The Mentalist Review: A Wicked Game

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As many fans suspected after last week's episode, Patrick Jane was playing a long con. A very long con, and all in the hopes of luring out Red John. But in "The Crimson Hat," who really got played?

I loved the opening sequence where Jane meets Lorelei. Even the music set the mood, as Chris Isaac's Wicked Game played in the background. 

Jane Meets Lorelei

When Oscar told Jane that the dead mother he claimed to have spoken to had actually wasn't dead - but had run off with her aerobics instructor years ago - I literally laughed out loud. Jane's response? "That explains why she was so easy to contact."

Jane loves telling people what they want to hear. Of course, this time - along with getting paid handsomely for it - he also nearly got both of his legs broken. 

Apparently Red John had a generous streak. If he had to send a messenger, he couldn't have sent one more gorgeous. Then he ordered her to pay Jane's bail, sleep with him and cook him breakfast. What more could you ask for?

Patrick finally ended up in bed with someone and it ended up being a Red John disciple. A stunningly beautiful disciple, but still. That definitely tarnished the moment.

Unfortunately, Patrick didn't share his plan to snare Red John with anyone, including Lisbon. Teresa looked worried sick sitting in that church, praying for guidance on how to help Jane. It had been six long months and for once, I think even Jane felt guilty.

Horror was the only word to describe the look on Jane's face when he realized that the price for being allowed into Red John's inner sanctum was Teresa's death. 

From the look on Lisbon's face I couldn't tell if Jane had let her in on the plan when he walked into the CBI. Then, I realized that her shocked expression was due to his words, not the gun he pulled on her. In this The Mentalist quote, Jane told Lisbon,

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... just before he pulled the trigger. Apparently it was the last two words that threw her.

So do you think Darcy's the mole in the FBI? Red John only said he had a friend there. Once Darcy blew the whistle lots of other agents would have had the same information and could have passed it along. But what made Darcy so suspicious that she went down to the morgue to measure a faceless corpse? Who would even think to do that?

In the end, I wondered if Jane was going to lose a finger and I was sure they'd open that limo and find it empty. Instead Darcy opened that door to find the dead but horror-filled eyes of Luther Wainwright. Oh, what a terrifying way to die. 

From the moment Wainwright came on the scene I figured he was either Red John's next victim or another disciple. I really wish I had been wrong.

When Lisbon finally found a battered Patrick Jane what struck me was that she didn't touch him. She actually sat a couple of feet away as she asked if he was okay. He's the one who reached out for her hand to hold.

Will we see Lorelei again next season? Why was Jane so sure he could make her talk?  Will the rest of the CBI team forgive Jane for his long con and how it ended?  Is Lisbon now a target nd who in Hell is Red John?

The Mentalist managed to keep the Red John saga going for another season and delivered yet another twist. A wicked game, indeed.


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Could Red John's "FBI friend" be Bill, the man Darcy was on the phone with while she was at the morgue? He did hear her say that it was not Wayne Rigsby's body.


Great final season 4 episode. Somebody earlier had posted that Luther was already dead in the limo because there was no movement of him behind Jane. This isn't true. If you look closely, you can see the shoulders of the shadowly figure move slightly up and down due to breathing. He was killed when Darcy fired into the back seat. My take is that she knew Luther was there and was instructed to kill him... Otherwise why would she fire into the back seat, especially when Jane might be in there as well.


The correct name is Emmanuelle Chriqui.I made a mistake,sorry


@Milton Pharr:Emanuelle Chriqui.


I just saw the end of the show. I want to know the name of the girl that was about to cut off some guys finger outside of the car, when the police showed up and they drove off?
Real name not stage name for the show
Thanks Milton 9/23/2012


im really feeling bad for luther.....i didnt want him to die.
i really suspect darcy......shes the only one who luther told everything.
that phone sound also said
"i have friend in the FBI"
either he was talking on behalf of luther or he meant it i mean, he is a pschyco killer.
this will lead patrick to RJ. i bet


In The Crimson Hat episode, Lorelei and Agent Darcy are wearing a gold necklace with the same ornament!!


I watched the video of the Paley Center "Mentalist" cast discussing the series. Simon Baker was very clear that Jane and Lisbon would NOT be getting together because that would be the end of the show. Bruno Heller muttered something about that happening at the end "at Season 5." Given how Season 4 ended, this is entirely possible. However, the Paley discussion was done at the end of Season 1, so the show's success may have changed Heller's mind about winding it up with Season 5. Simon has a contract that runs through Season 6 and I read somewhere that CBS intends to keep the show at least that long.


Dadadada tatara :) Jisbon Jisbon Jisbon !! I'm seriously happy :)


RJ cannot possibly be a mysterious lonely murderer. He has dozens of followers apparently ready and willing to die at his command. He has money and resources. You need an organization for that and lots of charisma.

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The Mentalist Season 4 Episode 24 Quotes

Stuff just happens, that's all. Just one damn thing after another.


Lorelei: So you're not magician?
Patrick: No. I'm a con man. I steal from people.