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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@km are you back from getting tea so quickly?


I liked season 5, maybe I liked 6 and 7 less.. and 9 maybe but otherwise it's a good one for me.


My "theory" is just my reading of TV renewal/cancelation blogs. Someone else here brought up the disappointment with how they handled Timothy Carter and they postulated people were let down about Jane not getting RJ. That may be correct and some of the audience left or waited the entire season 4 to depart. There are people only willing to give the RJ arc season 5 and they won't return for 6. And Sunday night, especially at 22:00, was CBS putting one foot in the grave. These next episodes need good numbers. And Warner Bros. may need to charge less for 6th season. WB has done it in the past. We're 'on the bubble' , the strongest of three Nielson rating wise, but we might have to wait until May.


@mimi: whooo there - of corse I'm Swiss! But there are no swiss translations available (hihihi that would be funny - Jane speaking swiss!!!!LOL). So, swiss is not a "real" language, just a lot of different middle high german dialects. We all have to learn high german in school. All the books, newspapers, tv shows etc. are in high german. I can read and speak high german very good, but I would never use it in a conversation with another swiss - exept someone from the french or italian speaking part of Switzerland. Sorry, I guess I'm not your neighbour then. (Thought you were French though!)


@km. and yes, you're right. most complaints i've seen are about the red john theme. these are, however, by people involved enough to weigh in. i will close by saying, the views expressed in my emails are purely the views of me and should not be tried at home by any other person.


@huisclothes, Green. I think I am more of a dislike scene(s) than episode person. The headress was one of those scene. Sometime a corny scene like the scarecrow is redeemed by how it plays out with the other actors for me. Lisbon's delight and his delight in her amusement. Sometimes there is a scene or a few scenes in an episode that can leave me thinking. Sometimes I'll go rewatch a scene but not the entire episode, because the episode is in my lesser category. So if an episode leaves me with a dark / charming/ relational re-think than I consider it fine not great. That is how I see "blood in, blood out", Jane was supportive and Cho was overwhelmed with guilt. Enjoy your tea. I'm out of my eldest's favorite so I'm off to the tea shop.


one more n.g. thing in a episode i love, red dawn. simon's over-the-top stammer in the first half of the episode.


@km red john eps per year: my count, including eps that are somewhat about red john but don't have an actual murder or visit from the great man himself, 4 or 5 a season. could be people are sick of even just the thread, if your theory is correct. might be a few more where i'm not remembering the thread as part of the episodic story. this year already has that number halfway through the season -- further proof that they're winding things up. red john or the series. i'll be devastated by either but will live through it if we just get another season.


@km english breakfast and sometimes earl grey. boring, i know. have never had gunpowder. is it black tea?
also, as i said, many of my lesser episodes have good scenes. liked the principal scene. simon's great physical comedy.
i haven't counted but i think the number of rj scenes has been pretty consistent.


worst scenes, my opinion. the scarecrow scene and him pretending to be a skeleton. patrick is cool. not corny and needing attention. the indian/american head dress in angavite baa, same reason as skeleton. not cool enough for patrick, twee. the bass fiddle in rhapsody in red - this falls into the "i'm a little teapot" category of behavior -- aren't i cute plus aren't i deep in bergman sense? the psychic fit in pretty red balloon. over the top; wanted to smack him. patrick should be mesmerizing; not epileptic. red is the new black - the feather thing, the stereotypical photo session. that ep and days of wine and roses make my teeth hurt. this is on the writers and director. they don't have a clue - all are inept versions of some lame guy's idea of what fashion is. pick up a copy of vogue, idiots. ask a stylist. his thoughts were red thoughts - patrick's sticks and stones line. he delivers it as if it's clever. cringe.

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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.