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.
Jane: Deal. | permalink

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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As I think of the Tyger Tyger conspiracy it makes me think Reede Smith, Partridge, Bertram, Haffner, and McAllister are all just corrupt and getting paid by Red John to help him by appearing and acting as Red John but not actually being Red John. I can't help but think the only one who isn't a law enforcement officer is Red John. Think about it. Stiles is the most like Jane and is the exact opposite of all the descriptions given of Red John. The best way to not get caught is to have people lie about what you look like. Sadly,
Beet Stiles is going to die in episode six.


@Rationalgal, empire building does not suppress a murderous appetite. If Stiles saw murder as his only option to get into Visualize, he has probably justified it for other things as well. To murder and get away with it makes it easier to do the next time.


@Rationalgal, I'd rather have it be Kirkland then Jane. Kirkland is mentally gone. He could never live a normal life again. It would be a merciful and some what of a victorious death for him.


@Entwife, if we could find that evidence, it would be a lock!


I can see Stiles as the total RJ package at this point, but I can't make it work for him being a garden variety random serial killer before the Jane-on-TV incident. As a religious con artist building an empire it makes no sense for him to do that. Perhaps Michael Kirkland was doing that and Stiles was allowing it. Jane's entry into the picture changed things. With Bob Kirkland now involved in hunting RJ, perhaps Michael had to be pulled back and Stiles himself took over, altho having others do what killing Stiles thought had to be done. Like Volker, he just watched. Jane said Stiles never wielded the knife himself. The best knife wielding suspect we have on the list is Haffner, since he is closely involved in Visualize. And if Bob K as Jane's friend on the RJ inside, dies helping bring down RJ, we will have Heller's "not cheery" end of RJ because jane will have lost a true friend whose pain he shared.


I wonder if Red John's proxy killings in any way correspond to Stiles being out of the country?


I could see him doing it and then preaching on if his sermons. He seems egotistical to me and someone you might want to think twice about.


@Carobachik, I never discount people's abilities to be one way up front and another way behind the scenes. Think about what our clergyman have been caught doing. Most people did not suspect this until their sons and daughters turned up twisted and broken. You have completely dismissed the fact that Stiles is a murdering con man who is suspected of more killings. He threatened and planted a bomb in the house of a multimedia conglomerate. So why wouldn't he be capable of being Red John?


@Carobachik, you could be right about Red John being one person. But Partridge did say Red John has killed by proxy. I think that he has aged to the point where it is getting to hard for him to do. That might be where Haffner comes in. If what Partridge said is true then he has been using minions to do his trade mark killings for awhile. This would account for the change in MO on Lisbon face. The minion was adding his personal touch. This could be why it has seemed like Red John incorporated. Ok, I'm with you on this. Good call! Another plot hole filled. Thanx!


So by this reckoning you have made the only suspects Stiles and McAllister as Red John. And I know you really only favor Stiles! A lot of things make some sense about this, except everything we've seen of Red John's actual person. Again, I don't subscribe to the idea of Red John being a multiple-character entity. One man, one body, one sick habit. I really can't see Stiles playing with people's guts. I can see him in all the psychological games for sure though! I can't get into the idea of Bob-Is-Michael either. Maybe they will show us something in the upcoming Visualize episodes that makes it more believable to see Stiles eviscerating women and painting in their blood.

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