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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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    @Entwife...Yes, I love that part with Jane catching Lisbon. Made my shipper heart do a dance. I never thought she would faint either, but those flesh eating bugs were gross. I can't wait for this ep. @KM...TGW has enough eps for syndication but no deal yet. I sure hope CBS saves The Mentalist and hopefully switching the two will show CBS that it is the "better show".

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    The promo does look great, ACE! Especially when Lisbon faints and Patrick notices and rushes to catch her. Never figured her for a fainter, must be the living spaghetti crate of bugs. The Mentalist Fan Facebook page put it out, and also a link to a blurb on episode 5x15, to be shown March 3 "at a special time." That means 2 weeks between 14 and 15. I'd like to bite CBS.

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    Huisclothes, I design T-Shirts and my guilty little pleasure was designing my own Mentalist T's. They turned out really good! No! I did not infringe on any copyrights!

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    Thank's KM and anitraward1 for the explanation.

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    @ bonaduz,
    Hustler has multiple definitions. In this incident Cho was saying that Jane was a swindler, because a con man uses unscrupulous or fraudulent means to obtain money. In this way the word is being used as slang. Another slang definition would be to substitute for prostitute. The word also has more positive definition. We can describe a person who is a go-getter, determined to be a success as a hustler as well. Baker is hustling "Breath" to get it filmed.

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    That was me Entwife, I was looking for clues in names.

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    A hustler is like a pimp! He will do anything for money. He does not care if the other person gets hurts, as long as he gets the M.O.N.E.Y!

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    No way can they make Jane Red John. I know someone on here broke it down even that Jane is a feminine variation of John. I would be totally insane with anger. It would be like when they killed off Catherine in that old Beauty and the Beast tv series. That twisted me for about two years, had to write my own script for a tv movie fixing the whole damn travesty. I still haven't forgiven the writers. And now all three of them are writing the new series, not even close to as good as the old one btw. Anyway, I can't even think it, that Jane would be RJ.

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    @huisclothes
    No. I think the worst they might do is kill most of them and leave the rest going to pieces. I hope not. I'd rather Lisbon help Jane kill him, strike a blow at the house of cards that the FBI/CBI, and they both have to find new employment. Sometimes I find myself think of the cut scene from the pilot. You know it, right? Lisbon is "little Miss Fierce" and she tells him she is scared. I wonder if that is where the show is headed, except St. Theresa is going to be very present.

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    About Patrick Jane's cup and saucer for sale . . . I BOUGHT THAT SET! Ha ha, I love it! Guess what the color is? PEACOCK! ha! perfect. So much fun. I love episode 5x5. And I love that scene that ends with Lisbon saying Bite me.