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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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


I agree about making them suspicious being over the top although they are bound to do this. what I wonder is why Sheriff Mc Allister is even a rj suspect? what does it have to do with anything? same with Reed? we hardly know them and they are not big like Stiles or Bertram, I mean ok they needed more suspects but why not take someone we knew better like Mashburn then. and about RJ giving info to SM, well to me this info is bullshit. of course he invented his acrophobia. also why would RJ pretend to be a patient? why not kill her and basta? and why would he make himself call Jay Roth? so that Jane could find him again? The info he gave SM is bullshit but what she could sense of him must be true. hard to know as now.


The level of tenderness in this episode: High!! And yes, Patrick was freak out!
Judging by the clues we got, RJ is many!Must be!Even though I sort of believe that Bertram might be involved but not as RJ.I liked Rigsby and Cho....they werw guessing who RJ might be...just like us!!:))


So, woow.creepy episode.first of all, great review Christine.loved it. It seems that they absolutely rushing things, so many things are going on that your head is spinning.Ok so, they didn’t want to be too…cheesy, I was really hoping to see Jane running into that building and shouting LIISboon!and then his terrified look on his face…nope not for us.But we got some nice scene, Jane trying to wipe the blood and how he stood by her at the hospital comforting her…niiiceee. I think he knows what that mark means, he just didn’t tell her.She said Jane was right….so easy.Done.Back to earth.You guys were right, Sophie Miller was the leak….you make good writers..:)) Then , I don’t know about you but personally Haffner spooked me!!big time.But nee, he’s too obvious.So now, we have a description, or whatever of RJ…good at whistling…hmm.And one last thing: these writers should write more intelligent lines for Lisbon, apart from: why, who, where, how….pleaseee!!


I just have a really hard time believing the show would go through this much to try to make one of these 4 suspicious, and then come back 6 episodes later revealing RJ as one of these 4 without at the bare minimum some serious strings attached(which is still possible). Just seems very off. I like the role of the side characters here, Rigsby, Cho, Van Pelt, they basically were thrown to the side last season so its good to see them getting more time. The one thing I don't get is why in the world would RJ ever tell anything meaningful to Sophie Miller in that session, especially if this was all to get access to Jane? a) we still don't know exactly how he got through Miller to get that info about Jane's memory b) Jane and Lisbon even said RJ would never give anything truthful or meaningful to her even if he thought he'd get rid of the file? If this is a major breakthrough in the RJ plot, that would be a letdown after all the years of much more potentially powerful breakthroughs failing, this little meaningless thing working would be foolish


While it was certainly interesting, this was a bizarre episode on a variety of levels. I'm not so sure I'm huge on this idea of surrounding Jane and Lisbon around the characters on the list to this degree in coming weeks, it just got too weird. Just seemed like the show tried force-feeding those 4 characters on the list as suspicious potential RJ characters way too hard. Literally every time they got featured it was to try to show them as sneaky RJ esque potential characters. I get that, but it just felt a bit over top and gave the show too strange a vibe. But by the show force feeding us the idea that 1 of these 4 could be RJ, I've really started to think that a) RJ is Brett Stiles(has to be the new favorite even though its so obvious) b) RJ isn't someone on the list or is basically multiple people. I think either one of b would be a total copout/cheat but anytime the show has tried showing its hand so hard one way to try to trick us for 5+years its never been what it seems like.


thanks for the review!
loved the episode. it was good to see Jane caring for Lisbon. I thought it was weird though that considered what happened, there was no security for Lisbon at the hospital.
To me the creepiest is Haffner, who does he think he is to sit on the bed by her like he did? and the way he talked to her, but of course they're planting red herrings everywhere. I have to watch the episode again for the description Sophie Miller gives at the end. RJ probably didnt know she recorded her sessions which is a good thing for Jane.

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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.