The Mentalist Review: A Depraved New Villain

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A powerful villain brought a new level of angst and depravity to The Mentalist in "If It Bleeds, It Leads" - and the biggest surprise was that it had nothing to do with Red John.

But first we'll visit Lorelei... or at least try to. Leave it to Patrick Jane to attempt to break into a maximum security federal prison. Yes, that's break in.

At first I thought he was keeping the information from Lisbon, but in reality he had told her Lorelei's location. Apparently he just didn't like it when she told him it was impossible to get there. However, watching Jane throw branches at the 20-foot electric fence with razor wire strung across the top was a comical moment.

A Reporter's Death

Lisbon was definitely miffed that Jane was bailing on her and the case to chase his Lorelei lead, but it was hard to blame him. This was as close to Red John as he's gotten in a decade. How was he suppose to let that go?!?

Of course, the moments he was involved with the case were some of the most entertaining. Especially when he spoke to weather girl, Tara, and called her out in this The Mentalist quote

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Yeah, he deserved to get slapped for that but it was worth it all the same.

Elsewhere, our murderer this week was truly frightening. Volker's ruthless and he had money and power to indulge in that tendency without retribution.

The moment Amanda started speaking to Lisbon I knew she wouldn't survive the hour. What I didn't expect was to see Volker there, watching his henchman strangle the girl.  I was also surprised that Volker confronted Lisbon at Amanda's home. This guy isn't afraid of anything, least of all Lisbon.

My biggest disappointment was that Jane was nowhere to be found when Lisbon came upon Amanda's body. Where was he? I kept waiting to see his reaction to the murder and wondered what he'd say to Lisbon, but we never go that scene.

The Homeland Security agent was downright creepy. I hoped Lisbon would say no to his request for coffee but I understood why she didn't. The guy made my skin crawl. He's going to be trouble and I don't think he's going away.

A few other notes about the episode…

  • Why did the cyclists need to be told to call 911 when the car went off the cliff?  They all just stood there gawking.
  • Loved Jane's observation that Cassie didn't commit suicide because she was half way through her cheeseburger.
  • Is it just me, or does every suspect Cho and Rigsby go to pick up run from them?

So were you happy to see a new villain besides Red John, one that's focused on Lisbon instead of Jane? 


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Forgot that reference to Volker's stutter. So now I'm rethinking Jane's deleted-scene profile of RJ and Timothy Carter fits somewhat better. Since Jane's profiling, Carter got married and overcame his speech impediment (it WAS small). His house is now two-story and white, but it does have a very obvious blue door. He is something of a small-business man, which could be close enough to the "clerical" job category. His hair is brown, and short and straight enough to match Rosalind's description, and he was also tall enough. Jane and Lisbon remarked on how clean and tidy the house was. As "psychic" readings go, it's pretty close. So did Rosalind lie when she said Carter was not Roy Tagliaferro? But he's dead, which makes him just another RJ minion of which there may be "many" as hinted by that partial message in blood a few episodes back. It's a great mystery and fun to try to puzzle out.


Hmmmmmmm. Rewatched. Volker comments in the scene at the airplane hanger that he and Cassie talked about how they both had overcome stutters growing up. In the previews for next week, who is the woman kicking the stuffing out of Jane? Lorelei with bleached hair?


mrc678: I reviewed the end of the episode. Are you talking about the picture on the wall?


And events in othe episodes mean something, everything does. Hypnosis plays a role,i.e Rigsby episode, so innocent people maybe doing the killing, (RJ maybe a seriel killer created under hynosis), and Jane drinking tainted tea causing dellusions about his daughter means things may not be what they appear so everything is in play. Red John is someone none of us possibly think is he or she, and perhaps Jane's original evaluation of Red John irritated RJ becuase Jane was absolutely wrong in the profile, but Brett Stiles did say to Jane that RJ may be jealous of jane, a form of love, I think that statement will be very important, but i also saw some interesting things in the episode with lisbon faking a breakdown, entrapping the killer doctor. Perhaps the name red john is a version of a sports reference. But I need to see more to make a more educated evaluation on that.


My previous comment was cut short. Red john has controlled every outcome, like a game of chess. Kirkland and Homeland are not RJ, neither fit the pattern. The simpliest truth is I am dissappointed because the detective skills used in non-red john episodes are not used in Red john episodes. Its TV of course, but, we have answers and leads to clearly follow. The sheriff jane killed his father was Red John's friend, Bret Stiles lead jane to a red john captive, the blind girlfriend. FBI agent O'laughlin who is a former football player, and highly educated and of course Loreli. All the dead red john followers. How about the backround investigations on all them, fingerprints, checking any similarities or connections, not one episode about that, perhaps on purpose? The thing from the last episode of any matter is the last scene with Jane and homeland guy, above there head is a clear picture, a clue that matters!


Red John will probably be the least suspect. The profile that @rationalgal outlines (and thanks!) sounds like a serial killer -- Volker doesn't (like the Gormogon killer and the previous Gormogon killer in the old folks home seemed like serial killers without being the Zack-like stereotype whereas Volker is the stereotype of the cold-blooded, me-first businessman, which really is more of a straw man idea than you can find anyone exactly like Volker -- really, business can't succeed if people can't trust each other, like think of what people thought of snake oil salesmen, but there are a lot of the stereotype in movies, like "Wall Street" etc, which could be all Volker is??). But then again ... they're not required to pick someone who fits a stereotype, so who knows??


I checked out Jane's profiling of RJ in the deleted scene from the pilot. It was only marginally accurate. Basically useless. Timothy Carter did not come close enough to fit it. Also I checked Rosalind's description of RJ and it did not match the deleted scene either. Rosalind is the one sure connection to RJ the writers have given us. The teacups she used in the episode where Jane had to shoot Dumar (his only link to RJ) were the same as shown in the part of that episode that showed RJ was videotaping Jane and Dumar. And didn't Rosalind have blood on her hands when the morgue attendant was found murdered in her closet? Definitely a connection there. The plot thickens.


Re guessing's comment about Jane profiling RJ in a deleted scene on a DVD. I have that DVD and the deleted scene is taken from Jane's TV interview that led to RJ killing his family. Jane describes RJ as an egomaniac who is very ordinary looking, in his mid-30s, medium height, thinning brown hair, orderlin and tidy, very clean, has a small speech impediment that he is deeply ashamed of, works at a clercal job and lives with his mother or possibly his sister, in a blue house with a citrus tree in front yard-could be a lemon tree.
Well, no surprise that that was deleted. But if a character shows up meeting that description, Jane should punce on him right away. Hmmmm. How close did Timothy Carter come to meeting it? I'll go back and check on his house and see if there's a lemon tree in front.


What a fun and entertaining episode despite all the darkness. How did they do that! The news anchor and the weather lady are my favorite guest stars. Jane gossiping with the weather lady is hilarious.


They showed Volker watching Brenda being killed, he had a smile/a sense of satisfaction on his face. I am convinced that he is friendly with RJ and must have watched a few RJ murders as well. One thing i found strange is that Jane never really met Volker in the entire episode :s this makes me more suspicious. The homeland security guy is definitely someone important in the storyline and most probably can be RJ...but why would he warn Lisbon?

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 7 Quotes

Tara: I don't want to speak ill of the dead.
Jane: They don't really care. They're dead.

I am prepared to punch you in the face all on my own.