The Mentalist s6 ep 8



Argh!!!!! But before we get to the end of “Red John”, I guess we talk about the beginning and the middle.

The CBI’s been shut down, FBI Agent Shouty’s threatening the tight-lipped Lisbon and the gang, and Jane’s gone AWOL. Meanwhile, Bertram and Detective Smarmy are swanning around getting up to all sorts (my God, I felt so awful for that poor REDACTED in the petrol station shop.)

Of course, this is all just prologue, though: at some point Jane and John need to meet and the game needs to end. So meet they do and end it does, after all sorts of excitement, including a surprisingly awesome stand-off between the CBI and the FBI (Cho rules, obviously, but Lisbon was pretty spectacular too) and a somewhat implausible but still completely gripping showdown between the two main players. I mean: “You’re an evil, sexually perverted sociopath with delusions of grandeur. The rest is just details.” DUDE.

Yes, I know we didn’t get certain answers, but answers are over-rated. What we did get – finally, after nearly 6 years of waiting – was a taut, thrilling conclusion to the RJ story. After last week’s, I wasn’t at all hopeful about how they’d wrap things up, but actually, if it couldn’t be Bradley Whitford, I’m happy with the Red John and the wrap-up we got after all. Obviously, it helped that both he and Simon Baker were absolutely superb. Ok, the bird thing was bizarre, but the rest: great.

Well, not quite all the rest. That ending. THAT ENDING. THAT’S us till the New Year? B*******S.


17 thoughts on “The Mentalist s6 ep 8

  1. Jed Bartlet December 17, 2013 / 11:03 pm

    I think it works. We’ve been hearing for years how impossibly charismatic and powerful RJ is, and that, frankly, wouldn’t have fitted with any of the other actors who were in the frame. While we haven’t actually seen much on-screen evidence of RJ’s charisma, he’s played by an actor we know to have it in his locker, so it’s about as plausible a selection from the final 7 as it could have been. (And, as I said when he appeared a few weeks ago, you don’t cast him in a bit part.)

    I am very keen to see where the show goes from there.

  2. CJ Cregg December 17, 2013 / 11:16 pm

    You did indeed call it, Jed. And REDACTED certainly brought it this week. He was far and away the best out of the bunch we had and I totally bought him as RJ during the showdown.

  3. Olive December 17, 2013 / 11:21 pm

    Actually, I thought the CBI-FBI was strangely more gripping than Jane and Red John. The interruption by the clearly crazy lady was unnecessary. The chase felt silly to me, too. I’d much rather things had been laid to rest in the church.

    Also, SPOILER……

    Quite difficult for an amateur to strangle someone that way though I understand why it had to be that way rather than a simple shot to the head. (Sorry. TMI, I know).

    Glad RJ cranked up the crazy just in time to channel Bradley Whitford. I just don’t believe he’d ever have been able to hide it that long.

    Strangely dissatisfied but glad they’ve wrapped it up. Presumably next season is all about the fall out and investigation of the Scooby gang. Maybe a little shipping too.

    • CJ Cregg December 17, 2013 / 11:34 pm

      Never mind your logic and your forensic knowledge, Olive. We needed to see Jane’s face as he did the terrible deed! I’m actually a little bit surprised they let him do it: I know he said from season 1 ep 1 that he would, but I thought Agent Shouty and his crew might interrupt and stop him. Or the actual “execution” might be a bit more heat-of-the-moment, and a bit less deliberate if you know what I mean.

  4. Jed Bartlet December 17, 2013 / 11:23 pm

    I believe we leap forward two years for the rest of this season, Olive. I’d be surprised if there’s another season after this one.

  5. CJ Cregg December 17, 2013 / 11:30 pm

    Yeah, I reckon this season will be the last too. I don’t think the investigation and fall-out will take too long, though. This show has a history of skipping through that stuff quite quickly – remember Jane’s trial/acquittal after he killed Bradley?! It was one ep and done.

    Which means the rest of the season…….. *prepares to SHIP as if my life depended on it*

  6. Capt. Harold Dobey December 18, 2013 / 10:17 am

    I like the episode and the wrap up but, and I’m sounding like a scratched record here*, he’s not RJ.

    He’s certainly an actor capable of playing RJ. And it did come through in the final scenes. He’s not the man who seduced Rosalind (Alicia Witt.) That guy never had complete control of the DoJ computer network. I think he’d rather have gone huntin’ ‘n’ fishin’ rather than kill folk.

    This felt like finding the one armed man had all his limbs.

    Good closure for Jane and I’m glad for that. It’s the only way it could have ended.

    I hope the post-RJ re-jig** can give the ratings a boost and get us another season, however I’m not sure it won’t just be a regular, “FEDERAL AGENTS!” show.

    * one for the old folk there.
    ** don’t think it’s any secret folk are leaving and folk are coming in. How cool a name is Rockmond?

    • CJ Cregg December 18, 2013 / 7:58 pm

      I was thinking about the computer thing during the ep, Capt and came to the view he didn’t need to personally take control of the DOJ network – all he needed was one of his Blake Association minions in the DOJ with the necessary skills and access to the network to do it for him? Like he got whoever he had in CBI to set that guy in CBI custody alight etc. I think that explanation fits for most of his RJ feats. He’s like the boss, delegating all the technical jobs to the junior staff….

      I appreciate he won’t have delegated the seduction of Rosalind though – I think he could have done it.

      I may just be delighted it wasn’t the useless Bertram, mind you.

  7. Capt. Harold Dobey December 18, 2013 / 9:02 pm

    And then there’s – quoting from memory – I’m suprised you didn’t become friends when you first shook hands.

    Erm, probably didn’t even notice him. Bet he’s got a right limp handshake.

    I just wanted him to be a Tommy Volker type character.

    I knew it would come to this.

  8. Ace_Of_Wands December 20, 2013 / 5:42 pm

    So, guys, where’s our moral compass here? We’re quite happy for our loveable hero to kill someone, albeit RJ (supposedly), with his bare hand(s), as part of an avenging angel, vigilante type denouement?

    What happened to the justice system? Or does everyone just sort out their own grievances with violence? That way lies anarchy and chaos. This isn’t Dexter.

    I think that the writers created a monster (RJ) that became too big for the programme, and they didn’t know what to do with it. Any showdown was bound to be an anti-climax, but there would have been uproar if they’d just dropped it, and hoped the viewers would forget. It became an albatross round their necks, so they decided to try and draw a line under the whole Red John thing, which never really tied in with the general dynamic of the programme, and move on.

    The whole gang of 7 thing was very unsatisfactory, and none of them were Red John to my way of thinking. As I say, they just wanted Red John gone asap, and to regroup.

    So where do we go from here, with 14/15 episodes still left in the season? If it degenerates into a Jane and Lisbon love-fest, I will…whatever. There has always been a dark side to Patrick. What I would like to see is some detail of the effects of all this on our damaged, flawed hero/murderer, without just going back to cutesy, jokey mode. I don’t think that is going to happen, though.

  9. Jed Bartlet December 20, 2013 / 7:49 pm

    It’s a fair point, Ace. But on the other side of the argument Jane has always been clear that when he finds RJ he will kill him, and in pursuit of that has done some pretty amoral things in the past. I think that The Mentalist spends so much time being relatively frivolous (insofar as any show about catching murderers can be) it’s sometimes easy to forget that Jane has a sliver of ice in his soul (to recycle something I said nearly three years ago), and it’s never gone away, nor has the show ever pretended that it has.

    What you make of it is really according to taste. Personally, I’m quite pleased that Jane (and the show) didn’t equivocate at the last minute by turning RJ over to the police, but I can see why others might not be comfortable with it.

  10. Jed Bartlet December 20, 2013 / 7:55 pm

    But I do agree about RJ. He long ago turned from a one-man psycho killer into a multinational conglomerate, presumably as the show kept getting renewed and the writers kept putting off the day of reckoning, which meant that the show was backed into a corner. I don’t think there was any way out of that which would have been entirely satisfactory, and as you say he couldn’t simply be forgotten.

    At least they cast an actor with a screen presence to play him, rather than pretending that Bertram (or whoever) would have had the nuts to convince dozens of people to follow him.

  11. Capt. Harold Dobey December 20, 2013 / 11:11 pm

    Indeed, we’ve always known what the outcome would be.

    And as much as I’m sure we all big supporters of the justice system there’s always been (until recently) that the cops obey the law. And there’s always that last minute stand down when the detective hands the bad guy over. Yet killing, probably rightly, has been that last taboo. Other rules have been broken except this one.

    I think it was quite brave. Sure, a Wire or a Shield would do it, but this is still a basic network prime time police procedural. This isn’t something it was supposed to do.

    And it’s great that it does provoke debate like this and doesn’t end up like some talk radio show.

    In the same position as Jane, I would hope I would obey the rule of law.

    As for Jane, a half decent public defender could have got him off on a self-defence. I mean, he defended himself on a blatant murder.

    I always thought (sure I read it somewhere) that the plan was a full seven seasons of Red John right to the end.

  12. Ace_Of_Wands February 25, 2014 / 12:44 pm

    Return of The Mentalist. Yay. Ding, dong Red John is dead. Clear the decks for a new start. I just know I’m going to be disappointed. Again. Simon Baker is now directing, apparently.

  13. Jed Bartlet February 25, 2014 / 12:47 pm

    Indeed, Ace: our preview will be up presently…

  14. Kay20 February 12, 2016 / 7:29 am

    Hmmm…I didn’t like the bird bit (really, a bird?!), but overall I loved the stand off between the CBI and FBI. And Jane turning a new leaf. I’m curious as to where this goes, and I like Jisbon, and I know where that goes, so I’m happy.

    I just love the little wink wink nudge nudge moments this show has.

  15. Jed Bartlet February 12, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    Ah yes; takes me back to Unpopcult’s Great Jisbon War of 2009-2015, until I bowed to the inevitable.

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