Jane is back on the books as a consultant, but the whole team is still on suspension, so he’s been given to the new team that’s taking up their desks in the bullpen. Jane doesn’t like this at all, so he gets everyone in on a scheme to solve the case without the new team to prove that they work better than anyone else, and then to leverage that to get Lisbon her job back.
The guy in charge thinks he knows Jane, so he brings in Cho and gets him to act as an informant on what Jane’s doing–except that that’s part of the con, and Cho only feeds him the info Jane wants him to know. And it works. Jane manages to get Van Pelt back on the team, then solves the case and basically threatens Bertram to get him to give Lisbon her job back.
Meanwhile, Van Pelt is unhappy in therapy and isn’t dealing with what happened last season all that well.
Lisbon says she’s fine with how it turned out, and since they got Red John, it’s okay. Jane still doesn’t believe it, so she goes to talk to Mrs Carter to get her to convince Jane, and they find that she’s killed herself. Lisbon thinks that proves it. Jane thinks that just means someone is cleaning up loose ends, and gets ahold of the blind girl who lived with Red JOhn for a while a year or two ago to identify the body. She says it’s not the man she knew.
This show as never really about the cases unless they connect directly to one of the main characters. The best ones are where the case is the B Plot, not the A Plot, and where Jane is able to do what Jane does best–like in this ep. When the whole team pulls together, those are also good episodes, and that’s here too. The fact that Jane’s first question upon being reinstated is “What about Lisbon” and that that echoes her first question after getting fixed up in the hospital last episode goes miles for telling us how close they’ve come, even if neither will admit it. It’s a pretty tight episode, and it has a lot of emphasis on how the characters work together, and that’s all that a fan could ask for, really.
– The scene where Jane goes to check on Lisbon. He’s so diffident about it, but he’s also sort of brittle and skittish. She’s her usual self, but she also looks really pleased that he came and a little nervous to have him around. It’s very sweet.
– Cho gets to do something! And it’s cool! It’s great when his totally deadpan nature is used to advantage.
– Laroche actually likes Lisbon! It was a touching scene, when he hugged her–which seems to be how people thank her more and more as the seasons progress, despite the fact that she’s not much of a hugger.
– Angry Van Pelt doesn’t quite seem right. She’s too nice to be so bitter.
– Jane is hiding things from Lisbon again, even after all they’ve been through. This is never good.
– Laroche is leaving! He turned out to be pretty cool.
How did you like this week’s episode?
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