We knew it couldn't be that easy. Three red dots. It was Jane's leverage. It was his map to finding Red John.
After watching The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 6, I'm still not certain if those dots sent Jane in circles or straight into the middle of yet another conspiracy.
First, Jane had to gather the five remaining suspects in one place…and what a place he chose. But we'll get back to that in a moment. Let's go over the suspects first:
The most wily was Bret Stiles. The cult leader is even squirrelier than I thought. That ascension ceremony was impressive, in a completely crazy sort of way.
The giant eye on the wall, the masses of followers in flowing robes. The naked women getting marked with blood. I expected them to start handing out the Kool-Aid at any moment.
Of course Stiles claims he's dying. Is it true or is he playing us once again?
I liked that Lisbon sent Grace in first. He's always had a weakness for her... or should I say he's always thought there was a weakness in her. He thought he could manipulate her. The Grace Van Pelt that arrived at the Ecuadorian Consulate wasn't that girl. She's a lot stronger than she used to be and therefore Stiles was quick to show her the door.
Reede Smith was easy enough for Jane to bait as was Sheriff McAllister.
Haffner was another matter. It took Lisbon to convince him to show up. He always seems like such an arrogant ass but he did appear to be sincerely shocked and affronted that Teresa thought he could be Red John. Of course, if he's not RJ, then finding out the girl he likes thinks he might be an evil serial killer must be a blow to his bloated ego.
Bertram was an easy catch. Too easy perhaps. He's always so eager when it comes to information about the Red John case. There was really no question that he'd show up.
With all his fish headed towards the same barrel, Jane and Lisbon made their way down to Malibu.
Speaking of Jane's former home, I hate it when he goes there. It's such a dark and painful place for him. I'm sure he and his wife and daughter had happy memories there but none of them are strong enough to banish that bloody red face on the wall. I sort of hope the entire place burns down when all of this is done. Maybe it will help him move on.
Surprisingly, Lisbon told Jane she wouldn't stand in his way when it came to Red John when she said in this The Mentalist quote...
Some men, men like Red John, they don't deserve a trial. They don't deserve a jury. They deserve what they have coming to them.Lisbon
Like Patrick, I'm skeptical. I'm not sure she can just turn off the ethics that have guided her her entire career, even when it comes to Red John.
I also had to wonder what Jane's intentions were when he told her…
You're the most honest person I know. You would never lie, not about something like this.Jane
Did he believe her? Was he manipulating her by trying to make her feel guilty? I'm really not certain what was going through his mind in that moment.
But when he pulled over to watch the sunset I knew exactly what he was up to, and the way he accomplished it broke my heart just a little. Because when he hugged Teresa and told her…
You have no idea what you've meant to me. What you mean to me.Jane
I believe he meant it. And then he had to go and ruin the moment by swiping her phone and ditching her on the beach.
Like Lisbon, I was worried for Jane. He wasn't only going to uncover a diabolically clever serial killer, he was also cornering several other possibly dangerous men and he was doing it alone. There was no way to know who would be on Jane's side and who would gladly kill him where he stood.
When they all removed their shirt sleeves I wondered if more than one man would have those dots. So let's go over the final five…
- Bret Stiles - He's a crazy, a true believer and a whistler but he has no dots. Plus I wonder if he still possesses the physical strength to have beaten Kira to death.
- Sheriff McCallister - He's got the dots and he's smarter than he looks but my gut tells me it's not him.
- Ray Haffner - He's certainly arrogant enough and creepy, especially when it comes to women but somehow I see him more as a manipulative, bullying jerk than Red John.
- Director Bertram - He's got the dots, the position, and the power. His politician's smile is borderline sociopathic. Is that enough to make him Red John?
- Reede Smith - He's got the dots and there's still something that haunts me about the way he told Kirkland that they even let lower level guys like him in. Did he just mean Tiger, Tiger or was he laughing because he's the man at the top?
In the end, we have more questions than answers once again. The shot gun went off. The house blew up and we have no idea who was left inside.
All we were left with was Teresa's desperate, pleading voice begging Jane not to go through with his plan, alone.
Now it's anyone's guess what comes next ...
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