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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Stiles-old con, Patrick I like your VHEM! you are becoming quite the apprentice. Jane-I'm doing nothing of the sort. Bertram Haffner Smith McAllister


@Entwife and Rationalgal, I think we have just about got this thing nailed down! I'm starting to wonder if Mister Haffner is the son of the big guy with a different last name. All his flip flopping around would sure make him a disappointment.


zheesh I meant, "Since we MET Sean Barlow" Sorry.


@rationalgal I'm sure that Jane's difficulties sparring with RJ are necessary as a plot device, too! @ani Since we meant Sean Barlow, it's always been my suspicion that RJ is in the Barlow clan. If so, he'd definitely see a Jane as a charlatan and a con man, RJ having "real" power. I agree that Jane's determination is a big part of what makes him fun and amusing to RJ. He admires him for it and it would make Jane very useful to him if Jane would just see his light and acknowledge his power and join the master. But Jane won't do that. He's obstinate. He want's RJ's head. Smart or no, Jane's determination is bringing him in striking distance of RJ and all of a sudden it's not cute or fun anymore. RJ will lose either way, so he must destroy the prize he sought, even if he finds a way to capture him and let him live. Jane's "comeuppance."


@Rationalgal, isn't it interesting that Red John's evil turned Jane's wickedness righteous.


@Entwife, I think Red John sees Jane as a progeny / apprentice type of thing. He probably does not have any children or they have been a disappointment to him. I think as a master Red John feels he needs to be able to pass on his enlightenment to an heir worthy of his status. Jane being a slick con himself fit the bill perfectly. But Jane just won't act right, get in line.


@Rationalgal, you are right about the writers too. I get it and am alright with that. I just needed to make sense of it all. I always believed that the writers knew where they were going, I just didn't. It was bugging the crap out of me. Even crazy has a pattern. Red John has to be a old con man. Even they have a code by why they live.


@Rationalgal, I said awhile ago that these two might do that. What you present makes sense. I'm in! :)


Now it all makes since. Red John's deal is once a con always a con. The man Jane is looking for is an older con man. Red John's whole point was to show Jane that he is the master and Jane should learn to respect that. Red John was amused by the notion that this little guy would really try and come after him. Red John never worried about ever being caught because he had law enforcement in his pocket. I got it and I am positive I'm right. Red John is an old dude. And old con that Jane unwittingly insulted. It all makes perfect sense now.


This makes sense to me. Jane insulted a man who was already established. A man who considered himself a master. He saw Jane as a fledgling and when Jane insulted his status, it was time to teach this little worm a lesson. what I think Red John and Jane really share is Jane's determination. Red John admired how Jane came back from his wrath. This never had anything to do with how intelligent Jane is. It was a bonus for Red John but it's been about determination. This has been about Jane's determination to catch Red John. I think Red John and Jane share the con in common, not intelligence. Red John is a older man who set out to teach Jane a lesson about missing with things he did not know about. Jane's determination made Red John like him. Red John still see Jane as a con man even through Jane works with the police

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