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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Lorelei was convinced Red John would get her out of jail. If RJ is Brett Styles, then he did. Why bring back Sarah? The only reason she ever existed as a character at all is because she is the next O'Loughlin... she's a RJ follower. It will become a fight for Ben.


I'm not going to look for anymore handshakes, I knew it was a red herring!


The hand shaking thing was really bugging me! Lorilei said, you are just like him, when you shook hands I'm surprised you didn't become best friends. Now I assumed this meant everyone we would see Jane shake hands with. Lorilei never said or indicated that, how would she know. The biggest message was that Jane knows him and that he is just like him. HERE IS MY THEORY; There seems to be a lot of meaning in meaning messages. I think Jane is on a fools errand. The handshake is a symbol and a oxymoron. The word handshake has another meaning. Look the word up and you will see. Here was the craziest thing that happened. Spell the word backwards DNAH EKAHS. Using a anagram formula DNA HE K? HAS! TELL ME IF I have gone nuts!


I would hate to see Mashburn as Red John. of all the guests on The mentalist, he was my favorite. Reminded me of Jane, without all the mind games and stuff. But I feel it's pretty obvious that he will play a part in our next Red John chase. Only, because the last page Jane flipped through(before the show cut off) had his name on it. But then, I could've missed something :o


Great episode lots of Jane,Lisbon banter. I loved Jane's comment about aura to the real estate guy.I wonder if Sara and Rigsby are sharing custody of baby Ben because last time we saw him he was with Rigsby. I don't think Minelli is Red John. The FBI agent and the homeland security guy in the limo told him that Jane had been in a mental institution if he was Red John he would have known that already. I love to guess at who he is.


Great review! Mansburn and Minelli have been from the beginning my main suspects. But Mansburn has the profile of a murderer, nice guy but that acts like an arrogant, cocky, and unscrupulous, clever and rich (so powerful). Minelli only has going for it occupied a position in which he could manipulate the evidence. And both had very good relationship with Lisbon. I like this episodes

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 9 Quotes

Well, you have a very smart gut.


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