The Mentalist Review: A Red John Disciple?

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Could Patrick Jane be a Red John disciple? There are certainly plenty of theories out there. Some have even commented on these reviews that they believe Jane is Red John himself.  "Cheap Burgundy," meanwhile, floated the idea that the FBI has its own theory.

But let's cover our murder cases first. Sometimes I really love that Jane isn't a macho guy. It leads to funny moments such as when he taunted the murderer, got socked in the nose and then ran away yelling for Lisbon to come save him. 

What made it even more humorous was that with her hair up in that pony tail and her petite frame, Lisbon resembled a 12-year old girl. But there she was, all the same, standing between Jane and the burly guy trying to beat the crap out of him.

Did anyone believe that the Lt. Governor wanted Jane on that case? No? I didn't think so.

Jane and Darcy

Jane wasn't kidding when he told Agent Darcy to quit the play acting because she wasn't good at it. For a seasoned FBI agent the woman was a horrible liar. From trying to convince Jane that she needed him to crack the case to pretending this was some sort of seduction, everything she did felt stilted and strange.

Until she asked Jane if he truly believed Red John was dead. Of course a large, blood-covered, knife-wielding murder suspect wandered out of the woods at just that moment. What were the odds?

Jane did one Hell of an accurate read on the man as he stalked towards Darcy, knife in hand. He wanted to force her to kill him. Only Jane's quick thinking stopped an innocent man from ending up dead.

When James gave Patrick that heartfelt hug, I didn't think he could have looked more uncomfortable. There isn't much physical contact in Jane's life. It made me wonder if he is distressed by any closeness that he doesn't initiate or control.

Back at the CBI, I was surprised that the arrogant, jackass of a suspect got under Lisbon's skin. Did he really rattle her by bringing up her daddy issues or was she just that ticked off by his attitude? Although I agreed that he was the most likely culprit, I was perplexed that she didn't take Cho's advice and look at other suspects.

Rigsby trying to hypnotize the man was ridiculous, but as I've never thought much of Wayne, it was more amusing than anything. Unless it's a arson case, he truly is the weak link on this team.

Lisbon was visibly thrilled when Jane called her to say he needed her help. She was practically beaming over the phone. And their joint admissions of missing the other were cute. Lisbon seemed to take it at face value but Jane almost looked confused, as though he was trying to figure out the meaning behind her words. But perhaps Jane's mind always looks for hidden meanings whether they are there or not.

How great was Jane's reading on Darcy? I loved it when he slipped into psychic mode. He's just so damn good at reading people. Unfortunately, this time his talent may have only made a bad situation worse. But Darcy did ask some good questions. If Red John wanted to make Jane suffer, why hasn't he gone after anyone from the CBI? 

In the end, Lisbon was right to be concerned over Darcy's accusation. She knew the FBI agent wouldn't let it go. 

So how far do you think Darcy will go to prove that Jane has a connection to Red John? Do you think there's any truth to it? I don't, but as I've said, I know some fans believe otherwise. And is Wainwright really on board with this investigation into Jane or simply playing both sides? Tell us your theories and don't miss the special Friday night bonus episode of The Mentalist TONIGHT.


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@Annie. How old is Wainwright? It's never been answered, he always avoids the question and to have reached his level/position he couldn't be as young as he looks. Previous episodes have stated RJ started his crime spree approx 12 years prior to current episodes which if Wainwright is as I believe, early to mid thirties means it could be more than likely he is RJ. What, you've never seen anyone look young for his age?


I think eveyone deciding Wainwright is RJ needs to step back and remember that much has been made of his youth. He can't be THE Red John. He is simply to young. Acolyte perhaps. Actual for real Red John, well, maybe if RJ started killing when he was about twelve tears old. Yes it has been known, but twelve year old serial killers that are still at it ten to fifteen years later? Uh no. To say nothing of Rosalinds experiences with RJ. That would seem to indicate an olde man, not someone who would have only just been in their very early twenties. Darcy is an extremely uncomfortable character. I don't know if it's just a case of the actor being badly directed, or being really badly written I just don't get her as a character... She may very well be just an FBI Agent with a bee in her bonnet about RJ. I wish to hell the writers would stop throwing terms like psychopath and sociopath around, especially when they are misused. If Darcy honestly believes Jane to be a true sociopath (at least she didn't call him a phsychopath like Wainwright did) she is more stupid than I thought possible for a so called senior agent. Interesting times.


In my opinion neither Darcy nor Wainwright are in with RJ.
The world is not black and white. Not everyone who goes after "the good ones" is a RJ accomplice. Lisbon seems to be in love with Jane. Now it's more obvious with every ep. But somehow now it's just embarrasing me.
Lisbon is my favourite character. What season 4 does to her litterally pains me.


Wainwright is connected to Red John and he is going to kill Darcy.


@ Student of Trivia - Think about it, Jane's not being taken of the RJ case, Wainright aka RJ is just expanding the game pieces and remember, he think's Darcy's cute or he did before she threatened to go after Jane as a disciple. Also, Wainright's body language and actions when the file were in his office were very, ummm.. almost affectionate when Lisbon left. He would almost consider them his opus. ;-P I still think he's RJ.


It can't be Wainright (either R.J. himself or a disciple) simply because he actually turned over all the R.J. files to Darcy a few weeks back and I seem to remember that was the reason Bosco and his team were eliminated, because R.J. wanted Jane to have the files back. R.J.ants to keep Jane in his sight to better manipulate him. Jane thinks he's 2 steps ahead, but is he?


I agree with the review. Some things didn't make sense. Darcy or Wainwright might be RJ disciples. Jane isn't RJ or a disciple. Jane/Lisbon scenes were great. "I missed you." "I missed you too." Darcy's kinda boring but she had some good scenes with Jane. I liked Wainwright's smile/head tilt when Darcy called Jane a sociopath.


The interaction between Darcy & Wainright in this episode has confirmed my belief that Wainright is Red John, not just a disciple. I also think this will be proven when RJ kills Darcy. Why? Darcy can't be allowed to investigate the supposition that Jane is RJ's disciple, he's (in RJ's mind) by turns, a toy, a competitor & an irritant (he spoiled RJ's retirement plan) and she's starting to interfere with his plans for Jane.


I don't know of any real-life cases, but it is a somewhat standard plot device going back at least as far as CRIME AND PUNISHMENT and TV shows like Columbo or movies like Heat for criminals to try to match wits with the detective after them or John Sandford's Lucas Davenport police deputy chief who's writes computer games is an example of serial killers calling him up to give him clues or complain about something they think is unfair. With Red John and Jane, I find the device believable/enjoyable that RJ would play games with Jane.


What if Jane is connected to RJ in a way that he doesn't yet know about;someone from his past?

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The Mentalist Season 4 Episode 17 Quotes

Let go of the knife, James. You can kill yourself later.


I don't truly believe anything.