Jane’s Letter to Lisbon [transcription attempt 283482349]
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((aka that one chick who has too much time on her hands))
Aight folks, so LET’S DISCUSS THAT LETTER. I think we can all agree that A) Simon has indiscernible handwriting. B) It’s nearly impossible to make out that first paragraph before he talks about the tailor because the camera angle cuts half that shit out. C) JANE SHOULD HAVE USED A SHARPIE. D) CBS needs to release that letter asap before we all spontaneously combust.
So basically I attempted to read the letter frame by frame on the iTunes HD version of the episode, which is HUGE and god it’s so beautiful you can see everyone’s skin pores but anyways —
Yes, Jane went tanning on Photoshop. A bit too much.
I’m not sure that Tumblr will actually show that image in its entirety (1920x1720pixels in size), but as you can see, there are roughly 7 lines of text.
I’m italicising a literal transcript of what I can read after zooming in and destroying my eyeballs. Everything else is my guess based on context clues.
1. (You can’t see it in this particular frame, but like I said I have way too many frames of this letter to be considered socially acceptable so) in a slightly zoomed out frame, you can see it says: “Are you enjoying…..”
2. “I’m sure you’ll lan…" I’m sure you’ll land a job??
3. “…and the rest know…”
4. [this line is a continuation of the sentence above] “…is your fault. And hopefully…”
5. [another continuation] “……. enough to publicize what you…..”
6. [yet another continuation] “…..down the society. Whoever you wa[nt to wor]k for would be foolish not to take you.”
So here’s what I’m gonna assume: Jane asks her if she’s enjoying Washington, or freedom, or being jobless (it doesn’t appear that he’s aware she has a job in this letter from the lines below). He assures her she’ll get a job, and that “the rest” whoever those oh-so-mysterious people are, know that whatever happened with RJ, what with Jane killing him and then Jane running off, is not her fault. “None of what happened is your fault” is my guess. And then he goes on to say that hopefully, because she’s Lisbon, she won’t let her modesty or whatever prevent her from publicising what she helped bring down for society. Idk. It says “down the society” but idk, something like that, you get the gist.
The last line is very clear: Whoever you want to work for would be foolish not to take you.
Now maybe CBS can upload that damn letter so I can see if I should go to the FBEYE’s info session next time they come to uni to recruit.
My thoughts about Jane’s potential dates and love interests
Geez! I’m gone for one measly day and the next Jisbon crisis happens….
I know, most of this has probably already been said by someone, but I’ll give my two cents’ worth about that Crystal woman anyway:
1. We don’t know what the strange comment about Fischer and Lisbon being surprised/shocked by Jane going out with a woman (of interest in a case???!!!) really means. We automatically jump to the conclusion that they’re shocked like in a personal way. But it could very well be professional indignation.
I suggest the following scenario: according to the promo for 6.10 there’s a moment when Fischer and Lisbon commiserate with each other about Jane’s shenanigans on the case. Fischer seems pretty surprised by his conduct and Lisbon more or less tells her that this has been her reality for years.
2. I don’t believe that Fischer and/or Jane entertain any romantic feelings for each other. I just don’t see it. It doesn’t suit with what I’ve seen in 6.09. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. Period.
3. If we take Fischer’s and Lisbon’s little heart to heart in 6.10 as a sign that these two women are not actually rivals for Jane’s love but are in fact on the verge of a tentative girly friendship, both being surprised/shocked and bitching together about Jane asking out a woman on a date just to solve a case in 6.11 would pretty much fit in with the damn spoilers and explain things well enough.
4. If we accept such a scenario, we can also look at other information in a different way: I don’t think, Jane’s the type of man who toys with several women at the same time just to be the macho who gets to make his pick in the end after the women have fought over him or something like that.
It’s preposterous to picture him like that and I can honestly say, he’d lose a lot of my respect. And I’d deem that bad writing, because it’s not consistent with the background, we’ve gotten about him so far. For all we know, he married at a relatively young age, more or less the first woman he had a serious relationship with, both carnies and leaving the circuit together. He became a husband and father and kept it in his pants for almost a decade after his wife died.
I can’t see him as a real womanizer. He has been acting downright sheepish around potential love interests so far. The only times he showed a little less awkwardness was in his fugue state when he wasn’t himself at all, and with Lorelei while he was on a mission, in the middle of a con that gave him the necessary confidence. Thus I conclude that him asking out that Crystal woman is part of a plan to solve a case, not remotely a love interest! He probably wouldn’t even get up the nerve otherwise. Even Fischer had to ask HIM out for dinner! (and Lisbon and Fischer are just rolling their eyes and shaking their heads together at his utter audacity….)
5. In conclusion: I don’t see Fischer as a love interest. Jane has set his eyes firmly on Lisbon and both he and she are just too damn insecure and scared to sit down and express their mutual feelings and declare their love for each other once and for all. The only time we’ve seen Lisbon comfortable around a man was with Mashburn and my guess is that it was for a similar reason to what we’ve seen with Jane and women: She knew exactly that this was just some meaningless fun and she didn’t invest any real feelings. Thus she didn’t risk her heart in the process and could act unabashed as a consequence. That’s the difference when it comes to Jisbon: theirs could only ever be a really serious relationship and both are afraid because of their pasts.
So hearing that they’ll actually have a real talk about their future as the other spoilers about 6.11 say, is a good sign. Maybe something will force their hand? Maybe the initial reason for their talk is the professional situation (we don’t know anything about Jane’s and Lisbon’s circumstances with the FBI at that future point in time) which needs some consideration and their personal relationship becomes a necessary subject of discussion in that conversation? Would be plausible, considering that Lisbon did have a job and home in Washington D. C. when Jane came back. She has to make some decisions and so has he, I’d assume. And they’ll finally be forced to admit that their professional and personal lives are very much intertwined. So it could very well be the beginning of something wonderful.
I don’t know where I take my eternal optimism from, but I will try to survive the Christmas hiatus with that scenario in mind. It makes just as much sense as the others (if not more) and is a lot less painful…
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Please, let’s not villainize Jane as “player” or something like this yet…
… we haven’t seen much of this new world.
Fisher and Jane didn’t even kiss, and I’m sure that Jane has not been “planning” to have sex with her after their first date. It’s just not his style, and with Lorelei, the circumstances were VERY different.
I often ranted about Heller because I hated what I had read in the spoilers, and in the end, he never really betrayed Jane’s character. Sure, sometimes I beg to differ, but in the end, everything makes some kind of sense.
Patrick Jane is a man who lost his wife twelve years ago and still wears his wedding band. Who in all these years had one kiss with a woman he knew he’d never want a relationship with, and sex with another one only to get closer to his nemesis. It’s safe to assume that he has been faithful during his marriage, and he had married very young, so he most likely wasn’t an evil womanizer before that, either. The Jane we met in “Fugue in Red” did in fact never exist, because he was a man without Angela in his life, who obviously had changed him profoundly. Jane’s loyalty is at the core of his personality, or he wouldn’t have risked EVERYTHING to avenge his family. That’s not a man who suddenly starts compulsively dating every woman who crosses his road.
So please: don’t hate on him yet. Have trust in Heller. Trust him that he won’t impair his own character like this.
And: even if Jane has a stray date to test if he’s ready (what I won’t believe until I see it), it doesn’t have to mean he’s a heartless womanizer who’s just chasing tail.
Please… let’s watch the episode before we judge him.
If he actually starts fooling around just for the fun of it, I’ll join in the ranting!