The Mentalist 4.18 “Ruddy Cheeks” Review
This episode of ‘The Mentalist’ was titled ‘Ruddy Cheeks’ and the team to up what at first looked liked a very strange case as a man who was terminally ill with cancer and would have died in less than a month was murdered. The team hard a hard time figuring out why someone would want to kill a man who was going to die in a matter of weeks.
Jane has a way of being manipulative when dealing with peers and adults alike. He can also be very cold when he wants to be but this is not the case when it comes to his interaction with kids and teens. He knows how to communicate with them or they quickly warm up to her and this was no different with Liesl. She was more or less informing her on the case and you would think that she should be most reluctant or hard to get anything from but Jane’s magic of contradiction seemed to work on her and they obviously bonded.
Wayne was so obviously uncomfortable with the crying baby in the elevator that it won’t be hard to start wondering if it wasn’t an omen of what was in store for him. But the episode helped in given him a new heart as his near death experience seemed to make him have a different viewpoint towards procreation. It was like he was a changed man when he was talking to Grace and looking at the sonogram of their unborn child. And it looks as if time slipped by us as the pregnancy that was announced only a few weeks birth is soon to be delivered.
Wayne’s near death experience came about because of Cho and Summer. Summer had been using Cho’s pills on the side and you would think she would at least making a move and take the risk on his behalf but it was Wayne who did it. Cho wanted to talk about his situation but the first time he tried he couldn’t get Wayne’s attention who was still preoccupied with his being alive. The second time he wanted to ask for help was when he went to Lisbon but he didn’t follow through.
Things are not really looking good for him as it stands now. The addiction is digging in deeper by the day and he might have gone past the stage of thinking he can handle it alone but the shame barrier is something he would have to overcome if he really wants to ask for help. If he doesn’t things might really get ugly for him before the season is done.
As for the victim, everybody wanted a piece of him and was taking advantage of him in whatever way they can. Braddock’s wife actually claimed to have cancer as well so that she could draw close to him and increase her chances of winning the cancer lottery. The nurse that was all about the new treatment was being bribed or getting a commission of sorts for as many people she brings under the program and the man claiming that he could harness the sun’s energy to cure him was just looking out to sell his cheap tea.
In the end Lisbon got the wife at fraud and railed her in. This episode saw Jane and Lisbon in their element as partners. The line about outrunning a tiger was hilarious (the issue was not outrunning a tiger but outrunning her and since she would be the first thing the tiger catches up on, then he’ll be free to escape).