The Mentalist: Russet Potatoes
by Debra McDuffee, posted Apr 1st 2009 12:38AM
(S01E18) This was a fun episode of The Mentalist, reminiscent of parts of the psychic episode, "Seeing Red," in that we got to see Jane in a comfort zone of his, something that he knows well. The difference is that Jane believes in hypnosis.
And we got to see Jane do his thing tonight ... his hypnosis thing anyway. He was clever enough to put the tracer in Rigsby's pocket, but my favorite episodes of The Mentalist are when Jane knows whodunnit ahead of time and sets them up. When Jane is a step -- or two -- ahead of everyone else, he shines.
Jane might not have known who the murderer was, but did you? I didn't get it right away, but as soon as they found out that Rigsby was in a trance, I had my suspicions. There were only so many people he talked to, and jealousy is always a good motive. As always, they had some good red herrings, with the charming Rick Teigler and good ol' Dr. Daniels himself.
The strength of this episode, though, was Jane working on Rigsby, trying to get him out of his trance. Jane was in tune with everything, looking for the trigger, letting Rigsby do what he needed to do. And then the dance between Rigsby, Jane and the murderer was masterful. Lindsay cries ocean, Jane cries shark. Jane's finely tuned observation skills help him find the trigger just in time, and the scene plays out.
Other things worth mentioning:
- What did you think of the Rigsby / Van Pelt kiss? I like that they throw us a bone here and there without the tedium of having them actually get together.
- Speaking of Van Pelt, what a spunky little thing! Her comeback to Dr. Daniel was priceless: "I've been working with Patrick Jane for nine months; you're going to have to up your game."
- Lisbon's quote about the sign, Get What You Want From Whoever You Want, that it may be a scam, "not to mention bad grammar" ... nice.