Jane/Lisbon scene analysis.
A medium close up on Lorelei as she asks Jane to kiss her, reinforces the personal level she has imposed on the conversation. She is testing just how far Jane is willing to go, but the closeness also hints that she has, on some level, got feelings for him. This is further reinforced when Jane responds "what does that prove?" The angle then goes back to a wide shot of both of them, as Jane has effectively shot her down, literally backing away from intimacy. If he wanted to kiss her, he would have done without needing an excuse. The fact he didn’t immediately kiss her is important.
The medium close up is also used on Lisbon. Again the intimate angle is important because A) her reaction is valued by the audience B) It suggests Lisbon has feelings for Jane (the closeness allows for these feelings to be portrayed and related too.) C) the intimacy manipulates the audience into accepting her feelings and sympathizing with her. If the shot was a wide angle, in which we could see the whole office as Lisbon is sat at her desk, the scene would not be affective. i.e Lisbon’s hurt feelings are the focus point of the shot. Her feelings for Jane are an important element to the scene.
It may seem like an unimportant thing, in fact it’s probably the most overlooked technique, but cutting is incredibly significant. The fact that it cuts to Lisbon’s reaction after Lorelei says 'kiss me' again reinforces Lisbon’s feelings. The scene could have continued to play out between Jane and Lorelei alone, but Lisbon’s reactions were constantly cut in. This is because they are a vital indicator to Jane and Lisbon’s relationship, and the writers want us to know that. Lisbon is jealous and it is important.
A small, but very clever indication that Lorelei is a character in which the audience should, on some level, dislike or doubt, is the lighting in this scene. To the left of Lorelei, the lighting is very dark, but by contrast the lighting to her right is well lit. This is a subtle reference to the shoulder angel/shoulder devil - Lorelei has both good and evil in her, she is somewhat ambiguous, can she be trusted? This contrasts against the shot of Lisbon, where the lighting is consistent, she is a good honest person and her reactions should be trusted as pure. This again encourages the audience to take Lisbon’s side. We feel sorry for her because the good honest person is the one left hurt.
Lorelei is being personal throughout the scene "I want your trust and friendship" "kiss me" Whilst Jane is decidedly not. His intentions are quite clear. His only interest is to catch Red John, he continuously steers the conversation back to that. He is confident and insistent in his answers, all except one. As Lorelei says "I think you’re a little bit in love with her" Jane laughs nervously. Jane, the man that for 5 seasons now has proven he has an answer for everything. Everything except something that is potentially personal. This is where he becomes nervous and hesitant as he works through his thought process. He takes a few seconds before responding "I do it to pass the time". He simply could have ignored her comment and continued his questioning, but the comment threw him because it was true, and he felt the need to reassure her it wasn’t, because the thought of people knowing scares him. Especially someone working for Red John. Although it sounds like a dismissal, he is trying to protect Lisbon, like he always does. This line, along with Lisbon’s reactions, are what in this scene brings Jane and Lisbon’s relationship up for future preparation.