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This is all very subjective and I can see why most of the people I follow on tumblr and the stories I have been reading all state that Lisbon has been in love with Jane for over a decade and now has decided to move on because he hasn’t made a move, etc.

But, as much as I ship those two, I really feel differently about this. From my perspective Lisbon, over the years, never thought herself in love with Jane. Wait, don’t throw tomatoes yet and hear me out!

I think in the first few years she saw him as part of her family, one of her own that she needed to protect (even from himself). Of course she was also attracted to him but I don’t think she ever considered him dating material, so she most likely pushed those thoughts out of her mind early on (even before the pilot). She’d let herself be seduced sometimes, but she thought it was all fun banter and not much else.

Also, the Lisbon that was introduced in the first seasons was pretty much married to her job and relationships (romantic or not) were not her main focus. In season 4, we learn that she did have a serious relationship in the past and wasn’t ready for that kind of commitment at that time, that she dated occasionally (so she wasn’t exactly holding on for Jane back then) and that she’s too intense and particular for most guys. We are told that whatever happens off camera, it never lasts long.

I think the idea of romantic love only crept into her mind when Jane faked shot her in 4x24 and it started to take shape over season 5. During that time, while Jane was locked up in his attic, she started to process that Jane had slept with Lorelei, helped her escape prison and then tried to partner with her in order to get to Red John and what it all meant to her. And by 5x22, I think she was coming to terms that she did love him as more than a friend and she was having trouble working like that. She did try to talk to Jane about it, but he cut her off and didn’t allow her to express her feelings. At that point, I think Lisbon interpreted this as a signal that he knew what she was going to say and didn’t want to hear it. 

By the time he left her on the beach in season 6, she probably thought he knew how she felt and went as far as using her feelings to his advantage. (We know this isn’t the whole truth, but she doesn’t.) So yeah, I think Lisbon believed / still believes that Jane just never saw her in a romantic way.

I imagine that she spent two years wondering how she was able to work with a guy like him and how much he influenced her career / life, even after he was gone. In all that spare time by the fireplace, I think that she came to the conclusion that he would remain where he was and that she needed to rebuild her personal life without him. To move on. Even find someone to share her life with.

When Jane does come back, she feels he’s back to his old ways and she rebels against it. Sure, she accepts the job, but I think she doesn’t want to give him that much power over her again. And she feels validated in her choice, because he doesn’t show any signs that he’s moved on. He’s still secretive and controlling and still leaving her behind whenever he likes. More than ever, she needs to get him out of her system and find someone different.

So when she meets Pike, I think she genuinely likes him. No games, no secrets, he’s pretty straightforward, reliable and honest about his intentions and she finds that refreshing. So dating him isn’t a way to wake up Jane or whatever. This isn’t about Jane, it’s about her and her need to carry on with her life. Rebuild something different with someone else.

We can see she is trying to push down any romantic feelings she has for Jane and do the right thing for her, for once. In 6x17, she avoided exposing herself to Jane because she always expects him to tease her. (It’s pretty uncomfortable when the person you love can read you like a book and can make fun of your romantic life.) But at the end of the episode, when she sees he’s genuinely sad and not in the mood to make fun of her, she feels bad and pretty much hopeless about the whole thing.

She doesn’t know she is the only one who can change how he’s feeling and she assumes he’s just lonely without his best pal (well, he never gave her any indication otherwise). That’s why I believe she will continue to date Pike. Not to force Jane into anything or make him jealous. She simply doesn’t know he loves her back and she just wants to rebuild her life the best way she can.

Phew.. this was way too long. I’m sorry about that. If you’re still reading, please have a cookie! :)

April 15th, 2014 94 notes #the mentalist #jisbon

The problem with falling for a friend is that you won’t know if it is love till the moment you are about to lose her forever.

- Taher Shakir 

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austinpd1:

4.22 / 6.16

This physically hurts to watch. Still brilliant, though.

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tikismile2000:

estatica-tm:

Please, please tag your paparazzi posts with #paparazzi so I can effectively block them and am not forced to see them on my dash. It would mean the world to me. Thank you!

This.

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Jisbon??? :/

suzjazz:

keilfleckbaerbling:

teresajisbon:

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What do you think about this and episode before finale called: Black hearts???…. I am scared :(

After the last press release I think its quite likely that he was talking about the “Jane may still be charged with murder thing”… Which could make a future with Lisbon difficult, if he would be sent to prison. Which he won’t… ;) …

He better get a good lawyer!  I hope to God he doesn’t try to represent himself again…

I don’t know, he did a pretty good job the last time! :D

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OTP + Hearing each other flirt with someone else.

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tessa-scott-and-jisbon:

Cab to a crime scene? That’s very cosmopolitan of you.

First of all, I love how he asked as soon as she had arrived which proves that it was on his mind. I love how he went into further questioning about it, and then the (dry?) comments. This is just what I wanted to see, and I didn’t expect it.

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mariahgem:

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For me, it’s not that they are making it seem like Jane doesn’t/is just realizing that he loves her, it is Jane realizing just how deep he has them and what he is willing to do about it. Old Jane would never have ribbed about Ardiles or asked about Pike. He would have stood back in the crowd and let it happen. He just can’t help himself, anymore. He has to know about her love life and what happens in it.

This isn’t about Jane trying to figure out that he does love her, it is Jane knowing he does and trying to understand how to put those feelings into words. It is about Jane trying to come to terms with the fact that his heart is beating over the wedding ring on his finger…it is about Jane trying to pry out of Lisbon whether or not she is actually happy with Pike or if it is just another Mashburn situation….to find a vulnerability in something she considers ‘serious’. 

It is about Jane not bringing her someone (like he did Mashburn), it is about Jane taking her away from someone. It won’t be physically, but it has to be emotionally. He has to open himself up and realize that his ribbing and nosy questions are not making the situation better. HE. MUST. COMMUNICATE. He must accept that he is deeper in love, accept that he must move on from Angela and understand that Angela would want him to be happy.

Clearly, his happiness is with Lisbon. Clearly he knows he loves her and he knows his time is running out. 

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entwife-incognito:

estatica-tm:

If Lisbon is ashamed for sleeping with Pike, I can’t see it. She seems uncomfortable and a bit flustered to talk about it with Jane, yes, but she isn’t ashamed of herself.

And why should she? Look at it from her perspective:

- She spent the last few years of her life compromising her principles and her professional integrity to help the man she’s grown to love (romantically or not is not the point - she does love him) seek revenge. She always thought she was going to stop him, and what did she do? She gave him her own gun in their last exchange.

- Despite her trust in him, in the past he actually used her own feelings for him to manipulate her, trick her and leave her behind - mind you, we as viewers see more to this story than she does. 

- He is still secretive and controlling, still withholding information and leaving her out of his plans, still criticizing her performance (seriously, more Barbara Stanwyck and less Joan Crawford?!), still taking her for granted, etc. So in a way, not much has changed, as far as she can see.

And while we as viewers know differently, this is what she sees. She doesn’t know he almost killed himself, but chose life because of her. She doesn’t know he left Venezuela just so he could see her again. As far as she knows, Jane is simply not interested in her. But Pike definitely is. He was very clear and straightforward about it and it must be refreshing for her not having to doubt his intentions.

So I imagine Lisbon will be awkward and uncomfortable whenever Jane starts asking her questions about Pike. Because she knows he’ll be able to to read her like an open book and guess her most inner feelings and probably even tease her about it, like he’s done in the past with her previous lovers. I don’t think she’s wants to give Jane that power over her again. Particularly not now when she’s trying to get over him.

And yet she takes the phone call, speaks openly about arranging a date, and makes sure to say the man’s name all while walking at Jane’s side. This does not look like a woman who wants to keep a secret. It looks like a woman who wants to put it right in Jane’s face. To me, Jane’s expression in response shows a guy trying to keep his patience in the face of behavior he knows will be time limited. It almost seems like he’s trying to keep his cool because he feels she needs to get this Pike thing out of her system. It’s a surprising interaction to me, and I don’t quite know what to make of it.

In my initial post (when I wrote that, hadn’t seen the 3rd sneak peek yet oops), I meant that it seemed like she didn’t want to give Jane the power to scrutinize her motives and her current love life. From my perspective, she isn’t hiding Pike, she is only putting up a shield for herself against Jane and his tendency to guess everything she’s feeling. That’s why she gets defensive. Pike is a nice guy, the kind you would like to introduce to your parents, and it must irritate her that he’s rolling his eyes at her. That “what?” she does is like “shut up, there is nothing bad you can say about this guy and I’m going to continue dating him, whether you approve it or not.” And idiot Jane will probably play the father / brother role and claim he is only interested in her not getting hurt, blah blah blah.

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