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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well yeah that's what they probably did!


I know HC that it's what you were worried about but I don't think so. he's the kind to count his blessing, he doesn't take anything for granted and this star was quite a big achievement (well the consequence of) and I don't see anything more to it. Now that said he might know TM is ending this year but I don't think he's sick or anything and god he's damn too passionate about his job to stop acting! and still so young!


hello mimi. when i said i was worried about simon going around talking about how grateful he is, it feels like something you say when you're retiring or you have a disease.
think it's great in general to count your blessings.
i hope they all went out to a nice dinner and i hope simon and his wife went straight to bed afterward.


awwwwww bless him! he's so cute! their family is adorable, made me shed a tear. I4m so happy for them and besides he so deserves it!
I do believe that gratitude is also the key factor to get more of what you want, it's important to realise everything you've got in your life and be grateful for it, even if it's "just" tap water or food on your plate every day. We tend to forget how lucky we are and see the glass half empty some days (which is human) but it feels so good to stop and think wow I have this and that and mainly I can watch the mentalist AHAH!!! ok don't mind my goofiness.


@km i'm awed by our set-up and sort of flabbergasted. you ought to see the cable guys do a spit take when they see it. there's a room with so many blinking lights, you'd think you're on the bridge of the enterprise.
when my husband's not home. i don't turn on anything. and i hate to see news in the a.m. or daytime t.v. but in the evening it's fine since he edits our viewing down to the 1% of tv that's good.
the only show i care about or ever really cared about is the mentalist. that's why i can't stand the idea of it being gone because it's never gonna happen again. but i do love project runway. it shows incredible talent and craftsmanship under very short time frames solving inventive challenges. i think it's an inspiration for any creative person.
can i ask, how did you choose and settle on the mentalist?


@rationalgal yep.


Ani, here is the basic atheistic philosophy:
Atheism accepts the natural world as all there is. To live without god beliefs is intellectually stimulating. To find one's own purpose and be responsible for one's own life is exciting. To be free of the imagined surveillance of good and evil spirits is liberating. To seek a peaceful world through work and friendship and civic action is life-affirming.


@ huisclothes, I am awed by your set up. We have one TV and no DVR. The Mentalist is the only show we watch. We're odd that way. Blood suckers, eh, Anitraward 1?


She is lovely, huisclothes. I see her having higher cheekbones than her dad and a squarer jaw like her mum. I see Baker in his middle son: eye color, eyebrows, and jaw. The youngest seems to have dad's curls and hooded eyes, his face is still rounded to see how prominently his cheekbones will show. They are a lovely family.


@km my house a world of tv. my husbands a video maniac and we have 25 (yes 25) dvrs and every cable channel known to man. he has the tv on every waking minute in every room -- bathrooms too. the only benefit of this for me is he created a simon baker channel for me that records any first-run simon vehicle broadcast anywhere. so i have access to all the mentalists, all the guardians, the smiths, the movies, the talk shows. we both have our little obsessions.
but if i had to install some additional system to keep the mentalist going, they could implant it in my forehead and i'd be good with it.

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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.