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 Bodanuz I also noticed the debonnair sign in 4*24 atfirst I thought it was a coincidence but then I don't think so, although it's quite irrelevant to the show, I mentioned this sign yesterday!


HC I misread your line, I read machism not masochism so I agree with you on him pushing himself! definitley!


@ huisclothes
I thought the wigged organic honeydew was rather creative. But it may have been pushing at Jane's gentleman's choice of choosing Lisbon over RJ. But I do see your point as well. I'm not sure if I buy that "debonaire" was a code term being used, because of the street that I've read discussed on other sites.


@km and bonaduz. interesting. i actually took red john saying "debonair at all costs" to jane as red john's response to jane saying "how ya doing?" it always seemed weird to me as i think of debonair as suave and sophisticated which "how ya doing" isn't. but now that you've expanded on the meaning, km, i certainly think that was a jaunty way for jane to address his nemesis.
i thought he complimented jane on his ruse when he said, "well done."


@ bonaduz, You're welcome. A lot of words have alternate spellings in English, it mostly depends on where you are from: center and centre; favorite and favourite; fetus and foetus; savior and saviour to name a few. So different spellings never surprise me. Plus, I'm not the best speller myself. :-)


@KM: Thank you very much for your explanation and for sharing with me. I see I even spelled it wrong - oh my!


@ bonaduz,
Debonaire comes from the original phrase de bon aire, of good lineage. The most common meaning is having a sophisticated charm, gracious, and courteous manner, but it can also be used to describe something as jaunty or sprightly. So Jane was being described as debonaire for faking Lisbon's death. I doubt they found Jane's attire debonaire.


@huisclothes, mimi and KM. I also took that cold reading in "a dozen red roses" as an inside joke. He must know, what he's talking about!
Speaking of inside jokes: s2 ep14 "blood in, blood out": John Polson is the director and when Jane and Cho visit this KS guy, there's a street sign that says "Polson St."
s4 ep24 "the crimson hat": Jane is in the car with Lorelei and RJ. RJ says: Debonheur at all costs, heh? Later, when the FBI chases the limo, there's a street sign that says Debonheur Drive. Funny, huh? I'm sure there are more of these jokes, I just didn't find them yet. By the way, what does Debonheur mean? I couldn't really find anything. Just a reference to a men's magazine?


Re "aingavite baa", a lesser episode for me in season 2. I did think Jane's kindness to the amnesiac was nice and his silly baby faces sweet.
Re masochistic, I think he is refering to how hard he pushes himself. I'm paraphrasing something I read him say while in Australia, but he describes himself as unwilling to accept failure and that if his goal sits across a large lawn covered in bindis and he is without his thongs that he walk across to achieve the goal. Bindis is the Aussie name for Tribulus Terrestri and the nutlets have thumbtack-like thorns ~10 mm long and they can easily puncture bicycle tires so you can imagine what they could do to bare feet. I take that paraphrase as to mean he willingly suffer to achieve his goals and that he is hardest on himself. Not being an Aussie, I could have miss understood. But I've seen bindis nutlets and I had my thongs.


Just reading up on the comments. Thank's mimi, anitraward1 and KM for your concern, but I'm totally ok. The situation was of course not as dramatic as in the show, just holding hands and accompanying someone that was too sick to go on and refused to eat or drink anymore. Still hard to accept, but understandabel. And of corse anitraward1, it's always art imitating life. The writers are only humans too and all the stories that any uf us can come up with are experiences that have been made or observed in our lifes. @mimi: translations are sometimes hilaryous and not spot on, I've noticed that with the german translation too. But furtunatly I do understand enough english to watch the show in its original version - also because of the voices. They always use the same actors for the translations and so you can have Brad Pitt and for example Terence Hill end up with the same voice!! LOL Gotta go feed my animals - later!

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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.