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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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


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So great to hear that Simon broke down and cried at his acceptance speech! It means he felt the honor deeply, especially since he's worked so hard for so long ("a long hard slog for 20 years scratching out a living") at being a great actor. To know he finally made it to this level must surely have been an emotional high point for him. So many great actors work just as hard but don't have the luck and timing and connections that talent needs for the public acknowledgment they deserve. Some of the guest actors on TM have been spectacular but are missing the luck/timing/connections (and perhaps even the relentless drive) to go further. I find it sad to see great talent unrecognized, but there is just so much of it out there and so little room at the top.


Here's some snaps.


*wears sorry


is it me or Lisbon wear ear rings in the new epi? it looks like they make her much more attractive and feminine.


Im rewatching the ep with Panzer, god that man is so creepy! Aw HC I cant wait to see that! I hope someone will upload it on youtube!


simon received his star on the hollywood walk of fame this a.m. he looked perfect in a grey suit. he broke down and cried as he made his acceptance speech. his wife and kids were in the audience. the australian papers reported the details before any other media. makes sense. also saw a wonderful still of him with naomi watts in a terrific sort of origami grey dress.


no doubt, blinking red light it is a great episode. another perfect moment was when the strains of "what a wonderful world" filled panzer's apartment. that's when patrick knew for sure. and you're right, he goes by his gut with a whole bunch of i.q. points to back him up.
just looked at a viewer ranking of best episodes for season 4. only two really stand out. crimson hat by a mile. next, fugue in red.
fugue in red. hey, i have a idea! let's rip his clothes off and making him put the moves on lisbon!
crimson hat. let's rip his clothes off and make him have sex with a strange woman!
yes, they had great stories but the body never lies.


The Panser ep is one of my favorites. Yes it was contrived but necessary to get RJ back into the story, and in a very dramatic way. None of this (well almost none) happens this way in real life - the whole thing is pure fiction, tho very great fiction. We need this stuff because real life just does not pack the emotional wallop (well, seldom anyhow, and let's be thankful for that) that we get from fiction. We like our senses stirred in harmless ways. Mentalist does it all: adventure, mystery, sex, suspense, drama, love, tragedy, beauty (persons and places), and superb acting, writing and directing to bring it all to life.


I didn't see patronizing in Jane, huisclothes. I saw it as trying to help her become like him. He is more often right than not and he was trying to help her understand his shortcuts was how I saw it. I think as a procedural the twist was weak, but it was Jane. And, Jane often uses very little common sense, he's prideful, he's an egomaniac, and has no boundaries. I felt the Panzer twist was all Jane.

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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.