The Mentalist: Crimson Casanova
by Debra McDuffee, posted Feb 11th 2009 1:06AM
(S01E14) "There's no business like Cho business." -- Patrick Jane
I'm not quite sure how The Mentalist does it. At the beginning of every episode, I want to think that it's just a typical procedural and that nothing really sets it apart. Usually, it is Simon Baker who wins me over and makes me think differently. However, tonight it was all Cho.
We started off with Cho questioning Walcott about his wife Claire's murder. When the weasel threatens Cho's job if he doesn't give the name of Claire's lover, saying that he can have Cho's job with one phone call, Cho deadpans, "That's impressive. The best I can get with one phone call is a pizza."
Now, I never thought I'd see Cho as a swinger, but that was one hell of a makeover Jane gave him, wasn't it? And what a surprise, he was a natural pickup artist. I think, for a moment, I might have even been convinced that Cho was having a little fun with the role. And reminiscent of Jane connecting with the families involved with the case, we see Cho connecting with Katie, talking her through her misery in love. Sure, he tells her to seek psychiatric help, but it's Cho doing his Cho thing.
Other things worth mentioning:
- How could Jane have thought that comparing women to accordions would be a compliment?
- Jane does it again with his pulse reading, but he took it to a whole new level when he used Natalie's pulse as the divining rod to find the hidden pictures of Claire and Fricke.
- Next to Cho, Jane's face-flick to Walcott was the best scene in the episode. Can you think of a worse way to degrade someone in front of their cigar-smoking, liquor-swilling buddies as they are demanding respect?
- Jane always gets personally involved, and he just can't let the case go without throwing the drink in Fricke's face and telling him what a dope he is when a good woman like Katie loves him so much.
- This was a really interesting case. I can't say I was surprised by who the killer was (he did that "shifty" thing so I knew there was something going on), but there were a lot of twists and turns, and I wasn't thinking that I knew who did it and why through the entire episode.