Another great episode from The Mentalist (and we’re a little confused, because that’s two in a row, now). Fast paced, intriguing, entertaining, funny and sweet as hell, and, most importantly, not predictable. At least, not immediately. We figured out who the killer was at about the same time Jane did. And, since we’re not former ‘psychics’, we think that’s not too shabby. The fact that we didn’t figure it out before he did warmed our hearts. We like to see a murder show making us work for it.
But, of course, the actual murder was immaterial. There were two main arcs in this episode. Both were (kind of) long overdue and both were bound to be fan pleasers. The Hunt for Red John continued, with Jane taking a closer look at Sheriff McAllister (and this has to be the start of the elimination game). We’ll discuss that a little later, though, because we feel we should jump straight to that second arc – the one the fans really wanted. Grace and Rigsby tying the knot. We were delighted to see them finally caving in to the inevitable, but we somehow still felt it was a little rushed. Yeah, it’s been six seasons in the making, but to have the possibility of a marriage brought up, the proposal made and the wedding celebrated all in one episode, with the latter two both happening within the last ten minutes, felt a little hurried. A little like they were just trying to get it over with. Not that we care. It was a lovely ending, and we’re looking forward to seeing how married life affects Grace and Rigsby over the rest of the season. We just hope this doesn’t mean disaster is soon to follow.
As for that other arc – trying to determine if Sheriff McAllister could be Red John – well, that we enjoyed. It was dealt with with the exact right balance of humor and seriousness. And, in the grand fashion of The Mentalist didn’t really answer any questions. He might not be Red John, but he still might. We’ve seen enough red herrings over the years, and have witnessed too many instances of Red John being seven or eight steps ahead, to think for a second that this will be as easy as picking a name off a list based on a very few criteria gleaned from a psychoanalysis that could be crap from start to finish.
For some reason, the continued mystery isn’t irritating us. Last season, never learning anything about Red John really bothered us. This year, we love it. Perhaps it’s because we know there’s an end in sight. Perhaps it’s because they’re at least giving it the attention it deserves and not dragging it out. It’s all Red John, all of the time. And that’s great. – K
“I’m sorry it’s not the fairytale you dreamed of.”
“I’ll take the real thing any day.” – Rigsby, Grace