Review: The Mentalist - Black Gold and Red Blood
by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 6th 2009 2:40AM
(S02E06) "No takebacks!" - Jane, to the killer, about her confession
So this episode had two things that scare the hell out of me: prison and mice. I think we all view prison as a place that would freak us out if we ever found ourselves in one. I hate the very thought of being in that situation. I think I'd try to escape like Jane did tonight. What's the worst that could happen, they'd send you to prison?
As for mice, I have a few every winter in my apartment. They come in through the wall behind the fridge looking for warmth and food. Really irritating and gross.
And this episode had both of those things. Gah.
Sometimes The Mentalist is a really unbelievable show, meaning a lot of the stuff that happens is rather unbelievable. Tonight we saw Jane sent to prison for putting the bug in Bosco's office, but I'm not sure if that would happen so quickly in real life. Then we have Jane break out of jail easier than, well, pretending to be knocked out so you could be taken to a prison infirmary (used 1000 times in other movies and TV shows). And then Jane is lucky enough that there's no one in the infirmary except one guard (he sent two other guards back to their posts) and that guy is helpfully scared of mice (like me) and happens to back up into a room that Jane can lock him in. Like I said, unbelievable.
But entertaining! That's the main thrust of every Mentalist episode. Inside the plot structure, there's Simon Baker's great performance and some clever lines and a great supporting cast. Plot is often overrated in stories.
This is one of the few episodes of The Mentalist where viewers could actually put the pieces together like Jane did. I didn't catch the glitter on the dad's face when he visited the jail, the same glitter that was on the murder victim's face. I think it means that CBI is completely helpless without Jane. He has to break out of prison to solve the case.
- When Jane broke out of jail and got one of his nice suits, my thought was "how the hell did he get a change of clothes?" I didn't think they would answer that question, and ... well, they didn't. But at least Cho actually asked him the question (asking as a stand-in for home viewers), and Jane was about to answer before he was distracted by Lisbon. That was clever.
- The Lisbon/Bosco relationship became a little clearer tonight (and muddier at the same time), and in doing so it deepened the show a bit. We now know that Bosco isn't just some nasty villain, but we also know that something happened between Lisbon and Bosco that they've been keeping secret and she used the info to force him to release Jane from jail. So we know that there's a big secret in their past and we also know that Lisbon really does have some feelings for Jane.
- Next week's episode shows Jane and Bosco having to work closely together on a case. You knew that plot was coming.
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