I have yet to meet a single mentalist fan who is taking McAllister or Reede Smith seriously as a Red John suspect, maybe this is the show's attempt to try to pique our interest in them as potential suspects but it didn't work. Any time this show tries to push you on to believe something it's always misleading. That's not news by now. I do think McAllister would be an interesting guy to follow up on, he really has an odd vibe about him that's interesting to me, but based on this show's history I doubt we see much more of him. He's probably just a filler to give us something RJ related during a wedding based episode. I know Bruno has said there will be good reasons for alot of what we saw in the first episode that will make sense later. All we can really do right now is just hope he's right and hope there is some sense from this focus on McAllister. The fate of this show and our interests are in his hands. I must admit though, this episode next week is rather intriguing, Bruno has hyped it up as a big episode and I really like the return of Hightower who I always felt needed to come back on the show.
So this was a solid episode, they did a good job with the wedding scene and did a good job waiting until close to the end of the episode to actually have the proposal to build some suspense. But the problem with all this is how the show has set things up with these first 8-10 episodes being all about Red John and "The Final Chapter" that well honestly I don't really care about a Grace-Wayne Rigsby wedding. It's a nice little thing but it's just not the right timing and it makes me a little nervous about the show's direction after the Red John storyline because if it's going to be alot of episodes like this with an attempt to create some emotional sentiment it'll be a solid show but it just won't capture my interest that much and I won't be invested in it on a week to week basis like now. Anyway, I have no idea what they were trying to do with McAllister, that's not necessairly a bad thing(at least yet) but none of it really made sense.
@Entwife: Basically just a power message, a warning per se, stay in your place. I have the power to let you live, I control your life and everything you do and can manipulate you into anything I want. I can do anything I want to you at any time basically and she has to live with that. The show made a reference to the idea that he might have not had time to finish the acthe usually does(kill her) because he got rushed and had to leave but I seriously doubt that. Way too much a control and power freak to let that happen. Interesting thing was Lisbon acknowledged she got owned immeadiately and didn't try to fight it and go with the natural urge of revenge.
least think there is a reasonable possibility RJ a) isn't on the list b) is multiple people(unlikely) or has multiple people who are really really close with him like to the pt of being involved in his own killings(possible) c) while the list might have 1 of the 6 there's way more to this story than we would ever imagine. Or perhaps a combination of these 3. This just seems too easy right now, seems like we're getting lulled to sleep into trying to overanalyze all these characters and their moves by the show trying to make them look suspicious. Seems all like a trap. I have a hard time buying the show would openly make someone look so suspicious and try to set them up as RJ one week only to reveal him as RJ himself 6 weeks later. There's alot more here but really there's only 5 episodes left until we get the infamous "Red John" episode. I really don't want to think RJ is Stiles, but that seems likes where things might be pointing although that could change in the blink of an eye.
because Lisbon was spooked and I don't think we'll see her going out of her place again trying to do too much. That's a good thing. 3) the biggest information from this episode was probably how well versed it is within the CBI and FBI this info there keeping from Patrick is. Bruno has alluded there to being corruption to the CBI with regards to RJ this year, our friend RJ has a long standing warning to JAne about his friend in the FBI to Jane, there is something major that's going to happen with this that'll be the key to breaking things open. That I can almost gurantee. 4)I sure to god hope this info from the psychic is key info in the case after years of far better information being worth little to nothing. So many holes in it(why in the world would RJ ever say anything meaningful to her to begin with?). I hope they don't run with this idea that this candidate whistled as an actual clue but the promo suggested they might. 5) I'm the most anti-conspiracist there is but I now can at least buy the idea that RJ is a) not on the list b) is a combination of them c) there is much much more to this story than just the list in ways we could never imagine. Just seems like there lulling us into this trap of trying to scrutinize all these characters so closely. Whenever they try to lull us into an idea, it always is something else. Be warned.
@mimi: 1) Yes, I heard the same thing about RJ's ID being revealed in the 8th episode(which is named after RJ), I definitely heard it'd be revealed in Nov. Whether or not that means that's the end to the story I doubt it, difference between revealing, capturing and of course ending itself. 2) They're there basically because of contracts. Who can you bring back? Couldn't get back Mashburn or whomever, so you go with whom you can. They obviously wanted a few surprising candidates and those were two they could get a contract with. The only major takeaways I could make from this episode are 1) This interaction between RJ list characters and the team is wildly awkward. You know it'll be over soon but its painfully weird to the point that I'm wondering how smoothly these future meeting RJ list characters go if there in the same manner, especially with more suspicious candidates like Kirkland or Stiles. 2) Even though it wasn't referenced specifically, RJ's message to Lisbon and Jane worked, I don't think we'll see her step out of her boundary like that again.
I just have a really hard time believing the show would go through this much to try to make one of these 4 suspicious, and then come back 6 episodes later revealing RJ as one of these 4 without at the bare minimum some serious strings attached(which is still possible). Just seems very off. I like the role of the side characters here, Rigsby, Cho, Van Pelt, they basically were thrown to the side last season so its good to see them getting more time. The one thing I don't get is why in the world would RJ ever tell anything meaningful to Sophie Miller in that session, especially if this was all to get access to Jane? a) we still don't know exactly how he got through Miller to get that info about Jane's memory b) Jane and Lisbon even said RJ would never give anything truthful or meaningful to her even if he thought he'd get rid of the file? If this is a major breakthrough in the RJ plot, that would be a letdown after all the years of much more potentially powerful breakthroughs failing, this little meaningless thing working would be foolish
While it was certainly interesting, this was a bizarre episode on a variety of levels. I'm not so sure I'm huge on this idea of surrounding Jane and Lisbon around the characters on the list to this degree in coming weeks, it just got too weird. Just seemed like the show tried force-feeding those 4 characters on the list as suspicious potential RJ characters way too hard. Literally every time they got featured it was to try to show them as sneaky RJ esque potential characters. I get that, but it just felt a bit over top and gave the show too strange a vibe. But by the show force feeding us the idea that 1 of these 4 could be RJ, I've really started to think that a) RJ is Brett Stiles(has to be the new favorite even though its so obvious) b) RJ isn't someone on the list or is basically multiple people. I think either one of b would be a total copout/cheat but anytime the show has tried showing its hand so hard one way to try to trick us for 5+years its never been what it seems like.
fun but completely false theory grounded in zero reality i'll just throw out there anyway: Brett Partridge didn't actually die, he just faked it and had a friend knockout lisbon for him to draw the smiley face on because he's actually red john. Or maybe he's a red john friend who just fools Lisbon completely and her grand plan of tracking everybody. What an elaborate set up that would be, now the fact that the title of the interview they had with bruno says they've elimiated partridge and it's a list of 6 basically kills whatever fun that theory was but I just thought that would be a awesome twist to the story.
killing those close to Jane, he'd just rather torture everybody involved with his mind games. The fact he went out of his way to get Lisbon and just mentally torture her as oppose to do anything like capture her or do something that would result in direct action from Jane is telling. It's true that maybe later on we could see him come after Lisbon, this time with more force and the intention to do more harm, but that's a really powerful message he sent and it's great writing by those in charge. I have a feeling a bunch of episodes are going to be like this in coming weeks; these first 2 months are going to have the type of action we've been waiting 6 years for.
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