 1) Ulysses’ trick with Polyphemus (FBI Agent Nemo/ telling “I’m nobody” to RJ) and it hints at a deception (assuming an alias to take Lorelei away/ the trick with the pigeon) and to 2) Socrates’ admission of ignorance in order to better delve in the true reality of the world. Jane being “nobody” therefore means an admission of the limitations of his human nature, whereas McAllister was bragging about his god-like power. Jane was letting go of the guilt and self-loathing he felt for endangering his family and not being able to save them: by killing RJ, he probably came to term with his own regrets (asking McAllister if he regretted what he’d done) and accepted that he couldn’t do anything to prevent the tragedy. Problem is, others are not aware of this evolution Jane’s been undergoing: Lisbon tells Fischer that it’s his “pride” that prevents him from working with them in ‘Green Thumbs’ –when it’s really his willingness to be free- and it’s obvious she still doesn’t get what he’s after now and that his motivations are deeply different (hence the “boss” remark). You’re completely right when assuming that the over-all reasoning for his actions has changed, but Lisbon and others don’t realize it. That’s probably why he cannot communicate with her like he used to do: he doesn’t understand her choices either, while before he took her for a “translucent” person.

    Thanks again for your great comment! 🙂 (and sorry for the mistakes! :P)

  • Rose UK

    Loving the literary and philosophical discussion, everyone! I hadn’t grasped the Odysseus angle before, although I had understood the ‘journey’ idea. I’ve only read The Odyssey once, many moons ago, so I don’t really remember all the adventures/characters (although the names were familiar). However, your comments inspired me to look into it again, and the themes and symbols are certainly interesting when you apply them to TM:

    * The sea: life, journeys, ups and downs. Violet has talked quite a lot about this theme before. 🙂

    * Appearance/disguise: Odysseus is praised for his cunning and intellect – he primarily uses lies, deceptions, tricks and illusions to escape danger and get home. He is capable of both violence and mercy… (Sound familiar!?) He is in disguise when he reaches Ithaca, and Penelope tests his true identity not by his face, but by his skill with a bow. And at last he is able to drop the mask. I guess you could say that Jane’s true identity will forever be inextricably intertwined with his mind. This kind of begs the question of whether Lisbon (in the Penelope role) will ‘test’ Jane in some way?

    * Loyalty: Speaking of Penelope… She waits for Odysseus for 20 odd years, and is constantly keeping suitors at bay with ingenious delaying tactics. Perhaps this recalls Lisbon’s tendency to hold men/relationships at arm’s length. Not necessarily because she was waiting for Jane as such, but because of her emotional make-up.

    *Home: We’re all searching for ‘home’ in one way or another. Whether it be a person or a place or a time… it’s a dream, an idyll, a reason to keep going. The parallel is strongest with Jane, of course, in his quest to become whole again (and represented in different ways in his living arrangements, for example), but other characters have clearly been yearning for their own personal ‘homes’ too – Rigsby and Grace for each other and family life, maybe; Lisbon is starting to want to put down roots…

    *Temptation: Odysseus is exposed to a lot of temptation, as Violet pointed out (an easy life in the narcotic Land of Lotus Eaters, seductresses and whatnot) but although he does occasionally yield he has enough strength of character to eventually keep going (in one instance he is both foolish and clever at the same time – he wants to hear the deadly sirens’ song, but he has the presence of mind to get his shipmates to tie him to the ship so that he physically cannot yield to them. I can’t think of a specific parallel in Jane’s story, except that it demonstrates a measure of self-awareness about his strengths and weaknesses – Jane is clever enough to recognise sirens for what they are, I guess. But hey, I just liked that bit of the tale! Also links to what Windom and Violet and Lugenia were saying about the “I’m nobody” bit.)

    * Survival: Against all the odds, Odysseus survives many dangers and experiences thanks to his bravery and his brain, and arrives home wiser and changed (for the better?). We can but hope the same for Jane! Lisbon too is one of life’s ‘survivors’ (like Penelope, who as I said is constantly fending off potentially dangerous suitors, and is a woman who must stand on her own two feet – ok, I know she has a son 😉 )

    The other points that struck me was that Odysseus can’t do all this alone – first he needs a crew for his ship (*cough* CBI team *cough*), and he is also assisted by the interventions of the goddess Athena (don’t you just love her). Violet made some very nice parallels with certain characters, but what was interesting to me was the idea of Jane giving up his self-sufficient lone wolf thing and actually asking for/receiving help from other people (*cough* Lisbon *cough*). That’d be some nice growth too, right there. 😉

    I’ll shush now.

    Oh, and thanks for the info, KM. I can’t get used to the American way of expressing dates, so thanks for putting it in Euro-speak. 😉

  • bloomingviolet2013

    @Rose: sorry for the late reply, life got in the way! Anyway, you made some great points, as always, and you expanded very interestingly this analogy with the Odyssey! 🙂

    1) “Appearance/disguise: Odysseus is praised for his cunning and intellect – he primarily uses lies, deceptions, tricks and illusions to escape danger and get home. He is capable of both violence and mercy… (Sound familiar!?) He is in disguise when he reaches Ithaca, and Penelope tests his true identity not by his face, but by his skill with a bow. And at last he is able to drop the mask. I guess you could say that Jane’s true identity will forever be inextricably intertwined with his mind. This kind of begs the question of whether Lisbon (in the Penelope role) will ‘test’ Jane in some way?”

    Well, Jane has been hiding his true goal behind his lies too for years and Lisbon has known the real Jane behind the mask for almost as long, just like Penelope is the only one who always gets the full truth from Odysseus. That’s why she’s able to test her husband by asking him a shared secret about their privacy… It’s rather similar, in a different context, to what Lisbon’s been doing since Jane’s return, in her own way: she’s been repeatedly asking him about his intentions; the plane talk about running away and controlling her life, the “boss” remark, the questions about how he forced Abbott’s hand, the baiting with the “date” word, all those were also ways to get to know his thoughts and therefore his true self again. I don’t know if there will be a real “test” from Lisbon, but anyway she’s been trying to get answers from the start of this TM 2.0.

    2) “Loyalty: Speaking of Penelope… She waits for Odysseus for 20 odd years, and is constantly keeping suitors at bay with ingenious delaying tactics. Perhaps this recalls Lisbon’s tendency to hold men/relationships at arm’s length. Not necessarily because she was waiting for Jane as such, but because of her emotional make-up.”

    Lisbon’s been indirectly “waiting” for two years too, keeping his shell gift and spending her evenings drinking wine and reading his letters. And like Penelope is a symbol of conjugal faithfulness, Lisbon often represents loyalty in the show, as you pointed out: loyalty to her job (trying to stick to rules and laws), to her beliefs (compassion, protecting people by helping them out and being respectful), to her faith and to the people she cares about. Now, the interesting part of the new arc is that she’s also started to be more loyal to her feelings too: instead of allowing Jane to be her priority, she’s learnt to take what she wants into account. She’s expressing herself more and there are hints that she might want something more from Jane… Therefore, quite intriguingly, she started like a character waiting for someone (and also probably waiting for something from this someone before the fallout), before acting with more autonomy once her waiting time has come to an end. It may be an originality of the show, depending on whether Lisbon is supposed to be in the “testing time” before welcoming Jane fully (like Penelope did with Odysseus), or if she’ll be gaining more independence either way and start a more adult relation with him.

    3) “Temptation: Odysseus is exposed to a lot of temptation, as Violet pointed out (an easy life in the narcotic Land of Lotus Eaters, seductresses and whatnot) but although he does occasionally yield he has enough strength of character to eventually keep going (in one instance he is both foolish and clever at the same time – he wants to hear the deadly sirens’ song, but he has the presence of mind to get his shipmates to tie him to the ship so that he physically cannot yield to them. I can’t think of a specific parallel in Jane’s story, except that it demonstrates a measure of self-awareness about his strengths and weaknesses – Jane is clever enough to recognise sirens for what they are, I guess.”

    This temptation bit is pretty spot on: indeed, the Land of Lotus Eaters might remind of his willingness to lose himself in his dream word caused by belladonna. And among the many seductresses Jane encountered, his affair with Lorelei probably represents the siren part. He wanted to get close to her (listening to her song), while trying to keep himself from yielding to her… Hence his argument with Lisbon who sensed his ambiguity towards the other woman. And there’s also the detail that, in addition to the link between RJ’s girl and sirens, Jane found out that Lennon tied his victims like Odysseus was tied to the ship: it’s probably a coincidence, but both times it was this tying thing that kept the men from falling into the sirens’ trap (Odysseus was kept secure while Jane had to make a choice when confronted with her).

    Again, those events happened before his time on the island/before Ulysses left Calypso, even thought they’re mentioned afterwards in the book. Thus, the parallel between the show and the book is respected: Jane was still engrossed in his revenge, like Odysseus was trapped in a marvellous world. Both came back to the human world when Odysseus met the Phaeacians (who welcome hosts as expected from humans, unlike others people he came across, hell bent on killing/eating strangers or turning them into pigs) and when Jane decided to live again (getting back to the US and letting go of his solitary and passive paradise). Both characters are getting anchored in reality again and Jane can get a new future at long last if he wants to.

    Last point, I really like how you compared the team to the crew surrounding Odysseus. Still, in both cases, the man has to end his travels alone both literally and metaphorically: Jane has to finally mourn his family and has to make decisions on his own. And yes, Lisbon has definitely some Athena vibes too! 😉

    (Sorry if this comment is a bit messy (and full of mistakes :P), I’m having a hard time concentrating right now… )

  • Rose

    Love it, Violet! 🙂

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