“Red Letter Day” – The Mentalist

Screen Shot 2013-04-19 at 10.28.27 PMWe’re running out of ways to say that The Mentalist is bad. Thankfully, there are occasional bursts of entertainment that give us something else to talk about week in and week out. We say entertainment. Perhaps a more accurate description would be ‘things that don’t suck as much as the rest of the garbage we have to wade through to get to them’, but that’s a bit ‘wordy’. We’ll stick with entertainment.

Even Rigsby and Grace, a relationship we have always been supportive of, failed to grip us this week. Oh, so there’s another obstacle in their way? So what’s new? Even just a few weeks ago, we would have said we hope those two crazy kids get it together. Now we’re sort of just not interested anymore. And the writers have no one to blame but themselves. Since the couple split in the second season, their ongoing attraction has been an unspoken, under the radar kind of thing. That worked. That was fun and interesting to watch. This sudden re-ramping up of Rigsby’s feelings for her feels like we’ve gone full-circle and not in a good way. This feels like an intentional ratings grab, not unrequited love suddenly come to the fore, and it’s mawkish to say the least.

Kirkland’s plotline provided momentary excitement (is his stealing of Jane’s research a bid to catch Red John, or to find out how close Jane is getting so he can warn Red John?), but really isn’t as thrilling as the writers would presumably hope. The only thing inspiring us to tune in next week was the look on Jane’s face when he discovered that someone had been in his room. He looked, dare we say it, happy. Almost as though he wanted someone to break in. This is Jane, so it’s altogether possible. If it’s true, that info board the Homeland Security boys painstakingly copied is an elaborate misdirect, which could mean that he’s closer than we think, or that he’s nowhere. He may even have it all figured out. There are only three episodes left in the season (the last ominously called “Red John’s Rules”), so we’re hoping for some sort of conclusion, or the intimation of one, sooner rather than later. – K

Quoteworthy: “You’re still in love with her, but instead of telling her, you bought her a plant.” – Cho. Preach.

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