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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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The Patrick Jane character is an atheist. Atheists routinely use god-talk informally, picked up as a cultural habit with no more meaning than saying "Goodbye" (God be with you), just as expressions related to the Greco-Roman gods are used. In Red Brick and Ivy, Jane (pretending to be programmed for evil) pointed the gun and said, good people will do good things and bad people will do bad things. That is taken from a statement by Nobel Laureate and physicist Stephen Weinberg that with or without religion good people will do good things and evil people will do bad things, but for good people to do bad things, that takes religion. The writers knew that quote and put it in Jane's mouth because jane is an atheist. (continued in next email)

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@ Anitraward 1,
I have always seen Jane as less of an atheist and more of a panentheist. It is supernatural theism that he seems to out right reject. He rejects divine intervention. He rejects hell. Frankly a good number of theologians reject it as well. He fears heaven. He rejects the idea of confirming to religious doctrine or rules. We know he is well read, hence no surprise that he would use scripture to poke Lisbon. Lastly, the entire couch from the "Where's my apple" scene was not scripted (according to the cast and writers). I think both Baker and Tunney were raised RC, besides the 23 Psalm is one of the most well known Bible scriptures to the world.

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Cont.- In the episode the Crimson Hat whe Jane and Lisbon are in the church and Lisbon keeps calling Jane a son of a B**th. Jane says WE ARE IN A CHURCH! In the episode Bloodstream he tells Lisbon she can touch the hem of his garmet. I don't think Jane is a religious person but I know he believes in God. I think the death of his family made him question God and Jane is angy with God right now and has turned away. An atheists would not make these quotes!

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Here is my proof that Patrick Janes is not an atheist! There are a few episodes where Jane makes references to GOD. But! The episodes I found proves that he not. Now I know some of you quote the Pilot, BREAD ROLLS AND NAUTICAL CATCH! But I say that Jane was playing himself close to the chest and didn't want anyone to know how he really felt. That's why he jumped all over Rigsby and embarrassed him, Jane deflected. In the episode Ball of Fire Jane says the following to Lisbon; Lisbon, I'm sorry, this is my fault. AS GOD IS MY WITNESS I WILL NOT LET YOU BURN! In the same episode at the end, Jane says, I come the the valley of death.

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Thanks Huisclothes.

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Caught Redemption on TNT earlier. Really like that episode, and Red Badge -- lots of Jisbon time! She's kicking ass and taking names in the former and vulnerable and needy in the latter. So many good moments.

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the instinct to sleep under the bed for a week shows that you're a consistent mom and that she can count on you. what shines through is how much energy you put into being there for your daughter. not all mothers would do what you do. i'm sure your daughter knows that.

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simon has "it." as they say in gypsy, "some people got it and make it pay, some people can't even give it away." that's why we write about him. everyone else is a satellite revolving around him. tough, but true.

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I went and looked at Simon's ceremony on the walk of fame. It was touching. It's on youtube now.

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Hi all! Thanks for your comments on my post. Huisclothes, Huisclothes, Huisclothes! Ithink you missed the finer points. The spotlight was not by choice, it was dictated by the situation. If my daughter was scared of the boogie man, I would have slept under for bed for a week to show her there was no such a thing! My gifts and talents were not the point, we all have those! I just did not want my daughter to be mesmerized by the same gifts and talents she already possesses and never knew she had. THE JOURNEY TO GET HER TO THAT POINT WAS.......AMAZING!