The Mentalist Review: Tell No One

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Jane said to tell no one, and yet inevitably everyone found out about the list on The Mentalist season 6 premiere.

"The Desert Rose" opened right where we left off, with Red John taunting Jane with his final seven predictions. 

Call for Jane

Realizing that the list Lorelei was reading on that recording had to be made two months earlier, Lisbon looked at Jane in shock and horror and asked how it's possible…

Jane: It's a trick.
Lisbon: A trick how?
Jane: I don't know. | permalink

Jane's lack of direction seemed to unsettle her even more than that recording. Jane swears he's not freaked out. Maybe he should be.

I kept wondering why Jane would ask to see Cody's guns at the crime scene. It felt odd, being that Jane's not a fan of weapons. But I suppose the entire point was to have the Sacramento PD so ticked off at Lisbon's CBI team that a call for back up later wouldn't be their top priority. 

But that wasn't the only consequence that carried the story along. Just having a list of suspects made Jane and Lisbon look at everyone differently. From Bertram's off the cuff remark about hearing Jane was getting close to Red John, to the stare down between Jane and Partridge, every interaction suddenly felt like the serial killer was somehow toying with them. 

And maybe he was.

Fear and paranoia swirled around Jane and Lisbon. Jane worried that sharing the list with Teresa put her in danger. She grew concerned that the list was making him more paranoid. 

But their shared distress manifested itself in different ways. Jane wanted to go it alone while Lisbon needed to have her team backing them up. Finally their desire for different paths came to a head.

I was surprised when Lisbon called Grace and had her GPS track each of the seven suspects cell phones. Jane was right. It wouldn't take much for Red John to figure that out and use it against them. Of course Lisbon was right too. At least they'd have some information and they could factor Red John's involvement into it.

I had little doubt that Grace would tell Wayne once he began questioning her and no doubt at all that Cho could crack Rigsby. 

I loved Rigsby reasoning when Jane questioned him in this The Mentalist quote

Jane: You told Cho.
Rigsby: He can't be the only member of the team who doesn't know. Come on, that's not fair. | permalink

How could you not smile at that?

When it all finally came out, Jane was accusing Lisbon of being childish and out of her depth while she shot back that he was arrogant, paranoid and lacked direction.  

I think it was the "out of your depth" that really got her riled. It made it sound as though after all of these years and all of the cases they'd worked together, that when it came to Red John, Jane didn't respect her as an investigator. Ouch.

But I honestly thought his reaction came from a place of fear. As he said earlier, he wished he hadn't told her because anyone who knows is in danger. I think the worry that he'd put Teresa in Red John's cross hairs was eating away at him.  

The final scenes of Teresa going out on the distress call weren't a shock. It was clear how this was going to play out long before it happened. Yet somehow when Partridge muttered "Tiger, tiger" in the dark and Teresa was violently grabbed from behind, it still took my breath away. 

Watching Jane's relief cross his face at finally getting a call back from Teresa and having it turn to horror was stomach churning. For six seasons this scenario has been his worst nightmare and now it's coming to life in front of him.

Can Patrick save Teresa? What's Red John's plan? I have no idea what will happen next but I sincerely can't wait for the next episode of The Mentalist to find out. 


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Haffner whistling this little ditty indicates he is not the master and he will be glad when the master is dead. Red John would never sing this song. Red John might sing BEAT IT, WHIP IT OR THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE. I would go so far as to say he might even sing BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. But Red John would never sing Jimmy crack corn!


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Hi @mimi! I've just watched the episode and yes I agree, so many things to think Bruno Heller has finally decided to be kind to us shippers! Such intimacy in that hospital room...his touching her hair, shoulder, arm tenderly...their whispering like lovers do. While watching that scene, I surprised myself fantasizing that they were actually worried about their unborn baby...I know that might sound a bit cliché, but I couldn't help it!:-D


have you seen the epi? the review is not on yet. what a great episode!so many things to say!


if they decided to kill me slowly this season, they definitely will succeed!!


@katempw I thought opened like "I'll be watching you" They didn't even mention it, did Jane even notice?? I was a little disappointed in the episode. I love how Rigsby and Cho were doing exactly what all us fans are doing...guessing who Red John is.


Is that "orchestrate"?


Really must watch that again. This is getting intense.


I noticed Lisbon's crucifix in the last scene as rj was painting her face. It was barely visible in the lower right corner. Wouldn't you think the evil rj would have jerked it off her neck. Was it really him? Keeping Bruno H. To his word, did he actually say that ONE of the suspects is rj. Wouldnt that point to the fact that there is only one rj and not a congomerate. Just a wild tho, parsing and all. I'm all over the place with ideas. Lastly, if Lorelei's death was staged, a lot of people would have to be in on it. I keep holding on to Brett Partridge, but he sure looked like he had had the schnitzel. I guess he would have to have a coroner in his pocket along with additional forensic folks and an undertaker to fake the caring of her corpse. Whoever discovered her before they called Partridge would be in on it. Not impossible but a big job to orchastrate. Can hardly wait for tonight!

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The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 1 Quotes

I'm trying to work here and you're staring at me like I have two heads.


Jane: It's a trick.
Lisbon: A trick how?
Jane: I don't know.