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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?
Jane: Come here, partner. | permalink

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?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (179 Votes)

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    Bonaduz, how can you watch it?? you have the channel at home? I always have to wait until someone upload it somewhere.. and I get crazy and look everywhere for links that don't work lol. I have dreamt of Jane a few times, it was good and once about Cho, that we were dating LOL that's funny.

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    Entwife! Quit bugging us with your Mentalist cup!! (ahhh, just jealous :-) Thank you for the link. It's really cute. Hey who knows, maybe one day one of us will just bump into him somewhere on a beach or in a city? That would be kinda cool, eh?
    @mimi: good morning! Sorry you didn't dream of Jane! I didn't either LOL!
    I agree with you, that he wouldn't try hypnosis on Lorelei. But it's true, he doesn't do it at all anymore - the whole vibe of the show changed a bit in my eyes. Wonder where they're going with it. Next epi should be fun! Have to get the kids to bed early (it's on at 7.00 pm on CTV already - and if my husband lets me I can watch it again at 9.00pm and at 10.00pm :-)

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    well there are already many websites selling them anyway...

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    @Mimi I agree, the cup is too small, that's why I use it with my espresso machine. Really best for a double, not a cappuccino, I use that generically, sorry. However, the manufacturer does make a jumbo cup and saucer in peacock. I ordered that too, it's quite jumbo and heavy, but not quite the same, the handle especially is quite different. Oh well. I like jumbo too, and have a little collection of different patterns. The term "jumbo" covers quite an unexpected range of sizes I've learned!

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    hi everyone! Huisclothes, I agree about Jane not using hynosis anymore, I realised it when I rewatched season 1, he did it all the time there!I guess he wouldnt even try with Lorelei because she knows his tricks and he wouldnt risk losing her trust.. well if I can say so.. Entwife I'd love to have the Mentalist cup! but it's too small for me, I use big mugs for my tea. Absolute I agree I cant wait to see that either!! arghhhhhhhh so exciting!! we need more jisbon moments please!!!!! Sara it could be indeed although it's not her type to do such a thing, maybe she wants Jane to hold her lol, I certainly would try! no I think it's genuine but we'll be sure when we see the episode!

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    Hey, anyone think that Lisbon fainting is some kind of ruse/plan to get the guy with them to go get her a drink of water or something, so Jane/Lisbon can be left alone to poke around for evidence? Just a thought.

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    Hi @Abbsolute55, that scene from the promo set my heart to pitter-patter, too! I'm so curious what happens, does he catch her, what about that unavoidable physical closeness? Just a few more days now . . . It would be a total betrayal to make Jane be Red John, @Kate. Glad Heller sees that. I don't want that on my worry list! Having a cappuccino in my peacock Patrick Jane teacup and saucer. Giggle.

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    Jane's not Red John - Bruno Heller said in an interview that it'd be a cop out and he wouldn't do that to the fans. I'll see if I can find that somewhere :)

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    Yaaay I've just watched the new promo and I'm all excited about it! I really can't wait to see the scene where Jane catches the fainting Lisbon :-D! So cute! I hope he's gonna hold her tight...