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.


yes it was!
I love that episode that is very intense, because of Jane being chased by the two men then he sleeps with Lorelei I mean we never saw his character getting laid before, then the scene with Lisbon in the church is as cute as it is funny, I love the I love you scene which left me puzzled a little I mean why did he say that? then when she asks him he says I can't remember, yeah right! and then the whole ending.. the holding hand..


I love scarlet ribbons, amazing epi with T Carter's wife. little red book was ok but not outstanding, pretty red ballon was interesting as we see a bit of his past life, ring around the Rosie was ok
will have to watch all this again!


You know what? Isn't it interesting that in the Crimson Hat episode, the whole setup was extremely fast and it kind of speaks to my idea about the CBI INNER CIRCLE! Hummm.........


yes it's at 39:57 exactly


oh dear! do you know all the titles by heart? Iwill have a look and see which is which..


I think that is real weird, I'm going to watch this one again too! That is strange, very strange indeed!


Yep! you are right, these were some of my other favorites. My favorites in season 4 are; Scarlet Ribbons, The Little Red Book, Pretty Red Ballon, Ring around the Rosie, My Bloody Valentine, War of the Roses, The Blinking Red Light, Fugue in Red, Red Rover, Red Rover and the Crimson Hat.


the other day, I was watching 4*24 and when RJ tells Jane that he's debonnair at all cost, later when the FBI chases their car, you see the name of the road is Debonnair. weird? coincidence?


the rj episodes are usually my favourites. but even in between there are really good ones. there are a few I didn't like too much and wouldn't watch twice.


had a look, now I remember! it was a good epi but not one of my fav. The devil's cherry is also one of my fav, I agree with what you said about Jane. IT was a funny epi but also sad and deep. I love bloodshot, the S3 finale, the epi where he's got amnesia, one of my all fav is 4-24 and of course 4*23. I also love 5*1. There are so many, I love the epi with Erica, both of them, the first one because we got to see Jane talking to a camera and saying what he likes about women and it was cute when you see Lisbon watching at the end and then the second one is great, this sexual tension building between Erica and him and Lisbon going crazy. there are surely more but I cant remember.. oh I also love 5*5!

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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.