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, Fabulous! Tell us more.


@ Mimi,
I had not heard that about schizophrenics. As to your writing. I thought you handled the past tense well. What struck out reminds me of noun and adjective placement that happens when I speak Spanish. My eldest is fluent so she corrects me. Here is an example you wrote "not just because of her mother's death anniversary" and in English it would flow like this "not just because of the anniversary of her mother's death". I hope that explains what I noticed.


ani it reminds me of Little miss sunshine, that movie is hilarious!


I then became a very determined parent, one that would prove to her daughter that she could do excactly what her IDOL does. I was determined to make her feel better and prove to her that there was nothing magical about her IDOL! So, as so many parents do, I put my foot in my mouth and know what? We are going to creat our own grauduation song and YOU WILL SING IT AT YOUR GRAUDUTION! I was a mom on a mission, I just really needed to show my daughter that everything in life is a process and that you should believe in what you want and do it! Guess what? My daughter smile and was up for the challenge!


I know ani I'm waiting for the next post! KM indeed they are just like us, famous people don't impress me much. I got to meet a singer I loved many times and of course the first time was just wow because I'd been fond of him for years and years but then you get used to it, you realise they are just like any of us, obviously. I guess when we're really young, we tend to put them on a pedestal so that's why we are too gobsmacked and impressed to say anything but it gets better as we grow up, fortunately!


Not done yet! It gets better!


Anitraward, She's lucky to have you. Hopefully your daughter took the lesson with her.


@anitraward1, Was your daughter just gob smacked? How does she feel about it now? Anytime I've been in the presence of someone famous I only nod and smile, always at first meetings, but I've done better with one in subsequent meetings. I have to remind myself that they put their pants on one leg at a time, just like everyone else.


aw ani that's cute, you're a good mum! I bet it must have been heart breaking the poor thing!


ahah I have another quote! in S1*10 when Lsbon asks Jane "Tell me the truth" and he says the truth? Dark Vador, is Luke's father LOL

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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.