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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Continued: They are both competitive and if many people consider Jane to be the best mentalist and hypnotist, wouldn’t that make Dr. Daniel jealous? Plus his name – Dr. ROYston Daniel. He played the victim in Russet Potatoes, and that’s one reason we would not suspect him.


@Rationalgal: as per your thoughts on who RJ is - that brings me back to my theory that RJ could be Dr. Royston Daniel from the Neurolinguistic Programming firm. Like Stiles, he has a huge following and is admired by his pupils and has the means to accomplish the things RJ does. He’s tall, energetic, the same age as Jane. The fact that he didn’t shake hands with Jane in the Russet Potatoes episode does not mean that they never shook hands in the past - perhaps when they were children but Jane does not remember him from back then (maybe Royston hypnotized Jane to not remember him). In Russet Potatoes Jane acknowledged that he was familiar with Daniel’s work. Dr. Daniel is charismatic and intelligent and is considered one of, if not ‘the best’ hypnotist in the field. I took an instant dislike to his character, as he’s arrogant and controlling, but isn’t Jane, albeit in a lovable way? lol. They are both competitive and if many people consider Jane to be the best mentalist and hypnotist, wouldn’t that make Dr. Daniel jealous? Plus his name – Dr. ROYston Daniel. He played the victim in Russet Potatoes, and that’s one reason we would not suspect him.


I loved Fugue in Red it was pretty funny. My favorite quote was "PUT YOUR GAME FACE ON COCKROACH, IT'S GAME TIME." Why are they doing this anyway?


I own a VUDU account through walmart, they have season's 4 and all of the 5th season's episodes so far (9) for sale to view immediately at $1.99 a episode.I've had this account for a while and it's worth it! So if you want to get a jump start on season 5, here you go!


If you haven't seen Fugue in Red, DON'T MISS THIS ONE! And if you have seen it, watch it again! It is absolutely wonderful! It begins very dramatically, moving on to hilarious, ending in the most touching, heartbreaking (but lovely) scene in the entire series. I have the DVD and it's one I watch again and again and again. Simon Baker gives a great performance portraying ever-changing aspects of Patrick Jane's personna and emotional state.


oh well, should have looked at the air date -- it's a rerun from 12/15/2011. unbelievably, I don't think I've ever seen it. so it will still be fun for me. sorry about the oversight.


CBS's blurb: "­­While searching for a firefighter’s killer, Jane is attacked and nearly drowned in a small pond. Upon waking up, he can no longer remember anything about Red John, the murder of his family, or his work with the CBI. Lisbon and the rest of the team must continue the investigation with the help of an increasingly erratic Patrick Jane who has reverted back to his pre-CBI con man persona." Wow. Can't wait!


Very odd. My U-Verse just says the title, "Fugue in Red." No description. There should be one. IMDb: "While investigating the murder of a firefighter, Patrick loses his memory after nearly being drowned by the killer." Wikia: "During the search for a firefighter's killer, Jane is attacked and nearly drowned, resulting in a temporary loss of his memory and a return to his pre-CBI con man persona." Oh, this should be a LOT of fun!!! LOL


Haven't seen any info on the Dec. 2 episode. Is it a rerun? If so, which one? Anyone know? Thanks!


Re Mashburn: Lots of dramatic potential here. A budding friendship with Jane betrayed. Lisbon devastated to realize she had a one-night (maybe more) stand with him, the viewer angst at seeing such an entertaining character (so much like Jane in some ways) become suddenly a horrible villian. Can't think of any other character that would work for a really blockbuster ending. What would falsify this theory?

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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.