m: red dawn

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This week’s rewatch episode is one that I love dearly and appreciate given the tumultuous events amid which it appeared back in Season 5. It’s definitely one of my top 5 TM episodes ever. It reveals so much about how Jane first integrated into the team, how he and Lisbon tried to establish a dialogue (well, maybe Jane tried more than Lisbon at first), and how Lisbon’s reluctance to see him as a team member grew into an appreciation of his mentalist skills and a desire to help. I love it that we were given an opportunity to see how Jane and Lisbon met, because them being strangers induces honesty and frankness, and shows where each of them stands at the dawn of their journey together.

Jane is so poignantly and painfully vulnerable in this episode, and he gets a challenge he doesn’t expect instead of the usual tiptoeing and avoiding attitude. He takes it, and later he realizes someone needs him, even if only professionally for the moment. He sees a woman that is not so easy to convince, that has intelligence and firmness and is an excellent professional. She’s skeptical of him being around too, and she’s not going to make things easy for him. And despite all that, she’s attentive, and she knows how to listen to people. She’s seen a lot of suffering and that made her strong but not callous. She is open and straightforward and her words don’t seem to leave Jane indifferent. He didn’t expect that either, and he understands he’ll have to work on himself to work with her. He hasn’t done that in a lot of time. What Lisbon does for him is not a condescension or a favor but stretching out a helping hand, and touching the strings in him that resound and let him know he isn’t dead, and that he still, surprisingly, has needs, and ambitions, that he can still feel, be moved and even want someone to care and treat him as equal. And Lisbon’s opinion suddenly matters.

  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan: can you describe the character for me
  • Casting Director: they're a... cutthroat, merciless, aggressive antagonist
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan: you had me at throat-cutting
  • Casting Director:
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan: (pulls weapons from various parts of his outfit)
  • Casting Director:
  • Casting Director: NO WAIT
  • Casting Director: THAT'S NOT WHAT I MEANT. PUT THAT DOWN.