THE MENTALIST “Scarlett Ribbons” Season 4 Episode Premiere Review

THE MENTALIST "Scarlett Ribbons" Season 4 Episode Premiere

THE MENTALIST “Scarlett Ribbons” Season 4 Episode Premiere – I have a funny feeling I should probably wait more than a few minutes after watching this episode to review it. Why? Because my gut instinct after seeing that last scene is to be a bit disappointed.

I understand that the whole premise of this show is that Jane is hunting an evil monster named Red John who killed his family. I get it. Red John is the bad guy and killing him off meant an end to a huge era in the show. But I gotta say, I was pretty excited about that. I was excited about the prospect of seeing what happens to Jane when he no longer has this one purpose in life. When he is no longer spending every waking moment, when he’s not working on cases, thinking about that man.

Maybe the writers thought that not having Red John around would somehow ruin the show for us viewers, but I disagree. Jane is still Jane and all of his wacky personality traits are going to be there whether he’s after Red John or not. Would we also lose that underlying seriousness he has without Red John in the picture? I doubt it. He is still a man who has lost his family after all. But why not let him move into a new phase of his life?

Sigh. See? I told you it was a bad idea reviewing this episode so soon. Perhaps in the morning I will feel differently but for now, I’m sticking with not being too happy that Red John is not dead. Does that mean I’m going to stop watching the show? Heck no. I love Jane and the rest of the team and frankly will always be happy watching them chase bad guys every week. But I do think a great opportunity was missed by not allowing Red John to stay dead.

My favorite bits..

Really liking the way that they showed us the shooting from a new viewpoint.

Jane’s expression not changing as he went from being arrested, into the back of the police car and then into the interrogation room. He looked so..I don’t know, content maybe?

No, no, no..this isn’t right. If Jane is crazy then I am too. That was Red John, dammit!

Bertram wanting to ensure that Jane was put away until the media crap storm was over. Yeah I’d say that was a good idea.

Lisbon practically breaking down when Jane asked her how her week went.

Jane asking for blueberry muffins.

Not blaming Grace at all for wanting to stay at work. I’d feel the same way.

Lisbon reassuring the team that Jane did not go crazy. Yes! That’s my girl.

Cho just coming straight out and telling the security guard about why there was no warrant.

Grace pointing out to Sally that if her husband was keeping a secret, then of course she wouldn’t know about it. Yep, I have no problem believing she’s in on the whole thing.

“You know, I was really looking forward to a muffin.”

Lisbon admitting that the though of Jane just shooting some random guy had crossed her mind.

Jane bluffing the fact that he was bluffing. The man is brilliant.

Lisbon getting handed a million in cash in the middle of a parking structure. Did I mention that Jane is brilliant?

“You’ve been shot. You’re bound to have a gloomy outlook.”

Cho and Rigsby both agreeing that they heard a struggle inside the completely silent apartment.

Jane saying that Sally was so good, he was beginning to doubt his own story.

Lisbon admitting that she didn’t trust Jane 100%. Well, at least she’s honest.

Jane using Lisbon’s injury to his advantage so he could sneak back into the house.

Yikes. Creepy Sally is very creepy.

“Bad news? You’re under arrest, you loony bitch.” – Cue me cheering and clapping like a maniac.

My heart aching when Jane described what Red John did to the women he killed.

“I have the right to kill the man who killed my family.” – Wow.

Totally agreeing with Lisbon. A jury coming back that fast is usually not a good sign…except this time. Yes! Whew.

Jane losing his smile right before he got in the car with Lisbon. Seems like it all hit him right then.

Wait. WHAT?????

What did you think of this episode of The Mentalist? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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