This season, The Mentalist has done two things simultaneously. It's increased the degree of personal relationships among the regular characters, and it's sharpened and refocused Simon Baker's Patrick Jane - made him more intent than ever on solving crimes and, ultimately, getting his ultimate goal: the capture (and death?) of serial-killer Red John.
Last night - and if the headline above didn't tip you off enough, here ya go: SPOILER ALERT, DON'T READ IF YOU DIDN'T WATCH LAST NIGHT! - we saw the deaths of a few characters, one of whom had been crucial to the season thus far.I had really enjoyed Terry Kinney's guest run as Bosco, the slobbo cop with a bristly goatee and an even more bristly temper. The role could have been an ordinary grumpy-but-good police role, but Kinney took it up a notch with the way his wounded eyes belied his toughness, and the way his querulous line-readings made his sarcasm and combativeness less rude than intriguing.
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