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Red is a predominant color in all episodes of The Mentalist. In the closing scene of "Red Bulls", Jane is seated on the couch reading a red covered book. This is fairly obvious; however, a more subtle allegorical representation of red is the book that the camera pans across just prior to focusing on Jane. The book is Communism and Development by Robert Bideleux. Not only is the cover of the book decorated with a series of red flags with different symbols of communism, but red is also the official color of the Communist Party.
The background music playing while Rigsby and Van Pelt are kissing is the same one used for when they kissed in the Season 1 episode "Russet Potatoes".
Goof: When Jane and Lucas Hodge are in the car driving, Lucas'seatbelt isn't on, but when they pull into the driveway, his seatbelt is on.
Goof: When Lisbon and Jane are outside the Bikers bar, you can see Lisbon pulling the bar's door towards her to enter but on the next scene before she enters the bar, she's pushing the door and not pulling it.
The scene in Lisbon's apartment gives us interesting insight into the character. You see a baseball in a glove on the shelf and a red sports shirt with a 17 on it along with some trophies which could indicate that Lisbon was in a successful baseball team at college or high school. You also see a lot of post-its on the wall and a basket with knitting stuff along with a lot of books about "Leadership". The photo of her three younger brothers seems to be older, which could indicate that Lisbon doesn't see them very often anymore.
In the last scene, Jane gives Lisbon a bag with donuts. Lisbon takes one and bites it while Jane speaks, but when the camera shifts to focus on Jane again, the donut Lisbon has in her hand is intact.
The drug Dr. Carmen used on Lisbon, Lorazepam, is in a group of anti-anxiety agents known as benzodiazepines. They are mainly used for short-term treatment of anxiety disorders or anxiety associated with certain forms of depression. However, Dr. Carmen was using the drug for one of its known side effects-memory loss.
As Jane is reading the book about the future of the fax machine, he comments that the author is the "Nostradamus of office equipment." Michel de Notredame (1503-66) a.k.a. Nostradamus was a French physician and astrologer. He prophesied extensively of future world events.
In the final scene where Jane is walking past a stand of orange trees, he stops at one of the trees and plucks an orange which he begins to peel. This is a very visual allegory concerning the "tree of life." It implies that possibly Jane is considering Lisbon's earlier statement in the cellar about choosing life over his own self-destructive quest for Red John. Although the tree of life is prevalent in many cultures and religions, this particular tree is most likely the tree of life mentioned in both the Old Testament and New Testament of the Bible. Considering that Lisbon's cross is plainly in view when she confronts Jane in the cellar and that the background music playing when Jane takes the orange was composed by J.S. Bach (he wrote church music as an expression of his own religious feelings), the allegorical context is Judeo-Christian in nature.
In the cellar scene, Lisbon subdues Sheriff Hardy and begins to handcuff him with his face down and his hands behind his back. Later, Sheriff Hardy is seen on the floor of the cellar, face up and handcuffs in front of him.
In one of the final scenes when Sheriff Hardy and Jane arrive at the farm, Hardy pumps his shotgun once making it ready to fire. He then pumps it a second time in the cellar with Jane. This was unnecessary since he didn't discharge the weapon after the first pump.
The piano piece played by Alicia Witt (Rosalind Harker) is "Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, Prelude in C major" by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Gaia, the name of the company in this episode, is an alternate spelling for the Greek goddess of the earth, who bore Uranus.
When Lisbon, Van Pelt and Cho arrive at Jenny Didrikson's house and get out of the car, you can see that only Lisbon's badge is clipped on her belt. However, in the next scene when they decide to go into the house she's wearing her gun and holster on her right hip.
During one of the location shots at the beginning of the episode, an advertisement for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which was ended nearly two years before the episode was set, can be clearly seen. The producers most likely used old stock clips for the shot.
Carnelian, the name of the company in this episode, is a a pale to deep red or reddish-brown semi-precious gemstone used in jewelry.
When Jane goes looking for the car with the bomb in it, the cars are dry. When it pans to the parking lot with the van and the bomb, all the cars have large water droplets on them.
Patrick's blue and white car is a Citroën DS, actually a French car produced by the manufacturer Citroën between 1955 and 1975.
When we see the victim fall, she ends face up over a table. When the team shows up, she is lying face down on the floor.
At the end of the episode when Jackie Shaper shows up at CBI HQ for her date with Wayne, she is wearing a very sexy black and grey dress. Two days later on 2/19/2009 a Burn Notice episode, "Truth and Reconciliation" aired. In that episode, when Fi is at the home of Jean-Pierre Duman to spy on him, she is wearing the exact same dress.
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