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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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yes. despicable. and she says it with a slight lisp which teresa always gets in her voice when she's on the verge of tears. dith-pic-able. she shakes it off quick but she's very emotional and upset. at the end of red john's footsteps, she struggles with her words in the same way.

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Bonaduz, I rewatched it as I thought it could totally fit but what I hear is "you're just..." I hear "just" but I don't know.. It must be a word I already know..to me it's definitely not despicable.

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@bonaduz saw "not forgotten." on the interesting side but ultimately, not a good film. simon is in beautiful shape. it's also one of the two movies where he wears a stupid shorty robe. (the other being sex and death 101.) i don't know men who wear that kind of thing. especially standing around in his bedroom with his wife. also in red handed, they put him in pajamas. really? patrick packed pajamas? understand why they show very little of his body. it's a great metaphor for his sexual unavailability. but pajamas? have you seen margin call? that's a fine ensemble film. simon plays a really bad guy. he's proud of that role. la confidential and devil wears prada probably round out that list. look at his bio, that's what he features. that's why i cringed for him when the host at the ceremony tried to force applause for all the films that simon hates.

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mimi, I think she says "despicable".

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I shouldnt think about it now. I so hope I'll find a link quickly and will not have to wait for hours to find one.. basically when the episode is broadcast, it is 7am for me. Last time I found a link at 9.30 if I remember correctly. But once I had to wait until late afternoon, made me crazy!

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hehe HC you are so much better than a dictionary! I love it! You seem to have a huge knowledge about words, did you study linguistics? I know the word crap and use it a lot, didn't know it was unappropriate in some situations, well obviously I know it's slang but.. when I say something is crap I often use it for a song, sthg I have seen.. or heard.. it was crap..
oh and I wanted to ask.. when they are in the Church, I guess you're like me and have seen that episode a thousand times and certainly know the quotes by heart, well when Jane tells Lisbon about his plan etc and she's all worked up and says sthg I can't quite understand, I thought it was ignoble but it sounds like she says bigable and can't figure what it is, she says "god you're just???" you remember? I'm just curious.. Bonaduz, I haven't seen that movie, will have a look.. Yes now we have to get prepared for the next episode, it's coming!!! I think the next one is on 3.3 so another two weeks in between but I shouldn't think about it now.

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@mimi love that you're getting vocabulary from these posts. crummy is a colorful way of saying bad or terrible. it's casual and a bit vintage. crappy is a more than colorful. it's scatological (crap, crapper) and therefore improper in many contexts. as an example, fifteen years ago, you wouldn't hear it on network tv. now patrick says "crap, there's a dead body in here." but you wouldn't say it in church. (like "you son of a bitch.") when patrick said, "crap," he used it as an expletive ("sh-t" "f-ck") so you're prepared for it to be strong and improper. crap as an expletive is fun because, at this point, it's so much gentler than the usual expletives -- therefore, it's camp. like, "fig for protocol" bruno's british-y substitute for f-ck. crummy car is almost child-like. crappy car is angrier. ok, i'll stop.

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Totally agree with your filmologie, mimi, HC and rationalgal! Has anyone seen Not forgotten? Weird movie, I have to say and quite brutal in some parts. But Simon must have been seriously working out for that role - he is showing off a very nice body in that movie.
I'm looking foreward to see I give it a year. Looks funny. But first a few more epi of TM on TV - looking foreward to that too!

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I'm watcing Crimson hat (4*24) I know it by heart now lol anyway I love how Jane puts his hand on Lorelei's head as to protect her from the animal show because she's scared. cute isnt it?
oh and how damn cute he is in that episode!

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
almost there!!! almost there!!!!!!!we can now start the countdown! 34 hours to go!!! we can do it lol thank you ani for your suggestions!

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