I've liked how they've done this before -- Jane and Lisbon as cop-partners. In some ways it is like Lisbon can accept being a sidekick on the team, but she's covered up wrong-doing both for Jane and her previous partner (Bosco) -- and that entitles her to a little more consideration than either of her partners have sometimes remembered to show her. Didn't she also have a sexual relationship with Bosco when they were partners?
Sure agree on the long arcs that ruin multi-episodes of so many shows anymore!!
I've noticed that the children are getting more plotlines. not just passing one-liners. I like that!
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).
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