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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The Mentalist Season 4 Episode 17 Quotes

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


I don't truly believe anything.