The Mentalist: Carnelian Inc.
by Debra McDuffee, posted Mar 26th 2009 12:42AM
(S01E17) "This is a goat turd about six months old." -- Cho, about Jane's "fossilized worm"
Ah, a few things I love about The Mentalist showed up in tonight's episode: a quote from Cho, a setup from Jane, and Lisbon and Jane banter. Top that off with a couple of my favorite guest stars and you've got yourself a fun episode of The Mentalist.
Oh, and we can't forget Jane doing his Jane things: trying to get Rigsby and Van Pelt together in a car for three hours, monologuing about the beauty of the desert, teasing Lisbon and Faulk (the "Boom!" line) and smiling throughout everything.
I liked seeing Jaime Murray, Lila from Dexter, in a role that wasn't completely vile. It makes me have more respect for her as an actress, knowing she isn't the disgusting Lila in real life and that she can play a role very different from Lila successfully. I only wish she had a little more meat to her role.
The only problem with Patrick Fabian showing up as a guest star is that you are almost certain to know he's the killer. Just like Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a ringer to be dead at some point, Patrick Fabian's going to be the baddie. Maybe Veronica Mars has jaded me, but he has been known to play a scumbag more often than not.
How did you feel about the screen time between Lisbon and Jane this week? I like watching their relationship grow; the subtleties the writers grace us with are brilliant. I loved the mind reading exchange, and how Jane assumes Lisbon doesn't really mean no when she tells him not to go and bait the Carnelian folks, because she released Lee, even though she said she wasn't convinced of his innocence.
We then move from the mind reading to the trust issues, and the fact that Jane actually convinced Lisbon to do a trust fall with him shows his skill as a con man -- can you believe she fell for that? Literally? Still, it does reveal how strong their professional relationship really is.
Jane and I figured out whodunnit at the same time this week, although I suspected as soon as Patrick Fabian appeared onscreen. But really, they would have just had the bomb go off unless it was going to be a major plot point that it was somehow a "mistake." The way Jane set up Faulk, though, was his usual Jane cleverness, and I love it when Jane knows the killer ahead of time and traps him.
And Jane, in his usual way, wraps up everything with a little connection to the family. Or I suppose a big connection, seeing as he got Lee and his family 500K. Nice.