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? 


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I'm not sure about this Red John thing. After all, at the end of the first series we were supposed to have found Red John - and then it wasn't. I just hope the writers don't pull a dirty on us again.
Serial killers - even clever ones - do tend to have certain traits in common, and one of them is that, unlike straightforward, non murdering psychopaths - they tend to do fairly low grade jobs. They do this because they need the 'alone time' and the lack of responsibility so that they are not checked up on too often. They manipulate within their circle and can turn the charm on and off at will. Very few of the 'Red John' suspects fall into that sort of category, so I'm assuming the big reveal will be a bait of a cop out. I'm not getting my hopes up.


The other thing is this "tyger tyger" esque organization. a) Why take so long to introduce it into the show, this red john story line is going to be gone in 4 episodes and it doesn't look like next week's episode focuses on it? Hard to really establish it as something as big as it looks like they want to with only 4 episodes to do so. And everything about it is incredibly vague, not to mention the fact that there would need to be some really good organization and crazy story line and drive behind it to make such a conspiracy happen? Doubt we'll get much of an explanation behind that. By making it vague, the show sets itself up to cover its tracts well and anything about it now goes basically, but there just opening themselves up for contradiction and ideas that don't really make sense. Part of the reason they probably did this was because this will be a focus in the after RJ plot, but there's just too much to entangle here in the next 4 episodes to me to make everything tie up logically without some cracks.


Actually that wouldn't be slick, that would be soap opera cheesy!


So I'll always take an episode like this over your case of the week filler 100 times over 100 and it was very enjoyable to watch but there were a couple things I wish could have been different or I wasn't a huge fan of. a) I thought it was a copout by the writers to set up Kirkland as this super powerful omnipotent mysterious guy with some potentially wild agenda and then just make it about him being another red john victim. And it doesn't add up logically either, if Kirkland was the head of Homeland dont you think RJ would taunt him? Kill people close to him? And how do you think RJ would react if he found out Kirkland was going on this tear of killing anyone necessary all in the pursuit of RJ? He definitely would have reacted somehow. Now maybe we find out later RJ acted in someway in response to this but highly unlikely to say the least. That I wasn't a big fan of.


M. Kirkland could end up being Red John. As slick as that would be, they better not!


Sophie said "her patient" is in "good health". Does this mean we can rule out the overweight guys? I think it could not be Stiles because he is to well known as the leader of his church. Can we really be sure that RJ himself was "the Patient" and not one of his "associates". I'm sure we will see the actor of Kirkland again as Michael Kirkland.


wow just watched the episode, my heart is still beating so fast lol.
Loved it, we've finally moved on with the RJ case.


Agreed with the comments. Brilliant episode. It is just getting better and better.


Good. I don't know why we had to wait so long. It is obvious that Hightower didn't die.


Oh, but nothing was clear to me about why Brett Partridge got killed first. Did anyone else figure that one out?

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