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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@Absolute55, nice point on Jane not arguing with Lisbon or giving her a hard time. I noticed that (but hadn't thought it through) when she was talking about having Van Pelt take down the phone surveillance and her comment about the taps being illegal apart from anything else. Jane just smiles and says quietly well, there is that. He was being very sweet with her through that scene and a lot by what was not said as much as by what was.


In episode 6x01 when Lisbon tells him she's scared, he just goes "He's not psychic", "there's no such thing" and drinks his tea...and in episode 6x02, when she says "I know you say he's not psychic, but I'm not sure...", this time he just keeps looking at her and just goes "hum"...I think that shows how much he didn't want to argue (because we know how much he doesn't believe in that. Remember when he said "yes, and what if dolphins were aliens from another planet"?), but just be with her, make her feel good, reasure her...


slowly* healing sorry, I need new glasses ;-)


I love how Jane seems so deeply affected when he tells Lisbon RJ took Patrige's blood and made his mark on her face...That's very painful for him; understandably of course. That must really horrifying to imagine how a monster could kill or threaten all the people you love the most in the world, with no respite ever...Lisbon is Jane's second chance to be happy in life, so RJ's mark must be like rubbing salt violently in the painful wound (or wound that was slowing Healing...).


oh, this makes very good sense!subtle suggestion.Smart writers!:)


@katempw Someone on Tumblr postulated that when Jane heard the name Carmen Lee, he thought of Lisbon's traitorous psychiatrist Dr. Carmen in Red Badge and that made him think of his psychiatrist Sophie and he called her right after. Made good sense to me.


Well of course I use what information I can from situational clues...I just wonder if the writers are really going as deep and being as careful to put so many symbols and details in as people think they do. I'm more of the Occam's Razor school, even in conspiracy. I think the writers have been fiddling with the Red John persona and backstory all along, I think it has evolved with the show, so I'm not as quick to make so many connections and suspect so many things. I buy some notion of duality, though I'm not sure that Red John duality includes Jane--I think Jane has his own internal duality as was mentioned, the glib mentalist cheerfully helping the CBI, and the dark angel of vengeance inside. I see Red John's duality being more external, more literal. And I also always thought of Red John "doing his thing" rather like Haffner did in Lisbon's dream, being matter of fact instead of animalistic.


@Rationalgal, Bertram is wearing a wedding ring in I believe the finale. They showed the ring in two different scenes. When I saw that I excluded him. Doesn't mean he's not involved.


@rationalgal, Jane definitely stopped, thought and blinked when the nurse asked about Mrs Carmen Lee. Made me fear that he had been hypnotised at some point. Except he claims to be impervious to hypnosis (I think?).


I think Patrick Jane is RJ. He doesn't know he is RJ so he is switching back and forth between his split personalities.

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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.