The Mentalist," is again centered around Red John. The episode was humorous and exciting, but it needs a new arc. The Red John story arc was fun the first time, but it's getting old. When is that guy going to die so a new arc can be created?"The Crimson Hat," the finale episode of "
The finale first seemed to center around Patrick Jane's (Simon Baker) loss of control and dip into depression. It is all an act, of course. He fake stumbles into a mentally dark place to capture Red John once and for all. If only he could actually manage to get the job done, the show could move on and reinvent itself.
The fake depression
Jane becomes deeply depressed, causing Red John to send a surrogate his way in the form of Lorelei (Emmanuelle Chriqui). Lorelei seems like a sweet girl, and the two of them hit it off. Only after Jane and Lorelei sleep together does she reveal her true intentions. She wants Jane to join Red John as a disciple. In order to prove that he has crossed over to the dark side, he must bring Red John the head of Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney).
The fake murders
The episode becomes almost silly when Jane fake murders Lisbon and Rigsby (Owain Yeoman). The scene is confusing at first, as it is obvious that Jane would never kill them. When the scene flashes to the entire team working together, it is clear that the body they used in place of Rigsby must be missing a face, which it is. The rest of the CBI believes that Jane has abducted Lisbon's dead body.
Both the FBI and Red John should understand Jane's personality a bit better by now. He will go to extreme lengths to catch the bad guys, but he would never kill the good guys -- especially not the people he loves -- in order to do it. The idea that Red John did not know that it was all an act until his contact in the FBI told him is laughable.
The fake Red John
Jane brings the fake melon-head of Lisbon to a limo supposedly containing Red John. The fake head is humorous, but the idea that Jane would actually believe that Red John is in the backseat of a ridiculous limo with no protection is completely unbelievable.
What is not so silly is the fact that Luther Wainwright (Michael Rady) has been placed in the back seat with his mouth taped. When the CBI shoots at the limo, believing they are killing Red John, it is actually Luther they have shot. It is sad for a moment, but overshadowed by the silliness of the situation. Unfortunately, we are sure to have more of these Red John episodes in the future.
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