The Mentalist – Red Rover, Red Rover

by Alan Rapp on May 13, 2012

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Mentalist – Red Rover, Red Rover
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On the eight anniversary of his wife and daughter’s murder Red John reaches out to Jane (Simon Baker) causing him to loose focus on the current case involving a financial broker missing for eleven months found buried alive in a toxic waste dump. Lost in the yearly rituals around the murders and shaken by Red Johns’ brazen attempt to send an innocent girl as his messenger, Jane finds himself slowly spiraling out of control and considering giving up his quest to catch Red John once and for all.

Jane and Lisbon talk with the victim’s boss (Ray Wise), co-workers (Aaron LohrDavid Furr) and fiance (Amanda Schull) while Cho (Tim Kang) and Rigsby (Owain Yeoman) try to reconstruct the victim’s final hours and Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) tracks down a pair of random numbers from the victim’s files to an exclusive club, but with the case nearly a year old any leads have long gone cold.

Jane is able to solve the case and get a confession from the killer but to do so has to cross the line with one of his stunts which includes burying the suspect alive. His actions, which he refuses to apologize for, cause Luther Wainwright (Michael Rady) to suspend Jane, but when the mentalist further antagonizes him Jane finds himself fired. An even more vindictive version of Jane works well and provokes confrontations that won’t be easily swept under the rug. With all of Jane’s ties cut the show seems primed for a few interesting twists in next week’s season finale.

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