The Mentalist Review: The Devil Will Find You

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Search for the devil and the devil will find you. "Red is the New Black" may have focused on high end fashion and the Chinese mob, but it was the Red John story that grabbed my attention.

But let's deal with the murder victim first. Or, perhaps I should say, the first murder victim. A secret room, a golden feather, and the biggest pair of bloody scissors I'd ever seen. This was right up Jane's alley.

The gold feather in Wyck Theissen's mouth turned out to be a great prop. It allowed Patrick Jane to stick feathers under people's chins throughout the entire episode. But as much as Jane tickled, he couldn't find his murderer. That was, until Lisbon noticed the shocked expression on model Sonya's face.

Red is the New Black Scene

I loved that Lisbon got to tell Jane that he was losing his touch because he had no idea Sonya was the murder. He defended himself handily, pointing out that he doesn't have to know who it is as long as he has the methods to figure it out. Listening to these two banter and tease one another is the highlight of any episode.

Watching Sonya bolt out the door in her lingerie and fuzzy slippers was almost comical, but when she asked Grace when she could leave to get back to her fashion show, that was creepy. I loved the look on Grace's face as it sunk in just how crazy this woman was.

Speaking of Grace, I was really impressed with how she handled the news of Wayne's impending fatherhood. Okay, maybe her exclamation of yikes! wasn't exactly polite, but it was certainly appropriate. However, she quickly noticed that Rigsby looked both terrified and a little sad. 

Grace seemed to realize that this wasn't his dream scenario for becoming a father and immediately stepped into the role of sympathetic friend. Most ex-girlfriends wouldn't handle that situation with quite so much... grace.

Now, on to the meat of our story. Agent Darcy wasn't buying into Patrick Jane's carefully laid out plot about Panzer's murder. The woman's no fool. 

What was interesting was how terrified Wainwright was when she told him she was reopening the case and needed the Red John files. Was he desperately trying to keep this quiet because of Red John's deadly history, because he fears there's still a mole in the CBI, or does he know something that we're unaware of?

Whatever his reasons, he was frantically working to keep Jane and Lisbon far away from this case. Of course, it didn't matter. Darcy was digging up clues as fast as Patrick was trying to bury them. 

I was impressed that Patrick didn't hesitate to get the CBI and FBI involved when it all went down. Rosalind's life could have been in danger and this was a chance to finally capture Red John. It was no time to go rogue.

So now I'm left with more questions. How did Red John know Darcy had been to see Rosalind? Which one was he keeping his eye on? Was there any other purpose for killing the morgue attendant than to send a message? And why wouldn't Rosalind stop playing that damned piano?!? 

Not only is Red John back but he's dragging Jane, Lisbon and the FBI back into this mystery. Who do you think Red John will target next?


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I am probably an idiot for asking this, but why the title Red is the New Black? Anyone know?


They seem to be toying with us with hints that Jane could be Red John -- and not just in the show, but in interviews, like they really love being as twisty as they can get. What I think, though, is that shows make a lot of money in syndication and I don't think they'd make near as much if the main character turns out to be an evil, insane serial killer.


I, for one,don't think Jane is Red John. I think he knows Jane very well and is someone we all wouldn't even guess. Maybe Roselind is in on the murders; and it was creepy the way she was playing the piano... And, remember, the FBI agent was the last to see the morgue attendant.... Good storytelling.


Simon called it the gag murder of the week and he meant that it was a vehicle to insert oneself into the charactor's psyche. I think R.J. went back to Rosalin in order to complete his mission of misdirection, i.e. why kill the morgue attendant and not Darcy as previously teased. Why all the secrecy about releasing the files, Wainright is not a favourite of mine. Rosalin seemed to be in a trance (remember Kristina after R.J.) with the blood on her hands and playing Bach furiously and not sensually as before.
As a side point, who did the hair and makeup for this episode, Simon looked tired and overcoiffed lately, Amanda with the cheap eyeshadow and Robin's hair and pale face looked rattled and not by Jane.


Did you notice that Roselind had blood on her hands as she played the piano? Maybe she isn't as innocent as we think she is. I loved all the twists and turns in the episode. It kept me on the edge of my seat.


I don't think Jane is Red John, at least I really hope the writers do that, but I believe there is a connection because of that scene. Does anyone remember that the reason Jane where's the vest is because his councellor dressed that way? Or maybe Red John picked up the tea from Jane. There seems to be a strong connection between the two. Also wasn't Rosalind acting strange when they all arrived. As clever as she is I can't believe a body, or anything, was put into her closet without her knowing.


I totally agree with Tyler. The regular stories are just fluff compared with the Red John mystery. I think Red John's next victim will be the female FBI agent. But if Red John really wanted to mess with Jane he would go after Lisbon. That would really send Patrick over the edge.


I think its a woman maybe a ex lover of Patrick Jane.


I think Red John is Patrick Jane. He has Dissociative identity disorder. Either that or his dad. Also in the last episode you see the blind woman Rosalind sitting down and the guy who she knows as red john crossing his leg and drinking tea same as Jane.


I agree Red John is the reason why I started watching these show to find out who he is

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The Mentalist Season 4 Episode 13 Quotes

Who can fathom the mind of a desperate man?


Cho: Fashion, really?
Rigsby: Beautiful women in nice clothes. What's not to like.