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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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HC: That link shows up Not available on my computer. Sorry about that.

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god HC how am I going to sleep now! as it's slowed down, you can clearly see they put their tongue and everything! usually Simon's kisses are less invasive.
no wonder she enjoyed it lol

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@bonaduz shorty robe is a camp way of saying short robe. it may be limited to a population of my family when i was growing up but you would definitely come off as making fun of a robe that you called shorty.

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my pleasure, I found it so cute! well ok I'm repeating myself over and over again.
will be off soon.

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correction: your link.

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mimi: Loved you link! He doesn't know where to look or how to sit, he's so embarassed! Cute. Thank's for that tip. I hadn't seen it yet.

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yes Robin's dress was maybe not the best choice.. she's so thin though, could wear anything. I figured out we are probably the same height as she's short. I know simon is 1m77 and you can clearly see Lisbon is about 20cm shorter, if you remove her heals. if only I could have her figure!

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yes we read the same thing huisclothes. his smile at the beginning is priceless, when they're having coffee at Starbucks and she come sup with an excuse to leave him. what a beautiful smile. It's funny because when I see a pic of him smiling, I can tell if it's an acting smile meaning Simon acting or real simon, he definitely not smiles the same way, esp when he's embarrassed. see the video link I put? I love that embarrassed smile, I guess that's what made me want to see more of him, he's humble and I love that in a man.

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HC: as you guessed, I'm no fashion queen! Thanks for the lesson. I'll watch prada again and pay attention to everybody's clothes. It's not important to me and so I do not pay enough attention - but I'll change that. Also what you said about Robin Tunney's outfit at the star ceremony... Wouldn't have noticed, but now that you mentioned it, I see what you mean.

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@bonaduz the way simon looks in that scene in the white room in sex and death 101. exquisite. every shot of that miracle of a face in that movie is a masterpiece.
@mimi i bet they had a crush on him. also, i think it was a heavily female production so a lot of girls were staring at him all day. he said that he had to tan himself to a crisp so that they could expose for him as well as the african american cast. he said that wherever he went during the filming, people told him he was overdoing the tanning and that he looked crazy. i actually think it was overdone and in some shots, he's too dark -- just looks fried. i think since playing that role, he has become a bit of a boy toy to african american women.