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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well we often tend to forget that this man killed his family, anyone in their right mind would want to kill the monster that did that to their family, it doesnt mean they are evil, but just human and suffering.
I don't have kids but if someone were to kill my niece, I don't know what I4d be capable of.


hello Emy, welcome!
I also fell in love with the show last year in november and am now hooked.
It's a TV show that allows our minds to go crazy.


I believe Jane definitely has a cruel streak in him. We have witnessed it more than once on this show. Even Heller has referred to Jane's dark side repeatedly in interviews. Though Jane usually trends toward mental cruelty, I have no problem seeing him extend this to physical cruelty, but only toward RJ. His anger and hatred runs extremely deep with this villain, not like with any other murderer he has encountered. And eviscerating RJ doesn't even seem like cruelty. RJ is not a human; he is a beast, a demon. We watched Jane pull the trigger on Carter not once, but three times, and then casually sit down to finish his tea. Given an even more emotionally heightened situation, I have no problem seeing Jane slice RJ like a Thanksgiving turkey. However, I doubt the writers will go in that direction.


@Emy Yes, I thought the way they did McAllister was totally absorbing. It kept my mind engaged as well as my creepy thrill nerve. Very Hitchcockian on the roof, especially the shots of McAllister standing on the roofline, looming over Jane who is hanging on for dear life, the vast night sky speckled with stars filling the frame as McAllister stands over him. Just totally terrific!


Okay I started watching this show a few months ago but got addicted straight way ! Now the twist that red John might be not 1 but a few people was just AWESOME ! How cool is that, especially since each and every one of them holds a position where they are quite close to the investigation ( with the exception of the leader of Visualize) makes even more sense. Sophie's notes were quite interesting as well as they showed us each of them with a particular characteristic. Just love it !
Now this episode got Grace and Wayne engaged ! Beautiful ! I agree the dress if it is the one she bought for her previous engagement is creepy. But she was lovely in it !
Cho's line had me laughing out loud as well ! Priceless !
The case of the week was funny. BUT, what had me interested was Mc Allister. we got to know more about him . I was surprised that he overcame his supposedly fear of height so quick, which tells me that he may not be THE one...


@anitraward I have made an extensive study of Simon Baker's hands :D and I assure you, the hand which the lopper tool approaches is definitely not Simon's. The base of the hand compared to the width of the wrist is way off. The size of the palm of the hand is far too small. The fingers are not near as long as Simon's. There is another victim of Kirkland's that they are showing getting the thumb threatened. Hahahaha, trust me on this! Also, the guy has on a totally different shirt than what Jane was wearing when tied in the chair. I agree with KM. Jane has a real capacity for cruelty. But it is never physical cruelty, always mental. If consciously wielded, almost always to pin the bad guy or root out the truth. Sometimes done thoughtlessly.


thank Entwife, yeah end of november is my birthday, it'll be the perfect gift!! bring it on!! I think that Grace telling Rigsby about Lisbon's secret because he'd think she was cheating on him was a lame excuse too, really I was like WTF? I think the writers should have come up with a better reason.. I don't see Jane as evil, we've seen many times that he has a heart, the only times he hurt people were because his revenge got the better of him. It's like an addiction, you don't want to hurt people but your addiction is stronger. He would do anything to get to him.


I think the writers had Van Pelt where her old wedding dress, which she was going to wear while marrying Red John's minion, because Rigsby is Red John. If Rigsby is Red John, that also explains why the wedding was so rushed. Just as Red John is off his game and acting rash, so is Rigsby. We know that Red John must be a great actor, how mind blowing would it be if he acted the part of Rigsby so well?


I have flip flopped all over the place on this (and vowed not to play the who is Red John game) but here goes. As I fall asleep here, the only guy I see with enough intellect to be a worthy adversary for Jane is Stiles. Possibly Bertram. Stiles is too old to be RJ. Bertram may be too. So if neither is Red John, then either 1) Stiles is aiding/abetting/enabling Red John willingly or not; or 2) Red John is a very good actor and is much more clever than he lets on. Money and resources are the other sticking point. Stiles is on the top of that pile too. Which brings me back to his involvement on some level, either as RJ himself -doubtful, though he'd be a great RJ and when I imagine a showdown between Jane and RJ I would most like it to be him - or as RJ's accomplice. Time will tell ....


This is how my list looks, I'm interested in how everybody else's looks. Maybe we can nail it down based in our list!

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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.