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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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Joining you in tea, huisclothes. I know that I'm scatterbrained when I confuse my there/their/they're because I'm typing on this dinky auto correcting thing. Organic Lapsang Souchong or Gunpowder?

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...that the RJ story line is stale is the most consistent reason for viewer reduction. This season's time slot is not helping either. The Mentalist being a serial procedural makes it tough. I don't see a spin off when the RJ arc ends.

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I can't say I agree with your entire lesser list, @huisclothes. I think we all have differing tastes. I don't mind episodes that are not all about Jane, though. I suspect some people do, and if any other character is given some opportunity to shine then they rank it lower. Or if they like RJ episodes they rank them higher, and if they are sick of RJ they rank them down. So I can't say that I'm embarrassed for any of them. Sure their stronger and weaker, but most episodes have a gem or two moments. While "Something's Rotten in Redmund" (4*20) was not my favorite episode of season 4, I enjoyed the principle's office scene and Jane peaking out from behind the curtain, I was touched by the Jane's change of expression from agreeing that baby Ben looked like Chairman Mao to agreeing that he was gorgeous and then his subsequent need to walk away. I imagined he continued walking while tears fell. Just my 2¢. That the biggest complaint I've read, not that I know anything, is the RJ story line is stale on TV by the Numbers, etc.

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just to follow up where i broke off below with my nominations for lesser episodes.
when i ended up saying "how embarrassed" i meant how embarrassed was i for simon having to act in the episode at all. @mimi. looking at your list for season two, we are in agreement. i agree with the ones you like also. also liked red badge, his right red hand, red line, black gold and red blood. rose-colored glasses. i also loved redemption (ep 1), red bulls and a bunch of others, code red, red all over, red sky in the morning. disturbing to see how many i disliked in season 4 -- 12!!. if even I, a mentalist lover, disliked half the shows, that could account for the ratings dive if you're an actual human being. so far for me in season 5, i count 7 episodes i thought were dogs -- about half!!! wonder if i'm reflecting what the average viewer is feeling. i just upset myself. need tea.

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debonair is the same word in French but had to check the meaning in the dic because I had never heard this word before. well I didn't realise it was a French word, coming from the expression de bon air. anyway..

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bonaduz I thought you were swiss, so you're German! hello neighbour!
I agree that the translations arent always good but I watch the show with sub and it's not official and often sloppy so I know I can't rely on them but I got used to their accent and the overall cop vocab so I don't need them much anymore. I prefer Simon's accent though. well will see if I can find how to send this one shot. it's not a script of how it could turn but more like a fiction if you know what I mean, just for the fun of writing. so I feel a bit shy to post it here for everyone to read also because not everyone will want to read it and don't want to overload the board with it. it's a a few pages long.

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So mimi, how am I going to read the TM episode that you wrote? Is it long? Do you want to post it on this site? Oh well, just give us a short version, ok. Sorry mimi, I missed that you mentioned the debonair sign yesterday!
I agree with your epi guide (huisclothes and mimi), even though I enjoy just watching the characters and I discover little things every time that make me smile. KM and huisclothes: I have to watch 4/24 again with that debonair-thing, now that I have your explanation. Have to check out the german version as well to see exactly how they translate it. Sometimes there are little hidden meanings in the english language, that I just don't get. Oh well, you live and learn, right?
Gotta go to work. See ya all later!

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lesser epi season 2: red menace, red scare, a price obove rubies, bleeding heart, blood in, blood out, aingavite baa, blood money, 18-5-4 loved epi 3 (with Lisbon being suspected of murder) 6 (Jane in prison) 8 with Bosco's death, RJ epi so of course! epi 11 at the school reunion, 13 with mashburn was fun, the last epi

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HC I can relate to what you're saying regarding Jane, I was also less picky at first (although I'm a new fan), he's the one who made me fall in love with the Mentalist obviously. will have a look at the epi you're mentioning.

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my nominations for lesser episodes. some nice moments but i give them a gentleman's c. season 1: scarlet fever and a dozen red roses. the series was new and i was smitten by patrick, it was a coup de foudre, so i was less picky than i am now. season 2: scarlet letter, red menace, red scare, blood in blood out, red herring, aingavite baa. season 3: red ponies, pink chanel suit, bloodsport, blood for blood, bloodstream, like a red-headed stepchild, rhapsody in red. season 4 pretty red balloon, ring around the rosie, where in the world is carmine o'brien?, pink tops, the redshirt, red is the new black, at first blush, ruddy cheeks, pink champagne on ice, something's rotten in redmund, ruby slippers, so long and thanks for all the red snapper. bad streak season 5: not one red cent, blood feud, cherry picked, black cherry, panama red, days of wine & roses, little red corvette. i could slice this into even finer categories of badness irritating scenes, how embarrassed was i for simon to have to read the line, who cares about rigsby etc.