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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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KM I hope I can visit it one day! thank you for your advice! HC that epi with Panzer is one I didn't watch properly, will watch again.

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yes I know but I can hardly notice it. there is another scene with such a yes but I cant remember which.. I can hear it, must be an episode I watched a few times. mmmm I think in a scene with Lorelei..

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@Mimi,
Go see both. They have very, very different ecosystems. Very different types of natural beauty. Can't agree with the 'spoilt' description, because Oz is to vast and some areas of it especially in the interior have never been explored by anyone but the Aboriginals who inhabit the general area. It is the most biologically diverse place on land and the Great Barrier Reef is the most biologically diverse marine area. Tis true that AUS has the lethal flora and fauna and NZ is rather free of that worry.

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took a look at blinking red light again last night. when they did that twist with jane using red john to kill panzer, i thought that was so ingenious and it really planted the seed for what came in the second half of the season and finale - red john establishing a relationship with jane.
it also had some really annoying stuff. jane encouraging lisbon to trust her instincts. "you called it, lisbon! you called it!!" of course, she was wrong. true, she identified some perv who took icky pictures but so had the san joaquin police. if i were lisbon i'd feel patronized. the whole beginning makes me cringe now.
also, jane is full of it when he says this was the only way to stop panzer from killing again. it was? how about having undercover officers track him or set up a decoy victim? great plot twist. shaky foundation.

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'morning, mimi. the "yes" happens when linus wagner hands him the sleeping pill prescription.

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good morning HC! wow your observations are so thorough! I had a look at the pilot to see what you were talking about but can't quite see it. The first time I saw the episode, I thought he really was going to talk about his wife and child and then when he mentioned his borther, I thought oh poor him he has a bad life! little I know he was making it up! I love it how he says "because the tuth is mine", his glance there is priceless.

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ok. now for real minutiae. interesting line reading that is typical of a simon baker performance. he does a sharp inhale on some lines which makes him seem very smart, very self-contained and very sexy. see it in action in the pilot where linus wagner says "everything you told me was pure fiction?" patrick just says "yes' while drawing breath in. so cool.
when panzer asks "do you think i'm stupid," he replies with the same "yes."
you hear this type of line reading sprinkled all over the devil wears prada where christian thompson is doing everything to get anne hathaway off balance. cutting off her lines with his sharp inhale.
i've always been struck by the way parisian girls say "oui." with their breathe on the intake. very sexy, i think.

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yes we're a bit bored arent we?
ok now three days to go...

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It will be so great to have a new episode we can actually discuss!

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oh ok KM I see!
I like my country to be honest, I just fell in love with the UK for many reasons. I love France too, especially the Southern part as I would go there on holiday as a kid-good memories. For a while now I've wanted to visit OZ, the Pacific Ocean, the sea, nature are so appealing. Also a good friend of mine lives there. My best friend says I need to visit New Zealand, much more beautiful and not 'spoilt' like Australia.