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The Mentalist Review: The Red List

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No, "Black Cherry" was not specifically a Red John-centered story, yet Jane's obsession with finding the vicious serial killer was never far from his thoughts.

It's all in the research; and Jane is jotting down every person he's shaken hands with since arriving at the CBI. There were lots of intriguing names on that list. Some I've all but forgotten and others that caught my attention.

Lisbon Searches For a Killer

Virgil Minelli was my pick for Red John during the first season of the show. Gregory Itzin could certainly pull off the transition from lovable former CBI Director to diabolical serial murderer.  I really wouldn't mind seeing that one come to fruition.

Walter Mashburn, rich playboy and Lisbon's former lover, was also an interesting choice. Currie Graham was another of my favorite guest stars and I wouldn't mind seeing him return in any capacity, but having him turn up as Red John would be a real twist.

Of course, there's always Bret Stiles - and wouldn't that be something, especially since he helped Jane spring Lorelei out of prison just to find Red John?

Those are my three favorites but I could go on and on about the list. Most of you likely could could because for as many fans who complain that the Red John story has run its course, there are many more who can't stop theorizing about the identity of the evil psychopath who is as obsessed with Patrick Jane as Jane is with him.

It's the dark and twisted subplot that gives the show an undeniable depth.

And tonight it also gave me one of my favorite moments between Jane and Lisbon, as the latter asked if she was on Jane's list of possible subjects. Jane responded in this The Mentalist quote:

 She said it's a wonder Red John and I didn't become friends. Now what we have, I consider a friendship. So my friend, you are free and clear. | permalink

It isn't often that Jane acknowledges his friendships. It was nice to hear him say it out loud to Lisbon. Of course, it wasn't long before the moment was over and she wanted to strangle him once again.

The murder of the week was just okay. Not really anything special. I knew it was someone at the real estate agency but I honestly didn't much care who. However, that they bludgeoned a man to death as a team sport was a rather sickening twist.

I was a little surprised that Jane pushed so hard for Lisbon to drop the charges against Julianna, but Jane always feels a kinship towards children and he definitely formed a bond with Noah.

I was even more surprised that Lisbon veered from the law and order route and pushed to let Julianna go. Pulling Sarah into it made some sense but it did seem a little odd to bring her character back. We haven't seen her in months and I'm not seeing what purpose the character serves if she and Rigsby are no longer together. Any ADA could have played the same role here.

Cho couldn't wait to dive into the new rapid deployment team. His eyes lit up when he saw the new weapons. He'll fit in well there with his background and I see a new love interest for him on the horizon.

Jane was definitely in a more playful mood this week. Having a new lead on Red John has given him hope. But is it a tangible lead or just another wild goose chase? Will we ever meet the real Red John?

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It was just an up to date inverview. He was also on the talk in September, it was pretty funny. See if you can get that one.

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Jane was embarrassed about his breakdown and did not list it in his personnel file. No one seems to really care that he was in there. Jane does not really have true mental issue, He needed help to deal with an horrific tragedy.

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Continued: ... therefore he consistently looked the other way when the CBI team was tracking down RJ in an unorthodox way (as in Red John's Friends). Also, if RJ underhandedly put Jane in the CBI, he could easily have hyponotized Jane (easily done at that time, given Jane's compromised mental state) so he cannot quite remember how his breakdown was kept out of the record or exactly how he made his way to the CBI or acquired such an obsession for revenge or got such quick and easy access to the RJ files. This points to RJ wanting Jane there as someone to toy with, to see who could outsmart whom, just another game to take the tedium out of serial killing. And NOW this brings us to Homeland Security and Kirkland, who remembers Jane but Jane gives no indication that he remembers him. Interesting.

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I can't get that YouTube interview. What was it about? Meanwhile, here is more to think about: Jane IS mysterious in one important way. How did he get so deep into CBI straight out of the mental hospital and why? The episode of his firat appearance there ended with that limo scene that made it clear RJ knew all about it. Was Jane already working with the FBI to bait/find RJ or was he manipulated there by RJ? In Red Brick and Ivy, Jane told Lisbon that keeping his mental breakdown off his record "was not easy." He said this like he had trouble remembering just how that happened, not a straightforward statement. Jane could not have hidden his record himself, someone had to to that for him. If the FBI had done that and put Jane in the CBI, Bosco would not have been allowed to take the RJ case away from him. However, if RJ maneuvered this through his FBI minions, Minelli would assume it was an FBI operation all the way; therefore he consistently looked the other way when the CBI team was tracking down RJ in an unorthodox way (as in Red John's Friends). Also, if RJ underhandedly put Jane in the CBI, he could easily have hyponotized Jane (easily done at that time, given Jane's compromised mental state) so he did not quite remember how his breakdown was kept out of the record or exactly how he made his way to the CBI or acquired such an obsession for revenge or got such quick and easy access to the RJ files. This points to RJ wanting Jane there as someone to toy with, to see who could outsmart whom, just another game to take the tedium out of serial killing. And now this brings us to Kirkland, who remembers Jane but Jane does not remember him. Interesting.

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anitraward1: That was a great interview, thanks!

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Check out the Simon Baker interview for Novemeber with Larry King On Youtube.

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Rationalgal, you are right, I forgot that and was thinking conventionally about Jane. He's off my list! Put your candle away!

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Continued: He wants to bring Jane down to his meaningless level, where he lives for the day and being able to have any material thing one wants is the sum total of the good life. As for who he is? He's a colleague of Stiles, a wealthy, influential confidante, who helps Stiles from the sidelines (not within Visualize) to control, infiltrate and brainwash. He does it - and the occasional killing - for fun because he's mentally screwed up. Stiles does not know he is Red John or that he is being used surreptitiously for RJ's purposes.

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Jane's character was formed by his carney environment, so his moral view is not necessarily mainstream. People in a traveling carnival set their own rules, police themselves by their own standards, and do not relate to outsiders except as marks. They have their own tutors for the children, no doubt extremely worldly wise, and that gets passed on. So Jane's boundaries are what they need to be for him, and his ethics are situational, so burying a scumbag alive was totally OK, while in Lisbon's mainstream view it was horrible (but, interestingly, Van Pelt approved - surely based on her being unbearably conned by a scumbag - she now understands Jane's desire for revenge). Jane's ethics are based on truth and reality, not social convention. He has an honest integrity in that he will do what he has to do and, if necessary, pay the consequences. RJ's philosophical blather has no depth, only a superficial narcissism. He kills because he likes to and he can. He wants to bring Jane down to his meaningless level.

The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 9 Quotes

Well, you have a very smart gut.

Jane

Jane: You were talking in your sleep.
Lisbon: I was?
Jane: And drooling a little.