The Mentalist new episode, “Green Thumb”, starts off three months after Jane (Simon Baker) decided to come back in the US with the FBI.
Neither Jane nor the FBI seem to want to give up on their positions, and Jane is spending his time in the FBI “detention suite”, in total isolation. Lisbon (Robin Tunney) has been writing letters to him, but they wouldn’t deliver them to Jane.
FBI agent Kim Fisher (Emily Swallow) asks Lisbon to join the FBI for an important investigation which requires Jane’s help, and since Jane won’t work with the FBI unless Lisbon is brought in, they need her to join the FBI.
Lisbon agrees reluctantly.
The case of the week involves a man who has been reported missing and possibly kidnapped in Brooklyn. This man led the team that wrote the new source code to protect the Federal Reserve Banking System, so it’s very important they find him as soon as possible.
During the investigation, Jane manages to run away, and disappears in Brooklyn. We see him sending a letter to Agent Abbott (Rockmond Dunbar), after that he makes sure the FBI finds him again.
Jane and Lisbon then share an important conversation, a dialogue that can very well sum up their relationship over the years:
Jane: Okay, Lisbon, what’s the matter?
Jane: Was it that comment I made in the bullpen? Because I think it’s a really good theory.
Lisbon: I don’t care about that. You ran away again, Jane. Not from the F.B.I. you ran away from me.
Jane: Yeah, but I ran back.
Lisbon: How was I supposed to know? I thought you were gone again forever.
Jane: Okay, you’re right. I’m sorry, Lisbon. I didn’t think about you.
Lisbon: Well, you rarely do.
Jane: Well, that’s not true. I made you one of my demands. I’m not joining the F.B.I. unless they make you a job offer.
Lisbon: That’s my point. What makes you think I want to work with you again? You are difficult and exhausting, and maybe I don’t want to put the rest of my life on hold to be your sidekick. Have you ever even thought about that?
Jane: No… no. I hadn’t considered it.
Lisbon: You think you know what’s good for my life, but you haven’t been a part of my life for two years. So let’s get this case wrapped up so I can go home.
Jane seems to be genuinely hurt and touched by Lisbon’s words.
The case is finally solved, and we find out that the missing man had caught his wife’s psychic breaking into their appartment in Brooklyn, they struggled and he killed psychic. He was later spotted by a neighbor when he was trying to bury the body on the building rooftop. The neighbor, a former gang member, decided to hold the man for ransom.
Despite the successful closing of the case, Abbott isn’t still willing to accept Jane’s terms, and decides to send him back to his detention suite. Meanwhile, he receives the letter Jane had sent to him from Brooklyn. This letter cointains some names, some of them are blackened. Jane tells Abbott that those are all the names of the Blake Association’s members, as they were found in the hard drive that Betram had hidden in his storage unit. Jane claims he was able to break the encryption, and that he will give those names to Abbott only if he agrees on his terms, and only after the end of his five years contract with the FBI.
But, as we learn later, Jane has made that list up, only to have a leverage with the FBI.
The FBI finally accepts Jane’s terms, all of them. Lisbon visits Jane and tells him that she accepted the job offer from the FBI, telling him that “It’s my life, and I’ll decide what to do with it.”
Lisbon has also a surprise for Jane. She bought him a pair of socks from Washington. Jane wasn’t wearing any since we saw him living on the island.
Jane and Lisbon are finally back working together, to Jane’s happiness as he says: “Let’s see what kind of trouble we can make.”
(This was the last episode before the Holidays hiatus. The Mentalist will be back with new episodes from January 5, 2014.)