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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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    Entwife

    Now @Carobachik, I don't know how you are the gatekeeper of what is or isn't there . . . or what does or does not count. We speak freely here. ;) I agree Jane would not be able to slice and dice anybody, even RJ. He basically admits this to McAllister when he confesses to being too squeamish to be a hunter, especially when it comes down to cutting into the game.

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    And I do think Jane will end up killing Red John (if RJ doesn't deny him the satisfaction and do himself in), but not in the grisly manner he describes. I think he'll want to, I bet they will be face-to-face and talking openly about everything, but I imagine it being incidental (fall in a fight, or such) or Jane just shooting him. I think all the bloodlust would go out of Jane once he got him at least mortally wounded, I don't see him eviscerating anyone...not even a bug. Cruelty doesn't seem to be in Jane's character make-up. And I think he's self-aware and astute enough to know that would put him over an edge, make him too alike with RJ.

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    ...to point directly at the audience and say "You see that? How ya like them apples? Who's Red John now?" because we were all holding our breath to see what he did--and so the Fearless Tightrope walker McAllister walks in to the belfry of the chapel, a pigeon flaps around him and he loses it...again I felt like the writer pointed directly at us again and said, "look a FEAR! But not a fear of heights...a fear of pigeons? Again, who's Red John now?" Fun stuff!

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    @Entwife- Drew Powell plays Reede Smith. Not Pete. But Samantha/Tangie is credited in the episode Red John, so some carny mischief is evidently involved.
    - Man, you Jisbon shippers do love to read deeply into things that aren't necessarily there! People are writing like Jane and Lisbon are already sleeping together offscreen It's not even for sure that they're gonna end up as a couple, just that they have some feelings, and the writers have said those are on the down-low for now.
    @antiraward1- You said you saw all kinds of stuff in Ep. 3. I'm waiting to hear it! Shipping does not count. Since I saw very little of interest in the Red John dep't I'm curious what you did see.
    My favorite part of that episode was definitely on the roof when McAllister appeared and just STRODE confidently out on the peak of the roof, like he was walking across his living room floor, hoisted Jane up and sauntered after his scuttling butt without so much as a hand out for balance- the effect was to point directly at the audience and say "Now who's Red John!?"

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    @grace/wayne shipper I think a lot of people really loved the wind-up satisfaction of the Rigspelt wedding. I don't mean to demean it at all. I just don't like how they're acting towards Lisbon this season. It just feels like something's off.

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    It seems like I'm the only rigsby/van pelt shipper! The wedding was a little moment of happiness and joy for the CBI Team. I really hope at the end they move away because Grace or Wayne gets a promotion. I don't want Rigsby to suffer the same way like Jane! But no big Red John show down without some personal sacrifices. Jane/Lisben/Chow are save! Maybe Grace gets pregnant and later abducted by RJ and loses her baby but not her life ...

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    @Abbsolute55 I didn't like Rigsby's disgust reaction to Lisbon either. It was however an effective set up or juxtaposition to the next scene (I think) in Lisbon's office with the jacket and the hair. Well, someone isn't repulsed by her at all, eh? I think there's something wrong in that team. I'd be happy to be mistaken. Ah hahahaha, and of course I see what you mean about Jane crawling off the roof! ;) Bella Vista, good one :D! When Jane compliments Lisbon in that way, it always feels a little condescending to me. Lisbon is a bad-a** cop, of course she figures things out!

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    I honestly think I'd give Jane a pass on cold blooded murder of RJ. The guy is rotten scum and cannot be allowed to live. I really thought Jane would mellow about his stance, but I saw in the promo, talking to Hightower, that his plan is the same. I do very much hope it ends up self defense or some other way to cover because I DO NOT want to revisit tired old Jane in jail or prison or going to trial. @mimi I resent VP more for disobeying a direct order when Lisbon made clear the dire nature and need for secrecy in the situation. And because of squish for her idiot boyfriend who had to know the secret and she let him manipulate her with BS. They sicken me.

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    I loved after Jane said about marrying her off and then he says Don't tempt me and walks away. Lisbon watches him walk off, kind of gaping and then her eyes sparkle and she breaks into this tiny smile. Have no idea what it means, but I loved it, like maybe yeah, I've got your number. @ani I LOVED that mental twist and roles are switched where McAllister is easy at heights and Jane is crawling for his life! hahahahah, love that scene! I also agree that Jane's feelings are surfacing. "Watching paint dry in humid weather" bwah hah hah hah hah -- so painfully true!

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    Well 608 Red John is the last episode to have Red in it and I'm sure the end of Red John. It's Bruno's. Don't think he'd let anyone else pen that one! Next episode, My Blue Heaven. Probably blue as in miserable from clues Bruno's given of the turmoil that CBI and Jane/Lisbon go through @creamy Currie Graham tweeted that Mashy is not scheduled for this season, he will let us know if he gets a TM date. @ani I agree with you about the intimacy of the office scene. As a woman in the workplace, that would feel very odd to me. Plus he got her hair out from under her jacket, then handled it again to fluff it just right for her. Holy crap! And did you see those long beautiful fingers brush along her neck? And she acted like it happens all the time, held still so he could do it. Very domestic.