It was nice for a change to have some happiness in an episode, especially now that we’re closing in on Red John and everything is getting more thrilling. So episode three of THE MENTALIST’s season six promised some really happy moments – and most definitely fulfilled that promise.
Let’s start with the mythology part though. Back in Napa Valley, we meet McAllister, one of the seven (uh, six ^^) Red John suspects again. Last week we learned that Red John told Sophie he’s afraid of heights. And of course they had to make use of that right away – showing McA. having just that anxiety for the better part of the episode. Until he hadn’t, all of a sudden.
What I was wondering about that – did McA know? So far, Red John has always shown an uncanny knowledge of everything that’s going on, including things like knowing exactly which seven names are on Jane’s final list. He could very well have planted the information, played Sophie, to give Jane a wrong lead. I mean, why would McA (pretend to) be so hesitant to stand at the edge of a hill, or climb a ladder for a possible clue in their murder case? What if this was all played so Jane and Lisbon would believe he’s actually Red John?
If Red John is playing mind games, I wouldn’t be surprised at all. He knows he has the power to control Jane, in one way or another. Let’s face it, he already does – as long as Jane doesn’t give up his search, he will always be in charge, at least to some extent. So why not use means like this, like spreading false facts to put Jane off his trail?
It definitely was surprising when McA suddenly appeared on the rooftop, and I definitely understood Jane’s panic that surely didn’t only come from the fact that he had come this close to dying.
Much more important though is that McA seemed to be actually scared by the birds. What could be behind this fact? I don’t think it is coincidence that they show us McA panicking when birds fly around him, or that we hear him say that he hates them. It did irritate me though that Jane and Lisbon obviously didn’t even hear that. It was a convenient moment though – after all Jane had almost died.
Also, I still don’t believe that it is either of the seven suspects, so nothing we see of them might be important…
 
I just loved how Jane and Lisbon more and more become some sort of unity, especially when it comes to Red John. Lisbon is just as attentive and sensitive to details now, shares her thoughts and theories. Those two are like they are a bit in their own world, a world full of conspiracies, and they have to stick together and do their best to join their skills and forces to win in the end. There is so much trust, and it amazes me time and again, because it is also so beautiful; their relationship in general is.
Ultimately, they are like Scully and Mulder, or, as it was once pitched, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, a unity, even a symbiosis they share. This will get even more interesting when we are past Red John; this year seems to see the grade of their closeness grow exponentially, but it is mostly due to Red John, a mission that has now also become Lisbons, and once that is gone – what will happen? Because the closeness will still be there, I’m sure; they’ve developed feelings by now that won’t just vanish.
And then there is this other thing – Lisbon’s reaction to Rigsby’s proposal, and Jane’s reaction to the wedding ceremony.
With Lisbon, you see how happy she is for Rigsby/Van Pelt, but at the same time also how heartbroken. I think it becomes clear that she’s yearning for something like that as well, as it is easy to speculate that she’s thinking of one special person in that moment. In general, I assume Lisbon really just wants someone to love her, and someone to love back, and these thoughts will lead her eventually to Jane, especially after everything that has happened in the past years and, most of all, last season (finale). Added to that, I guess she is reaching a point in her life where she may just feel the need to settle down, have a husband, a family. But can she do that without Jane? At the moment I doubt it. Which brings her to a dead end, because she knows that as long as Red John is around, she can’t make a move (if she even would).
Jane, on his part, left me wondering where he was when he first married off the other couple, and then watched Rigsby and Van Pelt. Was he thinking of the past? Probably. But was he also thinking of a future in which he might find happiness like that again? Was he even thinking of Lisbon? I can see Lisbon inhabiting Jane’s thoughts a lot more now, even if she still has to share the place with Red John. But Jane is very aware of Lisbon, and of his feelings for her that are no secret (to the audience) anymore either. I think the more time passes, the greater his yearning for happiness gets. What I also see when he pulls back from the door through which he witnesses the wedding of R/V is a kind of resignation; he’s happy for them, but he also looks sad as if he thinks/knows he’ll never again have that.
 
The R/V plot we knew about before, thanks to spoilers. They were getting married, that much was clear. How it come to this, though, wasn’t all that clear, and I love how they took perfect care of continuity by clearing up that there are new policies, by addressing Grace’s earlier engagement again, and also why she is wearing the dress she had bought for her wedding with Craig. I knew there was some criticism about that, what with reusing a dress she’d bought for another wedding, but in the context of it being part of her dream rather than one specific relationship it does make sense, at least to me. Apart from that, wedding dresses are expensive, and I doubt she could just have bought another; not such a beautiful one, at least.
All in all the things was wonderfully done, how Grace first threw hints at Wayne and he didn’t get it, how we learned that he wasn’t sure, that he doesn’t actually wants to get married (because he’s not ready?), how Grace told the woman from the case and Rigsby listened in, finally making a decision, and then of course the proposal. That really was romantic, mostly because of the speech Rigsby gave, but my favorite part was “Well, say something, this is real.” There was so much honesty behind it, and so less acting. I think Owain and Amanda really loved playing it, because that was one hell of a performance.
The most touching moment (one of the most touching of the whole show, actually): Rigsby and Van Pelt coming out of the building, and there are the reenactment guys waiting with the gun salutes, and the carriage Cho has organized. And yes, I cried. I didn’t during the ceremony, even though Amanda Righetti’s performance was absolutely stunning and the best I’ve ever seen in a wedding scene – it was mostly her voice, this almost-whisper, slightly broken by tears of happiness and the realization that her fairytale finally does come true, that did it to me – but when they came out, I couldn’t help myself. The gesture of organizing this, this little fairytale-like part of their wedding, was amazing and still by no means overdone, as it could have turned out to be.
I am not the biggest R/V shipper (I don’t ship them at all, to be honest, even though I don’t mind them as couple on the show because they are cute), but this was a truly great conclusion to their story, and I hope and trust Bruno to leave them their happiness now; that, when they leave the show, it will be for personal reasons, like new job/settling down/having a family.
 
Fun moments:
The car conversation between Risgby and Cho of course. “You knock her up, too?” – that was priceless.
And then Jane’s “I could marry you off in a minute… *Ron walks by* Don’t tempt me.” made even funnier by the fact that Twitter immediately jumped at it and made the RonBon ship. I think and hope they’re not serious, but it was so ridiculously funny. 😀 Also was that the moment I complained that Jane had to say “off”… really, he could just have left the word out… 😉

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