The Mentalist

Season 2 Episode 11

Rose-Colored Glasses

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 14, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The CBI team investigate the double homicide of a couple murdered on their way to his high school reunion. Jane soon finds a link to an old high school prank.

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  • This isn't even filler. A well educated woman pays money and murders just because of a prank she conducted as a child 15 years ago? Im supposed to believe that? Maybe the writers of this show need to remember that a plot is actually necessary.moreless

    This episode was boring, predictable and so stupid Im sorry I ever even watched it. Janes coolness does not an episode make. The idea that pretty women are mean in highschool is tired. Not just tired. EXHAUSTED. Frankly as far as I can tell the more attractive people are typically kinder then those who have not yet found their look. One secret to attractiveness is confidence and self care. Both of those things are usually good indicators of being able to love and appreciate others, and to tolerate differences. If this show wasn't written to make Jane look smart I doubt he would be able to deduce his own address. Come on. Enough of this BS. Ne4xt time work out a real plot.moreless
  • I knew it! I knew that Jane figured out the change in Rigsby and Van Pelt's relationship!

    He was just waiting for the right moment to use it to his advantage. Although I still thought he could have held out a little longer, but knowing Jane, the temptation was just killing him, he had to blurt it out.

    As for Rigsby, denying it only admitted his guilt. Instead of "I don't know what you are talking about" he should have said "Me and Van Pelt, I wish, but you know that's against the rules Jane". Anything other than how well he handled the 'black mail' moment. Shame on you Jane, the amount of things Rigsby did to either keep your butt out of jail, or even for you to keep your job, and this is how you repay him! I suppose I expected nothing less. He did keep his secret in the end, and I doubt he would have really told unless provoked.

    Did I sense a disconnection between Rigby and Van Pelt. Being ordered to sit down behind a computer screen, doing nothing but moving your finger tips, felt like a demotion for Rigsby. It was obvious the awkward eye glances suggested his dislike of his position, while Van Pelt got to do all the work, barely giving him any juicy details worth enlightening his then bored state. What did you think Van Pelt sat around doing Rigsby?

    I really couldn't be bothered with the case for this week, although it was a brilliant change for topic and surprising revelation, the only part I enjoyed was the dance between Lisbon and Jane. "More than words is all you have to do to make it real, then you wouldn't have to say that you love me, cos I'd already know..." Surprisingly that was Lisbon's favorite song, which meant that there is a softer side to her. I am certain Jane requested that music the very same moment, to mellow the mood between them. After all he just lied to her about Rigsby and the day off (pshh). That secret only meant he would forever have something to hold over Rigsby and Van Pelt's head, and he would collect once the opportunity came along.

    Although there isn't any advancement in 'Red John' and everything surrounding the case, 'The Mentalist' has a lot of excitement built within it and I love analyzing the way Jane thinks. He analyzes everyone but himself. Wouldn't it be cool if there was a 'smart ass' out there just like him, like a round off match to see who's wittier.

    At one point I noticed Rigsby's English accent slipping and a little Welsh got into the mix. I don't know if it was obvious or not, but Owain Yeoman was rather delicious in that suit, anyone could have eaten him up.

    Lexa Reviews


    Four and a Half Stars

    Grade B+

  • A married couple is killed during their 15 year highschool reunion, and its the CBI's job to suss out the killer(s).

    I thought this was a decent episode for the show but it was nothing remarkable. It seemed rather like padding to further the season without really furthering the character driven plots for the show overall. Some moments were cute but nothing worth repeating. This episode was rather tame, and shockingly enough in only the second season of this show it seemed rather formulaic. The previews for the next episode seems to herald a non-padding show, so perhaps this was merely the writers biding their time. As for the end dance between the main characters Jane and Lisbon, it did not seem overly romantic and was rather forced. This episode lacked the charm and sophistication that has made this show a hit. This one was lackluster and annoyingly simple.moreless
  • Filler.

    Very filler episode of The Mentalist tonight. Outside of Patrick Jane suggesting that they replace the Pledge of Allegiance with the Macarena, or at least change it to a dance song, I do not think there were any memorable lines here. Just a bunch of fluff and pointless Rigsby/Van Pelt teases.

    This show has really been hit or miss this season and this was definitely a miss. It was not funny, it wasn't dramatic or suspenseful, it was just a really predictable storyline with a more predictable ending.

    I am a big fan and supporter of this show, but this was a mediocre episode at best.moreless
  • The team seems to be back on track after the tragedy of Bosco's death.

    This was a well-played episode and the storyline seems to be going along the line of the day-to-day grind of solving cases. This case was rather unique in it's setting, but progressed along the Jane-ish approach as expected.

    Bonus points for Lisbon taking Van Pelt over Rigsby to the crime scene. Ribsby seemed rather suprised/annoyed, but his eventual appearance at the reunion was very entertaining. Maybe his newly learned skill from Jane will pay dividends at a later date.

    A little more information about Lisbon's and Jane's past came to the surface and their dance at the close was quaint yet reserved.

    Cho's restrained intensity was visibly evident in his facial expression with the board in his hand as he fended off the attacker. There was a hint of experience in that whack!

    The "red" theme was obvious throughout. The episode's title, "Rose-Colored Glasses," the red-headed murderer, and the name of the high school, Rancho Rosa[Spanish for (Rose-flower) or (Pink-color) Ranch]. Looking for the "red" is like playing "Where's Wally(Waldo?)." It might be fun to start a forum game to find all the references to red in each episode.

    This series continues to be top-notch and is maturing as any long-running show should in order to remain sustainable.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Featured Music:
      "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory (Jane and Lisbon show up at the reunion)
      "Macarena" by Los Del Río (Played at the reunion)
      "Here Comes the Hotstepper" by Ini Kamoze (Rigsby arrives at the reunion)
      "More Than Words" by Extreme (Jane and Lisbon dance)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Jane: (to Gabe Nyland) Very nice to meet you. Your politics are a roiling mess of greed and cynicism, but you have a lovely daughter.

    • Jane: If you don't cooperate I'm gonna be forced to tell Lisbon about you and Van Pelt.

      Rigsby: Tell what? There's nothing to tell.

      Jane: Really?

      Rigsby: Yeah. I don't know what you're talking about.

      Jane: Ah...contrary to very strict CBI rules and regulations, you and Grace Van Pelt are engaged in an illicit affair.

      Rigsby: Nope.

      Jane: You're being childish.

      Rigsby: Don't tell Lisbon. She'll report us to H.R.

      Jane: Well, she's a stickler.

      Rigsby: They'll throw one of us off the unit.

      Jane: Better get to work.

    • (Jane and Lisbon arrive at the high school reunion.)

      Grant: Stephanie? Oh, my God. You look fantastic.

      Lisbon: I'm sorry, I'm not Stephanie-- (Grant kisses her and she pushes him away quickly.)

      Jane: Whoa!

      Lisbon: Do that again, and I'll arrest you!

      Grant: Sorry, I had to. You've always been the one.

      Lisbon: (to Jane) Don't. (Grant looks at Jane.)

      Jane: I'm not the one.

    • Jane: Is there anything else you can tell us about him?

      L.J. Cordova: I played football, starting running back. People around here are still talking about the five touchdowns I scored against Stratton.

      Lisbon: What does that have to do with Selby?

      L.J. Cordova: I was popular. I was a jock, he was a nobody. I didn't know what kind of person he was.

    • Jane: You didn't really think we were young enough to be in this class when we walked in, did you?

      Tess: Oh, everyone over the age of 21 looks the same to me.

      Jane: Tactful and evasive... you're gonna do very well in life, Tess.

    • Jane: Nice room. Is it the presidential suite?

      Gabe Nyland: Something like that.

      Jane: Is the bedroom nice? How's the mattress?

      Gabe Nyland: Ah, it's adequate.

      Jane: Can I see it?

      Gabe Nyland: Well, no. Why would you want to?

      Jane: Why not?

      Gabe Nyland: Because I'm entitled to my privacy. (Jane runs past him to the bedroom and finds Tess sitting on the bed.)

      Jane: Whoa.

    • Terence Badali: I panicked. As soon as you told me they were dead, I knew you were gonna blame me and my brain said, "just run".

      Cho: Your brain's a fool.

    • Lisbon: There are people in the hospital!

      Jane: Yes, but souls were healed. This was a cathartic brawl, it was a therapeutic expression of... (Cho knocks on the door and Jane motions him to come in.) Please.

    • Lisbon: I'm a far cry from what I was in high school.

      Jane: Eh, I wouldn't be so sure. Driven to succeed to the point of developing an ulcer, no tolerance for superiors less sharp than yourself, shutting out girls that wanted to hang out with you, blowing off boys that wanted to get close, all the while at every turn wondering, what is it I really want?

      Lisbon: (Nervous smile.) No.

      Jane: And you played an instrument. My guess? Hmm. A clarinet?

      Lisbon: Not even close. And we're done here.

    • (Jane and Lisbon are investigating a murder at a high school reunion)

      Lisbon: What's your problem?

      Jane: Uh, it's just a room full of people lying to each other. Everyone here is trying so hard to show how much they've changed, when the mere effort screams that they haven't.

      Lisbon: Or they actually do change with exceptions like Mr. Hairplugs, of course.

    • Lisbon: (Throws a pen at Jane.) A brawl? You started a brawl? Come on.

      Jane: Well, I was going for something a little more contained, but I guess people just wanted to explore the physical.

    • Jane: Who found the bodies?

      Lisbon: Couple of teenagers. This place is a local lovers lane apparently, thieves know that too. Sheriff thinks that it is a robbery gone south.

      Grace: Little old to be necking, aren't they?

      Jane: There's an age limit on that?

    • (Music starts to play at the high school reunion)

      Lisbon: I used to love this song.

      Jane: You love the song?

      Lisbon: Yeah.

      Jane: Obviously you wanna dance.

      Lisbon: With you? No!

      Jane: Oh come on. You could pretend that I'm that mean, cold-hearted guy you used to worship from afar but never talked to.

      Lisbon: (smiles) No funny stuff.

      Jane: (smiles too) Really? (they start to dance)

    • (Lisbon is reprimanding Jane for starting a brawl at the high school reunion)

      Lisbon: You? Go to hell, take a toothbrush.

      Jane: Which way is that?

    • (Van Pelt shows evidence on the bodies)

      Jane: AHA!

      Lisbon: (rolls eyes) Is that a useful AHA or an irritating AHA?

    • Jane: I didn't go to high school so this is kinda fascinating for me.

      Lisbon: You never went to high school?

      Jane: No. I was busy.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode had 15.38 million viewers when it originally aired.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Rů�ové brýle (Rose-Colored Glasses)
      Germany: Die schönsten jahre (The best years)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: February 15, 2010 on Nine
      United Kingdom: April 30, 2010 on Five
      Germany: May 9, 2010 on SAT 1
      Sweden: May 11, 2010 on TV3
      Czech Republic: October 4, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: July 26, 2011 on Markiza
      Poland: October 10, 2011 on TVN


    • Rigsby interrupts Willa Brock's presentation of the achievement awards saying "Imma let you finish". This is an allusion to Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech for winning the best female video award at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, with those same words.