The Mentalist Review: Was It Worth It?

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What does Patrick Jane see when he looks at Max Winters?  That is the question I had while watching “Red Carpet Treatment." 

The parallels are obvious.  Both men lost their wives to brutal madmen.  Maxs' wife’s murderer is now dead.  Max spent years planning the man’s death.  So, I loveed the end when Jane asks Max: “Was it worth it?” 

Jack Coleman on The Mentalist

Max said yes and I’m guessing that moment of confirmation will drive Jane through the rest of the season in his hunt for Red John.

Elsewhere, Jane has now moved a bedroll and pillow into the CBI attic.  I expect a coffee maker and a portable shower any time now.  Does the man ever go home?

Also, didanyone else love it when Jane described Lisbon as “the pocket rocket, dynamite, and cute as a button” on the talk show?  We don’t see him flirt with her very often and I thought it was quite endearing.

The push/pull between VanPelt and Rigsby is still there.  Her new FBI boyfriend showed up to take her to lunch via a FBI helicopter, much to Rigsby chagrin.  How do you compete with that?  This “can we just be friends” deal is going to be tough to pull off.  I never liked how they got these two together last season just to tear them apart.  I hope they find their way back to one another, but I’m sure it will take all season if it happens at all.

Can we please get more of Cho?  He is severely underused and gives the best deadpan lines on TV.  To wit:

Suspect: We weren't very good at art so we started distributing cocaine.
Cho: That's a natural transition. | permalink

Every episode has at least one scene I find completely ridiculous.  It was the “muzzle sweep” scene this time, as Jane brought Rigsby’s gun into the interrogation room and handed it to the suspects to observe how they handled it.  Would Rigsby really hand his weapon over to Jane, even if he did unload it?  It’s one of those silly/arrogant Patrick Jane moments where I just want to see Lisbon respond by smacking him upside the head.

What did you think of the episode?


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The Mentalist Season 3 Episode 4 Quotes

Tea? It's like a hug in a cup.


Jane: I programmed my dreams to work on the Red John case.
Lisbon: Oh, well then make sure you put in for overtime.