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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ani, do you mean an epi that you wrote? Id love to read it it sounds interesting!
the one I wrote is just a one shot (so it could be like an in between episode) with a murder story and a deeper connection between jane and lisbon, it is quite simple to be honest but it was great writing it.


ok I have a question for u english speaking people.
in ep 4*10 when jane is back at the hospital after the conman show, he tells Lisbon he quits working for the CBI etc but tells her he'll give her his parting gift the next morning. then she sits down on a chair by the bed and he says "there is room up here", what does he mean by that? because it has been translated in French like this "there is more room on the floor above" but how I see it is, he means there is room up here in bed with me.
which is it?


mimi, I have thought about it before but I wouldn't know where to go with it. I have kept it in my head. It's an episode where a msyterious person who Jane buys sandwiches from makes little comments about Jane's life. Jane knows in the back of his head that this person shouldn't know these things and he just blows the comments off. The person talks to Jane about spirituality, good/evil and him reconciling himself with his own life. Jane thinks it's a load of crap until this person turns up in places they could not or should not possibly be in. Jane can not figure out if what's happening to him is real or not and I won't finish this episode by telling you the ending. I play the mysterious person of course!


My condolences bonaduz. I've been present when a few people have left this world, even held a few hands, but never was asked to witness a suicide (all ER instances for me). That must have been really difficult.
"the red mile" is a favorite for me as well.


yes huisclothes what you say makes sense!


Love reading everyone's plot ideas and favorite episode comparisons. I tend to enjoy them all, some more than others. The end of "fugue in red" 4*10 and the "Devil's Cherry" 5*2 are some of my favorites. I tend to like the interaction scenes most or the ones that offer examples of Jane's attachment to either his family or the team. I was touched in "Blood in, Blood out" 2*14 when Jane pushed his way into going with Cho and the ending with Cho asking forgiveness from his friend's grandmother. And all the titles have red represented either by varying shades, different languages, numerical representation, hidden within the word ("REDemption, 2*1), or an object that is red color. We can't escape red (or red headed people in The Mentalist episodes).


Have to agree with @huisclothes about CBI Ron -- RJ so obsessed he works in CBI dronedom for 40-hrs a wk to keep an eye on Patrick? Don't see RJ being able to tolerate that. Needs more freedome to be nefarious.


back to "did ron see the gun?" re-screened the episode. the lawyer drops his arm to his side so the gun is cheated a little behind his hip. ron looks him over -- casually curious -- then drives off. ron didn't see it. my opinion. also, if ron is rj, why would he let some guy with a gun chase after patrick jane in a parking lot? rj knows all. does not want patrick dead. even if ron is a minion, i think there'd be hell to pay for ron's mistake whether he knew patrick was in trouble or not and whether patrick got killed or not. we might not see ron around the cbi water cooler anymore. like i've said about ron/red john working 40 hours a week for 5 years at a low to mid level cbi job, what's the point? is red john so obsessed with the cbi he spends his life as a go-fer? rj would have a cool life. consistency says ron/rj makes no sense. but who says the writers are consistent? if we start seeing him front and center every week, might be him.


mimi, I would love to read it too!


That's heavy bonaduz, how did you handle it? It's a really hard position to be put in. But the reality of it is, if someone is going to do that you can't stop them. I hope you were ok with yourself after that. Did you see any similarities between that episode and what you experienced, art imitating life or life imitating art?

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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.