The Mentalist Review: "Red Gold"

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The Mentalist went prospecting for gold this week and, just like in the Wild, Wild, West people got killed for it.  At $1,300 an ounce, that shouldn’t be surprising.

A plot contrivance on "Red Gold" found Jane paired with Hightower, as Lisbon sprained her ankle. The event that caused her injury felt fabricated to me. Are we to believe that the beauty of the great outdoors had Jane so manic that he started a mini riot? It bothered me that he never offered her an apology and didn't even ask about Lisbon when Hightower showed up.

In many ways, Lisbon is his partner. I know it wasn’t life or death, but it would have been nice to have seen Jane show a little concern for her well being.

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No matter how she got there, I found Hightower in the field to be a nice change of pace. It gave the show the chance to humanize a character we know very little about.

It allowed Jane the opportunity to pry into her life whether she liked it or not, especially once her husband unexpectedly dropped their children off at CBI. Lisbon babysat while Jane informed Hightower of the office gossip concerning her pending divorce.

Hightower was having a seriously bad day and that wasn’t about to end. When Dean took Jane hostage at gunpoint, she pulled a Terminator and walked directly into the line of fire. She managed to shoot Dean in the leg and when he dropped Jane, but not his gun, she shot him in the chest and killed him. Very well done.

I loved Jane’s shocked expression. For a man who hates guns, he looked as though he’d gotten way too close to the action.

On a complete side note, did anyone else notice Hightower’s jackets? I don’t normally focus on clothing, but I loved the two jackets she wore. Or perhaps it was just how they contrasted with all of the secondary characters in plaid shirts.

The rest of our team didn’t get a lot of air time, but Cho was wonderful in his interrogations. His dry wit and deadpan delivery left me wanting more.

Grace got knocked on her butt by a suspect. I know there’s no way to be prepared for every scenario, but it felt like she should have been ready for a fight. This guy was a known criminal and possible murder suspect, not some guy to flirt with at the bar.

There was no mention of Van Pelt’s engagement to O’Loughlin. We also got a reprieve from the Todd Johnson murder investigation and LaRoche... but that might not last long. Safe to assume it will pick up again next week.


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Both of Hightower's jackets were cool. I'd love to know where to get them. If Jane had just asked if Lisbon was OK it would have gone a long way but I liked their teasing at the end.


I too loved the fur lined leather jacket Hightower wore in last week's episode. Where do I get it???? Thanks!


Personally, I loved seeing Hightower humanized, as she has been a bit of an obstacle for everybody in the past. While I was hoping for hint of concern on Jane's part in regards to Lisbon, I think his lack thereof is justified. After all, even Lisbon wasn't too concerned about her ankle, and it was worth it just to get that "Are you jealous?" scene out of both of them.


I was so glad to see Hightower back on the show. I've loved her from her first appearance. Other bloggers seemed to be down on her and I was afraid that that producers had been influenced. I think it is fine to have other CBI regulars--they bring new blood to the core cast.
There has seemed to be more tension between Jane and Lisbon of late. Maybe a triangle is needed to get them back to their old selves and Jane seems to be playing that for all its worth.


Thinking I could add to comment with an example: What I mean about the Hightower-Jane working relationship. When Jane hides behind her and tells her they have to follow the guy he's hiding from, there was no further explanation necessary. Lisbon would have said, "Why?" Hightower just seemed to know Jane is some kind of genius detective (a valuable asset, anyway) and was doing her best, despite being a little wary of him because he's an eccentric, to support him the way she imagines Lisbon does.


I liked this episode a lot. Hightower was a nice change of pace -- and the way she dealt with Jane seemed to fit how they've developed the relationship between the two. She tended to let him go do his detective work, occasionally reminding him to be civil, and then followed up with her gun and badge. It struck me like she was trying really hard to work with Jane, but had her doubts. I liked it! I didn't think anything of Jane not being concerned over his partner's health because I can't see him getting excited and upset over a sprained ankle anyway. The way they've portrayed his brand of lateral thinking is that he intuitively leaps to good conclusions without all the linear step by step. That, to me, would also apply to a sprained ankle. And I think the show is just as good as the first season -- of, course, some episodes are more fun than others ... and this was a fun one!


I agree that the way Jane treated Lisbon was questionable, but it was also interesting to see him so enthused about commuting with nature, almost a childlike enthusiasm. The charactor of Jane has changed over the years, I also have noted that there was a more human side to him at first and now he is more farcical, writers need to be aware that this can be very undermining to the whole premise of the show. Hightower has proven to be a viable persona and not afraid to go into kill mode in an instant, remember how she killed that crazy girl a while back. Next week will show us the conclusion of the Tedd affair, and good ridance to Laroche. I still remember Taylor-Vance in a movie with Baker called "Love from Ground Zero" wher ha was a sweeter more vulnerable man.


YES, her jackets were awesome!!!


Does this dumb show still have good ratings now that they have changed the lead character so much? Used to interesting with him bumbling thru. Now he is a jackass. Watched again last night after not watching for weeks. Same jackass.

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I mentioned last week -- Jane is an emotional cripple with no particular sentimental attachment to any of the other characters except Cho, a bit. I saw nothing tonight to make me change my mind about that. I agree that it was ridiculous the way Lisbon was injured -- but also that it was nice to see more of Hightower. She's not the jerk she has appeared to be. I don't believe that a mother would walk into the line of fire as she did, without a bullet-proof jacket, though. It did not make sense to me. I did appreciate her willingness to shoot to kill. Way too many shoulder injuries on shows. I was taught that if you shoot the gun you shooot to kill. Anything else is stupid. Her character is a political animal, and as she said some episodes back, if someone powerful enough demands it, Jane will be sacrificed in an instant (if he refuses to dance), but I like her better now.

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The Mentalist Season 3 Episode 15 Quotes

Ms. Mead: Rick didn't believe in guns.
Jane: He didn't think guns exist.
Ms. Mead: No, he didn't like them.

Jane: Maybe he died of happiness. Too much natural beauty, it's the Stendhal syndrome.
Sheriff Hughes: No. He was shot in the head.
Jane: Oh well. Nevermind.