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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I am already wondering what the football schedule is for Nov. 24th !!!


@Mimi I believe Red John is scheduled to air Nov 24, then My Blue Heaven Dec 1. Woo-hoo!


@Entwife, I said that to @anitraward1 because she already stuck in 4 shipping posts! Squeeee! I thought perhaps her shipping quotient might be satisfied, and we could hear some of her other insights ; )


it's funny how The Mentalist fandom form everywhere is in fire waiting for a kiss in ep 6.....I think they'll be disappointed..... it will not happen, not yet....


Hi all!
Yes I agree that jane might feel a huge emptiness inside after rj is killed because he'll have to face the facts. He thinks he'll feel better when rjs dead but Im not so sure. However it'll allow him to finally move on after a grieving phase and hopefully be happy. Does anyne know when episode 8 is broadcast?


my guess is Jane will disappear for a while after Rj killing.he'll probably realize he doesn't have a purpose any more and must face the cruel reality of loosing his loved ones, not that he hadn;t figured it out this so far , but it will be more acute.and unfortunately Dr.Miller is not around to counsel him...but there's always Lisbon...
I wonder if Lisbon will be caught in the middle in the whole CBI Hightower she might be framed and more drama will result from here..


@creamy I kinda doubt Jane will waste much time worrying about how well he got his revenge as long as RJ is really most sincerely dead. Unless somebody else "steals" it from him. The biggest adjustment might be trying to figure out how to fill that big hole where fixating on RJ used to be, or at least so Heller says.


just thinking, what if Jane will not be the one who kills RJ?maybe he commits suicide , not to give Jane the satisfaction of killing him, as someone pointed earlier, or maybe someone else from the team will kill him.I wonder if this will make Jane feel like he hasn't complete his revenge.


@Absolute: ha ha, I forgot about the church scene between Jane and Lisbon, when he pays her that compliment.Just don't know how to interpret it: was either Jane being ironic, or Lisbon was blushing a little.either way, it was lovely, and yes, Bellavista was on the rooftop :)))


@Red John episode: I'm quite certain Samantha is going to be the last target or last victim of Red John. There's very likely a carny connection that will then be explained, or it's just Red John killing more people who were important in Jane's life. I also get the feeling Jason Cooper, who appears along with Stiles in ep6, will be targeted by Red John to draw attention away from him being a Visualize member. On the other hand, it creates more suspicion too as Cooper was ready to switch sides when Stiles was framed for murder.

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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.