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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I can't see writing something that's not going to go anywhere. I'm sure we all have great script ideas!


yes it's true entwife unless he does have minions everywhere to do all the work but still..


*enjoy sorry


yes I knew about Rebecca, actually I had seen who Simon's wife was and then I saw that epi and thought?? isnt she Simon's wife and so I looked the names up and had confirmation.. but I really didn't like that epi strangely enough it's probably my least fav of all. must be weird to be working with your husband and I remember reading in an interview that they didnt particularly enjoyed it, he explained he was different at work than at home and so it felt odd to be in that situation.


and what about a little "me" time for those personally executed torture and killings? developing clues, leaving notes and videos, it never ends. No time to fake a full time job.


@mimi pretty much agree that the ones you picked are lesser episodes. paint it red, ep 13 does have two great scenes, jane and the mafioso and jane and the russian mobster, but on a whole, not my favorite.
also, don't know if you're aware of this but in episode 19, the lead actress is simon's wife rebecca rigg. not a great episode but the fact that they're married gives it a little je ne sais quoi.


and then there's the monitoring and clean up -- Red John wouldn't have time to scratch his arse!


Yeah, @huisclothes, it's like how can you find the time to be nefarious, make nefarious plans, line up nefarious minions and train them in nefarious ways -- when you're schlepping on a full time job lol


oh ok ani so start writing then :)!


actually I don't think there are bad epi for me, it's not that they are bad but rather that others are better if you know what I mean.
while skimming through the pi I saw a scene that I love it's in s1-2 when Jane build sand castles on the beach, so cute! ok so S1 least loved epi: ok probably episode 12 although the scene with Rigsby and the carrots was good! then 13-15-19 and 22

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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.