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'The Mentalist' - 'Red Herring'

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Mar 5th 2010 7:42PM
The Mentalist
(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?

Share your thoughts about the episode in comments below!

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I knew it was Robin Weigert's character, but not because she was the actress. She had the most to gain from his death. So I didn't know the full motive, but I was technically right.

March 07 2010 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought the same thing about Robin Weigert! It's always a pleasure to see her, and also Dina Meyer, on any show.

March 07 2010 at 11:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"A mean, irresponsible sadist." What I've been saying all along. Jane needs a good slap-down for his actions.

March 06 2010 at 7:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, I had the complete opposite reaction to the casting. I had no idea who Dina Meyer was but I instantly recognized Robin Weigert and had her pegged as the villan from the first scene for being the most recognizable actor and because she wasn't one of the early suspects.

March 06 2010 at 12:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Rhomboid's comment
Isabelle Carreau

Robin Weigert was familiar to me but not too much. It shows that viewers' TV knowledge can totally change the viewing experience!

March 06 2010 at 8:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike Rogus

I agree. When she came on the screen I thought "hey! it's Calamity Jane. I bet she did it." The wife seemed vaguely familiar to me but I couldn't place her in anything I've seen.

March 06 2010 at 12:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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