The Mentalist Review: "Red Alert"
Jane was at his sarcastic best throughout, "Red Alert." I loved every minute of it.
It started with him taunting the cop who pulled him over for speeding. Do you think Aquaman would give Batman a ticket? Unfortunately for Jane, the officer did not have a sense of humor.
Jane had some great lines during the hostage crisis, too. When Lisbon asks about the state of a sniper victim, he wryly replies: “For a shot person, she’s fine.” Then, there was Jane trying to get Ron to release the injured woman first: “There’s plenty of us here to shoot later.” The sardonic Jane quips kept me amused all night.
Of course, it helped that Ron Crosswhite was one of the dumbest hostage takers on television. When the sniper shoots through the window, Ron is shocked and starts muttering, “They tried to kill me. They tried to kill me.” Well, no kidding. You’ve taken City Hall hostage. What did you think was going to happen? They’d send in tea and cookies?
Apparently, Ron failed Hostage Taking 101. First rule, close the blinds and stay away from the windows.
When the real killer is revealed, Ron is so relieved to know who murdered his wife that even a jail term doesn’t bother him. He tells Jane, “I can breathe again.” I kept wondering what was going through Jane’s mind in that moment. When he finds Red John, could seeing the man in custody possibly be enough to let Jane breathe again? Somehow, I doubt it.
I really enjoyed Lisbon tonight, too. The Police Chief, the Mayor, the Director, everyone seemed to be out to usurp her authority - but she held her ground every time. And when she had to fight back, she was smart about it. Even Director Bertram had to admit that using the reporter to get him to back her was an effective tactic. He’s okay with her pulling some strings as long as he looks good in the end.
But watch your back, Lisbon, on the day he looks bad.
I found “Red Alert” exceptionally entertaining. Sarcasm, wit and action. What else can you ask for?
The Mentalist: "Red Alert"
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