Review: The Mentalist - His Right Red Hand
by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 20th 2009 12:02AM
(S02E08) "God, you're a cold bastard." - Lisbon, to Jane
Wow. Just... wow. I have to hand it to The Mentalist. The previews showed several agents dying and lots of tension and upheaval at CBI. But really, I thought there would be some trick to it. Agents we've never met would be killed or something similar. But they actually killed off regulars! Another agent quits! Two people professed love for one another!
This was like a season finale, really, which makes me really excited to see how this season is going to end.
Really, they could have just killed off several people at CBI and it would have affected the team. But killing people we've seen on the show before (albeit in minor parts -- Dyson and Hicks) was a great idea. I thought it was going to be one of those situations where Bosco -- the one agent injured that is a big part of the show -- would actually end up surviving (especially after Rebecca's second attempt to kill him was foiled). But they actually killed him off. And to have Bosco and Lisbon actually saying that they love each other, that was a nice touch. I wonder what Bosco really said to Jane before he died.
And what about Rebecca? She's been on a few episodes, too. Was there any indication that she was a crazy killer in cahoots with Red John? I was knocked out by her being the killer, especially since she was the one who walked into the office with the team and the coffee and acted shocked by the bodies on the floor. We knew she had to die, of course. Red John just uses people and then kills them when he's done with them (or let's them get killed by someone else). I don't think a person ever gets a gold watch at the end of 25 years working for this guy.
This was a great episode, but it's also one of those episodes where you don't know how the rest of the people can just go on and investigate other cases when something earth-shattering just happened. It's like Mulder and Scully going back to monster-of-the-week cases after learning about the aliens. If I was Jane I'd make finding Red John a full-time job, though he's not a cop so working with CBI on individual cases is sort of like looking for Red John full-time. Plus he needs the team's help.
- I have a feeling that CBI isn't going to be the same place, or at least it shouldn't be the same place. Red John gets one of the workers there to kill four agents? Minelli quits? It's going to be a different place for sure. I wonder who the next boss will be? I'd say they should hire from within to make sure Red John isn't their new boss. But he has helpers everywhere so anyone could be on his payroll.
- This episode was another good example of how weird Jane is. He takes Bosco off of the morphine so he can feel pain and stay alive long enough to tell them what he knows. Logical, like he said, but also cold (as Lisbon said).
- So I guess Bosco isn't Red John, as some fans have speculated.