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The Mentalist Review: A Wicked Game

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As many fans suspected after last week's episode, Patrick Jane was playing a long con. A very long con, and all in the hopes of luring out Red John. But in "The Crimson Hat," who really got played?

I loved the opening sequence where Jane meets Lorelei. Even the music set the mood, as Chris Isaac's Wicked Game played in the background. 

Jane Meets Lorelei

When Oscar told Jane that the dead mother he claimed to have spoken to had actually wasn't dead - but had run off with her aerobics instructor years ago - I literally laughed out loud. Jane's response? "That explains why she was so easy to contact."

Jane loves telling people what they want to hear. Of course, this time - along with getting paid handsomely for it - he also nearly got both of his legs broken. 

Apparently Red John had a generous streak. If he had to send a messenger, he couldn't have sent one more gorgeous. Then he ordered her to pay Jane's bail, sleep with him and cook him breakfast. What more could you ask for?

Patrick finally ended up in bed with someone and it ended up being a Red John disciple. A stunningly beautiful disciple, but still. That definitely tarnished the moment.

Unfortunately, Patrick didn't share his plan to snare Red John with anyone, including Lisbon. Teresa looked worried sick sitting in that church, praying for guidance on how to help Jane. It had been six long months and for once, I think even Jane felt guilty.

Horror was the only word to describe the look on Jane's face when he realized that the price for being allowed into Red John's inner sanctum was Teresa's death. 

From the look on Lisbon's face I couldn't tell if Jane had let her in on the plan when he walked into the CBI. Then, I realized that her shocked expression was due to his words, not the gun he pulled on her. In this The Mentalist quote, Jane told Lisbon,

 Good luck Teresa. Love you. | permalink

... just before he pulled the trigger. Apparently it was the last two words that threw her.

So do you think Darcy's the mole in the FBI? Red John only said he had a friend there. Once Darcy blew the whistle lots of other agents would have had the same information and could have passed it along. But what made Darcy so suspicious that she went down to the morgue to measure a faceless corpse? Who would even think to do that?

In the end, I wondered if Jane was going to lose a finger and I was sure they'd open that limo and find it empty. Instead Darcy opened that door to find the dead but horror-filled eyes of Luther Wainwright. Oh, what a terrifying way to die. 

From the moment Wainwright came on the scene I figured he was either Red John's next victim or another disciple. I really wish I had been wrong.

When Lisbon finally found a battered Patrick Jane what struck me was that she didn't touch him. She actually sat a couple of feet away as she asked if he was okay. He's the one who reached out for her hand to hold.

Will we see Lorelei again next season? Why was Jane so sure he could make her talk?  Will the rest of the CBI team forgive Jane for his long con and how it ended?  Is Lisbon now a target nd who in Hell is Red John?

The Mentalist managed to keep the Red John saga going for another season and delivered yet another twist. A wicked game, indeed.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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    All in all, I'm not sure if I like turning Red John from a mysterious, lonely murderer to a manipulative, untouchable head of a huge organization - NO he should stay a mysterious, lonely murderer!!!

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    Uhuh ? I missed out 3 epidsodes and the world has been upset down. ?? I just do fear for my dear Lisbon

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    Unless the plot line involving Visualize is totally meaningless, Brett Stiles is involved somehow with Red John. So is Christina Frye. Both have had a strange connection with RJ unlike any other characters'. They either know almost everything about the RJ operation except who the mastermind is or one or both are in charge of it. Speculation: I still like Frye as the mastermind. Also, RJ has never killed 2 people at once except for Jane's family. Therefore, possibly, Frye killed Jane's daughter while her Red John du jure killed his wife. Maybe the RJ Jane killed was the RJ du jure who killed his wife. The only revenge he would still need was against Frye (if she is the mastermind). OK, when we find out who RJ et al are, I will look like an idiot, especially if Frye turns out to be a hero not a killer.

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    RJ --PJ
    How about a slight twist in the split personality idea. The good twin evil twin plot.There is very little info about PJ family.
    PJ could not even know he had a twin.Evil twin RJ could have been jealous of PJ and his family
    As twins they would appear the same and evil twin RJ could fool people into thinking that he was PJ and hypnotize them on an as needed basis and not need or have a big organization or cult. For example McLaughlin(sp?)could have come to the CBI clean and evil twin RJ could have approached him as PJ and put him under his control
    Pretty hokey I know but play with it a while.

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    Could be Malcolm MC dowells character who is r ed john.
    He has the power and the connections, and his disciples follow him blindly.

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    I don't think Grace is the mole. She just seems too emotional for that, although we have seen, that all the Red John-disciples are outstanding actors...
    And I don't think either, that Darcy is the mole, because if she was, she wouldn't have listened to Lisbon when they caught the CBI team.
    Frankly, I have no clue who is RJ, I'm just interested in the idea, that RJ might not be a person, rather an organisation, given the fact that everyone in the RJ team seems professional and loyal to "RJ".
    In the other hand, if RJ is a person then I wonder what does he do for a living? I mean he seems to have a lot of money, since he creates fake IDs, and it probably costs a lot to cover his tracks so carefully and he certainly doesn't get payed for killing people xDD
    All in all, I'm not sure if I like turning Red John from a mysterious, lonely murderer to a manipulative, untouchable head of a huge organization. It depends on the following episodes, and how the writers are gonna go with what they have now.
    Anyway, I liked the episode and I'm looking forward to season 5 premiere :)

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    Lisbon let it slip to Wainwright that "it's not what it seems" or words to that effect. And Wainwright, I think, told that to Darcy - so there's a trail of evidence that leads to a couple of possibilities. But I don't think it's Grace.

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    Yes, Grace could be a CBI mole. She has always been the gullible one, so could be conned easily into being an RJ minion. She has also resented her secondary status on the team, so being important to RJ could appeal to her. She and O'Laughlin could have known both were moles and worked together. After all, Grace did invite O'Laughlin to go with her to Hightower's hideout. Bruno Heller says some people may be disappointed at finding out who RJ is, so finding that Grace is at least closely involved (can't see her as RJ - that has to be the mastermind, and I still think it's Christina Frye) would certainly be disappointing - as would finding that Christina (if she is) is the mover and shaker of various minions and Red Johns. Also, Heller has hinted that Jane and Lisbon will get together at the end of Season 5, which may end the series, but more likely it will run through Season 6. Too many loose ends to clear up before then.

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    I enjoy this show enough to forgive its occasional frustrations, as in not catching RJ despite repeated attempts. Its the journey of watching the characters and their inter-relationships develop that are the key feature of the show, although I'd love to know who RJ is and what will become of Patrick (we are on a first name basis!) after he inevitably discovers him.
    Ultimately, I agree with a previous commenter who said he is a beautiful specimen of a man (for example, his gorgeous smiles while having eggs the next morning after Lorelei).

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    Grace from CBI is the mole. RJ was lying when he said he had a mole in FBI. How can he always be a step ahead of Jane? because somebody so close to him is a mole.Grace! While people from CBI were kept in secret about Jane s con RJ believed the whole story.