The Mentalist

Season 3 Episode 22

Rhapsody In Red

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 12, 2011 on CBS

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  • What did they do with all the writers from season 1? I never thought I would say this about The Mentalist, but this episode was boring.

    As hard as I try to like this episode, the sad fact is that this one was unusually boring. Even the acting was somehow less than satifying. The plot has that formula staleness that comes so often from a tv series that is nearing its run. Sad...

    A murder of a violinist spurs the usual run-in with the usual suspects. A juvenile wise-cracking little gang wannabee kid, his father who is a career criminal in prison, a overbearing orchestra conductor, a social butterfly 2nd chair, an ambitious 3rd chair, the victim's mother, and a whimpy flutist.

    Unless you have been sleeping through the last 3 seasons, you would know that no murderer on the Mentalist is black, gay or Asian. Which eliminates everyone but the conductor, the mother, and the flutist. Since the conductor was the first suspect, you knew he must be innocent. Since the mother was a poor struggling working class woman, you knew it could not be her. So, we have the whimpy flutist who is not gay black, or Asian and of course the all important requirement for being a murderer on The Mentalist - he's white.

    Yawn. It's so sad to see something that began as a very unique tv series flounder into such a predictable formula driven routine.
  • Totaly unuseful episode...

    That episode was so bad i can't believe it, from cops who never met pickpockets, to Van Pelt who have so much hair on one side of her head that she can't move her neck anymore, the cliché of the "only girl from the neighborhood who makes it end up killed for nothing", to the kid with a father who try to do good now, to the DA who doesn't care about the truth, even Patrick was not that clever with the mean orchestra chef, every one looked one dimensional and stupid, was the writting crew on holiday and Donald trump wrote that ???
  • Patrick Jane works separate to the rest of his team. While they are looking to family members and friends Jane spends his time with the orchestra. I like it as Jane made few attempts to find guilty party rather then guessing straight away as always.

    First violin gets killed and is up to Jane to work out who in the orchestra is guilty. Police is looking into family, secret boyfriend and pretty much everyone except musicians. Patrick Jane is sure it is someone in the orchestra so spends all his time in rehearsals. To make it interesting for him and to make sure he has got right person in "Jane way" he starts gossiping, spreads rumour etc. And when he thinks he knows who murderer is, it turns up he is wrong and has to play another trick on them. We didn't see rest of the police team much as this was very much One-man show.
  • Rhapsody in Red...

    After several solid character specific episodes, The Mentalist writing staff obviously concluded that they've found a formula that works. This week's "Rhapsody in Red" sees Cho become the focus as the team investigates the murder of a concert violinist. Whilst at the scene of the crime, Cho comes across a young pickpocket who steals his car as part of a gang initiation, a boy not so dissimilar to himself at the same age. This short lived relationship between the two provides us with most of his screen time. As for the murder itself, Patrick does the lion's share of the investigation in his usual way, doing everything from bribing witnesses to spreading false rumors amongst suspects. When the team learns that their victim had recently broken off a relationship with a gang member, they turn to him as suspect number one. After he remains initially elusive they catch up to him before eliminating him as a suspect when Patrick feels that the orchestra is the place to find a killer. The suspects and motives amongst the musicians are numerous; everyone from the conductor to rival violinists fall into CBI's crosshairs, but after the creation of the aforementioned rumor mill, Patrick figures out the truth. A seemingly harmless oboe player who was in love with a rival of the victim used the murder as a chance to help the focus of his obsession. By killing the lead violinist and framing the second in line for the seat for the murder, he had hoped to win affection, but instead finds himself caught. Much like last week's episode, the character driven plot of Cho exists largely outside of the murder investigation, with him being forced to take custody of the young thief when juvenile services cannot get to his case until several days later. Whilst the relationship begins as adversarial, the two form a bond when Cho discovers the reason that the boy was trying to get into a gang; his father is going to jail for a crime that he did not commit and the gang knows the location of his alibi. He then proceeds to find the witness against the wishes of the district attorney and save the man, bringing out his first smile in almost three years of screen time. Like all of the output by The Mentalist of recent weeks, "Rhapsody in Red" was pretty great TV. The murder investigation isn't particularly complicated, but it's never entirely obvious who the killer is going to be. The character pieces take us from one place to another without feeling too cliched or unrealistic. All of it adds up to viewing that never lets up. You won't be stuck to the edge of your seat with excitement, but it'd be difficult not to be entertained to some extent by what is going on.
  • Cho smiled !

    This week's murder wasn't so ... I am sorry, I can't find the right word.

    There is a girl, who grew up in a rough neighbourhood, but she made something of herself. She became an artist, but she got killed the day she visited her mom. There was no mystery about her family, nor the neighbourhood. The main focus was the orchestra. No mystery there, Jane spotted the killer with a trick (well, that took about 10 seconds).

    I think the most interesting plot of this week was the relation between Cho and a kid. Cho felt close himself to a kid who pickpocketed his keys and stole his car so that he could somehow find an alibi for his father's whereabouts. Were the two plots unrealistic? Why D.A. acted that way? Did he have the authority to say that D.A.'s office will not help in any case to CBI? Well, I don't care. If you think too much about tv-series, you are bound to find mistakes. That's a fact. All we can do is watch and enjoy. The Mentalist has all.

    All in all, a solid 10.
  • 5/12

    "Rhapsody in Red" was actually a solid episode of The Mentalist, but I enjoyed in a weird way. That bratty kid actually played off the characters well and made the appearances of Cho and Rigsby somewhat worth watching. I would have liked for him to turn out to be some kind of evil mastermind or something, but I can understand why they would not want to go in that route.

    Patrick Jane was really not as zippy as he usually is, but they still had an interesting case taking place this week. I could see from a mile away who the killer was going to be, but I guess sometimes that predictability can be a show's best friend.