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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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this episode was average, especially in comparison with opener. They were hitting us over the head with the suspects too. Haffner was so over the top creepy it was kinda funny. I think lisbon was hypnotized by rj and jane suspects this but doesn't want to reveal it to lisbon yet. For me the frontrunners are bob and ray, both have the surveillance skills, kirkland looks like he's got some psychological issues and i'm sure stiles is mixed up in there somewhere.

Entwife

Thanks for the clarification bw&r, appreciate that. Definitely a power message.

Entwife

@Ace Someone on another site just confirmed for me that Carmen and Carmine both refer to red. Very interesting!

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Maybe we all are trying to find clues, conspiracy, and some deep meaning as to who RJ (and what makes him tick) when there is none. Of course, if this is true, I blame the writers because they HAVE made RJ into "more" then just a man. Maybe, this is a joke on us and was written this way as to keep us interested in the series. Meaning, that when RJ is revealed, it will be a flat resolution and not fit into previous RJ clues. I so hope the writers are smarter then this, but this ep does make me worry by hitting us over the head that one of these men is RJ. @Entwife...I like the thought that Carmen/Carmine (or whatever she said) refers to something RED. That would be an interesting twist, turn and clue to something "bigger" coming.

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@Entwife: Basically just a power message, a warning per se, stay in your place. I have the power to let you live, I control your life and everything you do and can manipulate you into anything I want. I can do anything I want to you at any time basically and she has to live with that. The show made a reference to the idea that he might have not had time to finish the acthe usually does(kill her) because he got rushed and had to leave but I seriously doubt that. Way too much a control and power freak to let that happen. Interesting thing was Lisbon acknowledged she got owned immeadiately and didn't try to fight it and go with the natural urge of revenge.

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least think there is a reasonable possibility RJ a) isn't on the list b) is multiple people(unlikely) or has multiple people who are really really close with him like to the pt of being involved in his own killings(possible) c) while the list might have 1 of the 6 there's way more to this story than we would ever imagine. Or perhaps a combination of these 3. This just seems too easy right now, seems like we're getting lulled to sleep into trying to overanalyze all these characters and their moves by the show trying to make them look suspicious. Seems all like a trap. I have a hard time buying the show would openly make someone look so suspicious and try to set them up as RJ one week only to reveal him as RJ himself 6 weeks later. There's alot more here but really there's only 5 episodes left until we get the infamous "Red John" episode. I really don't want to think RJ is Stiles, but that seems likes where things might be pointing although that could change in the blink of an eye.

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Very interesting observation, @euterpe. I felt the oddity of Jane mentioning his breakdown to those three suspects, but I just now am wondering if it has context in light of what happened with Sophie Miller? Was this before or after he discovered Sophie's head. I'm thinking after, but I need to check. Because, if so, Jane could have been tipping off a potential Red John that he knew why RJ had gone after Sophie. Maybe? I'm wondering about a post-hypnotic suggestion, too, @Ace. Hadn't thought about Carmen Lee. BTW, is it Carmine or Carmen. And do both refer to the color red? @antiraward There was a lot of oh, back to normal in this episode. It was really creepy to me. @bw&r RJ's message to Jane and Lisbon? Could you be more specific? Early morning here and just got my coffee, sorry. ;)

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because Lisbon was spooked and I don't think we'll see her going out of her place again trying to do too much. That's a good thing. 3) the biggest information from this episode was probably how well versed it is within the CBI and FBI this info there keeping from Patrick is. Bruno has alluded there to being corruption to the CBI with regards to RJ this year, our friend RJ has a long standing warning to JAne about his friend in the FBI to Jane, there is something major that's going to happen with this that'll be the key to breaking things open. That I can almost gurantee. 4)I sure to god hope this info from the psychic is key info in the case after years of far better information being worth little to nothing. So many holes in it(why in the world would RJ ever say anything meaningful to her to begin with?). I hope they don't run with this idea that this candidate whistled as an actual clue but the promo suggested they might. 5) I'm the most anti-conspiracist there is but I now can at least buy the idea that RJ is a) not on the list b) is a combination of them c) there is much much more to this story than just the list in ways we could never imagine. Just seems like there lulling us into this trap of trying to scrutinize all these characters so closely. Whenever they try to lull us into an idea, it always is something else. Be warned.

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@mimi: 1) Yes, I heard the same thing about RJ's ID being revealed in the 8th episode(which is named after RJ), I definitely heard it'd be revealed in Nov. Whether or not that means that's the end to the story I doubt it, difference between revealing, capturing and of course ending itself. 2) They're there basically because of contracts. Who can you bring back? Couldn't get back Mashburn or whomever, so you go with whom you can. They obviously wanted a few surprising candidates and those were two they could get a contract with. The only major takeaways I could make from this episode are 1) This interaction between RJ list characters and the team is wildly awkward. You know it'll be over soon but its painfully weird to the point that I'm wondering how smoothly these future meeting RJ list characters go if there in the same manner, especially with more suspicious candidates like Kirkland or Stiles. 2) Even though it wasn't referenced specifically, RJ's message to Lisbon and Jane worked, I don't think we'll see her step out of her boundary like that again.

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Hummm? It wasn't Lorelei's but it was Sophie's head? Why? Jane still does not known if the information was contained in his files. I thought it was interesting that they stopped this short of getting it. What is really strange is that Jane's psychiatrist is murdered and her head stuffed in the oven. Other then the shock of it, it's back to normal as usual. Then he says he half expected it. Correct me if I'm wrong but Jane is acting like he has a split personality.