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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wow amazing comments here again! ani god you made me LMAO! love your theory about Jane and RJ being brothers! that would be just amazing.
I also hope Ron is not RJ but in every case we'll probably be disappointed. We have seen him so someone on here has definitely come up with his name at one point. we'll have to be patient. I agree that for secrecy purpose, the actors should not know who is RJ but we don't know if they trust their actors or not. I remember once watching a show, there was an intrigue for a long time and I was shocked when I later watched an interview of some actors saying they didn't know to the very last minute who was x. I thought they knew all along. I guess as Watcher says, some can't keep their mouth shut. The actor tells his wife, who once drunk tells her girlfriends who tells other friends and in the end all California knows and more..


still wondering, could red john be stiles' estranged son?


@b&w&r re: rebecca's poisoner getting out of the cbi. so right. that was so irritating that patrick, who was quick enough of mind to race downstairs shouting to the guards not to touch her, decides to punch the wall rather than seal the building to trap the killer. how about cho? earlier in the ep, he took command so thrillingly. why wasn't he yelling "lock it down, on my authority" the moment jane took off? always bothered me. such an excellent episode.


@b&w&r re: the incredible nothingness of ron being red john. agree with you. ron's not even an enigma, he's the null set. it would be a tremendous letdown. indeed, what would be the take-away after 5 years of ron being red john? you never know? don't that just beat all? that just shows to go you?
don't think it's him. ron popping up at lisbon's party to shake her hand is just them screwing with us. and if not, i'm speechless. and as you might gather, i don't get speechless.


@rationalgal. in bloodshot, cbi ron pauses when he sees van pelt's boyfriend who pulls it together and acts normally so ron doesn't notice the gun. he drives off. lisbon's wheels kept turning when she got off the phone from van pelt (she said, "that was weird" to cho) and trusting her instincts, came back to cbi.
regarding roll tide. my understanding was that red john gleaned that info from kristina or from the waiter who was his boy -- maybe trained like a mentalist (patrick could vamp this) to play along with whatever trash kristina came up with. re the limo. true, we've only seen rj associated with a limo twice. and only in the season 4 finale for sure.
maybe he went to his prom the night before and still had a couple of hours to return it.


To all: I'm going to watch the Bloodshot ep again to see exactly what CBI Ron was doing. Could be he was an RJ minion - just an informant, as I mentioned earlier, and not knowing what to do in a situation like that. Yes, he was an agent, but if he was an RJ minion, his response would have been based on that first and as a CBI agent second. Maybe he was required to get out of there so as not to have his informant role discovered in questioning. Who knows? As for Roll Tide, I always thought RJ learned of that from talking with Kristina, since he said she told RJ to give Jane her regards. It's that Roll Tide conversation that has kept Kristina on my suspect list.




Ok! I think I got it all out my system!


Something else that's bugging me, when Red John said roll tide to Jane it was almost like he was saying he was at that restaurant that night. Like he was sitting close enough to hear the conversation. I could be wrong but it seemed like that to me and everytime I've heard him say it since.


Lisbon did say that was weird.

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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.