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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?
Jane: Come here, partner. | permalink

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?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (179 Votes)

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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I was just thinking. Simon just got a star on the Walk of Fame. Surely they wouldn't cancel his signature show right after that??

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Rationalgal, I'm a believer! I, like you have seem many little dead bodies. God gave us all a free will and a free life. We do not live in the Garden of Eden anymore. Just because people can't show that God is, doesn't mean he isn't. But I do however respect your right to believe in what ever you like.

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Rationalgal, you are breaking my heart.

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I'm not sure he doesn't believe in an after life. The only thing I've seen him dismiss is talking to spirits. That's what he was telling K. Frye. That's why he made the ghost buster reference. Jane respects Lisbon's right to be in a religious box. If he didn't believe in the after life, why would he talk to his wife sometimes. I think the show shows the contrast in believing in the same thing two different ways. When Jane said this is a church, he was telling her to have some respect because she was in a church. I think at this point we are going to have to agree to disagree.

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Ani, I need to clear up something about how people behave when they are about to die. Atheists do NOT revert to religion. I have been with several atheists as they died - friends and family members. Every one accepted it as the inevitable end of life. We tend to take death in stride for the reality it is. At least death in old age or in terrible physical circumstances. Kids? No. That is just SO heartbreaking. I know all about that and all I can say is that if there were a god coffins would not come in child sizes. We're on our own in this world and the important thing is to stick together and help each other. That's all the religion anyone needs.

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Sorry the systme screwed up my last two posts. You need to know I am a well-informed atheist. I understand where Jane is coming from. He wants to comfort Lisbon. We do that when it helps our believing friends and family. He knew using a god expression would help calm Lisbon. He did it for her beliefs, not his. He loves her and thinks of what she needs. As for bible quotes, atheists generally know more about them than a lot of believers. I quote the bible all the time if it makes my point and helps believers understand me. When Jane talked of coming through the valley [of the shadow] of death, he said it in the context of complaining of being cattle prodded all week. He was doing a little plaintive humorous whining.

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RJ is an atheist too but he is evil. Lisbon is religious but she does good. Gupta (the bomb vest guy) said he was "deeply religious" but he was evil. Jane will challenge the theology of evil believers but is not interested in doing so with good believers like Lisbon. He dismisses the idea of an afterlife. (To Kristina: "Please! Will you stop this nonsense!") I think the show has paired Jane and Lisbon this way to show that it's not what you believe but how you behave that counts. They respect each other's religious opinions and even kid around about it ("This IS a church!" - wry humor there). I enjoy seeing Jane portrayed as an atheist because I share his worldview. His portrayal is spot-on.

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RJ is an atheist too but he is evil. Lisbon is religious but she does good. Gupta (the bomb vest guy) said he was "deeply religious" but he was evil. Jane will challenge the theology of evil believers but is not interested in doing so with good believers like Lisbon. He dismisses the idea of an afterlife. (To Kristina: "Please! Will you stop this nonsense!") I think the show has paired Jane and Lisbon this way to show that it's not what you believe but how you behave that counts. They respect each other's religious opinions and even kid around about it ("This IS a church!" - wry humor there). If Jane were religious he would be praying to God to punish RJ instead of seeking vengence. Personally I like seeing Jane portrayed as an atheist because I share his worldview. Like all the atheists I know his is spot-on.

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Rationalgal, in the episode ball of fire, Lisbon and Jane were about to be burned alive! Jane was speaking from his heart when he said that. When you are about to die you will revert back to what you really believe. Rationalgal, why do you think Jane is an atheists? Where in the series was that ever proven? I know you keep saying that, but can you explain that to me.

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You know KM?, I just might agree with you on Jane being a pantheist? It seems to sort of fit. I am more inclined to lean your way if my theory is wrong. This will be something I will actively look for when I watch the show. Yet I can not get over how he made that statement to Lisbon with such conviction. KM?, you have a theory, do you have anything to substantiate it? THAT'S WHY I LOVE THIS SITE! PANTHEIST!!!!!! WOW! I'M DOIN' THE HARLEM SHAKE RIGHT NOW!

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.

Jane
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