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 yes, let's hear the story.


@km that sounds fine. because of my idiosyncrasies, i want lisbon (and patrick) to have some empty glamour. he's world class. he should make a fortune and f--k over world leaders. may they quake in his presence. but the hammock and the little one sound fine.


I love creating art, their are no boundries! I actually have some of my own art hung in my house. You would be surprised what I do in my spare time! one day when we have some more free time I'm going to tell you a story about a lesson I tought to my oldest daughter about being famous.


@ huisclothes,
Sounds good. I think Robin Tunney speaks French fairly well. But I'd be happy if they holed up in some community on the coast where he helps people quit smoking, over eating, public speaking anxiety with hypnosis, et cetera, and she helps a plump little toddler with curls and big green eyes build Sandcastles with Daddy. Oh, and there is a hammock on the porch where Patrick and child nap.


Only for the 03/03 episode. Fingers crossed that we start getting 2.0 or better for the rest of the season.


I do both, it depends on how many I need.


@km. ooh. new employment for jane and his wife, teresa. he's in paris working as a negotiator in government and corporate deals. he can read the other side like a book. they have a beautiful apartment in the quai voltaire with a view of the seine. we see lisbon whizzing around the place de la concorde in a citroen with the back seat jammed with hermes shopping bags and baguettes plus twins, a blond boy and a brun fonce' girl in their little seats. she swings by the government offices on the rue de varenne and picks up patrick.


@anitraward re: t-shirts. you are a woman of many parts! do you have them made or do you print them yourself?


mentalist is moving to nine? i guess we won't see patrick having wild sex soon or things to get too graphically violent. rats. network standards are much more puritanical at nine. do we think this could be good? just seems like they're screwing around. and maybe they have something new they have high hopes for slotted in for next season at nine. promo looks like we're getting adorable patrick. they're getting the humor out of cho and (blecch) rigsby. no rj. could be a good sign if they don't feel they have to backload the rj stuff to pay off the denouement every week till may. though i always love rj stuff.


@ace you're right. you must be right. i desperately want you to be right. i've never thought it before, never wanted it, never thought it was a good idea. but it would knock our socks off. it might just elicit rage and certainly, the thing would be full of holes. but if jane was red john and all the minions worked for jane - even lorelei's red john - they could fill in lots of logistical problems. but enough, i will not allow myself to consider this any further.

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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.