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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People are speculating that the hand with the lopper coming at it is actually Halbach. But I have no idea who it is. No clues given elsewhere in the promo.


Is the person wearing a different shirt, @anitraward? The promo I'm thinking of, and there are two I've seen and there's probably a Canadian one as well, one regular and one extended, where the lopper is approaching a close up of a hand to lop the thumb, the person is not wearing a suit or even the shirt Simon has on. Kind of a tan shirt, maybe flannel. It is not Simon's thumb or hand,


I think they had in mind to put them together from the start, but is always in the end when happens...Jane and Lisbon have chemistry and a special friendship...but come on all these little flirtations and tease...So yes ,is a hard choice but either way or another the show will loose, because there are fans that watch the show for RJ, others maybe for Jisbon and some love the random murder solving case and Jane's abilities....I think Bruno&Co. are eager to find how the show will do after RJ is gone....we all are I guess..


so my best friend caught up with the first two episodes and called me this am, she said "ah what a start!", she's fed up with the RJ saga so she's happy it's coming to an end. I ask her about Jisbon and for her, they are not lovers, they wouldn't match but as the show is going it wouldn't feel that awkward if they ended together (but not her cup of tea). There'll always be people who will be disappointed, Bruno has to make a choice.


Ani, I think it wasn't clear or my screen is crap but anyway, couldnt see what was on the sink clearly. I guess it must be relevant somehow though. Vincent, I havent paid attention to his accent, mainly because English is not my native language and thus dont pay attention to how people talk. but could be yes, I'll have to watch it again.


hi all
I remember that a while ago, before the list was published, there were a lot of speculation of CBI Ron being RJ, remember?
Maybe Ron is a minion.


Did any one else notice how Red John pronounced "Theresa" as "Thereza"? Has any one else pronounced her name like that? It could be the big clue Heller was talking about.


@Entwife, the promo I saw was Jane in a chair, bound to both sides and Kirkland asking him for the names. Jane says no and Kirkland says I'm going to have to torture you. Kirkland then walks over to Jane with a pliers and puts it on Jane's thumb. There is no one else in the room. It is Jane's thumb. That's the promo I saw.


The bag Lisbon looked at on the sink look like some Visualize art that I saw in their auditorium. I could be wrong but to did look similar.


I've never seen a cruel streak in Jane. He always seems more about justice than following rules. Was he cruel when he buried that guy alive? No. It was the only way to get him to confess and thereby achieve justice. As Jane said, "I gave an evil man what he deserved." Rules are OK but they serve a general purpose that may not work in particular situations. Sometimes they have to be ignored if we want justice. Situations alter cases. Jane understands that. He is definitely a believer in situation ethics. If the rule says don't move an injured person because it might cause a worse spinal injury, you ignore the rule if the person is face down in a ditch of water.

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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.