The Mentalist

Season 2 Episode 4

Red Menace

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 15, 2009 on CBS

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  • OK.This show was getting better. But now its back to the supercop idiocy. Cops are not brave enough to intimidate gangs. 1% obviously have far more resolve and brotherhood then they showed here. Why would they be terrified to break the law?

    And Janes oh so pithy comments wouldn't have made much of a difference to a third grader, much less the Sargent at arms of a criminal gang. What Jane said to Xander made me want to throw up a little. Oh yeah...bad childhood, latent creativity. Give me a break. If bikers show up like that it means they have come ready to fight. And cops are usually not the bravest of souls, especially bullies like Rigby. Those kind of people are the first to run. I don't like shows whose message is that the constitution is a joke, and the government doesn't need due process. They can just decide that some people are "scum". But when its done with a smirk, I stop watching. I liked the stuff with Red John. But I forget how irritating all the other episodes tend to get. If I want to watch police propoganda I can look plenty of places. The idea that Jane can intimidate a biker by saying "she's a cop you won't touch her" is stupid. Obviously they would dare. They could beat the crap out of her, and probably do alright if everyone keeps silent. Also, I have a feeling that groups like that don't fall for the "rat amongst them" trick too easily. A group like that would trust their brother over some idiot in a strange get up. It would have been jane getting the ***** kicked out of him. Not their leader. I don't have any particular liking for bikers. Nor do I know much about them. But I do know that criminals tend to be braver and more competent them the average police person. They have to be. I would dearly love to see Patrick in a cast at this point. Thats smile alone should get someone to break his jaw, shouldn't it? Do you really imagine that all people out there fall for some silly pop psychology crap? Id bet a lot of people feel that defending their honor and putting a guy like that in his place would be wotrh the punishment. They would be correct too.
  • Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, Lisbon...

    4 episodes down and still no sign of Red John. What happened to the bug Jane planted under Bosco's desk? For that matter, where is Bosco?

    Rants aside, I really feel guilty for having enjoyed a filler episode of The Mentalist. Nothing really spectacular other than Van Pelt giving Vin Diesel a run for his money and giving an all new meaning to Fast and the Furious. There was the usual spin the suspicion game, where the suspects range from the Biker dude, to the crazy lady, and finally settles down to the creepy kid.

    Decent filler episode. Can we have Red John now please?
  • Show us what Jane sees.

    It constantly happens, in many an episode such as this one, that Jane is sure of the suspect before Lisbon or the other detectives, only needing some kind of trick to get him/her to either confess or give themselves away.

    Now we are to believe that Jane isn't really psychic, but a clever and astute man who can read people.

    That's great, this is the Jane character, and I can accept this, but I need more. I need an explanation as to why Jane tumbled on the kid in this episode for example. What was it that told him the kid was the murderer? We are not supposed to believe that Jane has any real psychic abilities, then I want to know what gave the kid away to Jane. What did Jane pick up on that the other trained detectives, trained observes missed out on?

    The series "Lie To Me" does a better job of explaining what gives a suspect away to the equally gifted Lightman, than this show does here. For all intensive purposes, it almost seems that Jane made an accurate guess at who the real villain is, and then proved it by some trick. And this happens far too often for my liking.

    And then when all is said and done, not Lisbon, nor any of the others, who often are surprised themself to find out who the real murderer is, ask, "how did you know, Jane?" or "what gave him away, Jane?" Even just to ask as a self-development/learning exercise, 'cos with all their own skills, they missed it.

    Frankly how did any of them ever catch any suspects, before Jane came along?

    I also had a problem with Jane's meting out of what he called justice to the bikie leader in the end. Sure we did get the sense that he deserved it, but for all intensive purposes he was found not guilty in a court of law. And for all Jane knows, despite the bikie being unlikable, arrogant and even a criminal, he may indeed have been not guilty. We didn't see Jane peruse the court transcripts or make a further investigation to be certain of the facts, before acting, and condemning this guy to a bad beating, if not death.

    Though I found it difficult to believe that he would have so easily broken the brotherhood bond these bikies had, and have them turn on their leader. Indeed if I was in the position of the bikers, not only would I want to get the suspicious envelope from my leader, but I would also like to get my hands on, at the very same time, the guy who handed him the envelope, and not let him escape. Instead we see Jane leisurely walk to his car and get in, smiling contentedly, with the sister of an earlier alleged-murder victim, at a job well done, absolutely safe from harm, and from embarrassing questions from the other numerous bikers in the bar that could have come out and surrounded the car.
  • Not an important arc episode but fun nonetheless. A typical, good Mentalist episode.

    I actually liked this one, it had a different setting than the usual Mentalist episodes (a biker gang, which is something we definitely haven't seen before in this show), and we got to learn some little facts about the characters. Rigsby hates bikers because of family issues, and Van Pelt can do a mean car chase scene! Also, instead of being the murdered innocent, the victim turns out to be a criminal himself, and in the end we identify ourselves with the killer rather than the victim.

    Mark Pellegrino (Lucifer from Supernatural) does an expectedly good job of portraying the biker gang leader, and there are some intense scenes in the episode, like for instance when Jane and Lisbon walk in the bar and try to get the bikers to talk to them, or when Rigsby and Cho are defending Guthrie's house - that one was pretty intense, I liked it. I have to disagree with another reviewer who made a rather exaggerated point about police brutality in that scene, as well as general remarks about the quality of police officers. These remarks don't really have a place in a TV show review, and besides, the scene didn't look so brutal to me. Neither did the episode. They were supposed to be defending the life of someone who would surely have been killed by the bikers if it weren't for Cho and Rigsby. Sure, the scenes in the bar were a little far fetched, I don't believe two law enforcement people could've walked into a biker bar and survived either, but it's a police show not a documentary. Sometimes assumptions are put out to advance the storyline. Anyway, I enjoyed this episode, it was well-made and fun to watch.
  • How about it... Jane on a motorcycle?

    A Lawyer who has devoted his entire life to his client, so much that he is sucked into the dangerous lifestyle of the same client he has sworn to keep out of jail. Sounds familiar? It could have easily been mistaken for an undercover cop changed from the heat of the dangerous-lifestyle and killed when things went wrong. It all in all tasted the same to a typical cop drama, the only difference was Jane and his ability to show the soft crust of a biker's hard surface.

    The entire drama dealing with the son being the killer surrounded by the several other decoys was just washed away elements to broaden the plot. There always has to be an indirect assessment to the actual story; a love affair gone wrong and the sob story. I suspected the son initially while he seemed detached from everything and the mother was just too obvious a suspect. They actually kept the son out of the loop, which writers use to draw the viewers attention away from the actual culprit. It doesn't work if you know how the trick works. One would find themselves discovering who did it in a matter of minutes and would grow impatient waiting for the plot to unravel.

    The only thing I seemed to be interested in really was Patrick Jane and his relation to the Red John case. Seeing as Bosco was no where around this episode, there probably wasn't any advancements, which also meant that he didn't find the bug Jane planted in his office.

    I am really amused by Jane's witty comments, it is what gives you the drive to remain in the passenger seat. Van Pelt and Rigsby also give each episode that lift. When all else fails with an unfavorable case, the interaction in the office is what keeps things going and maintains your interest for the next installment. I really admired how Jane planted the belief that there was a mole and in the end giving the woman her refuge sought. Did he do it for her? Maybe, but I believe in his twisted way, he gets a high off of what he is able to perceive and use everyone as poppets. What if you actually knew someone like him in real, if you didn't already, you really could not keep things away for long.

    Lexa Reviews


    Four Stars

    Grade B-

  • After last week's high-g turn, this week's episode was more like a carnival ride--not as intense but fun nonetheless.

    It may have been short on plot, but the storyline did have some redeeming qualities. Rigsby's "father issues" came to light and Van Pelt got to show her wild side in the motorcycle chase scene. Jane-isms such as "Lisbon loafers" and "sarcasm is the lowest form of wit" were strategically placed. Cho's remark about the jimmy marks on the lawyer's office door--"I doubt that was part of the original décor"--was classic Cho. The biker theme was a little tame but they did say they were a "club" and not a "gang!" Xander's remark to Rigsby just before the bikers left Felicia Gutherie's place--"be seeing you around"--could come back to haunt Rigsby. The ending wasn't especially dramatic; however, Jane's wardrobe did make him look like he just stepped off the set of "L.A. Confidential."
  • Great! Absolutely wonderful, as usual.

    This episode was an absolute joy to watch! It had everything I've come to expect from The Mentalist (my not only favourite new show but favourite show, period!) It had usual Jane antics, from Jane sneaking away from the others as they discuss the case so he can check the victim's motorcycle to him playing pool in the back ground, while Lisbon conducts an interview and giving a teenage boy a driving lesson (all classic Jane moments!) There was some minor Rigsby character development, we got to find out his father was a biker and Rigsby didn't like him. There was some intense action with Lisbon and Van Pelt chasing down a runaway suspect. It was nice to see Van Pelt show a tough cop side of herself we don't get to see very often. Also, the plotline was pretty interesting alone, add a couple interesting plot twist and you got a great story going on here. And to top it all off, it ended with a pretty dark scene inwhich Jane pretty much commits murder by setting up a bunch of bikers to kill there leader by making them think he was a rat ( this showed a much darker side to Jane's character, and I'm very interested to see what he'll do next.) All in all, this was a great episode! I was not disappointed in the least!
  • Obvious case, no character development, surprisingly little action considering it was centered around a motorcycle gang.

    Coming off last weeks episode, this one was a little weak. What makes this a good show isn't just the cases but the characters themselves and how they are developed. We got a little of Rigsby's past in this one, but I think they could have done a lot more. I love the Jane'isms and we just didn't get them on this episode. They kinda just shot from the hip on this one, it was so obvious that the son did it that I was starting to think it couldn't be him because it would be too easy. Van Pelt got a little action with the car chase which was good to see. I just think after season one we should know more about the characters and we know surprisingly little. I miss the episodes where Lisbon tackles suspects and Jane gets hit in the nose. I can't wait for the Cho centered episode coming up.
  • Decent episode of Sons of Mentalist.

    Motorcycles was the magic word tonight on The Mentalist. Decent usage of the Harley Davidson rides, I suppose, and a nice break from the usual rich dude killing someone plots we get on The Mentalist, but the uniqueness of the program that was there during the first season still has not shown up yet.

    Remember when they used to have scenes with Patrick Jane randomly playing with kids, or doing his wacky hypnotic behavior on unsuspecting civilians? Have those kind of scenes back, where the story doesn't get advanced, but the viewer gets a nice chuckle. After all, the goal of this show should be to differentiate itself from the rest of the CBS procedural lineup, not get lost in the shuffle.