The Mentalist Review: Narrowing the List

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Has anyone else thought that the CBI may be one of the most corrupt branches of law enforcement we've ever seen on TV?  

Red John has his moles within the agency. Volkner has his informants. Sometimes, it's felt like half of the staff has been working for the bad guys. Members of the CBI, including two directors, have been shot by their own people or other members of law enforcement.

A Red John Lead

I knew law enforcement was dangerous, but the CBI has taken it to a whole new level. With "The Red Barn," it was revealed that Ray Haffner is a member of Visualize.  While that's not illegal, it's certainly walking the edge of unethical.

Perhaps Lisbon should consider moving on, if not for her own safety then to ensure that Rigsby never again throws her a surprise party.

If I'd ever doubted that Rigsby was an idiot, which I never have, the party with the male stripper solidified that impression. Anyone who's known Lisbon for more than a week could tell she'd hate everything about that idea. Jane knew. Cho knew. But not Rigsby.

Fortunately, three dead bodies and a Red John smiley face were probably enough to make her forget a drunken Rigsby singing karaoke. 

The expression on Jane's face when he saw that symbol on the barn was almost painful. Finding that symbol meant that Red John started killing long before anyone knew of him. Long before Jane's family was killed. And Jane's using that information to narrow down his search.

Now we know that there's a link between Red John and Visualize. Now Jane knows that Red John was on that farm in 1988. Jane has narrowed a list of 2,164 people down to 408. This new information will help him whittle that down until Red John is almost within reach.

Overall, I had a few favorite moments in this episode...

First was Jane playing with the Golden Retriever. The man really should get himself a pet. Unfortunately that will probably have to wait until Red John is caught, just like everything else in his life.

Second was Grace's discussion with the priest about Visualize:

What's wrong with wanting to be the most powerful version of you you can be? | permalink

Could Grace still be struggling with her own demons since her fiance's betrayal?  Does this The Mentalist quote hint that she could fall prey to Visualize? To Red John?  I'd love it if Grace went undercover at Visualize to try and gain more information about their connection to Red John but is she strong enough to keep up that type of charade?

Finally, the best moment of the night was Lisbon standing outside Jane's door asking why he wouldn't let her in.

Lisbon: Are we partners or what?
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Her simple question demolished Jane's resolve to keep her at arms' length. 

Jane has been running his own investigation. He has his own murder board and his own Red list and it's getting smaller by the day. If Jane and Lisbon truly work together, how long will it be before they narrow it down to Red John?


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I'll relate the discussion on atheism as I see it with Patrick Jane. As a fictional character, he is a product of the Hollywood mindset. I've noticed over the last few years that in almost any show, the charismatic character, the one we are meant to admire and wish our friend or lover or wish to be like, is athiest, scoffs at God and ridicules any expression of religious faith. In this way an important Hollywood meme is spread, especially to the young or young adult viewer. To be cool, one must join in the disbelief and ridicule.


@km re: twitter feed. thank you! i feel like a drug addict who just got a taste. good scene with bertram -- one of my favorite sparring partners for patrick. they're talking about judge manchester. looks great!!! not just adorable patrick. scary, brilliant, controlling patrick. have high hopes for sunday.


ROFLMAO @huisclothes! Smiley face scout badge -- can't you just see it. Love it!


@entwife re: rebecca and the smiley face. maybe the smiley face is only reserved for the man himself. no matter what, it made better tv to have patrick being the one to deduce it was a red john case bit by bit. i always assumed red john killed marlon hicks in the doctor's office. perhaps only those who can slash people with the right technique get to sign with the smiley face. so it could be only red john and those who've earned the smiley face scout badge.


@km thanks for the article on cbs sticking with the ones that brought them. from your mouth to a colloquial god's ear. simon mentioned les moonves and nina tassler in his speech. nina was at the ceremony so that's good. but if she has to fire bruno and simon in a month or two -- that's why she makes the big bucks. supposedly les moonves' wife was so smitten with simon when she saw him years ago, she became a real booster. she knew the women would love him. think they made a mistake putting him in the guardian. to take an actor who can convey that much sunniness and positivism and then have him play a guy who cracked a smile maybe twice a season. ok show but too dark. simon said he got depressed because the guy was such heavy going. i remember when bruno wanted simon for the role, cbs said he could have anyone but simon. did they think he was box office poison because of smith?


They released the date that the networks will make their announcements. Here is CBS: May 15, 2013 CBS New York Afternoon


Gives me hope, @KM!


Watching His Red Right Hand. Rebecca is obviously a minion. Made me think of the theory posited here that there are many Red Johns. But she does not make the smiley face in the office. Is that reserved for the real RJ under the many RJs theory?


@ Mimi and @ Huisclothes,
And the bread! Why?
Simon's speech was lovely! Definitely an 'onya'*moment for him.
Was it in Cosmo that he said the most fearless thing he did was having his daughter because they both were kids with no jobs?


I was not saying that RJ or Visualize were following the 18th century version. If I implied that, then I regret my poor word choice. My point was that enlightenment does not always equal spiritual bliss. We humans can lie to ourselves very well. If huisclothes is correct when saying RJ believes himself some kind of aristocrat, then that is his truth. And it is the truth he wishes to impart to his followers. They in turn have or trust that it is true. And, I agree it would be helpful to know how both RJ and Visualize define harming and helping.

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The Mentalist Season 5 Episode 13 Quotes

Rigsby: Anybody feel as bad as I do?
Cho: Not if you feel like you look.

This is very depressing. I'm going to wait outside.