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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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


btw thank you for the links. Love seeing new interviews.
HC couldnt find the show you mentioned (Jon Steward)


Brett Partridge, dont think he's RJ. We see him in the pilot but also in another episode, can't remember which..
ok so now 22 hours to go!
I won't come on here before I see the show tomorrow as I don't want to read spoilers.


Damn I always wake up when you go to sleep so we kind of miss each other. I'm living in the wrong part of the world!!
ok have noted down some new words! So the ceremony was open to the public? have read a fan story on the blog (jane is not a girl). cute.. If I'd lived there, I'd deffo have gone too. Robin is short, I can see it, I don't know what 1m57 is in foot and inch.. she's my height, I can see it, when she's next to Simon.
Emmanuelle Chirqui is beautiful although I'm not fond of big breasts, but she's quite fit for her age!
Rebecca is beautiful, I had mixed feelings about her at first and now I think she's fit for her age too (45 yo!!) and she genuienly seems to love Simon. Their family looks so happy, makes my heart melt, I think it's kind of an exploit considering his job and what it implies.


@km hmm. in the photos naomi does look smaller than simon. in the video, i remember thinking they looked the same height. at any rate. she does look about my height so robin i think is fudging her numbers. i think emanuelle looks about the same height as robin but in the arrest photo they showed on the cbi bulletin board, emanuelle comes up to the 64" mark. a mystery. not an interesting mystery but still...
they're doing simon's hair straight? maybe he's doing something else that required him to cut his hair. perhaps for a flash back or forward where he wears it short and curly in some scene for the next episodes and they had to blow his hair straight to get the length for the normal stuff. either that or patrick got a blow dryer and maybe a straightening iron and that brazilian blow-out and a keratin treatment. series finale - patrick gets a perm!!


back to the star ceremony. simon's hair is styled straight. no curls.


to continue broadcasting from the shallow end of the pool. i think emanuelle chiriqui is very pretty but i always thought she had a tiny drop of jersey shore in her looks and her attitude. perfect for her role as lorelei. tough girl. a busty girl who looks like that should err on the elegant side in her clothes. so when i saw what she wore to the 100th episode celebration, my mouth dropped open. a tight dark red leather flared mini dress and grey platform high heeled pumps. what did she raid snooki's closet?


@km i think 5'4' is kind of medium height. bet robin is more 5'1" or 5'2." i'm 5'6" and naomi watts looks my height to me. my husband is 5'10" like simon. in high heels i'm just as tall as my hub. just as naomi is just as tall as simon in her heels. so i'd say robin is shorter. i have a sister who's just 5 ft and she appears the same size as robin.


Funny KM!


@ Huisclothes,
I agree with you about the shoes. I thought the dress Robin wore to the 100th celebration was more flattering on her. According to their bios Naomi is only 1 inch taller (5' 5") than Robin. Perhaps Robin is not 5' 4" as her bio says, but Owain said in an interview that he was a full foot taller than her and he said he was 6'4"? By the way, I'm too tall but I thought that 5' 4" was too tall to be considered petite. Especially since the average height of a woman in the US is 5' 4.6". If that is the actual average height for a woman in the US then Robin Tunny is not even truly short? Right? I think you are more knowledgeable about fashion than I am.


re: shoes. yeah. those shoes were way too high for that dress. she should have at least self-tanned her legs as a public service. petite women often don't realize that really high shoes can make them look short. like too much of their height is heel. but that dress was too casual for high heels - especially on a grown woman. on a teenager, could be cute. that was a dress for flat beautiful thong sandals. but an award ceremony was the place for neither.
she should wear something like what naomi wore. then it would have shown her great shape. and she could have worn pumps as high as she wanted. but i would have voted for hair up or back to keep the elegant line. naomi could go with hair down because she's got 3 inches on robin. by the way i love rebecca's off camera clothes. flat thongs, straight pants and cotton peasant-y blouses (my summer uniform). i don't think she does dressed up too well.

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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.