The Mentalist Review: Protect Your Dream

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So far, The Mentalist season 6 has taunted viewers with a tense thriller of a mystery. Each week is filled with edge of your seat expectation as we're teased with more clues to the diabolical serial killer's identity. 

"Wedding in Red" not only continued the trend, but added a little fun and romance into the mix. What more could you ask for?

A Walk Down the Aisle

Grace playing with Benjamin in the opening scene was quite a telling moment. It clearly showed that she was all in when it came to not only being a part of Wayne's life, but of also being a family. And her intentions when she brought up the change in CBI policy were far from subtle. There even letting agents get married. If Wayne didn't get the hint from that conversation, I'm not sure what more she could have done.

Of course Wayne tried to talk to Cho about the marriage issue and I couldn't help but laugh out loud when Cho asked him, You knock her up too? That line would have sounded horrible coming from anyone else, but with Cho's deadpan delivery I found it hysterical.

The moment Lisbon mentioned they were going to need a distraction at the wedding reception it was obvious what Wayne had in mind. And I thought it was sweet that his hands were actually shaking as he held out the ring. Even Lisbon was almost brought to tears.

My one question was about Grace's wedding dress. Did she pick that out when she was going to marry Craig or do I have that wrong? If so, isn't it a little weird to wear a dress you picked out to marry someone else? 

But I'm more than willing to let that go because their private wedding ceremony was simple yet beautiful. The newlyweds couldn't have looked more in love. I thought Jane standing in the doorway was a bit odd but he appeared truly moved by his friends' happiness. It was a whole level of romance we don't normally get to see on The Mentalist.

As for the murder of the week, I really felt sorry for Larry. He was just a regular guy and no one in his family understood him. Then he ended up getting murdered for being in the wrong place at the wrong time... or maybe it was karma for trying to steal the priest's wine.

Along with Jane, we all got to know Sheriff McAllister a little bit better. In the spirit of all great mysteries, the more I found out about him, the more questions I had. 

McAllister and Jane had some great chemistry. They seemed to both enjoy this game of cat and mouse and did it with a great deal of humor. I couldn't help but chuckle at the two of them debating what the murder victim might have delivered. Pizza, Mexican or ribs?

One of the most telling conversations was when McAllister found Jane out at Bella Vista. Jane mentioned how quiet the Sheriff had approached and he explained that he'd spent years hunting. Jane then asks in this The Mentalist quote...

Jane: What do you hunt?
McAllister: Anything with a face. Game's game right? | permalink

Was that simply an off the cuff response or was the mention of "a face" in reference to Red John's signature face? Hopefully the answer to that question will be revealed in the near future.

Just because McAllister got over his apparent fear of heights may have meant nothing in the scheme of things. Red John could have a fear of heights and McAllister isn't him or McAllister is the serial killer and he was toying with Patrick all along. Perhaps the fear of heights was something he made up to throw them off the trail. 

With Red John, anything is possible. 

And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention a couple of shipper moments for those of us hoping that Jane and Lisbon's relationship turns romantic sometime in the future. (All non-shippers feel free to skip the next paragraph.)

Who else noticed that Jane helped Lisbon on with her jacket, lifted her hair and handed her her purse as they left the CBI? Those were all simple but intimate gestures that we haven't really seen before. And I couldn't help but wonder just what Jane was thinking when he told Lisbon don't tempt me after declaring…

I swear I could marry you off in a minute. | permalink

Was he jokingly saying he'd marry her off to Ron or was there more to that comment?

Overall, this was a wonderfully fun episode that not only gave us more insight into a possible Red John suspect, but added touches of romance and lightness to the mix.


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And I completely agree that the reality of gutting RJ could well be impossible for a squeamish Patrick Jane. I've thought for a while now that RJ may take himself out to deny Jane the pleasure or just to exercise control to the end. Red John has always been about power and control. Having said that, I wouldn't be entirely surprised if one of the others takes Red John out. Death by suicide care of the police or in defence of one of our intrepid team members perhaps. That would 'save' Jane but potentially cause all kinds of fallout. Oooh so many possibilities....


@KM, I fear you are right about Jane's capacity for cruelty. I have been wilfully ignoring it because I love the character in all other respects. What I choose to think is that this side of him is present only inasmuch as it serves him in his quest for Red John. He is willing to do anything to move forward in that pursuit, and will be cruel to serve that end --even in circumstances that are only tangentially related to finding Red John (solving cases, enhancing his reputation). In the meantime, his moral compass, such as it is, is more warped and loose than it otherwise would be because compared to the evil wrought on his family, most everything else pales and, frankly, he doesn't care. It's not the means but the end he is interested in.


I'm not opposed to some torture, Jane at least deserves that! Physical and mental torture. I want Jane to break him and then leave him alive. Then just when he thinks he will spend a luxurious life in prison, some unidentified person will come along with that green cigarette lighter..............!


@KM, or will be really interesting to see how he deals with that. That alone will be a real treat!


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@Carobachik, you are funny! Don't be a hater! :-D. Red John is not dumb. It is obvious that he has lots of info in Jane. In the last episode and this one Jane has displayed some of the behaviors that Sophie had in her recorded notes. I think Red John soon fed Sophie some of Jane's more private information. Things that came from his childhood. Red John got mad at Sophie because she spoke I'll of him.:-) I think Red John is still playing games and has Jane chasing his own tail!


*****continued****** bloom. There isn't room for two relationships to flourish, especially after rj is put to bed.


@Absolute55.... Just re watched the part of the episode relating to dating....Grace brought up the subject (I thought she was trying to get Rigsby's reaction) and she is saying, as long as there is no rank issue....Then he says ya, couldnt date Lisbon,(his boss) and Grace says WANT to date Lisbon?....and he kind of shivers and says no. I think that came from his knowing that she is a strong, bad a**ssed boss and we as viewers can see that his type is definitely the tall, sexy to him, slightly naive personality that Grace has. He one hundred percent knows he couldnt handle Lisbon. I don't see disgust there. I see Rigsby as a buffoon, and Lisbon would never be attracted to him. I dont want to see them harmed by rj, but I think its coming. I hope their replacements are written to be more interesting. The characters VanPelt/Rigsby really do not have anywhere yet to be developed. One thing that really just exploded in my head....they need to go so that Patrick/Lisbon can bloom. ;)


I consider Patrick Jane capable of cruelty. He just does his eviscerations psychologically and prefers words to linoleum knives. I think his rage and grief is deep enough to slash Red John. But, his squeamishness and dislike for physical violence will come into play. I hope at some level that his character realizes that becoming RJ, an eye for an eye, will bring RJ pleasure even in his death. A victory over Jane. And, thus I hope that RJ's demise won't end that way. I hope his death comes by suicide via law enforcement; that he forces them to turn him into a shooting range target.


@ black, white, and red all over it,
According to Heller the literary reference is Christie's 'Ten Little Indians'. He also seaside that some would be eliminated by their death or by their character. Perhaps, McAlister has fallen to the bottom of the list and Partridge has fallen off the edge.

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The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 3 Quotes

Lisbon: Hey Jane. Care to offer your opinion?
Jane: These ducks love muffins.
Lisbon: Very helpful.

Rigsby: Was I snoring again?
Grace: I thought it was a low flying jet.