I did this list a few days ago, just what came to mind at the time. What do you think?
1- Red John’s Footsteps 1x23 (exciting, Red John right there, Lisbon and Jane fighting about the worth of Jane’s life, Jane killing his closest lead to RJ to save Lisbon). For me, a sure sign of his love for her, her value to him, her life above his and his revenge quest.
2- His Red Right Hand 2x08 (the dead mind of an RJ minion, the cold murder, her dead-pan act of innocence and ignorance, her chilling words when caught). Amplified the horror of RJ.
3- Red Moon 3x09 (Ellis Mars was a riot especially scared, another RJ minion dying without giving Jane info, the shock of Todd on fire). Simon’s direction. Jane trying to get a peek at naked Lisbon. So frustrating that RJ’s minions refused to give him away even in death.
4- Fugue in Red 4x10 (almost like Jane has a third personality, funny, sad, enjoyed seeing Paddy pursuing a base of happiness, poignantly sad and unavoidable ending) We see Patrick Jane without the influence of either Angela Ruskin and Charlotte Jane OR Teresa Lisbon. Who he’d be without the real love of anyone in his life.
5— Red John’s Rules 5x22 (high drama all the way through, deep distress that RJ is still a step ahead of Jane, Pete’s adoration of Pepper returning the baby and Lisbon’s sadness about no baby of her own shown briefly as she opens the car to get in and leave, visiting Sean Barlow) The intimate connection and deep trust between Jane and Lisbon grows. Jane caressing Lisbon’s back in comfort as they walk across the attic. Jane’s incredible confusion and distress at RJ’s list matching his, but how? “Something’s Gotten Into My Heart” a perfect song to choose.
6— Red John 6x08 (Lisbon and Jane’s last moments together, her doe-eyed trust and longing, his determination, the pigeon) The end of the RJ saga. Eschewing suicide, his last act is to assure Lisbon he is well. All that Jane lost is still lost, shown in that slo-mo run as he heads into exile. I am always completely undone by that scene.
7— Little Yellow House 7x07 (lots of Lisbon family issues, their miscommunication, the light in the pastoral christening picnic scene) Jane helping Lisbon to understand and heal her helplessness to connect with her brothers. Lisbon telling Jane, “I love you.” Jane and Lisbon giggling.