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The Mentalist Review: Jane's Texas Twang

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A Texas accent on Patrick Jane is unnatural, let's start with that. But then have him showing off weaponry and my head simply spins.

Still, "Ring Around The Rosie" highlights how things are changing at the CBI and we need to adjust to a new state of normal.

Meet Luther Wainwright, the new boss. Does anyone know what happened to Hightower after the season finale? I don't think they've mentioned her or did I miss something? With Wainwright taking over I'd like to know what happened to Madeline because I really grew to like her.

Making a Mentalist Point

Wainwright is a bit of an odd duck, but he may turn out to be an interesting foil for Jane. I'm not sure if he admires or fears Jane. Possibly both. He seems to appreciate Jane's input until that final scene where he declares him a clinical psychopath. Perhaps that's not the best sign of things to come.

Of course, Jane did put a man with a large automatic weapon at an event full of people. I know they replaced the ammo with blanks in all of the weapons at the house... but what if he had had one in his vehicle? What if they'd missed one? The risk factor is huge. I can understand why Wainwright finds it disconcerting.

Moving on to the rest of the CBI team, I love how Grace is coping with her fiance's betrayal. She shot a pedophile last week and this week she's telling an abused wife not to quit because then she'll miss the best part: Payback. Damn, Grace Van Pelt has certainly changed since she first came to the CBI but I suppose almost marrying a murdering psychopath will do that to you.

Obviously Rigsby has noticed the change, too, since he made the comment saying at least she hadn't shot anyone this time. Ouch!

Did anyone else catch Cho's dig at Rigsby? Or at least that's the way I interpreted it. Rigsby's complaining about the new boss being so young and this exchange takes place:

Rigsby: Doesn't that bother you that the guy's barely qualified?
Cho: You get used to it. | permalink

I had to laugh at that because I do feel that Cho is a much better agent than Rigsby will ever be. And we'll follow that up with the Cho deadpan line of the night…

Your under arrest for the attempted murder of...everybody. | permalink

How can you not love Kimball Cho?

It feels a little odd that Jane and Lisbon basically worked separate cases. I missed their banter and hope for more next week. So nice of him to offer her tea before she left, though.

And I guess Wainwright's comment about being a clinical psychopath must have worried him a bit because he asked Lisbon if she thought he was an anti-social personality. I don't think a real psychopath would care. And Lisbon's response just solidified why I love this show. Yeah, sure. Who isn't?  So true.

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PS correction: he has no conscience
please pardon the typos, its late here and I need to turn in. PPS there is also a growing number of studies showing the etiology of psychopathy and sociopathy is also different. Some studies are showing pure psychopathy is the result of pure genetics while pure sociopathy is the result of pure environment (of course they can overlap).

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A sociopath has no conscious and feels no guilt. IF you get in his/her way they will try to take you out. Otherwise they don't care either way. A Psychopath has no conscious and feels no guilt and trys to take you out NO MATTER what, whether you stand in his/her way OR NOT. They do care either way because they want to see others in pain. A psychopath seeks out hurting people and thrives on it. A sociopath doesn't care either way as long as he gets his goal (ie say career advancement --he will lie to the upper management about you to get your position etc). A psychopath is somebody like Jeffrey Dahmer who derived pleasure in hurting/killing as a means to end in IN ITSELF. This is the main difference that we use. Of course its not a clear cut line as there is overlap and its a continuum but there is a difference. clinical therapist 15 years.

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@dude There is absolutely a difference between a 'sociopath' and a 'psychopath'. Don't be an idiot.

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Who killed the photographer to begin with? That mystery isn't solved. Too many loose ends.

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@ Naota. I noticed that a bit too. But welll...writers are human and they have their opinions like everyone else. Its the same in all cop shows. Have you noticed how black people never commit any crimes? Its always wealthy white people? Juuuuuuust like in real life....not. But I suppose they don't want the ACLU or Obama getting mad at them. These days who knows.

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Actually Jane was a psychopath before Red John. He conned people with absolutely no regard for their lives or their fates. He is the first to risk peoples lives in order to clear a case, and any person with a conscience will know that finding a killer doesn't bring the dead back. Thus finding closure for the dead is definitely a second priority to not getting anyone else killed!!!! If you put a person with an automatic weapon in the midst of a croud in real life the odds that someone would get trampled to death are nearly 100 percent. Panic kills people all the time. So yes. Jane is absolutely a psycho in every way. Always has been.
I am a little put off by the writer missing the long and drawn out Hightower arc! Hightower was framed by Red John and Jane helped her escape. How long have you been watching the show? This took up like a dozen episodes!!!!!!

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@ummm... no difference between a psychopath and a sociopath. don't be a smart alec.

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Great episode. Asks good questions. Wainwright will be interesting. Castle writers could learn from this.

The Mentalist Season 4 Episode 4 Quotes

Do you always go job hunting with a loaded gun?

Cho

it's only the mayor's life at stake. Forget I spoke.

Jane