The Mentalist Review: Narrowing the List

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Has anyone else thought that the CBI may be one of the most corrupt branches of law enforcement we've ever seen on TV?  

Red John has his moles within the agency. Volkner has his informants. Sometimes, it's felt like half of the staff has been working for the bad guys. Members of the CBI, including two directors, have been shot by their own people or other members of law enforcement.

A Red John Lead

I knew law enforcement was dangerous, but the CBI has taken it to a whole new level. With "The Red Barn," it was revealed that Ray Haffner is a member of Visualize.  While that's not illegal, it's certainly walking the edge of unethical.

Perhaps Lisbon should consider moving on, if not for her own safety then to ensure that Rigsby never again throws her a surprise party.

If I'd ever doubted that Rigsby was an idiot, which I never have, the party with the male stripper solidified that impression. Anyone who's known Lisbon for more than a week could tell she'd hate everything about that idea. Jane knew. Cho knew. But not Rigsby.

Fortunately, three dead bodies and a Red John smiley face were probably enough to make her forget a drunken Rigsby singing karaoke. 

The expression on Jane's face when he saw that symbol on the barn was almost painful. Finding that symbol meant that Red John started killing long before anyone knew of him. Long before Jane's family was killed. And Jane's using that information to narrow down his search.

Now we know that there's a link between Red John and Visualize. Now Jane knows that Red John was on that farm in 1988. Jane has narrowed a list of 2,164 people down to 408. This new information will help him whittle that down until Red John is almost within reach.

Overall, I had a few favorite moments in this episode...

First was Jane playing with the Golden Retriever. The man really should get himself a pet. Unfortunately that will probably have to wait until Red John is caught, just like everything else in his life.

Second was Grace's discussion with the priest about Visualize:

What's wrong with wanting to be the most powerful version of you you can be? | permalink

Could Grace still be struggling with her own demons since her fiance's betrayal?  Does this The Mentalist quote hint that she could fall prey to Visualize? To Red John?  I'd love it if Grace went undercover at Visualize to try and gain more information about their connection to Red John but is she strong enough to keep up that type of charade?

Finally, the best moment of the night was Lisbon standing outside Jane's door asking why he wouldn't let her in.

Lisbon: Are we partners or what?
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Her simple question demolished Jane's resolve to keep her at arms' length. 

Jane has been running his own investigation. He has his own murder board and his own Red list and it's getting smaller by the day. If Jane and Lisbon truly work together, how long will it be before they narrow it down to Red John?


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another thing about the star ceremony. it was nice to see robin tunney there. i love her and think she's the best second banana on tv. she gets no credit for how good she is. one small thing. she's the worst-dressed woman in show business. always some kind of floral bias cut thing -- all of which can be great but not what she picks out and not on her. check out what she wore to the people's choice awards, same kind of thing. she's magnificent. but she's tiny and forty and she needs something more precise and graphic. true, i'm the one who liked her with the bangs. (no one agrees with me, i know) but they gave her a look - like anna karina in the 60s. ginifer goodwin - tiny, dark hair, ivory skin, is, in my opinion, one of the best dressed women in hollywood. she's wears very important clothing. it's built her visibility. i think robin should go that way. she wants attention; a bigger career. she wanted that star.


@rationalgal i never get the idea that stiles is delusional. controlling, power-mongering and megalomaniacal? yes, yes, and yes. he developed a product that many people want and are willing to pay for. with their lives, their individuality, and yes, their money. stiles is not a believer, he is believed-in. red john? controlling, power-mongering and megalomaniacal? yes. delusional? don't know. don't think so. he developed a different product. from a marketing prospective, he's had to do missionary work for the product. after all, he's creating a new category the killing-is-good category. hey, it took a while for sushi to catch on. so what is his cost of acquiring a customer, a red john convertee? do rj followers give him money or is it the other way around? awhile back, i also brought up pride goeth before a fall -- thinking maybe that's when jane finds out the list he's so proud of doesn't get him to r.j.


About the RJ/Visualize operation and enlightenment: The structure is clearly monolithic and authoritarian. Bret Stiles is the boss. Period. Red John is closely involved but it is not yet clear how. Maybe the relationship is like RJ seeing himself as god and Stiles seeing himself as the pope. They are both delusional, controlling and power mongering megalomaniacs. Stiles is the PR front man with his churchy cult. They talk mystical nonsense about a big picture and enlightenment and truth. Especially truth. They think they are the only ones who have it and everyone else has to agree and bow down to them, worship them, and do their bidding or die - or suffer the pain of seeing loved ones killed. Pride goeth before a fall, and it will be a big one!


Entwife: If TV producers think using atheist characters is going to turn viewers into atheists, they are from some other planet. I am embarrassed to see them portrayed as cranky doctors who are jerks or scientists so hard-core science driven they don't recognize human emotions ("House," "Becker," "Bones"). I liked the shows but found the dehumanizing of nonbelievers irritating.
Huisclothes: Great observation about the smiley face appearing only in slasher killings. RJ did not put up a smiley face after shooting those film makers (tho it appeared he did slash the girl's throat to finish her off). Maybe he needs the blood to draw the face and slashing gives a better supply.


Huisclothes: Sorry you didn't like Sex and Death so much. I was a full raging Simon fanatic when I first saw it and that might have colored my opinion. The only criticism I had was its disparagement of old people with leprosy and large-sized women....but that was minimal. I really loved his voice narrating in the background. I think Smith was beautifully produced and acted and probably very expensive to make. When it first aired the audience had not yet become accustomed to relatable criminals (breaking bad, dexter, etc.) and didn't respond well--so they yanked it after only 3 episodes. I find it hard to think that they blamed any of the actors for that.


@waywardone. re: simon in smith. totally agree. he's beyond exquisite and i liked the character. probably because of his homicidal, demented qualities. i like that in a man. just thought that since smith was so short-lived, cbs may have painted simon with that brush.
and yes, maybe they were saving him for something better than the mentalist. ??? what, i can't imagine. i should search that interview with bruno and see if he elaborates on them saying he couldn't have simon baker. wonder if they had someone else in mind. sex and death 101. simon, good. movie, not for me. i will watch anything with simon in it but i don't know if the director could decide what film he wanted to make there. not simon's fault. he's at the height of his beauty. i have it and have seen it several times.


Entwife: I'm glad you are enjoying the all too brief "Smith". Anyone who admires Simon has got to get a look at that. While I love Simon as Patrick, his role in Smith really grabs my groins in spite of his homicidal, slightly demented character. Also, if you haven't seen him in "Sex and Death 101" you are missing out on a great, hysterically funny farce and a man-candy treat. I could never figure out why that movie didn't get more acclaim. It's on sale at Amazon for less than $5.00 (if I don't buy up all the remaining copies as gifts for friends)


OMG @Waywardone!!!!! I never heard of the show Smith. I just looked it up and am watching the first episode in segments of 8 on YouTube. Simon Baker is a surfing GOD!!! Love these clips!


Huisclothes: There is no way that Simon's role in Smith was a reason for cbs telling bruno that they couldn't have Simon. I had never heard that before. Maybe they were saving him for something else. Simon was sexually and physically magnificent in that role. What you noted earlier about his earthy animal qualities really sparked in that series. But Bruno got him did that happen? And I agree about the Guardian. Terribly dark and dreary--a horrible role to have to play for 3 years. It's a wonder he didn't give up acting at that point. TM was the perfect role for him--and Bruno the perfect leader who (as Simon said) ruined him for working with anyone else.


@ huisclothes and Entwife, No worries. I think we all need a little.

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 13 Quotes

Rigsby: Anybody feel as bad as I do?
Cho: Not if you feel like you look.

This is very depressing. I'm going to wait outside.