Fictional crush challenge – day 10

10 days, 10 fictional crushes
Post an image of a fictional character who has been or still is your crush. No names or explanations needed. TV, movie, book, comic, cartoon characters are valid.

And so we come to the final listing in this fictional crush challenge. I’ve been listing my biggest crushes chronologically and this is the last one I’ve crushed quite heavily on…

Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) from The Mentalist. I started watching this show because a colleague at the time (in 2011) recommended it. From the first episode that I saw, I was hooked. I caught up to season 3, which was then airing, and from then on faithfully, feverishly awaited each new season and episode. There were to be 7 seasons in total, ending in 2015.

I got hooked on the charm, smarts and devious mind of Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) who helped detective Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) solve murders in California. The former fake psychic turned police consultant used unusual, often amusing, methods (to the exasperation of Lisbon) but was also hell bent on taking revenge on serial killer Red John who had killed his wife and daughter. This juxtaposition of glee and tragedy is what makes Jane such a fascinating character, a man with flaws and all but still lovable. Of course, there’s also the vest (gosh, he looked sexy in his vest!) and the hair and that smile. When Simon Baker flashed that wide Patrick Jane grin I often found myself grinning back at the screen. I swear that smile is the most infectious smile I know.

I made several fan videos about Jane and Lisbon (in those days I used “Hannah” as a pseudonym), they have their own page here on my blog. Looking back at them, there are some I would do differently now but I do have two favourites of the ones I’ve made. The first one, with only season 3 clips, from when I first started watching the show…

… and one video I made at the end of season 6.

At 7 seasons (the last season was half a season, really), the show had run its course, the finale gave Patrick a happy ending (I could also easily have seen it go another way with this character, glad that didn’t happen) and it was a good time to end. Yet somewhere deep down I still miss the show, and Patrick Jane, and his vests, and his grin…

So, there you have it, the end of the 10 days, 10 fictional crushes challenge. There’s a bonus fictional crushes post waiting to be published tomorrow and then it’s on to other things. This was fun.

Happily ever after for Patrick and Teresa!

I am so very pleased with how The Mentalist ended! I’m still on a high, days later, thinking about it! I’m walking on sunshine, just as they must be (even though they are fictional characters…)

So sad the show has ended but it’s always best to end on a high, I guess. Still, makes me wonder how their lives will take form from now. So, I guess I’m off to read fanfiction now. 😉

The Mentalist going out with a (romantic) bang!

(Beware of spoilers)    On The Mentalist, the Patrick Jane – Teresa Lisbon relationship has been a little angsty of late…

Jane is so afraid of losing Lisbon to the dangers of her job as an FBI law officer that he had to take leave of her for a little bit and figure out how to deal with that.

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On last night’s episode after some time to figure things out he came to Lisbon on a case and said, “I’m back…”

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So, he’s back, but how he plans to make it work, we don’t yet… it was straight back to work to try and catch a serial killer…

Next week the show’s finale will be aired in a double-episode. Last ever The Mentalist episodes… 😦 But these spoiler pictures turned up today and it looks like The Mentalist is going out with a (romantic) bang… a wedding!!

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And Teresa Lisbon gets to be in a Patrick Jane – Kimball Cho sandwich! Lucky woman!

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I know not everyone is pro-Jisbon, but I for one am very pleased they will get their happy ending. They soooo deserve it after all they’ve been through… These pictures exude joyous love and I adore them!

I may have to take the first two hours off work next week Thursday morning in order to watch these episodes as quickly as I possibly can…

Lisbon says “I love you”… awww….

I loved this little scene between Teresa Lisbon and Patrick Jane at the end of last week’s The Mentalist episode “Little Yellow House”. I just adore how delicately this whole love story is treated. No over the top rushing into it passion, just a slow buring fire and such true feeling!! With all their history together, this is just the sweetest culmination so far… In this episode he is there for her, never judging, just observing, listening, helping her and her brothers, reassuring her in his Airstream that her brothers really do love her and he gives her space. And then at the end she so beautifully opens up to him and finally tells him she loves him… oh, the beauty of it all!

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True love’s gift

Patrick Jane and Teresa Lisbon on The Mentalist are so adorable. Professional when working a case and then after work they have a relationship to build. Last week’s episode (“Green Light”, episode 6 of final season 7) was about celebrating Jane’s birthday, the first one as a couple, and Lisbon got him the most wonderful, symbolic and perfect gift!

A very low key celebration outside Jane’s Airstream camper with party lights and a single cupcake as a birthday cake. So sweet:

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Then we see his touched reaction to what he finds in the little gift box as Lisbon looks on in anticipation…

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It is his teacup from where they formerly worked (at the CBI), the cup that was his favorite and mattered so much to him!

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Back then Jane was shattered as it looked like he would never catch his nemesis Red John. Serial killer Red John remained elusive, only just out of reach, and it looked like he never would be caught. The shattering of the cup at that point was the last straw, symbolic of everything else that was going wrong. Patrick Jane’s favorite cup broke and he hit rock bottom.

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Now, more than 2 years later, Lisbon has put the cup back together again. It’s a metaphor, really, of how Patrick Jane is back in one piece again as well and he knows it. And it happened with the help of the woman he has finally admitted to loving. He is whole again and their relationsip is whole, they have overcome bad times, only she knows the depths of how bad, and they have come back out the other end…. Patrick Jane so touched and speechless is such a beautiful sight to see.

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That deserves a kiss…


And a toast…

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And another kiss…


105469_D00536b_726These two know each other so well and therefore know how to give each other something with real meaning. Their love is rooted in a deep friendship and that is the best basis for being partners for life. I am loving this relationship – a true meeting of hearts and minds, so gently portrayed.