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The Mentalist Review: A Family Reunion with Firepower

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"Where in the World is Carmine O'Brien" gave us the murder of a police chief, which quickly turned into a Lisbon family reunion. Of course, this get-together took place while all parties either had weapons drawn or their hands in the air but hey, family's family.

Poor Teresa. She was so terrified that her brother was going to screw up and get himself hurt or killed that she couldn't even admit to the possibility that he might be good at his new profession.

The best scene of the night was watching Jane give Annie pick pocket lessons. It was both sweet and funny. Jane's always so much fun to watch interact with kids.

Lisbon and Brother

Then Jane almost blatantly called Teresa on her judgmental attitude toward her brother but she was too worked up to even notice.

I was a little disappointed that Jane and Lisbon interacted so little in this episode. I thought her issues with her brother would have been the perfect excuse for Jane to weasel his way into her personal life. Or at least for him to push their friendship and point out that her concern about Tommy's new profession had to do with being hurt that he hadn't told her about it or fear of him being injured. But we barely got any of Jane's insights. Instead he ran around without Lisbon as he tried to expose the killer.

Even at the end, when brother and sister made up and Teresa was left close to tears, I expected Jane to walk in and at least offer her a spot of tea. Instead we got a fade to black and it felt like a real missed opportunity between these two characters.

On the up side, I loved when Jane quipped "Nicely done Lisbon, family" as brother, sister, and niece all worked together to take down our murderer.

Moving on to the rest of our CBI crew... it was nice to see Grace looking more stable - and with better hair. Jane was the only one to pick up on her need to feel in control by taking the sleazy Russian down. It turned out to be a little bit of Jane-approved therapy for Grace. 

Loved Van Pelt and Rigsby's conversation about love. Rigsby was hesitant to even use the word when it came to his new girlfriend, Sarah, and Grace admitted that given her recent history, she'd be the last person to ask for advice. For once these old lovers acted like real friends.

Oh, poor Cho! I couldn't believe it when he got hit by that car. Tommy certainly didn't come off like the brightest guy in the world when he called over to ask if Cho was okay. The man was lying on the pavement, moaning after getting smacked by a moving vehicle. I'm pretty sure the answer to that question was no.

Due to his accident we barely got any screen time with Cho, which is always a let down. As for the Cho deadpan line of the night, we were only given one option as he hobbled over to his desk:

Rigsby: Doctor say what the problem is?
Cho: Yeah. Getting hit by a car. | permalink

Even with minimal scenes, Cho manages to be delightful.

On a side note I have to give a special mention to the actress who played Jori Kasser. Her brief moment as the mother of a missing drug addict was heartbreaking. Her concern for her son coupled with the fear that he may have had something to do with the murder was more moving than I expected.

The murderer's "I had to kill them because Daddy didn't pay me enough" defense was pretty lame but I liked how Patrick figured out he was a coke addict. But Patrick's assurances to Lisbon about her brother being safe flew out the window when the killer held the gone to his head. Oops. I don't think Jane saw that one coming.

Overall, this was an entertaining episode that fell a little short for me. Were my hopes too high for this family reunion? Let me know what you think.

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I agree with you: not enough Jane/Lisbon in this episode, but hey- don't I say that about almost ANY episode? Might be. I think there were some missed chances, and it wouldn't hurt to throw us a slightly romantic bone now and then...I have the feeling the writers haven't really done this since the premiere.
I liked Lisbon's brother and niece very much, and I found the whole episode rather fast-paced, so I wasn't bored at any time.
But: all in all, there was just not enough JANE in this episode for my liking, and I couldn't fail to notice that he's the main reason I'm watching the show, as much as I enjoy team interaction and his relationship with Lisbon (IF the writers decide to dwell on it). But watching Jane is always my greatest pleasure- and there wasn't nearly enough of that in this episode.
An additional word about the Jane/Lisbon controversy: I absolutely believe that he truly cares about her, and in my opinion the characters have anormous chemistry running between them, so it's not far-fetched that so many fans want them to be together. They won't get together anytime soon, of course, at this point of the series, the complications would be devastating. But I don't think the producers would lose their face if they'd just fuel the audience's fantasies from time to time...they did in season 2 with episodes like "Red Badge" and "Rose-Colored Glasses", so why not this season? I guess hope dies last....

Sue ann

I did not like this episode at all. I considered turning the television off, in actuality. I don't care about Lisbon's family, and there was almost no Cho. As Cho is the only character I like, that alone is enough to make it annoying. But it was very annoying, even beyond that. Van Pelt wanting to know about Rigsby's love life struck me as rather dog-in-the-manger, and her lack of insanity this week after being fairly out of control since she shot her fiance seemed unrealistic. On the upside, there was none of those bosses of theirs, both of whom are poisonous, nasty, or sneaky. I do agree that the lady playing the mother of the drug addict victim was very good indeed. The local policeman who offered to help turned out to be a red herring, as he was actually honest and helpful, but on a lesser-written program, he would not have been. I am not sure why Jane would want to "weasel" his way into Lisbon's personal life. He is her friend, but not her lover, and I don't think he has any such wish. They really are not suited to be a couple. Jane is written in such a way that his interest in those around him is not normal. I think it is supposed to be colored by his early life as a carny, where all outsiders are marks, and then again, by his life as a con man, where again people cannot be looked upon as real like oneself, as one is preying upon them, and then thirdly, as people to whom it is not safe to get too close, because Red John will kill them, literally (his family) or virtually (his psychic lady friend). I watched this episode anyway, to see the actor who played Lisbon's brother. It was the first time I'd seen him in quite a while, and I was fascinated to see how he'd matured. The mystery was interesting enough; it took a while to figure out why Jane seeded the cabin with false evidence. That's a thing Lisbon would probably not have permitted, so it is just as well he was free of her. I would like to have seen more of Daniel Hugh Kelly. I've been a fan for decades. But it was nice to see him at all ... It was also interesting to see a program have a fairly well-known actor guest, and then have him not be the killer. NCIS made a mistake the wrong way on that this week. This choice was better. When I buy the DVD of this season, I won't waste a lot of time re-watching this episode, though. No Cho.

Fortyseven

I agree. There were some good parts but overall it was subpar.

The Mentalist Season 4 Episode 6 Quotes

Rigsby's a nice easy mark if you want to keep practicing.

Jane

Lisbon: Taking your 13 year old daughter along as backup is professional?
Tommy: She's 14.

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