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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bonaduz, you're serious? you were asked to help someone die? that must be so hard indeed and yet you know it was a beautiful thing at the same time. I don't know how I'd react. I think suicide is a horrible thing and at the same time it's a relief. depends on how you look at it.
ok I can send it to you by email if you want dont know how we can do that to keep secrecy?


anitraward1: Speaking of Dr. Steiner - s3 ep18 The Red Mile - where Steiner asks Jane to witness his suicide? That's A LOT to ask somebody. I happend to be in a similar situation last summer - and let me tell you, it's not nice!!! But it showed a different side of Jane, more caring, not as selfish for a change. Sweet of him to distract Steiner with the coin. I really liked this ep as well.
mimi: I would love to read your stuff!


btw do some of you write mentalist stuff?
I wrote a one shot and would love if a mentalist fan would want to read and give me critics.


well it's quotes from the characters and u have to remind who said what, see? only 5 questions, not that great..


Is it Mentalist quotes and where can I find it.


I also liked the scene with Jane and Donald culpepper at the elevator. They need to use this guy more, he has a very interesting personality. It was a good episode all the way through.


thanks ani! I can play but I found a game where you have to remember whose quotes they are. hello bonaduz! great epi indeed makes me want to go back and watch again.
I also loved ep 2-11 at the school reunion, cute when they dance at the end..
and ep 1*10 with Sophie, Simon's acting is priceless when he tells Lisbon why Sophie is important to him.


Hi bonaduz, A Price Above Rubies was one of my favorites from season 2! It's one of my go to episodes while we wait and wait and wait! I liked the scene with the doctor, Lisbon and Jane on the outside of the rehab center. When Jane does his routine about Lisbon being a alcoholic!


The game is called spot the difference. They use different photo's from different shows. They are not using The Mentalist photo's at this time.

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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.