The Mentalist: Bloodshot
by Debra McDuffee, posted Mar 18th 2009 2:09AM
(S01E16) "My other senses are heightened. They're super-heightened. I'm like Daredevil." -- Jane on his blindness
Now, this was an interesting episode of The Mentalist. We veered from the formula a bit, and I liked it. We got to find out a lot more about Jane's past, albeit Red John-free. Sadly, this episode was fairly Cho-free, as well, but we did get a lot of Rigsby / Van Pelt payoff.
Mostly what this episode was about, though, was Jane's questionable past: the lies he told to people, the money he unabashedly took, and the lives he ruined with his greed and his false representation of his psychic abilities. Jane is clearly carrying around a lot more guilt than just his family being killed, although that was obviously the defining moment for Jane.
It was interesting that the whole Carol Gentry piece was shown. It wasn't even really a red herring; it was solely there to show us the damage that Jane had done when he was John Edwards-ing. His lies caused a woman to commit suicide. Hmmm... so maybe in retrospect, this scene did tie into the bigger picture, showing us that if Jane can drive a woman to suicide, he can drive a man to murder.
But really, because you had to stop playing soccer with the movie stars' kids? Get a life, Dan. But that anger sure kicked Rigsby's derriere! He went from geeky to creepy in a split second. Either way, it got us a blind guy driving and a near-kiss with Van Pelt and Rigsby, so it wasn't all bad.
I really enjoyed stepping out of the formula this week -- what did you think?
Other things worth mentioning:
- That first scene was so hard to watch. Can you imagine, knowing you were about to blow up and no one could save you in time? And how about the feelings of helplessness on the part of Jane and Lisbon? Yikes.
I almost wonder if Jane's blindness was emotional.
- Lisbon was pretty badass with the taser on Terence Andrews. I love seeing that side of her; she's so straight most of the time.
- OK, we get that you're blind, Jane, but what's with the Stevie Wonder head-bob?
- I'm wondering about the lemon thing. Jane knew that Andrews was innocent because he smelled lemony, and "clean, righteous anger is lemony." So then we see Jane drinking the lemon water and throwing it out. I'm not quite making the connection, but I think there's something there. Anyone?