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The Mentalist - Episode 6.13 - Black Helicoperts - Review

NOTE: Please be advised that English is not my first language.

The Mentalist is back after two months of hiatus, and episode 6.13 brought us a new interesting case, fun, thrilling and more background stories. I knew from the start, Jane would have bring Fischer in the airstream with him. She needs more time to get to know Jane and how to control him - take it easy, Kim, Lisbon have had 10 years to understand him!
The case involves a young US attorney found dead in Mexico. The investigation brings Jane, Fischer and Cho into a separatist community, which has something to hide.

In a typical Jane's way, he manages to befriend with the local people and fit with them. I enjoyed his partnership with Fischer. She's always the agent who wants to control the situation, but Fischer doesn't understand she has to let Jane do it his way. On the other hand, Jane was enjoyable as always. He solved the case, mixed with the community and unmasked the killer.
Jane wants Lisbon to join him in Mexico, but instead she prefers staying in front of her computer to solve the case. Jane says eyerolling "Fischer is it, then", which made me laugh. Remember when in episode 6.09 Jane wrote letters to Lisbon telling her how much he wanted her to see his 'blue heaven'? Well, Jane tried again in this episode. All he wanted was a little love-roadtrip with her, but instead he's with Fischer. I feel like the special agent isn't fitting in her shoes: Fischer doesn't know how to deal with people and you can see in her embarassment of extorting information to the man at the stand.

Some cute moments were Jane bringing gifts from Mexico to everyone in the FBI. He looked like a modern Santa Claus: he made Cho smile when he gave him a bunch of jumping beans; he gave Abbott a robot (how cute was to see the always-iron-agent-Abbott smiling and acting like a baby for that robot? Ops, I mean Voltra), Wiley a Tamagotchi he used to play when he was a kid, and surprise, at the end of the episode Fischer received a wand! Lisbon didn't receive anything. Jane didn't bring any gift for Lisbon because he knows what she secretly wants: and it's him, but he's not read to be wrapped up yet. In the past, Jane gave Lisbon many gifts: the pony, the diamond necklage, flowers, he gave her the prom dance she never had... now time to give presents it's over. They're looking at each other in an adult way, and in that case, he wants to give her something more important: himself.

I heard a lot of complains about the lack of the cute agent Teresa Lisbon in the episode, but if you listen and look carefully during the 42 minutes, you will get some subtext. Lately The Mentalist has given us interesting particular stuffs - remember the pigeons during the Red John saga? - and clues to help us understand the show. Lisbon doesn't appear much in the episode, but she's still a presence. When Jane sees Fischer and Cho the first thing he asks for is Lisbon. Again, at the FBI building, he looks for her. Not to mention, in the airstream when he's having a little chat with Lisbon, he's wearing the socks she gave to him. Meanwhile, Lisbon is worried about him leaving her again in Mexico. She asks if he's even coming back. I think this is her greatest fear. That was an important part: Jane leaves Fischer and drives away with the airstream; then he calls Lisbon for help. Of course, Fischer feels ditched, and eventually Jane apologizes to her because he knows the true Kim Fischer: she's the one he first met in the island, a lonely woman trying to fit in the world. That explains his gift for her: a wand. I smiled because Jane looks like a father who just gave his daughter the present she's always wanted. Then Lisbon appears as a caring mother trying to figure it why her daughter wanted that gift.

Last, but not least, Rigsby and Van Pelt ask JJ LaRoche for help on investigating who wants to kill every former CBI agents. Jane suggested his help to Lisbon, since LaRoche owed one favour to the mentalist. When LaRoche and Rigsby are talking on the phone in their cars, I knew something bad was going to happen. LaRoche goes in the same building where Ardiles was found dead in the previous episode, then Rigsby approaches; he couldn't let him in alone. Then that trip wire hit LaRoche and he falls on the ground. Rigsby comes to rescue, but I have a bad feeling it may be too late for him. Too soon to tell RIP LaRoche?

Who do you think is threatening former CBI agents? Do you like Jane's airstream debut? Share your thought below.
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