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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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Anitraward1

With what I saw on the promo with Kirkland, he can not be Red John because Red John already has the names. Stiles-? Bertram-bureaucrat being used Haffner-? McAllister-not local Kirkland-looking for Red John Smith-tossed into the fray Partridge-dead

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@KM, the consensus has been the same from everybody pretty much and that tells me that even though Jane says what he says, that that is not how it's going to turn out. I think they do need some face to face time with each other. Can you imagine how that conversation would go. I can hardly wait.

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@Carobachik, don't you think if McAllister was Red John he would have hit the roof when he found out Jane was trying to investigate him. O:-) !

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I don't fear Jane's capacity for cruelty. Or think badly of it. We all have that capacity. I just think that Jane has the potential to act cruely, and he both knows this about himself and uses it. He does not seem to use it against the innocent, weak, or vulnerable. Jane will verbalize that the dead don't care when those who murder them are brought to justice, but that it matters to the murder. To them, and to the bullies, his uses his psychological insights and chosen words. A great example of this would be his construction of Brenda's motives for being a mole within the CBI. I just don't see him being able to slash RJ, unless it was in self-defense or a desperate act to protect an innocent [bystander or family (CBI or past life)].

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@All, did you see the promo for next week? Kirkland has Jane in a room with his hands bound to a chair and asks him for the real names on the list. Jane says no and Kirkland then says, well I'm going to have to torture you. Then you see Kirkland walk over to Jane with a pair of pliers and place it in his thumb.

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The writers have already allowed us the pleasure of seeing Jane kill a "Red John," so they are too creative to repeat that. Since this show is "The Mentalist," I expect Jane will destroy RJ by outwitting him in one big display of his superior intellect. What would be perfect - poetic justice - would be for RJ to set up a strategy planned to kill Jane (maybe embellished with him watching Lisbon die first). But Jane is on to this and when RJ sets off the plan, it backfires and RJ is killed instead by his own method, but not before he is given to realize how Jane outsmarted him. RJ in effect kills himself and as he dies Jane says "Checkmate." A VERY satisfying ending I would say. I'm sure Jane would like that much more than eviscerating RJ. It's much more fun. Jane loves the fun and ego trip of outwitting bad guys.

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I think mostly my comment about Jane not having a cruel character is based on when he was a teenager and he couldn't fleece the dying girl. He is without doubt deeply self-serving, and loves being the smartest guy in the room, but I don't see his goal in many situations being the ongoing unhappiness/discomfort of others--as is Red John's goal. I think Jane has his moments, and he's a big one for using "the ends justify the means". And he's way too squeamish and cowardly to want to desecrate Red John's body. He'll find a different way to make Red John suffer.

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So which character would make the "best" Red John re who it would be most satisfying to see killed? The only reasonably viable suspects are Stiles, Bertram, Kirkland and Haffner. (Has to be someone with access to money, power, etc. to give people new lives and whose position gives him the free time to do what RJ does.) I could easily see Haffner get killed. Kirkland is my main RJ choice but seems rather pathetic - someone I'd feel sorry for. Bertram cannot possibly carry off two such totally different personalities as both Bertram and RJ. Stiles has too much ambition for empire building to bother being a petty serial killer (as RJ started out being). Empire building takes a lot of time, energy and dedication for that. He does know a lot about RJ and is closely connected. Also a way too different personality. I'm left with Kirkland as RJ but with Haffner the one I'd enjoy seeing killed.

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This was by far one of my all-time favorite episodes. Nice variety of action/romance/drama, etc. along with subtly suggesting the underlying philosophical foundation of the series, tho it wasn't obvious. Tyger Tyger is about the interchangeable mix of good and evil and it's hard to tell which is which sometimes. There was a lot of that there. Evil may exist disguised by innocent smiles and helping hands (the other Blake poem referenced by Bertram and LaRoche many eps ago). I expect we will see this mix right up to the ID of Red John, always seeing good and bad in the suspects and never quite able to ID the truly evil person.

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Am I out of Moderation Limbo yet? One comment: If Jane kills RJ in cold blood (or hot blood) it will not be traumatizing. He's done it before. When he thought he had killed RJ (point blank in cold blood, no need to eviscerate) Jane was the picture of contentment as he sat in the police car and the interrogation room. They could have given him life in prison or even the death penalty and he wouldn't have cared. He had accomplished the one goal that had come to matter to him. If he kills RJ for real this time and not in a way that gets him arrested, he may be able to recover faster than we think. To quote the poet Langston Hughes: "The past has been a mint of pain and sorrow. This must not be true about tomorrow." Lisbon will help Jane understand that, just as Angela helped him escape his carney past - tho not entirely and Jane will learn from that mistake.

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.

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