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…

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And a toast…

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And another kiss…

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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.

Another thing I love… The Mentalist!

Five years or so ago someone told me I should watch the tv crime show “The Mentalist”. So, I finally got around to watching the pilot and bam! I was hooked. I think I caught up on all episodes until the end of season two within a week and started following all new episodes religiously as they came out!

I fell in love with the character of ex-fake psychic Patrick Jane, his humour and zest for life but also his tragedy and deep grief over losing his wife and daughter to a serial killer and tirelessly seeking revenge and justice. His interaction as consultant with agent Teresa Lisbon who is the only one who can even penetrate a bit of his outer shell is beautiful. She gives him hell but she has heart and plays along with his methods even if they aren’t always kosher. Never a dull moment with Patrick Jane around and although they don’t always agree, they strive for the same thing: justice and they enjoy achieving it.

Halfway through last season (season 6) Patrick Jane finally was able to unmask the serial killer Red John who had killed his wife and daughter and was able to get his revenge… and the series changed. Normally finding your nemesis means the end of a series but The Mentalist creators thought differently. They explored a different angle: what happens after you accomplish your sole mission in life? Jane had to figure out what next… And it turns out that what is next is that he wants to be with Lisbon, that he needs to allow himself some happiness after 12 years of misery and that he is finally free to admit that his feelings for Lisbon have grown deeper than just friendship. At the end of season 6 it wasn’t known yet whether there would be a season 7 so the season ended with Jane and Lisbon finally admitting they loved each other and there was a very sweet romantic kiss.

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Now season 7 has started… it’s only half a season, really, and the final one. Jane and Lisbon have to try to figure out what next together… What we see now is their old friendship with that little bit extra: looks and touches and when they’re alone together trying to figure what they will do in a future together. They are still negotiating and taking baby steps in their relationship. No endless kissing scenes and hanky panky but many small looks and touches and I love how the relationship is slowly unfolding like that.

With each episode it feels like they let more of their cover slip (at work ‘no one knows’ they are a couple now). Last week’s epsiode showed us Jane and Lisbon lying next to each other on a bed (fully dressed) talking about the future. While sweet and intimate, I love even more what I saw today when I caught up with the latest episode (The Silver Briefcase, season 7, episode 5), where there were secret looks and there was handholding while still focusing on solving the Columbo-like murder. We know who did it, it just needs to be proved. I very much enjoyed the murder case but also all the ‘Jisbon’ moments. I think I loved three moments best:

Moment 1: When trying to reconstruct the murder in the victim’s house they work so well together and exchange these beautiful smiles and long glances… aww… Just a side note: Simon Baker as Patrick Jane has one of the most beautiful smiles I have ever seen.

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Moment 2: Jane and Lisbon meet up in a warehouse and for just a few seconds he takes her hand before letting go again and getting ready for business.

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Moment 3: At the end of the epsiode they bicker about their future and walk off into the night with Jane putting his arm around Lisbon’s shoulder. The whole thing, the bickering, the smiles, the ease between them… it all feels so very real.

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I think what I love about all this is that they both remain their old selves with differences of opinion and yet they are open to each other. Their friendship has been tested a lot over the years, they know each other well, and yet there is this new element of a relationship that needs to be negotiated. And they do that in a very Jane and Lisbon way – no sappiness but real feeling and let’s get down to business. And from the bickering at the end of this episode it looks like Jane is the more scared of the two!

I can’t wait to see what’s in store for these two… and only 8 more episodes to go until the series ends forever…. 😦 I will so miss The Mentalist.