This week’s new episode of The Mentalist, Brown Eyed Girls, starts off a new story arc that involves a vast human smuggling ring. This new arc might be one of the best ever seen on the show so far.
Jane (Simon Baker) bumps into a guy while out buying his dinner. This guy has some shopping bags, and looking at them, Jane understands something’s off. He follows him and calls Lisbon (Robin Tunney), who’s on a date with Marcus Pike (Pedro Pascal). She meets Jane very reluctantly, but she has to change idea when they find an injured girl inside the house. Unfortunately, this girl dies shortly after.
The FBI starts immediately to investigate. Other girls are found, luckely alive. All of them were trapped with the excuse of a casting call for models. But all the girls were then kidnapped and turned over to the Qasimi brothers, business men with connections to the Middle East and Asia.
The FBI team, thanks to Jane, manages to arrest them.
During their interrogation, it appears very clear that there is someone else, much more powerful behind them. The Qasimi say to the FBI that they are already dead, and that they have no idea who they [the FBI] are dealing with. They refuse to name the person behind them.
So, the hunt continues, and we’re going to find out more during next week’s episode.
Meanwhile, something else happens. Something very important for Jane and Lisbon.
Lisbon finally tells Jane about Pike’s proposition to move to D.C. with him.
Here’s their exchange:
Jane: You really like this guy, huh?
Lisbon: He got a promotion. It’s a posting in D.C. And he asked me to go with him so we can be together in D.C.
I’m thinking about it.
What do you think about it?
Jane: Congratulations, I guess.
Lisbon: Congratulations? That’s all you’re gonna say?
Jane: Sure. Well, I mean, if, if that’s… if that’s what you want.
Lisbon: You’re not upset?
Jane: No. Of course not. I mean, if that’s… if you’re happy.
Lisbon: Oh, I’m happy.
Jane: Then I’m happy.
Lisbon then leaves with Pike for a date. What we see in Jane’s face once he’s left alone tells a whole different story.
This short dialogue shows how difficult it is for Jane and Lisbon to come forward with their feelings for each other. Jane thinks he’s not good enough for Lisbon, and despite the fact he’s in love with her, he thinks she’s better off with someone who feels more solid for her. Lisbon doesn’t understand what’s really inside Jane’s head, if he has real feelings for her or not.
Will Lisbon really decide to move to D.C. with Pike? Will Jane finally come forward with his feelings for her?
A new episode of The Mentalist airs next Sunday, 10pm, CBS.