The Mentalist Review: Where Are All the Bad Kids?

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Lies, sex, drugs and hidden cameras. "Something's Rotten In Redmund" had it all, even a baby on the way.

That's right. Rigsby and Sarah had a little boy and I loved how Cho admitted the tyke wasn't really adorable. The fact is, most newborns aren't all that cute. 

The look on Jane's face as he saw Rigsby's son was simply heartbreaking. He was happy for his friend but it obviously brought back some painfully sweet memories. I love those moments that remind us how much Patrick Jane has lost.

Jane and Lisbon on the Case

But let's go back to the beginning. The case of the week was fun. I loved watching Jane run around the high school causing trouble. I wondered how often Patrick Jane was sent to the Principal's office back in the day. I have no doubt he was a trouble maker, but I wondered if he was more like Lisbon described herself in this The Mentalist quote:

I didn't say I never did anything bad. I just never got caught. | permalink

How good was Jane at not getting caught?

And I thought Jane's assessment of Lisbon was correct. I could just picture her in one of those silly band uniforms with the big hat.

The Principal was a little over the top in his tyranny but it was certainly entertaining. Jane's reveal of his bathroom cameras was funny, with him throwing open the cabinets to reveal the TV screens and yelling "pervy, perv, perv."

Principal Snyder had some nerve asking Lisbon, a law enforcement officer, to keep his illegal cameras a secret. The look on her face in response was perfect.

Jane's always a little different around kids, even teenagers. He never talks down to them and seems to see them for who they are. That said, causing the nervous kid to hyperventilate and pass out before the play wasn't very nice.

Grace seems to be getting all of the final interviews with the murderers lately. Mrs. Austin wasn't quite as crazy as some we've seen recently, which is saying something since she did slam a baseball bat into a man's head. 

Of course, she was pretty warped if she had to ask Grace "I love him and he loves me. Is that wrong?" Well, you're 35 and he's 16 and your student so... yeah!

I may not have thought that last week's episode was one of the better ones this season, but The Mentalist completely redeemed itself this week, as Jane ran around searching for the bad kids of high school. Do you think Jane was one of the bad kids, did he stay under the radar or was he never in one place long enough to get caught?


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All I can say is, when I saw Wayne hug Grace it looked like he was so happy to have her back in her arms and then the gifnrrield popped up. I was thinking ok, well things might slow down for wayne and his lawyer GF and then she springs it on him she's pregnany WHICH I had already slightly forsaw when we had the red herring of her calling him from the bathroom while sitting. I expected her to say it then and when she didnt I thought I was wrong. Well, we can safely say either she's going to be killed off we might get a little affair thrown into the mix. I'm thinking moreso killing her off as, a affair would look bad for Wayne and Grace's rep. So RED JOHN, we know you're out there


There is something suspicious about Rigsby becoming a father. Doesn't seem to do anything to advance the plot. Kind of meaningless in that sense. So I'm wondering if this will figure in a Red John incident. Another RJ mother-child murder to tighten the screws on Patrick Jane? Horrible to contemplate but the whole story is based on that kind of thing happening already.


since from the episode that rigsby decided to mary her because of the baby i knew it wasnt rigsbys. i have been telling my roommate that the baby is going to be either a black dude or a chinese dude (no rasism intended) so that they could see its not rigsbys. I think Jane's smile proove me right.
So your wife is not the only one :)


Really good episode - some great Jisbon moments too. I would like to point out though that Jane did not attend high school as he said in 2x11:
Teresa Lisbon: You never went to high school?
Patrick Jane: No. I was busy.
Teresa Lisbon: You can stay. Just don't make me sorry I let you.
Still, great review and ep!


Patrick Jane did not go to high school because he was traveling with his father at the carnival.


Great episode. Jane was hilarious. many great lies. I hate to see Jane's happy moods broken. Great to see Jane running around being Jane. Lisbon was funny when she commandeered a seat. Great scenes between Jane/Lisbon, Jane/Grace, Grace/Lindy, Rigsby/Hooker.


Hi Con. I agree with you. Great Simon's acting and great episode.


(CONT'D) JANE WAS SO HILARIOUS, the whole High School setting was a PERFECT vehicle for him (too many great moments to mention, though 'PERVY PERV PERV' was just...XD). I always love seeing the way he acts around younger people, like the review said he doesn't talk down to them. THAT SCENE AT THE END WAS ABSOLUTE PERFECTION (like the episode) from the funny lines to Jane's heartbreaking face as he walked away. I love this show so much and have loved this season just like the previous 3, I can't wait to see how the last 4 episodes pan out. Looks like the last 2 will be intense!

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The Mentalist Season 4 Episode 20 Quotes

Principal: Why would I lie?
Jane: Probably just bureaucratic instinct.

Cheap power suit, phone holster, blue tooth, large watch. Has petty tyrant written all over him.