One of the more interesting things about this “new beginning” for Patrick Jane on “The Mentalist” is mostly just the fish-out-of-water experience that is here for Jane. The CBI was an important organization, but in turn, the FBI is a little bit of its own separate beast. This is an organization with so many more rules and regulations, and not all of them are going to be easy to understand.
Not only that, but this is also an organization that is stuffed full of very intelligent people. That means that not everyone is going to be completely in love with Jane’s skill set, or some of the little games that he plays. The latest example of that? Just take a look at the video below, which features a conversation between Simon Baker’s character and Lisbon, where he is basically just showing off how skilled he really is when it comes to lip-reading. Is Lisbon impressed? What matters is seeing Jane ushered away once they seemingly start to catch on to what he is doing in a classified area.
This scene is proof that the FBI is a many-tiered beast. Patrick may be a part of the group now, and he may also even have his own couch to go along with it. However, that doesn’t mean that his eyes and ears are ready to be privy to some of the biggest cases in the country. Even the other preview that we have, which is all about security clearances, is no guarantee that Jane is where he needs to be just yet.
There is going to be a larger case worth discussing, but we will have more of that in our full review of the episode Sunday night.
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