Yeah, we don’t always cover The Mentalist episodes here, but you know me — I’m a sucker for the Red John stuff. I mean, The Mentalist is a great show without Red John thrown in; I guess it’s just not my style to tap into stand-alone episodes all that much when it comes to this show.
I know I’m not the only one who digs the Red John story arc, even if the rumor (fact?) is that Red John is a series-long arc, not one that will end and be replaced by another. I can see it in what you all search for — you can’t hide from me!
Alright, so the Red John reference — maybe you missed it. At the end of the episode, when a severely burned Todd lay in the hospital bed, he looked over at Jane and mumbled something: “Tiger, tiger.” Remember where that’s from? Well, yeah, it’s from the William Blake poem, but as far as The Mentalist is concerned, it was said to Jane by none other than Red John in last season’s finale. Hence the horrified look of recollection on Janes face, pictured above.
What is really strange about these minions of Red John’s is how they truly do seem to hold up to the whole double-personality theme that the poem hints at. Take Todd, for example. He worked with the fire department and law enforcement, and on the other side he’s this monster. A well-hidden monster. This is why I have to believe that if the Red John story truly is series-long, then Red John will turn out to be someone mind-bogglingly close to Jane. Like Cho or Lisbon … or Jane himself. I’m NOT saying it’s one of them, but it just has to be someone to bowl us over when we find out.
And who was it who burned Todd? Either another of Red John’s flock or Red John himself, no doubt. But would Todd have told Jane what he wanted to know?
As for the rest of the episode, I really loved Jane’s trickery in not only getting Todd to fess up to the murders (in Jane’s own way), but in getting the phony psychic Ellis Mars (John Billingsly) run out of town with pee running down his leg.