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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? 

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Isn't this Bob Kirkland guy the same guy who was in the back of the limo?

Marisa1983

Also, I noticed, except for the red John murders, it was the first episode (that I can remember) where the case wasn't closed. And this guy isn't a serial killer, which makes it interesting since he has a professional hired for the murders, which makes it harder to prove.

Marisa1983

I was happy that we got a new villain introduced, I like these long-term stories. And I was happy it was centered around Lisbon, after 5 years, it's about time. With Jane closing all the cases, it makes us forget how good a detective Lisbon is. She has good instincts, she knew right away Volker had something to do with the murder. Maybe the introduction of this new villain means we're close to a conclusion to the Red John storyline.

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WOW. What a weird episode, I don't mean that in a bad way, just so much to digest and all in such an unusual manner. So get ready for one of the biggest episodes in the entire series next week? The guy in the back of the limo from episode 5 isnt going anywhere; there really pushing this guy as a potential Red John associate(I still refuse to believe he is actually Red John). He is trouble and what I didnt see coming was Lisbon getting so into a case and now this mystery man getting involved with her and telling her to back off. There tying Lisbon into a potential Red John storyline.