Review: The Mentalist - Rose-Colored Glasses
by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 15th 2010 3:45AM
(S02E11) "They're a little old to be necking, aren't they?" - Van Pelt
"There's an age limit on that?" - Jane
I love Jane's humor! Don't you? This week, our favorite mentalist was a fish out of water when the case of the week lead the team to a high school reunion, an event Jane never attended before since he was too "busy" to go to school. Based on the previous episode, he was probably too busy conning people for/with his father.
As Jane told Lisbon, everyone at such a reunion lies, making it difficult for them to find out the killer. So to help get the truth out, Jane resorted to blackmailing a friend!
Let's deal with that blackmailing of Rigsby in order for him to agree to go undercover at the reunion. I doubt Jane will ever spill the beans on Rigsby and Van Pelt, as they are part of the only family Jane has right now and telling on them would break up his family and create chaos.
However, Jane is always creative when trying to get the truth out and this time, he needed to pretend he would tell Lisbon about the couple in order to get his plan in motion. In the end, this blackmail offered us fun scenes with Rigsby pretending to be Derek Logan. But I don't want Jane to use his friends like this again. Jane is great at persuasion and I'm sure he could have found another way to get Rigsby to comply.
How about just telling Rigsby that there was a way for him to get out of the office and get some field work done? It's clear Rigsby wasn't that happy with staying behind while Van Pelt was part of the action. And for sure Jane spent a few minutes in the office during the case, so I'm sure he picked up some frustration from Rigsby, no?
Then again, if Jane hadn't blackmailed Rigsby, he wouldn't have gotten official confirmation that Van Pelt and Rigsby are a couple. Let's just hope he doesn't use this secret information again in the future to have the duo comply to do things they wouldn't normally do.
Even if Lisbon told Jane that he was wrong about his assessment of her as a teen, I'm pretty sure he wasn't too far off. Maybe she didn't play clarinet or trumpet but the rest sounded pretty much like her, eh? I must admit that based on my band experience (20 years) and the fact that I have fun trying to guess which instrument people play based on their personalities, I too would have picked the clarinet for Lisbon. I won't get into details here, but you can associate some personality types and traits with the instruments' traits, such as the importance of the instrument in the band, the type of melody they get, etc. In most cases, it works ... but opposites do attract, so it's not an exact science. Anyway, let's go back to the review, shall we?
Jane kept saying that instincts never change. At first, I reacted a bit like Lisbon and brushed it off, telling myself that this statement couldn't be 100% true. However, the more I think of it and remember some of my friends in high school and how they react to things now, the statement pretty much works for a lot of them. Do you agree with Jane?
As for the case of the week, I enjoyed the high school reunion setting, the different types of classmates praising their past achievements and lying or embellishing about their current status, as well as the DJ playing "The Macarena" and "More Than Words." Those two songs brought up a lot of memories! Plus it wasn't that easy to discover who the killer was.
What did you think of this week's episode? Do you think Jane will blackmail Rigsby and/or Van Pelt in the future to push his own agenda? Which instrument do you think Lisbon played in high school?