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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no need to say how much I enjoy "the mentalist" and most of all the Patrick Jane character! Today, I was wondering I don't really like it if they want to hide the red john for 8 or 9 seasons. It would be 4 other years. Who knows if we are still alive by then or not! I know there are much more important things to thinks about when death subject comes along. Just saying... On the other hand, do the writers know who the red john is themselves? Or they just want to go on and on to see what will happen? Are they going to kill Patrick at the end of the show or they are going to finish it like MONK? To be honest, I really don't like waiting for the next episode and waiting for the next season... are there any message boards any where so we can tell the writers not to play with our souls and nerves? Don't get me wrong, I learn a lot from The mentalist, I have learnt to look wisely and I am trying to cope. But I need a closure somehow. Anyways, if Red John becomes Patrick , himself-as some people believe, I will not watch any other episodes of any kind of Series ever again! That was it. Is there any real Patrick in the world?!


Yeah i know some are rooting for romance between Jane and Lisbon but somehow I cant see them together. She's too straight and he's too...bend. I cud have seen her with Bosco though. I kno Jane is soft on her but i am not sure its enough. the writers wud have to add a lot more to do a romance between them and it might kill it. better she hook up with the boss, which is still not allowed, and let it eat Jane. Cause quite frankly, Jane cant handle that right now. He needs a female version of himself, someone to make him think, smarter or as smart as him but not devious like him. He might be able to take the plunge then. Lisbon is his anchor. I really want to see someone other than Red John here. Someone who wants to challenge Jane. Something new. RJ is getting old.


Wainwright is so dull that I think he's set up to be killed very soon!


So . . the good guys were angry, screaming illegal immigrants, and the bad guy was a white southerner from Texas. Nope, no bigoted, hate filled, liberal propaganda here. I used to love this show. This episode sucked.


He did say psychopath, which in a way he is, however, in the first season we have seen Jane in a mental institution suffering from PTSD and a breakdown which he said he wasn't proud of. His psychiatrist encouraged him to find his way out and resume his life with a new purpose, vengence, and that is what keeps him going, so yes, a deep psychosis brought on by horrific trauma can be reversed only partially, the trauma being causality, thus motivation for revenge can assuage the guilt of survival. If one remembers the episode where he mentions how he lost patience a long time ago, there is only patience after redemption.


I thought the Texas twang thing was rather cute. I liked that it was not right-on accurate. After all, this was not Simon Baker doing the accent, it was his character, Patrick Jane, who couldn't be expected to do it beyond what was necessary to carry out the con game. I'll bet if Simon Baker was playing a character who really did have a Texas accent, he would nail it. He's just SO good!


I might be completely off the mark here but I got the feeling the show is heading towards a Jane-Lisbon-Wainwright love triangle. I mean Wainwright may be younger than Lisbon but he looks at her in a peculiar way. And Jane is getting territorial about her because he asks her if she wanted to have tea with him. I mean when was the last time he offered her, or anybody, tea? I'd love to this if it happens.


Loved the episode and Jane's Texas accent. The new boss is a change. I think he thinks he won and I know Jane thinks he won the verbal battle. We will see. I love how Jane took charge of the con and gave everyone orders.


Glad to find this site. The new site is crap compared to what it was until Season 4 started. Hard to discuss anything there now. I watch a fair amount of TV and The Mentalist is the first series that has totally impressed me with its creativity and especially character development of Patrick Jane. Fascinating! An entire bio could be written of him based on info from the episodes. Can't say that about any other TV character. Yes, some of the episodes have plot lines that fall off the cliff. Non sequiturs galore sometimes, but still absolutely compelling!


Re: 10/13 Mentalist. I love the show. My question is: Are the writers endorsing Pre-Crime/Minority Report/TSA type investigation techniques, so we the public will accept them? As smart as Patrick Jane is, is that enough to justify pre-crime harrassment? With the glut of propaganda/nastiness/messages (Law&Order, Sons of Anarchy etc) infused into our tv shows, The flawed hero,Jane is loved by all, so is his message that it's ok to PRE-Judge Pre Crime acceptable?

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