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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?
Jane: Come here, partner. | permalink

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?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Hi guys, thanks for answering my questions. I went and did some reading and found all of it very interesting. I watched some video's's as well. I found a lot of it to be a reasonable school of thought. But like anything, people have a tendcy to get lost in the very thing they believe in, look at religion! I have also heard of the laws of attraction and I don't disagree. I can also see why Atheists become Atheists. I can also see why Believer's Believe. I think it's safe to say we can do it all here in this big ole world together! Who knows, one we may all be able to sit down together and get some real answers! But until that day comes I have to agree with Jane.....I gotta be me! This whole show has become even more interesting for me now! I can't wait to find out what Red John really thinks! It can't be what any of us are thinking!

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@mimi. thanks for the link to the hollywood star ceremony. simon spoke really well. i felt quite emotional when he choked up. the guy who hosted the ceremony was a blowhard and a whore. felt bad simon had to be near him. bruno did a good job. naomi was winging it a little but it was cute. i loved when she said that simon was the best looking guy anyone had ever seen. yet, at 22, with the female population of bondi beach eating out of his hand, he wanted to settle down and have a family. i buy into wanting to cleave to rebecca but have often wondered if that pregnancy was un-intentional. they made sure it didn't happen again until he had a steady income from the guardian. simon said in a interview that if he hadn't moved them to the u.s. to try for have a serious career, they would have split up. he said we had a two-year old, i wasn't working steadily, there was a lot of stress. it all worked out.

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@rationalgal. just re-read your last post. i think that enlightenment for red john may have to do with himself and a select few recognizing that they are the aristocrats -- the ones entitled to act with impunity. killing when they wish, showing mercy, when they feel like it. in general dispensing with others however they choose. some shall be killed. some shall be the killers who obey them. takes me back to does red john have an org. chart? and if so, is everyone in the organization a direct report to rj or is he a good delegator? is it a feudal system? or can you work your way up?

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re red john and enlightenment. funny, when rj spoke to patrick about the two of them being friends and living on a higher level, i always took it that if jane was up for it, he and red john would be the animals that were more equal than other animals. above red john's other friends. maybe it's the pitch he gives everyone. but it might make sense that if jane was red john's shipoopi, the one who's hard to get, rj might envision just the two of them gamboling across the countryside.

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I have been waiting to see what Red John/Visualize mean by enlightenment. It definitely is not the 18th century version because it relies on brainwashing, exploiting gullibility, and seeing something transcendent about serial killing. Hard to see what kind of "truth" is there. Lots of ideologies claim to have the truth, but I'd prefer to see a focus on what is morality. In my opinion, it is all about how we treat one another - whether we harm or help. I'd like to see how RJ/Visualize deal with that and how they define harming and helping. It might be important to understanding the underlying theme of this series.

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Cont. Secondly, enlightenment is commonly used as a spiritual term, but that is ignoring the fullness of the word. To enlighten means to give, to instruct, to impart knowledge. It means to shed light upon. In the 18th century The Enlightenment was a philosophical movement based in the belief in human reason. So the higher calling Red John and friends have is not necessarily spiritual, because enlightenment is really about knowledge. Knowing the truth, prajna.

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@ Ani,
First let me say that I think the audience puts what they want into the characters we love. A spiritual person wants to see that Jane is a wounded or angry lamb wanting to return to the fold, so they read that into things and search for confirmation. Just like those who want to see romance see scenes between Jane and Lisbon as romantic. There's the beauty, our imagination lets us connect with our desires within the story. Our minds are beautiful and creative, but we can't forget that they have a powerful defense mechanism to hold tenaciously to unreasonable beliefs despite to contravening evidence, and most of the time it is because of our emotional attachments. Shorter. We tend to see what we want to see. Wanting is powerful. Cont.

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Continued. We atheists say we do good because people need help and it needs to be done. Religion has changed over the centuries and much of it has become less brutal, which is good. People have actually had to give up traditional beliefs so they could be moral. (They have been influenced by people - nonbelievers along with humane believers - who question religion. The Lutheran theologian Martin Marty said "It is the role of unbelievers to force religions to be benign.") Some people obviously need a god belief for whatever reason, and that is fine for them. Others don't need it and that is fine too. The main thing is to live and let live and, most important, keep religion out of politics. We've all seen how that is working. Hope this helps.

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Ani, I really appreciate your interest in why some people have no god beliefs. Basically, it's from looking at the world, seeing all the divisiveness and harm religious beliefs can cause with no evidence that any of them are right. Atheism therefore is not a belief, it's a conclusion. Leaving religion (to me - I was a very devout Catholic) felt like I had scraped the barnacles off the boat and could proceed with my life without the confusion god beliefs cause. They explain nothing. People behave in helpful or harmful ways regardless of whether they are religious, but I really have seen how good people can do bad things ONLY because their religion tells them the evil they do is actually good. I am part of an interfaith dialog group (one of 2 atheists amongst about 100 religionists). We get along well working on solutions for the common good. The only difference is that the believers say they do good because people need help and they are called by God to do it. We atheists say we do good because people need help and it needs to be done. Religion has changed over the centuries and much of it has become less brutal, which is good. People have actually had to give up traditional beliefs so they could be moral. (They have been influenced by people - nonbelievers along with humane believers - who question religion. The Lutheran theologian Martin Marty said "It is the role of unbelievers to force religions to be benign.") Some people obviously need a god belief for whatever reason, and that is fine for them. Others don't need it and that is fine too. The main thing is to live and let live and, most important, keep religion out of politics. We've all seen how that is working.

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yes bonaduz, counting our blessing is important!
anywa I'll stop here cos I don't want to go there on here. Id rather stay on lighter subjects.

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.

Jane
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