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The Mentalist Review: Is Red John Back?

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My heart is still pounding from the final scene of "Red Moon." That's always the sign of a good episode.

With serial killers, possible wolves, the phases of the moon, wannabe psychics and Red John, this week's installment of The Mentalist kept me guessing until the end.

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Jane’s complete honesty with Lisbon about his motives for working with the CBI is refreshing. He’s never lied to her. He wants his revenge against the man who murdered his wife and child and a judge and jury don’t factor into that picture.

Lisbon may think she can control him or change his mind, but if she can’t, she certainly can’t say he didn’t warn her.

I have to say the sleazy trucker who hit on Keeley was suitably pathetic and creepy. When Cho asks him what Keeley’s response was when he asked her out, he responds, “I think she was intrigued.” Uh, no. Somehow I don’t think intrigued is the word Keeley would have used - but since she’s dead, I guess we can’t ask her to confirm that.

So now the CBI attic has an office chair, a makeshift table, a desk lamp and a cot with blankets and pillow. Jane is even taking people other than CBI agents up their for private chats. Are they charging him rent for that space?

I’m glad that Lisbon realized Jane was playing the wannabe psychic. She’s worked with Jane long enough now to catch on to his games.

They certainly left Jane alone in the motel room with the serial killer for quite some time. I know Cho and Rigsby were right outside the door, but if he had had a gun instead of a knife, Jane could have been in real trouble.

The twist at the end was great. Todd taunting Jane was a given, but finding Todd on fire surprised me. Now is Lisbon right, did another cop do it to exact revenge for the murders? Could Todd have set himself on fire and could Red John have been involved somehow?

I could practically hear Jane’s heart beating as he sat in the hospital chair, the words “tiger, tiger” echoing in his mind as Todd died in front of him. How far is Red John’s reach and how far can he push Jane until he snaps?

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Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Wouldn't it be delicious if Jane was Red John, and didn't know it. All that access, all that insider info... Very Fight Club.

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okay first off.. Whoever said Lisbon is RJ your wrong.. Secondly.. Am I the only one who thinks JJ Laroche is a freak?! He's a flippen creepy stalker person who can't leave Mr. Jane or the CBI alone!! " I know it sounds fake but we have a website and everything" (; Long Live Mr.Jane(: "Jisbon"

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okay first off.. Whoever said Lisbon is RJ your wrong..
Secondly.. Am I the only one who thinks JJ Laroche is a freak?! He's a flippen creepy
stalker person who can't leave Mr. Jane or the CBI alone!!
" I know it sounds fake but we have a website and everything"
(; Long Live Mr.Jane(:
"Jisbon"

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Touche! Xavier you have me there, a slip of the keys can really leave one questioning, so I will relent but still remain squeamish about the misuse of the language, as I too had to learn English as a second language. The next year should bring all of us to our knees however as the plots will have us turn every which way looking for RJ's accomlice at the CBI. I vote for the inconspicuous agent who is always sitting behind Grace's desk. Can't wait for all your reasonings also.

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student of trivia, insulting people that write their opinions and comment on theories about any television show is bad and unnecessary: "using poor grammar is inexcusable. All of you wannabe plot writers need to clean up your spelling, or has testing ruined education. Some of these comments seem to come from 3rd graders."
I agree that english is a very rich language, so is spanish (my native language), italian, french, german and so on. I speak all five of them so I can tell. I understand that everybody is entitled to make some grammatical errors when writing (unless you are being tested on the language). You for instance should take a closer look at your spelling before telling others to do so. I quote you again: "Red John will deffinately take his place". Please somebody correct me if I am wrong , but I believe you were trying to say DEFINITELY instead. Meaning, that RJ will certainly and absolutely take his place.
As for the show that brings people to this forum, I guess that we all have our personal theories. First, I believe that Red John englobes a group of people but they are all controlled by an individual. This person in my opinion is a woman, not a man. From the moment that Kristina Frye showed up in the Seeing Red episode, I had the feeling that she was a clue in all the Red John plot. This was confirmed when she became a recurrent character, and as I predicted in other forums, she became Jane's romantic interest. And I also wrote that she would become involved in CBI investigations and earn respect from the team. My guess is that in this third season we will see Red John's face. They might even catch him, and we will get to see the moment when Patrick takes off his mask, and ... kill him?. But again, that will be one of Red John's slaves. Just like the one that saved Jane at the end of last season. I could discuss all this and more but this is getting extremely long for a forum input. To end I would like to say that the beggining of my message is not to be taken as something personal against "student of trivia". I enjoy, like most of you, watching a good show or movie and putting the clues together to solve the "who has done it". My last wish is that I was wrong in all my ideas, that way I would enjoy the show to the fullest. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that one important episode in my opinion, is the only one where we get to learn a little about Jane's past. When he is working at the local fair with his father scamming people. Well, Do you remember the sick little girl with her rich grandmother buying the "healing rock from ancient Egypt"? I leave it there for now.
PS: forgive my grammar, Xavier

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The english language is marvelously rich and captivating. However, using poor grammar is inexcusable. All of you wannabe plot writers need to clean up your spelling, or has testing ruined education. Some of these comments seem to come from 3rd graders. As for next year on the Mentalist, Red John will deffinately take his place, and many reprobates of his ilk will be uncovered. What fun!

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what did the guy say in the end before dying..? i could not quite catch it

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Lets think people, every red john episode has that one retired guy from the unit. The guy would have access to the whole cbi. Why else would this guy keep coming back whenever there is a red john episode. There has been two episode where red john's little slaves have been captured and they both have died within the cbi. Red john did not want them to find out who he was so he killid them, the only way he could have killed tod was to get inside of the cell and burn him, and the lady in the first season he had to be there to slip a poison in her drink. So it could very well be the old luitenit from the cbi.

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Loved this episode, already the start was great. Lisbon when a deer walks by "Does it bite? [...] it could have killed me!" "I have a feeling i am going to be sorry (for taking this case) [... 10 sec later...] yeah, i am already sorry."
Tbh the amount of stretching out the Red John episodes and storyline became nearly unbearable and I did not like many of the S3 episodes as much as I did previous seasons, but this episode was definitely great, was great fun to watch. Myrddin

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How you guys are gonna be shocked when you find out that Lisbon is Red John...Think about it: Has all those men doing things for her, has unlimited access at the CBI station, seems to know how Jane will react when he finds out...And what do we know about her past? Unfortunately we'll never find out because they wills string the Red John till the end and that won't be for a while as the ratings are great...

The Mentalist Season 3 Episode 9 Quotes

If you truly want revenge you have to be hard. You have to be dishonest and devious and cold. You can't let people see what's really in your heart.

Jane

This is not a fascinating puzzle, it's a media crap storm.

Lisbon
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