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Review: The Mentalist - Red Scare

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Oct 30th 2009 12:57PM
The Mentalist
(S02E05) "Spooky!" - Patrick Jane

As soon as the introduction sequence played out, I was excited at the thought of seeing how Patrick Jane and more down-to-earth Lisbon would deal with a spooky case.

I knew Lisbon would not believe in ghosts but what about Jane? Would he believe in them for real or would he fake believing in them for the case or would he not believe in them at all?

This spooky episode, perfect for Halloween time, also finally (!) gave us some relationship advancement between Rigsby and Van Pelt.

About mid-episode, Jane claims that spirits are smoke and mirrors and that's all that they are. This fact added to his answer to the question Foster's wife asked at the end of the episode clearly shows that Jane doesn't believe in spirits and ghosts. No matter his beliefs, Jane says that if someone thinks ghosts exists then, they do for that person.

It makes sense that Jane doesn't truly believe in ghosts since he is not a real medium. It's also no surprise that he is opened to others believing in spirits since Jane is pretty much opened to anything and everything, which comes in handy when he helps on a case because he doesn't have a closed mind.

In the hope it will help break the case, Jane plays along and asks the team to question suspects about Beckworth's ghost. Of course, Lisbon wants nothing to do with ghosts and orders the team not to ask this type of question. Lisbon should know by now that when Jane is set on something, he'll find a way to make it happen.

I really enjoyed the episode because it wasn't too serious and was filled with ghost stories, secret passages, a secret treasure as well as legends. Thanks to Jane's instincts, quick thinking, ability to connects the dots, etc., we quickly discovered that:
  • The mansion is not haunted. There is a panel that allows people to flicker the lights, change their voice so it's spookier, appear as if they are a ghost, etc.
  • There are secret passages and they were used to get the bootleg alcohol out of the mansion as well as used by the killer to get inside.
  • The secret treasure does exist but it was not money or a prized piece of art.... it was alcohol. A fitted treasure for someone who made a fortune with alcohol.

It was fun to see Jane point the finger many times at poor Deputy Fisher. He looked too clueless to pull out a stunt like the one needed to scare and kill Foster. I was sure that Victoria would end up being the culprit but that's because she was played by recognizable Frances Fisher and her character had good reasons to want Foster out of the equation. Most of the time when someone recognizable guest cast on an episode, that person ends up being the murdered. Well, not this time.

Did you know the nephew was the killer? I didn't see it coming. It didn't totally surprise me since the nephew felt a bit fishy but I would have suspected the historian before the nephew. Imagine what it would have done to his business if he had found a treasure?

We finally got relationship development between Rigsby and Van Pelt!!! Go Rigsby for telling her he loved her. Sadly for them, Jane ruined the moment. The best part of this storyline, expcet when Rigsby and Van Pelt finally kissed at the end, was when Cho told in a cold tone to Rigsby that he should tell her again he loved her. I love Cho and his honest and good aura!

What did you think of the episode? Did it entertain you as much as it entertained me? Are you happy Rigsby and Van Pelt are finally together? Share your comments below.

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Will

I figured it was the nephew, but only because that actor once played a phycho on Without a Trace. Also, he seemed so innocent that I thought it was probably misdirection. One thing I caught that I didn't find believable, when Cho & Rigsby found the wine cellar, a comment was made that the wine was too old & therefore probably not any good ( I'm paraphrasing here). Really? Who is that dumb? Maybe if it was said by kids or even teenagers, but what adult doesn't know rare wine can be quite valuable? Still, I enjoyed the episode.

October 30 2009 at 11:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chris

The ever growing Psych and Mentalist Feud is growing. There are at least 3 or 4 Psych episodes that are pretty close to this case. The Hunted Sorority House one off the top of my head.

Granted the two shows are awesome but you have to love how Psych puts in jabs. "Go home and Watch a Simon Baker Biography " Mentalist Spoilers on Shawn's Computer, etc.

I think it would hilarious if somehow the two shows crossed paths!

October 30 2009 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
plinstrot

I really liked this episode. I feel like it didn't treat the audience like idiots as most procedurals and like many of the past episodes of the series. Moments where they normally go the cliche route they again went the opposite. It was clear that Jane wouldn't believe in ghosts, and instead of dragging it out all episode, that was revealed less than half way through. It was also clear Lisbon was in on the con at the end, and in stead of waiting till the final scene where the villain is revealed (like has happened many times before) the writers didn't feel the need to trick the audience and showed us right away that she was in on it. Also, the moment where Rigsby is about to tell Van Pelt how he feels then stops (like has happened many times before) then quickly changes his mind and lays it all out there was refreshing for a show/type of show that often thrives on keeping everything the status quo.

October 30 2009 at 5:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
EG

I thought it was good, but I didn't like that Jane gave no comfort to the wife by telling her the dead knew nothing.
I liked how Jane let everybody know that the treasure was the wine.

October 30 2009 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
miles

Once again we see Jane being cruel with the deputy by pointing the finger at him for his own entertainment. There is no other point to this.

October 30 2009 at 2:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jeff

Seemed to me like the show was making fun of itself.

The moment I saw the deputy character, he seemed a bit creepy and I thought it was going to be yet another episode where the killer ends up being someone from the police who's introduced in the first scene.

But just as soon as I'd made that guess, Jane blurts it out as a joke. Got a good chuckle out of me.

November 01 2009 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lorie

Early on, I guessed it was the nephew, but no biggie.

Yay, Rigsby! He finally told Grace he loved her. When Jane interrupted them, I actually yelled out "Damn you, Jane." I loved the fact that she made the first move when they finally kissed at the end. AWESOME!

October 30 2009 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stephanie P.

I loved this episode! I did guess pretty early on that it was the nephew, but figuring out the murderer early on rarely ruins my enjoyment. I thought it was an all-around fun episode.

October 30 2009 at 1:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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