Wow. I said last week to expect little fun and a ton of intensity in these last two episodes – and I wasn’t wrong. Now I usually break down the case and then discuss the themes or ongoing plots seperately, but this weeks case was so in tune with Jane’s breakdown that I’m just going to go ahead and dive right in.
Red John leaves Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) a note that reads ‘Happy Anniversary’ – creepy. Red John manipulates a young girl into giving Jane a message – extra creepy. “Do you give up yet?” she says, Red John smiley drawn on her hand. This being a young girl not unlike his late daughter (which I’m sure was RJ’s intention) Jane takes it upon himself to hypnotise her, making her forget about the ordeal with Red John. CBI Boss Luther Wainwright (Michael Rady) tries to argue that she was a witness and needed to be questioned, whilst Jane claimed that talking about Red John would put her in danger. I’m completely with Jane on this one, people with any sort of dirt on this particular serial killer don’t tend to live much longer, and Red John wouldn’t think twice about killing even a little girl – something Jane knows all too well. Wainwright’s insistance on questioning the girl brought out one of many deliciously dark lines from Patrick Jane in this episode as he threatened “If you try to question her or even talk to her I will hurt you badly“. Given the cirsumstances, I don’t doubt that he would.
From this point something just felt ‘off’ about Jane, as the team themselves noted at one point. On more than one occasion he sat, staring into nothingness and dead behind the eyes. He then sits at a table downing bloody mary’s, two vacant seats (meant for his family – sad AND creepy) opposite him as he becomes more and more intoxicated. Jane then proceeds to have a bonfire with the Red John files back at his CBI attic on his nifty CBI balcony. Could this be Jane ‘giving up’ on Red John? This was one of many oddly, wickedly brilliant things Jane did in this episode – which we’ll come back to later. It seems that Jane is giving up, as he says to Lisbon (Robin Tunney) “It’s just a game and he keeps winning”. He states that as long as he’s chasing him, Red John will always win – so he needs to put it behind him.
Jane identitifies Ben Marx (Aaron Lohr) as the man who locked Antonio Castro (victim) in a box and left him to die. Props to Aaron Lohr who portrayed Marx, who played the part just as creepy as I’m sure he was meant to be. This guy had a fetish for “latex and whips” according to Jane, and he’s not often wrong so…ugh. But this is nothing compared to what Jane does next – in all his dark, evil, twisted, maniacal glory. Jane leads Marx to the graveyard and HITS HIM OVER THE HEAD WITH A SHOVEL KNOCKING HIM INTO THE EMPTY COFFIN/GRAVE. Sorry, moments like that just deserve caps. When Lisbon arrives (at what seems to the following morning?!?) she finds Jane sitting peacefully, on a bench with his nose in the air as though he were enjoying the fresh air – all whilst Marx is lying in a closed caskett, well on his way to running out of oxygen. It doesn’t stop there – Jane refuses to release Marx until he confesses to the murder of Castro which of course, he does. I love seeing Jane’s dark side, and it was more apparent than ever in this episode. He actually looks to be having fun as he taunts Marx through Rigsbys baby monitor, and earlier in the episode he held back a suspects inhaler until he told them what he knew. Lets not forget also that Jane could’ve easily done more damage than intended to Marx with that shovel – though Patrick Jane’s capacity for hurting or even killing men he considers ‘evil’ isn’t something we should be surprised by. “OK. Die.” – as Jane said this, I found myself laughing uncomfortably which was probably the biggest indication of just how far Jane had gone.
The big question on all fans lips is this: Is this a genuine breakdown or is Patrick Jane pulling the best and most elaborate long con of all time? In order to catch Red John off guard and get closer to him perhaps? Seeing Jane deliberately taunt Wainwright into firing him from the CBI certainly did nothing to rid me of these suspicions. Even with the gravity of the situation, Jane’s insults to Wainwright were pretty hilarious. Ha.
I’m going to settle in the middle on this debate – a bit of both. I believe that Jane was beginning to crack, but at some point in this episode he decided to play the part, get himself fired and….what? Why? All Red John related reasoning I’m sure, and I can’t wait to find out in next weeks Season 4 Finale ‘The Crimson Hat’.
- Jane and Wainwrights pre bust-up discussion on criminal justice was interesting. Jane thinks he needed a taste of his own medicine and deserved it as he is “evil”. This is obviously the same logic Jane works on with Red John and, to a lesser degree, Timothy Carter. Jane certainly showed limited remorse for the man he shot dead after finding out he’d kidnapped a girl and held her captive. This has always been his attitude towards killers, and has only strengthened over time.
- Ray Wise was in this episode, doing a stellar job as always. As a MASSIVE ‘Twin Peaks’ fan, it was a pleasure to see him on my other favourite show.
- Who else loved Grace instantly agreeing with Jane on Marx getting what he deserved? She’s come a long way since O’laughlin-gate, and this small moment summed up her character development this season in many ways.
- I might be wrong, but I think that’s the first time we’ve been on Jane’s attic balcony…I like it.
- Cho managed to keep up his record of making me laugh at least once in every episode with his “He’s doing it” retort as Jane holds back an asthmatic mans inhaler.
- Castro…Marx…I’m sensing something here.
- What happened to Darcy (Catherine Dent) ? She was in the cast list for this episode, but never appeared. Her scenes must’ve been dispensable enough to be cut. She’s slated to appear in the finale too, so I hope she makes it through this time.
- Massive respect to Simon Baker. He is long overdue an Emmy for his portrayal of Patrick Jane and he proved once again just how talented he is. I can only imagine the strength of his performance next week…
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “If you don’t get the bad guy then what’s the point of all this?” – Patrick Jane.
Overall this was a truly brilliant episode, exploring the darker side to our favourite CBI Consultant and setting him on a dangerous path that he looks to be heading down into next weeks explosive finale.
What do you think? Is Jane playing a long con or has he just gone insanse? Or both? Do you think Dark Jane is just as magnetic and compelling as Charming, fun Jane? Was he justified in his methods to get a confession from Marx? And is Patrick Jane the best troll ever?
Here’s the promo for THE SEASON FINALE, which looks incredible.