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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Once we got out of the store my daughter came back to herself and couldn't believe she acted like that. She was so upset that she could not even ask the singer to come to her grauduation. I told her it was ok and that alot of people act like that. That didn't make it any better for her. The car ride home was almost heart breaking for me. My daughter was so quiet and sad. I thought to myself that I needed to show her that she was capable of doing what that singer did and she should understand that the singer was no better then her. The only difference between the singer and my daughter was that the singer chased her dreams and opened up her mouth to let the words come out.


As my daughter is talking to me, I look at the singer and I think to myself, she looks really normal. What is my daughter going on about? Then finally what my daughter waited and begged for all week had finnally arrived. She was standing in front of her IDOL and had the biggest question in the world to ask her! That question never came out of her mouth, she froze and could not even speak to the singer. The singer looked at her politely, smiled and removed the paper from her hand, signed it and gave it back to her. My daughter looked so upset and embarrassed with herself. I gently put my hand on her shoulder and we left.


totally off topic but there is unforgettable here on TV and Virgil is on, how odd to see him in another show! Ani I'm reading.. getting excited for your daughter lol


KM had no idea about the eye colour. I read that schizophrenic people's eye colour change according to who they think they are.


We get to the mall, fight the traffic to get a parking space, futher away then I would have liked. Then we fight our way in and finally land in a sea of excited kids and parents and just stand there; and wait, and wait and wait! Most of the people are tall than us and you can imagine my irritation with this! As the crowds started moving I could see the back of the singer. She was sitting at a table with her back to the store window. I looked at my daughter and I could just see the excitement dripping off of her. At this point I became happy for her and was glad I was in the moment with her. The line finally started moving up and my daughter began talking to me about what she would say to the singer.


ah great Ani let's hear it!


I don't have 3 eyes, talk about poor word choice, but 3 family members whose eyes change with color or emotion. The emotion increases blood flow and the increased red in the capillaries alters the blue shades to make them vibrant, violet to navy.


thank you KM I felt a bit embarrased to post it but well, if you enjoyed it that's good! :-)
I had a hard time with tenses as it was in the past, when it was in the past in the past.. I guess that's what you're refering to gramatically speaking.
I should be writing perfectly though, because I have a master in English but we mainly learned to translate English into French and not the other way round so I kind of learned by myself.


@ bonaduz, I love that your eyes "blush" too. All three of mine do, but our eldest can achieve navy when she is really upset. Nothing like a pesky little brother towering over cannot achieve.


My daughter was in the 5th grade and about to graduate and you know how 5th grader's are. They are into music and just idolize their singers. Well a singer she idolized was in town and signing autographs at a mall and she begged me to go see her. This singer made a grauduation song and my daughter wanted ask her if she would perform the song at her school. Now you know how those autograph signing things go! Long lines, screaming kids etc., etc., etc.! I just didn't want to do it! But of course you know children, she finally convinced me to take her and on my off day too!

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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.