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The Mentalist: The Thin Red Line

by Debra McDuffee, posted Nov 26th 2008 1:00AM
opening scene of The Mentalist, The Thin Red Line

(S01E08)
I have a complaint about The Mentalist: there's just not enough Jane for me. Simon Baker is the heart and soul of this show and I crave more screen time for him, and more of the antics we saw in the first couple of episodes. Regardless, this is one great show and I won't hold it against the writers that they are attempting to go deeper with the rest of the cast; a good idea, really.

OK, maybe I have two complaints, and this one is aimed at the director: Is it possible to tell the actor who plays the killer to not be so shifty the second they get screen time? I knew whodunnit so early on that I actually second-guessed myself.

My thought process on who the guilty party was this week went something like this:
  • The second Sam Blakely came onscreen to "discover" the scene of the crime, I said it was him. He was too shifty.
  • Five seconds later, I told myself there was no way it could be that obvious in the first 30 seconds of the show and I was seeing things that weren't really there.
  • At 9:12, I pegged Presiado, the skinny guy in the blue car and the investigating officer, as the killer.
  • When the team suspected him at 9:23, I decided it was too early to be him.
  • With 9:33 came the realization I was right the first time and it was Sam Blakely. It would be fun to see how it all came together.
I liked the conversations between Jane and Grace and Jane and Lisbon this episode. Jane's advice to Grace on how to be a nice bitch was entertaining, but it helped us to get to know Grace a little better. And it's always fun when Jane bests Lisbon. I'm sure he's not bluffing when he says he always knows when she is lying.

Tell me you noticed the mention of the pineapple again. Once, it was a clever shout-out to Psych; now, I'm wondering if we are going to get a mention every week, just like Psych hides a pineapple in every episode. I love it when the writers have fun like this, and it is even more clever when it involves another show, not even on the same network.

This and that:
  • That was one happy baby for being left alone and hungry all night long.
  • We got another interesting character actor this week, in Rick Carris. He was so bold and cocky asnd just plain fun.
  • Jane knew Patrice was the target and not Percell, but I wish we saw more of his thought processes. he was really just like another team member this week, not two steps ahead of everyone else.
  • Loved watching Jane take the pulse of the angry cop, Presiado. Jane, the human lie detector....
I really like the way they show so much respect for the people involved with the cases. I felt for the wife of Blakely, and Jane just wrapped everything up so nicely when he brought them the baby at the end of the show. They were even respectful to Sam, who as the accidental killer, needed the most pity of them all. How sad to kill the sister you never knew you had.

How'd you feel about this episode of The Mentalist? Is it still going strong?

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Marski

I love the fact that there are so many subtle things to pick up on in every episode. Jane's reaction when Lisbon described Presiado as "good-looking" was priceless. Some people have described their relationship in terms pf the same-old same-old mold of so many other mismatched male-female TV partners. But Lisbon and Jane have something much more interesting going on - the connection between them is subterranean, complicit, complex.

November 27 2008 at 8:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DMD

'Psych hides a pineapple in every episode. I love it when the writers have fun like this, and it is even more clever when it involves another show, not even on the same network.' I giggled like a school girl... P.S. Simon Baker is lovely...

November 27 2008 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toymao

I think the purpose of the show is not the "whodunnit" question, it's the "howJanefindsout" what's more interesting. Although in this episode I was very doubtful about Sam, like "It can't be him, he was shocked at the beginning" but I was wrong. :)

Well, the baby was very happy indeed, but you can't expect a filmcrew to starve a baby just to be realistic, and they're too young for acting, so they had a very quiet, and very happy baby. :) Which was absolutely fine by me.

November 26 2008 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kaycee

It amazes me that even though in this show you can tell the killer from a mile away, I love to find out how they figure it all out. Great show!

November 26 2008 at 2:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
La-Di-Dah

Answer: going strong and interesting. I do love when they have Jane flashbacks though. More Red John pronto!
That baby was the cutest ever - I didn't care that she was never hungry or tired or crying.

November 26 2008 at 2:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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