The Mentalist

Season 2 Episode 21

18-5-4

2
Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 06, 2010 on CBS
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The CBI investigate the murder of a math genius by a gun-toting clown along with the victim's missing index finger.

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  • Loved the twist! For once, a show that had me guessing till the end!

    10
    Once the killer was revealed, you could look back and say, "Oh yeah", but I was fooled, which is rare. I also loved how Jane showed in a subtle way that he could out-smart a genius! Wish I could play chess in my head like that!

    I loved the humor in this episode. One quirk! The speed in which the young man escaped, especially with all the guards standing around in the hallway was a little impossible to me but hey, it's TV. Isn't that the excuse we always give it? Otherwise, great episode! Loved how he destroyed the device and made the guy so angry, as is his usual play in each show. I love that about Jane's character, and he almost always does it with that innocent smile!moreless
  • 18-5-4

    8.0
    "A crazy clown is after you? Oh, that's rich."



    Sorry, the Seinfeld fan in me saw the opportunity and had to get that quote in.



    This was a very good episode of The Mentalist tonight. Things fell apart a bit at the end as the wife doing it (how very NCIS) was a bit of a letdown for me. I would have liked something a bit more original or creative.



    The verbal duel of chess was also a great use of Patrick Jane here. The show needs to emphasize his mind, his main weapon, more than it has been doing lately, so as to not fall in the trap of this becoming just another procedural on CBS.



    Great episode tonight. 8/10moreless
  • another fun one :)

    9.0
    I really enjoyed this one. Always liked Fisher Stevens. I hate clowns too...don't know where that comes from, but it was a very interesting one from start to finish. I too was surprised it was the wife. I thought when they used the gizmo at the end it was going to print out that the brother did it. Love it when I'm fooled.

    It was nice to the the "boss" wasn't on this episode. Refreshing.

    I wonder if they're going to get back to Red John soon. I hope so. Would love to see Fisher Stevens as Red John, but can't imagine how it would work.

    Good work writers!moreless
  • DiNozzo says it's always the wife.

    8.0
    I guess he's mostly right. Interesting that if you were going to consider either the wife or the brother, in the beginning you would likely have pegged the brother, as Jane did.



    Also interesting was the clown angle, as the victim did not like clowns. What's with the clown hating on TV? "Booth" hates clowns too; tends to shoot them up!



    As bad as the wife was, creepy chess guy was worse because he just IS the way he is; to the core. he deserves to go away somewhere even though he had nothing to do with the murder. The character is a sociopath; he could be very Red John-ish, and the writers succeeded in giving us someone to be more squeamish about than the murder. A good outing.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

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    • Lisbon: What problem was Noah Valiquette working on for you?


      Tolman: I don't know what you're talking about. Noah and I played chess.


      Jane: Liar.


      Tolman: I am not a liar.


      Jane: What makes you think I can't tell when someone is lying?


      Lisbon: Jane.


      Jane: Huh? Enough, Mr. Tolman. Start talking the truth or I'm gonna pop ya.

    • Jane: How's your staff at procuring, uh, things for guests?


      Concierge: Um, what do you mean?


      Jane: You know, special things.


      Concierge: If it's company you're looking for--


      Jane: No, it's, uh, it's not company I'm looking for. But thank you, if you're offering company...Gary.

    • Jane: You know, I knew a clown once. Catastropho was his name. A card thrower. He could stick the ace of clubs into a melon at fifty feet.

    • (Jane and Lisbon are talking to a suspect at a mental hospital)


      Lisbon: You were sent here after nearly choking your father to death.


      Oliver: He's not my father. He's a cyber clone sent by the galactic quantum lords.


      Jane: Oh, them. You know, they're always up to something shady.


      Oliver: Yes, they're trying to drive me mad. But they won't succeed.

    • (Lisbon and Jane are questioning a mental patient)


      Lisbon: The visitor log says that Noah was the only person who came to see you. How did you know him?


      Oliver: Um, grad school. I felt sorry for him. He was a little off. My guess was radiation. How did he die?


      Jane: Gunshot wound, which suggests it wasn't the quantum lords that killed him.


      Oliver: Duh. They'd use a lorax beam. Why would they want to kill Noah anyway? Big wuss.


      Jane: Quite. His killer wore a clown costume. Any ideas who that might have been? Assuming, of course, that it was a carbon-based life-form.


      Oliver: Nuh-uh, but the clown thing's clever. Noah hated them.

    • Oliver: I could gouge your eyes out with a spoon.


      Jane: I'll take a rain check on that.

    • Lisbon: I don't care about the device.


      Jane: You don't care about a code-breaking device that can hack into our government's national security system? That's not very patriotic, Lisbon.

    • (Lisbon and Jane have just interviewed a patient at a mental hospital)


      Lisbon: It's funny how well you two get along.


      Jane: Well, I have the same kind of trouble with those pesky quantum lords.

    • Oliver: Sir, I'm a mental patient. I don't know anything, nobody does, but see, I know I don't know. Paradox.

    • Jane: Uses for a detached index finger?


      Lisbon: Sending a message?


      Jane: Hmm.

    • Cho: You should tell the truth Mr. Mosca, it's easier to remember.

    • Alec Mosca: Who are you guys?


      Rigsby: Remember the badge? CBI.


      Alec Mosca: What the hell is that?


      Cho: California Bureau of Investigations.


      Alec Mosca: What the hell is that?


      Cho: We're like the FBI only more conveniently located.

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