Fans of the original Bad Girls, Prisoner: Cell Block H, will recognise this week’s Mentalist as, er, nothing like Prisoner: Cell Block H. But any excuse to link to that theme tune’s a good one, and Lisbon spending the week undercover in jail, pining a little for Jane, is probably better than most.
Teresa’s staying at “The Greybar Hotel” at the behest of the CIA, in a bid to try and get info on the whereabouts of a luxury car thief from his incarcerated girlfriend. There are all sorts of dire warnings from the CIA lady (an old flame of Abbott’s? Or a new one?) about what this fellow’s friends might get up to if they can’t get to them through him, but no explanation as to why she can’t put one of her own agents in jail if it’s so important, rather than risk an FBI agent’s neck. Maybe it’s to do with the home/abroad distinction there’s supposed to be between FBI/CIA operations, but since that has never been taken into account in any fictional tv show ever, I doubt it.
Anyway, I’m over-thinking things. Lisbon works on befriending Bonnie on the inside, while Jane works on finding Clyde on the outside, and in the process we get an adorable phone call, some cute flirting and a prison break that seemed far too easy to me, but again: over-thinking things. Like last week’s episode, this one surprised me by being significantly more entertaining than I thought it would be; there were funny bits, exciting bits – I actually enjoyed it more than the season-opener, and both Simon Baker and Robin Tunney were great. Still nothing in the way of snogging, smooching or other facial sports going on, for some reason, but their relationship’s very sweet nonetheless. As is Abbott still shipping them, bless. Vega’s thing for Cho I’m less invested in, but I still completely understand since, obviously, Cho rules.