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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When Rigsby questioned why O'laughlin didn't help Van Pelt during that shoot out, it was because O'laughlin was a Minion! Is CBI RON a MINION?


Rationalgal, it still dosen't answer the question why CBI Ron didn't do anything. He is an agent!


Wow! Really only the limo driver!


If CBI Ron in the parking lot was RJ he would have stopped the guy from trying to kill Jane because RJ does not want Jane dead. He could only have been an RJ informant or maybe, as just a lowly CBI employee, he called Lisbon to tell her Jane and Van Pelt were in danger and come quick. Lisbon did show up just in time to save them and she didn't know anything serious was going on because Van Pelt did not get a chance to tell her when they were on the phone. Lisbon just looked puzzled at the abrupt end to the conversation with nothing there to alarm her.


Rationalgal, I'm going to go back and watch those episodes because I just want to know what you are talking about!


I think RJ just rented a limo! But it does speak to his wealth.


There has never been an organization in the history of TV that has been this dirty!


Just because CBI Ron shows up often is no clue that he is RJ. The director needs a bunch of extras as regular staff for background. Those who wear uniforms need to be regulars so the costume dept always has the ones that fit. As for that f---kig limo: It showed up in the flashback episode where Jane first came to CBI, then in the season 4 finale. Both times the dialogue indicated RJ was in the limo. The first time that appeared to be true; the second time, no, because RJ just left a phone to avoid being trapped by Jane. Who owns or rents the limo? Why does the story suggest it is RJ's limo? What's the connection between the limo and RJ? To suggest power and influence? Does RJ rent one just to show off and he's really only the limo driver? I LOVE these scenarios. Can't wait to see which if any are accurate or partly accurate.


I did notice this about CBI RON! In the episode Bloodshot, when Van Pelt and Jane were in the car in the parking lot. CBI Ron is in the car that drives past Van Pelt's boyfriend. CBI Ron looks at the gun in Van Pelt's boyfriend's hand and then just drives off. Why didn't CBI RON do anything about that situation? He carries a gun. Makes you think about CBI Ron, don't it?


What you stated is why I know CBI RON is not RED John!

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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.