Even if they had escaped Abbott, the Vietnamese would have killed the drug dealer -- so Jane would have eliminated him (maybe like he set up that one serial killer to be killed by Red John seasons ago).
Or what if the fire was an attempt on Red's life & Liz, the child of a relation, was injured ... and Red was told to stay away by his own family (or chose to stay away to protect them)?
It's also possible, since many who don't have their own children are especially devoted to their siblings' children, that he could be an uncle and possibly the woman's picture he took was a sister he was once close to??
One thing that seemed important is that Jane was using his own name. He wasn't on the run, he was "retired," and just keeping track of if anyone looked for him (and then went and visited Abbott). I get that he wasn't advertizing his location (like sending letters through his friends), but I think that was him just not rubbing the FBI's nose in where he was so he wouldn't have to deal with any efforts to extradite him.
As one of those who recorded all the Red John episodes, but never even bothered to watch them, waiting for RJ to finally die, I was very happy with this episode and the direction. I think Jane was, and realized he was, becoming like that guy at the bar in a lethargic daze. I think he was off his game and was fooled by the bookreading FBI agent, but he enjoyed getting the drug dealer with very little effort and at the end, sitting there with his hands behind his head, he was then, right there, back -- and the FBI is about to find out!
Maybe the actor & actress don't want to kiss each other so much & Marlowe fixed that by making a little running joke of it. I've never seen anything anywhere to support that, but they wouldn't advertize it, would they. I mean, sometimes you read or see an interview later that says a show's stars weren't friends (Brosnan wanted out of his Remington Steele contract to play James Bond & they wouldn't let him out, so he supposedly made them all pay every workday).
typo corrected, since that part of commenting isn't working:
I like Leonard and Penny together -- and I think their argument was completely reasonable and likely. Penny loves Leonard because in part (or broad terms) because he appreciates what she has to offer and even listens to what she has to say, meaning she can trust him and rely on him ... so when he jumps all over her for something she did, that even she knows is dumb, it would hurt her, make her doubt her trust in him, maybe scare her, and surely make her mad (and finding out the girl you love is married and doesn't even know it would surely drive Leonard out of his mind for a little while, so he would act like he did).
I like Leonard and Penny together -- and I think their argument was completely reasonable and likely. Penny loves Leonard because in part (or broad terms) because he appreciates what she has to offer and even listens to what she has to say, meaning she can trust him and rely on him ... so when he jumps all over her for something she did it would hurt her, make her doubt herself, maybe scare her, and surely make her mad (and finding out the girl you love is married and doesn't even know it would surely drive Leonard out of his mind for a little while, so he would act like her did).
It's not letting me reply or edit my comment at the moment. Just wanted to make sure my comment said that the Claire as Jay's business heir was "newer," meaning this season -- so someone didn't wonder if I didn't know.
Great episode -- and second one where the Dunphy kids had stories and not just one-liners. Also, Gloria is mostly funny by being over-the-top (or being a caricature - not sure how to say it as it's not a criticism) - but sometimes she is allowed to be mature, maternal, and wise in a way in line with her background and experience. This was one such episode. I also like the newer plot of Claire being her father's business heir, because she would be. I did like the farm in this episode too!
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