Mentalist Red in Tooth and Claw Review


Synopsis

Agent Teresa Lisbon (Tunney) is playing poker with Director Bertram (Michael Gaston) and two others high-ups. To his dismay, Bertram is losing big time when Lisbon is called for a crime committed at the Museum of Natural History. Here she meets with CBI Consultant Patrick Jane (Baker): a young professor at NorCal State University has been killed and her body hidden in a case with flesh-eating bugs. Both agent and consultant start investigating, while Van Pelt (Righetti) announces to Lisbon that she’s been accepted in a computer training program in L.A..

Concise Verdict

Set after ‘The Red Barn’, an episode heavily centered on RJ, ‘Red in Tooth and Claw’ provides us with a pause from this tension-filled arc. While the questions left hanging at the end of the previous episode are still frustratingly unanswered, it gives us a handful of very enjoyable moments and focuses on the relationships between the main characters. Almost every element that made the show so endearing is present, accompanied with an appreciable serving of continuity: solid and funny team-work, some well-used time screen for every team member, amusing and heart warming moments from Jane who shows off his sense of spectacle for once in a non problematic way. And writer Jordan Harper even skilfully managed to introduce more serious topics under the sweet trivialities. 10/10

Detailed AKA Humungous Review (spoilers galore)

VIS #1: Lisbon and Jane interview Dr Kidd

At the university, Lisbon and Jane try to get a feeling of the victim’s work environment by asking some questions to Dr Kidd. First, Jane asks about Linda’s subject study, arguing that there is an analogy between what she was interested in and her personality: the woodpecker she was studying indicates that she was tenacious and used to bang her head against a problem until she solved it… So, if we are to follow that logic, that also implies once again that Jane resembles who he chases: Red John. Jane and his nemesis are quite alike, as Lorelei claimed: same qualities (intelligence, cleverness), same flaws (a certain cruelty and ferocity), and same way to solve problems by manipulating people and situations.

The second interesting point in this scene concerns family: Kidd asserts that “the success of one of us helps all of us. We’re a family.” Jane answers: “People murder family members everyday, it’s natural”. As Reviewbrain pointed out various times, family is an important theme this season, opposing biological family (often with rather bad relations) to a more supportive substitute: the team is a great example of this, as they care and protect each other. But later, the reality is revealed to be in sharp contrast with Dr Hill’s words. Ironically, as Jane said it was a member of that “family” of scientists who killed the victim, because her success was a danger to his own career. Plus, there were jealousies and rivalries with other coworkers (a fake dating profile was made up to break her up with her boyfriend), enhancing the gap with the SCU. That matches how that ideal of a chosen family has been slipping towards a darker version recently, first with the revelations about Lorelei’s past, then with the events in ‘The Red Barn’: RJ’s influence seems to have replaced the bond Lorelei couldn’t form with her mother as well as it has helped her overcome her sister’s death. So far, RJ’s network had been presented as a religion -hence Gupta’s faith-, but it seems more and more implied that they also form a kind of unconventional and loose family around their master; the farm members from Visualise were asked to cut ties with their biological family to reveal their real identity, the group serving as a new family, a concept that RJ seems to have taken up to new extremities… And the “people murder family members everyday” has illustrated been among RJ followers with Rebecca’s and Todd’s execution.

Also, continuing the animal theme brought on by the title ‘Red in Tooth and Claw’, one of the scientists comments that “you don’t even know what it’s like in the program. Dr Hill likes us to play like one happy family, but we’re like a pack of hyenas tearing each others apart”. It illustrates the meaning of the title expression (predators soiling those “teeth and claws” in their preys’ blood in the wild world) and the killer’s motive for murdering Linda, a survival of the fittest logic career wise. Still, the predator referenced in the title may encompass many more people: RJ the tiger, Bertram and his obsession for besting the other poker players and in a comic way Rigsby’s dinosaur toy. So the main arcs in this episode fit under that characterization.

VIS #2 Lisbon talks to Bertram

After Grace told her she was accepted in the Advanced Computer Investigation Training Program in L.A., Lisbon asks Director Bertram –who seems to have become their boss since Luther hasn’t been replaced- for his authorization. But Bertram is still offended by loosing earlier to Judge Manchester at poker and hardly listens to her: he complains that Manchester acted all smug towards him and asks Lisbon if she believes he cheated. When Lisbon tries to play it down saying “it’s just a game”, Bertram tells her incredulously “you don’t believe that”, before refusing Van Pelt’s training because of budget cuts. The scene gives further explanation for Grace’s training program, an excuse to send pregnant Amanda Righetti on maternity leave, as well as giving a raison d’être to Jane’s scene with Bertram (VIS #3). But it also discreetly raises an important question: Bertram implies that he doesn’t attend poker nights just to play cards, so what is his true goal in gathering with other high ups? Is he just trying to promote his career by mangling with judges and senators, or has he an ulterior motive?

VIS #3 Jane plays poker with Bertram

Since Lisbon couldn’t convince Bertram to let Grace follow her program, Jane barges in Bertram’s office, armed with a deck of cards and his charm, and claims that he’s heard that losing at poker has been affecting his work… He then proceeds to train Gale at playing cards, analyzing his tells and his bluff technique: Bertram usually fakes some tell to lead his adversary to think he’s bluffing.

This cordial moment between two men who are generally opposed is interesting on many levels and enlightens Bertram’s character. First, his personality: given his anger at losing and his elaborated technique, we can deduce that he likes to dominate others and considers himself as smarter than them. That’s why he’s surprised and a bit vexed that first Manchester then Jane see trough him and spot the tell inside his fake tell: he likes to deceive his adversaries. We can also notice that, if you are to believe what Jane pointed out in the VIS#1 concerning the similarities between someone and the object of his observations, since Bertram enjoys to observe the people he plays poker with and whom he accuses of being smug (and maybe cheating), it might refer to him as well, in addition to being a sore looser… Bertram lets personal favors influence his decisions at work: he later gleefully tells Lisbon that he accepts to let Grace go to L.A.; so, while before he gave in to pressure (media, FBI…), to maintain a good public image for the CBI and himself, now he’s not above giving special treatment to people who please him. He’s hardly incorruptible… Wanting to be the smartest of the room, playing tricks on people, letting his personal opinion bend his rules: Bertram shares those traits with Jane too.

Second point, as implied in the scene with Lisbon, poker nights seem to be a good way to promote those office politics Bertram is fond of. It gives a golden opportunity to gain influence and contacts, hence Lisbon using Judge Manchester in ‘Days of Wine and Roses’. That’s something Bertram is bound to value if one remembers his “well played” to Lisbon when she used the media to force him to change his mind in ‘Red Alert’. But his reaction now raises a question: it seems that what vexed him most, more than losing big money, was Manchester’s “smug” and patronizing attitude. So, if his goal was really to benefice office politics, then why was his reaction so strong? He didn’t really lose Manchester’s respect by being outsmarted, except for being mocked a bit (the older man claimed he could read him like a kid book), but it’s unlikely that the judge wouldn’t help him if need arose: in other words, poker nights are an occasion to get to know and befriend people who can prove useful, who win or who lose shouldn’t really matter in this perspective. Jane explained Bertram’s bad mood to Lisbon as being part of who he is: his domineering position in life would encourage him to want to win… Nevertheless, it hadn’t bothered him to be servile with Alexa Schultz at the beginning of the season, paying her compliments and being charming. He was his usual opportunistic, pragmatic self. Thus are Manchester and the poker nights different from her for Bertram?

Those poker nights were presented under a suspicious light from the start and various details reinforce that impression. First, the first took place when there was some effervescence about that potential mole hidden in the FBI, therefore a discreet gathering of influential people was bound to raise a few questions among viewers. As commenter Hallie pointed out in response to the ‘Not One Red Cent’ review, the tablecloth is red instead of the usual green. And Judge Manchester’s name might remind us of the famous soccer team Manchester United… also called the Red Devils. Also, it was hot-headed Mancini who introduced Lisbon to them: he appears in the recap, but hasn’t been seen in the actual show for a while. Since he was familiar enough with the players to bring someone, why hasn’t he been here for the last two games? Was he too busy and was it just a coincidence, or did he bring Lisbon in contact with the others because he was asked to? One the game interest is to make useful acquaintances, but apart from the favor Lisbon asked from Manchester a few eps ago, it seems that the one who is really trying to become closer with another player is Bertam with Lisbon: he’s making overtures, commenting the game, asking for her opinion. As discreet Lisbon wouldn’t have spontaneously mentioned that her wayward consultant is “pretty good” on her own, he has certainly been asking about Jane’s skills off screen. He is trying to build up some kind of complicity with her, bumping fists for instance. It’s quite a paradox given how eager he was to let Jane rot in jail and to fire Lisbon in the previous season… Hard not to wonder what brought on such a drastic change of heart, even Hightower’s warming up was more gradual. Again, has Bertram an ulterior motive by playing nice, like winning Lisbon’s trust and, through her, Jane’s?

Jane and Lisbon

Jane’s revelations at the end of the previous episode have been having positive consequences. Both Jane and Lisbon are very comfortable around each other during this episode and she has let him in enough to lie down on her couch in front of him, unprofessionalism be damned. There is no arguing, every interaction between them shows that they get along and it looks like this is a given for both. Jane also tries to get her to spend time with him, asking her to visit the museum with him another time (telling her that “we” should come back when there is not a corpse involved), getting her to play his assistant during his brilliant conference about his memory palace. That’s probably the reason why he bough dinosaur gums at the museum gift shop and pretended that they were for himself for later in front of Cho: given that he was aware that she had been playing poker the previous night and that he had a deck of cards in his pocket just after giving Cho his gift – he used said cards to trick the thief- he was planning to play poker with her all along. The resulting ending scene was very in character: it involved scheming, seeking Lisbon’s company, sharing food and feeding her, all things that are becoming increasingly regular.

Besides, both seem to be eager to make the other look good: Bertram revealed that she stated that he is “pretty good” at poker, while Jane takes upon himself to train her to improve her poker skills. It remains unsaid still if he does it because he thinks she should be the best, because he wants her to be as good as him (as part of his modelling her as a fellow mentalist), or just as an excuse to get to enjoy her company. His adamant willingness to assert himself as a poker specialist both with Bertram and with her might also suggest that he may be a little bit jealous that she spends time playing with other people a game he’s admittedly so good at… By training both of them –and particularly with Lisbon-, he gets back his status as the smartest of them and the one she goes to for help. Even when she didn’t ask for it.

The closer bond they have formed is also enlightened by the blatant efforts writers have made to feminise Lisbon in the course of the most recent seasons. At first, she was quite simply a tomboy, with awkward reactions to Mashburn’s attentions and pink bridesmaid dresses… But lately, things have begun to change in the portrayal of the character: no doubt she would still be wary of frilly girlish outfits, but her appearance is more feminine (her make-up has changed); she’s started gathering a lot more of male attention (Mancini, Kirkland, the stripper and Haffner, only since the beginning of the season), and acts more secure of her charms (flipping her hair before meeting Kirkland, and telling Jane she would be having lunch with Haffner as if it was a date). Even the stripper was a hint that she’s seen more as a woman, after all the previous celebration celebrated in her honor was a birthday party involving a pony… And here, tough-as-nail Agent Lisbon is fainting in front of bugs eating a decaying corpse and her usually coward consultant has to try and catch her. And she’s disgusted by the dead animals she has to touch when Jane works his magic during the conference he accepted to give. Her image is progressively changing. At the same time, it may nor not be related to that progression, but we get a scene where Jane is being hit on by a woman who for once is a suitable date and not a criminal setting her eyes on him… That moment with Dr Hill reminds of the ending of ‘Bloodhounds’ with Dr Montague. Both women are scientific interested in him personally as well as intellectually, by professing curiosity and admiration either towards his extensive memory or towards his capacities of deduction and his intuition. And both were rejected in a similar way, except for a detail: Jane only acknowledged Dr Hill’s attraction, there is therefore a progress between those two scenes. Also, that has been a long time since Jane used his marital status as a pretext to deflect unwanted feminine attention: so the goal here could be to highlight this status as a “taken” man (as Dr Hill puts it), or to emphasis that he is attractive too.

Either way, the consequences of Jane’s confidences at the end of ‘The Red Barn’ are discernible also in the way he acts with others than Lisbon. He is well-behaved, he doesn’t anger anyone and doesn’t come up with messy plans. He’s willing to help the team investigate and to help Van Pelt to get her training trip: he’s trying to make himself useful. He showers his teammates with affection, bearing gifts, playing “bingo” with them to fid out a suspect… The whole ep is a breather and illustrates implicitly how satisfied he is to have come clean with Lisbon. A pleasant feeling albeit it’s certainly only the calm before the storm…

The team: many sides of the friendship between Cho and Rigsby

Cho and Rigsby have been acting as representing the team since Grace shows up less in the past months and as such their general acceptance of Jane indicates how fully they took him back after his Vegas adventure. They enjoy his gifts, they play along with his schemes… In fact, Cho isn’t even surprised when Jane gives him a dinosaur toy, leading to this telling exchange: “I’m guessing you’re the triceratops, yeah? –Yeah”. Simple as that. And the doting consultant even looks a bit crestfallen that his stoic coworker wouldn’t take it with him on the field, a thing that Rigsby spontaneously does… Each dinosaur indeed fits its owner: Cho’s an herbivore, reflecting his usually calmer nature, but has horns, meaning that it can defend himself and attack as efficiently as impassive Cho. On the other hand, Rigsby’s T-Rex is the most famous dinosaur and indicates his more childish and flashy personality. It’s a carnivore, enlightening its owner’s violent streak and big appetite, and its imposing size reminds that he’s the tallest of the team… and often also the less subtle. Same goes with Van Pelt’s fossil, albeit it doesn’t garner much attention: rectangular like the computer screen it is put close to, it makes clear that she’s used to chase tracks at her desk, while being more feminine than a dinosaur toy. And it’s more static than the toys too unfortunately, since the poor woman hasn’t been a lot of field time recently… However emphasis is put on the complicity between the men of the team and they have the same dynamic than in the first seasons: Cho silently assessing the situation, Jane coming up with brilliant/crazy ideas and Rigsby taking care of the most ridiculous and dangerous parts (holding a tarantula before warning children not to do it). Have those three had their boys’ night?

Nevertheless, what is even more heartwarming is the closeness between Cho and Rigbsy: they compare their dinosaurs in mock rivalry and tease the other about it, and the toys show the contrast between their personalities and how well they complete each other. But that amusing argument also leads to more serious subjects which Cho tackles with his usual bluntness: that Rigsby has no real personal life and harbour one again (or is that still?) romantic feelings for Grace. Cho is actually reaching out for his friend and trying to make him confide in him. But, while the tall agent used to be pretty open about his attraction in the past, he now tries to play it down and even avoids the matter.

That alone shows how Wayne’s been making progress: when he met Van Pelt, he didn’t hide his puppy love and thus the relationship was traversed with drama (longing glances, failed confessions, a not so secret forbidden love story, break-up, confession and jealousy at almost every stage…). Here, his reaction is more adult in spite of his sputtering and awkwardness: basically, he doesn’t pour his heart this time. It’s rather nice that, since they chose to give that arc another go, they seem to try to infuse a bit more of maturity in it instead of just replaying the same situation. Another point: while the training program would undoubtedly be useful for the SCU, opening new possibilities while simultaneously making a clever way to integrate Amanda Righetti’s maternity leave in the story, it also reminds us that Van Pelt is rather career oriented. It’s then a manner to point to her probable willingness to go forward in her work, which was the reason for her break up with Rigsby. That might make us viewers wonder if there is a chance that Grace would think of moving out of the team one day.

Icings on the cake

The continuity with ‘Red Queen’ where the Museum of Natural History first appeared was very nice. It’s rather rare that previous episodes or minor characters are referenced and when it happens, it conveys an impression of coherence. Same goes for Jane’s interest for the museum and its gift shop, as he bought a gift for a friendly guard’s son back then: at the time, he was hiding information from his friends, while now he’s sharing his suspicions with Lisbon, a fact enhanced by him getting gifts for the team. Also, it was a pleasant surprise to make Rigsby interact again in a quite funny manner with Papadakis.

Honorable Mentions

Jordan Harper, beautiful pace and flawless writing, enough said. Also, the whole cast and the guest stars were as talented as they have accustomed the viewers to be, especially humorous Wayne Yeoman.

Best Lines

– “It’s Advanced Computer Investigation Training Program, taught by actual hackers. It’s so advanced I don’t know what she’s saying when she talk about it.” Lisbon to Bertram about Grace’s training program, or when the best argument is that you can’t even understand enough to find an argument at all. I heart Lisbon.

– “It’s time to play bingo”… completed with scheming faraway look. That’s Jane’s investigation techniques at their best for you.

– “It’s easy to remember when you never forget” modest Jane to Dr Hill who asked him what was the secret of his impressive memory.

– “T-Rex are losers” Cho to Rigsby when he asks him how come he likes triceratops better. Blunt and to the point.

– “Goodnight moon. Goodnight stars. Goodnight judge” Bertram to Manchester, after whipping him out at poker. The line, inspired by a very famous bedtime book, references the judge’s earlier statement that he could read Bertram like a kid book.

– “Your dinosaur eats grass!” Rigsby to Cho. No, it’s not a description, it’s an insult.

Image by Chizuruchibi. Copyright Reviewbrain, March, 2013. Not to be used without permission.

Image by Chizuruchibi. Copyright Reviewbrain, March, 2013. Not to be used without permission.

Pet Peeves

– Why the killer didn’t take the corpse away before it had a chance to be discovered? It may have seem too dangerous, but it should have been stated, because that way we get the feeling he just stuffed it in the case, poured the worms and forgot about it completely. Or at least, he should have mentioned he was waiting for the bugs to leave clean bones to take it out more discreetly, even though it would have taken a while…

– The decaying corpse was also showed with an insistence that didn’t match the usual atmosphere of the show. The scene had almost a Bones’ vibe: usually, skeletons get no more than a snapshot here. It’s a bit disconcerting given that the corpse itself didn’t hold them any information, nor the murder scene (no searching for blood in the laboratories or offices). That horrible picture justifies a little Lisbon’s fainting, but, as amusing as her being grossed out was, it still was a bit out of character for her.

– Same goes for the “bingo’ scene: while enjoyable, it’s still rather far stretched to assume that the culprit would use the same words as in the fake dating profile during a simple brief chat under the sun.

Conclusion

Since we know that Jane’s been making significant progress in isolating RJ’s name in that new list of his, I guess we’ll be playing for some episodes a little game called “May This Guy Be RJ?”, beginning with Gale Bertram.

There are quite a few pro arguments:

– he quoted Blake (it could have been a test to figure out if Jane had kept her in the loop concerning his encounter with the serial killer in season 2 finale). Moreover it did it in ‘Red Queen’, the episode that took place in the museum too and that Papadakis alluded to… But let’s not forget that at the time, the writers were instilling suspicions towards almost everyone.

– In ‘Strawberry and Cream’, he mentioned the rope, and so implanted in Jane’s mind the idea that it was a set up and that Craig was the real mole. It was played as a coincidence back then, but he could have been playing with him. After all, it was plausible that O’Laughlin had already held a killing party at the cabin, and it would have been supremely ironic if Lisbon, along with Grace and Hightower, had been already dead when Jane had called her. Instead Bertram, voluntarily or not, provoked a confrontation with Carter and as a result, managed to get rid of Jane. RJ almost managed at the time to completely crush him: if Jane really believed he was spending his life in jail for murdering his nemesis, RJ could have either retired at his depends, or kept killing and gloating while Jane wasted away. Or, if Jane had realised his mistake, his regrets and horror would have been even more enjoyable. And, may it be for the sake of the CBI public image, but Bertram was very eager to let Jane in jail for the longest time possible.

– Bertram was the one putting Haffner in Lisbon’s position as Jane’s team leader. Given the man’s connection with Visualize and his speciality in surveillance, the possibilities are pretty intriguing.

– Bertram’s age roughly fits RJ’s. He would have been in less than his mid-twenties at the time RJ was at the farm. If he seemed inexperienced and juvenile enough, he might have been called “a kid” by older men.
– Bertram’s attitude while playing poker indicates that he shares some of Jane’s personality traits (manipulative and over-confident in his intelligence). So, he resembles Jane, who resembles RJ. Huh huh.

In the Cons Department:

– Truth be told, Bertram always seemed pretty defiant towards Jane and his antics. Was that attitude an act? Would RJ have tried to befriend Jane instead?
– Bertram is definitely less clever and smart than Jane, since the latter could spot the flaw in his bluffing and Manchester had no difficulty doing so either. One might argue that it could have been a manoeuvre from Bertram to get closer to Jane and make him lower his defiance (he would be prone to do it if he though Bertram wasn’t a threat). Or, in the reverse way, Jane could be suspecting Bertram and his eagerness to help him improve along with Lisbon’s affability might be an act to observe their director… Who knows?

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43 responses to “Mentalist Red in Tooth and Claw Review

  • rita

    A great review Violet, I enjoyed your take on the events of the episode.

    I too loved the interaction between Rigsby and Cho, and all over toy dinosaurs, Jane’s face when he realised that cho wasn’t going to take his with him to the interview….funny, almost as if he had left his pet puppy behind!! I also thought that Tim Kang’s delivery of the line….’a museum heist.’……perfect…..he doesn’t question it at all….just trusts that Jane knows what he is doing!!

    I really liked the scene where Lisbon is lying on her couch while Jane is working at the table…..a bit of a turn around!! They really are at ease with each other now, much different from the beginning of the season.

    I found your idea that Bertram may be RJ interesting….I have wondered about this, but couldn’t isolate why….but using Lisbon as a way to Jane seems quite plausible…the trouble is I don’t see that he is quite intelligent enough to be RJ……can’t wait to find out.

    It made me happy to see Jane going to Bertram to teach him how to REALLY fake a tell without telling Lisbon what he was doing, and letting Bertram think nit was Lisbon who sent him…..nice move Jane!!

    Lisbon fainting????……didn’t really surprise me….I can handle most things…..but not bugs….of any kind!!! Hat’s off to the brave actress who played the part of the corpse when the killer poured the bugs on her…..I couln’t have done it!!

    I really enjoyed the episode, it was nice to see the team working well together.

  • SteveK2013

    Gale doesn’t fit the description of Rosalind Harker. So he isn’t RJ or Rosalind was lying or, possibly, Roy Tagliaferro is someone else (not RJ). This could be resolved in the episode “There will be blood.” Which brings Lorelei back and possibly a final clue that could lead Jane to RJ. In fact, Bruno Heller confirmed that Lorelei will be the source of the clue that leads Jane to RJ.

  • All-I-need

    That was a wonderful review for a wonderful episode. I haven’t had that much fun in a while and I truly enjoyed watching it.

    Some things I liked:

    – LOTS of personal time. Once the case was closed, there were still seven minutes to go! Woah!

    – Finally, a woman hit on Jane again. That hasn’t happened in a while. Honestly, with the way he looks, half the female population should be all over him. Or maybe that’s just me. Also, am I the only one who thought Sonya was very much his type? Dark hair, green eyes, intelligent … that reminds me of Lisbon. A lot. And the fact that Jane used his wedding band to get rid of her also tells us his little stint with Lorelei was really just a way to get to Red John. He is clearly back to being celibate now.

    – Cho and Rigsby arguing about dinosaurs. Boys will be boys. But I so enjoyed Cho’s willingness to banter with Rigs. Hell, he said a lot more than he usually does. I think there were several sentences in a row somewhere in there…

    – Jane and Lisbon. Those two are always awesome but I’m so happy with how close they have become – their playing poker together, jelly dinosaurs… I wonder if that was Jane’s gift for her? Poker and sweets with him?

    – Bertram was hilarious. And I think he was a bit embarrassed when Jane called him out on his fake tell. He seemed almost human for a moment, there…

    – Jane and his memory palace. I can’t get enough of watching him do that.

    I can’t wait for the next episode which looks like it will be loads of fun as well – I hope. And the one after that … well … we’ll get there eventually.

    Oh, and one thing I did not like about “Red in Tooth and Claw”:

    – the camera angle when Lisbon fainted. They barely showed it at all, keeping the focus on the box, instead, and we have NO idea if Jane actually managed to catch her. I would have preferred it if they had shown that scene from a higher angle, looking down on the scene.

  • All-I-need

    True, but maybe that clue was the fact that Jane has shaken hands with Red John. That definitely is a very important clue and helped him shrink down the pool of suspects considerably.

  • estatica

    This is going to sound really awful, but for me reading this blog and comments has become as addictive as watching the Mentalist episodes. So now I find myself shaking fists for 1- not having new episodes every week and 2- for not finding the reviews online immediately after the episodes air. It’s pathetic, but true. Rational brain tells me people have real lives and better things to do than analyse mentalist episodes, but emotional brain pouts with lack of email notifications. That being said, bloomingviolet2013’s review was well worth the wait!

    My personal take on Bertram is that he can’t be Red John, nor do I think he is connected to the man. The reasons why he can’t be Red John have been mentioned, so no need to repeat that. My reason to think he isn’t connected to Red John is simple: he consistently shows in every episode he is too self absorbed and cares only for his own survival to be anyone’s minion. Like Jane said Bertram doesn’t want to win, he has to. The idea of losing is intolerable and he wouldn’t be in his position if he acted differently. To be a Red John minion would contradict his very competitive nature.

    Since I’m not an English native speaker, I googled the expression “Red in tooth and claw” to better understand the title and came up with this explanation:

    “A reference to the sometimes violent natural world, in which predatory animals unsentimentally cover their teeth and claws with the blood of their prey as they kill and devour them.”

    Red John is the ultimate predator, and yet I found it interesting that he chooses to paint his victims’ nails with their own blood. Almost as if saying the victims were also predators in their own way. Or maybe I’m just over thinking it. Hmm.

    Also, I think I enjoyed watching this “survival of the fittest” concept play out in poker, in the murder case, in the Lisbon /Jane and Rigsby / Cho scenes. But most of all, I enjoyed how Jordan Harper played with the idea that Jane has the power to unbalance the ecosystem and what he chooses to do with that power: help Lisbon and the team. I’ll take this as a good sign for the upcoming episodes. While some may say Jane is as obstinate as ever in his quest for revenge for his family, I think at this point he has realised (or is realising) the true value of his new CBI family (they’re not just co-workers any more).

    How will that play out in the upcoming episodes or even in the finale, I am not sure. But having seen spoilers for the 5×16 episode, I’m bursting with excitement and hope!😀

  • estatica

    In Jordan Harper’s twitter, when someone asked him what gift Jane had picked for Lisbon, he replied: “he shares the dinosaur jellies with her” How cute is that?😀

    The fainting was a cruel teaser. I saw it in the promo and was expecting to see Lisbon is Jane’s arms or… or at least a mention to what happened! But nothing… my shipper heart went down in flames. hehe

  • C Hill

    “Red John is the ultimate predator, and yet I found it interesting that he chooses to paint his victims’ nails with their own blood”

    actually, iirc, he only did that with jane’s wife, which perhaps raises other questions…

    i thought an interesting point was that bertram either lied to lisbon during the “ask” scene or he did research.

    bertram: “goodnight moon? what is that?”

    then when he uses the fake tell to beat the judge, in true homage to the book…

    bertram: “goodnight moon. goodnight stars. goodnight judge.”

    quite literary, no?

    while i agree with all of the positive comments, i got some clouds, too, as some noted — cho calling out rigsby over van pelt most notably.

    on the fainting scene, i believe if you have the sound up you can hear jane say “got you”. it also introduces (or is it reinforce?) on of lisbon’s few weaknesses?

    i also agree with your first paragraph above, estatica🙂

    also, there seemed to be a surfeit of butterflies in the victims office…

    more on this epi later perhaps, but more on continuity soon i think.

    (oh, and pay close attention to the card dealing scene with jane and lisbon. either sloppy editing or perhaps patrick jane did cheat to pull those two bullets out vs lisbon on deal #1:) )

  • Anomaly

    Creepy, indeed! But that pretty much looked like a wax model to me. I guess very few people would accept such a role or are able to remain that much still among those very real bugs!

  • ortforshort

    The poker game and Lisbon being in it will still be a significant part of the apprehension of RJ in the grand scheme of things. This episode is just a refresher that the game is still there and who the players are.

    RJ, as we must know by now, is either extremely high up in law enforcement in order to be able to pull the strings he does and to be two steps ahead of Jane at all times, or his disciples are.

    The fact that Lisbon has been introduced into the poker game with a bunch of these higher ups portends that the game will be the focal point of RJ’s apprehension down the road.

    It’s unclear whether RJ was instrumental in getting Lisbon into the poker game. If that’s the case, then that opens up all sorts of possibilities in the cat and mouse game that will follow. If not, then Lisbon’s presence is for the mere purpose of us getting to know RJ’s mole, who you figure must be in the poker game, better.

    Bertram is a player in the poker game, but I don’t see him as the player in the RJ game. He’s an entertaining character because he’s painted extremely well as the typical empty suit high up the corporate ladder. With his arrogance, overinflated ego, self absorption and lack of substance, he’s the exact opposite of an RJ or an RJ disciple.

    All of the minor coincidences that superficially make it look like Bertram may be RJ’s mole are overridden by his personality. However, he’ll be a key in RJ’s ultimate apprehension and the poker game keeps him near Jane and Lisbon.

    Manchester also doesn’t look like the RJ stooge type. However, his presence will probably be useful when it comes time to take down RJ as someone powerful who is independent of the CBI and FBI.

    I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of the poker game and it’s players in the coming weeks.

  • bloomingviolet2013

    Very true: the poker game represents the one they are playing with RJ (bluff, tells or fake tells, trying to read the other and figure out his hand). And the fact that Lisbon’s a player too (instead of Jane, who is just training her) suggest two things: she has a bigger part in the chase and that RJ’s role may reflect Jane’s: a great mind supervising or better pulling the strings of one of the characters the team deals with.
    Still, the metaphor remains ambiguous, for if we are really to believe RJ’s true identity has to match his manipulative/brilliant serial killer persona, then the only character that fits the bill is Stiles. All the others aren’t smart or manipulative enough, may them be Bertram, LaRoche, Partridge and so on. So, as suggested by the bluff in the poker game (a tell inside a fake tell…), are we to understand that the real RJ is wearing a mask and plays Jane by faking being less intelligent than he really is?
    I’m not saying outright that Bertram must be RJ, just that he is suspicious and that his own poker playing technique may suggest something deeper. But I’m sure we’ll have some more equally suspicious characters to ponder soon, lol…

  • estatica

    “actually, iirc, he only did that with jane’s wife”

    No disagreeing with the fact that it may not be part of his usual MO, but I remember Red John also doing it to at least another victim aside Jane’s wife, in the first season’s finale “Red John’s footsteps”. Jane tells Lisbon: “It’s him. Look at her toenails. Painted with her blood. Just like my wife.”

    Could Bertram have googled the meaning? It would fit his character. He needs to stay on top and understand how his opponents think.

    Cho’s line about Van Pelt and Rigsby was a bit forced, but probably necessary, as a quick way to tell viewers they’re going to pick up that story again.

    When Jane catches/tries to catch Lisbon, we can hear him say “It’s ok”, which I thought was a natural thing to say in that circumstance, even to a stranger. I agree that it shows us that Lisbon cannot always be the knight in shining armour to Jane, she also has weaknesses, even if she claims she doesn’t need saving. I was happy to see Jane willing to catch her when she fell.

    I went to check the the card dealing scene again, and I am inclined to think it was just sloppy editing. Tunney actually handed those cards to Baker on the second take, according to Harper, so I can only assume the cards on the table were probably captured in another take.

  • estatica

    What you guys say about the poker scenes make perfect sense. I personally suspect that State Senator Eileen Dawkins may be more than she appears. She keeps appearing in every single poker scene. She reminds me of Rebecca, always in the background and never saying anything significant until the very last moment.

  • SteveK2013

    Heller spoke of another clue. He said this in an article discussing “there will be blood” on Lorelei’s breakdown after finding out that RJ killed Miranada. Look up the article it shows the details of the 16th episode. Heller even says Jane wil face more terrifying consequences as he gets closer to RJ.

  • ortforshort

    Nice. I missed the analogy between RJ’s game and poker, but that adds some nice layers of possibilites to this. False leads, bluffs – definitely something to watch

  • ortforshort

    Good point. They’ve done that before.

  • Lou Ann

    I love reading everyone’s ideas. I agree that poker (and in other episodes, chess) serves as a metaphor for the “game” being played between RJ and Jane/the CBI team.

    What struck me about Jane’s having helped Bertram to outsmart his poker opponent was his possible motive beyond serving VP and, as mentioned above, slyly letting the chief assume the favor came from Lisbon.

    We could say that Jane has cleverly indebted Bertram to himself. And, even though his favor to Bertram has been repaid – by the stipend going to VP for her special training – Jane has successfully insinuated himself into Bertram’s life, professional and personal. In future, might Bertram be now more inclined to turn to him for help, especially just the kind of help in which Jane so excels? Might Jane be subtly making Bertram more dependent upon him? Jane is repositioning himself from the thorn in Bertram’s side who is indispensable because he closes cases and makes Bertram look good publicly. He is gaining a subtle upper hand over the man at the top. Eventually, Jane be the one with the true power.

    This seems to me to be an indication that Jane sees Bertram as a means to an end, and there is no “end” but RJ for Jane. Thus I suspect Bertram is going to play a crucial role in the apprehension of RJ, somehow. Perhaps to his sad demise?

  • bloomingviolet2013

    “With his arrogance, overinflated ego, self absorption and lack of substance, he’s the exact opposite of an RJ or an RJ disciple. All of the minor coincidences that superficially make it look like Bertram may be RJ’s mole are overridden by his personality. However, he’ll be a key in RJ’s ultimate apprehension and the poker game keeps him near Jane and Lisbon.”

    Now that I think about it, there were only a few “coincidences” too incriminating O’Laughlin before his reveal as a mole:
    – he was eager to seduce Van Pelt, creating a bond between them by mentioning her father and he overdid it by trying to impress her with great dates (that could have been explained away by the fact that he was interested in her, she’s a really attractive woman, who wouldn’t be easily impressed by his status in the FBI alone since she worked in law enforcement too);
    – he had a connection with Visualize – investigating them. And although that’s suspicious, that doesn’t mean anything concrete.
    – he tried to convince her to spy on her team when LaRoche was pressuring her, stating that he was her “only friend”. That scene was ambiguous since it could have been read as a tentative to manipulate her, or as a way to try help her save her career by letting down a problematic team (in which worked a potentially dangerous wayward consultant and his girlfriend’s ex-lover no less…). So his attitude might have been explained by a willingness to preserve her or by jealousy… and our potential doubts may then have been put to rest by the fact that he supported her when she didn’t follow his advice.
    – he didn’t save her when she was in mortal danger: Rigsby had to step in. And Wayne explained it by cowardice, not by a suspicious behavior. That, added to the previous point tended to make him look pretty bad as a boyfriend, it didn’t outright enlighten his betrayal.
    – we didn’t even see him in the building when Todd Johnson was burned alive.
    Of course, now we know better and we are able to explain every of those occurrences by the fact that he worked for RJ and was trying to use his relationship with Van Pelt. Nevertheless, at the time, there was *nothing concrete*. That makes me think that everything we might have against the real RJ or his moles (may them be Bertram, Mancini, Kirkland, or someone else) wouldn’t be anything direct either, only “minor coincidences” that could be explained in a credible way or that could be contradicted or “overridden by (their) personality”. After all, Rebecca and Todd passed for good people before being discovered: Rebecca used to give Bosco advice about food if I’m not mistaken, and Johnson was taking care of his fiancée’s disabled and alcoholic uncle. Neither seemed particularly calculative or dangerous, except for Todd wanting to get revenge.

    I can see Bertram being the key in taking down RJ, that’s probably why we got some insight in his personality. Still, I’m not completely sure yet on which side he’ll be playing: I can see him as a reluctant and rather unpleasant good guy, but I could see him with a hidden agenda too. Time will tell.😉

  • bloomingviolet2013

    “Jane has cleverly indebted Bertram to himself”, making his influential boss see him as “indispensable” and encouraging him to owe him small favors or maybe greater ones in the future… Like he did with Stiles, before collecting the favor back when he needed someone to help him get Lorelei out of jail… I really, really love that theory!

    Thanks for your great comment, Lou Ann!🙂

  • bloomingviolet2013

    “Gale doesn’t fit the description of Rosalind Harker. So he isn’t RJ or Rosalind was lying or, possibly, Roy Tagliaferro is someone else (not RJ).”

    Indeed, you’re right: he’s too tall, and although RJ could fake being taller with a blind woman with some kind of heightening shoes, he couldn’t fake being smaller. So, I agree with you, “he isn’t RJ or Rosalind was lying or, possibly, Roy Tagliaferro is someone else (not RJ)” or the writers hadn’t decided at the time who was to be RJ and the details don’t match exactly. Good point.

    (Also, would you be kind enough to add a spoiler alert before discuting theories on incoming episodes, as interesting as they are? Although spoilers don’t bother me personally, there are some readers who prefer not to read them. Thanks.)

  • Rose UK

    Sorry if this has been mentioned previously, but this episode title made me think of Grace’s surname… I don’t for a minute think that she’s RJ (at least, I really hope not!), but I’m interested in the meanings of names and I always enjoy it when writers play around with them. In this case ‘pelt’ meaning ‘skin’ or ‘hide’ gives you the animal link, as well as the idea of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Err, possibly. I mean, sometimes a name is just a name, right?!

    My speculation is that she’ll be sent into Visualise to gather info on the mysterious names from the 1980s (armed with her new hacker-y skills courtesy of her training!), possibly already having been suckered in by Stiles, or at risk of becoming so. Though I hope the writers give her more credit.😉

    Thank you for taking the time to write your reviews, Violet (and ReviewBrain) – I always really enjoy reading them and the discussions they generate.🙂

  • Raven

    Spoiler Alert please!🙂 Not everyone wants to know what will happen in future episodes.

  • zee

    Hello Violet and Reviewbrain!

    It’s great to be back reading awesome reviews even though it’s way too late to be staying up….thank you!

    For me, Chigsby scenes was the top of the ‘powerplay’ ecosystem chart. Every line out of Cho was gold! Rigsby’s fervour to prove T-rex’s might was alas a weak google attempt.😀

    In the episode entirety,Red John wise, I feel like it just another big red herring to distract viewers into thinking RJ’s involvement in CBI. My guess is as good as anyone, but I have a feeling RJ is the profound survivor of the fittest by being the weakest. Come to think of it, each moment between characters like e:g Paul/Linda or Cho/Rigsby had them gaining the upper hands (despite Paul being an underachiever and Cho’s herbivore Triceratops) in terms of species accolades by murder (Paul) and the “your-dino-eats-grass-argument”. I hope this drives my point.

    Chibi you’ve done it again. :DD. This is the BEST thus far. Thank you a this great review.

    “You have no life. I win” – Cho

  • SteveK2013

    What if RJ sacrificed O’laughlin to save a more valuable mole within the CBI? Seaon 3 finale needs a logical explanation. Brenda could be the second mole but that doesn’t mean she is a more valuable mole.

  • bloomingviolet2013

    “I really liked the scene where Lisbon is lying on her couch while Jane is working at the table…..a bit of a turn around!! They really are at ease with each other now, much different from the beginning of the season.”

    Indeed, particularly if you compare with that other scene not so long ago in ‘Black Cherry’ when Lisbon was also resting in front of Jane: at the time, she was reluctant to follow his lead and ended up mumbling in her sleep what might or not have sounded as “lies”… There is a huge difference in their dynamic: there is something here of that other scene when Jane joined her at her table to study the files when they were trying to catch Volker: the same natural closeness and comfort.
    Besides, she was lying in her couch in her office just after talking to Van Pelt in the bullpen, when we can see through the windows that it’s broad daylight and, after telling Lisbon that it’s “time to play bingo”, we can see Jane at the university under the sun. Therefore, except if there were two ellipses between those three scenes, that means that Lisbon may have been resting on her couch in her office during day time for all to see, when they were still investigating a case… The only time someone else was resting on a couch, it was because Cho had quite a severe backache. She’s really letting her hair down under Jane’s influence. And even if she was properly lying on her couch at nightfall and not in that unprofessional fashion, it was morning when Jane offered her to play poker with the jelly dinosaurs (she even wore a very different outfit in case we missed that detail): everyone passing by her office could see the SCU team leader and her half-crazy consultant playing cards over sweets like two kids. Their close friendship is really going public here: before, every one of their moments took place in the evening, or when they were alone. Does that mean Jane isn’t afraid to show his affection anymore because he realized RJ and his minions already know about it, like Lorelei implied?

    (And thanks for your kind words, Rita!🙂 )

  • bloomingviolet2013

    “Finally, a woman hit on Jane again. That hasn’t happened in a while. Honestly, with the way he looks, half the female population should be all over him. Or maybe that’s just me. Also, am I the only one who thought Sonya was very much his type? Dark hair, green eyes, intelligent … that reminds me of Lisbon. A lot. And the fact that Jane used his wedding band to get rid of her also tells us his little stint with Lorelei was really just a way to get to Red John. He is clearly back to being celibate now.”

    Half the female population? You mean those who are not angry with him for insulting, tricking or a pulling one on them?😉 And don’t forget half the gay drag population too, he was having quite a success with Glenda in ‘Ruby Slippers’… In fact, he was also hit on in ‘Black Cherry’ by that woman working in the real estate agency. And Lorelei in ‘Red Sails in the Sunset’ seemed awfully willing to get off her clothes in front of him (twice no less).
    Funny how the same thing can be interpreted differently: he may be “clearly back to being celibate now” or, on the contrary, the writers are trying to keep on the attractive/ potentially sexually active vibe around him, even if he doesn’t actually act on it. When he was really celibate and unattainable, he wasn’t hit on that much after all that I recall:
    – in season 1-2, those two girls at the bar in ‘Crimson Casanova’, Kristina, the red widow he had been betting he could seduce (who had an ulterior motive), the con-woman in ‘Miss Red’;
    – in season 3, the giggling nurses in the hospital in front of Lisbon in ‘Blood for Blood’, along with murderous Erica (ulterior motive) and Dr Montague;
    – then in season 4 only Erica again (with the biggest ulterior motive ever) Glenda and Lorelei, since the girls in ‘Fugue in Red’ don’t really count… and very, very arguably Darcy, with a very mild attempt at using seduction to get him to trust her in ‘Cheap Burgundy’.

    That’s all if I’m not mistaken, and more than half of them weren’t really potential dates anyway. It’s not that much, considering he had already three admirers since the beginning of this season. So I’m really wondering if they aren’t trying to “sexualize” him more, like they are trying to feminize Lisbon gradually. Dr Hill was quite insistent that he was a great catch.

    Now, given what RJ did to his only date, and how willing he seemed to provide Jane with sexual gratification to convince him to join him, it wouldn’t be very wise of Jane to take Dr Hill on her offer, even if he were interested…

    (Thanks for your great comment, All-I-Need! :))

  • thebeatboy

    Hi there : DD !!! great job on the review and i love the art work xDD.
    Thank you for writing it. This was another great episode. It was fun to see Jane using his skills and he seemed very enthusiastic. One of my favorite scenes was when Lisbon was lying down on the couch mentioning the issue with Bertram and Van Pelt. I also very much enjoyed the scene where Jane and Lisbon are playing poker.

    I wanted to mention that I was surprised at how Cho was speaking to Rigsby about not approaching Van pelt about his feelings. If I remember correctly, Cho didnt know how to approach Summer either about his own feelings toward her. It was Summer who initiated that conversation and brought the issue out of Cho. That comment which Cho made was a little surprising.

    I loved the Jane Lisbon interaction in this episode.

    XDD

  • mosquitoinuk

    Hi Violet and all,

    I came late to the part as there is a new episode already out there but just to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Violet’s review and I *totally* agree with you Violet that this episode might be the calm before the storm. The atmosphere was relaxed, Jane was at his absolute charming best (he’s such a flirt!): he was useful, flirty, generous and focused. No wonder the good professor decided to hit on him. Lisbon was happily playing along (the ‘mentalist’s assistant’ scene was funny), as well as Rigsby and Cho who were ‘boys and their toys’ and showed a great deal of affection for each other…in their own way. It showed the group dynamics and it gave us (viewers) a lovely insight into the team relationships as they stand *right now*.

    But although always excited about new Mentalist episodes, I’m dreading the next episodes (a bit)…in my opinion the writers are giving us a bit of a breather, perhaps it is so we don’t forget that Jane can be all of those wonderful things…but we all know he can also be a total jerk, manipulative and reckless and I suspect it won’t be long before we see his dark side surface again. This might as well be one of those episodes that serves to set the scene in terms of how well the team feels *now*, before everything goes downhill so we understand better why some characters make some decisions and not others. Because we know that the season finale is coming up and things will definitely go pear-shaped in one way or another. Oh well.

    Only time will tell but I’m already preparing myself for some shocking Jane behaviour and I will remind myself that he was lovely at some point in the past. I think our CBI team will have to remind themselves of that as well, in the not-so-distant future. Pure speculation, of course.

  • mosquitoinuk

    sorry, I meant “I came late to the party”

  • anomalycommenter

    Hello, with the new signed in user name. (Unfortunately “anomaly” was not available.)

    At the beginning of the episode when they showed the university museum I said to myself, bingo, we are finally going to have a progress on who actually killed Manuel Montero from “Red Queen”, or maybe have a comeback of Hightower (if I’m not mistaken even though O’Laughlin was a Red John mole, the only thing we know for sure is his attempt to kill Hightower and it’s still not clear as to who killed Montero and/or Todd Johnson, and that LaRoche and the other people on his list are all still valid suspects), and when neither of my expectations came true I felt a little bit disappointed and thought that I managed to gain absolutely no additional insight into the core mystery of the series. But after reading the magnificently elaborated review that Violet wrote and two additional rounds of watching the episode I feel that a glimmer of hope is appearing (or maybe I’m going completely paranoid!):

    Though correlation does not imply causation, nevertheless finding it is a good starting point, especially when our hands are empty. Suppose for a moment that the intention of the writers was to instill exactly the aforementioned expectation by returning us to the same pivotal location. Well, for one thing, we know that it was Bertram that gave the damning information about Hightower to LaRoche and at later episodes it was made clear that he too is on LaRoche’s infamous list, then the logical conclusion of having the spotlight on Bertram in this episode (as Violet truly mentioned in this review and before) is to make him even more suspicious in our eyes.

    Another thing well concealed IMHO, but common to both episodes, is the mention of night guards at the museum, an anonymous one in “Red Queen” who found Montero and another policeman/night guard which had a relationship with the victim in this episode. It was completely unnecessary to show him, everything would be perfectly in place, except the program time. Or are we shown who killed Montero without raising our suspicion? (Of course his relationship with Linda could still be completely coincidental and off the point.)

    Now from finding correlation into finding symmetries: In the interesting interview with Dr. Kidd We get to know that she studies primate brains, has dark, though natural, thoughts inside her head (it’s disputable if they are normal or not like murder, which apparently she is an authority on!), and there’s a scandal she as a teacher is not aware of (though not clear if the scandal revealed is the scandal implied!). Now who else did we saw before, who studied primate brains and who was involved with a scandal around the study of the ethics of normality and how to manipulate it, also leading to a murder? Yes, no one other than Sophie Miller, Jane’s psychiatrist in “Red Brick and Ivy” who also had a crush for him. But wait a moment! Are these people the only ones who study primate brains that we know of? Carefully watch the first minute or so of the “Red Brick and Ivy” and I GUARANTEE that most you, my fellow fans, would not believe who you’ll find among the audience of the Neuroscience Symposium. So what the heck is this person doing there?! (For the record, I am not the one who discovered this truly peculiar appearance, merely came across it in another forum.)

    To cool off a bit, you see, at the end of the conversation between Sonia and Patrick, Dr. Kidd mentions Natural Selection and in the next scene at the poker table the first name we hear is [Senator] Dawkins. That inevitably brings to mind the name of Professor Richard Dawkins, one of the most prominent evolutionary biologists, which being a Brit, Heller is bound to know! 😉 But in the context of the show it makes us wonder as to the possible significance of the game beyond being just a game, as Bertram suggested, probably unintentionally, to Lisbon! And then what would be the meaning of Jane preparing Lisbon for such a game as you mentioned above?

    P.S. Chizuruchibi’s paintings are worth a thousand words!  Also, the first time I came across the title of this episode was as a variant in a popular scientific book by Bill Bryson as the name of a chapter titled “Science read in tooth and claw”, which incidentally was about the discovery of dinosaurs and the misattribution of credit of sorts!

  • III Frogs

    Just thought I’d throw in here that the phrase “Red in tooth and claw” is from a Tennyson poem. Darwin’s theories were rocking both science and society at the time. Here’s a little more about it: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/red-in-tooth-and-claw.html

  • thebeatboy

    Heyy : D

    Thanks for posting the link. I will take a look at it,it seems interesting.

  • P

    It looks like CBI Ron. I can’t be 100% sure though since he is clapping which partially obscures his face. That is interesting. Wonder if it is another example of Ron always being there and in suspicious places, or just needing additional bodies for the audience.

    Since Ron is my favorite RJ candidate, I’m going with the former🙂

  • C Hill

    It’s Ron.

  • Lou Ann

    There is a YouTube video of Owain Yeoman and the Ron actor commenting on the suspicion that Ron is RJ.

  • anomalycommenter

    He’s definitely Ron. And note that although he’s always in suspicious places, but these are almost always places that the presence of a CBI agent can be justified. This time is different.

    I’ve seen that video, too, and thought how could they give it away like that? Unless Red John story is not a straightforward one and there’d be a twist in it, like RJ and Roy not being the same person.

    Now if we keep searching for “Waldo”, we find another one, much more low-key, but as frequently seen as Ron. I’m referring to the Asian man we see at the end of the argument between Cho and Rigsby about their dinosaurs, when Rigsby shouts at Cho and says that his dinosaur eats grass.🙂

    I really feel embarrassed seeing ‘mosquitoinuk’ feeling sorry for a single typo above. Please excuse my bad English folks and thank you for enduring it!

  • anomalycommenter

    Thanks! Wow, Dawkins again!

  • anomalycommenter

    You’re quite right! Does it mean that Cho is in a relationship with someone? Tamsin Wade? I thought theirs was over!

  • thebeatboy

    heyyy Thanks : D nope I dont think Cho is in a relationship at the moment, unless they are not showing it during the episode. I think that Tasmin cut him off for the moment. I dont think she liked what Cho did to help out Summer.

  • iiifrogs

    Yes. And you’re welcome, glad you enjoyed it.

  • Lou Ann

    I “bought” the bingo game because that’s how the Unibomber was apprehended. His brother recognized the diction of his manifesto as similar to his letters. Sorry, way late on making this comment.

  • Manda

    All my comments are kinda late too, it’s a pity i found this blog first now. I love it. Always such great reviews🙂 And the readers comments are so clever aswell.

  • Kilgore Trout

    Just one thing I noticed at the end of the episode. While Jane is no doubt the superior poker player he’s never one to miss an opportunity to gain an edge. The table they were playing on was highly polished and Jane positioned himself with the sun at his back. He could see the cards being dealt reflected off the table while Lisbon, squinting in the light could not. Hence his complete confidence that he would ‘smoke her’.

    Wicked, wicked Jane!

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