Lisbon learns her brother James is in trouble, so she has to go back to her family and her past, but with Jane by her side, this time.
Read on for our recap of The Mentalist new episode, “Little Yellow House”.
Lisbon is informed by US Attorney Sandoval that a warrant has been issued for her little brother James’ arrest. He may have been in contact with a man called Nathan Barnes, the son of a judge, who was murdered a few days before.
Lisbon contacts her other brother Stan, and he tells her that Jimmy is in Chicago.
Jane and Lisbon travel to Chicago, and they visit Lisbon’s old house, where she grew up. They see Jimmy has been there.
We first meet Stan, who’s married, he has kids. Later, we meet Jimmy. Jane manages to convince him to go with them, and tell everything he knows about Nathan Barnes. It turnes out Jimmy met him during a poker game, with other people, including Charlie, a friend of Nathan.
When Jane, Lisbon and the team figure out the killer must be inside that group of people who played poker, they go undercover to catch the killer, ans we do get another chance to see Lisbon playing psychic. It turns out it was Charlie, who killed Nathan because he thought he had an affair with his girlfriend. As it turns out though, it wasn’t true. Charlie killed Nathan for nothing.
This was a pivotal episode for Lisbon’s character. We learn a lot about her past, and especially about her relationship with her brothers. We learn that Lisbon has always been the one in charge in the house, the responsible one. We learn she was a very good student, and that her brothers resent her for being too hard on them, and for leaving them.
We also learn that Jimmy is not the only one having troubles. Stan owes money to the wrong people, and Lisbon didn’t know about it.
Libon talks about it with Jane, and he tells her that her brothers don’t hate her, they just miss her. He tells her that she was the one who loved them and protected them when they were kids. And it’s true. When Lisbon meets again her borthers in the end, they promise to keep more in touch, and they tell her they are proud of her, and that they like her boyfriend very much.
Speaking of boyfriends. Jane. Another pivotal aspect of this episode was Jane. Through the whole episode, he’s been a solid, calming, gentle presence for Lisbon. He helped her and her brothers without interefering with their dynamics. He’s been there the whole time, supporting Lisbon every step of the way.
And finally, at the end of the episode, Lisbon says the words: I love you.
We still had to hear those words from her, and even Jane is surprised.
Lisbon has finally let her walls down. First, when she said she would have liked for Jane to help her, and then finally saying the words out loud.
This episode was probably the most important Lisbon-centric one since Season 2 “Red Badge”. We see a vulnerable Lisbon, we learn something more about her as a kid, and we finally see her being completely open with Jane, about her life, about her feelings.
The level of trust and love between the two is perfect, and moving.