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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)

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morning mimi. well i'm up all night so i don't wake till early afternoon. simon was considered for 007 but was immediately rejected as too short -- he says this himself. he would have been great. would have brought back the humor to the role. but i guess people prefer these self-serious, technological granfalloons instead.
that being said, being very tall helps a man tremendously in career. most ceo's are tall. if simon was 6'2", he would rule the world.

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re: simon on the daily show. when jon stewart says: "now, i'm not a gay man, but i'm undressing you with my eyes." i think the ladies backstage were doing cartwheels. simon replied, "now what am i supposed to do with that?" stewart immediately started backpedaling like a madman -- talking about simon's new baby (who was backstage) and what a keeper the kid was. think he felt bad that he might have seemed to be implying that simon was gay. anyway, he kept up that the "wow, you are some fecund procreator" for the rest of the interview. funny. just supports my feeling that something in the way simon's face is put together creates a lizard brain reaction -- even in men. and it scares them.

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hey HC you're up! I don't want my man to be to tall but 20 cm taller is perfect, dont want to have to stand on my toes to kiss him. and at the same time I want him taller to nestle into his arms "naturally" well you get what I mean..

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re: being petite. a small friend's grandmother always said to her, "now you can dance with all the boys." cute comment from a buy gone era but wise.
tim kang is on record as 5"8". he looks to be 2 inches shorter than simon (purportedly 5'10". what this proves i don't know but i'm a bundle of facts. also, my hub is five ten and i find this a good height for all practical purposes.

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ive just rewatched sex and death and liked it more this time, some parts are funny, what made me laugh my ass off was when Miranda broke her neck, so funny.

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Thank you Km, I don't mind being short, the down side is that when I put on one kilo, it shows, also I look much younger, probably partly because of my height. The other day I wanted to buy a lottery ticket and here you must be over 18 to do so (or is it 16?) and the seller asked for my ID (Im 31) and it's happened so many times it's really frustrating. Most people say oh that's amazing but it's not, it will be when I'm 50 if I still look much younger.
also when I started a former job, I had a meeting at the human ressources and the admin there, when I turned up exclaimed "I expected to see a young woman and here you are, a little girl" something along those lines. I thought I was going to kill her, I was 25 then. anyway have all a nice day with your kids then!

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@bonaduz,
Happy birthday to your son. Enjoy fishing. @Mimi,
I bet you were charming. My sister-in-law is 1m 47 and her husband 1m 93. They are dramatic together. The difference between my better half and I isn't as spectacular (1m 98 to my 1m 70). I've got to drive my eldest up into the forest, their team has a 14 km run. Cheers!

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yes KM definitely! there's a UK singer I love whom I knew was short (1m68) and when I met him it struck me even more, TV can be deceiving!

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btw I'm very short 1m56 and my cousin is almost 2m high! lol it was funny at school because we were in the same class and everyone used to laugh seeing how different we looked, quite the opposite also because she has dark brown hair and mine is blond. we do share resemblance though, probably our eyes.

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*sorry meant ice fishing!