The Mentalist: Paint it Red
by Debra McDuffee, posted Jan 19th 2009 2:35PM
(S01E13) The opening of this episode was the Jane that I love -- random, bizarre, smart and observant, with no regard for convention. Did you catch the way he hammered away at Frank, the guy who found the dead body (Harry Lashley) with the woman he was having sex with?
Jane continued to be fun and outrageous throughout "Paint it Red," which made it one of the more entertaining episodes in a while for me. The case was relatively interesting, but Jane was so upbeat, divergent and ahead of the team -- love that! -- and the interactions amongst the team were top notch.
Jane was so spot on, knowing that Frank dragged the body out of the boss' office. "That's not policework, that's guessing." But does it really matter, because Jane is always right! "Who is this guy?" asks Frank about Jane. Lisbon retorts, ""A pain in the ass, but he's making sense. Are you sure you don't want to change your statement?"
One of my favorite parts of "Paint it Red" was when Jane and Van Pelt went to the forger's studio, posing as an engaged couple. Van Pelt begged him not to embarrass her, and he goes on to do just that. Could he have acted like a bigger jerk? No complaints from me, because it was hilarious and Van Pelt's reactions were priceless. And all Jane does is smile through it all. Love that guy.
It was also perfect the way Jane played Rigsby and got him to go to the Russian's house with him. It was surprising and amusing that Cho went, too. The little things in this scene are what made it work: Jane calling Cho from the back seat, Jane playing the Russian and getting access to his painting, and Cho and Rigsby being too scared to call Lisbon and tell her what they'd done. "I just robbed a Russian mobster and you can't call Lisbon?" says Jane to Cho and Rigsby.
We can't forget the ever-present connection that Jane makes with the family of the victim. Jane tells off the father (AP Caid), admitting that he had a dead daughter so he couldn't understand why AP would put his paintings before his daughter. He apologizes later, but AP admits there was some truth in it. Jane knew exactly what he was doing, and one step ahead of everyone else is just where I like Jane.
It was a clever way to catch the killer, too, because Jane knew that Kathryn knew the painting was a fake, so when she didn't bother to go after it when he threw it in the fire, he knew he'd caught her.
Other things worth mentioning:
- Jane could tell the dead guy, Harry, was a musician and also what kind, based on the ridges on his fingers.
- The forger put the funniest markers in his fakes so they could never be sold as the original: machine guns and TV aerials.
- Lisbon knew Van Pelt was covering for the guys when she said Rigsby was out on a date. "Rigsby's not on a date because he's in love with you." Van Pelt, as usual, was embarrassed that everyone knew.
- Jane's manipulations are so subtle sometimes, like in the end when he is teasing the guys into thinking the fake painting may be the real one.