The Mentalist 7×12 “Brown Shag Carpet” and 7×13 “White Orchids” (Series Finale) – Recap
Jane and Lisbon are stepping towards their happy ending, but another serial killer might be the ultimate obstacle.
Read on for our recap of the two hour Series Finale of The Mentalist, with the episodes “Brown Shag Carpet”, and “White Orchids”.
Jane has finally clear in his mind what he would like his life to be. He bought the piece of land he discovered during the previous episode, and he wants to build a house for Lisbon and himself.
Lisbon though, would want something more from him, a serious committment to their relantionship. And, for the first time, she mentions Jane’s wedding ring, asking if he’s ever going to take it off. Jane replies he’s used to it, and before their conversation can go on, work kicks in, in the form of our new serial killer, who killed again. It looks like he’s interested in psychics, so Jane goes back to what he used to do, pretending to be a real psychic in order to drive the psycho out. And it works, sort of. Jane is kidnapped by the serial killer, Keller (or Lazarus), but he finally manages to escape after staging an explosion. It looks like it’s finally over, but you don’t go by the name of Lazarus for no reason…
Jane and Lisbon think this case is finally over, and Jane takes the big decision. Not only he takes off his ring, but he also asks Lisbon to marry him. I can’t really recap Jane’s speech in a few words, so I’m just going to quote it, because it is too beautiful not to:
“This ring has been with me for a very long time, and it has obvious significance with my past. It also represents meeting you. If I didn’t have this ring,
I would never have met you. So in a sense, It has the potential to represent my future, as well. And I’m not expecting you would ever wear it, but I want to share it
with you, and I want it to represent our future…together.
I want you to be my wife. Will you marry me?”
This speech represents basically 13 years of relationship. That tiny object, that ring, it brings within the past, the present, and the future. There’s the love that used to be, there’s death and pain in it, but there’s also hope, and life, and the need to be happy again.
Lisbon will not only share that ring, but she will start wearing it in her necklace, next to her mom’s cross. This scene is probably one of the most important, beautiful scenes of these seven seasons.
Lisbon says “yes”, she will be Jane’s wife. Much to Jane’s relief!
The two start planning the wedding, going from low-key to big-party in no time.
New boss Cho helps Lisbon find the right dress, and the two share a beautiful moment when Cho tells her that her mom would be very proud of her.
But the big party style is not for Lisbon, nor for Jane. So the two decide to just get married in their new land, but Lazarus is still planning his revenge against Jane. He hiddens in the officiant’s car, so he manages to get to Jane’s cabin. But the FBI is waiting for him, and they arrest him before he can harm Jane or Lisbon.
Jane and Lisbon can finally exchange their vows, in front of Lisbon’s brothers, Cho, Abbott, Wylie, Rigsby and Van Pelt who arrived to celebrate their former boss, even if Rigsby still calls Lisbon “boss”.
After the ceremony’s over, and a big happy party is going on (with a lot of familiar faces from The Mentalist’s Crew), we get to witness another big moment, probably the most important. Lisbon is pregnant. There’s a baby Jane on the way home!
The Mentalist started with a broken man who has lost his wife and his little child, his entire life is without a meaning, save to find the serial killer who had killed them, and get his revenge.
But Jane couldn’t imagine that a tiny, strong woman was about to change his life. From partners, to friends, to something more, to husband and wife.
It was an incredible journey, a path towards redemption and hope. Lisbon has always been the key. The only key that could lead Jane to explore this new path.
Lisbon is light, love, she is his second chance in life. She’s not only giving him a future, but also a new life. Literally.
Jane will be a dad again, never forgetting the past, never forgetting Angela and Charlotte, but with the hope for a bright future.
The Series Finale ends with Jane holding Lisbon (and their baby) in his arms, in their new land, their new home.
I personally couldn’t have hoped for a better end. I like positive, happy endings. I like when the characters are given a chance to happiness.
I am happy for Jane, but also for Lisbon, who has finally found the love of her life, and who will be a wonderful, badass mom. Who wouldn’t want to have a super strong FBI agent as mom?
I can already see a more domestic Jane, taking care and spoiling their baby while Lisbon is hard at work catching bad guys, probably with less dangerious field work, but still catching the bad guys; when she’s not home taking care of her little baby and her other “older baby”.
This is how I want to imagine Jane and Lisbon, happy for the rest of their lives.
Thank you all for reading my recaps. It has been a joy for me, and I’m going to miss writing them so, so much.