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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@hisclothes.. I thought that Jane was John at the beginning of the series...say before season 3 ended. However, I don't think they will go this route now. Too many people have speculated that Jane was Red John with a split personality type of thing plus, I don't think they could write it to make sense now. Too many clues, situations, others knowing who Red John is, not to mention Jane shaking hands with him "confession". Also, like anitraward1 said, too many people (probably 99 percent) would hate the idea of Jane being a killer. I would accept him being in a metal institution and all of this being in his mind before I would accept him as a killer. Btw, any one see the extended promo? LOOKS GREAT !!!




I don't think they would do that because it would upset the viewer's They would also be breaking the trust of the viewer's. And you know like I know, the next time you saw Heller's name on a script, you probably wouldn't turn the page! You need viewer's to have a hit show! That reputation would proceed them for the rest of their career's. Baker would never let that happen. I'll bet my keyboard on that!


That would mean we spent all this time and energy admiring a creep! No thanks. That would mean he killed his own family. That's nasty! I would throw my series out that could damage Baker's career.


Huisclothes, you made me choke on my dinner!


Getting back to quotes and english lessons: In "fugue in red", when Cho and Jane are in the burnt down house, looking for the little girl's doll, Cho says, that Jane is just a hustler. What is a hustler? I looked it up, but it doesn't really make sense for this particular circumstance.
KM: fancy coffee your drinking! My favourite is Latte Macchiato, wich I buy once in a while, when I'm in town. Out here in the bush I have to make my own plain old coffee. (At least I have power now and even high speed internet - wasn't always like that!!) So far I only drank tea when I was sick, but who knows - I might change my ways thanks to you guys (and Jane of course!). It's definitly healthier then coffee!


welcome back km. glad my tea choices are not horribly jejune.
just sitting around and i got this nauseated feeling. here's the reason. if it's ending this year and if they want to blow our minds and turn us inside out so our organs are just hanging there (which i think they'll want to do), maybe patrick jane is red john.
i have never thought this before. and still don't think it. but if they were cancelled - and wanted to go out with a huge bang - and didn't have to care what the repercussions of the fans hating them were - and knew it would be an amazingly powerful episode -- and they could figure out how to make it sort of cohesive -- i shudder to say this, but do you think they would do it?


This video has a number of my favorite episodes. I believe I like Robin Tunney has much as I like Simon Baker.


Now I am back from the tea shop. I love Earl Grey and English Breakfast, not boring. @ bonaduz, I drink both coffee and tea. My Moka Bialetti gets me started each day. Sadly I haven't mastered the cappuccino yet, but I've succeeded in getting the Australian flat white down. As the day goes on I drink tea. My eldest is the major tea drinker. And... Yes, maybe not intill May. Perhaps March, though. I love the quotes. I saw a cute video of quotes on YouTube. I'll have to look for it.


right I'm off to bed! good night everyone! (or day)

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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.