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The Mentalist Review: The Ragged Edge

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Patrick Jane is always in control, even when he's balancing on the ragged edge. And "Cherry Picked" certainly featured him walking that line.

Jane's desperate to find Lorelei and he's not about to give up the hunt. I wasn't surprised that he was interviewing all of the prison transport guards, but it was a little disconcerting to realize he was shutting Lisbon out of the search. 

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Why? Was he afraid it would somehow put her in danger? Or did he fear even having her involved could somehow leak the information to a Red John conspirator?

Jane's interactions with Walter were disturbing. Watching Jane read the lonely, twisted man gave me chills. I wasn't sure whether to despise Walter or feel some ounce of sympathy for his pathetic existence. I half expected to hear Walter take his own life with a gunshot as Jane walked out the door.

The kidnapping with a twist turned out to be more entertaining than I expected. My first thoughts were that Isaac was in on it. I couldn't figure out why else he hesitated with the ransom or generally acted like he had the temperament of a rebelling 14-year old. 

But as Jane put it in this The Mentalist quote:

 Isaac's always been the family scourge hasn't he? Stubborn, arrogant, insensitive. | permalink

Yeah. That about covered it. Oh, but don't forget selfish embezzler too.

The kidnapper on the phone definitely came across as an amateur and I started to suspect Sloan as she begged Isaac for the ransom money. Somehow she seemed more worried about the cash than her husband. The woman was seriously cold as she said her last goodbye to Gary over the phone after ordering his murder.

Other thoughts:

  • Jane's what are you wearing? line to Isaac over the phone was a bit cruel but so funny I laughed out loud.
  • Did anyone else think Lisbon's blouse in the beginning looked like it was part of a pajama set or was it just me?
  • In a house full of law enforcement officers why was Jane the only one to notice dog bowls but no dog?
  • We really need to see more of of Cho this season.  His great deadpan lines have been severely lacking.

So what did Walter do with Lorelei? Where did he take her? Who has her and is she even still alive? And now that Patrick has the information, what will he do with it and will he let Lisbon in on his plan? 

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(continued) now is where things get interesting? Look at the next few episode descriptions. The Lorelei-Red John theme is going to start taking over. 2 weeks from now we'll know alot about this show's direction and future. The way they have pushed this Red John storyline and how they are running out of weekly case ideas and originality really makes me think this is the last season( I just cant see how they can extend this Red John storyline another whole year espec after theyve hyped up new Red John details so much this year). But we shall see. For those wanting Red John answers, for the first time since the s3 finale, the Mentalist really begins now

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(continued)We saw a lot of different stuff from him we dont often see and im not just talking about the prison guards. And as for the prison guard scenes, hmmmmm now things get interesting. The guard gave into jane too easily(wouldnt any guard type of figure threaten an intruder w a gun or put up a bigger fight before giving him his answer, espec if he knows what Jane is after) and Jane involving the police was interesting on his part. Like an above poster said, sex crimes are 1 thing he cant stand for. But doesnt that risk the chance of red john motives and word of this being the leak guard spreading to those in the FBI? Jane was very strong this episode.

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Much needed, they need a strong episode like this after a string of decent but hardly special ones. The one complaint is again we see a crime where its an inside person(Really Bruno, you couldnt have come up with anything more creative? What, the first 73 times you used that idea not enough for you?)That said, even though its repetitive, they at least added a different twist to it. We didnt see Jane actively say he figured out the scheme, it all played out before us and they did a really nice job portraying the women as really dark evil and a smarter con than most we see on the show. The rest was good. The idea of a hostage was well done, we saw a more aggressive side of Jane which was intruiging.

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Very good your comments huisclothes. Very very good episode. I loved it. He was distracted, had much pace, the characters and the case of the week were attractive. We saw the best Jane, focused, intelligent, fast, fun (when Isaac is calling by phone) or joking with Lisbon about his performance. He is also cold as steel and effective when talking to the guardian at home. He is also relentless in fairness and doing the right thing when brought to the attention of the police the kind of guy who is the guardian. Regarding the Lisbon shirt, does not seem too bad, they are cops not models. Van Pelt, have not changed for 101 episodes her suit.

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I think PJ knows the fact that Lisbon won't allow him to use "illegal" methods in locating LM. As part of his "dark" side, he obtained information from Walter that somehow would be used in planning her escape in the 8th episode. So no need to share that info with Lisbon who's likely to veto his plan. Watch the 8th episode. Bret Stiles to help Jane plan her escape.

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(part two of the previous comment) Just as Lisbon wonders whether Jane could distance himself from the first woman he'd been intimate with, Jane wonders whether Lisbon might, even subconsciously, thwart his pursuit of Loralei out of her own barely suppressed feelings for him. He must distance himself from her here. Good episode. As long as they weave the Red John thread through each episode, I think we have a chance at a sixth season. And yeah, that pajama blouse and ugly jacket was bad. Maybe the rest was in the cleaners. Leather jacket at the end of Red Dawn was the coolest one she's ever worn.

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Lots of layers to this episode. Jane as the brilliant child as he solved the crime and then the hypnotic mastermind as he dismantled that pathetic, violent man. Of course, the cops were there. No way was Jane going to let a rapist get off. Weird but such is my respect for Red John, I'm actually surprised that he would consort, even by proxy, with a rapist. He's been portrayed as a lot of things, but low rent pervert is not one of them. The guy who's capable of writing that note -- "Dear Mr Jane, I do not like to be slandered in the media..." -- has a certain elegance. An upscale serial killer. Guess I thought he had a code. But wait, that's Dexter.
I'm not surprised that Jane is keeping Lisbon out of the Loralei loop (their odd spelling, not mine.) Everyone back at Red John HQ knows he loves her and he doesn't want to wave her in Red John's face. Also, Lisbon is conflicted about Loralei. Just as Lisbon wonders whether Jane could distance himself from the first woman he'd been intimate with, Jane wonders whether Lisbon might, even subconsciously, thwart his pursuit of Loralei out of her own barely suppressed feelings for him. He must distance himself from her here. Good episode. As long as they weave the Red John thread through each episode, I think we have a chance at a sixth season. And yeah, that pajama blouse and ugly jacket was bad. Maybe the rest was in the cleaners. Leather jacket at the end of Red Dawn was the coolest one she's ever worn. I would die to have it.

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I thought it was a good episode better than last weeks, I was let down by last weeks 100th episode. This week the case was better and Jane seemed to be getting closer to finding Lorelei.

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Did Lisbon get shot?

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Good episode, it was nice to see 'Cutthroat Bitch' again as Sloane but this tv show has given us selfish and cruel women so many times that honestly I'm a bit sick of it, its almost always 'the wife' or the woman involved.
The end part was intense and watching Jane deal with the disturbed, perverted man made me think of how similar Jane and Red John are in their ability to read people's weaknesses and using it to get what they want but as soon as I saw that Jane called the cops on him I realized Jane is definitely walking the good path.

The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 6 Quotes

You don't do favors for people unless there's something in it for you.

Jane

I'll tell if you steal one.

Grace