My Reaction to ‘Forest Green’, The Mentalist Episode 6.18
‘Forest Green’ (6.18) is more on the fun side of The Mentalist but its ending will hit you slightly in the emotional gut. The case is interesting and provides a bit of that old mentalist magic audiences love. In addition and most importantly, the episode shows the Lisbon-Pike relationship from her point of view.
First is the case. A young woman, Madison Price, is found murdered in a national park several miles from a men’s only exclusive club. Although there are female staff members, only men are members and some of them are powerful people with connections. The case was interesting and provided a twist with another dead body. The sad part of it was learning that Madison was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when she happened upon the murderer setting up his video for a blackmail deal.
As for the rest of the team, all of them were great. I like seeing Fischer and Cho paired up on cases, and I am curious to see more of it. I miss seeing some screen time with Cho but I am continuing to enjoy his interactions with Wylie, who is becoming observant of Jane’s shady schemes and liking the challenge.
Another thing I loved was seeing the teamwork of Abbott, Jane, and Lisbon. It is nice to see once again Abbott’s tough layers begin pulled back bit by bit and the enjoyment he gets out of Jane’s schemes. One of my wish lists was to see Abbott and Jane work some cases together and I got them here along with the previous episode ‘Silver Wings of Time’ (6.17). I also enjoyed watching the interactions between Lisbon and Abbott. Each was brief but they work nicely together.
A plus has been seeing Jane and Lisbon back in form as partners when they take lead on the case. To see Lisbon taking charge once again is a nice thing. Her irritation and direct orders for cooperation, even threatening to get a subpoena was a much missed part of the recent episodes. It was cute to see them on the golf cart and I enjoyed their teamwork with Abbott as they all investigated the surrounds of the cabins and club.
As for Jane and Lisbon on a personal level, things are still a bit distant but this episode seems to be a stepping stone of putting them back together. They go on a case together and enjoy each other’s company. Jane does a magic act to entertain the visiting troops and set a trap to lure the killer out, but does a trick using Lisbon as his assistant introducing her as the Irreplaceable Special Agent Teresa Lisbon. The magic acts I feel bring back that old mentalist magic from the previous seasons and it is nice to see it here. In addition, it is enjoyable to watch Jane and Lisbon interact in a more fun and relaxed setting. Both are having fun in each other’s presence with Jane telling Lisbon to let her beauty show and she guided the blindfolded Jane to the chair on stage.
Before this there were two scenes that stood out between them regarding Pike and how Jane is pushing Lisbon towards him. One is where Jane convinces Fischer to get Lisbon and him access to helicopter so she can get back in time for her date with Pike. Jane is very calm and patient without any jokes or teasing, instead he replies things in a snarky manner “Just tell your Agent Pike he owes me a favor.” The second scene is at the club’s dining hall where Lisbon is happily texting Pike and Jane tells her to let Pike know he says hi. He tells her he seems like a good guy and that she deserves to be with a good man. Lisbon smiles a bit when Jane guesses she is texting Pike but it appears that she slightly frowns when Jane says she deserves to be with a good man and that Pike is a good one. It seemed as if Lisbon was expecting his usual teasing like before but his calm and mature approach is putting her off a bit. There were slight smiles between them when Lisbon was texting but now there is a sense of seriousness when Jane approves of Pike. It is hard to watch Jane push Lisbon towards Pike and not say how he feels but I admire him for trying to be mature about it, and not make attempts at causing problems with Pike. Jane clearly wants Lisbon to be happy and is honest when he says she deserves to be with a good man. I feel just by this statement that Jane feels he is not a good man worthy of someone like Lisbon so he decides to let the relationship run its course, even though it breaks his heart.
The relationship between Pike and Lisbon is shown in a fuller scale this time from Lisbon’s point of view. It was a relief to get a break from Jane’s sad couch scenes at the fact that Lisbon is slipping away from him with Pike. Here we get a glimpse at how Lisbon is with Pike. The two have been on dates and spent the evening together as shown in the opening scene. They talk on the phone and text each other with happy grins. She is excited to have the romance and it is hard for me to not be happy for her. Lisbon seems content, enjoying her romance with Pike as if in a honeymoon phase until the bucket of cold water is dumped on her head when Pike refuses to take a good job in DC for Lisbon but provides another option: Lisbon moving to DC with him. I feel in this moment reality hits Lisbon and her honeymoon phase is over. Now she has to confront the reality of her relationship with Pike. Pike seems like a good guy and he is very smitten with Lisbon, saying that he feels their relationship something real. Lisbon on the other hand seems to be taken aback by the whole thing. It surprised me when she told a lie in saying that she feels the same for Pike. She was not smiling or thrilled about it. You would think that you would be happy by this, but for Lisbon it is the opposite. She likes Pike and is honest with him about not wanting to see him leave Austin, but it is clear that her feelings for Pike are not romantic. It is made clearer when Pike asks her to move to DC with him that she is shocked and unsure about the whole thing. Pike is offering Lisbon the things she has come to want over the last few seasons: stability, love, someone to come home to. It is clear in this scene and the fact that she hesitates, that Pike is not what Lisbon wants or at least she thinks so at the moment. Her feelings for Jane are still there but her doubt about his feelings for her still linger.
I found it very crazy for Pike to ask Lisbon to move with him so soon after they started dating. I understand it was a big job opportunity and one he could not pass up, but to ask someone you are still getting to know to move with you to another city is a bit of a stretch. I can understand Lisbon’s lie in a way, she is caught in the moment and says a fib because what else can you do when someone pours their heart out that they feel you’re the real deal. Honesty may be what attracted Lisbon to Pike, but her feelings for Jane still linger because moving to DC means leaving everything including Jane behind.
I am curious to see what will happen with this new development. Having read the press releases, it seems that things are moving forward in what could be a series finale. Though I hope we will get a Season 7, I am looking forward to what looks like a very tense, suspenseful, and emotionally gut wrenching arc. A human smuggling ring, Lisbon still contemplating moving to DC, and the possibility of a grand jury deciding if Jane should be tried for murdering Red John despite him avoiding the charge earlier this season.
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