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'The Mentalist' - 'Aingavite Baa' Recap

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 9th 2010 1:43AM
The Mentalist(S02E18) - "Oh, that's OK then. As long as you're sorry, we'll let you go ... kidding." - Jane, to the killer

OK, did I miss the part of the episode where they explained what "Aingavite Baa" means? I've been wondering all day what it could mean and even typed the words into one of those web anagram generators. I came up with "Avian Abate Age," "Gab Eat Via An I," "A Agate Via Bin," and many others (including several with the word "vagina" in them, but I doubt that has any meaning).

If I missed it somehow, let me know in the comments so I can look goofy.

Amnesia plots are always fascinating. What aspect about ourselves is more important to who we are than our memories? If we don't know who we are, we don't know what we do, who we like, what foods we eat, or even how to act (to a certain extent, though a lot of that would be natural even if you didn't know anything about yourself). For a few minutes tonight, I thought we'd find out that the amnesia victim would turn out to be the killer of the four people found in the barn, but I quickly dropped that theory. I knew the ranger guy was guilty in some way, though. Just the way he was acting and the way he talked to the CBI and how he had to go to another location before Cho and Rigsby went on their little trek through the pot plant-filled woods. I knew he wasn't the killer, but I knew he was on the take.

This episode was another one of those "let's put Jane in a place where he's completely out of his element." They've done it before in big corporations and biker bars, and this week, it was an Indian reservation. This episode also had another example of one of the funnier regular 'Mentalist' bits: people doing whatever he says. Jane walks into a ceremony for one of the murder victims and gets the head guy to hold a pencil in the air. In real life, there would a lot more hesitation and "what the f are you talking about?," but it all makes sense here.

I didn't guess the identity of the killer, and for some reason his identity was a bit boring. I don't know why; maybe I was looking for the killer to have some stronger connection to the murder victims or have been been one of the nice people in the area and we would all be shocked at his identity. But it was all rather "oh, it was him, OK, I guess."

I like the new boss, because it would have been so easy for her to be just a carbon copy of other hard-assed but secretly nice police chiefs that liked the regular police team but hated and/or was impatient with the maverick investigator. It's good to have Hightower actually like and appreciate Jane and what he brings to the team as an independent consultant. And she's actually harder on Lisbon and Rigsby and Van Pelt (she seems to like Cho though, eh?). Sure, she has her rules and her guidelines and she's watching Jane like a hawk, but she also likes him and isn't above smiling in front of him to show it. They actually get along, which could lead to some interesting stories.

I think it's time for more Red John, though. This is episode 18, so that means there are only four or five episodes left, so I'm sure a lot more Red John is coming up as the season ends. But not next week. It's not on.

More thoughts:

- I'm more interested in the Rigsby/Van Pelt storyline than the "case of the week" storylines. I actually like that they've moved the relationship along instead of dragging out either a "will they or won't they" thing or a "let's keep our relationship secret" angle. The way Van Pelt told Rigsby that they had to break up at the end was actually an emotional, sad scene.

- I had no idea why Jane asked Lisbon for a paper cup to solve the case, but I have to tell ya: even if there was no toxic waste in the water, I wouldn't have taken a sip anyway. I mean, it's not like it's a giant hole filled with Poland Spring.

- I love how Jane said, "Thanks, see ya later!" to the ranger being interrogated, like he was just another acquaintance he'd see later. I don't know if that was supposed to be funny or just a quick throwaway line, but it turned out to be funny.

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it means red water in shosone

May 14 2010 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'd think that since there's always some form of "red" in the title, and there's no color in the words, perhaps it's "aab negative," perhaps a blood type?

April 09 2010 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm acatually liking the new boss. Yes, she has a genuine liking for Jane, but she's not afraid to call him on his BS as she did in her office when Jane actually had to admit he was being pissy because he didn'like how Hightower was treating Lisbon. And that compliment she gave to Lisbon was more like a master doling out treats than her consceding to Jane. It's a nice change pace to have a character on this show who does buy all of Jane's crap. It makes for a more interesting dynamic.

April 09 2010 at 1:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Whenever I watch Jane talking to anybody I always feel like he thinks everyone else is an idiot. He interrupts a funeral and gets the guy talking at the front to hold a pencil to prove hes not lying. He must be struggling not to break out into laughter all the time.

April 09 2010 at 8:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Werner

Aingavite Baa is Shoshone (the tribe in the story) for "Red Water"

April 09 2010 at 5:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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