MENTALIST SEASON FINALE Absolutely Perfect Episode--Until the last ten minutes.

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

This episode basically had it all. Great acting by everybody, Jane close to tears, Red John, murder, DRAMA, and Libson being her typical pill-like self, accept this time actually showing some emotion, which was interesting. But seriously—she’s so annoying, how she listens to the rules all the time. I did love that scene where they fought and Jane threatened her. How doesn’t she get that Jane wanting revenge is completely understandable? If I were here I’d just let him do what he was going to do and realize I really couldn’t stop him.

I really liked the whole part with the redheaded blind lady. When she opened the door, I thought she was just being stubborn, but then when I realized she wasn’t, I was just thinking: “Oh come on!!! She’s BLIND?? Seriously??”

On that note—the episode was very exciting and I really thought they were going to reveal who Red John is. Once we saw that officer guy whose name I can’t remember was buying the cigarettes and elephant, after the red smiley face was drawn on the blind lady’s wall, I knew what was going to happen next. Why did the writers have to fall back on the oldest crime drama cliché?

Seemingly good guy who everyone thinks is on their side goes into some hidden place with the lead character, and then once they’re completely isolated, he draws his gun and threatens to kill the lead character, revealing he’s actually evil and having this compete personality change you never would have seen coming in a million billion years. Because they conveniently never even showed the slightest hint that he was actually a bad guy, since they hadn’t planned on doing that from the beginning. And of course, no cliché ending would be complete without the other good guy (in this case, Libson) busting in at the last possible second and saving the day.

The only thing that saved this ending was the moment when the guy tried to escape and Jane shot and killed him. The look on Jane’s face was just heartbreaking, and showcased how much he hates murder and killing—and yet became a killer himself, which of course questions: Will he actually kill red john when he finds him? After we saw how quickly he shot this guy, I’d say yes, Jane is 100 percent capable of doing what he said he’d do to Red John. But at the same time, is he too good a person to do to Red John what Red John did to his family? And after having killed somebody, is he going to realize he never wants to do it again?

I liked the very end, where they return the girl to her mother, which was an unusually happy ending for a murder mystery show. (usually the person is already dead.) I was kinda waiting for a cliff hanger, but it was okay—I liked how happy Jane looked as he picked the orange in the last scene. He was back to the person he is inbetween his quest for Red John.

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May 20, 2009 12:13AM EDT

Does anyone think that the blind chick is "Red John" -- The Red John drawing always looks like it has its eyes closed....(unable to see like a blind person) and she has red hair....maybe she is the mastermind behind the murders but uses different people as her surrogates making it impossible to track her down....
At this point she wanted to meet Jane and set the whole situation up to size him up.
I just have a feeling there were more clues than we know in this episode to the identity of Red John...
Just some thoughts....

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May 20, 2009 4:05AM EDT

yeah i totally think that she is behind it. and the part in the room at the ranch with her tea cup!!!...

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May 20, 2009 5:27AM EDT

yer i think she cud be red john, or his lover and works with himi did wonder whether red john might go after van pelt cuz she has got red hair and jane looks out for her?anyone know wen the next series will cum out?

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May 20, 2009 11:03AM EDT

Well I think this was a wonderful episode, straight through...and it goes deeper than we may even realise.
First of all Lisbon and Jane knew that the sheriff was Durmac(?), so Lisbon's acting upset and being a stickler for the rules was an act. They set the sheriff up instead of it being the other way around. Jane got upset because Lisbon ruined the plan and came back for him because she was worried about him, although he was obviously willing to sacrifice himself just to get to Red John.
They weren't prepared for the extent of Red John's genius though...He orchestrated things so that the sheriff would have to die, but by Jane's hand...the sheriff pointed the gun at Lisbon because he KNEW (or at least thought) that Jane would kill him in order to save her, and, if he didn't, he would have to live with the burden of letting Lisbon die just to try to get to Red John....which would mean that Jane would effectively be the one to kill the only link to Red John.
I think that's what the heartbreaking look on Jane's face was all about...I'm pretty sure that he's quite prepared to kill or do anything to get to Red John, but he's just found out that Lisbon is his weakness...intriguing!
And I think the blind woman is a big part of the mystery! I can't wait for season 2!

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May 20, 2009 1:35PM EDT

It's so amazing that so much could happen in one episode while the last many episodes mentioned nothing of red john. Some of the recent episodes were kinda boring and pointless toward the final goal of finding red john, but i must admit, this last episode was AWESOME!!
Does anyone know if the show got renewed for another season??

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May 20, 2009 2:06PM EDT

yeah, i understand that the original fight was staged--but it was still very in character for her, even if it was acting. thats what made it so believable. That, and the whole thing at the end, i realize that they planned that out too--just found the scene cliche 'cause its been in every murder mystery show...minus the twist

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May 20, 2009 4:42PM EDT

I think she doesn't want Jane to do whatever he wants in his quest to get Red John because she realises that his obsession is making him self-destructive, and she cares about him and doesn't want him to hurt himself. And also, someone has to be the good cop! Because if she lets him, he'll just ignore all protocol and probably get them all fired (and he's just a consultant, lol). The scene was cliche though...I was rolling my eyes until they twisted the plot.

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May 20, 2009 6:09PM EDT

I understand why Libson is the way she is--and i get that we need that kind of character, but i still find her annoying.

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May 20, 2009 7:05PM EDT

Awesome episode! I have to say, i don't think the red hed girl is red john... for a number of reasons although she might have a big role to play... 1st of all the cop guy said red john was a good friend of his fathers which would have to make RJ a lot older, he also said they aimed to get Jane there to torture him or whatever so how's she gonna get there? I believe RJ has a good understanding of Jane, hence why all the different senarios meant to tease Jane work... so he/she wouldn't actually need to meet him.
Dunno just a couple things I picked up on... what do ya think?
I believe Lisbon might have a big part to play when RJ is actually found... all season there have been hints of Lisbon/Jane becoming close (Jane got her a pony!) so a story line could be built around that... i.e. would lisbon actually stop Jane from killing RJ or maybe Lisbon would do it herself? or Lisbon pursuade Jane to hand RJ to the police?
Either way can't wait for season 2!

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May 26, 2009 10:50AM EDT

I think I know who red john is....

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Jun 4, 2009 1:12AM EDT

MadBob(Awesome name by the way^_^)Why do you have to add the dots and then not explain?I hate it when people do that.It's so irritating especially when you REALLY wanna know lol.But yeah I've only seen a few episodes of the show here and there but I'm pretty much in love with it now.I think the blind chick has A LOT to do with it but I'm not really sure what yet.In the last episode at the end I was half expecting for them to go back to her house and be dead lol but I think she's still alive for a reason.Lisbon will probably play a big role when Jane finally meets Red John b/c it's obvious that she's his weakness now because he killed his only link to Red John to save her.I'm so glad they're bringing it back for another season!I woulda been super mad if they didn't!!Can't wait for Season 2!!:D

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Jun 16, 2009 6:44AM EDT

Krash71320 especially for you.
my guess is..... (damn. those dots again) Minelli. Shock horror.
Supporting evidence.
1) Red John likes to "play" with Jane. What better way than to have him working for him. Fits the profile.
2) Minelli can get into computer system.
3) Can always be one step ahead. Or pretend to be in Hawaii !
4) Befriended/ was mentor to a cop (shown in last episode). Cops like Cops
5) Jared doesn't spill the beans because he knows the killer is chief of police.
6) Blood written message in mexico "He is man...." he was trying to write "Manelli" . Minelli sounds like Manelli.
7) He was the baddie in 24. Once a baddie always a baddie.
8) Maybe Minelli is TOO obvious and is really a RED herring. (sorry couldn't help myself)
In truth I'd be disappointed if it was Minelli. I want Red John to be Van Pelt, it would be a bigger twist. She has red hair, a tom boy (name John) double personality ala psycho. She joins as the newbie and has access to the computer blah blah blah.
I got to get back to pretending to work.
madbob

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Jun 17, 2009 4:12PM EDT

madbob,
i think your argument for minelli being red john is a good one. i also loved the "once a baddie, always a baddie." comment. i love 24 too and when i first saw him, that was the first thing that came to mind. lol.
i think van pelt as red john would be a bit of a stretch, but i could see that happening. so it looks like we have to wait until september to find out who red john really is!!!

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