The Mentalist s6 ep 6

Question: what if it wasn’t actually Red John who bumped off REDACTED last week, but someone else? Could it not be a(nother?) Tiger, Tiger or even another person spying on Jane like Kirkland did?

Just wondering. Not that this week’s episode or Jane himself entertains those possibilities. Nope, “Fire and Brimstone” has Patrick in obsessive, “eyes on the prize” mode, the prize being the man with the tattoo, whoever he may be. And the ep itself is just as sharp and focussed as Jane is: with guest appearances from the entire RJ Suspects Club, a Jisbon moment in the sunset which I’ve decided was heartfelt even if it was also incredibly manipulative (bad Jane!), and a fantastically tense last few minutes, it’s terrific. A quietly fraught, uneasy atmosphere throughout, a great performance from Simon Baker, and another few steps toward unmasking RJ: loved it.

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9 thoughts on “The Mentalist s6 ep 6

  1. Capt. Harold Dobey December 5, 2013 / 6:17 pm

    Another Agatha Christie tea party. This time with the least enigmatic people in California, none of whom could possibly command the devotion that RJ gets.

    Nice to see Malc back. He must have been away filming a “mobil” phone ad.

    And seriously. Jane didn’t think the tattoo thing through? The most astute man in the world who notices everything?

  2. Ace_Of_Wands December 5, 2013 / 11:54 pm

    That is also the poorest tattoo I have ever seen. 3 dots??? Must have cost £1. In total. In the market.

    • CJ Cregg December 5, 2013 / 11:59 pm

      Have to give you that. It is a crap tattoo. I’m assuming the three dots must symbolise something specific like three particular dead people or three steps to hell or the three Stooges or something, though. Surely….

      Was it really only me that thought it was a great ep, though?!

  3. Stuart Jones December 6, 2013 / 3:29 am

    So, one shot followed by a massive explosion. I’m guessing Patrick missed his target, possibly due to a struggle, and inadvertently hit his gas boiler. Everyone is dead, and Cho is in charge for the rest of the series. Wow, I didn’t see that coming.

  4. CJ Cregg December 6, 2013 / 7:19 pm

    Hi Stuart – welcome to unpopcult. Interesting plan for the rest of the series… 😉

    • Capt. Harold Dobey December 7, 2013 / 3:34 pm

      Welcome Stuart. Bruno told you his plan, didn’t he?

  5. Jed Bartlet December 6, 2013 / 11:07 pm

    I thought it was a bit plodding, I’m afraid. We know the endgame – the suspects together in a room – and much of what it took to get there was filler. Even the clues (fear of heights, that business with the blood) could have been sketched in more quickly.

    • Capt. Harold Dobey December 7, 2013 / 3:37 pm

      Filler indeed. Going round five people for thirty minutes and asking them to meet you later didn’t really lend itself to good televisual drama.

      And I think this is the one CBS bumped back a week because the NFL game ran late. Wasn’t really worth the extra week wait.

  6. Kay20 December 31, 2015 / 7:40 am

    Yeah, I thought this one was filler too. I didn’t really care how the suspects got there, just get them there.

    Really the entire thing was worth it only for the Jisbon moment (squee!), which also made me want to slap Jane silly (how dare you leave Lisbon behind!), and the final 10 minutes.

    Excited to see where the show goes next episode – the preview (now two years old) gave a ton away.

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