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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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More about symbolism: Lots of it here, some of it red herrings from writers, some from our overworked imaginations. Where does Red Sails fit? Or does it? How about the William Blake poems? They have been clearly relevant. All about good vs evil, predator vs prey, innocence vs. guilt, and finding some kind of redemption out of all of it. So here is Blake's "The Poison Tree." (See next post.) It's about wrath and it's outcome if you let it grow. Notice the last line. Reminds us of Jane's "thinking room" in his Malibu house, with his mattress on the floor beneath the bloody smiling face. So who is stretched out - RJ? Jane? Or is this meaningless. No other TV show can produce such mental contortions in viewers who pay attention. Maybe Jane will deal with RJ with mentalist tricks that trick RJ into killing himself. He did it with Panzer. Here's The Poison Tree, coming up:

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The park ranger on the beach -- his name tag says Cutler. Reminds me of Ray Tagliaferro -- cut iron. Glasses, upper middle age, kinda dumpy, looks like straight brown hair, hard to tell if it's thinning with his hat on.

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Sorry, cut off. I'll repeat the lyrics: {Red sails in the sunset, way out on the sea}
Oh, carry my loved one home safely to me
{She sailed at the dawning, all day I've been blue}
Red sails in the sunset, I'm trusting in you Swift wings you must borrow
Make straight for the shore
We marry tomorrow
And she goes sailing no more {Red sails in the sunset, way out on the sea}
Oh, carry my loved one home safely to me Swift wings you must borrow
Make straight for the shore
We marry tomorrow
And she goes sailing no more {Red sails in the sunset}
Way out on the sea (ooh-wee-ooh, wee-ooh)
Oh, carry my loved one
{Home safely to me} {bracketed words are sung by Nat in unison with background singers}
(words in parentheses are sung by background singers only)

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Info and yrics to Red Sails In the Sunset -- in case they mean anything . . . -Artist: Nat King Cole
-peak Billboard position # 24 in 1951
-Words by Jimmy Kennedy and Music by Hugh Williams
-previously charted in 1935 by Bing Crosby (#1), Guy Lombardo (also # !),
-Mantovani (#3), and Jack Jackson (# 13)
-previously charted in 1936 by Louis Armstrong (#15)
-subsequently charted by Tab Hunter in 1957 (#57), The Platters in 1960 (#36)
-and by Fats Domino in 1963 (#35). {Red sails in the sunset, way out on the sea}
Oh, carry my loved one home safely to me
{She sailed at the dawning, all day I've been blue}
Red sails in the sunset, I'm trusting in you Swift wings you must borrow
Make straight for the shore
We marry tomorrow
And she goes sailing no more {Red sails in the sunset, way out on the sea}
Oh, carry my loved one home safely to me Swift wings you must borrow
Make straight for the shore
We marry tomorrow
And she goes sailing no more {Red sails in the sunset}
Way out on the sea (ooh-wee-ooh, wee-ooh)
Oh, carry my loved one
{Home safely to me} {bracketed words are sung by Nat in unison with background singers}
(words in parentheses are sung by background singers only)

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And, as I mentioned before, Kirkland has the remains of a corrected speech impediment. Very sly. But how would Lorelei know Jane and Kirkland shook hands?

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Okay. Definitive. Jane does shake hands with Kirkland at the end of If It Leads It Bleeds. It just happens below camera. But they both move in, Kirkland offers his hand and Jane takes it. You can see their arms shaking as they shake hands.

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I put down that I was a hand chair detective, what I meant was arm chair detective. LOL

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I think I know who red john is, but I'm nor really sure. that's what I get for being a hand chair detective. LOL

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Diego I went back and watched Red Dawn again and I believe you are talking about Minelli. Minelli, the judge and Lisbon shook hands with Jane. I would suggest viewer's watch it again and follow Cho all the way through the episode. Something is going on with him.

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I love this show and I love the mystery of not knowing who RJ is, however, I have become so paranoid while watching. I find myself doubting everything that happens, assuming everyone has ulterior motives, and that everyone is lying; it's maddening. I do enjoy the journey though. I know that many people think that there will be nothing left once RJ is uncovered, however, what if he is uncovered but not caught right away? ie: he gets away. Additionally, the characters are so rich and they all seem to have deep dark secrets, I'm sure there are many avenues to explore.

The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 8 Quotes

Nobody ever accused you of good judgement.

Lorelei

I just have to make sure I don't get caught.

Jane
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