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

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@anitraward1 funny.

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Patience grasshopper.

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Are we there yet?

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oops, that last was to KM!

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@huisclothes While I did not like Robin's dress much, too short in front, her knees are not her best feature, at least not framed by that dress. the real problem was the shoes. They were WAY too high for that dress, the styles just did not match to me.

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@huisclothes,
When you watch the walk of fame ceremony you can here his wife say that the camera makes the boys, especially the youngest, uncomfortable. That they are like her that way. Maybe it is all the hollering to turn right, turn left, et cetera. Because in that now removed Going Troppo (about Tropfest and John Polson) she was delightful, relaxed, and very real. By the way there are some really touching snaps of her watching Simon's speech.
Re Robin's dress it looked lovelier in some snaps and others not so. I think she looks best form fitting clothes. Her outfit at the 100th celebration accentuated her figure well. I like her in solids. I've always been with you on the opinion she looks good with bangs. I like her with curls too.

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I really love that family picture from the star ceremony @huisclothes, Simon's has each of his girls around the waist, Rebecca is touching the youngest, Stella is touching the other boy who is leaning against his little brother. It's just a warm, close family scene, makes me smile to look at it. Totally get the little ray of hope you have for renewal of the series, I feel the same. Brett's does look like a little part, but what a shock, some people won't have a clue who he is. I didn't by either character or screen name until I looked up a clip and then said, oh, that guy? I hope they're not just jerking our chain, I'm about worn out from that. Have a little mercy, writers!

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@entwife looks like brett partridge will make a brief appearance considering how far down he is in the credits. wonder when lorelei shows up again.
after yesterday's news from les moonves about cbs not doing a lot of new shows, i have allowed myself a little optimism about the future of the show. not quite doing the snoopy dance yet but not as down in the dumps.

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@entwife looked at the clip. really enjoyed it.
took a look at the still photo of simon and family at the hollywood star ceremony.
stella looks just like him. eyes. smile. face shape. hair.
rebecca rigg always seems a little stiff to me. not a natural in front of the camera like simon.
feel like the boys really favor their mother. the older boy is just on the edge of really maturing. he has light eyes. the little boy is cute but always seems a little out of it. don't know what it is but something about him is off the curve.

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@entwife brett partridge? no sh-t? hope it's not him. maybe they're parading back a whole bunch of people from the past, ray hafner, cbi ron and now brett partridge to mess with us?
brett partridge is one of the usual suspects rounded up in these posts. i've never been satisfied with the prospect of anyone we've seen turning out to be red john and jane certainly didn't shake the guy's hand.

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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