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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ani- enlightenment is a word we often use in spirituality, I guess it's a synonym of utter bliss, it's being aligned with your 'true self', your soul if you want. unconditional love. Well I'm not sure it's the right place to talk about all this tbh. but in a word, a lot of things made me change. I had a difficult childhood and heavy stuff going on and health issues that really made me think about life in a different way and they changed me tremendously. Dont worry I'm not from any cult or anything lol. I'm just a very spiritual person that's all and I have so much faith now and it changes everything for me. Have you ever heard of quantum physics? Actually Simon baker is the best example of how law of attraction works, the power of belief. since he was akid he'd longed to become an actor, he had the belief and mostly the desire and he acted on it. people were on his path for this to happen, you have heard that if you watched his speech. that's how it works.


Hi everyone! I'm back from a day in town and just reading up on all your posts! This is getting very interesting and quite deep - love it!
Beeing grateful, yes! I've worked in India at a missionary hospital for a while when I was 22. And I can tell all of you - that experience made me grow up very fast. And it made me appriciate everything I had at home (rich, beautiful, peaceful Switzerland)! It was a RC hospital run by nuns. I also grew up RC, but always was hesitant to follow all the rules. (witch of course didn't go down well with my family!) Anyways - what I saw (or rather was forced to watch) there in India really pushed me over the edge. The only question remaining was: WHY? Why would a loving God let all of this suffering happen? Specially the babies and kids! OMG the babies!! And ever since I'm struggeling with that question. And ever since I'm really, truly greatful for every day that I'm healthy, not starving and have a roof over my head, because many people don't have any of it.


mimi, what made you changed?


Now I really want to know what you all think of the Red John character! Red John is always taking about enlightenment, do you know what he is talking about? Do you have any idea where the writer's are going with this character? Because of all the posts, I'm going to do some research. This has been very interesting.


hello ani!
I'm also atheist. I was raised a catholic but even my mum was not a catholic anymore I guess, she was "forced" by her parents to go to church etc.
I don't believe in god per se but I believe we create our life. I'm more a buddhist than a catholic and to me it all boils down to the same thing, god is in each and everyone of us, we can all perform miracle, it's all in the mind.
I strongly believe in law of attraction and have seen crazy thing happen to me since I changed the way I think.
just my two cents and of course we agree to disagree:-)


Rationalgal, I have never conversated with an atheists before. I know people who got mad at God because of a tragedy in their lives but never anyone who just didn't believe. Did you ever believe or did something happen to make you not believe? Do you believe in any type of spiritualism? How do you explain life, how we came to be? What do you think of all the people who do believe? Do you think that God is a manifestation of man needing something greater then himself. Since you don't believe in God do you believe man has God like abilities? In your belief system, how does man ascend to greater heights? Don't go easy on me, I love to learn and I don't offend easily.


@ huisclothes,
We were looking for something all of us could watch together. We needed to appeal to all genders, ages, and closed captioning for the hearing impaired. The Mentalist is the only thing we watch. We have the DVDs too, because the captioning is better (less likely to visually block any of the scenes). We gave it a chance because we were familiar with some of Baker's and Tunney's film work.


god I'm feeling so teary right now, have watched a video of yesterday's ceremony, it cuts when Naomi is talking but never mind, I feel so proud of him and for him, it shows that despite what he experienced as a child (no paternal figure or at least a difficult relationship with him and people telling him he was crazy to believe in his dreams), he strove to have a beautiful family and career and how did he succeed! his efforts paid off big time! he's a real inspiration to me to be honest. we should never give up hope in life! believe is the key, then action comes in.
Well done Simon!!!!!!!


yes Huiclothes you can sleep soundly! Simon is here to stay :-)
speak later (still the same day for me when you are back as it's only 10.30 am here) weird eh?
good night!


you're right, it's me feeling like he's whistling through the graveyard to be up beat. i want to get quick word that they're renewed and i will celebrate for simon and all the fans.
time for me to take my leave. it's been lovely charing with. hope we speak tomorrow.

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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.