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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Anitraward 1, Thank you. What a wonderful story and gift you gave to your daughter.


The principle walked over to me and asked me if I was nervous and I said no. She then pinned a red rose on me and announced the new song. While we performing the song I noticed some of the student performing the song started crying. As I listened to their voices it was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard or witnessed in my life. I kept myself together but this experience is one I will never forget. The school used the song for 2 years more until they got a new principal. My daughter has gone back to the school and talked with some of her old teachers and she told me her old math teacher told her that he joggs to the song. THE POWER OF BELIEVING!


I had to go to my boss and ask him if I could leave early from work everyday for a few weeks. As much as I thought he would have said no, he said yes and gave me all the time I need. I went everyday and we practiced until the day before grauduation day. I had never done anything like this before but some how it came very easy to me. The principal put the song on the program, when I looked at it, it was almost like a dream. I could'nt believe we had got this far. On graduation day I remember looking around the auditorium and I noticed all the graduation teachers and the principal were wearing red roses.


The prinicpal then told me that it was not just her decision. She said she had to play it for the teachers in the school and that the school board would then have to pass it. The principal then said she would call me back with the answer. When my daughter got home from school I told her what I had done and then we both waited. About a week later I get the call, the song was approved. The teachers and the school board voted and changed the grauduation song to OURS! The pricincipal asked me when I could come in to teach the graduation class the song.


right I'll be off soon cos it's late (midnight) and I can't keep my eyes open but I ll be there first thing in the morning to read your story ani and all your comments as usual. bye for now!


the next day my daughter went to school as normal and a few hours later I went to see her principal. My visit was unanounced and I'm sure the principal probably thought I was coming to complain about something. I walk into her office and I sit down. The pricincipal looks at me and asks how can she help me. I told her that my daughter and myself created a new grauduation song for the school. She looks at me and then says we can't pay you for it. I told her it was not about the money and that I was trying to prove a point to my daughter. She then said that my request was highly unusual, that they already had a song but that she would listen to it. I handed her my tape and she pulled a tape recorder out of her desk and listened to it without even looking at me. Then when she finnished she looked at me and said ok and that she liked the song.


amazing KM thanks! I'll have a look, is it a good book/story?
I can't wait to see Simon starring in more films! two months to go before I give it a year is being released here.
I read he actually makes a lot of appearances in the movie. I was happy because my mum doesn't like TM, she doesnt like Jane, because of his arrogance, well she obviously hasn't really watched the show because he's got other sides to him but anyway, my aunt was there and she said she loved the show and loved his smile :-)


Your assignment is to read Tim Winton's "Breath". This is the novel that Simon Baker has bought the rights to bring it to film. Winton has a real visceral style of description. Do not get put off by it being written in Australian English complete with slang. I can help, and more than likely you can figure out what is being said and have some new words for your personal vernacular. Baker says he has the director, he is working on the funding, and to my knowledge casting is only being mused. So we can hypothesize if Baker played a character then who would he play. Would he play the narrator Bruce Pick (aging surfer and EMT) or Sandoz (aging surfer and mentor to child Picklet (the narrator) and his friend Ivan Loon (Loonie). The book is available through Amazon UK (which I'm indebted to for sending gifts to my family in DK). It is also in iBooks where I am.


Now strangely enough I don't read music and have never been trained. I messed around on the keyboard before but nothing serious. We get home and we go the the keyboard. I told my daughter that she would help write the lyrics are create an age appropriate grauduation song. In one night we wrote the song. My daughter wanted a two person duet type song so she could ask the boy she secretly had a crush on to do it with her! I went along with that with a raised brow of course! We comepleted the whole song and chorus for her entire grauduation class. We did the song with the words and a instrumental verson.


thanks KM it totally makes sense! I have to be careful because in French, the words' order is very different.
well I really want to improve my english so I need to read and read and I have to admit that other than forums I don't read much (books etc). I prefer watching than reading, I'm a lazy cow.

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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.