The Mentalist: Scarlett Fever
by Debra McDuffee, posted Feb 18th 2009 1:50AM
(S01E15) The Mentalist never fails to entertain, even when the case is obvious. There was something about the writing or directing of this show early in the season; I could peg every killer nearly the moment he or she was onscreen, because of the weird shifty thing they did.
Well, that didn't happen in this episode; instead, they dropped the biggest, most obvious clue in the history of procedurals. I kept hoping that it was a red herring, but no. I'm not saying that I didn't enjoy this episode; I loved the twists and turns the case took, but I hated knowing, absolutely knowing, who the killer was, in that different way than just the shifty stuff.
OK, Nicole Trager ... um, I mean Heather did it. It was so obvious! The second she told Jane about her daughter that died in a car crash because she was high, we knew the neighbor drug dealer bought it as revenge. The twist with Patience as the new drug dealer was a good one (got her killed, but whatever), but still did not throw me off the trail. Was anyone else whacked over the head with the knowledge of the killer this week?
The setup at the end was good; I love it when they are ahead of the game and know how to outwit the killer. But the shining Mentalist moment was when Jane asked Heather, "Now that it's done, does it feel better?" You know that he asked this because he really wanted to know the answer. We know his lust for vengeance with Red John. Do you think that Heather's answer, "It doesn't change a thing," will have an affect on Jane's actions in the future?
Other things worth mentioning:
- Jane and Lisbon arguing while the suspect was in a trance was quirky and charming.
- Van Pelt kicked some ass when she took the lead on the interview with Asra ... way to go Grace!
- Jane, always connecting with someone from the victim's family, was so charming with the kid Oscar and his make-believe talk.
- Rigsby and the older women was a riot; what was that look on Pelt's face when he had a date with Jackie at the end? Jealousy perhaps....