The Mentalist Round Table: "Fire and Brimstone"

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The search for three little red dots ended in a huge explosion and left fans wondering who survived The Mentalist Season 6, Episode 6.

Below, our TV Fanatic Christine Orlando joins up with The Mentalist fans Entwife and Neha to decide why Jane left Lisbon on the beach and if a red tattoo will actually lead Jane to Red John.


What's your favorite "Fire and Brimstone" scene?  

Entwife:  Jane in Malibu overcoming his fear and anxiety, summoning the courage to follow through with his very dangerous plan.  He knows that he might not survive it. He knows it's complex. He nervously adjusts and re-adjusts both his pistol and his shotgun. He adjusts his breathing several times and relaxes his body language. He does not want to do this but he wills to do it.

Neha:  The beach scene at sunset is a no-brainer, but I also really enjoyed Jane's interaction with stiles at the consulate.

Christine: Jane telling Lisbon what he means to her on the beach. The look on her face broke my heart because I knew exactly what he was up to...but I still believe he meant what he said. Someday soon I hope we get a real hug where he doesn't have an ulterior motive behind it. 

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Is Bret Stiles really dying? 

Entwife:  Yes, I think he is. Jane believes he is, so I see no reason to doubt it.

Neha: I think he is going underground. I have a feeling he just wants to be a hidden partner at visualize. That creepy scene with the stage and women drenched in blood made me come up with that.

Christine: I'm really torn. I love the character so I hope he sticks around and with the FBI now after him it wouldn't surprise me if he faked his death and tried to leave the country. I'm sure he could run his crazy Visualize empire from anywhere.

Did Jane ditch Lisbon because he was trying to protect her or because he thought she'd stop him from killing Red John?

Entwife:  I think he was trying to protect her life, and her reputation from compromise. If anyone could have stopped him from following through on a kill, it would have been Lisbon. But also, he would not have wanted her to see him go that far, truly the worst of him.

Neha:  It's a combination of both I think. He has always kept her out of things when it came to red john, he is a control freak, is it really that surprising to her? Plus, everyone could tell she was lying in the attic when she said she would let him kill RJ.

Christine: All of the above. I think he wants to protect her from Red John. And as much as he doesn't want her to stop him from killing him, he also cares enough about her that he doesn't want her to compromise herself by letting him do it. That led him to a heartfelt confession and then ditching her on a beach at sunset thus ruining a wonderful shipper moment. Damn you Jane!

The shotgun blast? The explosion? Any theories on what happened in Malibu?  

Entwife:  Totally at sea about the incidents at the end. There was also a shout of Stop! I couldn't tell whose voice it was. It did sound like a shotgun blast to me, but I'm no gun expert. The explosion, seemed like two bombs, not one, detonated separately at each side of the building. Totally confusing.

Neha:   I think it would be interesting to see who they kill, it's probably not going to be the 3 men with the tattoos, or maybe no one.  Stiles I feel is too important to the story.

Christine:  I really don't want any of them dead but I can't imagine they all walked out alive. It sounded like someone made a move on Jane for the gun and it went off. I have no idea what caused the explosion.  Could Red John have outmaneuvered Jane and set it all up ahead of time? I don't see how but he always seems to be two steps ahead so almost anything is possible.

Three of the final five suspects had the tattoo. Do you think one of them is Red John and if so, which one?  

Entwife: I do think one of the three tattooed suspects is Red John. I think the marks are probably something to do with Tyger, Tyger. But I also don't believe Haffner or Stiles is Red John. So, for me, that means he's one of the three with tattoos.

Neha:   I have always loved the idea of Haffner being RJ. His creepy obsession with Lisbon and the fact that she gets murdered by him in her dream. I am sure RJ, whoever he is, has always had an eye on Lisbon.

Christine: The show has me going round in circles on this. Is Red John involved in Tyger, Tyger? Did Kira's death have anything to do with Red John or was it just members of Tyger, Tyger trying to cover their tracks which could make the red dots nothing but a red herring? I change my mind on Red John's identity almost daily. I think all five suspects are still completely in play.

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Rihanna, the FBI is after Stiles because Stiles has been suspected for 25 years of killing his Visualize rival Farragut, but it couldn't be proved. My theory is that RJ found the evidence and used it to force Stiles to provide him with protection, gullible recruits, etc. The evidence would be in the hands of an unknown RJ minion for RJ's safety who would reveal it only if RJ were killed. Some suspects have been killed so the minion released the evidence. Does that mean RJ is dead? No, the death was either faked or in Kirkland's case there is a twin, so one or both of them may still be alive and one is RJ.


5- at one point in the past, I thought tiger tiger is a RJ Fan Club! lol...
4- I am on my word, I don't know what story they come up with, but it's all or none!
2- I don't think so.. I don't see him "dying" but it could be a distraction... Can you tell me why FBI is after him? my memory didn't help!
1- I think the scene in his daughter's bedroom was like" I am getting your revenge, finally" scene... something to remind him why he is doing what he is doing...


1) Jane getting his nerve in his old house: going through first the grieving and trauma, then gathering the materials, feeling really freaked out and calming himself, then finally putting on the Jane Mask for the first person who enters...
2.) Yep Stiles is a goner. They even left off the makeup so he'd look worse.
3.) A little of both, but Jane mostly ditched Lisbon because he didn't want her to stop his plan. He knew she was lying about being ok with him killing RJ, etc. I think what he said to her and the hug was real, it just happened to coincide with fulfilling a different need he had. Poor Lisbon.
4.) Didn't sound like a shotgun to me! No idea what happened there, or who we will lose to that bomb--if anyone. The way forward is very unclear to me.
5) Don't know. It's really hard to know if Tiger Tiger and Red John are linked, if he's in it or he originated it...bleah. I like McAllister the best of those tattoo guys for RJ.


1) when Jane went up the stairs in his Malibu house, it reminded me of the pilot. It was like a 360 scene. Also the scene in the car that showed Jane's shadow hanging over the steering wheel. 2) I think Stiles is preparing for the possibility of his impending death by Jane and a illness. 3) Both. 4) They all made it out alive, so I'm guessing someone made a play for the shotgun. 5) I think their just dirty cops.


Forget "Who's Red John?" — who's alive?

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all or none :) the latter is not probable!


I don't think Lisbon is RJ. because she is shorter than RJ in the scenes we saw couple of times... Also because she is worried while being alone in her office and she didn't need to bug her own office by a stranger and also because we have seen men's shoes... and straight women as lovers... and most importantly because we like Lisbon ::) And, I don't think they would bring anyone out of dead... But I agree that it's possible RJ wants to kill everyone on the list...what to achieve? I don't know... Anyways, from 3 people with those dots on shoulder, we now know Reede has phobia for heights... I just can't remember how many cars were outside when Lisbon got there... has anyone managed to leave before she comes? The explosion might have been Jane's job... he would think he would either kidnap all 5 making people believe all 6 are dead until he figures out the truth or he wanted to kill all five if he can't figure out who is the one!!! I might be wrong of course...

Avatar're right about the handshake thing....TM writers should remember this..... Among all these 7 suspects expect Kirkland, Jane also shook hand with Haffiner in Episode 4x02 when they first met....


Favorite scene off-course the beach scene at sunset, is there any guessing required........where Jane telling Lisbon what she means to him ....the best Jisbon scene of the mentalist so far but Jane completely ruined this wonderful shipper moment by running away, moreover i was accepting a "Kiss" and we didn't even got a proper hug........i think what Jane said to Lisbon on beach, he really means it...he ditches her because he wants to protect her from red john, as he cares enough about Lisbon and loves her that why Jane ditches Lisbon on the beach....
@Christine someday i also hope we get a real hug where circumstances different. Brett stiles is the best choice for red john, in my point of view.....but still can't say surely who is red john...on each passing day i had different name in my mind, which i suppose to be red john... I also luved Jane Striptease Club, the way he told all 5 suspects to take their shirts off....Have to say Haffiner is Hot... FIRE AND BRIMSTONE is one of the most unforgettable episode of The Mentalist Series...


Hate to burst everyone bubble but the obvious person to be Red John is Lisbon. This explains why Red John is always a step ahead. Tyger tyger is a separate issue the may or may not be run by Red John. My thoughts are it is ruin and Lisbon is Red John!!!


oh my, oh my we didn't have a kiss yet and we're dreaming about Jisbabies...cracked me!!!
Fantastic episode, great dynamics.
I loved the scene with Jane and Lisbon in the car, ocean behind them , and the silence, and Jane's determination to not say a word to her!!so intense!!!I
The striptease party was awesome.
And the new sneak peak.....welcomes us back to Jisbabies :)))))

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The Mentalist Season 6 Episode 6 Quotes

I'm not sure who I can trust. I'm not even sure I can trust you.


Lisbon: Jane, you do this and you're throwing your life away.
Jane: Bye Lisbon.