The Mentalist Review: More Than One?

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Drones and explosions took a back seat to Red John's antics in "Black-Winged Redbird," as we were left to contemplate how many of the final seven are involved with the evil mastermind. Or could Red John be more than just one man?

Wasn't Director Bertram oddly calm when he found out that Partridge was dead and Lisbon was down? He barely reacted to the news. Was that because he already knew or was it just because Bertram's an odd individual?

Keeping Jane Off Center

Remember last week when Jane said he wasn't freaking out? I'd say he's definitely freaked out now. The way he begged the crowd of law enforcement officers for a bottle of water showed his sense of panic better than anything else could have. Then he gently set about removing Red John's handiwork from Teresa's face. It was as though he couldn't rest until he got that maniac's mark off of her. 

Jane truly seemed lost to Red John's motives in letting Lisbon go. Was he being playful, ran out of time or simply meant to kill her but got interrupted? Patrick Jane was left with far more questions than answers. 

I really loved Lisbon's nightmare. It was very telling. Her fear was losing the people closest to her to the serial killer. And was it just a coincidence that Haffner killed her in the dream and then visited her in the hospital? When he told her that one of these day they'd have more time, was that an aside to Red John not having the time to finish the job he started?

Also, who is Carmen Lee? That's the person the nurse was looking for when she mistakenly walked into Teresa's room…but any fan of The Mentalist knows that clues pop up at odd times. So what piece of the puzzle is Carmen Lee?

When Sophie Miller didn't pick up her phone I knew she was dead…which is a shame. I kind of liked Sophie and her connection to Patrick's past. The moment I noticed that sticky note on the fridge I knew what Jane was going to find. But what was the message in decapitating her? Red John's methods appear to be changing as Jane and Lisbon get closer to finding him. 

I've said almost nothing about the suicide by drone story line and it's not that I didn't enjoy it. It was an interesting twist but it was all secondary to the hunt for a serial killer who knows so much that Lisbon wonders if he could actually be psychic.

Is that because he's more than one man? We've always known that Red John has his minions but could it be possible for multiple people to form the legend of Red John? Could it be their shared knowledge and access is what make this killer seem almost omnipotent?

The discussion between Director Bertram, Sheriff McAllister, and Reed Smith was certainly curious. When Reed asked Bertram how much does Jane know…what was he referring to? Is it another red herring to throw us off or an insight into the identity of the legendary mad man?

So many questions…so few answers but there's no question that The Mentalist season 6 is the most intriguing yet.


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I read a lot of people talking about Red John's phobias. While I don't think its city fj end spaces I do think its fear of love and failure as well as public embarrassment. It plays right into his narcissistic personality. Maybe he was publicly embarassed, shamed and heartbroken by a woman he loved in public which drove his narcissm and hatred of women over the edge to the point where he kills women and wants to make anybody disrespecting him suffer( jane ).


I also think Patrick is Red John (Jane as surname? kind of Jane Doe - John Doe), and doesn't know it. Mrs. Frye was an option for a while but can be excluded (at least as RJ itself... probably she is the reason that he doesn't know that he is RJ?). I think we won't know till the whole story is told. When it was asked how much Jane knows it could be another clue that Bertram and the others know that Patrick is RJ and assist him but never know exactly how much he remembers. I gotta say... last week I called it that in the STRIKE BACK series Leo Kamali is not dead (just staged death) but a terrorist himself (even the head of the network)and I was right ;-) . By the way, why is there never a recap of STRIKE BACK here?


@katempw: Yes, I absolutely agree with what you added :)


@rationalgal As I remember it, when Kirkland is talking to Lennon, he specifically mentions the "monsters" in prison that will perhaps victimize Lennon, and indicates him killing Lennon was a mercy. I don't remember him saying anything in particular about the confinement of it, but maybe he did. It's clear Kirkland was saying he would prefer death to prison. I'm just not sure it's about the confinement. It would be so great to learn about how RJ became a serial killer and why!


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(Cont.) Here's where Stiles comes in: If Kirkland is arrested instead of being killed immediately, Stiles could give Kirkland the mercy death he preferred. (Even with a certain death penalty, Kirkland would spend time behind bars and that would be unbearable.) Stiles would do this hoping to keep buried the evidence Kirkland has that proves Stiles killed Farragut and forced him to help RJ. However, no doubt Kirkland would give that evidence to Jane (a safety deposit box key?) because he has no interest in protecting Stiles and still seeks Jane's friendship - or perhaps atonement - at some level. (There's something pathetic about Kirkland.) RJ dies and Stiles is taken down. Justice is served. As this plays out a lot of stuff will be revealed about Jane's and RJ's past that explains why RJ became a serial kiiler. We haven't been given info on that yet, only hints related to the carney world.


About Sopie's comments on Jay Roth's (RJ's) phobia: Big clue. She thought the phobia was something other than the acrophobia mentioned. Yes, and it should be one that relates to the story. Try claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces). When Kirkland was killing Lennon, he noted how awful the alternative - imprisonment for life - would be. Why not assume capital punishment - a sure thing for Lennon? Yet it's prison that Kirkland thinks of. Kirkland then hoped someone would show him the same mercy by killing him if the time came. So does Kirkland fear being in a confined space like a prison cell? When he stole Jane's wall of evidence and laid it out he was backlit by the sun coming thru vertical window blinds. It looked like he was behind prison bars. That had to be meaningful. If Kirkland is RJ, he fears prison far more than death. (continued)


*a lot was conveyed :)

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The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 2 Quotes

Lisbon: You were right about the phone traces. Red John hooked me like a fish.
Jane: Well, at least he threw you back.

He took Partridge's blood, put it on your face, made his mark.