The Mentalist Review: The Hard Touch

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There have been so many twists and turn on the road to find Red John that I find I'm second guessing myself every week. The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 5 was no exception.

This installment focused on Ray Haffner as he took on the role of "victim's advocate" when a Visualize member was murdered. In order in insinuate himself into the CBI team he even procured a letter from the Lt. Governor of California…which made me wonder if Tiger went as far as the governor's office.

The Visualize Connection

Haffner certainly did his best to get under everyone's skin. From insulting the entire team on their investigation to telling Jane in this The Mentalist quote

You're so much smarter than everyone else but it isn't helping you catch Red John is it?


Haffner's arrogance was on full display, which only made me think that he's NOT Red John. Suddenly Ray Haffner seemed too obvious a suspect but the way he eyes Teresa every time he sees her always makes my skin crawl. That could just make him a creep, not a diabolical serial killer.

And the way he warned Teresa and Grace to get clear of Jane made him appear more of a lackey, not the man in charge.

However I did love it when Haffner tried to spin his story which he kept from the team until the truth caught up with him…

Haffner: I was hired by Visualize to protect Parkman from Frost.
Grace: Bang up job.

I can't get enough of snarky Grace. I hope we see more of that in the near future.

I was glad that Teresa put Jane in charge of figuring out how Parkman was killed in a seemingly empty hotel room. If anyone could figure out what the "trick" was, it's Patrick Jane.

The oddity in the episode was that Bret Stiles was missing. You'd expect him to be front and center during a Visualize case but he was no where to be found…by anyone. Even his own people. No one's seen him since Red John sent Jane the list. Hmm…

My one complaint was with Kira Tinsley and Cho. Can't the latter catch a break when  it comes to romance? On The Mentalist Season 5, his love interest was a hooker/ junkie who got pregnant and ended up with someone else. Now the woman with eyes for him was actually a private investigator who was paid to get close to Cho and ended up being murdered by Red John.

Enough already! If Wayne and Grace get to be so ridiculously happy then Cho deserves a girlfriend too.

My other issue was with the investigation into Kirkland's death. I didn't trust Detective Cordera for a minute. Maybe I was reading him wrong and he was just eager to close the case, but it felt like something was off. Like perhaps he's part of Tiger, Tiger. And why wasn't anyone asking how Kirkland got out of the transport van in the first place?

So Jane's got a new clue…at the expense of Kira's life. But how will he get his Red John suspects to disrobe for him. Offer them a beach vacation? Invite them all to a group sauna? How will Patrick Jane get the men on his list to remove their shirts?

I have absolutely no idea, but I can't wait until next week to find out.


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One of my TM-watching friends thinks Haffner is RJ based on his spider phobia and this bible quote from Isaiah 59: 3-10: For your hands are stained with blood,
your fingers with guilt.
Your lips have spoken falsely,
and your tongue mutters wicked things.
No one calls for justice;
no one pleads a case with integrity.
They rely on empty arguments, they utter lies;
they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.
5 They hatch the eggs of vipers
and spin a spider’s web.
Whoever eats their eggs will die,
and when one is broken, an adder is hatched.
Their cobwebs are useless for clothing;
they cannot cover themselves with what they make.
Their deeds are evil deeds,
and acts of violence are in their hands.
Their feet rush into sin;
they are swift to shed innocent blood.
They pursue evil schemes;
acts of violence mark their ways.
The way of peace they do not know;
there is no justice in their paths.
They have turned them into crooked roads;
no one who walks along them will know peace.
So justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not reach us.
We look for light, but all is darkness;
for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.
Like the blind we grope along the wall,
feeling our way like people without eyes.
At midday we stumble as if it were twilight;
among the strong, we are like the dead.


RJ can't be Haffner. The killing scene has Jane straddling RJ. Haffner's eyes are too close together. A death scene with him would tend to be comical. No surprise that they all have tattoos . . . and whistled and had phobias. Silly plot misdirection. They're all RJ minions. I suspect one of them did the explosion, being prepared for what Jane was up to. I think that surprise cast member coming up will be whichever Kirkland twin is not dead. That twin thing did not pop up in the plot for no reason. I'm thinking Bob K. is RJ. Look how readily he tortured and killed people. Old stuff to him.


What a great episode! Loved the drama. Loved the sunset scene. Of course Jane would not go beyond what he said because he had good reason to fear he would soon be killed. But his face and his hug said it all. Looks like Stiles is dying and Jane will take him to Ecuador. The FBI has caught up with Stiles so RJ can't blackmail him (My Opinion) for help any more. Stiles may help Jane with RJ info from now on.


Scratching my head. Now because of football overrun, start time will be 10:45 or 46 in the east. BS


Pouring my whisky now in preparation for 6.06. Excited, notwithstanding I know just about all there is to know about the episode. Just want for us to be back on track. *clink* to you all!


Still trying to get my graphic to appear again. Bonaduz it's good you will show your guest the pilot ep. That really said a lot about the direction of the series. Example: Lisbon worried that some day Jane would cause her to lose her job and maybe bring down CBI. And that is about to happen.

North coast

Do we need to be a Nielson family to count for ratings? Also, does CBS monitor how many people view the show on their website? I don't usually do that because of the commercials, but if it helps, I will! One more thing-can we get Mentalist On Demand and does that help ratings even if we're not a Nielson family? I want to do my part! Oh, Oh, and I bought it the episode on Amazon-does that help?


It's still really important to watch this episode any and every which way you can this Sunday and this week. Because, since it has not been broadcast in the US, it will come out as a NEW episode, not a re-run, and all ratings will count! So, please watch as often as you can starting with the broadcast tonight and going through the week. We need to show CBS that we're out here! All over the world. And watching any way we can!

Angie lavoie
@ Entwife

I just checked. CTVATL shows the old TM from S5 (Rigsby and his father) and on all the other CTV's its F&B.
I have a very special guest for dinner tonight ;-) and we'll watch the Pilot first and then F&B live on CTVBC at 10. She has never seen TM - oh boy, she's in for a ride!! I'll have some explaining to do before 6x06 (like - two hours of talking, LOL)! Have fun ya' all!

@ bonaduz

Haha, make sure she's brain washed enough to be one of us very soon on this forum! ;-)

@ Entwife

if we are not in US what can we do?besides Twitter where I will #Thementalist during the airing of tonight's episode.


"I'm always gonna save you Lisbon whether you like it or not" remember when Jane said that? Well, I think it reflects what happened at end of the sunset scene....The more I think, the more I believe Jane was right to do anything to not have Lisbon with him when confronting RJ...even though in this case she didn't like it. Imagine she had been there, she might have been killed in that explosion! He was protecting her, I'm sure now...

@ Abbsolute55

Yep, I think part of the reason Jane tore off without her was to keep Lisbon safe. Had she been there who knows what might have happened to her? The way he ditched her has been thoroughly criticized but in a way, it was the best he could do given that time was of the essence. He did manage to tell her how he felt (and I believe that was sincere) and then it was game time. He had to be at his house and he had to be there without her so he drove away without her. And to ensure her future survival, he -- or someone -- HAS to take RJ down. Permanently. Without that, RJ would haunt and threaten Jane and Lisbon until the bitter end. So although RJ is definitely an obsession, it is a reality that he has to be dealt with. Jane cannot just give up the chase in favour of life with Lisbon. There can be no life with Lisbon (or anyone else for that matter) while RJ is still breathing. Watching 6.06 in just over an hour. Shame that it will be on so late in the East. Again. CBS you are NOT my favourite network.

@ katempw

Thank you on the CBS comment, mine either. I won't see this episode til tomorrow.


guys Happy MentalistSunday and please America watch live!!! I leave you with this you tube video that is incredible and made me laugh so hard.My new favourite

@ creamy

hahaha love it -- thanks for this! Will watch live from north of the border. Actually I am looking forward to it. Almost feels like it's a new episode. At least we'll be back on track -- I hope!

@ katempw

enjoy your episode tonight!
ha ha the part with Cho- Ice Ice baby cracks me all the time! who rules the world? Girls!!

@ creamy

Hahaha Creamy I remember that vid! It's hilarious! Especially the part on Shakira and, above all, the part right after Lisbon says "Oh we're not a couple please": There's that melodramatic music from an old soap opera with Lisbon adjusting her hair and Jane taking off his jacket!!! HI-LA-RIOUS! And the glances...hahaha I couldn't stop laughing! :D Thanks for posting it!

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