The Mentalist Review: The New Tiger

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Out one of Patrick Jane's tricks to avoid Red John's scrutiny took an ugly turn this week on The Mentalist, as several people got "Red Listed."

Of course, as Jane pointed out, they were all bad men. None of them were innocents, just innocent of being Red John. But the person on the hunt for the sadistic serial killer was willing to be just as depraved to find him... and I can't say the revelation of the hunter's identity was much of a surprise.

Jane's Fake List

We've always known that Bob Kirkland was seriously creepy, so his place on the real Red John list wasn't a surprise. Many fans have long suspected that Bob was hiding his own agenda where RJ was concerned and it turned out they were right. 

Still, how far Kirkland was willing to go to snare his brother's killer was shocking. Much like Jane, I'm not saying it's right, but I really didn't care what happened to the suspected pedophile.

Jane: Would the world really miss him if something happened? | permalink

That Kirkland wouldn't think twice about burning, torturing and killing all of those people - including Jane - simply to find Red John made him just as depraved as the mad man for which he'd been searching. 

One of the high points of the episode was the return of Madeleine Hightower. It's been three years since she ran for her life from the CBI and I've long wondered what happened to her. When Jane heard about the tragic accident in Mexico, I had no doubt that she was still alive.

That she and Jane met at the Heavenly Gardens Chinese restaurant for tea was simply perfect. And it was obvious that Madeleine was still terrified of Red John - and with good reason. She'll do anything she has to to keep her family safe and who could blame her?

I was impressed when her conscience prompted her not only to call Lisbon later, but to be her backup on the quest to find Jane and Kirkland...and that she had a full arsenal in her backseat. I also loved how sure she was that Jane would finally end this when she told him in this The Mentalist quote...

Hightower: Next time I hear from you you better be telling me Red John is dead.
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Perhaps we won't have much longer to wait.

Agent Reede Smith was the wild card of the night. I must admit the man's a professional at playing dumb. He was quite convincing when he stared blankly at Kirkland when the Homeland Security agent used the code words Tiger, Tiger.

Wayne and Grace were the comic relief, as Rigsby already wondered if Grace has lost interest in him. Grace's trench coat visit to the CBI certainly wasn't subtle but it  was cute. 

And is it just me or are Rigsby and Cho always chasing bad guys from cheesy motels? But Cho's reaction when he pulled his gun on the meth dealer in the pool was priceless.

Hands in the air or I'll shoot you in the head. | permalink

Maybe Cho forgot he was sent their to protect the guy, but I certainly didn't blame him for his reaction. Protecting sex offenders and drug dealers wasn't what any of them signed up to do. 

So is Red John the mastermind of this huge conspiracy in California Law enforcement or has he just managed to take advantage of it? Is this how he's managed to stay ahead of the investigation for so long? Now the Kirkland is gone, literally, who is your top pick as Red John? 


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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@Bonnie: Good point. If uttering "Tyger, tyger" is the law enforcement group's way of identifying each means Todd Johnson and Craig O'laughlin were members. Partridge was a member too, but him saying it would suggest it wasn't Red John that killed him.


Something doesn't make sense. If kirkland was interested in finding Red John, why then did he kill the only witness able to identify him (can't remember his name or which episode,except that the witness was in hospital, and Kirkland killed him by injecting air into his line) IT would have made much more sense for Kirkland to have waited and kidnap him. At the time we were led to believe Kirkland worked for Red John This is a massive story plot hole. His behaviour now is completely at odds with his behaviour in the past, killing those who knew red john before they had a chance to speak and so in effect protecting Red john, and now some ridiculous man hunt by killing random people? Swiss cheese.


good episode last night. don't appreciate the half hour delay because of football overflow thats what happens when shows on sunday night. things are going too good for rigsby and vanpelt something gonna happen with them since they leaving. hope they not involved with redjohn


@Christene, you are right, thank goodness! Ok, I can put that notion away.


Thanks katempw, antiraward1, and creamy. I always appreciate reading how you feel about the reviews. :) To wayne/grace shipper - I was wondering if Michael Kirkland was really dead too. That would be a great twist. Carobachik - I was thinking the same thing about Wayne and Grace. They are so cute right now that I keep waiting for something horrible to happen. I've got my fingers crossed they make it out alive. antiraward1 - I thought about Michael Kirkland being Red John too but didn't Bruno say RJ was one of the list of 7 or am I mistaken?


What a chilling episode. So I was one of the people who knew Kirkland wasn't Red John, that he had his own agenda with Red John. I wonder if the murders where the people said tiger, tiger were not done by Red John but by the corrupt law enforcement society. Is the society related to Red John or something completely different? I loved seeing Hightower again. Loved Grace and Wayne. I can't wait to see what happens.


I like Rigsby and Van Pelt together and I'm really, really glad they got married. What I don't like is seeing Van Pelt in a trench coat and underwear in the bullpen! I don't want to see them slobing each other down in an elevator. I don't care if they have sex or not. Now what I do care about is Jane and Lisbon. If Jane puts his lips on another woman besides Lisbon, I'm going to rip them off!. Ok, now, the next person Jane kisses should be Lisbon! It better be! Or he'll be picking his lips up off the floor! CAUSE I'M GOING TO SLAP THEM OFF! WACK! NOW PICK EM UP AND PUT THEM AWAY UNTIL YOU KNOW WHAT TO USE THEM FOR! JANE!


When talking to Kirkland, Jane says he didn't go after the people on the list because that would make him a murderer. But isn't he already a murderer? Didn't he kill the guy in the cafe at the end of the first season?


Will be very interesting to see what happens, I hope next week's episode featuring Haffner is more like this week and not like last week's showing with McAllister which basically didn't get us any closer in the storyline. To give some positives, bringing back Hightower was great, she's the exact same and her basically working with Lisbon to save Jane was intriguing. Also give a shout out to the writers for not using the predictable ending of having RJ take down Kirkland, having Reede Smith is something no one saw coming. I'm skeptical of how they go about this all making sense and tying up all the loose ends in coming weeks, but it's something very intriguing to say the least. If you have any answers as to why Partridge was the first to die or anything more about this organization and its impact to the storyline and other characters please fire away because it's all kind of a blur to me at this point.


logically without some cracks. There's just so much information you have to tie together and explain if your going to introduce something like this, especially if you want to do most of that in 4 episodes. One other question: did we get an answer to why Partridge was killed first like the writers suggested we would this episode? Is it because he knew about Tyger Tyger or was part of it and had information that could give away Red John's identity? And what about Reede Smith, what position is he exactly in this whole organization and how is it him and not anybody else that Jane suspects as potentially Red John, particularly if he is just someone at the lower end? Finally, where do we go from here? Lots and lots of directions, lots of things to be resolved. Where as it looked like the show didn't have enough to drag out this RJ plot which is why they were closing it soon, now it looks like the opposite where there is too much to tie up in 4 episodes. Will be very interesting to see what happens, I hope next week's episode featuring Haffner is more like this week and not like last week's showing with McAllister which basically didn't get us any closer in the storyline.

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