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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Shippers searching for a ridiculous meaning that isn't there? WHY< I AM SHOCKED! Jane's face at the end was bittersweet emotion at seeing Rigsby's baby, remembering the child he and his wife had and perhaps longing for that again some day (he does choose his first real lover at the end of this season afterall). But NO, Rigsby/Van Pelt hopefuls have to make it all about them again. Jane's look was cause he realised it's not Rigsbys baby? Give me a break. Look, Rigsby and Sarah are NOT in love (yet), that is true. But this is still his baby and he is going to be a Father to it regardless...I can only see this being a good thing for his character. Bringing Rigsby some sort of much needed responsability. Perfect. Anyway, rant over. This episode was absolute perfection. TBPH, I liked last weeks episode unlike a lot of others... (then again, I love EVERY episode) but there is no doubting this was a massive improvement and one of the best episodes this season, perhaps ever? Jane was SO funny, too many highlights for him in this episode to mention, though his jibe of "PERVY PERV PERV" to the principal was absolutely hilarious. Making the kid faint was cruel, but Jane IS cruel in his ways, that was hilarious and kinda cool too. The whole School setting provided a lot for Jane, and I always love seeing the way he acts around younger people. As someone else has mentioned, the line "they're teenagers, they'll get over it" was brilliant. And, THAT SCENE AT THE END. Everything about it from the lines (Jane's remark about Lisbon's treatment of him, Cho/Jane's banter about how the baby looked) to that heartbreaking look on Jane's face as he walked away (Yes, he is gorgeous). PERFECT. In summary, perfect episode. Loved the season so far just like the previous 3 and can't wait to see how the remaining 4 episodes pan out, I'm expecting the last two to be pretty intense...


Jane didn't go to high school, did he? He grew up at the carnival, right?


This was a great episode. I also, would hope that the baby was Rigsby's and that they don't go that route. Yes, he still loves Grace, and is not in love with Sarah, but I don't see Sarah lying to Rigsby. She did not agree to his proposal, so they did show that she has some sense that Rigsby is not in love with her. I would be very disappointed if it was not his baby. I loved Jane's expression, and yes Simon did that billiantly. He showed happiness, but also the pain of his own loss.
I thought the case was well done, loved Jane telling everyone that the principle had cameras in the bathroom. I hope he was forced to remove them, that's just as creepy as a 35 y.o. going after a 16 y.o. and calling it love. Jane said he was not in highschool, does not mean he was not in junior high. I think that he was a trouble maker, but got away with it, thats why he became the con artist that he was.


Good catch by your wife, J! I sincerely hope she's right in her comment that " she thought Jane was smiling because he saw that this was probably not Rigsby's child. " Frankly, I was pretty sure the Rigsby-Sarah thing was going to end, and was sure that she would pass away during childbirth or something. I'm glad they didn't go there, but....let's face it: Rigsby only seems to marginally care for Sarah, and still holds a fairly strong crush for Grace. And vice versa. So, having Rigsby not being the father could do it. Really liked Jane's observation about the dynamics around the teacher and student relationship, and how he applied to it to his and Lisbon's relationship. Interesting times ahead!


I want Rigsby and Van Pelt back together!


I absolutely loved this episode, especially watching Simon Baker do a bit of "Hamlet." How I would love to see him do the entire play! He does Shakespeare so well! I suspect Simon had a big hand in writing this episode so he could show off his Shakespearian acting skills. I want to see more of that. And of course he can play any role. Those of you who haven't seen "The Affair of the Necklace," please get the DVD. Simon plays an 18th century gigolo in the court of Marie Antoinette. He does the courtly language and mannerisms brilliantly. IMHO Simon is the equal to or better than Brad Pitt and George Clooney.


@Richard: no, but I remember he was great as Lloyd Braun in Seinfeld! @Frank: I agree with your point about teenagers. I like how the writer includes social commentary via Jane’s character. To add to my original post: what I loved about Jane’s comment re: Lisbon’s affections for him, was that, like Lisbon, it caught me totally off-guard. I figured Jane was in denial about the obvious and the shock for me was that he had noticed and uttered his thoughts aloud! It’ll be interesting to see if Lisbon starts to be less mean to him now in an effort to conceal her true feelings ;).


I like when a episode is «almost» about Jane doing Jane ! And like you said, the ending was heartbreaking. Simon Baker is a very good actor.


Interesting how nobody picked up that the principal used to act in the Police Academy movies.


I lost interest in this episode halfway through and went to bed!

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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.