This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Mentalist, including last night’s Season 6 finale, 6x22, “Blue Bird.” Enjoy!
Despite all signs, the brilliant Patrick Jane doesn’t believe Agent Lisbon will actually transfer to the DC office. Cho has bad news for Jane; Lisbon has already put in her paperwork, and will be leaving in ten days. Even though Cho breaks this news at a crime scene, Jane’s questions are all about Lisbon, and he insists it’s not a done deal.
Two days before Lisbon’s departure, she confronts Jane about his distant behavior. Is he angry at her? Jane responds that he feels slighted because he was the last to know Lisbon is leaving. Lisbon asserts he knows why she couldn't tell him. It's hard. They've worked together a long time. Jane asks her to stay, and not break up the team, but before she can respond, adds that he's kidding. She deserves this. She deserves Pike, who is a good man.
Before they can get any further, it's time to go to work, as a notorious killer has announced his intent to start killing again. All leaves and transfers are cancelled, including Lisbon's. Lisbon is not happy. Jane assures Lisbon they'll get this solved quickly. This will be their last case together, so they should make it a happy one. The fact that this is a murder investigation doesn't matter; they're going to Miami, and they've have fun before, haven't they?
Jane and Lisbon repair to the romantic island village hotel where the killer will appear, and take adjoining waterside suites. As soon as Lisbon enters her suite, she spies a selection of gorgeous evening attire laid out on her bed. She phones Jane to protest. This is too much, too nice. Jane, who had been waiting for her call, counters that nothing is too nice for their last case.
During a meeting with Cho and Abbot, Jane spies Lisbon descending the stairs to the dining room, garbed in one of the gowns he'd provided, and joy shines from every inch of his face. The moment isn't going to last, as Lisbon is peeved—how could Jane have booked their rooms two days before the killer contacted the FBI? Jane confesses he wrote the letter, but he's confident it will smoke out the killer. Lisbon throws a drink in his face and storms out. Maybe he should go talk to her.
She doesn't want to see him. Jane is sorry that he tricked her. He didn't want her to leave. Livid, Lisbon accuses Jane of using her as a convenience. Their relationship is all about him. He basically dug up a murdered woman's corpse for this crap. He's so caught up in his own dishonesty, he has no idea how to act like a decent human being. If he's really sorry, he should leave her alone, starting now. Jane merely stands there, silent and heartbroken, but Lisbon knows he's still there.
Later, climbing into her cab, Lisbon phones Pike. If his proposal still stands, her answer is yes. Pike enthuses about their future, but Lisbon doesn't hear a thing, as she's already lowered her phone. Forty five minutes before Lisbon's flight leaves for DC, she's in the airport and Jane is in his suite, watching TV in the dark and drinking from the mini bar. Potential suspects converge on Jane's room, their tales of tragic love affairs spurring Jane to action—he has to get to the airport. He’s stopped by the real killers, but stealthily summons backup. As soon as Abbot and Cho arrive, Jane begs Abbot for keys to a car with a siren. Abbot hands them over without question.
At the very moment Lisbon boards the plane, Jane's car screeches to a stop outside the terminal. He dashes in, playing the FBI card to bypass security, but can't find his ID. No matter, though, as he sprints outside and scales a chain link fence. Even a bad landing on one ankle doesn't stop him. Once inside the plane, he makes a beeline for Lisbon, who still doesn't want to see him.
Jane admits that Lisbon is right. He has forgotten how to act like a normal human being. He plays games and he lies and he tricks people to avoid the truth of how he feels. The idea of letting anyone get close to him is terrifying, for obvious reasons. Even so, the truth is that he can't imagine waking up knowing that he won't see her. The truth is that he loves her, and it feels good to say that aloud.
Lisbon replies that it's too late. It's okay, Jane responds. He understands, but he needed to say it and Lisbon deserved to hear it. Security arrives on the scene, and Jane repeats his love for Lisbon as he's taken off the plane, charging the other passengers to take care of her. Lisbon apologizes to all for the embarrassment, but a fellow passenger assures her every woman on that plane is green with envy.
The next day, Lisbon arrives to spring Jane from TSA custody. Did Jane mean what he said?
Yes, he did. Good, she replies, because she feels the same way. Jane beams. Well, that's lucky, but what about Pike? Pike, Lisbon answers, will understand. She asks Jane to tell her again that he loves her. Jane answers by leaning across the table that separates them and showing her instead, his kiss conveying far more than mere words could ever say.
Jane/Lisbon kiss gif by geekface via Tumblr
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