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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Moriarty was so well respected that to criticize him would be to make oneself an object of derision. So if RJ follows this pattern, he is hiding in plain sight, doing his evil deeds behind the scene while appearing admirable openly. Bruno Heller said we might (would?) be disappointed to learn who RJ is, so it is probably someone we like OR someone we think is too uninteresting to have been worth our time. There are more of the latter then the former. He has to have money and be in a position of power and influence. And almost 6 ft tall. I'm tempted to go back to Mashburn, who was devastated by a failed love affair.


We can narrow down our search by looking at people who really fit the Moriaty personality traits. Not too many we have seen so far will fit that type.


You're right, it's a lot to take in sometimes. We now know Red John's quasi religious beliefs and why he thinks he's above the law. I don't think Red John should be put into a box. Look at Jane, he never went to high school and look how far he got. We know Red John is not a woman. We also know he is probably connected to Visualize. We know what his skills are. We know that William Blake poetry connects poeple to Red John. Now I'm curious about why Red John mostly kills women and slices them up in the manner that he does. He rapes them as well. Obviously he hates women, why? He like his victims scared and likes them to see their own deaths coming w/o mercy. Must have mother issues! Can you think of anything else?


Actually, Bertram quoted only the last 2 lines. Lisbon heard all this. After Jane heard RJ recite Tiger Tiger, he was seen holding a book of Blake poems, obviously thinking there was a way to understand Red John through the poems. Lotsa luck with us figuring it out. If RJ is patterned after Moriarty, he is a brillian, charasmatic, manipulative, controlling person who is publicly greatly admired and above criticism. He is also nuts, having become mentally deranged after an initially promising intellectual career. Very hard to interpret an insane person's liking for the Blake poems. (Or, personally, even a sane person's.)


Here is the poem Cradle Song. Bertram quoted the last verse and LaRoche noted it was a William Blake poem, so there is an RJ connection here. CRADLE SONG by: William Blake (1757-1827) SLEEP, sleep, beauty bright,
Dreaming in the joys of night;
Sleep, sleep; in thy sleep
Little sorrows sit and weep. Sweet babe, in thy face
Soft desires I can trace,
Secret joys and secret smiles,
Little pretty infant wiles. As thy softest limbs I feel,
Smiles as of the morning steal
O'er thy cheek, and o'er thy breast
Where thy little heart doth rest. O the cunning wiles that creep
In thy little heart asleep!
When thy little heart doth wake,
Then the dreadful night shall break.


Hi, @shila I think I understand your question. Lorelei (RJ associate) was sent to prison by the CBI, but she was whisked away secretly to another federal prison by the FBI taking control of the case. RJ is known to have a plant high up in the FBI. Jane was trying to find what prison she was in to come up with a way of getting her out so she could take him to RJ. Jane tracks down the guard who transferred her from the CBI prison to the FBI prison and gets the info from the guard as to where Lorelei is. Then Jane goes to Brent Stiles in the theatre for his ability to create a situation for Lorelei to escape and Jane to pick her up. The plan works. I hope this sheds a little more light on the plot!


I agree, @anitraward1. RJ is a Moriarity. And I think some kind of programming, hypnotism, NLP, probably a highly effective combination, has to be involved and Visualize figures in somewhere. And RJ must be VERY adept at it, so good he could actually make Kristina believe she was dead and only respond to Jane in a "seance." Now, how creepy is that???


A scene that keeps coming back to me and making me laugh is when Jane and Lisbon are leaving the golf course right before the first commercial break. Jane had previously told her Red John couldn't be Lisbon because she and he are friends, while Lorelei had indicated RJ and Jane were NOT friends. On the way back to the car, after Jane has really ticked her off with his antics and bluster on the golf course, she tells him he can put her on his list. Cracks me up! Lisbon is great!


NEXT- We need to analyze Red John's killing style and why he kills. Who he kills and so on. This will give us the next piece of the puzzle. Wow! I'm done! For now! let's have at it!



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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.