- Title: The Mentalist – Ring Around the Rosie
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The team gets a new boss in Luther Wainwright (Michael Rady), a young hotshot who seems open (at least initially) to more of Jane’s (Simon Baker) antics than his predecessors. I’ve got to admit I really liked the scenes of Jane and Luther as a pair who respect each other, and even like each other, but don’t trust each other.
The case of the week involves a photographer killed while shooting photos of the homeless. The CBI track down a homeless man (Henry G. Sanders), a former well-known saxophone player, who admits to the crime, but Lisbon (Robin Tunney) isn’t buying his story.
The search for the killer brings Henry Tibbs (Christian Camargo) into Jane’s gaze. Angry, gun-totting, out of work, and separated from his wife (Dorie Barton), Jane believes it’s only a matter of time before the man snaps. But how to you stop a guy from committing a crime he hasn’t yet (and might not ever) commit? That’s the question.
Both stories work well, although the second is a little more intriguing than the first. As to how the CBI team will function, and how Jane will react, with Luther in charge, well that should be fun to watch.