The Mentalist: Season 1 Episode 4: "Ladies in Red"

Now THIS was an episode-and a darn good one at that. I knew from the opening Jane-is-awesome scene that not only was it going to be good, but that it would be the best episode so far. And it did not disappoint.


One of the greatest things about this episode was how it hinted at the plot developments to come between Rigsby and Van Pelt, but didn't force the details of the characters' personal lives on us. It's like the writers learned the lesson of oversharing from last week with Lisbon-they're getting into a groove with long-term plot development that most shows, if they ever have it, quickly lose. Let's hope they keep it.


I also appreciated what this episode revealed about our relationship with Jane as an audience. We doubt Jane's objectivity with Jennifer just as much as anyone in the show. I found myself worrying-is this going to be Jane's first screw-up? Is this woman getting to him? He's clearly attracted to her-is this his weakness? Are beautiful women his kryptonite? Then the Peter and the Wolf twist comes at the end to smack us in the face. It's as if Patrick Jane himself is slapping us, shaming us for ever doubting him. Of course Jane doesn't have a kryptonite. And if he does, he's certainly not going to give it up this soon in the season.

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