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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ahah I agree! he's cute in that epi, a lost lamb indeed! oh so jaunty would come from gentil? almost the same pronouncitation.
HC do you speak french?


HC thank you for this private lesson! I love it! I knew stutter but not stammer, lol you made me laugh st st stammer. I love writing so it's important I get the notions of the words and their nuances. not easy because even in my own language, I don't. I think Simon's acting in some intense scenes is priceless. I mean he is always good but you know..
It's high time we got to watch a new episode because I'm rewatching old ones again and again and at one point I'll get bored! do you also do that? or am I the only crazy one?


also think jaunty may be an english bastardization of the french, gentil.


i adored episode 5, red dawn. patrick is so sweet, like a lost lamb; but still brilliant and manipulative. love when he gets a bloody nose and lisbon leads him into the cbi with her arm around him and he says, "teresa lisbon, that's a nice name" like she's let him into her world and he's going to work his magic on her.


@mimi corny is old-fashioned. trying to be amusing or sentimental. but in a way that's been heard or seen over and over so it just comes off as trite and boring.
camp describes humor that would be understood by sophisticated people as referring to something in an arch, mannered self-conscious way. from the french, camper. like a poseur. in the u.s, often associated with the humor of gay people. bette midler: referring to musicians "getting down" - (performing in soulful passionate way) - said, "i never ever get down. well, only for vast sums of money.
stammer and stutter are related. they have the quality of a speech impediment. it sounds like someone can't get the words out and therefore gets stuck on trying to say them. st-st-st-stammer.


@mimi:yes, Swiss indeed. And yes, there are 4 official languages in Switzerland. German, french, italian and romansh (only about 20'000 people speak that though - including my entire paternal family). We learn french, italian and english in school, but my french has dissapeared almost entierly (has been a couple of years since school). My italian is not bad, I need that in my part of the country quite often.
Agree with you, I also really liked 5/05! Jane looked like a lost puppy when Lisbon kicked him out of the car and spoke to Cho on the cell. Then she tells him to forget about revenge and get a new life - loved his body language there. KM and huisclothes, hope you enjoyed your tea! I'm getting myself a cup of coffee! KM: we have to wait 'til May to find out?? OH MY....


Once I was at a friends and we mentioned the mentalist and the other couple said they were watching too but were a bit fed up, I guess because of the RJ thing being stretched.I'd love to find someone who's as hooked as I am to watch a few episodes with me, must be fun. although this board is amazing too of course!


no I meant in season 5, I loved epi 5 actually, I know many people didn't but I think it was a great one, nice to see how it all started!


Bonaduz so you're Swiss indeed! I know you speak German there and French too right? do you speak French at all?
I'm Belgian and speak French.. so we're not neighbours but close anyway! Right KM and HC I need to look up a few words in the dic like "corny", "jaunty" (earlier), "stammer" I can't believe there are so many words I still don't know!!!
that's a goldmine here if you want to improve your English (for foreigners obviously)
I'm also a tea addict, esp Earl Grey and green sencha. I have seen that CBS sells the saucer and cup from the show, it's funny! I also think that some scenes are way too corny, I read somewhere else that someone used the word camp and I guess it means the same. doesnt it?


@mimi do you mean episode 5 of season five?

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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.