The Mentalist Review: See Jane Run

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Patrick Jane doesn't run... that is, unless he's chasing Red John - yet "Red Sails in the Sunset" started off with the odd site of watching Jane run. With whom was he meeting? Where was he headed?

The answers were both surprising and a little disappointing.

Yes, anyone who saw last week's previews knew that Bret Stiles was making an appearance, but I was expecting more. I'm a fan of the oddly engaging cult leader and I had hoped we'd get more of him than just one scene. 

Jane Works With Stiles

Not only did Jane cash in his marker with Stiles, he also smashed the window of his precious Citron. This was serious.

I liked that the plot didn't linger on the finer points of Lorelei's breakout and got straight to her interactions with Jane. The poor girl thought Red John had come to rescue her and instead she found Patrick Jane.  She wasn't happy.

My favorite scene was watching Lorelei and Patrick on the beach. It was a beautiful setting that felt odd, lonely and peaceful all at once. 

Back at the CBI, Agent Kirkland showed up once again and did anyone else notice Lisbon fluffing her hair when she saw him? Ugh. Please don't let that mean anything. The guy would creep me out even if he weren't a Red John minion.

But Lisbon brought up an interesting point: How does someone become the mistress of a psychopath? What was Lorelei's story? Thankfully we found out.

When Dana shared her story about selling her two-year old, it made my stomach turn. Honestly, I expected Lisbon to look more horrified. Lorelei effectively had her sister stolen from her twice. Once as a child by her own mother, and later taken permanently from her by Red John - but Lorelei never made the Red John connection. 

Watching Patrick walk up to that cabin in the woods was so creepy it made my heart pound. His abduction set up, complete with car crash, was so perfect that only Lisbon would think to question it.

But for Jane the bruises, neck brace and Lisbon's suspicions were all worth it the moment Lorelei gave him his biggest clue in this The Mentalist quote...

 I only wonder why the two of you didn't become life long friends the moment you shook hands. | permalink

Patrick Jane has already met Red John. Something that many of us have long suspected has now been confirmed and the obsessed glee in Jane's eyes was more than a little disconcerting.

So, is it someone he knows well? Someone he'd never suspect or perhaps a person he's recently crossed paths with? What's your latest Red John Theory?


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has anyone figured out whom rj is?


Rationalgal, Jane is like a junkie, in that he needs revenge for his family. What happened to his family was not he fault. Red John is a big murderous bully. Jane may never kill Red John if he wakes up in time. He may realize that he would be just as evil as Red John if he kills him. But you best believe one of his CBI family members will take of that! Jane keeps his hero status. They are going to mess Red John up when they catch him. Jane will probably make Red John's brain fall out before they do! I hate to say this but I hope Red John's death will be glorious! Torture and torment because Red John does not believe he's going to heaven or hell and that he won't be punished. so that means we are all going to see him GET WHAT HE'S GOT COMING!


Rationalgal, Jane is like a junkie in that the revenge he seeks is for his family. So right now Red John is really controlling Jane and Jane is aware of that. He may never kill Red John if he wakes up in time and realizes he would be just as evil as Red John if he killed him. This is crazy good!


Rationalgal you are right on the money! Jane has to figure all that out, that's what the Devil's Cherry was all about. He really is not at fault. The show has creative licsence and can do what ever they want. They would not have gotten this far if Jane could figure all that out so soon. That's the entertatinment part, which we all enjoy! Our job is to figure out who it is. You are right about Lisbon cross, it went from smaller to larger. Maybe it signifies more faith.


Kelly, the marking on the wall said mar? or Man? Not mil, this is not to say that you are wrong but to point out the significance. It makes it harder to point at him. I'm waiting on Diego's answer. That's does not mean it's not him! The mind games are beginig!


I'm a new fan of the mentalist, myself and my husband and we would like to trade inquieries as well, it would help a lot to know more of the subject matter please be patient as we attempt to do so.


Welcome Angela, I love this show so much I recruited another arm chair detective!


tell me more anitraward1


continued: A great puzzle to unravel. The only thing I haven't seen symbolized is forgiveness - revenge has always been portrayed as worth it. And it is (personal disclosure: been there, done that and it felt SO good). RJ blathers on with a lot of philosophical claptrap but he is just a self-absorbed, arrogant, narcissistic psychopath who killed for the fun of it, then continued it as a cat and mouse game with Jane. He cares nothing for the pain he causes people. I do not want to see him forgiven for anything. As Bruno Heller said, viewers want to see the harpoons go in, and I'm looking forward to that.


Every scenario we come up with could work, but every one has holes that seem to make it unworkable, so we get nowhere, but it's a fascinating mystery. Questions: Why is a serial killer who rides around in a limo - and we have the license number - so hard to ID and find? Why can't super observant Jane ID Red John from among those he knows by his voice? Why didn't he realize that Timothy Carter did not sound like RJ? (Maybe too desperate to get this over with that he believed what he wanted to believe?) Why aren't there dates on his family's tombstones? (He won't accept their deaths until he has avenged them?) Yes, anitraward1, this series has been full of symbolism, all open to various interpretations. Why does Lisbon wear her mother's cross in every episode, but the style of it has changed twice? Does this symbolize something sacrificial the writers are planning for her to do? We have reality and fantasy, good and evil, right and wrong, life and death, pain and redemption all mixed up and hard to sort out. Haven't seen "forgiveness" yet, and I'm not in favor of forgiving RJ. He's a self-absorbed arrogant narcissist who blathers philosophical claptrap and well deserves a lot of harpoons and good riddance.

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 8 Quotes

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