The Mentalist Review: Jane's First Day

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"Red Dawn" brought us Patrick Jane's first day at the CBI and, like any first time, it was a little awkward.

First off, Patrick did in fact give off a homeless vibe, as Lisbon put it. He looked completely disheveled with his hair askew and his inability to tuck in his shirt. This was not the charismatic, confident Patrick Jane we know now. 

Jane's First Meeting

This was a man who was just released from a mental hospital. 

I couldn't say that Det. Hannigan was wrong in what he told Jane. It would be best if he could move on, but to tell him to move away and start another family, as if that could replace the one that was brutally murdered... well, the guy was just a jackass. And any law enforcement officer who punches a victim's husband in the middle of the office deserves to get fired, or at the very least suspended without pay. I don't care how much Jane provoked him.

Did Teresa come off very cold in this episode to anyone else? I know Jane just wandered in off the street, but his wife and daughter were gruesomely killed and Teresa and her team were in charge of the case. I have no doubt she was busy but couldn't she have sat down with him for ten minutes just as a common courtesy. Telling him to leave and call back for an appointment left me disappointed in Teresa.

Where she didn't let me down was in how quickly she realized that Jane had exemplary observation skills and that she could use them to catch the killer.

It was obvious that Jane was still very traumatized by his past when he jumped all over Lisbon for referring to him as a psychic. He was very quick to call himself a fraud. You could tell he was feeling an overwhelming amount of guilt that his charlatan past put his family in Red John's crosshairs.

As Patrick said in this The Mentalist quote

The human mind is amazingly powerful. It can do things for real that sometimes feel like magic. | permalink.

And that's why I love Patrick Jane. What he does feels like magic but it's not. It's very much based in the skills of observation and knowledge of the human mind. It's fascinating but there's nothing supernatural about it.

Jane's first meeting with the rest of the CBI team was a bit comical. It felt as though everyone was playing a parody of themselves. Cho's deadpan, emotionless delivery was taken to the extreme. And Rigsby's clueless expressions, especially when he found Jane in the break room, had him looking like an idiot.

I enjoyed this episode, but not nearly as much as I had hoped. While I liked seeing this early version of Jane and I always love hearing his cold reads on the people he meets, I was dissatisfied with the early versions of the CBI team.

All except for Virgil Minelli. Oh, how I've missed him. In the early days of the show I had picked him as Red John but I've since dismissed the idea. Now we know that the FBI…and Red John have had their eyes on Jane since the beginning.

Was I the only one a bit disappointed or am I being too hard on Lisbon and the CBI team? And did the FBI twist give you any further insight into Red John or was it just one more turn in an already corkscrew case?


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This is what we know so far as this season and the reason why Kevin Corrigan has been introduced, and is a possible suspect to be RJ. If he isn't I think he is definitely working with him. Kevin Corrigan is playing a character called Robert Kirkland and is the man in the limo at the end of Red Dawn. He is going to be in at least Episodes 7 and 8 and probably more. It is interesting to note that in episode 8 Jane goes to Visualize to see Bret Stiles to help ferret out we shall see how Corrigan aka Strickland plays out...I am sure Visualize is somehow connected..I don't believe Stiles is RJ...but maybe a former leader of the cult that was usurped by Stiles? Maybe...


Ok, my previous comment got cuttoff somehow... I was just saying how in that alien episode, that the guy inferred that Cho had been subjected to alien kidnapping. Is that who Cho is so unemotional and detached personally??? Maybe food for thought.....


Can't believe nobody is talking about how easily Minelli decided to give Jane the Red John Files. No police person would EVER give a person (much less a person they just met) case files to a murder (let alone a presumed serial killer. No way would he give Jane the files to make up for Hannigan hitting him. Minelli is easily back on my suspicious list along with countless others.... especially also with Minelli at the end talking to the FBI My take is that there is no Red John person at all. Red John is either a code name or project name and somehow Jane is involved. To make Red John an actual person who is a murderer ignores the hundreds of clues and hints thoughout the series. This brings me back to most likely to Stiles and Vizualize. I'm also working the idea that aliens/alien invasion is involved. I know... this sounds silly. But there has been hints and references to this in previous episodes. Plus, an episode about alien kidnapping... and Cho is told by the guy that he has been a victim of aliens. Is that why Cho is so unemotional??? food for thought....


Here's what's needed to make the Red John thing work: There has to be some kind of ideology going on to make these RJ minions so willing to kill and die at RJ's command. No one does that without following an all-consuming ideology. The only place an ideology of any kind is being preached is at Visualize. It seems to be broadly patterned after an odd mix of Scientology and Opus Dei (per the Dan Brown novels). There has to be money and power and lots of it. So any candidate for THE Red John (the mastermind behind this whole enterprise) has to have that. So maybe it's the guy in the limo, whoever he is. The writers have left lots of loose ends ready to pick up whatever works best when they get the show's cancelation notice. This limo-guy thing might be one they can create and wind up quickly without the complexity needed to turn other suspects into the real Red John. Maybe.


I love the whole Red John concept that is the hook that's holds this series together. Being teased by who he might be or might not be. This is the mysterious part of the show that we think about when we are being entertained by a regular episode. Otherwise the show would be called Castle!


MEH, Bruno Heller said no to this idea.


MEH I went back to the inteview I saw and this is what Simon Baker said; "I fantasized about the idea that Patrick Jane is such a narcissist that he's created this whole existence for himself and he's given himself a position in life to seek revenge against a crime which he's committed himself. A self perpetuating cycle that he's created. He is a Dr. Jekyll / Mr Hyde character." This quote is from the special features in the third season. My favorite mentalist quote, HE IRKS ME, HE'S IRKSOME.


The man in the limo mus have been Red John.
They wouldn't just randomly show us this guy and have him just turn out an accomplice. We've had enough of those.
I love how they told us who the mole was an how she's actually been there with Red John the whole time.
Minelli probably has no idea that he's handing off info to Red John. He's definately not on my suspect list.
Hey, I may be wrong, but I am 99% sure that that man was Red John.


My money is on someone you wouldn't expect. you ready? Grace VanPelt


RJ wanted to watch how Jane suffers after he killed his family. During the time, he probably returned Jane's obsession with him, and became equally obsessed with Jane. Lol. I think there is an unexplored potential in this complex relationship. Hard to say what. I have high hopes for Lorelei. She could make the RJ storyline fresh and interesting again. For me, the journey of finding RJ is more fun than the final revelation who RJ is.

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 5 Quotes

Let's hope that Mr. Jane remains so amiable when he wakes up with the morning with a pounding headache and some time to think.


Teresa Lisbon. That's a nice name.