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'The Mentalist' - 'Blood In, Blood Out' Recap

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 12th 2010 9:29AM
The Mentalist
(S02E14) "You are one strange freak, man." - gang member to Jane.

Detective Cho is like the Sgt. Friday of 'The Mentalist.' He's serious, determined, no nonsense, by the book. Only I think Jack Webb used to smile a lot more than Cho does. It's great to see Cho (Tim Kang - a good actor), my favorite character on the show after Patrick Jane, get an A plot in an episode.

Wow, Cho is a bit of a hard-ass, eh? You can see how hard he has worked to get away from his past, joining the Army and all that, and he really doesn't have any patience or sympathy for the people he left behind. At least we think that at first.

As I've said before, I'd watch a spinoff with Cho as the lead.

Occam's Razor is the theory (and I'm simplifying it a bit here) that the most simple explanation is probably the right one. That could be the title of a lot of detective/mystery shows on TV, couldn't it? Too often the identity of a killer is way too easy to figure out. But you really couldn't say that about this episode. Just when every early scene is screaming "THE EXEC AT THE COMPANY DID IT!" you find out that he actually had nothing to do with the murder of Cho's friend.

Sure, it was easy to figure out that he didn't have anything to do with it when his secretary told the cops it was him and there was still 20 minutes left in the hour (one of the downsides of knowing the formula of a TV show and having several commercial breaks I guess), but it was a nice bit of misdirection for the first 40 minutes.

And with eleven minutes left we ALL knew that the last fifteen minutes of the episode was a ruse to get the cleaning guy to admit that he killed Cho's old friend. The way Cho was acting was too out-of-bounds, the way they showed (or more accurately, didn't show) Cho shooting the exec outside, the way Jane wasn't even remotely believable in the way he was talking to Cho (at least not believable to viewers who see Jane all the time), it was obvious at that point that this was one of the 'Mentalist' fake-outs.

More thoughts:

- Note to Lisbon: since when do members of your CBI team not investigate things on their own? Hasn't that been pretty much the M.O. of the entire team (including you) since the show began?

- Not sure how much of Cho's personal life in the future, but it was really great to see him at home with his girlfriend. At first I thought they were going to kill her, but that certainly would have taken the show in whole other direction.

- The scene with Jane and Cho confronting the gang members, everyone pulling guns on each other but calmed down by the soothing voice of Jane? That would never happen in real life. Someone in that room would have been dead.

- I think it's time for another Red John episode. But that won't happen for a while: the show is going into repeats for a couple of weeks.


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Elizabeth Hart

Actually I believe Jane referred to it as 'Independent Investigation' which probably meant that Lisbon knew exactly what they were talking about and didn't agree with them going handling personal cases. Just like Lisbon would try to dear Jane away from Red John cases (and it's very interesting that they haven't mentioned anything about that case lately, probably waiting for something big).

As for the 'gang' scene, it kind of looked as though Jane was hypnotizing the group or using one of his calming mechanisms. I don't believe they would have put their guns down otherwise.

February 15 2010 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Will

I love this show for the characters, Cho included,but I thought this ep was pretty obvious right from the start. Maybe I've seen too many crime shows, but I had this one figured out pretty quickly & that kind of spoils it for me. And they have got to get Jane to stop that "hypnotic-voice" thing, it's so fake and annoying and unbelieveable. I'm sure real gang members would be so easy to sway.

February 12 2010 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Will

I do love this show for the characters-Cho included- but I thought this one was extremely obvious right from the start.Maybe I've just watched too many crime shows, but I had this one figured out way too soon, which kind of spoils it for me. Also, they have got to stop using that "hypnotic suggestion" voice-thing that Jane does, it's not only unbelieveable, it's getting old. Does anyone buy this? I'm sure all gang members as so easily influenced.

February 12 2010 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
miles

That coin trick of Janes was so obvious those cops don't deserve to be cops.

February 12 2010 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
beergas

As I've said before, I'd watch a spinoff with Cho as the lead.

Nope, too one dimensional. Show itself is getting bit stale.
Maybe a Red John type character again, if not some way back when type hard ass villain. Even a brand new ugly.
Show does like to swing between the goofy and dramatic.
We'll see. Not much like it but do wish for more juice. As
mentioned that gang guns move was a real stretch. Too much of that stuff is a finisher for me.

February 12 2010 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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