'The Mentalist' - 'Red Herring'
by Isabelle Carreau, posted Mar 5th 2010 7:42PM
(S02E15) "Tell Mr. Jane he is a mean, irresponsible sadist." - Abigail to Lisbon
Dina Meyer is everywhere on TV lately, isn't she? If you are like me, as soon as you see her appear in one of your favorite TV shows, you know there's an extremely good chance that she ends up being the culprit or that she'll at least have a meaty role.
Her 'The Mentalist' guest appearance was no different, and she ended up being either the culprit or with a meaty role. Was she the killer of the week or a red herring? The answer after the jump. One thing is certain, her role had character, as she had to say that Jane was mean, irresponsible and a sadist!
I don't know if the writers asked the casting crew to hire a really recognizable actress to play Abigail so that viewers would be thrown off by thinking she was the killer; thus making her a red herring. If so, it worked, at least with me. If not, the casting of Dina Meyer still had me fooled. I should know better than to always think the most recognizable guest cast member is the culprit, eh?
Even if I was pretty sure Abigail killed her husband and, later, his lover, I did keep an open mind and tried to find who else could have done it. All characters pretty much had a reason why they would kill Jeff. As Cho said, "It helps that one of you is dead."
When Julia died, the list of possible suspects shrunk. At that point, I was sure it was Abigail or Julia's husband. I never really suspected Eliza. So in my book, this week's episode was good, as it kept me guessing, and the person I was sure was the killer turned out to be good in the end. Did you easily find who the killer was, or were you like me and thought Abigail did it?
Once again this week, Jane was a bit cocky. This time, it was in the kitchen by tasting everything and anything and giving his two cents about it. "Keep working and you'll get there," he said to the French chef. Who is he to tell chefs how to do things when he doesn't have the experience? Oh wait, he is Patrick Jane!
Jane has used deception before to catch the killer of the week. However, I wouldn't be surprised if his trickery of planting the beans in Abigail's house came back to haunt him. Abigail was not happy that the beans were planted, and she had Lisbon clearly admit that Jane did it.
Could Abigail decide to sue Jane for having her wrongfully arrested in an upcoming episode? Wouldn't it be fun to see Jane try to convince the judge that all he did was innocent, so that he could catch Jeff's killer? Jane did say in the end that "Justice can be a harsh mistress," so maybe Justice will come and get him! Do you think Abigail will come back? Would you like to see Jane face Justice in the eye and explain his actions?
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