The Mentalist Review: See Jane Run

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Patrick Jane doesn't run... that is, unless he's chasing Red John - yet "Red Sails in the Sunset" started off with the odd site of watching Jane run. With whom was he meeting? Where was he headed?

The answers were both surprising and a little disappointing.

Yes, anyone who saw last week's previews knew that Bret Stiles was making an appearance, but I was expecting more. I'm a fan of the oddly engaging cult leader and I had hoped we'd get more of him than just one scene. 

Jane Works With Stiles

Not only did Jane cash in his marker with Stiles, he also smashed the window of his precious Citron. This was serious.

I liked that the plot didn't linger on the finer points of Lorelei's breakout and got straight to her interactions with Jane. The poor girl thought Red John had come to rescue her and instead she found Patrick Jane.  She wasn't happy.

My favorite scene was watching Lorelei and Patrick on the beach. It was a beautiful setting that felt odd, lonely and peaceful all at once. 

Back at the CBI, Agent Kirkland showed up once again and did anyone else notice Lisbon fluffing her hair when she saw him? Ugh. Please don't let that mean anything. The guy would creep me out even if he weren't a Red John minion.

But Lisbon brought up an interesting point: How does someone become the mistress of a psychopath? What was Lorelei's story? Thankfully we found out.

When Dana shared her story about selling her two-year old, it made my stomach turn. Honestly, I expected Lisbon to look more horrified. Lorelei effectively had her sister stolen from her twice. Once as a child by her own mother, and later taken permanently from her by Red John - but Lorelei never made the Red John connection. 

Watching Patrick walk up to that cabin in the woods was so creepy it made my heart pound. His abduction set up, complete with car crash, was so perfect that only Lisbon would think to question it.

But for Jane the bruises, neck brace and Lisbon's suspicions were all worth it the moment Lorelei gave him his biggest clue in this The Mentalist quote...

 I only wonder why the two of you didn't become life long friends the moment you shook hands. | permalink

Patrick Jane has already met Red John. Something that many of us have long suspected has now been confirmed and the obsessed glee in Jane's eyes was more than a little disconcerting.

So, is it someone he knows well? Someone he'd never suspect or perhaps a person he's recently crossed paths with? What's your latest Red John Theory?


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Interesting that Lorelei dyed her hair blonde. I remember thinking when I read that a cast member named Lorelei was being hired that her hair would probably be blonde to go with the siren myth. I was surprised to see she had black hair and thought the seductive siren was not what the writers had in mind. Now I see they did. They sure like to mess with us.


Lorelei is a siren in German mythology. Wonder if Red Sails relates to that in some way.


@rationalgal You remind me that Stiles once said to Jane that RJ's obsession with him was a kind of love. Maybe Red Sails has something to do with RJ sailing back to him -- to become Red Ribbons, I hope, lol!


I don't know why people seem to think that cancellation at the end of the season is a done deal, it's not. If CBS cancelled The Mentalist, they would have to move another show with a loyal following into it's 10 pm Sunday slot and they don't have one; 10 pm on Sunday is brutal and it's holding its own. I believe in the power of positive thinking.


I'm glad Christine is starting a Mentalist round table, but it's rather late in the game, since CBS seems to have no intention of renewing the show for another season. Maybe a good round table will help CBS decide to do a spinoff if they won't continue The Mentalist as-is. They would probably not do this unless they could own the show this time so as to make money from syndication and DVDs. Don't know if that's possible. Maximum profits is the death of so many good shows. A great spinoff would be Jane and Lisbon hooking up, Lisbon getting custody of her niece Annie (because of misfortune befalling her brother Tommy), Jane having fun teaching Annie how to be a pickpocket and other con artist stuff (very hilarious) and the three of them solving crimes as a family unit, with lots of humorous episodes involving Annie's Jane-like unorthodox behavior and Lisbon trying to keep everything from going off the track. C'mon, CBS! Run with this story line. No charge, no copyright claims. Just do it! Thanks!


I don't think the writers would have used the song, Red Sails in the Sunset, without it having some meaning. "Red" in the episode titles have always had some relation to the story, however marginal. In Blinking Red Light, "It's a Wonderful World" was used to show how sweet the young girl victim was, to show Jane's grief at the loss of his own daughter, to indicate Jane's basic love of life (as exhibited after 2 or 3 previous murders) and to connect the murder to Panzer. "Red Sails" might suggest that Red John took Jane's famlly away from him, Jane's yearning to get that family life back, and perhaps that Lorelei will make that happen by helping Jane capture/kill/whatever Red John, then bring Jane's lost love back to him to some extent with Lisbon. Lorelei did tell Jane he was "a little bit in love with her." She might make up for what RJ did to her and others by helping that along. The writers never tell us anything clearly, they force us to be mentalists and read their minds.


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I'm Christine and I review The Mentalist here at TV Fanatic. You guys are amazing. I'm considering starting a Round Table for The Mentalist as we have for Castle & many other shows. If you've never seen our round tables you can check them out here: I've been looking for a fan site to partner with but it seems that the most ardent fans are right here at TV Fanatic! Here's how it works. I'll need 2 or 3 volunteers each week. After the show airs, probably Monday morning, I will e-mail out the round table questions. I'll need answers back within about 24 hours. You'll find the most difficult part of participating is keeping your answers to a couple of sentences. If you'd like to volunteer, please send me a PRIVATE MESSAGE by clicking my name at the top of the post or using this link: DO NOT leave your e-mail here in the comments. I look forward to hearing from anyone interested. Thanks.


@rationalgal It really is extremely difficult to tell what's important and what isn't. Regarding Red Sails, the same. Except they did name the episode after the song, and that is the song that is on the radio when Lorelei turns it on while Jane has gone to get ice. The importance of it could be monumental. Or, ha ha, only as a monumental red herring! Who knows? Great Blake poem! What an apt description of a cunning revenge, including its bittersweet triumph of a depravity.


A Poison Tree I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow. And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles. And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine, And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

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