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'm still thinking about the meaning of Tyger Tyger. The poem is about the intersection of good and evil. About the lion and the lamb. The lamb is a sacrificial symbol and so is that ever-present cross around Lisbon's neck. Does Tyger Tyger refer to the lion (RJ) going on the prowl and the lamb (Lisbon) sacrificing herself to save Jane from being charged with murder? She probably wouldn't die (since this is a TV show) but almost does to protect Jane from the consequences of his determination to kill RJ. Anyway, there has to be some similar reason for this lion/lamb thing that helps wind up the story. Lisbon's near-fatal sacrificial act makes Jane re-think his obsession, RJ gets killed in the process of course but nobody goes to prison for it. Rather contrived given the quality of the TM writers, I admit, so I'm just throwing it out as some way to deal with Tyger Tyger.


Do you mean the episode 'Red John'? There's no official press release for it yet. The information is coming from twitter, facebook, etc of the guest actors. We won't know the entire list of actors before the press release, and it unlikely identifies RJ. There's a chance all the remaining suspects are there but if Red John isn't one of them, the actor will be uncredited. Much like Bradley Whitford wasn't in for Strawberries And Cream as 'Red John' or anything. The press release for episode 6 is quite a spoiler though. Unless of course Kirkland is no longer a suspect but still alive and Jane actually fails to identify RJ among the five only to realize he let the real one get away earlier ;)


I hope we don't know red john is before he's captured, ruins the suspense, but i have a feeling that might happen. You don't narrow down Red John to a couple of names when he's the basis for your whole show unless there's alot more to this story than just knowing who he is. Another good spoiler for you: check out the actor list for the "red john list". The only two names on the list I heard are Reede Smith, and Gale Bertram. So two things a) either we already know Red John and there's no point having him on b) This is a trick used by other shows to hide a key character from the actor list. Either way if you needed confirmation Reede Smith and Bertram aren't RJ(and I didn't), this is one form of it to you. You don't just leak two names with one of them being RJ although they could very easily be connected with him in a variety of ways.


Maybe Red John is identified in episode 6 and episode 7 is when we learn everything about his past. Episode 8 is when he's caught. I can't wait for this week's episode. I'm (sadly) quite sure Kirkland is going to die, so here's hoping it's RJ who kills him and saves Jane just like in s2 finale. The new press releases are so exciting I can't wait any longer :(


I really hope red john isn't revealed just by being tricked by Jane Into revealing himself in a group meeting. Hopefully when red john is revealed it will be a fight to the death and be really climatic.


@black white It's actually for the 5th, I just noticed the 6th and going nuts over reading it, knowing we are so close and I can't wait >_< "With the final clue in hand, Jane attempts to gather the remaining red john suspects in one place in hopes of finally revealing his identity. "


It is going to be quite interesting, isn't it?


I have the same feeling, that Sam will be killed by RJ.It is so sad as they are his only family...RJ will not stop with killing Jane's close persons, and maybe RJ saves Lisbon for the final countdown....killing her back then would have been to easy...he likes to play with Jane's mind, he's fascinated by it ....


I hope the two people from Jane's past that get killed aren't Pete and Samantha. That would be devastating to Jane, since they apparently were something like parents to him. But of course that would be why they get killed. "If you really want to hurt someone, don't kill them, kill someone they love." Is RJ trying to wipe out Jane's past?


@black white and red all over it, funny!

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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.