To track down a gang of expensive car thieves, FBI Agent Teresa Lisbon goes undercover to the jail where Marie Flanigan (Brit Morgan) the girlfriend of the leader Cole Foster (Val Lauren) is being held.
Both writers and actors continue to be very careful where Lisbon and Jane’s relationship is concerned. While the care is appreciated it’s nice to see a bit more flirting and teasing going on in The Greybar Motel (love the title) than in the season’s premiere. What would the show be without it? Baker and Tunney light up the screen and the cuteness radar was off the charts. Also, generous writing gives newbie Agent Michelle Vega more interest: 8.5/10.
Jane and Lisbon: a Couple
More hints are given to support our favorite Agent and Consultant’s new relationship status. In the car (a recurrent setting for many intimate conversations between these two) Jane tells Lisbon to wear flip-flops in the shower to make her look “less attractive”.
-It’s a subtle allusion to the added physical aspect of their bond; he’s seen her in flip flops. The statement has an added bonus of showing Jane being fearful of any unwanted attention her beauty might get her in prison.
Lisbon tells Jane “Hush!” after he grabs her hands telling her he’d wait for her, after he hand cuffs her.
– So damn cute. Seriously, these two are going to kill me. But more than that the fact that Jane is the one cuffing Lisbon screams all sorts of things regarding the level of trust they have reached. The teasing also recalls all the times Jane went to jail in much less cheerful moments. It underlines their history and reminds viewers of all that they went through to come this far.
Both Lisbon and Lisbon have a hard time sleeping. Lisbon is wide awake in the lower bunk in prison while, Jane is in his couch at the FBI.
– And Lisbon, well her lack of sleep could be that she’s uncomfortable in the lower bunk. Earlier, she had asked Marie if she could have the top bunk as she get’s claustrophobic. But that request might have just been her following Jane’s advice, to ask Marie for something to earn her trust. Most likely, Lisbon seems to miss Jane, and vice versa. The scene switches between the two and you get the feeling Jane has gotten used to sleeping with Lisbon by his side, hence vetoing a bed for the sake of his couch. His drawn expression also shows he’s worried about Lisbon despite telling Abbott that of course they’ll get her back.
The case itself was quite straightforward but served to put Lisbon in danger. After she breaks out with Marie, they meet up with her boyfriend. But before the FBI is able to arrest him, he changes the car losing them and leaving Lisbon in the hands of someone who would kill for no reason without back up. Baker acting is beautifully understated; he plays Jane’s demeanor as super calm demeanor and controlled even as he takes charge leading the search for Lisbon.
But you see the façade slowly breaking after the perp kills an innocent man. Reading the clues that Lisbon left him at the crime scene, Jane takes off after her leaving behind him Agent Vega and a trail of water bottles.
-Jane’s reading of the crime scene and innate understanding of Lisbon’s action is another testament of their history and how well they know each other. It also pulls at the heartstrings because viewers can imagine how it feels for Jane to imagine himself without her now.
He finds her and when Lisbon’s cover is blown Jane reveals himself to the perps, throwing himself at the them unarmed and without backup. The rash act belies how panicked he truly is. And Lisbon’s sweet “It’s okay” after he apologizes to her shows how much she appreciated his efforts.
-She’s no longer berating him for watching out for her, rather is touched by his protectiveness and accepting of it.
The cavalry arrives and Jane’s terse acknowledgment of Abbott is another revelation to just how close their call was; how worried he was. But he downplays his relief and gives Lisbon a bottle of water which she drinks.
-Under the circumstances it was very impressive that Jane was able to continue acting like he and Lisbon are simply close co-workers; a real testament to how seriously he is taking their new relationship and his promise to Lisbon to keep it on the down low for now. It’s admirable but to be completely honest a bit frustrating 😄
Agent Michelle Vega
Despite her making the mistake that Lisbon would carelessly step in and smear blood for no reason (tsk, tsk, Miss Vega) I’m starting to like her. I like how confused, then flustered she got when urged to having to wash out Jane’s cup and saucer, before finishing her coffee, for no reason other than it being Jane’s cup and saucer. I like how seemingly annoyed she got when Jane ditched her to take off after Lisbon, without being annoying herself. And I like how up front she is about the special treatment Jane is getting and that the way things work at the FBI is different than she expected. But most of all I like that it’s becoming clear why she was brought on the show to replace Kim Fischer: to make Lisbon the current senior female agent on the show. Had Kim been around, then logically the undercover assignment would have probably gone to her rather than Lisbon. Bringing on Josie Loren maintains the gender balance on the show while retaining Lisbon’s position as the main female character (not that that would ever change) by giving her the more difficult assignments. Another possible reason for the change is to have her character serve as a possible love interest for Cho.
Vega approaches Cho for help because he “makes sense” to her.
-Her straightforwardness is another thing in her favor. And her move makes sense to us viewers because she was going to join the army. And Cho was in the army. Even if she didn’t know that it is nice that she recognizes that they might operate on the same wave length.
And her awkwardness when Cho tells her he’ll think about it was charming. I can see them together even if it would seem a bit too convenient for all the original regulars on the show to find love in the workplace. Still, I wouldn’t begrudge Cho’s character the possibility of the same bliss Grace and Wayne, and now Jane and Lisbon enjoy. I’d analyze Kimball’s terse reply except that’s how he always is XD. I suspect he might be worried Vega will develop feelings for him (or the opposite) but we have to wait for more evidence newer episodes might bring before we can be sure. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised given his history of getting close to people he works with no matter how inappropriate (i.e. Summer)
Icings on the Cake
-Lisbon enters her cell to watch the Marie writing a letter- A nice homage to all the letters that Jane wrote Lisbon in his paradise prison.
-Lisbon, without makeup, looks ten years younger. She also manages to look great in orange. And to excude a total badass aura with minimal effort.
-Lisbon breaks up a fight with another inmate, telling Marie that she raised three brothers and is used to handling aggression. It was a nice hint on why Lisbon was able to handle Jane so well all these years. Raising boys when she was so young probably gave her infinite amounts of patience which seems to be exactly what Jane needed.
-Jane gives Lisbon advice and simultaneously teases her when he advices her on how to get close to Marie: he tells Lisbon he got her to lower her guard by lowering his first. The ultimate sign of this would be him laying his emotions at her feet when he declared his love for her. After all their passive aggressive power plays and Lisbon refusing every bait Jane sent her way, that was what finally got her attention; his pure honesty. It was the only gamble he was afraid of making but it paid out when he finally did it.
-Abbot really getting into his role screaming at Marie. Damn. Rockman Dunbar can be scary.
“Well I can’t do everything.” – Jane, to the team.
“It felt so good not to live a lie anymore.” –Lisbon, to Marie on her relationship with Jane. An insightful line that explains Lisbon’s previous relationship with both Jane and Pike. Jane’s inaction and pretending to be just friends with her was a lie, which might explain why Lisbon accepted Pike’s advances. She was tired of her and Jane’s limbo status. But at the same time, her and Pike’s relationship was a lie too. She didn’t love him. Hence, her heartfelt statement; she’s finally where she should be. In a serious adult relationship with Jane.
“Abbott, what is going on?” –Jane, when the car Lisbon is in goes missing. Love Jane’s tone here. I don’t know if it’s just me but Baker’s slightly demanding tone seemed like he was saying he’d hold Abbott responsible if anything goes wrong. Especially since his boss assured him earlier that they’d get her back safely.
-The episode has some nice revelations, including Lisbon telling Marie that she and “Patrick” knew each other for a long time but “I couldn’t admit that my feelings have changed for him. Not even to myself.” But it still felt like an opportunity was missed to reveal more. Yes, I was ecstatic that my take on them was on the nose, but I would have appreciated a deeper conversation between Lisbon and Marie regarding what motivates them to be so loyal to a man society deems a criminal. I mean, love is the obvious reason but I just wanted a bit more than what we already know.
-Are prison’s really that easy to break out of?
The CIA had asked for the FBI’s cooperation to get Cole because the car’s he steals are sold oversees. They are worried that terrorists are using him to smuggle other things like bombs and drugs. Once they get Cole, he reveals that the smuggler he works for has a girlfriend: Erica Flynn (Morena Baccarin) whom we last saw when she gave Jane the slip in War of the Roses. Next episode should be interesting to say the least 🙂 Check out that controversial episode’s review (co-written by my dear talented friend Windsparrow) to refresh your memory.
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