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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hey bonaduz!
oh happy birthday to your son! how nice to go iceskating!
12 hours to go now!


Thank you mimi! That's why I could't find it, it was 2002! The Guarian time.
Anyways, my Mom was 1.52cm - THAT is short. Luckyly I'm a bit taller (1.66)lol. I'm off to the tracks - well, off to the lake actually. My youngest wants to go ice fishing on his birthday! Enjoy the show tonight everyone.


@ Mimi, She, Robin, has the most delicate body frame. So I think that combined with being shortest of the group gives the impression of being tiny. I think actors are not very tall on average. It makes fitting them in frames easier. Honestly I would not be surprised if they rounded their heights up, like sports figures do. They say the camera adds weight too. So I think we'd be surprised if we met them. And that they may seem smaller overall.. So far I've found that to be the case.


yes I guess I see her shorter than she is, maybe because she's very thin and even with heals looks short compared to the others, esp Rigsby who's quite tall.
I read somewhere, a fan saying Robin and Simon were so short, much shorter than what they appear to be on TV, to her I mean, she saw them at the ceremony.


@ Mimi, 1m 63 is about average height for a woman in the US. So not short, just shorter than the rest of the cast.


Good morning folks! Thank's for all the links. Mimi, I found Jon Stewart, but can't find the interview with Simon. Do you remember the date it was broadcasted?


KM you're right I googled it and they say 1m63.. anyway it's not a big difference. She's still quite short. Entwife I don't want his curls tamed either!!


Huisclothes and Mimi, I doubt either of you will see this. So we agree that Emmanuel and Robin look the same height. Their bios say they are the same height, 5' 4" tall. And Emmanuel is 64" inches on the CBI bulletin board. Guess what 64" is 5' 4" tall or 162.56 cm. And, while we don't know Robin, her costar Owain does and he says that he at 6' 4" is a foot taller than Robin. 6' 4" minus 12 inches is 5' 4". So, I'm going to respectfully disagree with you both. Robin is the shortest actor, but she is taller than than either of you think.


got it! I mispelt the name on the search box. how cute he is damn! I think he was really cute but somehow I find it even better looking now, can't say why..
I like him with a nescent beard.. good night HC speak later! Love this board, we have fun, don't we?


it's called the daily show with jon stewart. you'll love it. am signing out. stumbling in a 5Am. have a lovely night. tomorrow will feel like xmas morning.

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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.