Kimball Cho has always been a fascinating character and one of my favorites on The Mentalist. My general complaint has been that we don't get to see enough of him, which is why "Rhapsody in Red" made me so happy.
For once Cho, with his dead pan delivery and stoic looks, got his chance to shine.
When Anthony picked Cho's keys and jacked his ride, it should have shaken that cool demeanor. Even with Jane calling him Starsky and offering him a ride, Cho's self control was firmly in place.
He never seemed angry with the kid, even when he had to handcuff him to the file cabinet because he reminded him to much of his younger self.
Can you just imagine what a smart mouthed, little gang banger Cho must of been? That picture is the exact opposite of the imperturbable man we know now.I appreciated the scene when Cho went head to head with the DA's office. ("I agreed I shouldn't help. Didn't say I wouldn't.") Yet the look on his face told us he was worried about the fallout for the CBI. It was a great moment of doubt that played over his face, but his conscience obviously wouldn't let him walk away from that child without trying to help.
The case of the week didn't really hold my interest, although I liked the music almost as much as Jane. When Jane played on the drums it was such a little boy moment. I enjoyed seeing Jane's mischievous side just having a bit of fun.
And I loved it when Teresa immediately knew Jane had started the rumor about the victim having a scandalous affair. She knows him so well now that she didn't miss a beat.
All in all this was a light hearted episode to hold us over before next week's season finale. A Red John confrontation awaits. I can't wait.
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